What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction is an ancient ministry, a unique one-to-one relationship in which a trained person assists another person in the search for an ever-closer union of love with God.
Stillpoint offers a two-year training program in The Art of Spiritual Direction, and also provides references and resources for persons who are seeking spiritual direction.

Tens of thousands of people around the world meet regularly with their spiritual director to explore the interior movements of their spiritual lives.

What Happens in Spiritual Direction?

Directors listen carefully to the unfolding of directees' lives, to help them discern the ways in which God is leading them.

Spiritual Directors meet regularly (usually once a month) with persons who are seeking to share and explore their journeys of faith. The term "spiritual direction" has a long, rich history, and the term is still used today even though the practice of spiritual direction consists much more of "holy listening," rather than direction in the sense of offering guidance or direct advice.

People experience and respond to God, or the Divine, in different ways, influenced in part by their life experience, personality structure, and cultural background.

The focus of spiritual direction is discerning the movement of the Spirit in the life of the directee.

What is a Spiritual Director?

A Spiritual Director is a privileged witness in the spiritual unfolding of another person. The focus is on the relationship between the "directee" and God, much more than on the relationship between the director and directee.

Would You Like to Become a Spiritual Director?

Stillpoint offers widely respected training programs in spiritual formation and in the Art of Spiritual Direction. See our Programs Page for details.

Are You Looking for a Spiritual Director?

In southern or central California, Stillpoint can refer you to a trained Spiritual Director, selected according to your own discerned needs and requirements. To explore the possibility, without commitment, please fill out the inquiry form.

If you are in a geographical area other than southern or central California, visit Spiritual Directors International at sdiworld.org.

What Does Spiritual Direction Offer?

Liz Budd Ellmann of Spiritual Directors International explains it this way:

Spiritual direction explores a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Simply put, spiritual direction is helping people tell their sacred stories everyday. Spiritual direction has emerged in many contexts using language specific to particular cultural and spiritual traditions. Describing spiritual direction requires putting words to a process of fostering a transcendent experience that lies beyond all names and yet the experience longs to be articulated and made concrete in everyday living. It is easier to describe what spiritual direction does than what spiritual direction is. Spiritual direction helps us learn how to live in peace, with compassion, promoting justice, as humble servants of that which lies beyond all names.