Spiritual Direction Training


The Soul Care Spiritual Direction Training is based upon a circle model of learning. Our training is based upon the understanding that the deepest learning happens through relationship, modelling, and experience.

With a maximum of 16 participants per three-year cycle, the training is grounded in relationship, interaction, discussion and experience.  The training is a two year program focusing on spiritual direction and personal development.  A third year is available for supervision and extended learning.

Rooted in a 2-year foundation of Anam Cara and Cloister, there is an understanding of inner work, contemplative practices, shadow work, stillness, prayer and listening that this program is built upon.

Participants entering from other spiritual formation programs / experiences will be required to complete an Anam Cara  and Cloister intensive.  (Online six 4 hour days, late August / early September).


Rooted in a Christian mystical tradition, this training is based upon the unconditional and merciful Love that the mystics experienced and expressed in their lives and writings.

It is the belief that we come from this Love and we are being re-membered into this Love.

Through Spiritual Direction, we are committed to creating a space where this Love is palpable and accessible to all.

We believe this Love is healing and transformative and invites us all to live our lives in freedom and fullness, mercy and compassion, justice and kindness.

Next program commences October 2023.  The training will hold bi-monthly gatherings. One gathering per month will be focused on teaching and learning triads.  The second gathering will be focused more on experience (such as dream-work), discussion, verbatims, Q & A and more. The schedule will include on-line classes and two weekend in-person gatherings for each year.  Participants will also have interaction with each other throughout the training with monthly pairs, a group on-line forum, and opportunity to participate in the Soul Care Community meditation gatherings. 


i) Requirements

Completion of Anam Cara and Cloister OR two years minimum of spiritual formation,  2 reference letters and completion of an Anam Cara & Cloister intensive (online – six 4-hour days, late August / early September).

  • Two years minimum of receiving Spiritual Direction.
  • Discernment process upon application.

ii) Teachers – Local teachers and others from across Canada and abroad will form the instructive aspect of our learning.

iii) Curriculum – The Spiritual Direction Training Curriculum includes:

  • The Art of Listening
  • The Art of asking Questions
  • Dreamwork and Spiritual Direction
  • Creative Arts, Poetry and Spiritual Direction
  • Self-Care and a Life-style of Contemplation
  • Learnings from St. Teresa & St. John in Spiritual Direction
  • Trauma and Spiritual Direction
  • Family Systems and Spiritual Direction
  • Archetypes and Spiritual Direction
  • Engaging in Story as a Pathway for Transformation in SD
  • Journaling Tools in SD
  • Enneagram and Spiritual Direction
  • Jungian Typology and SD
  • Discernment & Times of Threshold Crossing
  • Ethics and Power Dynamics
  • Journey out of Fundamentalism and SD
  • History of SD / Learning of the Mystics

iv) Faculty

  • Cathy AJ Hardy – Director & Founder
  • Corrina Arnold MA MC RCC – Associate Director
  • Beth Woelk M.SC – Associate Director
  • Arlana Knuttila – Assistant Director

v) Wisdom Council

  • Kathi Bentall – Rivendell Retreat Centre, Bowen Island
  • Doreen Kostnuik – God With Us
  • Mary Boucher – God With US
  • Elsie Goerzen – MCC Program Director

“I came into Spiritual Direction Training uncertain if this was the path for me.  Even though it was something I desired, I didn’t know if it was the right fit.  Was I trying to fit into shoes that were too much for me?

“However, as the training proceeded from month to month, we entered into topics that were so relevant and interesting, not only for my learning as a SD, but for my own personal journey as well. Throughout the 2 years, Cathy and Gillian were supportive and affirming.  They had our backs!  Each time I thought I had to leap over something too large for me, the grace was always there that carried me through.”

– Corinne Stellingwerff

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