Spiritual Direction Practicum

Applications for the 2016-17 cohort are now closed. Please contact us for information about the 2017-18 program.

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 sacred & holy, 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 practice-based training and by the organization’s orientation toward and experience in accompanying young people and those working for justice and peace.

The nine-month practicum consists of:

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


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.

Program Schedule

2016-17 Cohort Dates

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

9/10, 10/15, 11/12, 12/10, 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/6



Location (note change):
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
116 South St.
Foxboro, MA 02035

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 2016-17 cohort are now closed. Please contact us for information about the 2017-18 program.

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