Ignatian Retreats Direction

Ignatian Retreats Direction
Starts from:Sun, October 24, 2021
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • Pre-requisites The experience of having made the full Spiritual Exercises, either over 30 days or 30 weeks; and Spiritual Exercises: Practice A and B (or its equivalent).
Class Description


This unit aims to help students become competent directors of retreats in the Ignatian tradition, according to the 18th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. The unit will involve guiding retreatants through either an:

  • 8-day individually guided silent retreat under supervision, or
  • an 8 week individually guided retreat in daily life under supervision.


Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. discuss the role and stance of an Ignatian retreat director, particularly as set out by Saint Ignatius in the Annotations to the Spiritual Exercises;
  2. evaluate their capacity to adapt the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises to particular Exercitants;
  3. apply the Rules for Discernment of Spirits and identify the ways in which ‘spirits’ work in an Exercitant;
  4. articulate and evaluate the decision-making process outlined in the Exercises;
  5. 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.


Prof. Maryanne Confoy RSC


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 retreatants daily; the student will also meet with his or her supervisor for individual supervision.


Jesuit College of Spirituality, 175 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

FEES – For 10 cp units. Double 20 cp units.

Students enrolled for academic credit | $2,266 Domestic Students | $2,925 International Students


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  • Maryanne Confoy RSC


    Prof Maryanne Confoy RSC is a Religious Sister of Charity. Maryanne and Michael Smith established the foundation of the Arrupe® Program and was one of its first lecturers and supervisors. She is a Fellow of the University of Divinity. Maryanne has comp...