Applications are being accepted for the Emmaus School of Spiritual Direction (SSD) in the new hybrid format: The retreat format will follow the same fall/winter/spring course timetable, with each course composed of online learning and a 3-day teaching retreat in Southern Ontario, Canada. This will allow students constrained by distance or schedule to fully participate in each course. The coursework, including online components, will be completed during the three-month course schedule, per the instructor’s guidelines.
First Course: Foundations of Christian Spiritual Formation SF001F18H
The Emmaus 2-Year certificate is for those seeking a deeper understanding of personal spiritual formation through spiritual direction and practice.
This course introduces foundational definitions, motifs, frameworks, means, and issues of Christian spiritual formation and an introduction to spiritual direction. The topic and format create opportunities for deepening and expanding your understanding and experience through selected readings, lectures, class discussions, guided experiences, sharing, prayer, and spiritual direction.
This course introduces the Christian scriptures (Old/New Testaments) as the most essential ongoing resource we have for the Christian journey of personal spiritual transformation into the image of Jesus Christ; makes the claim that to be formed as a follower of Jesus requires deep, constant, provocative personal participation with the radical shaping of the Bible in the power of the Holy Spirit, so that full participation in the friendship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit might be more fully experienced; explores how Christian formation towards maturity requires a radical shift in the ways of reading scripture in order to truly understand and appreciate how God’s written revelation operates in personal formation; offers practices to help students intentionally open themselves to this life changing reading relationship with biblical texts; gives special consideration to scripture as a resource in the ministry of listening to, accompanying and guiding others in Spiritual Direction.
This course utilizes selected readings, lecture, class discussion, guided experience, sharing, prayer and spiritual direction.
Each tradition of the Christian faith nuances spiritual growth and spiritual formation differently. We will consider a number of historical and contemporary expressions of faith including why they developed, certain assumptions or doctrines that guide the understanding of Christian formation, how they vary in their understanding of the initiation, goal, and process of spiritual growth, and which practices they emphasize or avoid. We will consider how we engage in formation of self, others, and our community in light of these various models.
This course introduces discernment from the context of relationality. Rather than reducing discernment to a set of steps to follow, we will be exploring our relationship with God as the very place where true discernment unfolds. We will be grounding ourselves in theology, engaging our minds through the Biblical stories, touching upon discernment models throughout history and making space for the formation of our hearts through prayer, reflection and conversations. Our prayer is that discernment would be the natural outflow of your friendship with God.
This course includes both online learning and a 3-day retreat/residency. This course will help individuals to understand, assess and apply the various means (disciplines /practices) that have been employed over the centuries within Christianity to cultivate awareness and responsiveness to the presence of God in the life of the follower of Jesus Christ. These means will be explored in terms of their overall purpose and place within the believer’s spiritual formation. Students will have an opportunity to practice a discipline and journal on the outcomes of their experience.
This course will serve to introduce mature students to the art and practice of spiritual accompaniment. The content and format provide an opportunity for an expanded knowledge and experience of the ministry through lectures, class discussions, spiritual exercises, and the supervised practice of spiritual direction through triad work. Through this experience, both students and supervisor(s) will continue to learn about the persons, process and practice of guiding fellow pilgrims deeper in love, faith and hope in Christ. Enrollment is limited. Please note, students will co-discern with instructors as to their readiness for the Spiritual Direction Practicum.
Each Course fee is $915, including the Residency Fee
Cost for 2-year program: $5490
Payable by e-transfer-cheque-paypal
* New Students: $200 non-refundable deposit, due June 30.
The Emmaus 1-Year certificate is available to those who have completed the 2-Year program or equivalent. For those called by God into the ministry of Spiritual Direction, as well as for those seeking personal spiritual growth.
This course will serve to continue to train mature students in the art and practice of spiritual accompaniment. The content and format provide an opportunity for an expanded knowledge and experience of the ministry through the practice of supervised spiritual direction. Through lectures, class discussions, spiritual exercises, and the supervised practice of spiritual direction, students will not only learn critical skills for the practice, but also benefit from the hands-on supervision of their practice. Students will meet with a minimum of 3 directees outside of class time, for supervised spiritual direction. Through this experience, both students and supervisor(s) will continue to learn about the persons, process and practice of guiding fellow pilgrims deeper in love, faith and hope in Christ. Students are required, themselves, to be in regular monthly spiritual direction.
This course is intended for mature students who have discerned a call to training in the art and practice of spiritual direction, whether that will be, in a lay or professional capacity. This course introduces students to 4 major streams of spirituality and practice of spiritual companionship, which have historical, as well as, current significance in the field of spiritual direction. Students will consider both readings and teaching on each of these movements/methodologies and reflect upon the resonance to their own practice, as well as, the areas which draw them further into a particular area or methodology presented. Methodologies include Evangelical Spirituality and Spiritual Direction, Franciscan Spirituality and Spiritual Direction, Thomas Merton Spirituality and Spiritual Direction, and Ignatian Spirituality and Spiritual Direction.
This course utilizes selected readings, lectures, class discussions, guided experiences, and sharing.
There are a number of important and recurring issues that arise for the contemporary spiritual director: grief and depression, personality and spirituality styles, the meaning of dreams and the role of the unconscious, sex-related issues, retreat ministry, genograms, direction with people of other traditions or faiths, setting up a spiritual direction practice, recognizing basic pathologies, partnering and referring, ethics, professionalism, peer supervision, etc. While directors need to engage in life-long education, basic orientation and some discussion on some particular issues will help prepare the director when and if they arise. Personality, dreams, sexual issues, grief and depression, retreats and professionalism are the expected topics for 2020.
Each Course fee is $915, including the Residency Fee
Cost for 3-year program: $8235
*New Students: $200 non-refundable deposit required by June 30.