Supervisor Training in Partnership with San Francisco Theological Seminary

Together in the Mystery offers supervisor training for experienced spiritual directors.  Designed for those currently offering supervision and those discerning a call to supervise others, Together in the Mystery combines on-site training with long-distance supervision and mentoring over the course of a year.  Training begins with a three-day contemplative practicum held at a sponsoring institution.  Following this, participants receive a year of long-distance supervision and mentoring by instructors, then return to the sponsoring institution for a second three-day practicum.

Please download our brochure here.  For current training dates and information, please see our Dates and Deadlines page here.

We believe that spiritual direction supervision is an invitation to participate in the Mystery of God, which is why we’ve chosen Rublev’s Holy Trinity as our primary image. For us, this icon represents another trinity as well, that of a supervisor and spiritual director gathered in service to a directee.

Come, join us in the Mystery…

What is Supervision?

Spiritual directors seek supervision as they attempt to grow in their ability to notice and respond to God’s presence during their spiritual direction practice. Supervisors mentor, teach, and consult with spiritual directors grow in the ability to:

  • identify what opens them to God’s presence during sessions and what distracts them.
  • perceive and better understand instances in which they hold space for directees to encounter God and those in which they distract directees from doing so.
  • offer spiritual direction ethically and with integrity.
  • celebrate their strengths.
  • increase their felt sense of engagement with all the dimensions of their own experience as they offer direction:  thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and intuition.
  • draw into the spiritual direction conversation all dimensions of their directees’ experience:  thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and intuitions.
  • perceive God’s presence and invitation in every arena of human experience:  intrapersonal, interpersonal, communal/structural, and environmental — and to invite their directees to do the same.
  • develop contemplative practices that help them
    • ready themselves for direction.
    • honor their own boundaries during direction.
    • sit with themselves in grounded presence after direction.
  • hone skills that need improvement.
  • gain further understanding about the ways in which they relate to directees.
  • think about questions that arise regarding the nature and practice of spiritual direction.
  • consult with a more experienced spiritual directors as needed.

Note:  Spiritual Directors International’s Code of Ethics mandates that all spiritual directors participate in supervision.

What are the Traits of a Good Supervisor?

Empathy. Compassion. Faith.  Hope.  A contemplative spirit. Sensitivity to data from body, mind, emotions and intuition. Organization. Excellent direction skills. Precision in listening and speaking. Strong boundaries. Memory of what it’s like not to know. Psychological balance. Patience.  Groundedness. A teachable spirit. Sound judgment.  A gift for teaching. Courage in speaking the hard truth. A sense of humor.