ADVANCED Gateways registration deadline

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:00 AM

more information/brochure pdf

Advanced Missional Spiritual Direction Training
is a one year program with two tracks, each with specific course offerings and practicum. Track I focuses on a spiritual guidance approach within community and/or organizational contexts. Track II focuses on the training in supervision of spiritual directors.

Track I:  Missional Spiritual Direction in the Neighborhood
of the World
  • Spiritual Guidance Presence within the Neighborhood of the World
  • Spaces for Spirit within the Neighborhood of the World
  • Developing a Missional Spiritual Direction Discernment Model in Context
Track II:  Training in Supervision of Spiritual Directors
  • Companioning Emerging Spiritual Directors I
  • Companioning Emerging Spiritual Directors II
  • Developing a Missional Spiritual Direction Discernment Model in the Context of Supervision
What to expect:
  • A contemplative model of spiritual guidance in action
  • Participation in a learning community of peers, lay and clergy
  • Group instruction
  • Reading and home-based experiential learning in preparation for each retreat
  • Written work reflecting your learning and growth as a spiritual director in context
  • Participants are expected to be in spiritual direction
$1,950 (paid in full) or $1,000 paid in two installments (payable on or before first and third session)
(Tuition covers training, single accommodations, and meals. Books, travel, and incidentals are not included in the tuition.)
For Commuters:
$1,460 (paid in full) or $750 paid in two installments  (payable on or before first and third session)
(Tuition covers training and 3 meals per day. Books, travel, and other incidentals are not included in the tuition.)
$100 non-refundable application fee is due with your application.  Participants are responsible for full tuition of the one year program.
Limited scholarships available.  Contact Beth Garnaas-Holmes, Gateways Director, for details.  United Methodist clergy under appointment are eligible for MEF grants.   CEU's available. Boston University School of Theology also has a process to provide credits for this program toward Certification in Spiritual Formation within the United Methodist Church

People applying for Track I and II need to have completed a spiritual direction training program.  Applicants for Track II also need to have provided spiritual direction for 3-5 years. All applicants should have an active, growing spiritual life; a deep love for all of God's people; ability to embrace diversity; strength in deep, purposeful listening; and the personal time needed for reflection and 3 training retreats.

Retreat schedule
(Full participation at all sessions is expected)
Tuesday, February 26 to Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27, 2019
Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6, 2019

NOTE:  On line submission of Autobiography/Essay is no longer available due to difficulties beyond our control. 
How to apply
Please write a 2-3 page essay responding to the application questions (found on the registration page) for either Track I or II.  These questions are designed to help you discern your sense of call and readiness for advanced training in missional spiritual direction. 

Email your application to Beth Garnaas-Holmes at

Click the "REGISTER NOW" button to continue to submitting your application, and "CONTINUE TO PAYMENT" to pay your non-refundable application fee.  (Application fee can be mailed if preferred to Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center, Attn; Gateways Advanced, 660 Great Pond Road, North Andover, MA  01845 made payable to "Rolling Ridge".

Applications are due by January 15, 2019.  Space is limited, so early application is encouraged.  The next offering of Advanced Gateways is scheduled for 2020.  

About the leader(s)

Deadra Ashton

Rev. Deadra Bachorik Ashton, MDiv, BCC, is a chaplain at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, spiritual director, and retreat leader. A PC(USA) Minister of Word and Sacrament, she is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary.  Deadra served as a parish minister for 20 years, and prior to that as a summer chaplain at a conference center. Her areas of special interest include spiritual formation in the second half of life, the effects of culture and life context on the soul, spiritual support for caregivers, and spiritual care amid loss and grief.

Andrea Bliss-Lerman

Andrea Bliss-Lerman is a graduate of Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation and has been active in facilitating and teaching in the Gateways to God Spiritual Direction Training Program at Rolling Ridge, as well as being involved in Days Apart, Drawing Nearer to God, and individual and group spiritual direction. She has served as the Minister of Spiritual Direction at Free Christian Church in Andover, Massachusetts since 1990. In addition to teaching in a variety of spiritual direction training programs and leading numerous retreats and workshops, she has also served in reaching out to inner city youth and young adults through skateboarding events, writing projects, and community development.

Beth Garnaas-Holmes

Beth Garnaas-Holmes is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.  She has served  congregations in Montana, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, with a focus on deepening people's connection to God, themselves and the world through spiritual practice, small group ministry and outreach into communities.  She has also offered spiritual direction to individuals for 30 years, and was trained through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Maryland.  She has worked in program ministry at Rolling Ridge for 20 years, and is currently the program director and a small group supervisor with the Gateways to God program.  She lives in Wells, Maine with her husband and the many trees and animals that surround their home.  Together they have a wonderful family of sons and daughters by marriage, grandchildren and grand-pets.  

Gayle Kerr

Gayle Kerr has been involved in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Ministry since 1990. She is a graduate of Trenton (NJ) State College and Chestnut Hill College (PA) and holds degrees in education and Holistic Spirituality and Certificates in Spiritual Direction and the Supervision of Spiritual Directors.  She has worked as a teacher, a Director of Christian Education and as a Spiritual Director at theMiddleton Center for Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA. From 2000-2007 she worked at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ with a team of Spiritual Directors who were invited to help create a program for Spiritual Formation at the Seminary. Gayle and her husband moved to Cape Cod, MA in 2007 where she continues to provide individual and group Spiritual Direction as well as Retreat Leadership from her home on the Cape. She also serves as a small group supervisor in the Gateways to God Program for training Spiritual Directors at Rolling Ridge.

Heidi Miller

With more than 20 years in academic and non-profit settings, Heidi A Miller, Ph.D., serves as Associate Professor of Spirituality and Christian Ministry at Mercer University in Atlanta. Her areas of teaching, research, and writing focus on transformative leadership, spirituality, transition and trauma, justice, and worship. Heidi designs and facilitates curriculum in spiritual direction and soul tending in one-on-one, small group, community, congregational, and organizational contexts.