Formation & Training

What Is the Anam Cara Apprenticeship?

Launched in 2017, the Anam Cara Apprenticeship is a unique path to becoming a trained spiritual director. Instead of program-based activities and requirements, we base our training on the historic apprenticeship model, where learning takes place in an individualized, one-on-one relationship. Each apprentice shadows a trained spiritual director, creates a personalized Learning Agreement, and completes an agreed-upon number of hours of individual and group spiritual direction. Throughout this process, the apprentice is monitored, supervised, and supported by a trained spiritual director who aims to help the apprentice learn according to his or her learning style, grow in prayer and spiritual disciplines in the way God has individually created the apprentice, and practice spiritual direction in the modality best suited to both the apprentice and his or her context of practice.

What Are Scripture Circles?

Scripture Circles are a monthly experience of community centered around the Word. They are based on TaraÔÇÖs experience of studying under a gifted rabbi, a man of God who┬ágathers groups internationally to explore the Scriptures together. These gatherings brought Tara into an ancient and beautiful way of attending to the story of God in the┬áScriptures that we at Anam Cara are excited to┬áshare.┬áThis form of study is┬ápractical and pastoral, scholarly and mystical, personal and communal. It has revolutionized┬áTaraÔÇÖs life and faith, and we believe it can transform yours, too.

 

As we come together to study and explore, we experience communion with both God and others. In this sacred community, we question and wrestle with the text, guided by the Holy Spirit and grounded in God. Each Scripture Circle is a unique experience because the people who gather are always different. No one else has your story, your eyes, or the gifts you bring to the study of Scripture, so your participation is both welcome and essential.

What Is The Teacher’s Cohort?

The Scripture Circles Teacher’s Cohort is a rolling two-year experience of learning the art, skills, community, tools, and laughter of facilitating rabbinic Scripture study in community. This journey prepares participants to begin teaching in the scripture circle model. Each cohort will conclude Year 2 with a pilgrimage to Israel to study together in the land.

Year 1: Commitment of 9-10 hours per month

  • Monthly teacher’s Scripture Circle covering 5 core passages (each passage will be studied together multiple times)
  • Required reading and related assignments
  • Listening to recorded discussions and Scripture Circles
  • Meet in triads to continue studying from themes emerging in each monthly Scripture Circle
  • Attend one additional Scripture Circle per month (online or in person)

Please note that at the end of Year 1, participants and teachers together will discern whether stepping into Year 2 is appropriate.

Year 2: Commitment of 10-15 hours per month

  • Teaching Year 1 Scripture Circle a few times in rotation
  • Monthly Year 2 Scripture Circle covering additional core passages
  • Attend at least one Scripture Circle outside your┬á local community (travel required)
  • Required reading and related assignments
  • Listening to recorded discussions and Scripture Circles
  • Meet in triads with Year 1 participants to continue studying from themes emerging in each monthly Scripture Circle
  • Attend one additional Scripture Circle per month (online or in person)┬áOR Teach once per month in a community (yours or one of the online Anam Cara Studies)
  • Meet with Teaching Mentor
  • Optional: Israel Scripture Circle Pilgrimage: December 2024 (not included in cohort cost)

Teacher’s Cohort Aims:

  • Development of the tools to pay deep attention for prolonged periods of time without agenda
  • Development of a posture of curiosity and non-anxious presence as a leader
  • A functional understanding of how to engage a room of study in order to facilitate engagement with each other and the text
  • A posture to the text that generates questions and relationship
  • A self-awareness of the participant’s strengths and weaknesses as a teacher/facilitator
  • Tools for engaging with resistance, conflict, offense, and disruptive behaviors in a room
  • Development of improv skills
  • A deeper understanding of the text and its place in participants’ life, individually and communally.

Please note that the 2023-2024 Cohort has a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 participants.

To learn more about cohort ethos and costs or to begin the application process, please click below.