Awakening is that aha! moment when peace and possibility simultaneously embrace us.
– Scott McRae,
Walking with another human being on the journey of spiritual growth is, in our humble opinion, the most important and fulfilling work on the planet.
It is also some of the most challenging work, and those that take on this training need to have done significant personal, spiritual work.
This program is designed for those who value a diversity of spiritual and faith expressions. It is for those who feel called to a private practice in one-on-one or group spiritual direction. The program is also suited to other helping professionals who want to add a spiritual guidance perspective to their current work (such as psychotherapists, health practitioners, ministers and chaplains).
Our program is highly selective. Most programs take people that have a general interest in spiritual direction. Due to the difficulty of the craft, very few who complete training programs actually end up doing spiritual direction.
For this reason, our program is small and works more on an apprentice model than a class model. Participants go through the process individually or in a small cohort group.
Our program is grounded in contemplative spirituality and a unique skill-building approach to learning the art and craft of spiritual direction. Our 3-Phase Model of Spiritual Guidance is the result of years of trial and error and study. It identifies the specifics competencies that are needed in each of the 3 phases of spiritual direction. And, it is theoretically grounded in an adult learning model and a stage model of human development.
Whereas most spiritual direction programs take a “broad brush” approach to spiritual direction, our program takes a deep dive into the mechanics of spiritual guidance work, with the belief that the more technically skilled we are, the more freely we can exercise the art of the craft.
The Sojourners Spiritual Guidance Program runs on a parallel track with our Course in Spiritual Growth and Guidance, meaning participants are enrolled in and complete the three modules of this small-group Course. Program participants will also be enrolled in monthly training course. This consists of individual or cohort sessions which specifically focus on building the skills of spiritual guidance. As participants progress, a practicum component is added in which practice sessions are held with actual clients.
A Certificate in Spiritual Direction will be given those who successfully complete the following:
Completion times for this training course vary but are generally 18 to 24 months.
This tuition includes the 3-Module Course in Spiritual Growth & Guidance plus the Certificate Training Tuition Costs
A $100 non-refundable deposit reserves your place in the program. It is due at the time of acceptance into the program and is in addition to the following tuition options:
I (Scott) will be the primary teacher. I have been doing various forms of spiritual guidance and mentoring for over 30 years, with over 500 individuals, and over 4000 hours of supervising spiritual work. I have diverse experience and education that includes:
I (Melanie) also have been in the spiritual guidance arena 30 years, and now spend most of my professional work as a bereavement counselor with hospice. My experience and education includes: