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Spiritual Accompaniment (Direction) Course

Camels by Kawtar Cherkaoui 

The course in 2021-2022 will be offered online on Zoom. (Full)

Currently we are using Zoom successfully and find it enhances many aspects of the course teaching and practice.  It also has the advantage of allowing people from further afield in the UK and overseas to take part.

Spiritual Accompaniment in the Ignatian tradition is based on the assumption that God is present and active in our lives and that through reflection and prayer we can become more sensitive to this presence. Through discernment, and sometimes with the accompaniment of another person, we are invited to 'find God in all things’, to notice how God is drawing us in our everyday, concrete experiences and respond to the invitation of God.

Purpose of the course

This course is for people who wish to explore the skills and gifts of accompanying others on their spiritual journey. It draws its inspiration from the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola and as such is founded in the Ignatian tradition.

As a broad based course it is expected that participants will find different uses for what they learn - for example, informal spiritual conversation, prayer guiding, general use in ministry/life, beginning to offer individual spiritual accompaniment and retreats. A significant part of the course will involve ongoing discernment for each person about whether, and in what ways, they are called to accompany others in faith.

The Course consists of Four Modules:

  1. Developing a Beneficial Relationship (Supervision)
  2. The Transforming Work of the Spirit (Discernment)
  3. Standards of Practice (Codes of Behaviour)
  4. Pastoral Applications
Applicants should have completed:
  • Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living as offered by the ISC/ Epiphany Group OR the Full Spiritual Exercises, either in daily life or over 30 days
  • The Spiritual Conversation Course as offered by the ISC / Epiphany Group

Comparable courses will be considered.

More information on the course structure and the dates and times of weekend sessions can be found by accessing the information sheet below.

If you are interested in joining the course please read the information sheet then complete the online booking form.  Once you apply a meeting will be arranged on Zoom to discuss your application and answer any questions you may have.

The suggested donation for this course is £695

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