Ignatian Spirituality Course

What do you really want?
What does God want for you?
How is God calling you to serve?

This course introduces people to the richness of the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556) who was a pioneer in proposing ways for the individual to attain spiritual freedom. It is an ecumenical Christian course and is open to people of goodwill from all traditions.

Ignatius of Loyola’s reflection upon his relationship with God and documentation of his understanding has transmitted to us great wisdom in The Art of Spiritual Direction and the discernment of spirits in our life. This wisdom takes a clear and compelling form in his Spiritual Exercises.

Open afternoons 2024

For people interested in applying for the course this year, the following open afternoons are available:

15 July 14:00-16:00 – Open afternoon over Zoom (open to applicants for either the online or in-person course): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ignatian-spirituality-course-8617634110

11 July 14:00-16:00 – Open afternoon over Zoom for the Ignatian Enrichment course. Details available here:

Vacancy – Course Administrator (closing date 29 May)

The ISC is seeking a new administrator. We welcome expressions of interest through a covering letter/email and CV, which can be emailed to info@artsd.org.uk.

Closing date for applications: 29 May
Interviews to take place on Tuesday 4 June at the London Jesuit Centre

Please see the job description here:

The Course (3 years, in person or online)

The aim of the course is to form participants in The Art of Spiritual Direction and in giving the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola in their various forms. We aim to support participants in discerning where God is leading them in their ministry. For some, this will be to work in forms of spiritual direction and giving retreats. Others may be led along other avenues.

The course is led by an experienced staff of laypeople, religious and clergy, and runs for one day a week (11:00 – 16:00) over three years. The course year runs from September to July.

In addition to the in-person course based at the Jesuit Centre in London, we also offer an online version of the Ignatian Spirituality Course.

Applications to the course are open from 1 March 2024. Please see the applications tab for more details.

Ignatian Enrichment (1 year, online)

This one-year ecumenical course aims to form experienced spiritual directors in giving the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola. The Ignatian Enrichment Course is an online course, beginning in September and running from 11:00 – 16:00 UK time, on Thursdays over three terms. International students are welcome.

The course provides participants with the opportunity to engage with the theory and application of the text of the Spiritual Exercises. In addition, participants are helped to develop their skills in spiritual direction, especially the competence and reflective practice needed to be able to give the Spiritual Exercises by the 19th Annotation. This course may also be suitable for previous graduates from the 3-year Ignatian training as a way to refresh their ability in giving the Exercises.