Institute for Spiritual Guidance: Supervision Training Program

Friday, August 9, to Sunday, August 11, 2024; Friday, August 8, to Sunday, August 10, 2025
Facilitator(s): Annette "Jo" Giarrante, Nicki Nelson, Terry Johnson


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Siena Retreat Center’s Institute for Spiritual Guidance (ISG) offers ongoing continuing education and enrichment for spiritual guides. The Institute is for both seasoned spiritual guides and those who have more recently completed training. Please reach out to Nicki Nelson at [email protected] for more information.

Supervision Training Program

Being a supervisor for spiritual guides is a special, needed ministry. Through the lens of the universe story, we will explore how creation’s gifts
of interiority, diversity, and communion are intricately woven within every story shared in spiritual guidance. In this training program, experienced spiritual guides will learn the skills necessary for supervising fellow spiritual guides. They will become more aware of their own gifts and work on their growing edges as trained supervisors. Through input, reflection, exercises, and supervised practicum they will grow in spiritual insight and the art and skill of supervision.

This program consists of opening and closing in-person weekend retreats, as well as a practicum component that takes place during the months between:

Friday, August 9, to Sunday, August 11, 2024;
Friday, August 8, to Sunday, August 10, 2025
Both retreats begin on Friday at 3:00pm and conclude with the noon meal on Sunday.
Cost: $1,795 (includes tuition, as well as overnight accommodations and meals for both weekends)

PLEASE NOTE: Books and individual supervision throughout the practicum component are additional costs.

Applications are due before July 26, 2024.

You can register and pay online by clicking the register button above, by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 with a credit card number, or by mailing a check made out to Siena Retreat Center.” Payment must be received to complete registration.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for our cancellation policies and other helpful information.

About the Facilitators

Annette Annette "Jo" Giarrante

Jo has a private practice in spiritual direction and life coaching. She offers retreats, workshops, and seminars on topics related to spiritual development, spirituality, spiritual direction, supervision, communication skills /conflict management, and inner work skills. Since her heart transplant in 2007, Jo has acquired an interest in the connection between the spiritual and biological dimensions of the heart. She serves on the training staff of the Spiritual Guidance Training Program here at the Siena Retreat Center and has been training spiritual guides for almost 30 years.

Nicki NelsonNicki Nelson

Nicki Nelson is a spiritual guide, supervisor, and retreat leader. She holds graduate degrees in Theology and Clinical Psychology. She works at the intersection of spirituality, justice, and parenting.

Terry JohnsonTerry Johnson

Terry Johnson is the chaplain for the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary of the Woods, a spiritual guide and supervisor, a pastor, and former director of the Hesburgh Sabbatical Program in Chicago.