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THE COURSE: 2019–20

We are repeating the ISC Top-up Course for Practising Spiritual Directors

Quotes from the 2017–18 Top-up Course

“A wonderfully lifegiving and enriching experience which has served to deepen my own spirituality, enhance my understanding, love and respect for the Exercises and hugely inform my practice.”
Caroline Welby

“Doing the Top Up Course, nine years after doing the original Ignatian course was a great way of reconnecting with the Exercises. It was a real gift to be able to spend time immersed in them, looking at resources and interacting with fellow students. It was quite hard work but VERY worthwhile!”
Marjorie Arnold

This Course will not run in 2016-2017. We will assess interest and staff availability for offering it again to start in Autumn 2017.

This one-year course aims to form participants in giving the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola. This course is considered as Continued Professional Development and is for people already trained in spiritual direction. The course may also be suitable for previous graduates from our 3 year Ignatian training as a way to refresh their ability in giving the Exercises.

The course provides participants with the opportunity to engage with the theory and application of the text of the Spiritual Exercises.

In addition, participants are helped to develop further their skills in spiritual direction, especially the competence and reflective practice needed to be able to give the Spiritual Exercises by the 19th Annotation. There are regular appraisals and assignments throughout the duration of the course.

The course is an ecumenical Christian course and is open to people of goodwill from all traditions. It is led by an experienced staff of lay people, religious and clergy.

It will run on Wednesdays (11am–4pm), partly in conjunction with ISC year 2 for the theory of the Exercises. Venue is the London Centre for Spiritual Direction, Lombard Street, London EC3V 9EA.

There is a lot of interest in this Course and places are limited, and will be given on a first come, first served basis. Download the leaflet.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Participants will

Entry on to the course is subject to application form with two letters of recommendation from your supervisor and another. An interview can be arranged if needed.

COST

The fee for the Course is £1320. We hope that no one is prevented from following the course through lack of money. Some assistance may be available from a small bursary fund.

CERTIFICATION

A Certificate of Continued Professional Development is presented at the end of the year, reflecting the hours attended.