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Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides




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in Contemplative Prayer and Spiritual Guidance


Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides, now in its 24th year, is a two-year training program in contemplative prayer and spiritual direction. During the two years, participants will experience and learn to practice the disciplines of contemplative prayer and the art of contemplative spiritual direction. Through both years, participants will discover the richness of contemplative community, the intimacy of small group interaction, and the depths of contemplative prayer.

"At this time of transition in my life, the Oasis SDSG program has offered the opportunity for gentle gestation, quiet transformation, and a gradual unfolding moving me to further growth in God."

~ Arlene Hoyt

For Whom

SDSG is especially suited to those who are seeking to deepen their practice of prayer and learn about being a spiritual companion to others. Lay persons and clergy are welcome.

Year II is for persons with Year I or equivalent.

Class Size and Credits: Class size is limited to 25. If you are seeking Continuing Education Credit, CEUs are available per year.

"SDSG has helped me rediscover the moment -here and now -and celebrate in it. Being well schooled in delayed gratification, I am relearning to enjoy life as it happens."
~ Verne Greiner 


Year I                                                

The intent of the first year of SDSG is to provide experiences of contemplative prayer and training in the art of being a spiritual director. Participants are asked to have a spiritual director and, by January, to serve as a spiritual guide for two individuals.

A reflection paper is also required.

The focus in the first year is twofold: grounding participants in the Christian contemplative tradition, through readings (both classical and contemporary), class presentations on a variety of topics and prayer experiences, along with assisting participants in being a guide for others in their spiritual journey. Meeting days include a rhythm of teaching sessions, prayer experiences, community building, individual reflection, discussion, and small group experience. Central to our process in both years, peer groups of 4-6 people spend time each month in spiritual support of one another and in reflecting together on the practice of spiritual direction in which the participants are engaged. Each peer group is facilitated by a trained spiritual director.

Year II                                          

The intent of the second year of SDSG is to provide opportunities to continue practicing the disciplines of contemplative prayer, drawing on a unique spiritual tradition each month, as well as further training in spiritual direction. Each person is asked to have a spiritual director and to serve as a spiritual guide for two individuals. Two reflection papers are also required.

In the second year, the rhythm of meeting days is very similar to the first year; however, the content of the second year includes prayer experiences and sessions devoted to key issues of spiritual direction, further readings in spirituality, psychology, and Christian mysticism, and two-hour peer group sessions (4-6 people) for spiritual support and deepening the practice of spiritual direction.

"Year after year, I look out at the faces of the new participants on the opening retreat day of SDSG and I see something of who they and how they are.  Two years later, in the closing retreat, I look out at these same faces and they are not the same persons.  That difference, enveloped in the coming of love and prayer, is Oasis." 
~ Glenn Mitchell, Director of Training and Program


"My growth in faith and relationship with the Divine surpassed whatever I thought upon first entering SDSG -- Out of that came the call to be a spiritual director which has brought breath, joy and enthusiasm in my daily life and ministry."
~ Linda Bonfiglio


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Glenn Mitchell, M.Div., is Director of Training
and Program for Oasis Ministries (since 2001) and a lead teacher in SDSG (since 1996). Glenn has a practice of spiritual direction in the State College, PA area. He is a Shalem graduate and has a passion for mysticism, working in wood, making books, and the intersection of contemplation and life.

Nancy L. Bieber,
M.A., M.S., has been on staff at Oasis Ministries since 1996, and serves as a lead teacher for the Spiritual Direction program.  Nancy is a clinical psychologist, but focuses now on retreat leadership and spiritual direction.  She is the author of Decision-Making and Spiritual Discernment: the Art of Finding Your Way.
Link to Nancy's website

Jo Ann Kunz
, M.A., serves as a Senior Pastor at a non-denominational Christian church located in Lititz, PA. She teaches spiritual formation/spiritual direction at both Eastern University and Evangelical Theological Seminary. Jo Ann has been part of the faculty of Oasis Ministries since 2001 (also see DYDM).

Melissa Stock
received her training through Oasis’ Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides. She also completed three years of Spiritual Formation and two of Ignatian Spiritual Direction Training at the Kairos School of Spiritual Formation. Melissa is active in retreat leadership, spiritual direction, and Taize worship.

Ruth Workman
, Ed.M., M.A., is a Certified Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader, and Certified Supervisor of Spiritual Directors. Additionally, she offers contemplative retreats at The Sanctuary and facilitates spiritual direction groups at Princeton Theological Seminary. Ruth has been a leader with Oasis since 2007 (see DYDM) and is ordained as an elder in the Presbyterian Church USA.

Ruth Zeiders
has a practice in Spiritual Direction, Reiki, and TriYoga in Bloomsburg, PA. She completed the Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides and Deepening Year for Direction Ministries programs of Oasis ministries and has served as staff for Oasis since 2005. Ruth earned an MBA in finance while working in administration at Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College. She is married to a Lutheran pastor. They share a love of the outdoors, gardening, contemplative prayer, reading, and time with the families of their five children and ten grandchildren. She leads Oasis' Breath and Prayer in Bloomsburg. 

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10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 30, 2014 through 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, 2014

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
Nov. 5, Dec. 3, 2014
Jan. 7, Feb. 4, Mar. 4, Apr. 8, 2015

10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 5, 2015
through 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2015


10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 25, 2014
through 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 26, 2014

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
Nov. 6, Dec. 4, 2014
Jan. 8, Feb. 5, Mar. 5, Apr. 9, 2015

10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 7, 2015
through 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2015

The above dates are for the 2014-2015 program year.  It is our practice to keep meeting days consistent over the two-years you are in the program.  (Example: If you begin the program this year, your meeting day will regularly be on Thursdays, your dates for your second year in 2014-2015 will continue to be on Thursdays.)

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Kirkridge Retreat Center - located in the beautiful Pocono Mountains

2495 Fox Gap Road

Bangor, PA 18013

Phone: (610) 588-1793 * kirkridge.org

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"For a very long time I have been searching for something that was missing in my life.
I found it in SDSG. It has helped me in my personal journey and in journeying with others."

~ Marie S. Rodichok


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Learn more about the program by viewing a brochure (Click here). A bibliography can be sent to you by contacting our office (717.737.8222; oasismin@oasismin.org).

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TUITION: $2,490* per year
Plus an Application Fee of $200 first year (non-refundable after program begins).
If application fee received by May 31, discount $100 from application fee.
If application fee received after August 31, add $75 to application fee.

*The balance of tuition may be paid in full at any time. Payments by MasterCard, Visa and Discover are welcome. If paying via installments we anticipate $290 due upon acceptance into the program (by September) and $275 monthly on class meeting days October -May.

Participants are expected to attend all sessions and tuition remains the same regardless of the number of sessions attended.

*If withdrawing prior to September 1, a full refund will be returned, less $50 to cover administrative time and processing.

Note: Oasis rarely cancels due to weather. If a regular program is canceled due to weather an effort will be made to get missed content to participants. No refunds are given for weather related closings and we do not do make up sessions.

Some scholarship help is available. Scholarship is granted based upon scholarship receipts and requests. Contact us after seeking assistance from other local sources of funding (like your church or denomination).

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Let Us Know Of Your Interest

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides.
To apply or for additional information, send the following information to betsykeller@oasismin.org:

  • Program you are interested in applying to

  • Your Contact Info: Name, Address, Phone (home, work, cell), and Email

  • Religious Affiliation

  • Spiritual Director (if you have one, please share the name of; if you do not have one, please let us know if you desire a suggestion or referral.)

  • A short statement (approximately one page, single-spaced) answering:
    1. What prompts your interest in this program?
    2. What vocational/spiritual experiences lie behind this prompting?
    3. What specifically do you hope to gain from the program?
    4. What readings and personal experiences have influenced your understanding of spiritual guidance?

  • Include the names, addresses, and phone numbers of two persons whom you ask to be supportive to you through this process. Please ask each supporter, as a "reference," to write and send/email to the Oasis office a brief statement sharing how he/she thinks this program is right for you. (You may give them a copy of the brochure.)

  • Let us know how you wish to process your application fee (will you be sending us a check, or would you like to use credit card?  Credit cards can be processed over the phone [717.737.8222] or on-line using the button below.)


Please Note: If you click on the 'Payment' button above to submit your application fee or make a program payment, it uses headings like you are making a donation to Oasis.  This is NOT considered a donation, but using this format allows users to put in variable amounts.


Email submission preferred, or you may mail it to:

ATTN: Registrar
419 Deerfield Road
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Thank you!

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