Institute for Spiritual Guidance: Supervision Practicum Intensive

Saturday, August 10, 2024 thru Saturday, March 8, 2025
Facilitator(s): Annette "Jo" Giarrante, Nicki Nelson, Terry Johnson


Spiritual Guidance Practicum Intensive 2024


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.

This program is designed for experienced spiritual guides who have some training in the practices of supervision for spiritual guides (ex: SDI webinars) and are looking for a more extensive practicum experience to continue to develop and refine their supervision skills.

If the guide has not received any prior supervision instruction, SDI’s Spring 2024 Supervision course with Lucy Abbott Tucker will be considered a prerequisite. The recordings of this 10-week course are available for purchase on SDI’s website.

Format and Dates
This practicum intensive consists of 8 live virtual group gatherings as well as an outside practicum component.

Group Gatherings (all times are in Central Time)

  • Saturday, Aug 10, 2024 from 9:00am-4:00pm (Opening Gathering)
  • Tuesday, Sept 3, 2024 from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, Oct 1, 2024 from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, Nov 5, 2024 from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, Dec 3, 2024 from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, Jan 7, 2025 from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, Feb 4, 2025 from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Saturday, Mar 8, 2025 from 9:00am-12:00pm (Closing Gathering)

Outside Practicum

Over the course of six months, each participant will offer monthly supervision sessions to two spiritual guides, for a total of 12 sessions.

Each participant will also meet monthly with one of two assigned staff supervisors, three sessions with each supervisor, for a total of six sessions. The cost of these sessions are included in the cost of the program.

Cost of $1050 includes tuition and the cost of your individual supervision sessions throughout the program. Books are not included and participants will be expected to purchase those on their own during the program.

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?
  • Have you received prior supervision training? What program have you completed?

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.