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Art and Practice of Spiritual Direction

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  1. Introduction to the Course
  2. Art and Practice Themes Outline 2021-22
  3. Art and Practice Book List 2021-22
  4. Welcome from Program Mentors
  5. Zoom Links
  6. Assignments and Resources
    11 Topics
  7. Video Pre-work for Session 2: The Circle of Life
    3 Topics
  8. Video Pre-work for Session 2: Theological Presuppositions
    3 Topics
  9. April 10: Session 2 Flow
  10. Labyrinth Gallery
  11. Real Play from April 10, 2021
    1 Topic
  12. Video Pre-Work for Session 3: Supervision
    6 Topics
  13. May 8: Session 3 Flow
  14. Video Pre-Work for Session 4: Interior Movements
    4 Topics
  15. June 12: Session 4 Flow
  16. Video Pre-Work for Session 5: Directing Another in Prayer
    5 Topics
  17. July 10: Session 5 Flow
  18. Video Pre-Work for Session 6: Jungian Psychology and Spiritual Direction
  19. September 11: Session 6 Flow
  20. Video Pre-Work for Session 7: Culture and Marginalization
    7 Topics
  21. October 9: Session 7 Flow
  22. Pre-Work for Session 8: Special Topics in Spirituality
  23. November 13: Session 8 Flow
  24. Pre-Work for Session 9: Discernment
  25. January 7 & 8 Discernment Weekend
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  • Print out the readings and handouts and create a binder or folder to keep all of your materials together in one place.
  • Watch for a packet of supplies in the mail the week of our first session.
  • Read the first 4 chapters of Sacred is the Call and journal your responses to For Further Reflection at the end of each chapter.
  • Read the article What to Expect in Christian Spiritual Direction by Thomas Hart  and journal your responses to these questions:
    • What stands out for me in this article?
    • How has my experience of Spiritual Direction been similar or different from this article?
    • What might be my growing edge as a Spiritual Director in the light of this article?
  • Review the Contemplative Listening Group Model (below)
For the journaling assignments you will be using the journal that you purchased specifically for Art & Practice.  You will use your journal to record your learnings from all the formation elements including: readings, lectures, session experiences, spiritual direction, and supervision. You will then use your journal entries to integrate your learnings as you write your reflection papers that are required after each session.   We ask that this journal not be electronic. In many situations it will be inappropriate to record your learnings by pulling out an electronic device. Your journal entries need not be long but just enough to help you reflect when you review them.


  • Purchase a special candle for all of our gatherings.
  • Purchase a designated journal for Art and Practice.
  • Pen and notebook.
  • A container of water and paper towel.

Your packet will include:

  • Watercolor pencils, a paintbrush, and watercolor paper. You may supplement the art supplies as you wish.

Program Schedule

You can download the schedule for the March 12 & 13 session using the link below