Kardia Formation

Strengthening Spirit – Releasing Potential

Heart Wisdom: Spiritual Direction Formation

Integrated formation for spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition

Please note that the 2022/23 Heart Wisdom Program will be delivered as an online course.

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 promoting the integration of wisdom from life experiences.  This wisdom converges at the kardia.[1]

Aspects Integral to the Heart Wisdom Program

Members of the Heart Wisdom Program are invited to expand their knowing by engagement with existing research and exploration of their own areas of interest.  It is the intention of this Program that the spiritual direction formation process will be contemplative at its heart and will assist members to be formed to think independently and communally towards the integration of meaningful and lasting change.

Pathway to becoming a Spiritual Director

Formation in the Heart Wisdom Program is cyclic rather than linear, with different aspects articulated within the segments integrated into each formative phase. Members attend eight four-day intensives as proposed for 2022-23 as well as engage ongoing individual reading, reflection and practice that include individual and group supervision outside the intensives, as well as small groups whose members decide on their specific purpose and focus.

Members of the Heart Wisdom Program are invited to expand their knowing by engagement with existing research and exploration of their own areas of interest.  It is the intention of this Program that the spiritual direction formation process will be contemplative at its heart and will assist members to be formed to think independently and communally towards the integration of meaningful and lasting change.

Heart Wisdom Segments copy

Course dates for 2022 – 2023 (As said previously, the mode of delivery will be via eight-four-day intensives)
Intensive Dates:  9.45am – 4.30pm online – Friday to Monday (inclusive)

25 – 28 February 2022          Segment One –Graces of the spiritual journey
27 – 30 May 2022                 Segment Two – Choices and stages of faith
9 – 12 September 2022        Segment Three – Theology and pedagogy of Kardia
2 – 5 December 2022           Segment Four –The graces of encounter


3 – 6 February 2023             Segment Five – Releasing Potential – Spiritual Direction  as a Dynamic Instrument
26 – 29 May 2023                Segment Six – The architecture for listening and spiritual direction
25 – 28 August 2023             Seven – Being director, becoming director, and doing direction
17 – 20 November 2023       Segment Eight ­– Kardia Direction

Monthly Online Meeting Dates:  Fridays 10am – 12pm

1 April 2022                  (1500-word paper due 25 March)
6 May 2022                   (1500-word paper due 29 April)
24 June 2022                (1500-word paper due 17 June)
29 July 2022                 (1500-word paper due 22 July)
26 August 2022            (1500-word paper due 19 August)
21 October 2022           (1500-word paper due 14 October)

Practicum Requirements:        

Members of the formation program will discern with their supervisors as to the appropriate time and type of practical experience each member undertakes.[1]  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.

Program Fees:                    $2,900[2] (AUD) per semester (four semesters)

Additional – Supervision by course facilitators at $85 per session         (approx. 16 sessions)

 

How to apply:

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 Zoom (downloadable zoom.us) Applications must be received by 30th November 2021 for the 2022-2023 intake.

Download:    Heart Wisdom Brief Information 22-23

Application Form – Heart Wisdom 22-23

[1] In addition to the above attendance, members of the Heart Wisdom formation program will be required to complete experience in the ministry of spiritual direction and retreat giving as follows:

For those wishing to graduate as a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition which includes giving the full Spiritual Exercises – the giving of the Spiritual Exercises to two individuals either under 19th  or 20th  Annotation, 60 hours of spiritual direction practice are required. This includes a minimum of 15 hours of individual supervision.

For those wishing to graduate as a spiritual director (but not necessarily a giver of the Exercises) 60 hours of spiritual direction practice is required. This includes a minimum of 15 hours of individual supervision.

[2] Please note that Kardia is currently absorbing GST but this may change in the future.

[1] Although kardia (καρδία Greek, feminine noun) is literally translated 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 the desire to be who we really are in the Presence of the One who knows and loves who we really are.