Group Spiritual Direction Level 1 Workshop

For Those Who Want to Learn or Deepen the Practice of Group Spiritual Direction

September 22-24, 2023 (via Zoom)

Would you like to expand your capacity to listen to God on behalf of others?

Join us to deepen your contemplative grounding for this prayer practice through authentic sharing and faithful listening.


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Group Spiritual Direction Schedule

Friday, September 22, 2023, 12:00 – 6:00 pm EST

Saturday, September 23 2023, 12:00 – 6:00 pm EST

Sunday, September 24, 2023, 12:30 – 6:00 pm EST

Whether you are new to Group Spiritual Direction, wish to explore it further, or are seeking support and guidance for forming a group, please consider joining us for this virtual workshop on Zoom. Participants will experience Group Spiritual Direction (GSD) each day with an experienced facilitator and deepen their contemplative grounding for this prayer practice through authentic sharing and faithful listening.

Participants will immerse themselves in our virtual spiritual community as they experience Group Spiritual Direction and explore their own call to this ministry. Through live experiential learning, presentations, small GSD groups, and prayerful silence, participants will steep themselves in the contemplative grounding which is the heart of this ministry. Presentations will include an introduction to the practice of Group Spiritual Direction, as well as introductions to the themes of prayerful listening, spiritual community, discernment, and intercessory prayer. Each person will have the opportunity to experience and practice this listening/ sharing process which aids depth, trust, and healing. Together, participants will discover how this process can transform the world.

This workshop will be offered live on Zoom with experienced staff present. The first part of our time each day will be in the full group with presentations from the staff and some experiential exercises. The second part will be in small listening groups facilitated by experienced staff members. The groups will follow the Group Spiritual Direction process that Shalem teaches, which is based on the book Group Spiritual Direction, by Rose Mary Dougherty. All of this will be woven in prayer!

Because both the teaching and small groups are foundational to the group spiritual direction practice, it is essential that participants commit to participating fully in the entire workshop.

In preparation for this workshop, please consider preparing a quiet, private, sacred space in your home that will support your prayerful participation in this workshop. It is important that participants are available for each of the workshop’s teaching and small group sessions.


The core leaders of this workshop have each practiced and facilitated Group Spiritual Direction for many years and enjoy sharing it with others! They will be supported by additional experienced small group facilitators.

Margaret Benefiel

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Sarah Forti

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Marlin Good

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Leonard McMahon

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Nan Weir

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Extended Registration Deadline: September 15, 2023.

Cost: $260

Tuition assistance available. Please contact Trish ( for more details.

Registration is now closed.

Listening in Community: A Group Spiritual Direction, Soul Collage® & Labyrinth Workshop

August 28-30, 2023

Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville, Maryland

During this in-person experiential workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about and engage with the deep listening practices of Group Spiritual Direction (GSD), Soul Collage® and walking the Labyrinth. Experienced leaders will introduce and facilitate sessions on each practice. Register through EventBrite. Learn More.

Cost: $695

A limited amount of reduced tuition is available based on need. Contact Nan Weir at for more information.

Registration is now closed.

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Trish Stefanik is the Registrar for the Group Spiritual Direction workshop and can be contacted at


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