the self of the spiritual director


This is a training day I offer spiritual directors.

May he give you the power through his Spirit for your inner self to grow strong.

St Paul

It is not so much knowledge that fills and satisfies the soul, but rather the intimate feeling and relishing of things.

Ignatius of Loyola

The non-anxious, centred self is the sine qua non of a spiritual director. We often seek training to augment our knowledge and techniques, but it is not more information that will form you as a spiritual director, but abiding in who you are, whose you are, and what you are for.


These are handouts to go with the training day, “The self of the spiritual director.” The first has one slide per page designed for looking at on-screen rather than printing out.

This second is a printer-friendly version with space for you to make notes on.

Audio recording

This is a zip file of the audio recording from the training day. This is only for people who paid to attend the training day. Do not share this with anyone.

Download it. Click on the downloaded file and it will ‘unzip’ into a folder containing 23 short mp3 (audio) files that you can play. There is one audio file for each slide on the presentation, which you can view on the handouts above. If you open or import these audio files with your media player, they will appear in one album.