Spiritual accompaniment encourages you to explore a close relationship with God. In the midst of a busy life, many people find it difficult to notice God’s actions in their daily affairs. Yet at the deepest level, all of us long for a more conscious experience of God’s presence and love. Spiritual accompaniment is not about being ‘directed’. Rather, it is very much about being encouraged to draw closer to God. Spiritual accompaniment invites you to this relationship.
The Canterbury Diocese has a number of Spiritual Accompaniers who have extensive training and experience of spiritual direction. If you would like to find a Spiritual Accompanier or would simply like to know more, please follow the link.
Exploring a calling to Spiritual Accompaniment
The Canterbury and Rochester Dioceses offer a jointly run Spiritual Accompaniment Training Programme. The aim of the programme is to develop a group of both lay and ordained practitioners who are called to become Spiritual Accompaniers. If you are interested in exploring this further, please follow the link.
An Ecumenical Training Programme in Spiritual Direction is run by the Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury. The programme focuses on walking with others as they seek God in their life and builds on an interpretation of the experience of the life of St Francis as a way of teaching the principles of the spiritual life. It is not necessary to be a Franciscan to take part in the programme. If you are interested in finding out more, please follow the link.
Encounter is a programme in spiritual direction run by the London Spirituality Centre. It is a practically based ecumenical programme that draws on ancient and contemporary practice in Christian spiritual direction, modern psychological insights and the wisdom tradition found in all religions and cultures.