What is the program?
Stillpoint’s training program in The Art of Spiritual Direction is a two-year ecumenical spiritual direction formation program, rooted in the Christian tradition and open to all faiths. Participants gain knowledge of, and guided experience in, accompanying others on their spiritual journeys.
What is the commitment?
The Southern California program happens over the course of two (2) years. Each year consists of eleven (11) full-day sessions, held one (1) Saturday each month, beginning in August. The training includes guided practice in spiritual direction. The dates for the 2019-2020 program year are listed below.
What will happen?
An experienced staff of distinguished spiritual directors will facilitate the sessions, using presentations, “real-plays,” discussions, demonstrations, spiritual practices, contemplative exercises and prayer. The Stillpoint program is noted for engagement and is a practicum. We pursue The Art of Spiritual Direction with hours of practice so graduates can experience and perfect their gifts in being spiritually present—with themselves and with others. Participants find that their lives change as their gifts of deep listening and presence emerge.
When & where is it?
The 2019-2020 California program year begins in August and ends in May.
Locations for each session are determined before the beginning of each program year. They are often held in retreat spaces or churches in the Greater Los Angeles area. The dates and locations for the upcoming program year are:
August 17, 2019 Southwest California Synod Office, Glendale
September 14, 2019 Holy Spirit Retreat Center, Encino (YEAR 2)
September 13-15, 2019 Episcopal Cathedral Center (YEAR 1)
October 12, 2019 Holy Spirit Retreat Center
November 23, 2019 Holy Spirit Retreat Center
December 14, 2019 Holy Spirit Retreat Center
January 11, 2020 Holy Spirit Retreat Center
February 1, 2020 Holy Spirit Retreat Center
March 7, 2020 Holy Spirit Retreat Center
April 4 2020 Holy Spirit Retreat Center
May 9, 2020 Holy Spirit Retreat Center (Year 2 Graduation 2nd half of day)
What does it cost?
FIRST YEAR (ASD1): $1,700 + $25 Applicaiton Fee
Upon completion of ASD1, applicants have the opportunity to discern and apply for the second year (ASD2), if they feel called to continue in their formation at that time.
SECOND YEAR (ASD2): $1,700
Prerequisite: ASD1 (above)
You can pay your year two tuition online. Fee includes all instruction, personal mentoring, all materials, and personal sessions with a staff supervisor.
How do I apply?
Application Deadline: June 1, 2019
If you meet all the prerequisite requirements and are ready to apply, pay your application fee and follow the directions in the “Application Instructions” document. Once your application and references have been sent to us, someone will contact you to discuss your participation in the program.
If you need additional information before applying, please add your contact info to our interest list.
I’m interested but not sure…
You’re not alone! Leave us your name and contact information via our program interest form. Someone from our team will reach out to help you discern whether this program is a good fit for you and where you are on your journey.