Developing

Spirituality is how we channel our desires and shape our actions, it is what gives us the energy and moves us into the world in a way that is meaningful and authentic. Spirituality animates, sustains and gives purpose and direction to the longing to be connected to ourselves, to others, to the earth, to God however s/he is understood.

“The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.” Thich Nhat Hanh

The Centre hosts Encounter (The London Course) and The Art of Spiritual Direction Ignatian Spirituality Course both of which form and train people in the art and ministry of spiritual direction.

The very popular Developing Direction series offers practising directors the opportunity for continuing development.

We offer monthly Supervision Groups and Individual Supervision for practising directors, and Training in Supervision Skills.

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The Ignatian Spirituality Course offers a formation into the tradition of Christian Spiritual Direction underpinned by the wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) and the Spiritual Exercises. Much more than 'praying with the imagination', Ignatian spirituality embraces the multiplicity of ways that people find themselves in God. What is distinctive about Ignatian spirituality is the gathered and structured wisdom from the long tradition of Christian discernment, through which we are attentive to the way God draws us into relationship and calls us to service. Ignatius was a practical man of action and a mystic whose sole desire was God. His Spiritual Exercises are a map for the archetypal spiritual journey into God, and ways of surrender that let God draw you into that journey.

This Course offers you a vocational path:

  • in and through studying and praying the Spiritual Exercises;

  • reflecting on and practising the many and various skills of spiritual direction;

  • discerning the variety of ways in which you may be drawn to respond to God’s call to serve and to minister to others; and

  • this in due course will enable you to assist others in their own discernment.

You will engage in this formation through an exploration of how the Ignatian path is reflected in a variety of Christian spiritualties, followed by a deep immersion in the text of the Exercises and its meaning, and an integration of all that has been learnt and experienced during the process. This will enable you at the end of three years to see more clearly the next step of your journey and your calling in the accompaniment of others.

It is an ecumenical Christian course and is open to people of goodwill from all traditions. The course is led by an experienced staff of lay people, religious and clergy, and runs for one day a week (11am to 4pm) over three years.

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