About the School

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Dedicated to training spiritual companions to work in an interspiritual world

The Osage Forest of Peace School of Spiritual Direction is an interspiritual, two-year course of training for those called to a vocation of spiritual companionship or those who are yearning for answers to their spiritual questions and want to do something meaningful with this yearning. Encompassing the beliefs of Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, and many other faiths, the school is open to ordained and non-ordained persons. The School is open to all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation/gender identity.

Students participate in two years of class sessions, both didactic and experiential. They will learn a great deal about themselves and how to best interact with others as spiritual directors. Course members are asked to share their own experiences and concerns as an important part of the learning process.  Texts are selected for each class and an additional reading list is available. Class members are expected to read at their own pace and interest level. One important aspect of the school is the development of a community of participants who learn together and support one another.


The Co-Directors of the School are Don and Karen Chatfield of the Osage Forest of Peace.


Spiritual leaders from many disciplines make up the faculty and share their insights, wisdom, and experiences.


The School meets at the Osage Forest of Peace.


Classes are held monthly September through June on the first Saturday of each month (with the exception of September when we meet on the second Saturday), from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for two years. There is also a required weekend retreat at the Osage Forest of Peace each January.


$750 per year

Fees include Saturday sessions, breakfast and lunch at these sessions, and handouts.  Not included are the retreat cost ($110) and recommended books.  A payment plan can be worked out at the time of the interview.  Limited scholarship assistance may be available.