On Being a Spiritual Guide

October 26, 2013


On Being a Spiritual Guide

Saturday, October 26, 2013, 10am – 3:30pm

If people come to you formally or informally for help with their spiritual lives, you may wish to explore this ministry by attending this one-day workshop. 

“The true healing effects of spiritual direction come not from our own efforts as spiritual directors, but when we attend to the Holy Spirit in our interchanges, when we are aware of seeking grace, when God works through our relationships. This quality of presence undergirds every aspect of the Shalem Spiritual Guidance Program, and I love to see the difference it makes in people.”   

  — Jerry May 

Being a contemplative spiritual guide is a way of life as well as a ministry.  It is a way of life that invites us to trust the subtle, liberating power of God’s loving Spirit as it mysteriously flows within, among, and far beyond each of us.  It can be a prayerful doorway to freedom and new life.

This will be a day to explore a contemplative approach to the ministry of spiritual direction.  The day will include reflections on contemplative spiritual direction, times for individual prayer and discernment, and times for optional sharing.  There will be time to answer questions about the distinctions and overlaps between counseling, group spiritual direction, and individual spiritual direction.

For those interested in Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program, there also will be time for questions and comments about this program.


Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm
Place: St. Paul’s College
3015 Fourth Street, NE, Washington, DC  
Leader: Liz Ward
Cost: $40 (Please bring a bag lunch.)

Liz Ward, Director of Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program, is an Episcopal laywoman and an experienced spiritual guide and retreat leader.  She has mentored local churches in communal discernment for many years and also serves as a spiritual director at Virginia Theological Seminary. 


To register online, click here.

To register by mail, click here to download our Short Program Registration Form (PDF).

Or contact Program Registrar, Chris Jeffrey, [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (301-897-7334)


For directions to the St. Paul’s College, please click here.

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