Findhorn Foundation College

Spiritual Companions Trust

Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness

Ofqual Register: Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness (VRQ) Qual No: 601/8673/2 Sector Subject Area: Health and Social Care

A wonderful opportunity to explore and deepen your own spirituality
within the context of a valuable accredited course.


Tutored by William Bloom one of the uk's most experienced
mind-body-spirit educators and authors

Taught in four blocks of four-days Saturday-Sunday-Monday-Tuesday
14-17 October 2017, 9-12 December 2017, 36 February 2018, 710 April 2018

Benefits

You will strengthen your physical and psychological wellbeing through a daily spiritual practice:
• Deepening your spiritual connection and sense of oneness.
• Self-examining with compassionate honesty.
• Practising strategies of mindful self-care.

You will serve others through:
• A wiser understanding of the relationship between spirituality and health.
• Improved relationship and communications skills grounded in benevolent mindfulness.

Professionally you will:
• Gain an Ofqual accreditation in person-centred and holistic spiritual care.
• Integrate spiritual healthcare into your current career.
• Membership of Spiritual Companions, a professional network with peer support, insurance scheme and ongoing CPD.
• Acquire practical strategies and concepts that can immediately be shared with others.

Community
• A supportive community of peers during and beyond the course.

'Spirituality emphasises the healing of the person, not just the disease. It views life as a journey, where good and bad experiences can help you to learn, develop and mature.'
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Approach

Our approach is holistic and person-centred. We welcome diversity and people of all faiths and none. There is an increasing need for spiritually competent people whose approach is highly inclusive and emotionally literate.

What do we mean by 'Spirituality'?

We always encourage people to develop their own definition of spirituality. That said, we find that the following definition is helpful in many educational and healthcare environments.

"Spirituality is everyone's natural connection with the wonder and energy of life – and the instinct to explore that experience and its meaning.
Spirituality affirms that human development is about the growth of compassion and awareness, heart and mind."
’The Power of Modern Spirituality’ (Piatkus 2011.)

The course consists of four modular units

1. SCIENCE AND CONTEXT
The important historical relationship of spirituality and medicine. The evidence base and science of how spirituality can benefit health. The relevance of all this to your own personal experience and that of your colleagues and clients.

2. PERSON-CENTRED SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Study and experience the spiritual practices that benefit health and wellbeing. Clarify and implement your own daily spiritual health practice. Appreciate the diversity of approaches in your fellow learners. How best to support others in developing their own spiritual health practice.

3. DEVELOPING REFLECTIVE PRACTICE
The crucial importance of ongoing honest and emotionally literate self-examination and self-care. This is built on a foundation of mindfulness and the compassionate witnessing of your thoughts and feelings. Implementing your own reflective practice. The mental health challenges that may be linked to spirituality.

4. SPIRITUAL CARE IN PRACTICE

Builds on the knowledge and practice of the other three units. The fundamentals of giving spiritual support. Whole-body listening, empathy and holding. Leading individuals and small groups into meditation. Risk-assessment and referral. Working in multi-disciplinary community teams.

You will be part of an open-minded and warm-hearted cohort

To Apply

To apply for the course, please complete the Application Form and submit a CV to admin@findhorncollege.org

  • Participants are to be 18 years or older.
  • There are no formal academic entry requirements however relevant life and or professional experience in the subject matter is a prerequisite.
  • A CV is requested upon application.
  • Our main concern is that learners demonstrate the potential to develop emotional and spiritual health literacy, a welcoming attitude to diversity and mature self-management.
  • Availability to attend all four modules as well as fully engage in group contact time (face to face or online) between modules is expected.
  • Computer literacy and access to stable internet is required.

Assessment and Accreditation
Assessment is via a portfolio that contains reflective notes, a diary of insights and observations, and mini-essays.

Qualifications are awarded by Ofqual after successful completion of all modules, which includes meeting requirements of the associated assessments and includes full participation in all modular sessions.

Digital Technology and the Internet
We ask all students to have access to the internet as the portfolio is web-based and some small group sessions may happen via Skype.

Timing and Structure
The course consists of four sessions of four days each. Students are also organised into small peer support groups, who meet eight times during the course either in person or by conference call/Skype. Students are also required to support their learning between modules with creative and positive time spent in reading, doing spiritual practice, offering companionship to others and progressing their portfolio.

Course Dates

2017 - 2018
14 - 17 October 2017 - Cluny Hill
9 - 12 December 2017 - The Park
3 – 6 February 2018 - Cluny Hill
7 – 10 April 2018 - The Park

The course will also run again in 2018 on these dates

2018 - 2019
13 - 16 October 2018 – Cluny Hill
8 - 11 December 2018 – The Park
2 - 5 February 2019 – Cluny Hill
6 - 9 April 2019 - The Park

Venues
Findhorn Foundation, Cluny Hill and The Park site.

Accommodation
Self arranged local BnB (Findhorn Foundation College can assist if requested)

Cost
Includes tuition, accreditation and vegetarian meals*
2100.00 (Non Community members)
1900.00 (NFA members)
950.00 Findhorn Foundation Co-workers

*Meals not included for FF co-worker deal

Tutor and Team
The course will be taught by Dr William Bloom supported by a team of tutors and Spiritual Companions.

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Testimonials

'I've been privileged to have had access to ongoing personal and professional development throughout my career, but the Spiritual Companions course has had more impact than any other. I am more able to be fully present to any situation, better understanding both the implicit and explicit dynamics, and knowing how to act from a place of compassion. More importantly, I can resource myself through my own connection to the wonder and energy of life and to my inner wisdom, which gives me greater resilience. It has enabled me to bring a sense of love and meaning to my life and my work.' Sarah Jane Williamson, Associate Director of Strategy and Delivery, Rethink Mental Illness

'Before the course I had done lots of personal development, therapy and awareness work, but on some level life was still an effort and I was living in tension. Through the teaching of simple and accessible meditation practices the course helped me to become more grounded, more kind, more loving  — more me, more of the time.  It helped me to establish a daily spiritual practice of my own which I'd never really managed to do before and I learned the value and joy of service and just being kind to people.' Pete Brown, IT project manager

'Overall, the course was a blessed, safe oasis giving me time and space to be and reflect, empty and stretch, expand and deepen connection and spiritual practice. It was a blessing too to learn and share with the same group of peers on a regular basis. Alongside this, the commitment of an ongoing rhythm and group accountability and encouragement were invaluable. The holistic nature and breadth of the material covered in a spirit of exploration with a warm, generous, experienced facilitator transparently consolidating alongside us. And of course, a wonderful opportunity and gift of practising spiritual companionship and embodiment.' Ila Mazumdar, primary school teacher

'This course taught me to fully connect with my higher self and the universe around me.  It has enabled me to develop a daily practice of connecting with the wonder and richness of life, which has in turn hugely enhanced my wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around me.  My spiritual development was on the 'back burner'. It is now fully on the 'front burner' and has become embedded in me as part of my daily life. This course fundamentally changed my life for the better on many levels.' Diana Brown, administrator

'What I got from the course was a beautiful deepening into spiritual practice leading to a far clearer idea of how this can be of service. I now find myself very comfortable sitting with pretty much anyone and simply being with them, with their beauty and with their difficulties.  As a few more layers of my own pretense have been stripped away I can meet others from a more real and loving place. And I guess I also developed a quieter confidence in my own spirituality. What a wonderful experience!' Phil Roberts, leadership facilitator, coach and mentor

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