Spiritual direction has occurred ever since humans gathered in communities and began asking questions about life, existence, and essence. The Prairie Jubilee Program offers people unique training in this rich tradition of guiding individuals as a spiritual director. The Prairie Jubilee Facilitators describes spiritual direction as “the process of accompanying people on a spiritual journey and helping them grow closer to God (or the sacred, the holy, or a higher power). Spiritual direction helps people learn how to live in peace, with compassion, promoting justice, and as humble servants of that which lies beyond all names.”
Cheryl Kinney Matheson, an Instructor and Registrar for the Program, describes it like this: “The Prairie Jubilee Program helps one become skilled in the art of spiritual direction. The intent of the program is to
open you to understanding that you are giving yourself to others. It is a way to use the knowledge gained in the work of self-exploration in service to others” Cheryl continues to describe the two-year spiritual direction-training program: “It is all about the container or format of the Jubilee program. There is a focus on the enneagram and its spiritual aspects are at the core of all teachings, and also a commitment to practices and movement into a contemplative lifestyle.”
“The program offers two years of support and mentorship, and is made up of four residencies that give you the time to do that personal work in a contemplative framework. There is an opportunity for deepening that is allowed to come forth.”
“I find that this spaciousness in the residencies helps to integrate what is new with whatever has already been learned in your life. It has to do with deepening, really.”
There are so many of us seeking to find our way in this ever-changing world, Many have found that all the spiritual information they continue to gather needs a place to take hold and be put to practical use. The Prairie Jubilee Program can teach students how to do this and move through life in a more contemplative way.
Is the Prairie Jubilee Program right for you? Are you called to the vocation of Spiritual Direction?
The new two-year cycle starts September 15, 2016 and there are a few spaces left. The registration deadline for students wanting to take part is August 15, 2016.