From time to time CenterQuest School of Spiritual Direction will be offering short-term e-Courses (4-6 weeks in length): both Basic (Introductory) as well as Advanced (special topic) online classes on the broad subject of spiritual companioning designed with the following participants in mind:

  • those who are interested in learning the basics of spiritual direction ministry
  • aspiring spiritual directors who are considering formal training later on
  • lifelong learners who are committed to study for personal enrichment
  • those who are invested in their own professional development (via CEU credits)
  • new or practicing spiritual directors who long for deeper or more expansive training
  • experienced spiritual directors who want to delve into certain specialized topics of interest
  • anyone who wants to sample and experience the exciting adventure of online learning

2018 e-Course Offerings:

Course Title:

SC – Soul Companioning: Introduction to Spiritual Direction

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Coverage Dates:

SC – F/M18     Feb. 5-Mar. 3, 2018      

SC – A/M        Apr. 9-May 5, 2018              

SC – J/A           Jul. 9-Aug. 4, 2018

SC – S18          Sept. 3-29, 2018              

SC – O/N18    Oct. 22-Nov. 17, 2018

Online Co-Facilitators:

Wil HernandezWil Hernandez, Ph.D., Obl. O.S.B.

Wil is founder and executive director of CenterQuest (CQ) and serves as the program director of its School of Spiritual Direction (SSD). A trained spiritual director, supervisor, and online instructor, Wil teaches several online classes in the field of spiritual formation for various universities and seminaries in the U.S. He serves on the editorial board of Presence journal published by Spiritual Directors International (SDI). Wil is a lay Benedictine Oblate of Saint Andrew’s Abbey at Valyermo, CA and author of a trilogy on the spirituality of Henri Nouwen.

Val Dodge HeadVal Dodge Reyna, M.A.

Val is one of the founding members of CenterQuest’s Community of Companions and functions as the communications coordinator for CQ. Prior to being involved in CQ, she served as program coordinator for three years with Spring Arbor University’s Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership (MSFL).  Val facilitated a course for MSFL entitled “Soul Care and the Church.” A practicing spiritual director, she is also part of the Mentors Pool of CQ’s SSD. Val is currently a chaplain for a hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 Nina Lau-Branson, M.B.A.

Nina is a graduate of CenterQuest School of Spiritual Direction. Aside from  private practice in spiritual direction, she works with The Missional Network in coaching and consulting, and with Fuller Seminary in mentoring and leading small groups in the integration of theology and practice. Along with her Fuller professor-husband, Mark, Nina is part of the leadership of The Table, a new church initiative with the Free Methodist Church that seeks to discern and dwell with God in a gang-impacted neighborhood in Altadena-Pasadena, CA.

Daniel Ethan Harris, M.A.

Daniel is a retreat leader and author of Live Prayerfully and several devotional books. A blogger, he writes regularly at Prior to his training as a spiritual director with CenterQuest’s School of Spiritual Direction, he studied spiritual formation at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho and completed a two-year formation program with the Transforming Center in Wheaton, Illinois. Daniel manages a family business in Midland, Texas where he makes his home with his wife Kara and their son and daughter.

Vanessa Caruso, M.A.

Vanessa just recently moved from Philadelphia to Victoria, BC, with her husband Steven and three year old son, Leo. She was part of CenterQuest’s School of Spiritual Direction (SSD) inaugural cohort. Prior to that, she graduated with a Master’s degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Spring Arbor University. As  a spiritual director, Vanessa is most interested in preparing and protecting a place where realization, inspiration, and healing can take place between a person and a good God.

Luisa Johnson, Ph.D.

It was “listening to God” that directed Luisa to attend Fuller Theological Seminary. With a Master’s in Theology and a PhD in Clinical Psychology, she has served God and the church for over 30 years. In pursuit of deeper contemplative practices, she retired and trained to be a Spiritual Director with Center Quest’s School of Spiritual Direction in 2015. Luisa is also an artist expressing God’s awesome creation through photography and sculpture. She and her husband live in Camarillo, CA and enjoy their four grandkids.

Course Details:

Course Fee: $100 (Non-refundable, non-transferable).

Note: You are considered officially registered and will be placed on our class roster once registration payment is made. You can pay immediately (via PayPal) once you’ve submitted your registration form. If you run into any issues with PayPal and you’d rather pay via check, email us at once to let us know.


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