Spiritual Accompaniment (sometimes termed Spiritual Direction) is an ancient and well-tested practice. It is based on the premise that God, the Mystery, the Source of All, is present and active in our lives, and that we can become more sensitive to this Presence through reflection, engagement and prayer.
Anyone who wishes to reflect upon his or her life, including their spiritual journey, with a trained accompanier might find spiritual accompaniment helpful.
The accompanier’s principal role is to listen to you and to be conscious of the relationships between the Holy Presence within you, within themselves, and between themselves and you. The accompanier may suggest some resources or practices, such as certain ways of praying, meditating, particular Bible passages or ways of using creative approaches to help you deepen your relationship with God.
You will decide with your accompanier the interval between meetings and length of session, eg to meet for an hour every 4-6 weeks
You are welcomed into a safe, caring and confidential place where you can say as little or as much of what you want to share about the issues you carry. More sessions can be arranged as required. Sessions normally last 50 minutes. You are not judged. You will not be given advice but listened to very carefully. The outcome is hopefully that you feel supported and empowered to find your own solutions, make decisions for yourself and so find hope and strength.
Retreat accompaniment is a concentrated way of attending to what is going on in your spiritual journey through meeting with your accompanier on a daily basis during your retreat. It can be beneficial to you, your sense of God’s invitation to you and your prayer and reflection to make you r retreat in silence.
We offer accompaniment for individual retreats of various lengths in the Ignatian tradition Please ask for more information.