Training to be a Spiritual Director (UK)

Sustainable Faith‘s School of Spiritual Direction is a 2-year certificate program that prepares you to serve as a spiritual director. This deeply formative training offers participants an immersive, integrated and robust introduction to the ministry of spiritual direction. 

If you desire to journey with people well as they seek to deepen their experience of God, the School of Spiritual Direction may be for you. Our collective of spiritual directors and teachers run schools across the UK, in mainland Europe and multiple site across North America. I have the pleasure of being part of the teaching team, and been personally involved providing spiritual direction formation in Oxfordshire, South Wales and East Yorkshire.

I’m currently leading a cohort in Nottingham, UK (2022-2024). More schools will be run in the coming year including a new cohort in Rutland, England in 2023 (register interest on the Sustainable Faith website).

School of Spiritual Direction: Rutland, England 2023-24 (year 1)

Dates — Fridays and Saturdays: 13-14 Oct 2023, 15-16 Dec 2023, 16-17 Feb 2024, 19-20 Apr 2024, 14-15 Jun 2024
Location — Greetham, Rutland, England

School of Spiritual Direction: Nottingham 2023-24 (year 2)

Dates — Fridays and Saturdays: Sept 2022 – May 2023
Location — Urban Abbey, Nottingham, UK

The SSD is a two-year certificated formational program in the ministry of spiritual direction. You will be taught key aspects of spiritual direction experientially and reflectively. SSD cohorts are marked by a deep level of friendship and community which forms over the months (cohorts are typically between 8-12 people). We learn to share and share vulnerably with one another and, in so doing, grow in deep connection. Each year runs over five in-person modules with reading, reflection and practice making up the time in-between. You will find the study is compatible with many of your existing rhythms of work and life. That said, expect to give around 12 hours a month to the work. There are many opportunities to practice offering spiritual direction and receive regular peer and formal supervision. Year two of the course has the added bonus of engaging a version of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.

Find out more and register on the Sustainable Faith website.