Spiritual Direction Courses

The West Midlands Courses in Spiritual Direction

Soul Food 

A course for anyone who wants to grow in responsiveness to God. With an awareness of some of the Christian prayer traditions, tutors journey with participants to develop reflection (noticing the movements of the Spirit), an awareness of personality and prayer, and the use of silence, solitude, the Bible and our imaginations as helps to develop intimacy with God. See the course description and general publicity poster for you to use.

The course will run from Oct 2023 to Feb 2024 over six Tuesday evenings online, plus three Saturdays in Penn, Wolverhampton. You can apply online or email your application to Charles Ruxton, Diocesan Spirituality Adviser.

Cost: £144 (i.e. £12/eve plus £24 per day session). This reflects the running cost of the course; however if cost presents an obstacle please still apply as we may be able to help.

Spiritual Listening

For anyone who has done Soul Food (or equivalent) and wishes to become more able to make space for God in conversation with others. Participants need to be receiving Spiritual Direction (help is given in finding a Companion if required). Read the course description.

This course has recently completed. We plan to run it again in 2024. See Apply online or download application form for details of previous course.

Cost £288** (see below)

The art of Spiritual Direction

For some, a gift and calling to be a Spiritual Companion to others emerges. This course is for those in whom this calling is discerned and aims to develop the gift of enabling another person to attend to their relationship with God. It involves a growing personal awareness of the movements of the Spirit as well as an openness to the ways in which God deals with another person. We use the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises as a guide for this process. Course description

This course runs from May 2023 meeting monthly on Tuesdays for a year, plus a 3-day residential retreat 11-14 September 2023. Apply online or download application form.

Cost £390 for each of the three terms plus £300 for the residential** (some bursary funding may be available).

**This reflects the running cost of the course; however if cost presents an obstacle, please still apply as we may be able to help.

Courses are open to Christians from any church. To book or register your interest click the links above, or to discuss the courses, please email Charles Ruxton, Diocesan Spirituality Adviser charles.ruxton@trinitychurches.org.

Apply to join the Spiritual Listening course

This course is about the practice of listening, attending to a person’s relationship with God. So a typical session will include time for listening to one another, time for our own prayer and reflection, as well as some teaching from the front.

Apply to join the Soul Food course

A course about /doing/ prayer

Spiritual Companions Code of Practice

This Code of Practice applies to Spiritual Companions who are offering Spiritual Direction to pilgrims who have been introduced by a Coordinator of Companions in one of the Episcopal Areas of the Diocese.

Apply for Spiritual Direction course

This course is about the purpose and practice of Spiritual Direction. Participants will need to come with a willingness to be open about their own relationship with God, as well as open to others who may be very different to them.

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