We’ll show you how to make space to hear God’s voice, be renewed spiritually, and engage in soul training that will equip you to thrive with Jesus in all you do as a pastor or ministry leader.

The Soul Shepherding Institute is an 18-month program of experiential learning over four, 5- day retreats that feature:

  • Dynamic teaching
  • Individual and group spiritual direction
  • Rest in beautiful Southern California
  • Guided experiences
  • Solitude and silence
  • Customized coaching

Each of the four weeks integrate Christ-centered spirituality and psychology to form a progression of learning and transformation for your life, relationships, ministry/work, and leadership.

Our unique, immersive curriculum in Christlikeness includes:

Spiritual Formation: The way to overcome stress, hurt, and sin is not “believe and do what’s right,” it’s through apprenticeship to Jesus in his easy yoke. We teach you the model and tools for growing in Jesus’ rhythms of grace that cultivate intimacy with God, emotional and relational health, and fruitful ministry.

Spiritual and Psychological Development: The spiritual life is not one size fits all. Each stage in the journey needs different teaching, ministry, and disciplines. Our unique LIFE in CHRIST model of spiritual and psychological maturity provides customized coaching for you and the people you shepherd to thrive with Jesus.

Soul Care Ministry: Our Christ-centered spiritual psychology sheds light on the stress and struggles that can defeat life with God. We show you how to use our distinctive Soul Shepherding tools for personal growth and ministry to others in soul friendships, small groups, sermons, and church ministry.

Relationally Healthy Leadership: When we minister or lead out of ego, self-reliance, or hurry it depletes our soul and hurts the people we love. The most effective leadership and ministry follows the way of Jesus—it’s loving, relaxed, joyful, empowered, and effective.

The Soul Shepherding Institute is for senior pastors, pastors, ministry leaders, spiritual directors, missionaries, business leaders, and other men and women who are serving the Lord.

Bill & Kristi are Doctors of Psychology, Spiritual Directors, and authors. They were personally mentored by Dallas and Jane Willard and have a 25-year history of coaching and mentoring pastors and leaders.

Dates & Cost

Each year we start two new Institute cohorts of men and women in ministry.
Our venues are beautiful, hospitable, spacious, and relaxing and we offer delicious, healthy home-cooked meals and snacks.

DATES: For upcoming cohort dates click here.

COST: $900 per person for each five-day retreat. This includes lodging, food, and spiritual direction.

$3,600 is the total cost for the four retreats over 18-months.
(Contact us for tools and coaching for inviting people to donate/sponsor your training.)

Because this experience is especially powerful for couples we offer a 25% discount for a spouse attending the same retreat.

Spiritual Direction Certification

We have an optional two-year certificate program in the ministry of Spiritual Direction (serving as a Soul Shepherd for others). This online training program adds onto our four Institute retreats with monthly groups that feature live teaching, discussion, and supervision in the ministry of Spiritual Direction. You will learn soul care ministry by experience and practice and receive encouragement and feedback from Soul Shepherding supervisors and teachers.

This program is led by Bill & Kristi Gaultiere and some of their Associates and it meets the qualifications of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association.

COST: $3,600 or $150 a month (in addition to the cost of the Institute)

Customized Retreats and Sabbaticals

Bill and Kristi Gaultiere customize Soul Shepherding retreats/trainings for church staff teams, elder boards, pastor couples, and pastor Sabbaticals.

COST: $320 for one 90-minute coaching session or $1,500 for one retreat day. Contact us for more information.