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Spiritual Guidance Training Program

Graduates find Siena Retreat Center's Spiritual Guidance Training Program a transformational experience. 
An experienced staff leads this two-year weekend residency program, which is grounded in the emerging sciences of the Universe Story and with an ecumenical Christian approach enriched by various faith perspectives.  Permeating the process and content of the program is a belief in the sacredness of all creation and of human experience as the place of God’s revelation.  Belief in God’s unconditional love for and presence in creation is foundational.  Siena Retreat Center's Spiritual Guidance Training Program is preparation for the ministry of spiritual direction (also known as spiritual companioning) that offers spiritual enrichment content, skills-building, and personal growth and reflection.  Training consists of eight three-day sessions per year for two years and incorporates a variety of learning styles and practicum.  Graduates receive a certificate of completion.

Applications for the 2021-2022 Program are now available. 
We encourage you to contact us.  We are happy to speak with you and answer your questions so you can discern if you wish to consider this program.  It is important to have time for personal reflection before beginning the program as it represents a significant dedication of time, energy, and finances.

Contact the on-site coordinator, Rita Lui, OP, at (262) 221-7605 or

Download a brochure here.

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2021 - 2022 Program Dates
Jan. 8-10, 2021 (Fri. - Sun.)
Feb. 11-13, 2021  (Thu. - Sat.)
Mar. 19-21, 2021 (Fri. - Sun.)
May 6-8, 2021  (Thu. - Sat.)
Jun. 3-6, 2021  (Thu. - Sun.)
Sep. 9-11, 2021  (Thu. - Sat.)
Oct. 8-10, 2021  (Fri. - Sun.)
Nov. 11-14, 2021  (Thu. - Sun.)
Jan. 7-9, 2022  (Fri. - Sun.)
Feb. 10-12, 2022 (Thu. - Sat.)
Mar. 25-27, 2022 (Fri. - Sun.)
Apr. 28-30, 2022  (Thu. - Sat.)
Jun. 2-5, 2022  (Thu. - Sun.)
Sep. 8-10, 2022  (Thu. - Sat.)
Oct. 7-9, 2022  (Fri. - Sun.)
Nov. 10-13, 2022  (Thu. - Sun.)


"This past year in the SGTP has been the most spiritually growthful and deepening period in my life.  There have been many other spiritually growthful periods in my life, but this one exceeds all the other ones put together."

"Before I applied to the SGTP, my discernment process bounced from fear around the tuition cost to awe around the movement of the Holy Spirit calling me into this program at Siena.  After completing the SGTP, I say with every fiber of my being that it is so worth the investment of money and time, openness and vulnerability.  Many graces and transformations have been gifted me through SGTP."

"The Spiritual Guidance Training Program became an unanticipated journey of transformational healing and hope.  It is this hope that I now live from, through, with and into a future that is of possibility."

Institute for Spiritual Guidance

Siena Retreat Center is pleased to announce the Institute for Spiritual Guidance.  The Institute for Spiritual Guidance is intended for both seasoned spiritual guides and those who have more recently completed training.

In response to the need for ongoing development of spiritual guides, the Institute will offer workshops that create opportunities for guides to learn and further integrate the art and skill of companioning another person.

How to Plan Retreats and Days of Reflection for Others

This retreat for spiritual guides will be both reflective and practical. It is meant for those who have been invited to or would like to offer reflection times for others (a morning, day, overnight, weekend).

In our time together, we will move through these planning steps individually    and in teams:

· reflect on participants and the purposes for their time away

· draw deep from your personal journeys, meanings, and spirit

· go wide to interweave thematic resources

· shape the time to develop a sense of prayerful flow.

You may come with themes and resources you have or start from scratch.   We will enrich and help each other in this time together.

Thursday, August 12, to Friday, August 13, 2021
The retreat starts at 7:00pm on Thursday evening and concludes at 5:00pm on Friday.
Cost of $175 includes $55 non-refundable deposit, overnight accommodations, and meals.

Supervisor Training for Spiritual Companioning in the Paradigm of the Universe Story

A one year program beginning August of 2021 and ending August of 2022

Being a supervisor for spiritual guides is a special, needed ministry. With 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.

How do supervisors help spiritual guides grow in their awareness of the ever evolving life-graces of those they guide?

Program participants will develop necessary skills, 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.

Participants must have three years’ experience as a spiritual guide, commit to the full year of training, complete Reflection Sheet with application, and apply before July 30, 2021.

Program Elements:

· Opening Gathering: Friday, August 13, to Sunday, August 15, 2021; held at Siena Retreat Center

· Practicum Experience: six sessions to be scheduled with individual supervisor during interim months

· Closing Gathering: Friday, August 12, to Sunday, August 14, 2022; held Siena Retreat Center

Costs: $550 includes $55 non-refundable deposit and Opening and Closing Gatherings (meals, overnight accommodations, and program); plus $60 per session for six sessions of Practicum.