This unit aims to help students become competent directors of retreats in the Ignatian tradition, particularly, but not exclusively, according to the 18th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. The unit will involve guiding retreatants through either an: • 3, 6, or 8-day individually guided silent retreat under individual and group supervision, or • through a 3, 6, or 8 week individually guided retreat in daily life under individual and group supervision.

Unit Code: DS9311J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Discuss the role and stance of an Ignatian retreat director, particularly as set out by Saint Ignatius in the Annotations to the Spiritual Exercises


Evaluate their capacity to adapt the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises to particular Exercitants


Apply the Rules for Discernment of Spirits and identity the ways in which ‘spirits’ work in an Exercitant


Articulate and evaluate the decision-making process outlined in the Exercises


Show a discerned awareness of his or her gifts and abilities and an acceptance of his or her limits as an Ignatian retreat director, as evidenced in self-acceptance and non-defensiveness in supervision

Unit sequence

Prerequisites • The experience of having made the full Spiritual Exercises, either over 30 days or 30 weeks; • DD8981F Spiritual Exercises: Practice A and B (or its equivalent).

Prohibited combinations old codes: DD9127F DS9127F

old name: Ignatian Retreat Direction


Supervised praxis, personal reflection, critical reflection on supervised praxis. Since retreat direction — as an art rather than a science — is learned by doing, a significant proportion of this unit will be devoted to the actual practice of giving an individually guided retreat in the Ignatian tradition. While on retreat, the student will meet with retretants daily. The student will also meet with his or her supervisor once a day or once a week for individual supervision. This supervision could be face-to-face or online via Skype or FaceTime, etc.


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Integrative essay (6000 words)


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-20 10:43:59 +1000