Holy Listening: Training for Spiritual Direction


Holy Listening 2019 – 2021 :: Staff Team :: Course information :: Applications

Holy Listening: Training for Spiritual Direction

Holy Listening, a course for the development of spiritual directors, will begin in September 2019. Formerly run by the dioceses of Peterborough and Leicester, Holy Listening will this time be administered by Launde Abbey.

The course will cover core aspects of Christian spirituality, but importantly will also place emphasis on how we create and hold that space and relationship which may enable the other to hear God speaking in their lives. There will be some formal teaching, but learning will have a large experiential element and participants will be asked to share and work with their own concerns and experiences throughout the course. A willingness to do this is essential.

The course will run at Launde Abbey, and will be over two years, one Friday per month (9.45am – 4.00pm) with three residentials throughout the two years. A genuine commitment to attending all sessions of the course is required.

The individuals we are looking for to take part in this course will:

  • be fully committed to the course
  • be a person in whom others already confide
  • be a good listener
  • have an awareness of their own spiritual journey
  • be open to the experience of other lives and Christian traditions that may be different from their own
  • be receiving spiritual direction
  • be willing to undertake a retreat if this is not a part of their on-going journey

The course is open to both laity and clergy. All applicants will be interviewed in order to assess how appropriate the course may be for them, to discern the likelihood of this being a part of their future ministry and to create an overall balance of course membership. Places will be limited to a maximum of 16.

All the information on this site about the Holy Listening course can be downloaded in a single, printable PDF brochure by clicking here.