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


Isg Website


Being a supervisor for spiritual guides is a special, needed ministry. Through the lens of the universe story, we will explore how the cosmological concepts
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 of $1,795 includes tuition and overnight accommodations and meals for both weekends. Books and individual supervision throughout the practicum component are additional costs. Partial scholarships are available. Please inquire to Claire Anderson at (262) 898-2588.

How To Apply
When you click on “REGISTER HERE” above, you will be taken to an Application Form and will be asked to pay a $150 non-refundable Application Fee. Please be prepared to answer the following questions on the application:

  • Describe your experience as a spiritual guide. How many years and how often have you been offering spiritual companioning?
  • Describe your personal experience of supervision. Please include how many years and what format you engaged in: group and/or individual.
  • What have been some of your greatest learnings in offering spiritual direction and receiving supervision?
  • From your perspective how might spiritual direction and supervision resonate with the fundamental spirit of the Universe Story?

Applications are due before July 26, 2024. After your application is received, it will be reviewed by the training team, and a member of the team will reach out to you to communicate next steps.

The balance of the program fee will be due in two installments over the course of the program, or an alternative payment plan can be made.

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.