Course in Retreat Giving and Spiritual Guidance
The ‘Ten Week’ course aims to help participants to gain competence and experience in giving individually guided retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola through both experiential and theoretical learning. The emphasis is on retreat direction, though the programme also prepares for the more general ministry of spiritual direction. As well as acquiring skills the course seeks to discern and develop the charism for this ministry. The course is also suitable for those who are working (or preparing to work) in the area of discernment and formation, whether lay, clergy or religious.
The course comprises of: Preparation for Retreat-giving - includes: the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises; the principles of discernment; and some fundamental themes of spiritual theology relevant to this ministry. Retreat-giving - supervised practice of retreat-giving, including one 6 day and one 8 day residential Individually Guided Retreat in St Beuno’s (participation in this part of the programme will depend on the suitability and skills of the individual course members, and St Beuno’s staff reserves the right of final decision as to whether course members participate in this element of the programme). Study of the Spiritual Exercises - this includes practical application of the Exercises in everyday life, and involves study and practical work to help understand the dynamic of spiritual growth/development.
Throughout the course there will be personal supervision, observed practice, and assessment of your progress and needs.
Participants need to have made the full Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius and have some understanding of Ignatian Spirituality. An excellent fluency in English and a good understanding of the British culture are requirements for this programme.
Deadline for applications is 7th July 2017
To book this course please follow the register button below and complete the online registration form. We will then email you the relevant full application form.