As a spiritual director it can feel very humbling and isolating as one listens to another’s spiritual journey. A good supervision practice allows the spiritual companion a safe place to process feelings and awarenesses. Entering into a supervision practice gives the spiritual director many gifts while also allowing them to develop their own gifts as a spiritual companion.
If you are feeling a call to accompany spiritual directors as they companion others it is important to develop the skills that will be the most helpful. This training program is for experienced spiritual directors who have been practicing a minimum of 2 years and who seek to serve as supervisors for practicing spiritual directors, spiritual directors in training or are looking to form a peer supervision group. The time will begin with a 3-day intensive followed by 5 months of individual supervision and training with faculty by Skype, phone, or in person which are set up between the faculty and the participant.
Over the 6 months the course will focus on:
• the purpose of supervision,
• the process of supervision, including four modalities,
• the importance of self- awareness, a comtemplative practice and deep listening,
• the gifts of reflection and vulnerability in skill development,
• developing deeper practices of discernment as applied to supervision.
Due to the nature of the course a pre-interview is require before acceptance. Click here to set up an interview. Once accepted a $50 non-refundable deposit will hold your spot. Dates: March 8, 9, 10, 2018.
Cost: Early Registration $850 by January 1st, 2018.
(Use Promo Code SDST2018 at checkout)
$897 from January 2nd, 2018 on.
Includes all course materials, individual sessions and lunches during the weekend intensive. Participants will need to purchase their own books. Partial scholarships may be available.
Amanda Petersen, M.Div.
Amanda, founder of Pathways of Grace, has experience as a Pastor, Hospice Chaplain, Spiritual Director, Life Coach and Artist.
With her group work and retreats she emphasizes the gift of community and being present to one another no matter what the similarities or differences might be we are all one with God.
With over 20 years experience as a spiritual director, she is co-director of The Art of Deep Listening (spiritual direction training) and she is adjunct faculty at the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction and provides supervision for those in spiritual direction.
Currently a UCC pastor, her passion is to create the space where each person can hear God's wisdom within. She truly believes that the transitions of life help teach us that life can change and in amazing ways - beyond what we could never imagine. Amanda often encourages using creativity in one's spiritual journey.
Teresa Blythe, M.Div.
Teresa has been working as a spiritual director with individuals, groups, and organizations since 1997. She enjoys working with people from multi-faith (and no faith) backgrounds. Whether you are new to reflecting on your spiritual path or whether you are a religious or spiritual professional, Teresa will help you deepen in awareness of the holy and move in the direction you feel led by God to move. Also, we will use whatever language for the holy that you prefer.
Recent founder of the Phoenix Center for Spiritual Direction, Teresa has over 10 years of experience training spiritual directors in her work as Director of the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction at the Redemptorist Renewal Center at Picture Rocks in Tucson. She is the author of the book 50 Ways to Pray, the blog Spiritual Direction 101 on Patheos, is a frequent public speaker, and is a full-time advocate for the practice of spiritual direction.
Teresa received her Master of Divinity and Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2000 and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC).
Joyce Vidal-Thornburg, MA, CT
Joyce is a “cradle Episcopalian” who has been involved in Christian formation and ministry, both as laity and professionally, for most of her life.
Her yearning for God began when she joined a church choir at age seven and has continued unabated as the weavings of faith and lived experience have flowed through all aspects of her life.
She has been a social worker and a counselor for over twenty years, serving currently as a Bereavement Counselor for Hospice of the Valley in the Phoenix area.
A recent passion for Joyce is spiritual direction, having received her Certification through CFDM, and she is in training to help with future development programs.
“It is an honor and privilege to accompany others as they grow in their relationship with God and discern how the Holy Spirit is bringing about transformation.”
You may register and pay through MINDBODY, or mail payment to:
Pathways of Grace
1428 E Northern Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona 85020
Refunds: Please consider carefully your selection prior to registering as all class registrations are non-refundable once the class has begun, similar to a transaction you would make to purchase a consultation with a professional. You may cancel your registration one week prior to the event for a full refund less a $10 processing fee. Our programs have a limited number of participants so when you register we are reserving one of those spaces for you. You are making a commitment to yourself, to your fellow participants, and to the facilitators who are hard at work preparing the materials and space for you.
We now have partial scholarships available for those who wish to attend and need a bit of assistance.
Please fill out the request form if you are interested in receiving more information.
All Groups will meet at
1428 E Northern Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona 85020
(The North side of Northern, just West of the 51.)
Directions: Take 14th Place and enter from the back of the property. Parking on the street is allowed right next to the Center but NOT in the neighborhood.