This unit examines a range of personal spiritual formation approaches that contribute to the deepening awareness of how our spiritual journey impacts our lived experience and engagement with the world. The concepts of spirituality and spiritual formation are explored to set the context for the course. The themes covered in the course include an introduction to spiritual direction, retreats, Sabbath, personality and spirituality and contemplative practices.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a clear understanding of how spirituality and spiritual formation relate to their personal lived experience;
  • articulate a brief outline of the history of spiritual writers who have influenced awareness of spiritual practices;
  • describe with critical self-awareness personal experiences of spiritual direction and spiritual retreats;
  • develop and illustrate a clear understanding of the way in which personality impacts spiritual development;
  • outline the spiritual practices that lay a foundation for spiritual growth and demonstrating this within their own practices.

2019 Course Details

Facilitator: Rev Dr Tim McCowan OAM


  • Thursdays, 9.30am to 12.30pm,
    from 28 February to 30 May 2019
    (except non-teaching period: 18 and 25 April 2019)

Location: Whitley College, 50 The Avenue, Parkville VIC 3052

Class size (minimum and maximum number of students) is designed to facilitate optimal participation.

2019 Enrolment and Costs

Academic Credit:

This unit can be taken for academic credit through Whitley College, a college of the University of Divinity.




UD codes: DS3031W / DS9031W

Costs: Per University of Divinity schedule (single undergraduate or post-graduate unit). If students enrol through University of Divinity, FEE-Help may be available to cover tuition fees.

Contact Dorothy Morgan at Whitley College for more information.



There is also the option of auditing this unit, at a reduced cost.

Non-academic credit fees are $1,347.50 including GST (payable to WellSpring Centre).

An invoice for the auditing fees will be sent to you for payment prior to the beginning of the course.

Students who audit the course are still encouraged to complete the written tasks to gain full benefit of the course.

Monique Lisbon
to enrol as an auditing student