Training people to become Spiritual Directors

Applicants are required to have some experience of directing others, even if in some instances this may be very informal or occasional. Applicants will be invited for an interview to discuss the appropriateness of the course before they are accepted onto it.

The courses do not offer any kind of formal accreditation. They are ecumenical and open to women and men, laity and clergy. The daytime courses start each year and meet one day a month over two years. The evening courses meet fortnightly (these may start every other year). The daytime courses include a 24 hour residential each year and the evening courses include one Saturday a term.

Topics might include: religious language, children's spirituality, forgiveness, guilt, gender issues, and also some input on various spiritual traditions. Similar courses, based on a mixture of input and experiential learning, have been adopted in many other dioceses.

Learning is both experiential and more formal, and course members will be asked to share their own concerns as an important part of the learning process. Numbers will be limited to no more than 16 and a genuine commitment to attending all the sessions is important. Help can sometimes be given towards the cost of the course and travelling.

Details of new training courses will be posted as soon as they are available.

A typical course meets from 10.30 am to 4 p.m. on one day a month, over two years. The course includes a 24 hour residential in each of the two years. Fees for the course are currently £90 per term, plus £30 annual awayday fee and annual SpiDir membership. Course participants must become members of SPIDIR if they are not already members.

We occasionally run evening courses - if you are interested please email our Chair, Biddy Taylor to register your interest.


As a matter of policy, SPIDIR does not charge for individual spiritual direction.

Contributions can be made to the Special Fund from which the Committee can provide financial assistance for training at its discretion.


Dates have been fixed for a 3-session Refresher Course for active Spiritual Directors who trained some time ago, and feel they would benefit from a ‘refresher’. It will be held at Trinity House, 10.00am – 3.00pm, on Mondays 30th September 2019, 20th January 2020 and 2nd March 2020.

More details will be available at the Annual Conference, and in the Newsletter. Anyone interested in joining the course should go to the Contact Us page on this website.

Spiritual Direction 2017 – 2019

This course is now in its second year and no longer open to applicants. Anyone interested in joining a future course should contact our Chair, Biddy Taylor.