Manresa Link Basic Prayer Guide Training (see below for 2021-2022 dates)


Would you like to explore or deepen your calling to a ministry of prayer guiding - accompanying others through retreats in daily life or weeks of guided prayer? If so, this course is for you. It takes place over eight Saturday mornings, followed by two weekends.

The Saturday sessions consist of: 

A short prayer time engaging with different ways of praying, followed by input covering the following topics:

  • The Ignatian journey
  • Listening skills
  • What are we listening for as prayer companions?
  • Images of God
  • The place of desire
  • Consolation and desolation
  • Discernment
  • Supervision
  • Safeguarding
  • Organising an Individually Guided Retreat

Participants then work in groups of three (triads) with a member of the course team to practise listening and discernment together. The triads take about an hour and form the most important part of the session.  You'll also have opportunities to watch role plays and to ask questions in the full group sessions.  It is important to attend all sessions.  Refreshments are provided.


In this short video, a Manresa LInk member shares his experience of the course and of Ignatian spirituality:



These weekends take place at St Mary’s Convent. In order to get the most out of the weekends it can be arranged to be resident on the weekend that you are being given a retreat. It may be possible for some participants to be resident on both weekends if necessary.  Those giving the retreats will receive individual and group supervision.  All meals are included. (No refreshments, meals or residency if held online!)


You will need to have made an Ignatian retreat either in daily life or residentially prior to joining the course.


 Dates of next course:  2, 9, 16, 23, October 2021

                                      6, 13, 20, 27 November 2021  

 Venue: St Mary's Convent, 98 Hunters Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B19 1EB (or online if the pandemic makes it necessary)

Time:  10 am to 12.30 pm

 Also two weekends in 2022:

  1. Saturday 15 January  (10am-8.30pm) Sunday 16 January (11am-5pm)
  2. Saturday 29 January and Sunday 30 January (same timings)

 It is important to attend all sessions. Refreshments are provided, including all meals on the 2 weekends.

 Cost: £200  (whole course including the 2 weekends). Can be paid in weekly instalments and bursaries may be  available for those who cannot afford this - we do not wish to exclude anyone for financial reasons. (If online the cost will be £20)

 You can see further videos about the course on our YouTube channel.

To enquire about the next course, please contact us.