Spiritual Direction Practicum

Applications are closed. Please come back in March 2018 to apply for the next cohort.

Spiritual accompaniment is essential to the quest for justice and peace in our world.

We are looking to train the next generation of spiritual leaders who seek to accompany those working for justice and peace. 

What is Spiritual Direction?

The process of contemplative listening carried out in the context of a one-to-one trusting and confidential relationship. A trained spiritual director journeys with another person, listening to that person’s life story with an ear for the movement of the spirit or sacred, offering supportive responses as appropriate and encouraging reflection about new paths of growth.

The Practicum

Participate in Still Harbor’s nine-month practicum to train and supervise spiritual directors. The program is centered around the hands-on experience of offering spiritual direction and also includes readings, group discussion, written assignments, self-reflection and contemplative prayer. Still Harbor’s program is set apart by its lack of affiliation with any one religious tradition, its practice-based training, and its orientation toward and experience in accompanying those working for justice and peace and young adults.

The nine-month practicum consists of:

  • Learning: Monthly experiential sessions including adult learning models of small and large group work, prayer and reflection, individual verbatim presentations, and role playing.
  • Reflection: Monthly readings and two reflection papers to help participants integrate their experiential learning with other teachings.
  • Accompaniment Practice: participants will offer spiritual direction to two directees with supervision from Still Harbor instructors in March through May of the program year.
  • Spiritual Practice: Continued development of a life of spiritual practice, prayer, and contemplation as well as discernment of the call to the ministry of spiritual direction.


Rev. Edward M. Cardoza, MA.Min., received a Masters in Arts in Ministry from Saint John's Seminary School of Theology in 2003. He completed a practicum in spiritual direction at the Center for Religious Development through the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. Mr. Cardoza was a featured presenter at the 2012 Spiritual Directors International conference. Ed is also an ordained Episcopal priest currently serving at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Foxboro, MA.

Rev. Perry Dougherty is a a spiritual director and ordained Interspiritual Minister. She is also the Executive Director of Still Harbor, Editor of Anchor magazine, and an Instructor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Perry brings an informed perspective on social justice, pedagogy, and learning, which she studied at Washington University in St. Louis in receiving her bachelor's degree in Social Thought and Analysis with a specialization in the Sociology of Education. She brings her personal interests together through her service by exploring where creative expression and narrative meet spirituality and social justice in people's lives and work.

Program Schedule

2017-18 Cohort Dates*

One Saturday per month from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Required dates include:

9/9, 10/14, 11/18, 12/9, 1/20, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12



St. Mark's Episcopal Church
116 South St.
Foxboro, MA 02035

* We will only have one cohort in Foxboro this year. For those coming from Boston, our previous cohorts have always succeeded at creating convenient carpool options.

Program Fee

$2000 includes all sessions

Special reduced rates are available for:
Ministers-in-Vicinity, lay or ordained, actively engaged in ministry, $750
New Contemplatives, individuals under the age of 40 interested in spiritual accompaniment, $500

Formal Requirements for Admission

  • Rootedness in a spiritual practice or faith tradition
  • Willingness to reflect on personal experience and participate in practicum by finding directees
  • Already sought out by others for this ministry or referred by others
  • Actively engaged with a spiritual director
  • A commitment to attend all sessions
  • Application/interview process, including two recommendations

Application Deadlines

Applications for the 2017-18 cohort are closed.

Contact the Still Harbor office at info[at]stillharbor.org or 617-682-0259 with questions.