Spiritual Direction Training
Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre (Carmelite Friars)
Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario, overlooks the world famous Niagara Falls and is located on 30 acres with wooded areas, open spaces, and gardens. Nearby are paths that wind around the bluffs overlooking the falls and leading through to Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Greenhouse, and Rose Garden.
In association with The Haden Institute of Flat Rock, NC, Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre presents a Two Year Spiritual Direction Training program. The format is distance learning (home study) plus two convenient 7-day intensive sessions each year in residence at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, beginning in October 2014.
This ecumenical training program is for Christian clergy, Religious men and women, Lay ministers, DRE’s, school chaplains, counselors, and individuals discerning a call to the spiritual direction ministry. A Certificate of Completion of Training is awarded to those who successfully complete the program. (Continuing Education Credits are available.)
The Spiritual Direction Training program’s teaching methodology is didactic, interactive, experiential, practical, and invites reflection on the experience of Self and God. Courses are designed to help the student acquire and develop contemplative and discernment skills. Faculty presentations will include case studies and the student will learn how to use the verbatim report as a tool to study the dynamics of a spiritual direction interview as it unfolds.
The successful student will be a person who prays daily, reads and reflects regularly on scripture, theology, spirituality, the human development sciences, contemporary culture, and social-historical developments. If not already benefiting from spiritual direction themselves, students must be willing to seek and begin a guidance relationship with a qualified spiritual director in their own locale. Each student will be required to obtain two directees to practice direct (guide) during the second year of the program.
Spiritual Direction Training - Canada Faculty
- Bob Haden
- Stan Makacinas
- Lauren Artress
- Cathy Smith Bowers
- Caroline Dawson
- Margaret Guenther
- Michael Higgins
- Alan Jones
- Radha Lion
- Diana McKendree
- Kathleen Murphy
- Layne Racht
- Thomas Ryan
- Bruce Tallman
- Jeremy Taylor
- John Welch
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Non-refundable application fee: $100 (USD), payable to The Haden Institute, is due with registration. [$150 USD beginning July 1, 2014]
Tuition: $2200 (USD) per year payable to The Haden Institute. Tuition is paid in eight equal installments of $550 (USD) due by July 1, December 1, 2014, February 1, June 1, August 1, and November 1 of 2015, January 1 and April 1 of 2016. VISA/MasterCard/Discover are accepted.
Room and Board: $775 [MTC16] Canadian (or US equivalent) for each one week residency period is payable to Mt. Carmel Spiritual Centre ten days prior to start of each residency session. All major credit and debit cards accepted. Price includes single room with private bath, buffet style meals, and use of all Centre facilities.
Subject to change.