What is the 3-day orientation?

Stillpoint offers an exceptional educational experience to introduce you to the ancient art of spiritual direction: the practice of companioning others on their spiritual journey.

This program is designed as a small group, experience-based approach for you to explore your own call to become a spiritual director. Your participation will help you discover how your spiritual life can develop, how spiritual direction work can be a powerful resource for you and others, and how you can discern the next steps in your own spiritual journey.

Who should attend?

The 3-day orientation is an alternative to the eight-month Spiritual Journey program and is designed specifically for those who already have training and practice in spiritual leadership, such as ordained clergy, chaplains, and lay leaders. This Introductory Orientation serves as a prerequisite to Stillpoint's two-year intensive training and formation program in The Art of Spiritual Direction.

An interview is required as part of the application process to determine whether or not this program is appropriate for you.

This orientation is not for individuals who have completed or plan to participate in The Spiritual Journey program.

What will happen during the orientation?

We will begin in prayer and silence, and enjoy a variety of contemplative practices that illuminate our own spirituality. You will be invited through gentle exercises using prayer, self-reflection, memory, image, movement, journaling, and deep listening. You will learn about the ancient ministry of spiritual direction, how directors/companions prepare for their work, and how they cultivate self care and ethical boundaries to sustain themselves. Seasoned spiritual directors from the Stillpoint faculty will facilitate your sharing and participation in small group work.


When and where is it?

The orientation occurs over the course of 3 days in August:

  • Thursday, July 30, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    (Bring your own lunch)

  • Friday, July 31, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    (Bring your own lunch)

  • Saturday, August 1, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church
Albuquerque, NM

How much does it cost?

Total cost of the program is $325 ($25 application fee + $300 program fee)

The $300 registration fee includes 15 contact hours of small group instruction and a private one-hour session with faculty.

Participants are responsible for purchasing two books and providing their own lunch.

Does this orientation seem right for you?

Pay your $25 application fee to apply for this program.

Pay your tuition (includes an option to pay the application fee as well)