Bread of Life has been preparing women and men for the ministry of spiritual direction since 1998. Many of these people are now practicing spiritual direction, leading retreats and facilitating groups. Others have used the experience and tools to enhance their work in ministry, teaching, health care, chaplaincy and other caring professions.
This two-year intensive training program includes monthly Saturday gatherings and periodic weekend retreats that:
I have participated in many educational
experiences including seminary for the parish pastoral role, clinical pastoral
education, and pastoral counseling preparation. For me, the greatest depth of spiritual growth
-- and the most personally transforming -- has been the Bread of Life spiritual
direction training with its built-in mentoring and supervision.
It most fully invites
me to depth personal reflection, attunement to my deepest and truest self, to
the other with whom I am called to be present, and to the Holy Presence abiding
with us all.
--Rev. Sandi John, class of 2013
- focus on the spiritual formation of the candidate
- in a context of depth community
- while building core competencies in the ministry of spiritual direction
While grounded in Christian faith and practice, this program cultivates the capacity to listen for the movements of Spirit in whatever tradition or life arena they arise.
Foundation Year - Listen to Your Life is offered annually and is the prerequisite year to the 2 year Internship in the Art of Spiritual direction.