Kardia Formation

Strengthening Spirit – Releasing Potential

Heart Wisdom: Spiritual Direction Formation

Heart Wisdom: Integrated Formation For Spiritual Directors In The Ignatian Tradition

Kardia Heart Wisdom is a two-year program for formation in the art of spiritual direction and giving the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. ‘Heart Wisdom’ is an ever-changing Christian formation program developed from the intersection and integration of knowing from life experiences. This wisdom converges at the kardia.[1]

All programs offered at Kardia Formation use a pedagogy which honours various epistemologies. Individually and in groups, members of the Heart Wisdom Program begin by honouring the wisdom gleaned from their life experiences. They are encouraged to expand their knowing by engagement with existing research and exploration of their own areas of interests. It is the intention of the Program that members will be formed to think independently and communally towards the integration of meaningful and lasting change.

Kardia Formation seeks to explore and develop new ways of spiritual direction in response to the demands of the 21st century. Kardia’s belief is that spiritual direction has the capacity to grow awareness of the power of Mystery to strengthen spirit and release potential for every human person to take up their responsible place in the world.

Members of Heart Wisdom program will be formed for the ministry of spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition through a process of eight segments of integration and learning:

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Brief explanation of ‘kardia’ καρδία (Gk feminine noun)[1]

If you dare
to put your heart in there
it will catch fire
and when hearts are aflame
there is an exposition
no more daring
just sparks of the dream
showering stardust

Although ‘kardia’ καρδία (Gk feminine noun) is literally translated from the Greek word as ‘heart’, in the scriptures, kardia does not refer to the heart as the organ which animates the blood supply to the body. Rather it speaks poetically of the centre and seat of life in a person. So, kardia finds both origin and meaning in the Kardia-life which continually awakens desire to be who we really are in the Presence of the One who knows and loves who we really are.

In Heart Wisdom: Integrated Formation for Spiritual Directors in the Ignatian Tradition, the facilitators, impassioned by the kardia, are privileged and quickened to recognise and nurture the kardia of group members who in turn find inspiration to nurture the kardia of their directees.

Course dates for 2021– 2022 
Members of the formation program will discern with their supervisors as to the appropriate time and type of practical experience each member undertakes. This may be done during the two-year program or as a third year of formation. Cost for supervision of practical work outside of the above scheduled classwork will be additional to the fees prescribed. These fees are generally $85 per supervision session.

Course dates for 2021 – 2022 (to be confirmed)

Friday 19 – Monday 22 March 2021  Segment One:
Graces of the spiritual journey
10am – 5.30pm daily at Kardia in Hawthorn Australia
3000 word paper on the dynamics of your spiritual journey
Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 March 2021 Segment Two:
Choices and stages of faith
10am – 5.30pm daily at Kardia in Hawthorn Australia
29 March – 23 October 2021 Individual reading, reflection, writing, practice and ongoing learning and formation including:
6 x group supervision sessions
6 x 1500 word reflective essay
Friday 22 – Monday 25 October 2021 Segment Three
Theology and pedagogy of Kardia
10am – 5.30pm daily at Kardia in Hawthorn Australia
30 minute class presentation on an article relevant to spiritual direction theory
Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 October 2021 Segment Four
The graces of encounter
10am – 5.30pm daily at Kardia in Hawthorn Australia
Friday 11 – Monday 14 March 2022 Segment Five
Releasing potential- spiritual direction as a dynamic instrument
10am – 5.30pm daily at Kardia in Hawthorn Australia
Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 March 2022 Segment 6
The architecture for listening and spiritual direction
10am – 5.30pm daily at Kardia in Hawthorn Australia
20 March – 19 February 2022 Individual reading, reflection, writing, practice and ongoing learning and formation including: Spiritual direction practicum and practicum journal. (either giving full Spiritual Exercises or equivalent spiritual direction sessions including regular individual supervision)
Friday 21 – Monday 24 October 2022 Segment 7
Being director, becoming director, and doing direction
10am – 5.30pm daily: at Kardia in Hawthorn Australia
Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 October 2022 Segment 8
Kardia Direction
10am – 5.30pm daily: at Kardia in Hawthorn Australia
6000 word integrated paper

Program Fees (2021/22)

$3,896 (AUD) per semester (four semesters)

Additional Supervision $85 per session


How to apply

Applications for the 2021/22 intake close 31st January 2021. Please complete this application form, including a spiritual biography and send it by email to  enquiries@kardia.com.au . Upon receipt of your application you will be contacted to attend an interview with the course directors via Skype or at our office in Hawthorn.

Download:  Application-Form

Download:Heart Wisdom Brief Information 21-22 

Graduates2017 Graduation

On Sunday 11th November Kardia Formation conducted our first graduation ceremony for the Heart Wisdom Program: Formation for Spiritual Directors.  Julie Mitchell, Pauline Cheung, Bob Yip, and Olivia Cheung graduated in the company of family and friends in a joyful and sacred celebration.  See more

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[1] Sources for this brief explanation are: http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/kardia.html
[2] Marlene Marburg. Grace Undone. Passion. Grace Undone. Four vols. Vol. 3 and 4, (Melbourne: Windsor Scroll Publishing, 2015) 85.