Post-Graduate Program March 27 – 29, 2020
At the Kanuga Conference Center

Many of our alumni look for ways to easily plan group reunions and continue the work they have done at the  Haden Institute. We design these weekend programs to  provide these opportunities, and hope you will come to take advantage of them. The weekends are scheduled to coincide with the Spiritual Direction or Dream Work Training intensives so that meal, social, and worship times can be shared.

Introduction to Supervision
Led by Layne Racht and John Spiesman
March 27 – 29, 2020 
Registration Form Below 

This post-graduate weekend offers an opportunity to learn about  supervision both conceptually and experientially. Layne Racht and John Spiesman will present the foundations of supervision within a spiritual direction or dream work practice. Participants will gain wisdom and insights that rise from the Haden Institute model for group work and learn how to make the Supervision experience truly SUPER-VISION.

Training will incorporate the safe, effective Haden Institute model of group and individual process.   It will integrate the Jungian-based teachings and contemplative practices already well-known to graduates. Processes for safe, illuminating individual and group supervision will be provided. An introduction to the full Supervision Training certification course which begins in September will also be a part of this advanced training.

Layne Racht 


Layne Racht first trained as a licensed professional counselor.  For over 30 years she has worked as a psychotherapist specializing in faith issues.  Her work at the convergence of psychology and spirituality led her to become a certified Spiritual Director as well.  Her private practice and teaching continue to center on that convergence. For the last two decades she has taught with the Haden Institute and in several spiritual direction training programs as well.  


Layne’s teaching work concentrates on helping others develop their gifts in spiritual direction and care. She also emphasizes training in the ethics and practical realities of the work.  Her specialties include Supervision of Spiritual Directors, Group Spiritual Direction, and Contemplative Practices in Spiritual Direction.


Layne believes good spiritual directors are both deeply grounded and open to the Spirit.  After three decades of work, she’s seen the Sacred traced through life experience, the creative arts, nature, significant encounters, and inner longings.  Layne believes we can learn much from the Perennial Wisdom tradition, from art, nature, and the emerging quantum discoveries. All are deep wells we can draw on in the 21st century, where the great spiritual task is to re-enchant the universe with wonder and wisdom.

John Spiesman 


John is a graduate of the Haden Institute Spiritual Direction and Dream Work Training courses, and remains a member of the faculty.  He has been journeying with others spiritually and in dream work for nearly twenty years. John is a retired Ohio teacher and administrator, and currently practices spiritual companionship, dream work, pastoral counseling and clinical social work in Northeast Ohio. He specializes in healing soul work, the use of dream work in psychotherapy and trauma work, as well as soul work in the second half of life and times of transition. He facilitates personal and group retreats on a variety of topics.   John enjoys photography, nature, writing, and spending time with his grandchildren.

At the Haden Institute we love to say “Welcome Back” to
our alumni. We offer various advanced training opportunities so that our graduates can continue their Haden Institute experience. Topics for the Post-Graduate weekends focus on both further professional development and deeper inner work.


At previous weekends we welcomed participants to delve into working with dreams individually, exploring creative expression, and using the Enneagram as a tool for spiritual direction and the journey back home. 

In 2020, our training will focus on Supervision as an essential aspect of professional development through the following opportunities:

•  A Post-Graduate weekend (March 27-29, 2020 - Friday to Sunday)

•. A new one-year Certification course (3 Intensives starting in September)

If you are a graduate of any of our

certification courses we hope to

see you again soon!

A special note to our graduates from the Canadian Spiritual Direction Training:

We are hoping to develop some Advanced Training offerings in Canada in the future - for now these are only offered in North Carolina.  Please come down to visit us for the trainings if you can!

March 27 - 29, 2020

Kanuga Conference Center

Friday 2 pm to Sunday lunch

Led by Layne Racht
and John Spiesman

Requirements for participants:

  • Graduate of any one of the Haden Institute certification courses 

Cost $300 plus Kanuga lodging or commuter fee.

A link for Kanuga registration will be sent to you in advance of the program weekend.

Post-Graduate  PROGRAM

March 27-29, 2020

At Kanuga Conference Center

Learn More & Register!

Post-Graduate  PROGRAM

March 27-29, 2020

At Kanuga Conference Center

Learn More & Register!

Post-Graduate  PROGRAM

March 27-29, 2020

At Kanuga Conference Center

Learn More & Register!

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