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.

Tutors
Julie Dunstan

Julie Dunstan

Director

A very experienced psychotherapist and spiritual director, Julie has been teaching and supervising others for many years. She is also a licensed lay minister in the Church of England. Her passion and expertise is the interface between Christian spirituality, psychotherapy and spiritual direction.

Catherine Armstrong

Catherine Armstrong

Tutor Yr 1

Catherine has been a practicing spiritual director since 2007 and a tutor since 2009. She has been involved in prayer ministry at her church for 20 years, leads retreats and quiet days and she recently obtained an MA in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College.

Nim Njuguna

Nim Njuguna

Tutor Yr 3

Spiritual director, Multi-Faith minister and Quaker Prison Chaplain, Nim has worked with marginalized communities in Austria, Sudan, Somaliland, Scotland and Kenya where he comes from. He is a former Associate Chaplain at Anglia Ruskin University and is a person-centred therapist.

 

 

Valerie Pearce

Valerie Pearce

Tutor Yr 2

An Anglican priest and former member of a religious community for many years, I have been involved in the ministry of spiritual direction for 25 years. As a teacher, I am excited by the opportunity provided by the Encounter Course to further this ministry which I believe is vital for the life of the church.

Antonia Lynn

Antonia Lynn

Tutor Yr 3

Antonia holds an MA from Girton College, Cambridge in Classics and Theology. Ordained in 1987 in the Church of England, she served in parishes and mental health chaplaincy, and was received into the Catholic Church in 2000. Antonia is an experienced spiritual director, supervisor and facilitator with a passion for spirituality as ‘lived theology’.  She is currently reading for a professional doctorate in practical theology’

Sue Bennett

Sue Bennett

Tutor Yr 1

Sue Bennett holds an MA in Christian Spirituality from Heythrop College. She trained on the Ignatian Spiritual Direction Course at Lombard Street. In 2011, she spent a year as an intern at St Beuno’s in North Wales and she continues to work there as a visiting director. She is interested in spirituality and gardening and leads quiet days on this topic and others

Val Smith

Val Smith

Tutor Yr 2

With 25 years of experience in an international missions organisation, where she specialised in staff development, Val is passionate about the role spiritual direction plays in personal transformation. Alongside giving direction, Val is also involved in leading retreats and teaching at conferences and training events.

David Darling

David Darling

David has been an Anglican priest for 20 years. I was also a member of a religious order for 17 years and led quiet days and retreats as well as seeing people for spiritual direction. I also spent 11 years as a specialist nurse running an HIV clinic. I have an MA in psychology of religion and am looking forward to exploring further the interface between human and spiritual development