Spiritual Direction Training

chairs_2 facing_summer“Spiritual Direction is about holy listening, presence and attentiveness.”  ~ M. Guenther

Spiritual Direction is an ancient form of strengthening and encouraging one another in Christ (Hebrews 3:13-14).  It is a process where we become more aware of God’s presence and activity in our lives, and learn to respond with our whole being–head, heart, body, and soul. It is directive only in so far as the director and directee attend to the movement (e.g. direction) of the Holy Spirit in the directee’s life.

Spiritual Direction is a reflective and evocative experiential mode of being with directees as they attend to God’s activity in their lives and prayer. The contemplative approach helps directees follow God’s movement to its deepest place, on the midst of life’s ordinary and extraordinary chaos.

This is a course that may be helpful to clergy, pastors and other faith professionals.

Please Note: Enrollment in both Weekend and Weekday Spiritual Direction Trainings is currently closed. If you are interested in enrolling in a future training, please request more information below or contact program@kairosjourney.org.

Overview of the Program
Program Themes
About the Faculty

Cost and Payment Schedule
Enrollment Process
Make a Payment
More Information

Overview of the ProgramSDT Prospectus

KAIROS offers two courses in Spiritual Direction Training–weekday or weekend. Each course is designed as a two-year program of contemplative spiritual direction training which includes required readings, assignments, and verbatim reports of direction sessions.  Each student is expected to be engaged in directing other persons, as well as receiving spiritual direction while in the program.  Peer supervision is a key element of the learning process.

This training builds on and deepens other spiritual disciplines.  Thus it is important that those coming into this program have a well-rounded foundation in Spiritual Formation, and are men and women on a sincere journey of prayer.  Although this is an intense program of learning, the training builds on the simplicity of a contemplative life.  Periods of silence are encouraged.  Sharing one’s experience of the movement of God out of the silence and regular times for prayer and worship enrich the training.

Enrollment for Spiritual Direction Training is currently closed. More details for this class are available in the most recent Prospectus

Please note that an interview is a required part of the application process – and will be scheduled after receiving your application, application fee, essay, and letters of recommendation.

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Program Themes

  • Introduction to Contemplative Spiritual Direction
  • Beginning Spiritual Direction & Ethical Considerations – Part 1
  • Attending to God-Person Relationship
  • Attending to Director-Directee Relationship
  • On Being Contemplative
  • Discernment in Spiritual Direction – Part 1
  • Spiritual Direction & Spiritual Practices
  • Spiritual Direction, Counseling, & other Professional Ministries
  • Discernment in Spiritual Direction – Part 2
  • Befriending our Desires
  • Human Formation: Adult Faith Development
  • Integral Spirituality & a Rising Consciousness
  • Diversity in Spiritual Direction
  • Sexuality, Spirituality & Spiritual Direction
  • The Dark Night and Dark Night Experiences
  • Exploring your Ministry & Ethics – Part 2

A spiritual director companions another to explore,Who is God for me and who am I for God?
  ~ W. Barry & W. Connolly

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About the Faculty

Learn about Carolynne Ervin

Learn about Robert Woodcock

Cost and Payment Schedule for Weekday Spiritual Direction Training – 2016-2018

This class meets monthly during the weekend September through May. Classes begin on Wednesday at 2 p.m. and continue through Friday noon at the Franciscan Spiritual Center, Aston, PA.

Please note that this fee is paid in the first year only.

COST of TUITION (includes Room & Board): $2,997 per year

The first tuition payment ($999) is due August 1, 2016.
Second portion of tuition payment ($999) is due December 1, 2016
The final tuition payment ($999) is due on March 1, 2017.


Financial assistance is available on a very limited basis. Applicants are encouraged to seek other resources of funding from their local church or religious affiliations. $500 per year is the maximum award and is based upon available funding.  Contact Mary Kay Alpaugh, Interim Executive Director, to apply for assistance before July 15. Email director@KAIROSjourney.org or phone, 717-669-2957.

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Enrollment Process for Weekday Spiritual Direction Training – 2016-2018

Please Note: Enrollment for Spiritual Direction Training is currently closed.

  1. Submit a completed application and personal essay via email to office@kairosjourney.org or mail to 2160 Lincoln Highway East #13, Lancaster, PA 17602. A $150 application fee ($100 if registered by July 1) is due at the time application and can be made via Paypal (link below) or mailed with application.
  2. Have three personal references submit references forms to Kairos.
  3. After receiving and reviewing application, essay, and references, Kairos will schedule an in-person interview.
  4. Make first tuition payment by August 1, 2016.

**Special Note If you need regular menu items prepared differently, such as low-salt, or vegetarian items, please advise our administrative staff upon registering for a class/retreat. If you need specialized alternatives that are not routinely stocked by the Jesuit Center kitchen, please bring them with you and inquire about refrigerated storage space.

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 Pay Application Fee for Weekday Spiritual Direction Training – 2016-2018

A $150 application fee is due with application. You may pay now via Paypal (use a credit card, debit card, or Paypal account).

Please Note: Enrollment for Spiritual Direction Training is currently closed.

Pay the Tuition for Weekday Spiritual Direction Training  (2016-2018)

Once you receive a confirmation of enrollment, you may make your first tuition payment (due August 1, 2016). Before making your payment,  please review the terms and conditions HERE.  Then select your payment amount and type your name in the box below to indicate that you “accept the Terms/Conditions.”

Please Note: Enrollment for Spiritual Direction Training is currently closed.

Pay the Tuition for the Weekend Spiritual Direction Training (2015-2017)

This class is currently in session. No enrollment is being taken at this time.

Students of this class may access the 2015-2017 SDT, Reading Lists & Schedule by clicking this link.


Students currently enrolled in SDT WEEKEND (2015-2017) may make payments here:

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