Spiritual Accompaniment Training - Level 2: Spiritual Direction Training (SDT)

  • Are you a mature Christian?
  • Do you give regular time to your own prayer?
  • Are you in your own spiritual direction?
  • Do you have a desire to accompany others in their relationship with God?

If so, you may be called to the ministry of spiritual direction. This is a ministry of listening to people, helping them to pray and to discern God’s action and invitation in their lives.

The Jesuit Institute offers the opportunity for intensive training to people who have the gift and call to be spiritual directors. The Spiritual Direction Training (SDT) takes place over three years, predominantly online but with two in-person modules.

Due to the constraints of COVID-19, we are offering special opportunities for those who may have the charism for this training but who may not have had the chance to meet the prerequisites for the SDT. This will be done before we begin our next course in March 2021.

Prerequisites for the training are:

  • An introductory course in Ignatian Spirituality: Hearts on Fire (Opportunities for this will be made available in the latter part of 2020.)
  • Spiritual Accompaniment Level 1, also known as Prayer Guide Training. (This will be offered in the second half of January 2021 over two weekends online and, subject to sufficient participants, there will also be an in-person option at our offices in Johannesburg.)
  • To be in your own ongoing spiritual direction.

Application process and prerequisites:

      1. Write to Margaret Backwell <training@jesuitinstitute.org.za> and request an application form.
      2. Complete and return the application form.
      3. On the basis of your application you may be contacted for an interview which may be conducted in-person or online.
      4. If you have already completed all the prerequisites for the training, and may be suited to this ministry, we will accept you for the SDT course (Spiritual Accompaniment Level 2).
      5. If have not yet completed the prerequisites, you will have the opportunity to do so in late January and early February. Should you satisfactorily pass Spiritual Accompaniment Level 1, you will be admitted to the 2021 course.

Schedule of Spiritual Accompaniment Training - Level 2 (SDT) Sessions

Year 1: 2021

  • March: 4 – 7 (Online via Zoom)
  • May: 27 – 30 (Online via Zoom)
  • August: 26th – 29th (in person at Lumko in Benoni, Johannesburg)
  • October: 21st – 25th (Online)

Year 2: 2022

4 Modules:

  • March exact dates TBC (Online via zoom)
  • May exact dates TBC (Online via zoom)
  • August exact dates TBC (Online via zoom)
  • October exact dates TBC (In person in Johannesburg)

Additional Requirements

The course requires 8 assignments. Four in year one and four in year two.


There are also practical experiences which include a six session online individually guided observed retreat as well as a minimum of 50 hours of supervised spiritual accompaniment.

Year 3: 2023

This year has no teaching modules but you are required to complete your 50 hours of supervised spiritual direction.

Course Facilitators:

The course facilitators have been training spiritual directors for many years and all have international experience:


  • Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell
  • Fr Russell Pollitt SJ
  • Rev Trevor Hudson


We also have an extended team of experienced spiritual directors trained by us who act as mentors and supervisors.


The cost for the course is:


  • 2021: R9000
  • 2022: R11000
  • 2023: R2000


Payment plans are available and a discount will be offered for anyone paying the full amount upfront.


For anyone who genuinely cannot afford the full cost, there are a small number of partial bursaries available.

Aim of the Course & Overview of Course Curriculum

Application Form

Please complete this e-form, save it and e-mail it to Margaret Backwell <training@jesuitinstitute.org.za>

Applications may be submitted from the 1st October 2020 until 31st October 2020.


NOTE: This training will only be offered in 2021/2022/2023 subject to sufficient suitable applications.

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