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October 2017 Journal

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Downloadable resources from the Retreat Association

The RA website has lots of helpful resources, including leaflets on various types of retreat, quiet days, personality profiles, prayer, spiritual exercises etc. Click here to see their list
They have just released some new guidelines for Spiritual Direction – for more information and to download them, click here

Training Courses

Courses in Spiritual Direction, Leading Retreats and Quiet Days etc are also listed on the RA website.
Click here for course dates and venues
The BURG Bursary Fund can assist with the cost of training. Contact the treasurer, Bill Carpenter.

Introductory Spiritual Direction

At the end of June, seventeen students successfully completed the Introductory Spiritual Direction Course run by the Spiritual Direction (SpiDir) Network, which is an independent peer-led group that is financially self-supporting. The course took place at Douai Abbey, and as always we were grateful for their warm Benedictine hospitality.

The primary focus of the SpiDir Network is to make spiritual direction widely available within Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.  We maintain a List of about 90 spiritual directors; they come from a range of Christian denominations and each has supervision. We run regular introductory courses for spiritual directors and for supervisors; in addition we organise three workshop-style event days per year for people interested in exploring spirituality.

On the SpiDir website (, you can find details of events and training opportunities available at any time, as well as how to get the current list of spiritual directors.