Soul Journey Companions Training – Spiritual Direction Formation Program

Soul Companions

3 years part-time

This training program in spiritual direction, based in Canberra,  is designed for those:

who sense that God is calling them to the ministry of spiritual direction, and

are looking for a community in which this call can be explored, discerned and nurtured.

During the first two years, participants engage in monthly lectures, workshops, quadrads and seminars, over two semesters each year. The focus of these inputs is on spirituality and spiritual direction together with regular worship drawing on various Christian traditions. There are 8 Friday/Saturday workshops each year. The third year is an intern year which is a supervised practicum with individual supervision and monthly group meetings.

This program invites those who undertake it, both lay and ordained people, to embark on a journey that will involve personal transformation, in the process of discerning the call to this ministry and receiving training in the important work of becoming soul companions for others.

Spiritual Direction is:

  • Accompanying people on their journey of life and faith
  • Prayerful conversation between two people
  • Listening for the flow of the Spirit
  • Assisting directees to respond to God’s movement in ways that are healing, just and reconciling for all creation.

To assist you to develop the above skills the program includes the following units:

  • Spiritual Direction Theory and Praxis
  • Exploring Spirituality
  • Worship/Prayer
  • Art of Direction

To apply to participate in the program you need to submit:

  1. Soul Companions application form 2018  together with the requested Life History.
  2. A brief spiritual autobiography indicating the pattern of development in your spiritual life and present sense of God.
  3. A brief statement indicating your reasons for undertaking the course.
  4. A letter of recommendation from your Spiritual Director and/or Minister/Pastor/Priest.
  5. A registration fee of $50 that is nonrefundable but will be deducted from the tuition fee for the commencing year.

More information

Download the  Soul Companions brochure

Download the Soul Companions participant course outline

Contact Sue Dunbar at Barnabas Ministries: phone 02 6295 6766 or email

or email

For the program commencing in 2018  please submit your application by 8 December 2017.

Applications may be emailed to 

or posted to 1/81 Bimberi Cres, PALMERSTON  ACT 2913