Training

Manresa Link Basic Prayer Guide Training: next course September 2018 - February 2019

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Venue: St Mary’s Convent, 98 Hunters Road. Birmingham B19 1EB

This is for you if you are interested in exploring or deepening your calling to help others through a ministry of prayer guiding and accompanying others through retreats in daily life or weeks of guided prayer. You will need to have made an Ignatian retreat either in daily life or residentially prior to joining the course.

The next course will take place over eight Saturday mornings:

September 29th, October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, November 10th, 17th, 24th

followed by two weekends early in 2019:

  1. Saturday January 26th, 10.00am to Sunday January 27th, finishing at 5.00pm.
  2. Saturday February 9th, 10.00am to Sunday February10th, finishing at 5.00pm.

One of these weekends will be residential for each participant..

It is essential that you are able to attend all Saturday mornings and the two weekends, so please ensure that this is possible before booking. 

The course looks at various aspects prayer accompaniment within the context of Ignatian spirituality, including:

  • The Ignatian journey
  • The place of desire
  • Listening skills
  • What are we listening for?
  • Images of God
  • Consolation and desolation
  • Discernment
  • Supervision

Following input on these areas, participants work in groups of three (triads) with a member of the course team to practise listening and discernment together. You'll also have opportunities to watch role plays and to ask questions in the full group sessions.

Each participant gives a retreat during one of the weekends and makes one during the other. Those giving the retreats will receive individual and group supervision. Generally, participants will be resident on the weekend they are being given a retreat, but it may be possible for some participants to be resident on both weekends if necessary. All meals are included.

The cost of the whole course will be £200, including the two weekends. For anyone who cannot afford this, it may be possible to receive a bursary for the course from Manresa Link. We do not wish to exclude anyone due to financial reasons.

If you are interested in the course, please complete the short form below and we will contact you shortly.

Basic prayer guide training enquiry