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SCHOOL OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Online Wisdom-based Certificate in Spiritual Direction

For those who desire to become Spiritual Directors, companioning others with compassion and wisdom on their spiritual journeys.  

Rooted in the contemplative Christian tradition of inner experience of God's healing, guiding love,
cultivated through silence and solitude, listening and discernment. 
Grown and enriched by collective wisdom arising through all of Creation--
​at all times, in all places, through all people and traditions.

 

***Currently Accepting Applications for 2022 Fall Cohort through August 1st!***

 


2-Hour Orientation on Zoom: September 20th, 9am-11am Central Time
2-Hour Zoom Gathering: Every 3rd Tuesday from 9am-11am CT, beginning October 18th 

Course Information
Spiritual Direction Application
Q & A

Abby Buter

Staff Resilience Coordinator & Wellness Coach
Tacoma, WA

“I had been searching for a spiritual direction program to join for many years, but nothing felt right. The Wisdom Tree Collective came along at the perfect time. I love how this program is holistic.  This program teaches us how to be spiritual directors, but it also pushes us to turn inward and pay attention to our own inner self. It's giving me the practical tools to be a spiritual director, but also equips me with the wisdom and ways of being with people that will help me hold space for my future directees well.” 

Becky Yates

Retired Pastor
Nashville, TN

“I began a “deep dive” spiritual journey with Kasey about 10 years ago. It has led me to a deeper understanding and a stronger faith. But when I began the Spiritual Director program last fall I discovered new revelations, healing, and a Divine connection that I could not have imagined. Grateful and energized for the journey!” 

Amy Hammett, MA, LMHC

Seattle, WA

"In grad school, I learned to think differently. In therapy, I learned how to think and feel differently. In this program, I'm learning how to think, feel, and see differently. I'm eager to learn how my unfurling might coalesce with a God bigger than I've imagined."

Rev. Dr. Amy E. Steele, Dean of The Upper Room Chapel

Nashville, TN

"The Wisdom Tree Collective Spiritual Direction program gathers the best of spiritual direction traditions across faiths. It is a two-year program in listening to, for, and with the spirit, allowing truths to emerge one breath at a time. It is remarkable to me how generous and accurate this process is for listening to and understanding what might previously have been unknown and unwelcome. I highly recommend this program."

Certificate in Spiritual Direction:
 
2-Year Process 
-1st year Formation of Spiritual Director & Introduction (didactic learning, reading, writing, experiential)
-2nd year Supervision of Spiritual Director & Concentration (experiential, research and integration)

Program Objectives: 
  • Personal healing & growth as you live with program material and contemplative practices over time so as to invite a deeper discovery of the Divine Presence and your Authentic Self
  • Deepening your ability to listen for and discern Wisdom as it manifests within and around you
  • Offering you skills and tools to assist you in becoming a compassionate, wise companion & guide for others

Year One Program Rhythm:
Developing or deepening one's rhythm of spiritual practice by entering into a flexible rhythm of program material.
                 Each month-
                          Week 1: Reading & starting the three 1-2 page reflection papers
                          Week 2: Watching pre-recorded class teaching & engaging practices
                          Week 3: Zoom with group to discuss reading, teaching, & practices
                          Week 4: Interacting with cohort through online gathering space
 
Year One Requirements:
  • 12 once a month 2-hour Group Zoom Sessions
  • 11 pre-recorded Class videos and 1 live Zoom teaching on Professional Ethics for Spiritual Directors with Mary Rose Bumpus, RSM, PhD 
  • 3 monthly 1-2 page reflection papers on readings/pre-recorded class material 
  • 6 Half Hour Sessions with Spiritual Direction Mentor
  • 10-12 Spiritual Direction sessions with a Spiritual Director of your choice*
  • 12+ Opportunities for Sharing & Support through an Online Gathering Space with Cohort
 
Year Two Program Rhythm:
Developing or deepening one's rhythm of spiritual practice by entering into a flexible rhythm of program material.                    
                   Each month-
                           Week 1: Researching, reading, writing &/or planning
                           Week 2: Offering Spiritual Direction
                           Week 3: Group Supervision via Zoom (every other month) 
                           Week 4: Interacting with cohort through online gathering space
 
Year Two Requirements:
  • Provide 10-12 sessions of Spiritual Direction each for 2 Directees (in-person, phone, or online)                                     
  • 9 Sessions of Supervision (3 One-Hour Individual sessions with Mary Rose Bumpus, 6 2-hour Zoom Group Supervision sessions) along with readings related to Supervision
  • 6 short dialogues with corresponding contemplative reflection form (CRF) for 6 of your spiritual direction sessions (3 discussed in individual supervision sessions, 1 discussed with group, 2 with written response from Supervisor(s))
  • 3 Half Hour Sessions with Spiritual Direction Mentor
  • Go deeper into a chosen Concentration/Focus through an Integrative Paper or Integrative Project (your choice of readings)
  • 6 One-page updates on focus & opportunity to share an update with the group during Zoom and online Communal Conversation
  • 10-page Integrative Paper or 5-page Review of Integrative Project due at the end of Year 2                                         
  • Monthly Online Gathering Space for Sharing & Support (Communal Conversations)
  • 10-12 Individual or Group Spiritual Direction sessions for self*
  • Optional: 1-hour pre-recorded seminar: Setting up a Spiritual Direction Practice

 

Year One Classes & Fees: 
Recognizing & Healing Our Image(s) of God
    Course Objectives:

  • Awareness of the impact of image(s) and language of God on one’s inner and outer world
  • Study of names & images of the Unnamable within and beyond one’s particular religious context and/or familiarity
  • Experience of soul-shaping conversations & spiritual practices offering healing of our stories associated with images of God
          

Contemplative Prayer & Meditation (through Time & Across Traditions)
     Course Objectives: 

  • Awareness of the ancient roots, present growth, purpose, and fruit of contemplative prayer & meditation
  • Study of different ways of contemplative prayer & meditation integrating mind, body, spirit, imagination, community, & Creation
  • Experience of ancient and present day contemplative prayer & meditation practices from a variety of traditions

 
Stages of Spiritual Growth & Development
    Course Objectives:

  • Awareness of stages and phases of spiritual growth & development in individuals and communities
  • Study of the benefits & limitations of, as well as insights offered by, different paradigms of spiritual growth & development
  • Experience of the intersection of spiritual growth & development and spiritual practices


Discovering Our True Self and Tools for Self-Discovery
    Course Objectives:

  • Awareness of and language around True/Authentic Self
  • Study of the inner work of transformation, including Dark Night of the Soul, and ways of discovery and recognition of True/Authentic Self 
  • Experience of practices and tools for Self-Discovery, including guided prayer, poetry, journaling, Sacred Naming, Awareness Examen, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and the Enneagram


The Art of Spiritual Direction I (Soul Companioning)
    Course Objectives:

  • Awareness of the history and distinguishing characteristics of Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Directors
  • Study of directive and non-directive ways to enter into shared silence & soul companionship  
  • Experience of hospitality for the soul and listening deeply with one’s whole being  

 
Ways of Wisdom: Spiritual Seeing, Listening, & Discerning (as individuals and in community)
    Course Objectives:

  • Awareness of the collective and perennial nature of Wisdom and the meaning of Discernment
  • Study of ways Wisdom/Divine Presence manifests and ways of Discernment   
  • Experience of personal and communal ways of discernment of Wisdom/Divine Presence

 
Soul Wounds: Views of Suffering, Sin, Trauma, Grief & Forgiveness
    Course Objectives:

  • Awareness of soul wounds impacting individuals, interpersonal relationships, and communities
  • Study of personal and cultural cycles of violence that wound and ways to companion others on their healing journey, stepping out of cycles of violence into greater wholeness  
  • Experience of one's own wounds and vulnerabilities leading to compassionate, humble, and wise Soul Companionship and case studies of witnessing and companioning others through times of suffering


The Art of Spiritual Direction II (Soul Companioning in Context)
    Course Objectives:

  • Awareness of contexts and systems at work in the lives of director and directee (individual and communities) impacting the Spiritual Direction relationship
  • Study of different contextual perspectives of Spiritual Direction leading to compassionate, wise Soul Companionship  
  • Experience of Spiritual Direction through the eyes of marginalized Spiritual Directors & Directees

 
The Art of Dreamwork (Listening to the Symbolic Language of the Soul) 
    Course Objectives:

  • Awareness of the symbolic language of the Soul as experienced in nighttime dreams and daytime visions
  • Study of various ways of working with dreams and visions to unlock their Wisdom for waking life
  • Experience of working with one’s own dreams and facilitating formal Dreamwork with a directee or informal Dreamwork with a friend or family member

 
Dynamics of Group Spiritual Direction & Dreamwork
    Course Objectives:

  • Awareness of group dynamics as one facilitates Spiritual Direction or Dreamwork
  • Study of different paradigms of Group Spiritual Direction and Group Dreamwork
  • Experience of the power of communal, collective Wisdom in Group Spiritual Direction and Group Dreamwork

 
Facilitating Contemplative Retreats (whether In-person or Online)
    Course Objectives:

  • Awareness of the need for and transforming nature of contemplative retreats in our contemporary society
  • Study of types and elements of contemplative retreats—creating space to befriend Silence & Solitude and allow for heart-opening opportunities through rest, play, beauty, awe, and delight
  • Experience of an online &/or in-person retreat utilizing mindful relaxation, the imagination, and Silence

 
Professional Ethics for Spiritual Directors 
    Course Objectives:

  • Awareness of ethical principles and conduct in regard to the spiritual direction relationship 
  • Study of the rights of directees and responsibilities of spiritual directors
  • Experience of practical ways to "do no harm" as informed by Spiritual Directors International Guidelines for Ethical Conduct, a Q & A session with Sister Mary Rose Bumpus, RSM, PhD, and preparation for receiving Supervision in Year Two


September Reading List To Prepare for Program:
“We Are Cells of the Living Planet: An Interview with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi,” Presence, Vol. 20, No. 3, p. 6
Foundations in Spiritual Direction: Sharing the Sacred Across Traditions by Beverly Lanzetta 
Unteachable Lessons: Why Wisdom Can’t Be Taught (And Why That’s Okay) by Carl McColman
 
Pick 1 (Optional):
The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham. 
The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence by Henri Nouwen
Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton
Waking Up to This Day: Seeing the Beauty Right Before Us by Paula D'Arcy
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence (also free online)

Program Fees for Year One: $1665 ​
    $880 for 11 2-hour classes at $80/each
    $440 for 11 pre-recorded teachings at $40/each,
    $105 (estimated price) for 1 seminar/retreat of your choice OR In-Person Cohort Retreat at            a Monastery (TBD by cohort)
    $240 for 6 sessions with Spiritual Direction mentor at $40/session

*additional fees for personal Spiritual Direction, books, supplies, seminar/retreat ​

Year Two Focus & Fees:

Focus/Concentration: 
  1. ​Integrative Paper- study and writing a 10-page paper on integration into Spiritual Direction  -or-
  2. Integrative Project- experiential opportunity development and implementation & 5-page review paper                                                                                                                                            
Examples of concentrations:
Creation Spirituality, Ignatian Spirituality, Native American Spirituality, Celtic Spirituality, Benedictine Spirituality, Rabbinic Wisdom,  Taoism, Buddhism, Desert Fathers & Mothers, Divine Feminine, The Beatitudes, Nonviolent Communication, Vocation/Calling, The Writings & Theology of a Mystic, Reiki, Yoga, Qigong, Breathwork, Walking/Movement, Dance, Pilgrimage, Play, Sacred Icons & Artwork, Music, Forgiveness Work, Dreamwork, Poetry, Journaling, Twelve Step/Recovery, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Anger and Women, The Second Half of Life, Spiritually Companioning Men, Tending the Souls of Teenagers, Parenting, Sexuality, Chronic Pain,  Hospice, Dementia, Healthcare Workers,  LGBTQ+, Socio-economic Disadvantaged, Social Justice, Church Context, Clergy & Church Staff, Spiritual but Not Religious, Interfaith, Tending the Soul in the Workplace, Soul-Tending at Home...what or who is your heart drawn to? 
                                                                                                                                              

Research and study can include reading, listening to podcasts, attending a retreat on the subject, being mentored in the subject, working toward certification in another area (ex. Reiki, Level 1), creating an experience for others (which can include an offering through Wisdom Tree Collective!), etc.
                                                                                                                                   
​Program Fees for Year Two: $935
​    $720 for 9 Sessions of Supervision
    $40 for 1 pre-recorded Teaching
    $175 for Reading/Feedback 

*additional fees for personal Spiritual Direction, books, and supplies ​ 

TOTAL PROGRAM COST: $2600
Payment plans and Scholarships available.     
                                               
                                                    
How to apply:
-Fill out online application.
-2-3 letters of recommendation from those who notice and/or have benefitted from your gifts of listening, wisdom, and discernment.  Click for online recommendation link.
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