and for the booking link The Training Group arranges the following training programmes:

Introduction to Spiritual Direction training course

The aim of the course is to increase the skill and confidence of those who find they are already being turned to by others for help on their spiritual journey.  It does not lead to formal accreditation but participants with aptitude are encouraged to practise, to continue honing skills and to use supervision to support their work.

The course aims to:

  • explore the relationship of spiritual direction in the light of our own life experience and of the experience of being alongside others
  • explore Christian understanding of personal growth and fulfilment
  • relate this experience to the Christian tradition of spiritual direction.

This is a one year programme and is usually offered every other year, one day a week, three 8 week terms from September to June. Acceptance on the course is subject to reference and interview by members of the course team.

Starting this year the next  course dates (Tuesdays) are
Term 1: September 25; October 2, 9, 16, 30; November 13, 20, 27
Term 2: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19
Term 3: April 30; May 7, 14, 21; June 4, 11, 18, 25

For full details see copy of leaflet here

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.

Winter 2019-20

Nov 12    Spiritual Accompaniment and Social Change
Nov 19    Growing Resilience
Nov 26    Understanding desire for God through John of the Cross’ Spiritual Canticle’
Feb 4      The Infinite Expanding Desert
Feb 11     Introduction to Discernment and Making Choices
Feb 25    Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

Tuesdays 10.30am – 4pm at Douai Abbey, Reading RG7 5TQ

For fuller details and for the booking link please go to watering the garden leaflet

For details of session leaders click here

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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