InterSpiritual Mentor Training Certificate

The InterSpiritual Mentor training process includes the following seven steps.  The order for completing these steps is not rigid or dogmatic but rather elements to be completed to the best of our ability.  The minimum length of this process is about two years depending on scheduling for each of the in-person and online courses.  The locations for these courses might include partnering organizations and retreat centers.  The individual courses will be open to both InterSpiritual Mentor trainees and other interested participants.

1. Introductory Short Programs

These programs provide a general overview of the Mandala Process, InterSpiritual Meditation and the steps for InterSpiritual mentor training.  They include presentations, discussions, individual sharing and meditation and are held at various locations throughout the US and Canada.

2. The Mandala Process

This course includes both an in-person (often web-streamed) weekend course, and an 8-10 week online course.

This weekend course engages participants in an exploration each of the 12 families of spiritual styles, questions and traditions outlined in the InterSpiritual Mandala. We will begin with the Spiritual Styles Profile Tool for assessing individual spiritual styles and questions.  Participants will explore and share their personal styles and questions and develop a long-term plan to harness these towards the creation a personal spiritual path. Finally, each participant will learn how to create a personal contemplative practice for each of the seven steps of InterSpiritual Meditation.

3. InterSpiritual Meditation

This course includes both an in-person (often web-streamed) weekend course, and an 8-10 week online course.

This 2-4 day intensive course focuses on how each person can harness their own spiritual styles and questions toward the development of persona contemplative practice using the seven-step process of InterSpiritual Meditation.  Participants will refine their personal approach to each of the seven steps based on the wisdom of their chosen traditions and their own life experience.  An emphasis will be placed on integrating this practice into our personal lives, relationships, professions and community service.

4. Mentor Training Retreat

This course includes both an in-person weekend course, and an 8-10 week online course and a website for mentors-in-training to support and learn from each other as they mentor others.

This retreat will be for mentor trainees only.  It will go into much greater detail on each of the 12 families of spiritual styles, questions and traditions.  It will focus on methods for guiding mentees (1) to discover, honor and harness their styles, (2) to find personally meaningful answers to their spiritual questions, (3) to develop a personally satisfying and sustainable spiritual path, (4) to develop a contemplative practice that is appropriate for their individual spiritual styles.

5. Practicum: Trainees will Mentor Other Students

During this practicum period, each mentor-in-training will work with their own mentees.  They will communicate with each via the special website and be mentored privately by Ed Bastian.

6. A Capstone Paper

Each mentor trainee will write an extensive paper that describes the following: (1) How they are integrating and applying ISM and the Mandala Process in their own lives. (2) Examples or case studies of how they are mentoring others. (3) How these processes have become a useful adjunct to their professional work in such fields as psychotherapy, health care, yoga instruction, spiritual direction, ministry, chaplaincy, public service.

7. Certification and Licensing to Use the Website and Workbooks

After successfully completing the steps in the mentor training process, a certificate will be awarded to each graduate.  They will we receive a license to use the workbooks and websites for working with their own mentees.  They will be expected to continue working closely with each other to develop and refine best practices for InterSpiritual Mentoring.