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Institute Cohort 13: Spiritual & Psychological Development Retreat

October 10, 2022
Mon 12 pm – Fri 12:30 pm
Franciscan Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, CO

Many people who are serving God as pastors, leaders, or other ministry positions plateau or burnout. That doesn’t have to be your story. You can thrive with Jesus by participating in Soul Shepherding’s Institute for Spiritual Formation and Soul Care.

The second of the four Institute weeks for Cohort 13 is on “Spiritual and Psychological Development” which is described below.

We Personally Coach You

Bill and Kristi Gaultiere are doctors of psychology and spiritual directors who founded Soul Shepherding in 2009. God has greatly blessed this ministry. Their website receives over 1,000,000 page views a year and their Facebook page reaches 1,000,000 people every month. Every week they minister to thousands of pastors, leaders, and other women and men in ministry through Soul Shepherding’s podcast and blog.

At their Institute they will personally train you in their unique model for cultivating intimacy with Jesus, relational health, and fruitful leadership.

They were personally mentored by Dallas Willard and have over 70,000 hours of experience providing personal and leadership coaching. 

Since 2013 over 100 pastors and leaders have participated in Institute’s life-changing experience. Men and women of diverse ethnic backgrounds have come from all over the United States as well as Canada, the UK, Mexico, Columbia, China, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and South Africa.

Spiritual and Psychological Development

Few Christians understand the journey of following Jesus, which they’ve given their lives to. They think they can keep growing spiritually by doing the standard things they’re taught in church and from Christian speakers and writers, but things change. What happens when we experience suffering? When God feels distant? When Bible reading falls flat? When we can’t overcome a struggle or sin? Most Christians get stuck. Many stop attending church. Some even turn away from following Jesus. Using Scripture, research, and over 50,000 hours of clinical experience as therapists, Bill and Kristi illuminate the stages of spiritual and psychological growth. You’ll come to understand your journey, how to progress personally, and be equipped to guide others.

Daily Schedule

During each day of this Institute week on “Spiritual and Psychological Development” you’ll enjoy:

  • Inspirational teaching on Spiritual Formation in Christ
  • Group spiritual direction
  • Guided experiences in Scripture and prayer
  • Extended “TLC Time” (To Love Christ) for personal retreat
  • Notebook full of inspiring readings, Bible studies, and tools
  • Personalized spiritual direction/coaching

Certificate in Spiritual Direction Ministry

We have a special track within the Soul Shepherding Institute for earning a certificate in the ministry of Spiritual Direction. Each month you’ll participate in a class or supervision group that is online. Additionally, you’ll receive spiritual direction, be guided as you meet with “directees” or soul friends, read a few great books, and make new Soul Shepherding friends! Through this program, we can help you meet the recommendations of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors’ Association.  


Space is limited to about 20 participants and every cohort has filled. Your payment reserves a spot.

The cost for each individual 5-day retreat is $1100 per person. If needed, you can ask for a partial scholarship.

The price of our 2 year Spiritual Direction Training Program includes fees for the required 4 Soul Shepherding Institute retreats. The total cost of the program is $299 per month for 24 months. (Payments are not refundable, but in the event of an emergency you can apply your payment to a future retreat week.) To pay for your retreat you can use our secure payment webpage or mail a check to “Soul Shepherding, Inc.”

More Info

For more information, including testimonies of past participants, visit our page on “Institute: Spiritual Formation and Soul Care Retreats.

We have pictures of past retreats on our Soul Shepherding Facebook page.

Contact us if you have questions or want to complete an application.


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