Two Year Formation for the Ministry of Spiritual Direction
September 2021 - April 2023
Our formation program is designed for people who are discerning a call to the ministry of spiritual direction.
We are rooted in the Christian contemplative tradition and are informed by Benedictine spirituality & hospitality, the teachings of Jung, wisdom from the Enneagram, principles of restorative justice, the discipline of reflective practice, embodied spirituality and wisdom from Christian mystics and prophets.
An exciting element of our program is the active involvement of many experienced spiritual directors, who will accompany us on our full seminar days, offering their wisdom and supervision. Interns also help students with facilitated conversations and support throughout the two year program. This interaction with a robust community of people who share the same love for the ministry of spiritual direction creates a dynamic learning environment, and sets a foundation of relationship and collaboration beyond completing the program.
We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds.
Registration is now closed for Cycle 7 of Shekinah: Formation in Spiritual Direction. Applications for cycle 8 will begin January 2023
Deepen participants’ capacity for contemplative listening presence
Engage the participants in the ongoing process of discernment
Foster and deepen authentic spirituality
Introduce participants to the theory and practice of spiritual direction
Provide supervision as the participants practice and refine skills of spiritual direction
Provide a prayerful, supportive learning community for the participants
Introduce participants to diverse voices in theology
Teach in a context that takes individual, interpersonal and societal components into account
Increase awareness of trauma and intersectionality
Format of Program
The Shekinah Formation Program makes use of asynchronous and synchronous learning. Asynchronous refers to pre-recorded videos that will be available on the website that students can access on their own time, as well as readings and reflection. Synchronous elements refer to specific times that we meet and learn interactively over zoom.
Ideally the Shekinah program will also have an in-person component. When Covid protocols allow, our fall intensive for both years will be held on site in Winnipeg. We will not be meeting in person for 2021, but will finalize what is possible for Year 2.
Each year begins with an intensive. Year 1’s intensive will be comprised of both asynchronous and synchronous elements, and will be focused on contemplative practices, foundational understanding and getting to know each other.
Monthly Sessions will involve a full day together online (Saturdays 10am-5pm CST) where we will explore the themes of the training modules through discussion, reflection and interactive exercises. In the afternoons, we will invite an experienced spiritual director to join us for a focus on a particular skill and will practice those skills under supervision.
In preparation for our day together, students will be expected to access the training module video on their own and participate in our small group process which will be facilitated by an alumni and scheduled at the convenience of each group.
Some time between December 12 and January 15th, students will also be expected to complete a 40 hour silent retreat. Shekinah will provide an online video component to support the start of the retreat, and will arrange to provide a session with an experienced spiritual director during the retreat. The location and lodging details are to be supplied by the student.
At the end of Year 1, each student will have a private meeting with the Director and one intern to offer and receive feedback.
Cost of Program
$3400 for 2 years, payable in 4 installments of $850 on Sept 1 and Jan 1 of each year. This includes 8 supervision sessions with a private supervisor. This does not include the cost of purchasing the required textbooks, individual spiritual direction, or cost of room and board (in the case of residencies). Scholarship available for BIPOC students. Please message for more information.