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Calibrate- Spiritual Formation Intensive

Many Christians find themselves disoriented in their faith, wondering how to live well as the body of Christ. This intensive seeks to understand how we got here and how we are now invited to participate whole-heartedly in the life of Christ.

Calibrate- Spiritual Formation Intensive
Calibrate- Spiritual Formation Intensive

Time & Location

Sep 07, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT

Various locations & online


With a posture of curiosity and generosity, this 9-month intensive seeks to help us locate ourselves in our faith given our past experiences and current realities, understand how we got to that place, and notice how we are being invited to participate in the life of Christ from a renewed place. 

Calibrate offers an opportunity for 6-10 people to journey together as they locate themselves in the fundamentally relational spirituality initiated by Jesus over 2000 years ago.  Throughout the rich history of the church, this foundation has been unintentionally (and sadly sometimes intentionally, thwarted).  As we are present to Jesus, our friend, teacher, and Lord, we can together sort through the influences that have shaped our faith, discern places of malformation, and respond to God's loving and gracious invitations to abiding life, together.

Groups are being offered online as well as partially in-person in Seattle, San Francisco, Long Beach, San Diego, Colorado Springs and Dallas (see dates and times below).

The 9-month cohort will include:

  •  Two meetings a month (one or both on zoom depending on location)
  • One all day in person retreat in January in one of the cities listed above
  • Assigned readings ranging from popular to graduate level
  • A monthly personal reflection assignment
  • Group spiritual direction


• This 9-month spiritual formation intensive  can count toward meeting the first year requirement of our two-year spiritual director training program.  The two-year training program results in meeting all requirements for membership into Spiritual Directors International and ESDA (the largest exclusivesly Christian spiritual direction association).  You can also just participate in the 9-month cohort for your own faith development without any intention of pursuing a certificate of spiritual direction.

• Overview of Intensive

   - Eight monthly 1.5 hour Book Discussion & Instruction meetings. 

   - Eight monthly 1.5 hour online Prayer Project Review Group Spiritual Direction meetings online in select cities (locations, dates and times listed below).

   - Option to sit in and observe supervision of 2nd year directors in training one Saturday a month for 1.5 hours.

   - One day cohort retreat (date and time listed below). Breakfast and lunch provided.  Lodging provided at zero to minimal cost for travelers.  

   - Approximately one book per month of reading due.

   - One reflective Prayer Project 

   - We strongly recommend that you meet regularly with a spiritual director

Meeting Dates for 2024/2025 Cohorts

All cohorts will meet on Zoom for Group Supervision, Book Discussion & Instruction from 9:30am-12:30pm PT

Every First Saturday: 

2024: Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7

2025: Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, May 3

Group Spiritual Direction cohort meeting dates and times will vary based on location:

Online Cohort: Fridays from 4-5:30pm PT

 2024: Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20

2025: Feb. 21, Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 16

In-Person Retreat: San Francisco, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2025 from 9:30-5:30pm PT

Seattle, WA Cohort: Mondays from 7-8:30pm PT

2024: Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16

2025: Feb. 17, Mar. 17, Apr. 21, May 19

In-Person Retreat: Seattle, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2025 from 9:30-5:30pm PT

San Francisco, CA Cohort: Mondays from 7:15-8:45pm PT

2024: Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16

2025: Feb. 17, Mar. 17, Apr. 28, May 19

In-Person Retreat: San Francisco, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2025 from 9:30-5:30pm PT

Long Beach, CA Cohort: Thursdays from 7-8:30pm PT

2024: Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19

2025: Feb. 20, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15

In-Person Retreat: Long Beach,CA,  Saturday, Jan. 11, 2025 from 9:30-5:30pm PT

San Diego, CA Cohort: Thursdays from 7-8:30pm PT

2024: Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Dec. 19

2025: Feb. 20, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15

In-Person Retreat: San Diego,  Saturday, Jan. 4, 2025 from 9:30-5:30pm PT

Colorado Springs, CO Cohort: Sundays from 4-5:30pm MT

2024: Sept. 24, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15

2025: Feb. 9, Mar. 16, Apr. 13, May 18

In-Person Retreat: San Diego,  Saturday, Jan. 4, 2025 from 9:30-5:30pm PT

Dallas, TX Cohort

Dates and times are TBD based on particpants' schedule

*If you're really interested in participating but none of these times work for you, let us know and if we have enough people for an additional cohort, will consider offering one at a different time.


If you have questions please email or if you are ready to apply, send the following application materials by Saturday, July 6 to

From there we will schedule an interview.  

Application Materials

Spiritual Autobiography (no more than 5 pages double spaced)

Answers to the following questions (approximately 100 word answers)

• What makes you interested in Calibrate?

• What is your relationship to Scripture?

• What are some books that have influenced your spiritual growth?

• What have you been saying to God lately?


$220 a month totaling $1980. Payments can be made monthly, in halves or by personal arrangment. 

Additional Costs:

Books: Approximately $200/year

Personal spiritual direction $50-$160/month

About the Program Director

Julie Barrios

Julie Barrios has over 15 years experience as a spiritual director, supervisor and trainer of spiritual directors. She holds an MA in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot School of Theology and an additional certificate in Ignation Spiritual Formation from Loyola Institute. Julie has found great joy in helping people grow in the craft of spiritual direction. With interests in art, technology, embodied spiritual practice and thoughtful ideas of all kinds, Julie weaves her interests to serve her passion of forming directors for a rapidly changing and dynamic world.

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