Go Deeper with Our Formation & Training Programs

At the core of all we offer here at Journey Center Online is Spiritual Direction… the invitation to encounter the Holy in a safe and loving place where there is freedom for you to come as you are and learn to listen to God’s quiet whisper in ways that are best suited to you. We are so privileged to have the opportunity to birth and develop these programs that offer experiences in spiritual formation for everyone and preparation/training for those called to serve as spiritual directors.

“The goal of spiritual direction is spiritual formation- the ever-increasing capacity to live a spiritual life from the heart.”
-Henri Nouwen

Spiritual Formation Program

In the fall of 2018, following a year of discernment, the Journey Center Association board of directors decided to begin the development of a program in Contemplative Spiritual Formation to address the growing spiritual hunger we encounter as we walk in the world. This program will be co-directed by Pam Carraher and Jan Stanish, Journey Center Association board members, spiritual directors and supervisors. (See Journey Center Association page for bios.)

This experiential program invites participants to explore the contemplative life through various spiritual practices, readings and journaling, in the context of community with others on the journey. Encountering the presence and love of God, discerning and opening to the movement of the Spirit, and discovering and living from the true, authentic self…these are some of the anticipated gifts of our Spiritual Formation Program.

This program will be offered in two formats: in-person (In various locations) and at Journey Center online.

The program will be in development in 2019 and we anticipate that it will be available in 2020. If you are interested in learning more about the program as it is being developed and being notified when it is released, please email joanna@journeycenter.org to give us your contact information and let us know of your interest.


Spiritual Director Formation Program

We have offered this 2-year program since 2009 and have had the privilege of preparing more than 50 people to serve as spiritual directors in their communities and churches. This program is for those sensing a call to be trained in the art and ministry of spiritual direction. Participants are prepared and equipped to offer individual and group spiritual direction, and to envision and lead contemplative retreats. The initial commitment is to the first 6 months of the program, which is a time of discernment for participants- is God calling me to be trained as a spiritual director in this program at this time in my life?

The Spiritual Director Formation Program takes place “in person” and is currently offered in Santa Rosa, CA. Our current cohort began in September 2019 and will graduate in August 2021. The next cohort will begin their journey in March 2022 and we will begin accepting applications in March 2021.

We are excited to announce that we are planning a second location for our Spiritual Director Formation Program and we are just beginning to work towards this! The first cohort to meet in Livermore, CA (SF East Bay area) will begin their journey around July 2021 and we will begin accepting applications in mid-2020. More details to come!

The Spiritual Director Formation Program Coordinator is Joanna Quintrell. She would love to hear from you to know of your interest in the program. Please contact her at joanna@journeycenter.org.

Here is a link to the information sheet related to the current cohort- it will give you additional information about the way the program is designed: Information Sheet

Advanced Training Programs for Spiritual Directors

Intensives and workshops are offered in Santa Rosa, CA, in other locations and online, and provide spiritual directors with the opportunity to deepen and enrich their practice of spiritual direction.

Training and certificates are offered in:

  • Group Spiritual Direction
  • The Art of Supervision
  • Dreamwork in Spiritual Direction
  • The Enneagram and Spiritual Direction
  • The Use of Technology in Spiritual Direction
  • The Arts, Creativity and Spiritual Direction
  • and others

The Advanced Training program directors are Joanna Quintrell and Pam Carraher. They would love to hear from you to know of your interest in the program. Please contact them at joanna@journeycenter.org.


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