Spiritual Leaders Program

We are receiving applications for the Spiritual Leaders Program in 2023

Study in-person or online


Closing date for applications extended to:  1 November 2022

Spiritual Leaders is a one-year, part-time program for people in various positions of leadership, spiritual formation and outreach ministries.  Priests, ministers, members of religious Orders, pastoral associates/lay ecclesial ministers, community and spiritual leaders, chaplains, pastoral care practitioners, school principals, teachers, school mission leaders and those working in health will especially find the program of benefit.

The Spiritual Leaders learning process supports the participant’s personal integration of the theory and practice of a contemplative and discerning approach to the spiritual and pastoral elements of leadership. The program is contemplative and experiential in its approach and enables participants to focus on growth in self-awareness and sensitivity to the movement of God’s Spirit in oneself, as well as in the person to whom one is ministering.

The Program includes individual and peer group supervision, written and oral verbatims, and the following seminar work:  the leadership exercised by Jesus, Christian prayer and mysticism, spiritual practices in world religions, the nature and source of interior movements, discernment of spirits and contemplative decision-making.

Attendance in 2023 is available either in-person or online via Zoom.  Classes will be held on Thursday mornings 9.30am-12.30pm AEST during Victorian school terms – 28 weeks – including two reflection prayer gatherings.

Spiritual Leaders can be credited for 36 points toward the Diploma in Theology, the Bachelor of Theology or the Bachelor of Ministry through Yarra Theological Union, a college of the University of Divinity. Fee-Help for tuition fees is available to qualifying students when studying for any of these awards.

Heart of Life is currently seeking permission to have the Spiritual Leaders Program recognised by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) as acceptable professional learning hours towards:

  1. gaining or maintaining CECV accreditation to teach in a Catholic school in Victoria;
  2. gaining or maintaining CECV accreditation to teach religious education or lead in a Catholic school in Victoria

Click to download the Spiritual Leaders brochure.

Click to download the Spiritual Leaders application form.

Places are limited and so we encourage applications as early as possible.

Testimonials / Comments from Former Participants


As I embarked on the journey of learning about spiritual leadership, the year brought new opportunities, rewarding challenges and personal growth. The course was like finding a treasure in a field, whilst discovering treasures within me. It has been a journey of getting to know myself and the deepest parts of who I truly am. This has led me to desire a freedom to become more of who God has called and created me to be. I experienced a richness of God’s compassion for me and for those I care for and support in my ministry as a spiritual leader. I am now left with my heart seeking to find more hidden treasures within and a longing to help others discover the treasure they are in God. It was a great blessing for me to have had the opportunity to learn and grow through the Spiritual Leaders Program. I am truly grateful for all that I learnt from those gifted in teaching the course and from my fellow spiritual leaders.”– Nicky, VIC


The Spiritual Leaders program was one of the best things I have ever done. The depth with which we explored the course content, especially the verbatims and discernment processes, helped to deepen & affirm my own spiritual practices and hone my ability as a group facilitator of holistic meditation programs. The supervisors were quite awesome in their “soul mining” skills & abilities, and while at times very challenging, hauled up many treasures. This led, quite unexpectedly, to a deep personal healing along the way, which gave me a greater level of trust and confidence in myself, in God, and in the unfolding of life & love. It was a great honour to share this journey with spiritual companions who have been inspiring, courageous, accepting, compassionate and encouraging. A truly life changing experience for which I am deeply grateful.” – Marilyn, VIC


The experience that I acquired from the Spiritual Leaders course has had much more effect in my life and much more value than I can express in a sentence or two, or a full page. It is however to me a lifelong experience, which starts at the beginning of the course and never comes to an end, as it becomes part of my life. God bless you and keep up the good work.” – Gabby, VIC


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