Supervision Training
The Haden Institute 1-year Supervision Certification Course

Two crucial aspects of spiritual direction and dream work are that we continue doing our own work and that we follow ethical guidelines for working with others. The Haden Institute is committed to providing resources for these critical elements to our graduates. In September 2020 we will launch the inaugural session of our certification course in Supervision. This course is designed for graduates who are seeking to give and receive deeper support and insight in the work they are already doing, including those:  


  • Seeking in-depth training in the purpose and methods of supervision

  • Interested in incorporating depth psychology, dream work, contemplative practice, creative expression and embodiment into their supervision experience

  • Committed to being wisdom presences in world and in the larger community of spiritual seekers 



The Haden Institute Supervision course is a one-year curriculum offered through three on-site intensives with large group training, small group interaction, and distance learning. It is designed to teach the foundations of supervision including: discernment, accountability, and support of those we work with as supervisors. In addition to reading and writing assignments, lectures, and discussions, participants share supervision case studies as the teachings are put into practice. Each small group is guided through the program by a Haden Institute mentor. The small group interaction provides a support and learning community throughout the program. Using the methods familiar to participants from their previous Haden Institute training, this course provides a safe environment where participants can develop the skills of supervision.  At the same time, participants will experience the impact of these learnings on their own journey to greater health and wholeness.

Topics covered in the course include:

   •  Current theory and practice of supervision in the context of

        spiritual direction and dream work 

   •  Group and individual approaches to supervision

   •  Managing energies that emerge in sessions - such as shadow,

        projection, complexes, transference and counter-transference 

   •  Burnout and compassion fatigue

   •  Ethics and collegiality in supervision

1-yr Supervision Training Course

3 Intensive Dates:

September 10 – 13, 2020

January 14 – 17, 2021

March 18 – 21, 2021

Completion date – August 2021

Course Application Below!

Kanuga Conference Center

Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon

Led by Layne Racht
and John Spiesman

Requirements for applicants:

  • Graduate of any one of the Haden Institute certification courses 

  • Currently working with clients in spiritual direction or dream work – preferably practicing for 2 or more years

  • Currently receiving either spiritual direction or dream work facilitation

  • Submit two recommendation letters (one from their Haden Institute course mentor)

  • Interview with one of the Supervision Training faculty members

Cost $2,500 (paid in 4 installments) plus Kanuga lodging or commuter fees for each intensive, and $100 application fee

A link for Kanuga registration will be sent in advance of each course intensive.

Course Application Below!

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 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 Leader programs, and remains a member of the faculty.  He has been journeying with others spiritually and in dreamwork for nearly twenty years. John is a retired Ohio teacher and administrator, and currently practices spiritual companionship, dreamwork, pastoral counseling and clinical social work in Northeast Ohio. He specializes in healing soul work, the use of dreamwork 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.

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