Spiritual Direction Institute, Final Intensive Session *Commuter Option

May 15, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - May 20, 2022 @ 1:00 pm

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This week-long intensive course will provide a deeper foundation for understanding and engaging in the practice of spiritual direction in the Christian tradition. It is intended to enhance the students’ understanding of the spiritual life, with attention given to developing the basic skills required for this ministry.


This final week of the spiritual direction training program will focus on case studies, which the students will bring from their own, initial practice of spiritual direction. Small groups will provide peer support and supervision. Lectures on specific topics and spiritual direction with those alienated from the Church will also be included in the week.


The previous two week-long introductory intensives (April & October, 2021) or permission of the instructor.

Please read Return of the Prodigal Son and Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen.


The class will include some lecture and some interactive exercises. These exercises will be used for practicing some of the skills needed for spiritual direction, such as active listening.

A certificate of completion will be awarded upon completion of the entire program, which includes these three week-long sessions and the required course work.

The program will begin at 6:30pm on the first evening. Lunch and dinner on the following days are included with this registration option. Lodging and breakfast are not included.

Note: A new group (series of three week-long intensives over the course of a year) for the Introduction to the Bon Secours Spiritual Direction Institute program will begin October 9-14, 2022. If you are interested in learning more, please email Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreat Services, at Jennifer_Murphy@nullRCCBonSecours.com

Guided by Kathy Brown and Sr. Bernie Claps, CBS.

Kathleen Hope Brown, D.Min., teaches spiritual direction and other courses in spirituality at the Virginia Theological Union. Her doctorate in Adult Spiritual Formation is from Catholic University.

Sister Bernadette Claps, a Sister of Bon Secours, provides spiritual direction and spiritual companionship at the Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours. She holds graduate certificates in Spiritual Direction, Spirituality and Aging. She has done graduate studies in theology and received a Master of Social Work from New York University.

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Event Details

Start: May 15, 2022 @ 6:30 pm
End: May 20, 2022 @ 1:00 pm
Cost: $1075
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Kathy Brown & Sr. Bernie Claps

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