One of the pieces of my personal journey over the past two years is working toward becoming a Spiritual Director. Most of that work is done at home with many books and much study but there are also four “Residency” requirements for the Ontario Jubilee program. This week I am in the first residency of the second year of study.
We are a small group of eleven learners and a core group of three trainers with some others who float in and out during the week. We spend large portions of the day and evening in learning and practice sessions. We eat wonderfully and are housed in the simple, but holy setting at Five Oaks near Paris Ontario.
Our journey together began in the Spring of 2014 and this is the third time this group has met. Unfortunately not all of the same people have continued in the second year but we have been joined by others who had been in the program before and have now picked up the baton to continue the study.
The days are full, sometimes challenging, often emotional and always growth producing. Consequently the blogs will be short and perhaps a little hurried.
I may share with you some of the spiritual things I learn or some of the fun we have. I may go in a completely different direction but I will stay in touch and hope that your life is finding a way to help you feel as challenged and enriched as I do today.
I took these pictures at Five Oaks last fall when I came for a silent retreat. Please feel free to walk through the forest with me on a day which was much like today, with the warm sun and cool air of autumn.