Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness
January – July 2019, Hawkwood College, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Now open to join
Crossfields Institite Level 3 Diploma
Join us at Hawkwood College for this pioneering course, the first Spirituality and Health qualification to be on the Ofqual register.
- 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 an accredited Spiritual Companion and part of a professional network with peer support, insurance scheme and ongoing CPD
- Be licenced to deliver the Your Spiritual Health Programme
- Develop a meaningful lifestyle of mindfulness, compassion and service.
You will be in an immersive and inspirational experience over 10 months. Busy professionals will be able to complete the course requirements during the residential sessions.
Our approach is holistic and person-centred. We welcome diversity and people of all faiths and none. There is an increasing need for spiritually competent people whose approach is highly inclusive and emotionally literate.
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
Study and experience the spiritual practices that benefit health and wellbeing. Clarify and implement your own daily spiritual health practice. Appreciate the diversity of approaches in your fellow learners. How best to support others in developing their own spiritual health practice.
2. Developing Reflective Practice
The crucial importance of ongoing honest and emotionally literate self-examination and self-care. This is built on a foundation of mindfulness and the compassionate witnessing of your thoughts and feelings. Implementing your own reflective practice. The mental health challenges that may be linked to spirituality
3. Science and Context
The important historical relationship of spirituality and medicine. The evidence base and science of how spirituality can benefit health. The relevance of all this to your own personal experience and that of your colleagues and clients.
4. Spiritual Care in Practice
Builds on the knowledge and practice of the other three units. The fundamentals of giving spiritual support. Whole-body listening, empathy and holding. Leading individuals and small groups into meditation. Risk-assessment and referral. Working in multi-disciplinary community teams.
This immersive, inspirational experience in a warm, supportive group takes place over seven months and includes six residential sessions of two or three days duration.
We will enter into the special atmosphere at Hawkwood College and join in the rhythms of this pioneering residential centre.
Each residential course session begins in the evening with dinner together at 6.30pm, followed by an evening group session. The sessions will end at 4pm on the last day.
Busy people will be able to step out of their day-to-day commitments and to complete the majority of course requirements during the time at Hawkwood if they choose to.
During the months where there is no residential session, participants will be able to join an optional 1.5 hour webinar session.
|Evening 17 – 20 Jan 2019|
|Evening 10 – 12 March|
|Evening 25 – 28 April|
|Evening 30 May – 2 June|
|Evening 13 – 16 June|
|Evening 5 – 7 July|
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.
The full fees will be:
£2,750 single accommodation, includes all meals
£2,430 shared accommodation, includes all meals
£2,110 non-residential, includes lunch
Please complete this application form if you would like to join us.
Once we have reviewed and accepted your application, we will send information about how to make your payment.
Here are the FAQs for this course:
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