Whirlow Spirituality Centre at The Chapel of The Holy Spirit

Whirlow Grange Drive, Sheffield, S11 9RX

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Over the course of six months participants are introduced to the practice of spiritual accompaniment and the approach required. It is suitable for those drawn to listening to other’s faith journeys and builds upon the ‘Spiritual Growth and Transformation’ course.

Leading to…

Upon completion of this course you may be invited to join the diocesan network of spiritual accompaniers.

Further information

The aims of the course are to:

  • introduce Spiritual Accompaniment
  • enable growth in the ministry of Spiritual Accompaniment through prayer, listening and reflection
  • explore and practice a range of approaches to prayer
  • develop discerning listening
  • explore key themes of spiritual accompaniment 


The most important requirement is the desire to enter into the journey of this course, seeking deeper relationship with God, to grow in faith and develop the ability to accompany others on the spiritual journey. So for example

  • You are expected to have your own Spiritual Accompanier, whom you have been seeing for at least one year
  • You are expected to have completed the ‘Spiritual Growth and Transformation’ course or the equivalent
  • You are asked to provide a recommendation from both your spiritual accompanier and church/community leader

There are no academic or educational requirements. 

Course outline 

The Course:

  • consists of twelve one-day sessions
  • includes the use of role play, reflection exercises, case studies and being observed in spiritual accompaniment exercises. Participants will be expected to commit to journaling and complete homework as required
  • has the intention to enable openness to God and discerning listening to the movement of the Holy Spirit and to encourage a faithful response to the call of Christ in life.

This course has been developed over the last 15 years by an ecumenical team led by the Bishop of Sheffield’s Advisor in Spirituality.

There are five key elements to the programme:

  1. prayer and reflection experiencing different approaches to prayer
  2. listening in small groups to enable appreciation of listening and the value of sharing our spiritual experiences; this will develop into the practice of responding appropriately, and with discernment, to what is shared
  3. reflection in groups on the growth points being experienced
  4. explorations of the significant themes of Christian spirituality and spiritual accompaniment; these include biblical and theological perspectives, and exploration of human development and personality dynamics within spiritual accompaniment.
  5. practice, in a supervised context, of accompanying another person 


Please do not let cost prevent you from applying. Participants are encouraged to get their church and/or other supporting bodies to contribute to their fees. The full fees (which cover the provision of all resources, accommodation, food and refreshments) are around £430 per person and can be paid in 6 monthly instalments.

Next steps

If you are interested in the course, please download and complete the application and recommendation forms on this page or contact Karen for assistance. Please note two recommendation forms are required - one from your Spiritual Accompanier and one from your priest/church leader.For queries about content and suitability please contact Joy Adams.


Email icon  Revd Joy Adams phone icon 0114 2353704

Email icon  Revd Karen Colley   phone icon 01709 309116

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Key locations 

All sessions will be held at Whirlow Spirituality Centre, at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Whirlow Grange Drive, Sheffield S11 9RX 

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Art of Spiritual Accompaniment

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