February 21 - March 28, 2023

Virtual Sessions via Zoom meeting
Tuesdays, 2:30-4pm PT

Group Spiritual Direction is a practice that allows a small group to hold space for each other through the modeling and hosting of a trained spiritual director. Participants in these kinds of groups may show up and hold others in a brave and sacred space. Many are seeking communities of being for deep questions and deep conversations to integrate their experience and longing for connection.

In this course, we will learn about and experience the gift of group spiritual direction in our own small groups. In the process, we will begin to imagine and implement adding this important offering in our own practices. We will explore different models of hosting groups so that you will be able to discover what feels true for your practice.

Prerequisite: Participants either need to have completed a Spiritual Direction Training Program or be in their final year of training.

Topics Covered

  • Various models such as Contemplative, Lectio Divina, and Discernment

  • Adding this to Your Practice

  • Inviting Participants

  • Creating a Group Covenant

  • Openings and Closings

Your Guides

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, supervisor, writer, spiritual formation group facilitator, retreat speaker, and leadership mentor. For more information about Kathi, check out boldlyloved.org.

Instructor Lynn Holt

Lynn Holt is an experienced educator in the formation of spiritual directors and those who offer soul companionship. She has trained and supervised spiritual directors through Portland Seminary in an online/hybrid format for the past 7 years. Her vocation as a soul companion includes serving as a spiritual director and supervisor for 23 years, 18 years of pastoral ministry, and teaching theological, leadership, and spiritual formation courses. Lynn is a Quaker and holds an M.Div from Portland Seminary and received her spiritual direction training from the Mercy Center of Colorado Springs and supervision training from the Mercy Center in Burlingame.  Lynn is gifted in preparing and supporting soul companions whose faithful response in these challenging times invites generous listening and a compassionate heart for the sake of the world. Her ministry is grounded in a contemplative posture of holy listening, surrendering to the Mystery with a sense of awe and curiosity, and the dynamic relationship of God's Presence.

Course curriculum

    1. A Note from Lynn and Kathi

    1. Listening: A Sacred Art and a Spiritual Practice by Kay Lindahl

    2. Top Ten Powerful Listening Practices Handout

    3. Spiritual Direction in a Group Setting: Engaging Churches Unfamiliar with Spiritual Direction by Jenny Dooley

    4. Group Spiritual Direction by Lisa Keosababian

    5. On Listening...

    6. Group Spiritual Direction Process (1 Directee)

    7. Self Care Questionnaire for Group Leaders (To use in a group of leaders)

    8. Group SD Real Play Reflection Form

    9. Group SD CRF for Supervision

    1. Reading Assignment

    2. Quaker Group Listening Guideliness

    3. Guidelines for Healthy Small Groups

    4. Zoom Session: Tuesday, Feb. 21 - 2:30-4pm PT

    1. Reading Assignment

    2. Together in Prayer: The Art and Gift of Group Spiritual Direction by Susan Phillips

    3. Zoom Session: Tuesday, Feb. 28 - 2:30-4pm PT

    1. Reading Assignment

    2. Zoom Session: Tuesday, March 7 - 2:30-4pm PT

    1. Reading Assignment

    2. Zoom Session: Tuesday, March 14 - 2:30-4pm PT

About this course

  • $239.00
  • 28 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content