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Spiritual Guidance Institute

In response to the need for continuing education and growth of spiritual guides, Siena Retreat Center is pleased to offer the Institute  for Spiritual Guidance. The Institute offers workshops that create opportunities for guides to learn and further integrate the art and skill of companioning another person.

Now in its third year, the Institute is intended for both seasoned spiritual guides and those who have more recently completed training. The 2018 Institute will focus on supervision skills and will take place Sunday, August 12, to Tuesday, August 14, 2018.  Cost to be determined.


Sunday, August 12, 2018:  9:30am—5:00pm

Monday, August13, 2018:  9:30am—5:00pm

Tuesday, August 14, 2018:  9:30am—1:00pm

Facilitator Annette Jo Giarrante has a private practice in spiritual direction and life coaching.  She offers retreats, workshops, and seminars on topics related to spirituality, spiritual direction, supervision, and communication skills. Since her heart transplant in 2007, Jo has acquired an interest in the connection between the spiritual and biological dimensions of the heart. For 20 years, Jo was on the faculty of the Institute for Spiritual Leadership, an international training program for spiritual directors located in Chicago. Jo holds a master’s degree in Divinity Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a life coaching certificate from The Coaching Institute.  She is a volunteer member of the Patient/Family Advisory Board and the Patient Experience Committee at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Jo will be joined by guest presenters and facilitators.

Cost to be determined.