Deepening Year for Direction Ministries


  • Seminar Model with Monthly Guest Presenters
  • New Location
  • Distance Learning Model Available!

Lead Teacher
Ruth Workman

Peer Group Leader
Mary Lou Hatcher 

Opening and Closing Retreat Location:

St. Francis Center for Renewal
395 Bridle Path Road
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

Apply to DYDM

Now accepting applications for 2019-2020 DYDM

2019-2020 DYDM 

Deepening Year for Direction Ministries
One Year Training Program
DYDM is a year-long training program consisting of two overnight retreats and six
monthly sessions for practicing spiritual directors.​

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.

What Can You Expect?

Schedule of Presenters and Themes

Opening Retreat October 7-8, 2019
     Ruth Workman and Mary Lou Hatcher - The Art of Spiritual Direction

November 4, 2019

     Presentation: Emilie Murphy - Dream Work: Opening up Letters from God
     Seminar:  Working with Dreams in Spiritual Direction

December 2, 2019

     Presentation: Glenn Mitchell - The Inner Work and Life of the Spiritual Director
     Seminar: Befriending our Desires and Spiritual Direction with Mystics

January 6, 2020
     Presentation: Betty Wright-Riggins - Hallowing Our Differences: Working in Spiritual                                   Direction Across the Gaps That Divide
     Seminar: Spiritual Direction Issues of Social Justice

February 3, 2020
     Presentation: Cathy Campanaro - Freedom, Attachment and Addiction in Spiritual Direction
     Seminar: Spiritual Growth: Movements, Resistance and Grace

March 2, 2020

     Presentation: Marc Ohler - Spiritual Direction in Congregational Life
     Seminar: Boundaries and the Language of Power; Legal and Ethical Issues in Spiritual Direction

April 6, 2020

     Presentation: Melissa Stock - Well of Sorrow, Ocean of Love: The Journey Through Grief
     Seminar: Forgiveness: Encouraging the Healing Choice of Release

Day 1 of Closing Retreat May 11, 2020
     Presentation: Marcella Kraybill-Greggo - Wisdom and the Law of Three
     Retreat: Art Journaling, Proprioceptive Writing

Day 2 of Closing Retreat: May 12, 2020 (morning)

     Presentation: Janice Edwards - Teilhard de Chardin and the Contemplation of Love

Day 2 of Closing Retreat: May 12, 2020 (afternoon)
     Presentation: Dale Selover - Starting a Spiritual Direction Practice
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
​​ Other topics will include:
  • 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

Distance Learning Option Now Available!

Distance learning options are available for those more than 3 hours from Princeton Junction, NJ (the location of the monthly meetings). Participants would be expected to attend both the opening and closing retreats in Bethlehem, PA and have the ability to connect remotely via Zoom to the 6 monthly on site meetings.

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?

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Dates for 2019-2020 DYDM

Opening Retreat

Location: St. Francis Center for Renewal

10:00 am Monday - 3:00 pm Tuesday

10/7/19 - 10/8/19

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

5/11/20 - 5/12/20

Additional Details

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. Graduates of DYDM are welcome to participate again at 25% off of the full tuition. ​​​
               If the application is received by May 31, 2019, the participant will receive a discount of $100 from their tuition.
               If the application is received after August 31, 2019, $75 will be added to their tuition fee.

​​If withdrawing prior to September 1, a full refund of tuition already paid will be returned, less $50 to cover administrative time and processing.

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, 2019, minus $100 if application was received prior to May 31, 2019).  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. Complete the DYDM application.  Participants who are graduates of the Oasis Ministries SDSG or DYDM program are still asked to complete the DYDM Application.
  5. Provide two letters of recommendation (if not a graduate of Oasis programming)
DYDM Teachers
  1. Lead Teacher
    Lead Teacher
    Ruth Workman
    Ruth Workman (SDSG DYDM), EdM, MA, has a certificate in Spiritual Direction as well as a certificate in Supervion of Spiritual Directors. She has offered Spiritual Direction since 1995. Ruth is a teacher in the Deepening Year for Direction Ministries and a peer group leader for Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides years 1 and 2 through Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development. She has a private practice in Spiritual Direction and offers individual and group Spiritual Direction to students, faculty and staff at Princeton Theological Seminary. Ruth leads Ignatian and contemplative retreats at The Sanctuary, her home in Stone Harbor, NJ.
  2. Peer Group Leader
    Peer Group Leader
    Mary Lou Hatcher
    Mary Lou Hatcher has a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Oasis Ministries. She received a BA in Religious Studies from 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 sees 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.