TL-2 Spiritual Direction Training

Transformational Listening (TL-2)-Christian Spiritual Direction Training

A Spiritual Director is not a counselor, a therapist or an analyst, but a mature fellow Christian to whom we choose to be accountable for living our spiritual life and from whom we can expect prayerful guidance in our constant struggle to discern God’s activity.”  -Henri Nouwen

TL-Christian Spiritual Direction Training is a ten month certificate program in the art of Spiritual Direction. It is structured around monthly community life as we journey together in our training and support of one another. TL-Soul Care Companions is a pre-requisite to apply for this program.

TL seeks to train individuals called to the ministry of Christian Spiritual Direction in the context of a supportive and encouraging community. As Directors, our lives need to reflect a purposeful desire to become like Christ. Learning to pay attention to our own spiritual yearnings is foundational to accompanying others on their journeys of faith. TL is both a place of training and a place for your own journey to unfold.


TL will offer an experiential learning environment combining a balance of knowledge with contemplative practices. We will seek to notice and respond to God’s presence in our own lives while exploring topics that broaden and expand our understanding of the ministry of Spiritual Direction. Topics will include but are not limited to:

  • History of Spirituality
  • Contemplative Life
  • Discernment
  • Spiritual and Psychological Issues
  • Stages of Growth or Spiritual Formation
  • Christian Mysticism and the experience of God
  • Authenticity, Integrity, Ethics

Group and Individual Supervision

A key component of the course is what is referred to as supervision. In Spiritual Direction, companionship and trust grows as we focus on God’s movement within the soul and daily life of the directee. In supervision, directors attend to their own inner movements and responses to the directee during sessions and in prayer. TL includes both peer group and individual supervision.

Course Requirements

  • Saturday monthly meetings from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Mid-journey retreat
  • Readings and reflection papers
  • Group and individual supervision
  • Serve as a spiritual director for at least 2 people
  • Meet monthly with your own spiritual director

Location and Dates

TL will meet on the third Saturday of each month beginning September 16,  2017. The location for the monthly sessions will be determined based on the demographics of the cohort.

The mid-journey retreat is Feb 23rd & 24th 2018 at St. Scholastica in Petersham, MA

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for TL-Training in Christian Spiritual Direction is $2,600. A fee of $600 is due upon acceptance with monthly payments of $200 required thereafter (Books are not included in the fee.). PAX hopes that the monthly payment schedule will help to ease the cost of the program. Fees are to be made payable to “FCCOE” and sent to the attention of “Rama Ziegenhals, PO Box 93, Essex, MA 01929.”

Certificate of Completion

Upon satisfactory completion of the course requirements, participants will receive a certificate of completion of PAX Transformational Listening-Christian Spiritual Direction Training.

Application Process

  • Completion of TL-Soul Care Companions (Separate PAX Program)
  • Completed application form
  • Letter of recommendation/referral
  • An interview with the Program Director


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