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 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.
Friday, Feb 10th, 11 - 4pm
THE LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL
Metaphor and Spiritual Direction
Dr Andrew Mayes
How can we describe to others what is happening to us on our spiritual journey? How can we depict the spiritual road that we are taking-experiences of prayer, transitions that we travel through, impediments that we face-and externalize into words the interior experiences? Based on his latest book, Learning the Language of the Soul, Andrew will help us to explore creative and inspirational metaphors for use in spiritual direction.
Dr. Andrew Mayes is currently Spirituality Adviser to the Anglican Diocese of Chichester, where he has also served as director of clergy training. He is the author of six previous books, including the widely-acclaimed Beyond the Edge: Spiritual Transitions for Adventurous Souls.
10th March 11 - 4pm
AT THE STILL POINT
Accompanying The Contemplative
In a busy and active society and church, contemplative prayer and living is a radical call and challenge. Are there particular needs in spiritual direction for those who are on this path? Based on years of accompanying others on this journey, Liz will help us to explore this area of our work and be better equipped to support those responding to this calling.
As a member of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) for 20 years, Liz has served in various capacities including WCCM UK School Coordinator and UK National Coordinator. She now focuses on teaching meditation, leading retreats, and offering spiritual direction. She recently contributed two chapters to the book on the Christian mystics, Journey to the Heart.
7 April 11 - 4pm
THE GIFT OF THE CROSS
Suffering and The Truer Self
God does not send us suffering; or even desire it. But often it is in suffering that we, and our directees, find a deeper confidence and trust in God. Is this a kind of death and resurrection? By reflecting on our own experience, what we need in times of suffering and difficulty, we can find both inspiration and courage to be with others in theirs.
Antonia is a tutor on the Ignatian Spirituality Course, a Spiritual Director and Trustee of the London Centre for Spiritual Direction.
5 May 11 - 4pm
ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT
Desire in Spiritual Direction
After a long period in Christian history when desire was frowned upon as suspect, we return at last to the joy of finding God in our deepest desire. Although familiar to many, this is still a ground-breaking insight for so many of the people we accompany. Susanne will help us to explore desire in spiritual direction and increase our confidence in drawing upon this in our work with others.
Susanne is the Advisor for Spirituality in the Rochester Diocese. She is responsible for spirituality events and formations, organising and allocating spiritual directors for the diocese. She is also trained in Ignatian Spirituality and very experienced in giving the Exercises.
14 July 11 - 4pm
KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU
Introduction to the Enneagram
Personality typologies have assisted many people over the years to understand themselves better and to appreciate the differences in others. The Enneagram is a special typology providing not just descriptors of different types of people but wisdom for the journey to wholeness. As spiritual directors, it can be a helpful lens
through which to better see and support the people we accompany.
Jill is a BACP Accredited Counsellor and an Enneagram teacher. A graduate of the Enneagram Professional Training Profile with Helen Palmer, she runs workshops at all stages of the Enneagram, monthly study groups and work with teams in business and faith groups.