Ignatian Top-up

The ISC Top-up Course for Practising Spiritual Directors

The course usually runs every two years. We aim to run it next from Sept 2021–July 2022.

Quotes from the 2017–18 Top-up Course

“A wonderfully lifegiving and enriching experience which has served to deepen my own spirituality, enhance my understanding, love and respect for the Exercises and hugely inform my practice.”

Caroline Welby

“Doing the Top Up Course, nine years after doing the original Ignatian course was a great way of reconnecting with the Exercises. It was a real gift to be able to spend time immersed in them, looking at resources and interacting with fellow students. It was quite hard work but VERY worthwhile!”

Marjorie Arnold

This one-year course aims to form participants in giving the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola. This course is considered as Continued Professional Development and is for people already trained in spiritual direction. The course may also be suitable for previous graduates from our 3-year Ignatian training as a way to refresh their ability in giving the Exercises.

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 further their skills in spiritual direction, especially the competence and reflective practice needed to be able to give the Spiritual Exercises by the 19th Annotation. There are regular appraisals and assignments throughout the duration of the course.

The course is an ecumenical Christian course and is open to people of goodwill from all traditions. It is led by an experienced staff of lay people, religious and clergy.

It will run on Wednesdays (11 am–4 pm), partly in conjunction with ISC year 2 for the theory of the Exercises. The venue is the Mount Street Jesuit Centre, 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH.

There is a lot of interest in this Course and places are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Download the leaflet.

Entry Requirements

Participants will

  • have completed training for offering spiritual direction;
  • be involved in accompanying others on a regular basis;
  • have been engaged in the ministry of spiritual direction for several years;
  • be receiving support from on-going supervision;
  • have made, or currently be in the process of making, the full Spiritual Exercises, either by the 30-day retreat or in Daily Life (sometimes called the 19th Annotation).

Entry on to the course is subject to an application form with two letters of recommendation from your supervisor and another. An interview can be arranged if needed.


The fee for the Course is £1320. We hope that no one is prevented from following the course through lack of money. Some assistance may be available from a small bursary fund.


A Certificate of Continued Professional Development is presented at the end of the year, reflecting the hours attended.