Spiritual Direction Certificate Program

You are invited to join us for any individual seminar or learning event.   And you are also invited to join us for the Spiritual Direction training program.   This program is designed to strengthen and encourage your own spiritual growth as well as prepare you to assist others skillfully and carefully on their spiritual walk.    You will learn themes of contemplative spirituality from a Celtic perspective thereby deepening your wisdom about God’s work in and through the human developmental process, and you will gain skills in effective listening, conversation, and spiritual disciplines with the goal of accompanying others as they seek their own Divine encounter.    Some of you will want these skills as they are relevant to all of your relationships, and others may want to employ these skills in professional pastoral and spiritual direction work.   This series of training seminars, retreats, and experiences, which entitles the participant to a Certificate of Spiritual Direction at the conclusion of the work, prepares you to offer trained, educated, and practiced care for the souls of others.     

The Spiritual Direction program consists of six one-day seminars (Development), six group gatherings for contemplative practice and spiritual direction instruction (Encounter), structured readings (Learning), personal spiritual direction, and supervised spiritual direction of others (Practice).    The six Development seminars occur over a two-year cycle.   You are welcome to take the Development seminars in whatever order serves your lifestyle and schedule although you may enjoy beginning with the Celtic Soul seminar as an introduction.    The six Encounter days are scheduled the day prior to each seminar to accommodate schedules and travel needs.  The seminars and experiential learning opportunities are held in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, in the North Seattle area along the Salish Sea / Puget Sound.    The Learning and Practice components of the training are accomplished on your own schedule.   You will be guided along each step of the training experience.

The principles of Celtic Spirituality and the eternal truth carried by the beauty of Creation combine to create a rich soul-enhancing and well-informed learning experience.    

The six Development seminars are:

  • Celtic Soul (Introduction to Celtic Christian Themes of Relationship with God)
    • Saturday, February 2, 2019
    • Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Nature (Spiritual Understanding of Self within Creation)
    • Saturday, May 4, 2019
    • Saturday, May 2, 2020
  • Wandering Homeward (Spiritual Development Across the Human Lifespan)
    • Saturday, October 6, 2018
    • Saturday, October 5, 2019
    • Saturday, October 3, 2020
  • Imagination  (Myth, Fairy Tales, and Dreams as Guides to Christ Encounter)
    • Saturday, February 9, 2019
    • Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Word (Skilled Reading and Application of Sacred Text as Spiritual Guide)
    • Saturday, May 11, 2019
    • Saturday, May 9, 2020
  • Related Reality  (Relational Responsibility Toward Others, Community, and Creation)
    • Saturday, October 12, 2019
    • Saturday, October 10, 2020

 

Spiritual Direction and Training Group work:

For those in the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program and anyone interested in exploring the program, we offer 3-hour sessions for spiritual formation group support and Spiritual Direction training.   These sessions will include formation discussions, practices, and training to direct others in their formation.    Participants in the Certificate Program are required to attend six direction sessions.   The Sessions are scheduled the day before each seminar to facilitate scheduling and travel.   Although not required, it is best if participants enroll in a group formation and training session the day prior to each seminar in which you are enrolled.

The group meetings are on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Shoreline or Edmonds, WA area.   They are held on the following dates:

2018
October 5

2019
February 1
February 8
May 3
May 10
October 4
October 11

2020
January 31
February 7
May 1
May 8
October 2
October 9

 

The Spiritual Direction training will also include:

  • Reading
    • You will read several relevant books on Celtic spirituality, contemplative practice, and the art of spiritual direction.   10-15 texts will be required.
  • Writing
    • You will have several written assignments which include a spiritual autobiography, a verbatim of your work as spiritual director, and a Clinical Portfolio at the conclusion of your training which includes an incorporation of relevant texts, spiritual direction verbatim material, and a synthesis of Celtic principles and spiritual formation, community involvement, and spiritual direction practices.
  • Personal Spiritual Direction.
    • You will be required to participate in your own spiritual direction by a trained spiritual director for a minimum of 18 months.
  • Offering Spiritual Direction to others.    
    • You will be required to offer spiritual direction to at least two other persons for one year during the course of your training.
  • Spiritual Direction supervision.   
    • You will be required to be supervised by a trained spiritual director as you offer direction to others.    

Costs:

  • Each Development seminar costs $175 and includes instruction, facilitation of contemplative practices, an experience of a setting in the beauty of Nature and spiritual practice, and lunch.   You are invited to increase your payment as you are led so that the increase may help to subsidize participants who need assistance with the fee.
  • Each Encounter day costs $50 and includes facilitation of contemplative spiritual practice and instruction.  You are invited to increase your payment as you are led so that the increase may help to subsidize participants who need assistance with the fee.
  • Your own spiritual direction and supervision is your responsibility and is paid for by you as an agreed upon fee with your spiritual director and supervisor.      
  • You are responsible for any travel costs to and from each event or gathering and any lodging that you choose.   
  • If you are unable to cover the full cost of the program, then please contact Kirk Webb and let him know what you can pay.  With the generosity of other participants, we may be able to accommodate your needs. 

 

To register or to explore your own involvement in the Spiritual Direction program, please contact Kirk Webb.