Listen Into Life

Listen into Life is a four year part time residential program in spiritual direction, with an annual intake.

Is this for me?

 This program is for those who sense that God is calling them to the work of spiritual direction and are looking for a community where this vocation can be explored and nurtured. This formation program is designed to assist both lay and ordained people in their spiritual lives and to train them in the important work of being soul-friends to others in their journey into the mystery and the justice of God.


The program consists of four residential weekends a year for four years—February, May, August and November. Each weekend offers lectures, workshops, quadrads, peer group and worship drawing from various Christian traditions plus some online lectures and input between weekends

There are six key elements to the program:

  1. Contemplative Community
  2. Spiritual Direction Theory and Praxis
  3. Peer Group
  4. Supervision
    1. Personal Supervision
    2. Quads
    3. Group Supervision
  5. Worship/Prayer Experience
  6. Exploring Christian Spirituality.

For further information on these program elements please click here.


Program objectives

Program requirements

The Listen into Life Team 2021

 On Completion


The next intake will be in 2022. Applications close 25 November, 2021.

Application Form, Letter of Recommendation, Life History

Information for Current Participants

Soul Journey Companions

Soul Journey Companions is a three year part time program in spiritual direction.

Soul Journey Companions is a three year part time program in spiritual direction with a triannual intake.

This program assists both lay and ordained people in their spiritual lives and trains them in the important work of being ‘soul friends’ to others.

This program is based in Canberra and participants gather eight times a year over Friday and Saturday, for sessions with a focus on spirituality and spiritual direction.

During the first two years, participants engage in monthly lectures, quadrads and seminars over two semesters each year.

The third year is an supervised practicum – participants begin to work with outside directees with individual supervision – with monthly group meetings.

The current intake will complete in 2021. The program will then take a year’s break; there will not be a new intake in 2022.

Information for Current Participants – Session Dates 2021

Soul Space

Soul Space is a one year program for the formation of retreat leaders.

Soul Space is a program for the formation of retreat leaders.

The program is for both lay and ordained people who are called to develop their contemplative dimension and  their capacity to generate spiritual and reflective environments for others.

It is experientially based with a focus on the gifts/skills needed to facilitate quiet days and one-day retreats.

Soul Space is run in conjunction with Soul Journey Companions, with some common sessions. The next intake is therefore contingent on a new Soul Journey Companions cohort commencing, potentially in 2023.

The key themes are:

  1.  Preparing oneself as a retreat leader
  2.  Preparing participants
  3.  Preparing retreats
  4.  Reflecting on experience
  5.  Practicum

and involves workshops, practical experience of quiet days, communal worship, and individual and group reflection.

Soul Space can be completed in one year.  Those who wish to focus on leading longer retreats have the option of completing Stage Two.