Formation & Spiritual Director Training Programs

In spiritual direction you are invited to encounter the Holy in a safe and loving place where there is freedom to come as you are and learn to listen to God’s quiet whisper in ways that are best suited to you.

Spiritual direction is at the core of everything we offer and it is our joy to develop and offer a program in spiritual formation for everyone, a 2-year spiritual director formation program and an advanced training program for those called to serve as spiritual directors. Scroll down for more information about these programs.

“The goal of spiritual direction is spiritual formation- the ever-increasing capacity to live a spiritual life from the heart.”
-Henri Nouwen

Spiritual Director Formation Program

We have offered this 2-year program since 2009 and have had the privilege of preparing more than 60 people to serve as spiritual directors in their communities and churches. This program is for those discerning a call to be trained in the art and ministry of spiritual direction. Participants are prepared and equipped to offer individual and group spiritual direction, and to envision and lead contemplative retreats. The initial commitment is to the first 6 months of the program, which is a time of discernment for participants- is God calling me to be trained as a spiritual director in this program at this time in my life?

Our hybrid Spiritual Director Formation Program is offered online and in person (twice a year in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California).

This mostly-virtual program format accommodates those who are able to travel here twice a year for our in-person retreats, as well as those who live more locally. In the time between our two retreats each year, there are two Zoom sessions every month with the whole cohort, plus small group practice sessions and dyad conversations.

We are currently in the midst of the program with the current cohort, the sixth group to take this journey. Our next cohort will begin in September of 2024 and we will begin accepting applications on September 1, 2023. For program details, please see the Information Sheet in the adjacent column; it is for the current cohort and it will give you a good idea of the nature and content of the experience.

The Spiritual Director Formation Program Coordinator is Joanna Quintrell. She would love to hear from you to know of your interest in the program. Please contact her at

Spiritual Director Formation Program Staff

Advanced Training Intensives for Spiritual Directors

Intensives and workshops are offered online and in Santa Rosa, CA and other locations. These provide spiritual directors with the opportunity to deepen and enrich their practice of spiritual direction.

Training and certificates are offered in:

  • Spiritual Direction as if Oppression Matters
  • Group Spiritual Direction
  • The Art of Supervision
  • Dreamwork in Spiritual Direction
  • The Enneagram and Spiritual Direction
  • How to Offer Virtual Spiritual Direction Sessions
  • The Arts, Creativity and Spiritual Direction
  • and others

Our workshops and intensives are designed for spiritual directors who have completed their training; some are appropriate for those who are currently in a program but have not yet graduated. Check the description of the training for details.

Information about upcoming workshops and intensives is posted here as these opportunities are scheduled. Please contact Joanna Quintrell if you have any questions or would like to let her know of your interest in this program:

Spiritual Formation Program

In 2021, we will be offering monthly conversations that center around contemplative spiritual formation, practice and the complexity of being human.  These two-hour sessions will begin with silence and stillness, a spiritual practice and conversation around a particular topic and will be hosted by Journey Center Association Board Members and other Guest Hosts.  

This experiential program invites participants to explore contemplative life through various spiritual practices, readings and journaling, in community with other seekers on the same journey.  Encountering the presence and love of God, discerning and opening to the movement of the Spirit, and living from the true, authentic self…these are some of the anticipated gifts of these ongoing conversations.  

Information about upcoming spiritual formation conversations will be posted here as these opportunities are scheduled. Please contact Joanna Quintrell if you have any questions or would like to let us know of your interest in this program:

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