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Training Opportunities

                                                Cultivating Deep Listening...on purpose
Our truest human self, connected to God, the Source of Life, is like an acorn, containing everything needed for living into fullness. We believe honing the art and skills of Spiritual Direction/Deep Listening uniquely equips us to companion others to journey well toward such fullness.  Our care-filled, intentional learning environments help cultivate budding or seasoned spiritual directors/deep listeners to awaken and grow in deep listening.  We offer all members of The Listening Collective corresponding registration discounts for selected
in-person or online training opportunities depending upon membership level.



This online 8-week experiential learning cohort inspires and equips participants to make the counter-cultural shift to “centered living” from the heart.  By cultivating our capacities for pausing, listening, and being with Love in the present moment, Way of the Heart opens us to life’s fullness.  As a result of participating in this cohort, you will re-member your connections with God, yourself and all created beings, gain practical skills for living into wholeness, expand your spiritual practices, and discern what leads you toward Life.

"Way of the Heart" sessions meet online on Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. (eastern). 

2024 "Way of the Heart" dates:

February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

March 7, 14, 21

We strongly suggest taking this training if you are interested to apply for our “Gateways to God: training in missional spiritual direction” in the future.

To apply for "Way of the Heart" please click the "Join Us" button below.

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"Gateways to God" is a two-year cohort training in Missional Spiritual Direction. 

We define Spiritual Direction as the art and skill of spiritual companionship, paying loving attention to God’s presence and invitations within the everyday events and rhythms of our lives.

We understand Missional as being sent, living and listening deep into Spirit and wide into our world.

"Gateways to God" meets for six intensive retreats at Rolling Ridge with guided rhythms for large group, small group, and personal reflection experiences.  Applications are now being received for the next learning cohort scheduled to begin Fall of 2024.

"Gateways to God" 2024-2026 Retreat Dates

#1 - November 11-14, 2024

 #2 - January 24-27, 2025

#3 - May 12-15, 2025

#4 - November 3-6, 2025

#5 - January 23-26, 2026

#6 - May 11-14, 2026

To apply for "Gateways to God" please click the "Join Us" button below.


Deep Listening
in the Neighborhood

This new ADVANCED learning cohort expands and enriches our work as spiritual companions/deep listeners by deepening our listening presence within our various "neighborhoods".  Each year we will focus our learning on particular relationships in the contexts where we live and listen.  Five online sessions spread across eight months offers narrative-based, conversations, spiritual practices, focused listening skills.  Sessions meet on selected Tuesdays via Zoom from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (eastern).

Note:  The current "Deep Listening in the Neighborhood" cohort has begun, and registrations have closed. The next cohort with new focus begins Fall 2024.  Stay tuned!

The current Cohort Focus: Across the Great Age Divide

The trends of younger generations and religion have been declining for years for reasons like dissatisfaction and hypocrisy especially around issues related to sexuality and inclusion.  Older generations say things are different and yet younger generations are done.  The divide persists. How do we listen across the great age divide in our neighborhoods today?


  • October 24, 2023 - Listening with Neighborhood Focus, Understanding Roles and Contexts; Discerning a Neighborhood Listening Experience

  • December 5 - Deep Listening with LGBTQ+ Neighbors

  • February 20, 2024 - Deep Listening into Wholeness;  Eco-centric Listening; Generational Attachments

  • April 9 - Deep Listening with Millennial Neighbors

  • May 14 - Trauma informed Listening; Neighboring Next Steps​

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continuing Education Events

"Listening Together" is a Continuing Education and Enrichment Experience for all who practice deep listening/ spiritual direction…for all who listen others into Life.  Twice each year - Spring and Fall - we host a hybrid gathering (online and onsite) with other deep listeners for three hours of intentional connections, pertinent conversations and shared resources that deepen and enrich our purposes and practices as deep listeners.

Next Gathering:

April 11, 2024

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (eastern)

Topic:  To Be Announced


Facilitator:  TBA

To register, please click the "Join Us" button below

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