“I’m deeply grateful to have taken this particular spiritual director training program. As a “head” person, it can be easy for me to want more and more understanding about dreams, or the dark night, or psychology. But God has used this course with its focus on trusting the Spirit and listening well to God, self, and others, and with its beautiful modelling of love and acceptance and working together, to grow me in the ways I most needed to be grown and to shift my understanding of what is most important in a healthier direction. I have been deeply stretched and though it has been painful at times, I am so grateful for the ways I have grown through this course as I have seen God at work not just in my directees but in me.”
~ Carolyn Watts (2018) Vancouver
“It was evident to me from the very outset that every aspect of The Art of Spiritual Direction was skillfully, lovingly, and prayerfully designed so that spiritual direction was “caught” as an experience rather than just “taught” as a subject. Each intensive was a week-long “monastic” experience which included being surrounded by a loving, affirming, and authentic community, and a disciplined, yet gentle learning pace, which provided the vital seedbed for spiritual direction to grow in me and my classmates. The program provided a robust regimen of practicing spiritual direction under loving supervision, along with wonderful, soul-feeding reading to resource us. I also highly valued the highly ecumenical conversation, which was Christ-centred, Trinitarian, and anchored in the story of Scripture. The greatest outcome for me has been the sheer joy I have experienced in being able to offer the gift of spiritual direction to others.”
~ Gordie Lagore (2018) Vancouver
“I entered the Art of Spiritual Direction with the hope and expectation of developing the capacity to offer spiritual direction. What I encountered exceeded my expectation in the program’s effective pedagogy, appropriately paced training and practice opportunities, and eye for formation of each participant. Believe me, 18 months is not too long a time if the goal is to be formed as a director and not simply taught information. All the way along were opportunities to notice not only the skills I was developing but also the ways I myself was being touched and shaped, and how integral that noticing was to the art of spiritual direction. Between intensives the facilitators took to heart participant feedback, and amended their approaches accordingly. These facilitators shared not only their experience and the art of their craft but their hearts and love as well. 5 stars!”
~ Tim Klauke (2018) Vancouver
“I entered the SoulStream Art of Spiritual Direction program in response to an invitation. God has been inviting me into deeper living and listening for a lifetime, of course, but my awareness of this has become more and more profound over recent years. As I began the ASD program, I was hopeful that I would become more equipped to offer a space for others to enter their own journey towards healing by listening and noticing where God is showing up in the stories of their own lives. I noticed as I completed the program that being equipped was only a small piece of what I was to encounter. What I am savoring the most is the deepening that took place. Yes, the deepening of my skills. But, even more, I am savoring the invitation into deeper presence with God, with myself, and with others. The gift of this dispersed community deepened my awareness that I do belong; I am not in the way. I have a deeper sense that I am enough and that showing up to God, to myself, and to others is quite profound and a gift I can both receive and offer. If I lean into this, and listen with both curiosity and surprise, I, and others, are opened up to the transforming presence of God who calls us “Beloved” and who takes our longings and desires and holds them with deep love and compassion as He invites us to journey towards healing together with Him into all that is before us. The safety that the ASD facilitators offer throughout the intensives offers students the sacred space needed for such learning and growth to unfold, whatever the personal goals and circumstances. I am truly humbled and grateful.”
~ Beth Griffiths (2018) Seattle
“As a spiritual director in training with Art of Spiritual Direction, I became more deeply aware of the ‘God who is at work’ in my own life, accepting me as I am. I experienced a newfound freedom in living from that place of ‘welcome’, becoming more open to walking alongside others in love.”
~ Nadine Frew (2016) Abbotsford
“I am so thankful to have been part of SoulStream’s Art of Spiritual Direction course. We were led by compassionate and openhearted facilitators into a beginning (and ever-growing!) skill set of the beautiful ministry of spiritual direction. This course not only ushered me into the privileged place of offering space for others to give caring attention to their lives in the midst of God’s loving presence, but it also brought a fuller richness to my personal life and existing ministry involvements. There was a quick and deep connection with others in this contemplative course which made me sad to leave upon the course’s completion! The resources, teachings, exercises, ponderings, discussions, assignments, practice and support given laid a solid foundation from which to begin to offer spiritual direction.”
~ Liesel Spicer (2016) Edmonton
“What a gift the Art of Spiritual Direction has been to me. There was a depth of hospitality the facilitators extended as they welcomed me as part of the new cohort. Although I knew I was being invited into a season of vulnerability and openness unlike I had experienced before, the facilitators created a space that was open, inviting, and full of grace. I never felt unsafe in sharing from my own story, partly because the facilitators were so courageous in sharing theirs.
I also appreciated the holistic nature of the training. With such a rich combination of reading, self-reflection, conversation, soul care group interaction, plus getting an opportunity to actually offer spiritual direction while under supervision, I knew I was immersed in a robust program that would serve me and my future directees well.
Lastly, one of the biggest gifts to me has been a deepening and strengthening of my friendship with God. I have grown in my awareness of God’s unwavering love for me and have learned that it is in receiving divine compassion that I am better able to offer it to others. It is with deep gratitude and respect that I commend this program to any who are sensing a call to offer spiritual direction to others.”
~ Nelson Boschman (2016) Pastor, Vancouver