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 (Wil / Vanessa) – CLOSED     

SC – A/M        Apr. 9-May 5, 2018 (Val / Vanessa)              

SC – J/A           Jul. 9-Aug. 4, 2018 (Vanessa / Noel)

SC – S18          Sept. 3-29, 2018 (Daniel / Brenda)             

SC – O/N18    Oct. 22-Nov. 17, 2018 (Craig / Val)

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. 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) and while there she facilitated a course for MSFL entitled “Soul Care and the Church.” Val is a regular online instructor for CQ’s Lifelong Learning Community (LLC) eCourses. A practicing spiritual director, she also trained and has served as a chaplain for a hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Craig Lockwood, M.S.

Craig has been pastoring at Vineyard Church of Anaheim for 32 years with emphasis on pastoral and lay counseling, support groups and inner healing. He has an M.S. in both Psychology and Pastoral Counseling and is a trained and practicing spiritual director.  For 12 years he and a team have been leading a spiritual formation community at the church utilizing  a broad sampling of different spiritual paradigms, prayer forms, and movements of inner life growth. Emerging from this are numerous spiritual directors offering both individual and group direction with peer supervision in place as a regular support.

Brenda Buckwell, D.Min.

Brenda is founder and CEO of Living Streams Flowing Water ( and serves as spiritual director, coach, consultant, trainer, retreat leader and educator. She teaches several online and on-site classes in the field of spiritual formation for various seminaries in the U.S. and the UMC Cyber Campus. She also serves as spiritual director for the executive board of the Spirituality Network, Columbus, Ohio. Brenda is the author of The Advent of God’s Word: Listening for the Divine Whisper.

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.

Noel Cabigting

Noel is currently the moderator of the Companions of the Redeemer (COR) located in Manila, Philippines – an intentional community of young adult men who share their faith and life together. He has been engaged in spiritual direction and retreat-giving ministry since 2009. Noel holds a degree in theology and another in counseling from the University of Divinity in Melbourne, Australia. Trained from the Center for Ignatian Spirituality in Manila, he has ministered in various capacities in over seven countries.

Course Details:

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

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