The Training Group arranges the following training programmes:

Introduction to Spiritual Direction training course

This is a one year programme and is usually offered every other year, one day a week, three 8 week terms from September – June.

Acceptance on the course is subject to reference and interview by members of the course team.

The next course will began in September 2018

Watering the Garden
This is usually a short series of further training days for practising spiritual directors and is offered every other year.  Each day addresses a particular topic relevant to the development of spiritual direction practice. The next series, to be held early in 2018, is as follows:

  • Watering the Garden :  January – April 2018 at Douai Abbey
    • 30 January:  Working with dreams in Spiritual Direction led by Nick and Revd. Jo Gallant
    • 6 February:  Whatever Floats Your Boat  led by Dr. Jacki Thomas incorporating her recent research with hospice chaplains
    • 13 February: Who am I for God today? led by Fi Ivin
    • 20 February: The Challenge of the Call to Conversion led by psychologist Dr. Stephanie Thornton
    • 20 March: Spiritual Direction as Vocation led by Dr. Lynette Harborne based on her recent research on good practice and the role of spiritual direction
    • 27 March:  A Holy Week Quiet Day led by Revd. Mieke Gaynor

   All days will be 10.30am – 4.00pm at Douai Abbey, Woolhampton, Reading RG7 5TQ.

To book online please go to

For further details see Watering the Garden 2018

Supervision Training

This is a course for experienced spiritual directors who wish to offer supervision and is offered when there is sufficient demand.

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