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Spiritual Guidance Institute

“Beneath the Surface” A Practicum Intensive and the Role of Supervision

In response to the need for continuing education and growth of spiritual guides, Siena Retreat Center is pleased to offer the Institute  for Spiritual Guidance. The Institute offers workshops that create opportunities for guides to learn and further integrate the art and skill of companioning another person.

Now in its second year, the Institute is intended for both seasoned spiritual guides and those who have more recently completed training. The focus of the 2017 Institute will be a practicum intensive and the role of supervision.  Practicum sessions develop and hone skills in companioning seekers.  Supervision “explores what is beneath the surface” of the spiritual guide—unexamined patterns, reactions, or assumptions—to better understand oneself and to better accompany seekers. The format for these sessions will include input, conversation, reflection, creative exercises, and practice.


Sunday, August 6, 2017:  9:30am—5:00pm

Monday, August 7, 2017:  9:30am—5:00pm

Tuesday, August 8, 2017:  9:30am—1:00pm

Facilitator Annette Jo Giarrante has a private practice in spiritual direction and life coaching.  She offers retreats, workshops, and seminars on topics related to spirituality, spiritual direction, supervision, and communication skills. Since her heart transplant in 2007, Jo has acquired an interest in the connection between the spiritual and biological dimensions of the heart. For 20 years, Jo was on the faculty of the Institute for Spiritual Leadership, an international training program for spiritual directors located in Chicago. Jo holds a master’s degree in Divinity Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a life coaching certificate from The Coaching Institute.  She is a volunteer member of the Patient/Family Advisory Board and the Patient Experience Committee at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Jo will be joined by guest presenters and facilitators.

Cost of $255 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, overnight accommodations, meals, and program.