Spiritual Direction Training Program

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Participants are saying:

“Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of this study. It has already changed my insight, my outlook, and my life.” –A. (2016-2018 Cohort)

“Upon entering Metagem’s program, I had a bit of willingness, a great longing for God, and a desire to know myself more deeply. Sitting parallel to my desires was a big cloud of doubt surrounding my worthiness to be in the program, as my faith was anything but solid. What I found was a staff and cohort of loving, searching individuals willing to be vulnerable. Metagem runs on love, wisdom, and spiritual literacy. Transformation happens at Metagem with the slightest bit of willingness.” –T. (2016-2018 Cohort)

“Metagem’s program has had a great impact personally and, beyond that, I am truly recognizing a great need in the church to have people available for someone to share their spiritual journey with; to be open, aware, and personal with what God is speaking into their life.” –A. (2016-2018 Cohort)

“The benefits of Metagem’s program have definitely outweighed any sacrifices of time. In preparation for possibly helping others with spiritual direction, the course helps you extensively explore your own spirituality, which has been very beneficial for me. This program has already helped me be a better listener and friend to anyone God places in my life. The training involves lots of self-reflection, philosophical thought, and spiritual growth with an ultimate focus on ministering to others.” –P. (2016-2018 Cohort)

2017-2019 Cohort and 2016-2018 Cohort


What: A two-year certification program for the formation of spiritual directors in the Christian tradition and for our time.

Who: Those who have discerned a sense of call to offer spiritual direction or spiritual companionship are invited to apply.

This program is open to laity and clergy.

When: 2018-2020 Cohort starts May 2018 with completion in Feb 2020

Where: Distance learning and 6 on-site intensives in various locations:

  • The Greater Huntsville Area
  • The Greater Birmingham Area
  • Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, AL

Spiritual Direction is a spiritual practice involving an intentional relationship for the purpose of cultivating greater depths of relationship with God, other people, all of creation, and the self.

The Holy Spirit is the Director.

The spiritual director offers attentiveness, holy listening, and guidance to another in order to strengthen and enliven the directee’s spiritual life, which enables:

  • Increased awareness of God’s presence
  • Greater responsiveness to God’s call
  • Transformation in intimacy with God
  • Growth in our risen life in Christ.

Two-Year Spiritual Direction Formation Program:

This two year certification program for the formation of Spiritual Directors in the Christian tradition and for our time includes six on-site intensives, evaluated assignments to facilitate distance learning, and regularly recurring peer group check-ins via Appear.in, Zoom, Skype, or similar.

Each 2.5 day intensive starts Thursday morning and concludes mid-day Saturday. The six on-site intensive are:

  • May 17-19, 2018: Integrative Practices Part I (Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, AL)
  • Oct 18-20, 2018: The Practice of Spiritual Direction Part I (Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, AL)
  • Feb 21-23, 2019: Sacred Story
  • May 16-18, 2019: Integrative Practices Part II
  • Oct 17-19, 2019: The Practice of Spiritual Direction Part II
  • Feb 20-22, 2020: Co-Creativity with God

The location of these intensives may vary, but will be in one of the following: the Greater Huntsville Area, the Greater Birmingham Area, or at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, AL. All specific locations and dates will be posted as the 2018-2020 Cohort plans are confirmed.

In addition to the intensive themes listed above, the formation program will include the threaded topics of Dreamwork, Rule of Life, Mindfulness, Contemplation, Integral Theory, and Know Thyself.


Upon completion of the requirements of this program a certificate of completion will be awarded. The certificate will attest to the recipient’s:

  • practice of the ministry of spiritual direction, and
  • completion of the formation and training program to develop the gifts and artistry of spiritual direction.

Tuition: Tuition of $1800 covers the intensive programs, mentoring, and assignment feedback.

The four tuition payments of $450 are due on the following dates: March 15, 2018, Sept 15, 2018, March 15, 2019, and Sept 15, 2019.

Additional Costs to Participants (not included in tuition):

  • Books, videos, inventory instruments, internet access, etc.
  • Travel, room, and board

Application: For more information or to apply for this 2-year program contact us via email or call 256-714-8837.

To be included in the 2018-2020 Cohort that starts in May 2018,
your completed application must be received by Feb 28.
If you are accepted into the program, payment is due March 15.

Download a brochure here.


Thomas Moore, author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller Care of the Soul,
will speak on “Co-Creativity” at the Metagem Institute graduation of the 2018 class of spiritual directors, which will be 24-Feb-2018 at St. Mary’s On The Highlands.
This event is open to the public.

Click here for more information.


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