As you engage in the spiritual exercises and practices that will facilitate your growth, great benefit can be gained from meeting regularly with a Spiritual Director, sometimes referred to as spiritual guide or friend. Such a person will be your companion and guide along the way - a person of some maturity and wisdom in the faith to show you some of the markers along the way.
The primary focus of the session is your relationship with God as it is reflected upon and challenged by all aspects of that your life. When you come for spiritual direction, we assume you are serious about your life with God.
During the meeting of about one hour, you will seek to enter a prayerful atmosphere together with your director so that you can be attentive to the Holy Spirit who is the Real Director. The director may question, challenge, suggest, support, as seems called for by the Spirit, but ultimately you must own whatever insights are uncovered or course of action that is to be taken.
It should be noted that there is a distinction between spiritual direction and therapeutic relationships such as counseling or therapy. In general, it might be said that therapy and counseling deal primarily with problem areas of one’s life and attempt to bring a healthy resolution to these issues. Spiritual direction is concerned with prayerfully finding and responding to God in all of life.
Hear more on this Podcast by Richard Wiltshire (Tomorrow’s Faith – 1 August 2022) featuring our former Dean of Studies, Dr Beth Roberton, discussing “Spiritual Direction and New Contemplative Communities” here.
Dayspring has a small group of dedicated and experienced Spiritual Directors, graduates of our training program and Members of the Australian Network of Spiritual Directors, who make themselves available to you through Dayspring. Meeting monthly can give you a structure for accountability and growth.
Cost: $70 per session for those who are working, and $60 for the unwaged. A lower fee can be negotiated if needed.
The Australian Network of Spiritual Directors provides details of its members who are available for Spiritual Direction. You may find someone closer to you than our Dayspring Centre. You will find their list HERE.
Dayspring acknowledges the role of First Nations people as the traditional custodians of the land on which Dayspring Events are held. Dayspring recognizes their unbroken continuing connection to land, water and community, their efforts to preserve and strengthen their culture and language and pays respects to elders past present and emerging who share in this work.