​​ A variety of themes will be explored by Guest Presenters ​​

Lead Teacher
Ruth Workman

Additional Teacher
Mary Lou Hatcher 

Opening and Closing Retreat Location:

St. Francis Center for Renewal
395 Bridle Path
Bethlehem, PA 18017

Monthly Meeting Location:

The House Next Door
177 Princeton-Hightstown Road
Princeton Junction, NJ  08550

(609) 799-1753

Tuition: $2695 per year

Please contact our office for more information:
(717) 737-8222

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Deepening Year for Direction Ministries
One Year Training Program
The genius of Deepening Year for Direction Ministries (DYDM) is in providing the community and the context for taking the work of spiritual direction deeper. With a new seminar-style model and a new location, DYDM will engage participants with a different spiritual direction leader each month while continuing to offer the wisdom of close supervision and the intimacy of a community of peers.
DYDM is a year-long training program consisting of two overnight retreats and six
monthly sessions for practicing spiritual directors.

Each month includes:
  • A seminar presentation by a guest spiritual direction leader on a theme that is vital to the presenter.
  • The experience of a variety of spiritual direction styles as each month’s guest directs another in a real play.
  • Inter-active reflection and dialogue with staff on various themes
  • Engagement with themes through seminars and guided retreat times.
  • Peer sharing, mutual support, and the experience of contemplative community
  • Use of verbatim and response questions to enhance growth in discernment
  • Sharpening skills through supervision by staff and peers
  • Celebrating gifts and growth in self-awareness and self-understandings
  • Developing the art of prayerful self-supervision
Themes guest presenters will explore:

  • Self-care for spiritual directors
  • Spiritual direction and group spiritual direction in congregational life
  • Grief as a spiritual process and guide
  • Spiritual direction and addiction
  • Spiritual direction and working with dreams
  • Understanding mystics in spiritual direction
  • Differences in directees and spiritual direction 
  • Issues of social justice in spiritual direction
  • Growing and tending a spiritual direction practice.
  • Transference and counter transference

Other topics will include:
  • Contemplation and the art of spiritual direction
  • Discernment of interior movements
  •  Awakening to desire, love and mysticism
  • Boundaries
  • Spiritual growth: Movements, Resistance and Grace
  • Forgiveness
  • Desire and prayer
  • Bio Spiritual Focusing
  • Art Journaling

Is DYDM right for you?

Deepening Year for Direction Ministries
  • Have you missed the spiritual community you shared when you were a part of your spiritual direction training cohort?
  • Do you want to keep learning on the path of being a spiritual director?
  • Do you want to find ways to deepen your presence with others?
  • Would you like to explore what might be entailed in growing your spiritual direction practice?
  • Are you ready for fresh ways of receiving supervision in your work?

Dates for DYDM

Opening Retreat

Location: St. Francis Center for Renewal

10:00 am Monday - 3:00 pm Tuesday

10/8/18 - 10/9/18

Monthly Meetings

Location: The House Next Door

10:00 am - 5:00 pm







Closing Retreat

Location: St. Francis Center for Renewal

10:00 am Monday - 3:00 pm Tuesday

5/6/19 - 5/7/19

Additional Information

TUITION: $2,695, plus an Application Fee of $200 (non-refundable, not part of tuition). The balance of tuition may be paid in full at any time.

Please note...participants who have completed the Oasis Ministries SDSG program will still be required to complete the DYDM Application.

               If the application is received by May 31, 2018, the participant will receive a discount of $100 from their tuition.
               If the application is received after August 31, 2018, $75 will be added to their tuition fee.

Payments by check or credit card  (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) are welcome.  If paying via installments we anticipate the first payment to be $350 (plus $75 if application was received after August 31, 2018, minus $100 if application was received prior to May 31, 2018).  The first payment is due upon acceptance into the program (by September) and payments of $335 monthly October- April. 

Tuition remains the same regardless of the number of sessions attended. Oasis rarely cancels due to weather. If a regular program is cancelled due to weather an online meeting may be possible and any missed content will be made available to participants. No refunds for snow days or for session a participant needs to miss.

Some scholarship help is available. Scholarship is granted based upon scholarship receipts and requests.
Contact us after seeking assistance from other local sources of funding (like your church or denomination). 

​Continuing Education Credits Available
Participants of the Deepening Year must:
  1. Be graduates of either Oasis’ Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides (SDSG) program, or another equivalent program
  2. Be practicing spiritual directors
  3. Be meeting regularly with a spiritual director themselves
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation (if not a graduate of Oasis programming)
  5. Provide a personal letter stating the reason(s) for their interest in the program and specifically what they hope to gain from the program 
DYDM Teachers
  1. Lead Teacher
    Lead Teacher
    Ruth Workman
    Ruth Workman (SDSG DYDM), EdM, MA, is a Certified Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader, and Certified Supervisor of Spiritual Directors. She has offered Spiritual Direction since 1995. Ruth Is a teacher in the Deepening Year in Direction Ministries and a peer group leader for Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides years 1 and 2 through Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Formation. She is an Adjunct Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary where she teaches Spiritual Direction and offers individual and group Spiritual Direction to students and faculty. Ruth leads Ignatian and contemplative retreats at The Sanctuary, her home in Stone Harbor, NJ.
  2. Additional Teacher
    Additional Teacher
    Mary Lou Hatcher
    Mary Lou Hatcher has a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Oasis Ministries. She received a BA in Religious Studies from the The University of Virginia in 1977, and an MA in Religious Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in 1980. She has been practicing with Quakers since 1988 and has served the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting judicatory as clerk of the Children's Spiritual Life Committee. Mary Lou is married and has two step children, two biological children and one fabulous grandchild. In her own spiritual life Mary Lou practices a contemplative silent worship desiring a clear mind, an open heart, and a humble willingness to respond to God's presence. As a spiritual director/guide she see herself primarily as a witness to the Spirit's leading in each of our lives and as a support for the many ways we "make Space" for that divine work.