OUR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
The Guild for Spiritual Guidance is a contemplative organization providing a two-year certificate program designed to prepare its members for a ministry of spiritual guidance within the diverse contexts of contemporary life.
The Guild asks of its apprentices a readiness to deepen and reflect on their own spiritual journeys in an interfaith community. The focus is on transformation with attention to the workings of Spirit in our lives as we seek to develop a deeper awareness of our calling and of God’s presence in all dimensions of life.
The Guild’s Apprenticeship Program is rooted in
an integral and contemplative curriculum centered on the Mystical tradition,
Jungian depth psychology, and the evolutionary cosmology of Teilhard de Chardin,
within the experience of authentic community. There are sessions in meditation, the arts,
body awareness, contemplative listening, ecology, feminism and global
perspectives in spirituality. Insights
and practices drawn from all of these experiences emphasize skills development
in spiritual guidance.
The Apprenticeship Program begins with a three-day
orientation retreat and meets monthly (except for July and August) for a
twenty-four hour session from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon over the
two-year period. Each monthly session
includes a presentation on one of the core areas of the curriculum and practicums in the discipline of Spiritual Guidance. Sessions also include experiential and somatic expression, communal silence, formal
and informal sharing and processing, all of which deepen an emerging sense of
- COMMUNITY: Creating a safe communal environment where each person is seen and heard without judgment, inviting each person’s voice to emerge within the ongoing life of the Guild Community.
- MYSTICS: Exploring the mystics, by honoring the Judeo-Christian tradition, and reaching toward an understanding of worldwide mystical traditions.
- C.G. JUNG: Developing personal awareness through Jungian depth psychology and relating it to human self-knowledge and expression.
- TEILHARD: Expanding our understanding of humanity’s place in the cosmos through exploring the evolutionary vision of Teilhard de Chardin.
Photo by Sandra Hernandez, Guild XV