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Stillpoint Spiritual Direction Formation & Training Program

Stillpoint Spiritual Direction Formation & Training Program

Are you called to become a spiritual director? Stillpoint at Ghost Ranch brings the highly regarded Stillpoint Spiritual Direction Formation & Training Program in southern California to the exhilarating landscapes of historic Ghost Ranch. This program is rooted in the deep, contemplative Christian tradition and honors the sacred listening practices of other traditions, as well.

The first step in the Stillpoint process is participation in The Spiritual Journey– August 5-12, 2019. This week-long retreat is a required step whereby participants interested in becoming spiritual directors discern the next steps of their own spiritual journey.

A three-day prep session for those considering the November 2018 cohort will be held at Ghost Ranch.

Becoming a Spiritual Director: An Introductory, 3-Day Orientation for Spiritual Leaders
September 6-8, 2018 St Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church: 601 Montano Road, Albuquerque, New Mexico $275 with §25 application fee
This program is a small-group, experience-based approach to explore your calling to become a spiritual director. Your participation will help you discover how your spiritual life can develop, how spiritual direction can be a powerful resource for you and others, and how you can discern next steps in your own journey. This is an exploratory path designed for those who already have training and practice in spiritual leadership, such as ordained clergy, chaplains, and lay leaders. It serves as a prerequisite to Stillpoint’s two-year intensive training and formation program in The Art of Spiritual Direction. An interview is required as part of the application process. Begin the application process online at

For more program information & to register:
For more information: Elizabeth Rechter, Stillpoint Executive Director 949.241.0572

The next step in the Stillpoint process is participation in The Art of Spiritual Direction which is a two-year program culminating in certification.The next group begins with the first session on Monday, November 5 to Monday, November 12, 2018, followed by session two, April 2019; session three, October 2019 and session four, March 2020. Note: All sessions begin with Monday arrival (post 3:00 p.m.) and conclude the following Monday morning.

Participants who apply and are accepted in the program will travel to Ghost Ranch for(4) one-week residential intensives that span over 14 months. An experienced staff of distinguished spiritual directors will facilitate the sessions, using presentations, role-plays, discussions, demonstrations, spiritual practices, contemplative exercises and prayer. The Stillpoint program is noted for engagement and is a practicum. We practice the art of spiritual direction with hours of practice with participants and staff so the graduates may experience and perfect their gifts in being spiritually present to others. Participants find that their lives change as their gifts of deep listening and presence emerge.

A Seasoned-Call-A Retreat for Spiritual Companions & Soul Care Workers
Look for 2019 dates coming soon.


Stillpoint Spiritual Direction Formation & Training ProgramInformation: To learn more about Stillpoint Spiritual Direction Formation & Training Program, contact Ravi Verma at Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality, 323.340.8036. Ravi Verma will be happy to discuss the program with you personally.

Stillpoint Videos courtesy of Rev. Larry Hastings

Message from The Reverend Mike Olsen about Stillpoint

Message from the Participants in The Stillpoint at Ghost Ranch Spiritual Direction Program

Message from Ravi Verma, Stillpoint Spiritual Direction Program Instructor



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