The Holding Group is coordinated – ‘held’ – by a small ecumenical group of experienced spiritual directors whose purpose is to monitor and develop the provision of spiritual direction in our area. The group is accountable to the whole network through a regular pattern of consultation. There are a number of sub-groups which deal with particular areas of the work. All group and sub-group members work on a voluntary basis.
Holding Group members: Sue Bennett, Alan Hodgetts (Safeguarding Contact), Mary Lean, Penny Pedley, Sue Sheppy.
The List Group manages and publishes a list of the names and contact details of those offering spiritual direction in the three counties. The list is available to anyone seeking spiritual direction. Please visit our Find a Spiritual Director page.
The group also deals with applications from spiritual directors wishing to join our list through a process of references and interviews. Members of the List Group are happy to discuss what you are looking for. Please contact us with your enquiry.
List Group members: Mieke Gaynor, Christine Hutt, Mary Lean, Diana Polisano.
The Events Group organises 3–4 workshop days every year for practising spiritual directors. In many cases these are 'open to all' – i.e. anyone wanting to go further and deeper on their spiritual journey. Please visit our Events page.
Events Group members: Mieke Gaynor, Alan Hodgetts, Jill Hunt, Christine Hutt, Fi Iven, Pam McKellen.
The Training Group organizes initial and ongoing training for spiritual directors and supervisors, which includes a programme of days organized by our 'Watering The Garden' group.
Training Group members: Sue Bennett, Alan Hodgetts, Penny Pedley, Sue Sheppy.
Watering the Garden provides ongoing training days for spiritual directors and supervisors.
Watering the Garden members: Beryl Maw, Sue Sheppy, Angela Wills.
Introduction to Spiritual Direction Course is a one-year, ecumenical training course in spiritual direction, which runs bi-annually at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford.
Introductory Course Tutors: Joanna Gallant, Nick Gallant and Beryl Maw.
Upcoming Training & Events...
Spiritual Direction Course
Watering The Garden
Food for the Soul