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Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness Thu 17 Jan - Sun 07 Jul

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“This pioneering course provides deep personal development  and a wonderful opportunity to better care for people and planet.” Dr William Bloom

Join this pioneering course, the first Spirituality and Health qualification to be on the Ofqual register.

·         Explore and deepen your spirituality in a group of warm-hearted and open-minded peers

·         Gain a professional qualification that integrates spirituality, health and wellness into your career

·         Acquire practical strategies and concepts that can immediately be shared with others

·         Become an accredited Spiritual Companion and part of a professional network with peer support, insurance scheme and ongoing CPD

·         Be licenced to deliver the Your Spiritual Health Programme

·         Develop a meaningful lifestyle of mindfulness, compassion and service.

You will be in a group of warm-hearted and open-minded peers in an immersive and inspirational experience over 7 months.  Busy professionals will be able to complete the course requirements during the residential sessions. Entry is by application. Do contact us if you would like to know more - we are happy to help! admin@sarahjanewilliamson.com

This is the first Spirituality and Health qualification to be on the Ofqual register.

Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness (VRQ) Ofqual Qualification Number 601/8673/2 Sector Subject Area: Health and Social Care

For seven month course: residential single £2750; residential shared £2430 per person; non-res £2110 includes suppers, lunches and all refreshments- Excludes B&B.

Deposit for this training is £100.00 and the balance of the course is due by 5 pm Friday 26 October 2018.

PLEASE NOTE - NEW DATES - different from previously announced

  • Thursday 17 - Sunday 20 January 2019
  • Sunday 10 - Tuesday 12 March 2019
  • Thursday 25 - Sunday 28 April 2019
  • Thursday 30 May - Sunday 2 June 2019
  • Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 June
  • Friday 5 - Sunday 7 July

Entry to the course is via this Application Form. Link to pdf application form

If you need financial assistance, or wish to pay in instalments, please get in touch with us. You may use the booking form and send a message in the Music Courses box.

Please email your form to admin@sarahjanewilliamson.com

Or post it to us at Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road. Stroud. Glos. GL6 7QW

Once we have reviewed and accepted your application, we will send information about how to make your payment. Do feel free to ask about payment options.

There are no formal or academic entry requirements other than being 18 or older. Our main concern is that learners demonstrate the potential to develop emotional literacy, as a welcoming attitude to diversity and mature self-management.

What people said about Masterclass in Healing Presence (introduction to the Diploma)

Great connecting up of topics, a harmonious feel, space to be. The tutors are engaging and give considered and careful information. They share honestly and with empathy, creating a safe space to personally explore and be creative.  A good taster of the subject. Hawkwood is a friendly feeling environment with a spacious atmosphere. Gail

The most lovely place to be. Calm, welcoming, nurturing. This is an excellent course with practical application – life-enhancing. Tutors are the best in their field – a privilege to work with them. Good content – exactly as advertised. Very informative. A beautiful environment to do such healing transforming work. Maggie 

Policies, terms and conditions

This course is delivered in partnership with the Spiritual Companions Trust. For the specific policies, terms and conditions in relation to this course, please visit: http://www.spiritualcompanions.org/about-us/downloads-policies

Sarah Jane Williamson has been teaching spiritual practice and activism for 30 years. Her career has spanned education, public health management and the charity sector at national level. She is a Spiritual Companions Educator. sarahjanewilliamson.com

Phil Roberts is an experienced leadership coach, facilitator and mentor. He combines 40 years of organisational experience with 25 years transpersonal development, and is a Spiritual Companion. He is a partner with Leadership Consulting firm HCubed www.hcubed.co.uk

Anna Bianchi is a writer, creative activist and Spiritual Companions Educator. She is a leader of The Way of Council and the author of the recent Becoming an Ally to the Gender-Expansive Child: A Guide for Parents and Carers.  https://www.annabianchi.co.uk/

Visiting Tutor: William Bloom,  Founder of the Spiritual Companions Trust, best-selling author of The Endorphin Effect and The Power of Modern Spirituality.


‘Overall, the course was a blessed, safe oasis giving me time and space to be and reflect, empty and stretch, expand and deepen connection and spiritual practice. Alongside this, the commitment of an ongoing rhythm and group accountability and encouragement were invaluable. The holistic nature and breadth of the material covered in a spirit of exploration with a warm, generous, experienced facilitator transparently consolidating alongside us. And of course, a wonderful opportunity and the gift of practising spiritual companionship and embodiment.’  Ila Mazumdar, primary school teacher

“This pioneering course provides deep personal development  and a wonderful opportunity to better care for people and planet.” Dr William Bloom

‘Before the course, I had done lots of personal development, therapy and awareness work, but on some level life was still an effort and I was living in tension. Through the teaching of simple and accessible meditation practices, the course helped me to become more grounded, more kind, more loving — more me, more of the time. It helped me to establish a daily spiritual practice of my own which I'd never really managed to do before and I learned the value and joy of service and just being kind to people.’  Pete Brown, IT Project Manager 

Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness - more information

You will be in an immersive and inspirational experience over 7 months.  Busy professionals will be able to complete the course requirements during the residential sessions. Entry is by application.


Our approach is holistic and person-centred. We welcome diversity and people of all faiths and none. There is an increasing need for spiritually competent people whose approach is highly inclusive and emotionally literate.

What do we mean by ‘Spirituality’?

We always encourage people to develop their own definition of spirituality. That said, we find that the following definition is helpful in many educational and healthcare environments:

‘Spirituality is everyone’s natural connection with the wonder and energy of life – and the instinct to explore that experience and its meaning. Spirituality affirms that human development is about the growth of compassion and awareness, heart and mind.’

The course consists of four units:

1.       Science and Context

The important historical relationship between spirituality and medicine.   The evidence base and science of how spirituality can benefit health. The relevance of all this to your own personal experience and that of your colleagues and clients.

2.       Person-centred Spiritual Practice

Study and experience the spiritual practices that benefit health and wellbeing. Clarify and implement your own daily spiritual health practice. Appreciate the diversity of approaches in your fellow learners. How best to support others in developing their own spiritual health practice.

3.       Developing Spiritual Practice

The crucial importance of ongoing honest and emotionally literate self-examination and self-care. This is built on a foundation of mindfulness and the compassionate witnessing of your thoughts and feelings. Implementing your own reflective practice. The mental health challenges that may be linked to spirituality.

4.       Spiritual Care in Practice

Builds on the knowledge and practice of the other three units.  The fundamentals of giving spiritual support. Whole-body listening, empathy and holding. Leading individuals and small groups into meditation. Risk-assessment and referral. Working in multi-disciplinary community teams.

Course structure

This immersive, inspirational experience in a warm, supportive group takes place over seven months and includes six residential sessions of two or three days duration.

We will enter into the special atmosphere at Hawkwood College and join in the rhythms of this pioneering residential centre.

Each residential course session begins in the evening with dinner together at 6.30pm, followed by an evening group session. The sessions will end at 4 pm on the last day.

Busy people will be able to step out of their day-to-day commitments and to complete the majority of course requirements during the time at Hawkwood if they choose to.

During the months where there is no residential session, participants will be able to join an optional 1.5-hour webinar session. 

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