Spiritual Companions Trust 1 Year Spirituality Training
Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness
8 weekends in Glastonbury, March – November 2019
Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma
Join us for this pioneering course, the first mainstream accredited vocational course in spirituality. An adventure in personal transformation:
- Explore and deepen your spirituality in a group of warm-hearted and open-minded peers
- Gain a professional qualification that integrates spirituality, health and wellness into your career
- Acquire practical strategies and concepts that can immediately be shared with others
- Become part of a professional network with peer support, insurance scheme and ongoing CPD
- Be licensed as a mentor to deliver Your Spiritual Health programmes to groups and individuals
- Develop a meaningful lifestyle of mindfulness, compassion and service.
You will be in an immersive and inspirational experience.
Our approach is person-centred and holistic. Our first enquiry is always: ‘What works best for you?’. We welcome diversity and people of all faiths and none.
There is an increasing need for spiritually competent people whose approach is holistic, highly inclusive and psychologically literate. This is particularly relevant in fields of healthcare, education and pastoral care. This is based on two important developments:
- The growing evidence base for the beneficial links between spirituality and health.
- A general social tendency away from membership of a single religious faith to a more general spiritual approach.
What do we mean by ‘Spirituality’?
We always encourage people to develop their own definition of spirituality. That said, we find that the following definition is helpful in many educational and healthcare environments:
‘Spirituality is everyone’s natural connection with the wonder and energy of life – and the instinct to explore that experience and its meaning. Spirituality affirms that human development is about the growth of compassion and awareness, heart and mind.’
The course consists of four units
1. Person-centered Spiritual Practice
In this unit you explore and experience the spiritual practices that benefit health and wellbeing. You are supported in clarifying and
implementing the approach that best supports your own daily spiritual health practice. In this way you experience for yourself the benefits and challenges. This all takes place within a group of supportive peers and tutors. From this personal experience and observing the diversity of approaches in your fellow learners, you then explore how best you might support others from diverse cultures and with different learning styles to develop their own spiritual health practice.
2. Developing Reflective Practice
In this unit you learn about the crucial importance of reflective practice for self care and development. You will explore the different reflective strategies, choose the approach that best suits you and implement a daily practice of careful and honest self reflection.
This is built on a foundation of mindfulness and the compassionate witnessing of your thoughts and feelings. You will study how reflective practice is a crucial element of self-managed healthcare and psychological wellbeing. You will also look at the psychological and mental health challenges that may be linked to spirituality.
3. Science and Context
This unit introduces you to the history, culture and science of the relationship between spirituality and medicine. You look at the evidence base, the physiology and the psychology of how spirituality can benefit health. You are supported in developing and clarifying your own language and terms of reference, so that you can communicate effectively with clients and colleagues in multicultural and interdisciplinary environments. You also reflect on how all of this is relevant to your own personal experience of illness and health.
4. Spiritual Care in Practice
This unit builds on the knowledge and practice of the other three units, focusing on the actual giving of spiritual care and enabling others to develop their own spiritual health practice. You will be introduced to and required to practice the fundamental skills of whole-body listening and how to facilitate a developmental conversation, one-to-one and in small groups, around the health and wellbeing benefits of spirituality. You will learn how to lead individuals and small groups into meditation. You will also study the psychological challenges that may arise in an enabling relationship and be introduced to the crucial topic of risk and the procedures for assessing and referral.
This immersive, inspirational experience in a warm, supportive group takes place one weekend per month over nine months. There is no session in August.
- March 23 and 24
- April 20 and 21
- May 18 and 19
- June 22 and 23
- July 20 and 21
- Sept 14 and 15
- Oct 12 and 13
- Nov 16 and 17
Tutors and team
Anna is a writer, creative activist, Spiritual Companions Educator and Way of Council Guide. She is the author of the recent Becoming an Ally to the Gender-Expansive Child: A Guide for Parents and Carers.
Phil is an experienced leadership coach, facilitator and mentor. He combines 40 years of organisational experience with 25 years transpersonal development, and is a Spiritual Companion. He is a partner with Leadership Consulting firm HCubed.
William Bloom will join us as Visiting Tutor. William is Founder of the Spiritual Companions Trust, best-selling author of The Endorphin Effect and The Power of Modern Spirituality.
There are plenty of good, affordable places to stay in and around Glastonbury.
Assessment and Accreditation
Assessment is via a portfolio that contains reflective notes, a diary of insights and observations, and mini-essays.
Digital Technology and the Internet
We ask all students to have access to the internet as the portfolio is web-based.
There are no formal or academic entry requirements other than being 18 or older. Our main concern is that learners demonstrate the potential to develop emotional literacy, as welcoming attitude to diversity and mature self-management.
Policies, terms and conditions
This course is delivered in partnership with the Spiritual Companions Trust. For the specific policies, terms and conditions in relation to this course, please visit: http://www.spiritualcompanions.org/about-us/downloads-policies
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Testimonials about the Diploma course
‘So much love and gratitude for the most phenomenal year. You have created something very powerful and I am in deep gratitude. To be part of a caring community of like minded and extremely supportive souls has been a joy and a gift.’
Susannah Moore, primary school teacher.
‘Big thank you. I feel I’ve really benefitted from the whole programme. Its an initiative with real value and something truly ground-breaking.’
Paul Smith, university lecturer.
‘I have grown in so many ways! This course has opened my eyes to a world and universe I never realised was so big. The awareness I have with how I behave and respond to my friends, family and clients and their response in return is just fantastic.’
Jo Creighton, holistic therapist.
‘I came to this course with a background in nursing, pastoral counselling and many years of spiritual experience primarily from within the Christian tradition. I recently completed my Diploma (July 2018) and did my training at Lammas Earth Centre in Pembrokeshire with Hoppi Wimbush as our main tutor.
Although very experienced in pastoral and spiritual care – both professionally and personally (as a nurse in palliative care and as a vicar’s wife involved in many aspects of service and ministry) I was drawn to this course by its universal approach to spirituality and the fact that it is an accredited qualification linking into a larger network of people committed to helping people in their search for spiritual wellbeing.
The course helped me to connect with others from very different backgrounds and confirmed my belief that we are indeed spiritual beings on a human journey and the search for depth, meaning and connection is a universal hunger which we all share. The course offers a framework, the tools and many practices to help realise this core truth both for ourselves and for helping others in their search.
Completing the Diploma has given me greater confidence in all areas of spiritual enquiry and accompaniment and I also look forward to helping to coach people through the newly launched Spiritual Health Programme – which is a great resource to get people started.
My personal and spiritual life has been enriched, potential new doors to service have opened up and I’ve made new friends and contacts within the field of spirituality, health and wellbeing. I would highly recommend the diploma to anyone wanting to expand their own spiritual awareness both for personal and professional reasons.’
Jayne MacGregor – 25th September 2018