Ignatian Spirituality Course

What do you really want?

What does God want for you?

How is God calling you to serve?

Might God be calling you to train as a spiritual director?

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The Ignatian Spirituality Course introduces you 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.

Whatever your starting-point, the course supports you as you seek to grow in intimacy with God and equips you to accompany others as they do the same. The course is experiential, combining teaching-input with personal reflection and group discussion. Course participants learn how to offer Ignatian spiritual direction, with its distinctive emphasis on discernment, and how to give Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises to others.

We support you in discerning where God is leading you in your unique ministry, recognising that for some participants, this may be to work in forms of spiritual direction and giving retreats, while others may be led along other avenues. 

It is an ecumenical Christian course and is open to people of goodwill from all traditions.

What is distinctive about Ignatian Spiritual Direction?

Course overview

The three-year course (online & in-person) is led by an experienced staff of laypeople and clergy. It runs for one day a week (11:00 – 16:00 UK time) from September to July over three years, with Year 1 on Tuesdays, Year 2 on Wednesdays, and Year 3 on Thursdays. 

The in-person course is held at the London Jesuit Centre, 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH.

The online course is held on Zoom and welcomes participants from around the UK, Europe and beyond.

Course Fees

Course fees for 2024-5 are £1,600, payable in two instalments.

We hope that no one is prevented from following the course through lack of money. Generous financial assistance may be available and if you wish to be considered for this, early application is advised. 

Please email the Course Administrator for further details or to make an application. 

Open Afternoon for Ignatian Spirituality Course

15 July | GMT 2:00 – 4:00 pm

  • Via Zoom
  • Open to applicants for either the online or in-person course

Ignatian Enrichment Course

We also have a one year Ignatian Enrichment Course for experienced spiritual directors. It is designed to form experienced spiritual directors in giving the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola. The Ignatian Enrichment Course is exclusively online, and we welcome participants from around the UK, Europe and beyond. The course runs annually from September to July, on Thursdays, 11:00 to 16:00 UK time.

This specialised course offers a comprehensive exploration of the theory and practical application of the Spiritual Exercises. Participants will not only deepen their understanding of the text but also enhance their skills in spiritual direction, with the opportunity to practise St Ignatius’ Rules for Discernment of Spirits. The emphasis is on fostering competence and reflective practice essential for guiding others through the Spiritual Exercises in their daily lives (also known as the 19th Annotation).

Previous graduates of the 3-year Ignatian Spirituality Course find the Enrichment Course an excellent way of refreshing their proficiency in giving the Exercises. 

Join us on this enriching journey as we delve into the transformative practice of spiritual direction grounded in the wisdom of St Ignatius of Loyola.

Open afternoon for Ignatian Enrichment Course

11 July | GMT 2:00 – 4:00 pm

  • Via Zoom
  • Open to applicants for Ignatian Enrichment course

Meeting ID: 853 6547 7961
Passcode: 099276

Hear From Our Students

Chuck W, Teaching Assistant for Year 1 Ignatian Spirituality Course

Whatever your past experience of faith or church, present circumstances or the questions you have about your future, if you are wondering about your life in and with God, I recommend this course. Packed with learning, depth, challenges, and encouragement. From toddlers needing to be spoon-fed we are now walking humbly but confidently through the world of spiritual direction. 

Mitzi J

Contact a tutor

For further information about course content or to discuss a prospective application, please feel free to contact one of our tutors.

In-person Course

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Online Course

Enrichment Course