Deepening the Call of Spiritual Direction: Self-Awareness in the Supervisory Process

Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids

Saturday 05/04/2024
9:15am - 4:00pm EST

Self-Awareness in the Supervisory Process

Spiritual directors not only listen to the Spirit and directees, but also to themselves. It is in this place of awareness that we are invited to be converted towards God. As we notice our ways of listening, our patterns of interaction, our discomforts and ease, and how we carry these into our environments we can tend our inner dynamics with God and others in supervision.

This in-person retreat day is a place for active spiritual directors to hone our skills at self-awareness, develop healthy practices for peer supervision, and nourish our sacred call to listening. Sister Janice Bachman, OP, will lay a foundation of noticing the movements in the conversion process toward God within directors and their directees, then guide us through teaching and roleplays as to how these dynamics can play out in peer supervision.

There will be time allotted for contemplation and discussion within the day. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The first half hour, 9:15-9:45 am, is a time to gather and develop friendships and community. We will open with prayer at 9:45am as we join to deepen our vocations of sacred listening.

Psalm 139
“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me…
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away…You know what I’m going to say even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.”

Experience the nurturing energy of our supportive community as we pray, study, gain insight and new understanding of the value of supervision as ongoing formation for your own spiritual practice.

Lunch and Refreshments provided.


Janice Bachman, O.P.

Janice Bachman, O.P., a Dominican Sister of Peace from Columbus, OH, is a spiritual director and Jungian Analyst. A key area of interest for her is the convergence of analytical psychology and spirituality, and how the two disciplines and their symbols inform the process of analysis, spiritual development and becoming more whole persons. For the past 30+ years Janice has been involved in the training of spiritual directors and has offered a variety of workshops and retreats. Janice has been on the summer faculty of Creighton University’s Graduate Program in Christian Spirituality since 1997. She holds a master’s degree from Creighton University and a diploma in Analytical Psychology from the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts, Toronto, and an MBA from Xavier University, Cincinnati.

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