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: Soul-Shaping Experiences: Foundations of Spiritual Formation SF001
The Emmaus training program is a 3-year, part-time educational curriculum designed to provide opportunities for personal spiritual growth, a foundational understanding of Christian spiritual formation and the basic attitudes and skills for a ministry of spiritual direction.
A Certificate of Spiritual Formation is awarded after successful completion of the 6 courses of the first two years. A Certificate of Spiritual Direction is awarded after successful completion of the four spiritual-direction specific courses (Introduction to Spiritual Direction and the 3 courses of the third year). Normally, students must complete the first two years before applying to enter the third year which includes supervised spiritual direction of others.
Courses are offered in a hybrid format with work throughout the semester being done individually (such as reading and spiritual direction), online (including forums and video classes) and one weekend residency-retreat (Friday afternoon to Sunday with intensive classes, communal worship and meals at a Retreat Centre). The Fall semester goes from September to November, the Winter semester from January to March, and the Spring session from April to June. Courses are sequential, allowing for the development of cohort relationships as part of the formational process.
Emmaus Certificate Program follows the guidelines for training program of Spiritual Directors International. It is not a degree-granting institution. Instructors have graduate level theological education, are trained spiritual directors, and have extensive ministry experience.
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.
Introduces and begins to train candidates in the art and practice of spiritual accompaniment. Participants will learn about the persons, process and practice of guiding fellow pilgrims deeper in faith, hope, and love in Christ. The content and format provide an opportunity for an expanded knowledge and experience of the ministry through in-class practice of supervised spiritual direction, online and residential classes, forum discussions, group spiritual exercises, and the supervised practice of spiritual direction. Participants will learn critical skills for the practice, through practical teaching, experiential learning, and supervision of their practice. Course Sequence: 2nd Year; Course Code: SF006.
Introduces discernment from the context of relationality, exploring our relationship with God as the very place where true discernment unfolds and where all decisions are a natural outflow. The practice of discernment will be grounded in theology, understood within different traditions (e.g., Ignatian), applied to spiritual direction, and practiced by making space for the formation of our hearts through prayer, reflection and conversations. Sequence: 2nd Year; Course code: SF004.
Introduces definitions, motifs, frameworks, means, and issues in Christian spiritual formation, including an introduction to spiritual direction. The topic and format creates opportunities for deepening and expanding your understanding and experience of personal spiritual formation and facilitating the spiritual growth of others. Learning activities include selected readings, online discussions, short writing assignments, individual spiritual direction, and classes, group direction, worship, and conversation during the retreat. Sequence: 1st Year; Course code: SF001
Explores various disciplines, means, or practices that have been employed in the Judeo-Christian tradition over the centuries for the purpose of cultivating an awareness of and responsiveness to the presence of God. The place and purpose of the disciplines within the life of the individual and community will be reviewed and assessed. Students will practice a discipline of their choice, observing and reflecting on their experience. Sequence: 1st Year; Course code: SF005.
Payable by e-transfer–cheque–paypal
Spiritual formation, practices and direction take place within certain religious contexts and spiritual traditions. There are a number of different traditions in the Christian faith each with their own historical development and distinct understanding of spiritual growth, prayer, and spiritual direction. This course surveys a number of historical and contemporary expressions of Christian faith including why they developed, how they vary in their understanding of the initiation, goal, and process of spiritual growth. We will consider how we engage in formation and direction of self, others, and our community in light of these various models. The course will have a special emphasis on prayer and the contemplative tradition. Course Sequence: 2nd Year; Course Code: SF003.
Reviews the theology of the role of Scripture in the Christian spiritual formation as well as leads the participants to understand and practice varied ways of engaging Scripture for transformation Topics include academic versus devotional approaches to Scripture, meditation on scripture, the practice of Lectio Divina, gospel imagination, the use of Psalms in formation, inductive Bible study. The topics and exercises are designed to create opportunities for the participants to expand their relationship with Scripture and to gain skills to facilitate formational interaction with scripture. Sequence: 1st Year; Course code: SF002.
This course utilizes selected readings, lecture, class discussion, guided experience, sharing, prayer and spiritual direction.
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.
Introduces participants to various approaches to spiritual direction including the Evangelical and Ignatian traditions. The course includes a practicum which involves training, offering direction to others, peer supervision, and individual supervision. A separate application and admission are required to take the third year. Course Sequence: 3rd Year; Course Code: SF007.
Addresses an approach to understanding the human soul, integrating psychological and spiritual insights. Various topics will be covered and may include aspects of the psyche, emotional issues, dreamwork, personality, the Enneagram and working with those who are different from us culturally and in other ways. The course includes a continuation of the spiritual direction practicum which involves offering direction to others, peer supervision, and individual supervision. Course Sequence: 3rd Year; Course Code: SF008.
Introduces healing care and related ministry and may include guidance on companioning the bereaved, those in recovery from addiction, or other special conditions and situations. The course includes a review of the ministerial and professional expectations of the spiritual director and self-care. The course includes a continuation of the spiritual direction practicum which involves offering direction to others, peer supervision, and individual supervision. Course Sequence: 3rd Year; Course Code: SF009.
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.