March 17 - April 28, 2022

Virtual Sessions on Alternate Thursdays, 3-4:30pm PT (3/17, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28)

In this second course in the Forming as Soul Companions series, we will cultivate a posture of listening by practicing contemplative listening with others. Students will be able to practice and reflect on short and long listening sessions in order to develop greater God and self-awareness. Join Kathi on this next part of the journey in learning how to host another.

Resources

  • Required Book: The Sacred Art of Conversation: Practicing Presence in an Age of Distraction by Diane Millis

  • Required Book: Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred by Mark Nepo

Our Guide

Instructor

Kathi Gatlin

Kathi Gatlin founded Boldly Loved and co-founded the Companioning Center to bring together her two greatest passions: spiritual formation and teaching. In this, she utilizes her DMin. in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from Portland Seminary and her M.Ed. earned through George Fox University. Her greatest joy is walking alongside others, individually and in groups, in their own spiritual journey, sharing ways of understanding God anew through contemplative prayer and teaching, and to see them grow in the depth of their own understanding of who God is and who they are in relationship with God. Kathi is a spiritual director, writer, spiritual formation group facilitator, retreat speaker, leadership mentor, and adjunct professor at George Fox University. For more information about Kathi, check out boldlyloved.org.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Group Covenant

    • Potential Spiritual Directors

  • 2

    Week One | Introduction: Conversation as a Sacred Art

    • Weekly Assignment

    • Informal Listening Contemplative Reflection Form and Rubric

    • Learning Journal Reflection

    • Zoom Chat: Thursday, March 17; 3-4:30pm PT

  • 3

    Week Two | Tending the Space Between Us

    • Weekly Assignment

    • Informal Contemplative Listening Reflection #1 - Due by March 24

    • All Sense Meditation PDF

    • Learning Reflection - Due by March 24

  • 4

    Week Three | Following the Thread

    • Weekly Assignment

    • Formal Contemplative Listening Forms

    • Informal Contemplative Listening Reflection #2 - Due March 31

    • Zoom Chat: Thursday, March 31; 3-4:30pm PT

  • 5

    Week Four | An Attentive Presence

    • Weekly Assignment

    • Formal Contemplative Listening Reflection #1 - Due April 7

    • Learning Reflection - Due April 7

  • 6

    Week Five | A Receptive Presence

    • Weekly Assignment

    • Informal Contemplative Listening Reflection #3 - Due April 14

    • Zoom Chat: Thursday, April 14; 3-4:30pm PT

  • 7

    Week Six | A Compassionate Presence

    • Weekly Assignment

    • Formal Contemplative Listening Reflection #2 - Due April 21

    • Learning Reflection - Due April 21

    • Final Assignment Instructions

  • 8

    Week Seven | Reflecting on the Journey

    • Final Reflection Paper - Due April 28

    • Zoom Chat: Thursday, April 28; 3-4:30pm PT