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Seattle Spiritual Direction Training 2023/2024

Learn the life-giving craft of spiritual direction through a two year intensive training cohort.

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Seattle Spiritual Direction Training 2023/2024
Seattle Spiritual Direction Training 2023/2024

Time & Location

Sep 09, 2023, 9:30 AM – May 20, 2024, 8:30 PM

Seattle and Online via Zoom


This spiritual direction modality of ministry is the art and craft of skilled sojourning.  Spiritual direction finds itself in a unique place among helping professions.  It is richly rooted in the history of the church, steeped in contemplative tradition, and was in its pre-modern time, the quintessential discipline for attending to matters of the interior life.  Modernity replaced this practice with the field of psychology.  While in some ways, psychological research, Freud and beyond, served the modality of spiritual direction well, the contemporary discipline of psychology has provided an ill equipped substitute for the spiritually discerning, attuned accompaniment of spiritual direction.  This course seeks to harness both, the richness of the tradition of spiritual direction as well as the contributions of object relations psychology and even more recently, interpersonal neurobiology.  For this reason, the content spans the spectrum of graduate level and popular level reading, personal prayer and reflection assignments, as well as rigorous clinical practicum (second year).  

What makes this program distinct from other offerings is its over indexing in cross-disciplinary study and an overview approach to other relevant (but less relevant) topics.  Our points of focus are curated to ministry with Christian professionals living and working in a post Christian context.  


• 2 year training program resulting in all requirements met for membership into Spiritual Directors International and Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association.  You do not have to join these organizations, but you will need to join at least one if you want to secure insurance for your spiritual direction practice.  

• In the 1st year:

   - Nine monthly 3 hour online meetings for Group Supervision (1.5 hours) followed by Book Discussion & Instruction (1.5 hours) with a brief break in between (dates and times listed below).

   - Nine monthly 1.5 hour in-person Prayer Project Reivew meetings (dates and times TBD).

   - One day cohort retreat (date and time listed below).

   - Approximately one book per month of reading due.

• In the 2nd year:

   - Nine monthly 1.5 hour online meetings for Group Supervision

   - Nine monthly 1.5 hour video presentations to watch prior to discussion

   - Nine monthly 1.5 hour online prayer and presentation reflection

   - You will pick a spiritutal direction topic of research and create and record a 45 minute presentation of the topic

   - At least two meetings with directees per month for 10 months.

   - You must be in personal spiritual direction

Meeting Dates for 2023/2024 Cohort

In-Person Cohort Retreat

Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 9:30am-5:30pm PT

Location: North Seattle (address will be provided)

Saturdays (Group Supervision, Book Discussion & Instruction Zoom call from 9:30am-12:30pm PT)


September 9

October 7

November 4

December 2


January 6 (In Person Retreat from 9:30am-5:30pm PT)

February 3

March 2

April 6

May 4

Mondays (Prayer Project Review In Person from 7-8:30pm PT- Seattle address will be provided)


September 18

October 16

November 20

December 11


January (no meeting)

February 12

March 18

April 15

May 20

Dates for 2024/2025 TBD by May 2024


If you have questions please email or are ready to apply, send the following application materials by August 1st to

From there we will schedule an interview.  We would like to keep the cohort to 8 participants.  

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 spiritual direction training?

• What is your understanding of what spiritual direction is?

• What is your relationship to Scripture?

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

• What have you been saying to God lately?

Letters of Reference 

• One from a pastor or mentor

• One from someone who has benefited from your spiritual care


$2600 for each year 

Total of $5200 for entire Spiritual Direction Certificate Program

This can be paid each year or split into semester payments.  

Additional Costs:

Books: Approximately $200/year

Make up sessions for missed days $150/session

Personal spiritual direction $50-$160/month

About the Instructors

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.

Jen Manglos

As a spiritual director, pastor, and writer, Jen Manglos delights in helping others discover their own belovedness in God. Embodiment, hospitality, and storytelling characterize her approach to spiritual direction, as well as pilgrimage, having completed the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. She has been offering spiritual direction for over 12 years, holding an MA in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot School of Theology, and in the last few years has moved into training and supervising directors through her pastoral work at Bethany Community Church in Seattle.

Bev Emerson

Bev Emerson is a trained spiritual director with decades of experience in the corporate world as a scientist and marketing executive. This unique pairing allows her to help individuals develop a deeper relationship with God and support non-profits and corporations create sustainable, healthy cultures. Having lived most of her life with loved ones who hold differing political and religious perspectives, she has a passion for facilitating difficult conversations that result in deeper intimacy.  At home, she practices discerning the unspoken desires of her two teenagers and husband of 32 years, while occasionally escaping to the mountains for a good hike.

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