About The Training Programme

Seeking God. Seeking Life.

The programme is based around monthly training days [Saturdays] at Aylesford Priory. At the beginning of each term there is a Friday lunchtime to Saturday afternoon session.

Mornings are usually interactive teaching sessions. Areas covered will include:

  • ·         The nature and purpose of spiritual direction
  • ·         Discernment
  • ·         Spirituality and psychology
  • ·         Spiritual direction and prayer
  • ·         Supporting people through conflict and struggle
  • ·         Managing a spiritual direction relationship
  • ·         Insights from different Christian spiritual traditions

Afternoons will usually focus on practical work: for example, spiritual direction practice in threes [triads], developing skills in listening and discernment, or exploring different ways of prayer.

For more information on the course content and structure:

The sessions will take place in the Gate House – a small, quiet and comfortable setting. We envisage a total group size of 12 to 15 people, both lay and ordained.

“A very useful and helpful preparation for Spiritual Direction and practice. Offers tools and techniques for exploring the spiritual journey … for oneself and with others. ”

Fr Kevin Maddy SCP

I feel blessed participating in the Course as it has made me aware of the skills which I need to cultivate for fruitful practice of spiritual direction. Also, the ecumenical dimension of the Course has been very enriching as insights from various spiritual trasitions have been generously shared by all on the Course.”

Fr Alex Ezechukwu OCD

“Spiritual Direction, Holy Listening, Spiritual Midwifery, all will be revealed as you seek to unravel the mystery surrounding the Journey of Accompaniment. An opportunity to learn the unfamiliar skills required, to be challenged and taken out of your comfort zone. An informative, deeply enriching experience designed to promote spiritual growth.”

Judith Roser

“I found this Course to be rooted in learning from the saints and mystics and modern psychology teaching. Exploring both is a great encouragement to press on and go deeper into my own spiritual journey. I am sure too that it is overall a transforming experience in terms of spiritual accompaniment.”

Barry Saunders

“I came into this Course expecting to gain skills to better support others in their spiritual journey. To my surprise, I was blessed with the ability to journey myself growing in self-awareness and feeling a sense of freedom in my personal journey into God.”

Ruth Conlon

“An interesting and engaging Course with plenty of opportunity for spiritual reflection and enquiry.”

Marj Snape

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