Introduction to Spiritual Accompaniment - Online Course

Saturday 14 Nov 2020 - Thursday 25 Mar 2021 (1:00pm - 9:00pm)
Published on 28 Aug 2020
Two young men talking.

This course in now full.

The aim of this course – which will take place via Zoom for the first time – is to help participants grow in listening and speaking in a discerning way, in formal and informal contexts.

The course will help to deepen the qualities of listening and speaking in a variety of circumstances whether in person or online. We will introduce some of the skills and sensitivities necessary for spiritual direction although the course by itself does not provide sufficient training for people to offer spiritual direction. It will offer the opportunity to discern how each participant is being called to use their gifts in accompanying others in their own context.

The course is therefore suitable for a wide range of people: those who work in pastoral settings (hospitals, chaplaincies, prisons, in ministry) and those who are simply interested in life-giving conversations at depth with others.

The course includes listening skills, discernment of spirits, a model of Ignatian accompaniment and ways of praying.  Each participant will be supported by a personal tutor. There will be a variety of ways of working individually and as a group, including observed practice – all via Zoom. 

Course requirements:

  •          Commitment to one’s own prayer life
  •          To be receiving spiritual direction by the time the course starts
  •          To be available for the dates and committed to all elements of the course
  •          Sufficient IT skills and equipment to use Zoom

Online group sessions are at the following times:

Saturdays 13.00-17.00: November 14th 2020, December 5th, January 16th 2021, February 6th, March 13th

Thursdays 19.00-21.00: November 26th, December 17th, January 7th, January 28th, February 25th, March 18th

Cost: Suggested donation £250.  Bursaries may be available.

Please complete and submit the application form by Friday 16th October.

For any questions or enquiries please contact Iona by e-mail:  [email protected]

Iona is away from 19th Sept until the 5th October and will acknowledge receipt of any forms during that time thereafter. Thank you for your patience.

Read the full course description: File Online ISA Course Description.docx

Course Details


Online - via Zoom


14th November 2020 to 25th March 2021

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