Training

Schedule and Teaching Style Accommodate Adult Learners
Over the years, we have found that people studying subjects in the realm of spirituality learn best in a contemplative atmosphere, one that emphasizes not simply information but personal and professional transformation. This is the spirit in which we conduct supervision training.
Rather than expecting students to be away from their work for weeks at a time, Together in the Mystery schedules instruction in three parts:

Part 1: Beginning weekend of contemplative practicum held at a seminary or retreat center

Part 2: A year of supervision by instructors

Part 3: Ending weekend of contemplative practicum also held at a seminary or retreat center

In large part, course sessions are held in a seminar style that involves students in discussing the topic at hand.

 

Individual Attention
Instructors will:

  • Do their best to help students meet their learning goals. If something not currently in the curriculum would be helpful to you, just ask.
  • Provide individual feedback to students six to eight times a year about their supervision sessions.
  • Maintain student-teacher ratio at no more than seven to one.

Requirements for Acceptance

  • Have a minimum of three to five years’ experience as a spiritual director
  • Receive recommendations from your spiritual director and supervisor
  • Make a commitment to two one-weekend contemplative practicum sessions
  • Participate in a year of supervision by the instructors (in person, over the telephone, or via video conference.)
  • Offer supervision eight to ten times during the course of a year for a minimum of two people.
  • NOTE:  You are not required to have supervisees before enrolling in Together in the Mystery.  If need be, we will assist you in finding supervisees with whom to practice.

Time Commitment

  • A weekend to begin training
  • A year’s worth of supervision by instructors
  • A weekend to end training

For example:  Attend an initial weekend of contemplative practicum in Northern California; receive a year’s worth of long-distance supervision by instructors; then, attend a final weekend of contemplative practicum in Northern California.

Locations of Seminar Past & Present

  • San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo (San Francisco Metro Area), CA
  • Columbia Theological Seminary, Decater (Atlanta Metro Area), GA
  • Westhope Presbyterian Church, Saratoga (Silicon Valley), CA
  • Charlotte Spirituality Center, Charlotte, NC
  • The Griffin Center, Milwaukie (Portland Metro Area), OR
  • Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, FL
  • Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, Rancho Palos Verdes (Los Angeles Metro Area), CA
  • Shalom Prayer Center, Mt. Angel, OR
  • St. Placid Benedictine Priory, Lacey (Seattle Metro Area), WA
Upcoming training sites 2014/2015:

July 25-27, 2014:  Griffin Center Milwaukie (Portland Metro), OR

October 10-12, 2014: Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur (Atlanta Metro), GA

October 17-24, 2014: Charlotte Spirituality Center, Charlotte, NC

On site at your location

When is Training Held?

Scheduled once or twice a year and at held at other times, in other places, by arrangement.

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Costs
The cost of the program varies from location to location, depending on the cost of room, board, books, and transportation.  The following figures are estimates that will become concrete during the application process:

  • For the beginning weekend:  $800 before early registration deadline, plus room, board, books, and transportation to site.  After early registration, $825.  See Dates & Application page for early registration deadline.
  • For eight supervision sessions with instructors during the training year: $70/session (for classes beginning in Summer, 2014 and thereafter)
  • For the ending weekend:  $800 early registration, until two month prior to start date. (Then, price goes up to $825), plus room, board, books, and transportation to site

Note:  Normally, we will be housed in a retreat center or seminary, and we anticipate the cost of room and board not to exceed $75/night.  However, in some areas (like Silicon Valley and Jacksonville) we will be housed in a hotel, which may cost a bit more.

Scholarships and Accommodations for Disability

We offer a limited number of need-based scholarships for each session.  You may indicate your desire for one on your application form.

If you live with disability, please indicate on the application form any needs you might have for accommodation, and we will do our best to meet them.