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.

2020 Course Details

UD codes: DS3031W / DS9031W

Facilitator: Rev Dr Tim McCowan OAM

Dates: TBC

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

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

Enrolment and Costs for 2020

Enrolment for academic credit:

This unit may count towards a post-graduate degree in Theology through Whitley College.




Costs are as per University of Divinity schedule for 2020 (undergraduate or post-graduate single unit).

Students who enrol through University of Divinity may be eligible for FEE-Help to cover course fees.

If you already a student with the University of Divinity, contact the registrar at your own Home College to arrange enrolment.

Contact for New Students:
Anne Mallaby
Coursework Coordinator
Whitley College
Ph: (03) 9340 8000
Dorothy Morgan
Whitley College
Ph: (03) 9340 8000

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

Fees for auditing for 2020 (TBC) are payable in full to Whitley College at the time of enrolling as an auditing student.

Students who audit the unit are encouraged to complete the written tasks to gain full benefit.

NB: If you choose to enrol as an auditing student, no academic credit can be claimed for the unit, either at the time of enrolling or retrospectively.

To enrol as an auditing student:

Please contact Dorothy Morgan
Registrar, Whitley College