Revitalize your ministry
As we serve Jesus by leading or caring for others we feel the stress and can get weary, discouraged, or hit a wall. For instance, Barna research reveals that 40% of pastors are at risk of burnout. That doesn’t have to be your story. The Soul Shepherding Institute helps you go deeper with Jesus in emotional health, loving relationships, and joyful ministry to others.
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You can connect with a member of our team via email or Zoom!
About the Soul Shepherding Institute
Life-changing community and learning in four, 5-day retreats.
Designed for pastors, spiritual directors, coaches, missionaries, ministry spouses, and other leaders, the Soul Shepherding Institute is a joyfully hospitable and Christ-centered learning community led by Bill and Kristi Gaultiere:
- Doctors of psychology, spiritual directors, and authors
- Personally mentored by Dallas and Jane Willard
- 25-year history of coaching and mentoring pastors and leaders
Each retreat features:
- Dynamic teaching on spiritual and emotional health
- Guided experiences in Scripture meditation and prayer
- Spiritual direction groups
- Conversations with friends
- Opportunity for individual spiritual direction sessions
- Rest and solitude in beautiful places to help you hear God’s voice
You’ll leave each retreat feeling drawn closer to Jesus, rejuvenated, encouraged, and equipped with the tools you need to thrive in your spiritual life, relationships, and ministry (or work).
We’d love to have you join an exclusive community of about 30 to 40 pastors and leaders from around the world at one of our upcoming retreats! Or join any retreat as a guest to receive the soul care you need now.
*Great news! The Soul Shepherding Institute is available to you online via Zoom!*
Soul Care Ministry
Spiritual & Psychological Development
Relationally Healthy Leadership
What Institute Graduates Are Saying…
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Joining a cohort includes 4 retreats over 18 months or you can join one retreat as a guest (if there’s space).
Spiritual Direction Training Program: Class of 2025 earning a certificate starts March 1, 2024. Attendance at required Soul Shepherding Institute retreats can start anytime.
Coach Training Program: Class of 2024 earning a certificate starts March 1, 2024. Attendance at required Soul Shepherding Institute retreats can start anytime.
$1,100* early bird price (60 days ahead) for each 5-day retreat
$1,200* regular price for each 5-day retreat.
What’s Included: Training, lodging, food, digital notebook, and spiritual direction groups.
OR pay just $369 per month* for 24 months for all 4 Institute retreats plus the online Spiritual Direction Training Program certificate.
*Additional costs for individual spiritual direction sessions, books, and private room on retreats.
**Pastors and missionaries can apply for partial scholarship assistance. We offer a 25% discount for a spouse attending the same retreat.
Customized retreats and trainings are available for church staff teams, missionary groups, elder boards, pastor couples, intensives, and Sabbaticals.
$500 per hour or $3,000 per day for Drs. Bill and/or Kristi Gaultiere.
$300 per hour or $1,800 per day for another Soul Shepherding staff speaker.
Contact us for more information.
Grow Your Ministry!
Spiritual Direction Certificate Program
Take your learning one step further with our popular 2-year certificate program in the ministry of spiritual direction.
This online training program builds on the Institute retreats and:
- Equips you to serve as a Spiritual Director
- Gives you monthly groups that feature live teaching and discussion
- Teaches you empathy and soul care ministry through experience and practice
- Provides you community with other leaders and support from Soul Shepherding supervisors
The program is led by Drs. Bill & Kristi Gaultiere and a team of Sr. Spiritual Directors they’ve trained. It meets the qualifications of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association.
Cost: $349 per month* for 24 months for all 4 Institute retreats and the online spiritual direction certificate program.