Unit 1: Our Mystical Search

We’ll explore our spiritual history and traditions, leading us to examine the commonalties of spiritual experience globally. We must understand our Client’s birth religion to work with them effectively as Spiritual Directors.

Spiritual Journeys:

  • On becoming a Spiritual Director
  • Judaism
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • The ‘new age’
  • Early Mystics and Saints
  • Kabbalah
  • Wicca/Pagan/Goddess religions
  • Link between spirituality and sexuality

Instructor: Joanne Morgan, Registered Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director

Unit Length: 13 weeks (39 hours)

 

Unit 2: Divine Guidance, Ritual and Ceremony

Deepen your connection to the Divine and examine the role of ritual historically, while developing skills in creating your own rituals with personal relevance.

  • Divine guidance, gifts of Spirit
  • Demystifying channeling
  • Spiritual guidance from higher realms
  • History of the Great Oracles — Tibetan and Delphi Oracles
  • Consulting oracles and divination tools
  • Art of creating inspired rituals
  • Creating rites of passage
  • Sacred space and your personal altar
  • Spiritual activism, non-violence, peace, global cooperation
  • Introduction to mystery schools and esoterica

Instructors: Maria Gallé (Registered Psychotherapist, Spiritual Director and Coach), Linda Kuschnir (Registered Psychotherapist, Spiritual Director, and Coach), Pauline O’Hanlon (Registered Psychotherapist, and Spiritual Director) and Gord Riddell (Counsellor, Spiritual Director and Coach)

Unit Length: 7 weeks (27 hours)

 

Unit 3: Death and Dying

Look at our greatest mystery, and as such, our greatest fear. Fear of death often co-relates to our fear of living life fully and consciously. Cultural traditions around death as well as such difficult areas as euthanasia, suicide and assisted suicide will be explored.

  • From aging to sagehood
  • Cross-cultural experiences and spiritual approaches to death, including reincarnation
  • Grieving our losses
  • End of life decision making
  • Hospice/palliative counselling
  • Transitioning to the non-physical and conscious dying
  • The celebration of the completion of life
  • Creating your legacy

Instructor: Gord Riddell (Counsellor, Spiritual Director and Coach)

Unit Length: 7 weeks (27 hours)

 

Unit 4: Working with The Soul

Put in place the skills to work with others as a Spiritual Director. We will explore the dark night of the soul, spiritual madness, spiritual emergencies and create a working model of the modern day mystic.

  • Higher purpose
  • Ego, personality and soul
  • Spiritual emergencies / madness
  • Dark night of the soul
  • Mystery and faith
  • Spiritual values and spiritual practice
  • Understanding the ‘dark passions’ and spiritual graces of the 7 chakras according to C. Myss
  • Dealing with when ‘bad things happen to good people’
  • Difference between spiritual direction and psychotherapy
  • Spiritual Director role and counselling skills
  • Practicum, role-plays and integration
  • Closing ritual

Instructor: Linda Kuschnir, Registered Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director and Coach, Gord Riddell (Counsellor, Spiritual Director and Coach)

Unit Length: 8 weeks (24 hours)