SoulStream offers courses in contemplative living such as Living From the Heart, training courses in spiritual direction, and specific workshops from time to time.
Living from the Heart offers a learning community that invites participants to deepen their experience of intimacy with Jesus. Biblically, the heart is the very core of life out of which intellect, emotions, and intentions flow. Opening to God’s heart of love with our whole heart, especially in our most broken places, brings a healing integration within and provides the courage to offer our lives in loving compassion to the world around us.
The Way of the Heart: opens us to encounter God personally, integrates body, soul, mind, and spirit, and helps us live out of who we truly are in Christ.
Spiritual Awareness and Receptivity: We explore ways to become more open to respond to God’s presence in all of life and identify what inhibits our receptivity.
Spiritual Transformation: We gain a deep sensitivity to the dimensions of spiritual transformation into Jesus’ image, coming to freedom in our deepest truth in God, dealing with the masks we hide behind, and cultivating spiritual practices that support our life in God.
Contemplative Prayer and Discernment: We come to understand that prayer is responsiveness to the living and active presence of the Holy Spirit, learn ancient contemplative practices, and discover how prayer is integrated into all of life and deepens our ability to discern God’s will.
Contemplative Living: As Jesus’s friends, we are called to love our neighbour, care for the earth, and seek justice. With joy we discover that our response to the world becomes a natural outflow of contemplative prayer and practice.
Learning and Teaching Approaches
A variety of collaborative learning and teaching approaches are used including: mini-presentations; short, structured written personal reflections on assigned reading; demonstrations; small group discussion and activities. Participants will be invited to engage their imaginations with the use of textures, colours, music, poetry, prayers—and plain old fun! Between teaching times, we encourage mutual support among participants through community gatherings. The small team of facilitators provide feedback on reflection papers and offer what they teach honestly and vulnerably, sharing experiences from their own lives.
Requirements for Participants
- Full participation in the teaching days or intensives
- Full participation in monthly small group sessions
- Reading and reflective book response
- Receiving regular spiritual direction
Locations & Dates
The Art of Spiritual Direction offers a learning community inviting participants to journey deeper into contemplative experience with God while growing in the art and skill of offering sacred space and deep listening to others.
This 18-month program is held in three 6-day intensives and ends with a short closing intensive. The course includes interactive classroom study in the art and skill of spiritual direction, discernment, the theological framework of spiritual direction, and various topics impacting spiritual direction.
Participants will gain experiential training in the classroom with fellow classmates and out of the classroom with volunteer directees. Also, participants will meet monthly with a supervisor for most of the course duration. Journaling and reflection papers will deepen the learning.
Download General Information brochure here (Word format).
Prerequisites for The Art of Spiritual Direction
– Living From the Heart
An equivalent to Living From the Heart may include the following from Carey Theological College: two-year Spiritual Formation certificate plus the Carey course “A Deepening Life of Prayer” or completion of SoulStream’s self-study course “Contemplative Prayer”.
– Ongoing spiritual direction for at least one year prior to the start of the program.
Your application will be complete once the following items are received at SoulStream (electronically or by snail mail):
1. Your response to the application questions
2. $75. CDN nonrefundable application fee
3. Two references (details are listed below)
Two references will be required, one from each of the following:
1. Your spiritual director.
2. One other mature Christian, whose walk with God you respect deeply, who can speak to your relationship with Jesus and your growing interest in spiritual direction.
Your references have the option to fill out an online form, or a mail-in form.
For your Other Reference: https://soulstream.org/secure/asd-reference-form-general/
For the mail-in (email or snail-mail), please give your references the appropriate form:
For your Spiritual Director: Download reference form (Word format)
For your Other Reference: Download reference form (Word format)
Locations & Dates
The Directed Study Practicum in The Art of Spiritual Direction is designed for individuals who have completed training in spiritual direction, who may be offering spiritual direction and who desire to deepen their experience and mature their practice.
This practicum includes the experience of offering spiritual direction, spiritual direction supervision, selected reading and reflection on spiritual direction sessions through journaling, verbatim and written reports, and working closely with one supervisor.
- Regular meetings with a supervisor provide the backbone of the program: A supervisor will be assigned to each participant upon acceptance into the program.
- Start time of the program: Mutually agreed on between supervisor and participant.
- Length of program: Suggested length is 11 months. This may be adjusted, by mutual agreement, at the beginning of the program. It is recommended that an approximate timetable of supervision and assignment completion be agreed upon at the outset by supervisor and participant.
- Application Process
Your application will be complete once the following items are received at SoulStream (electronically):
- Your response to the application questions
- $75. CDN nonrefundable application fee
- Reference from your spiritual director (details are listed below)
One reference will be required, from your spiritual director. Your reference has the option to fill out an online form, or a form to email.
For the online option, please give your Spiritual Director the following web address:
For the email option, please give your Spiritual Director the following form:
Download reference form (Word format)
$1480.00 CDN (see brochure for details)
Nurturing Contemplative Experiences Workshop
March 24-26, 2017 – Details and Registration info here.
A Lenten Retreat: Praying with Jesus through the Landscapes of Life
Saturday April 1, 2017 – Details and Registration info here.
God: Closer than we can imagine – A Weekend Retreat
May 5-6, 2017 – Details and Registration info here.