InterSpiritual Mentor Training
Role of an InterSpiritual Mentor
InterSpiritual mentors are committed to fostering people’s deeper understanding of themselves and others and to being in the service of spiritual maturity and awareness of individuals, organizations and society. They agree to respect the basic dignity and rights of their mentees and to hold a stance of compassionate neutrality and non-judgment. They are committed to acknowledging and respecting diversity and to educating themselves about the many ways of sacred knowing from the world’s spiritual traditions.
The InterSpiritual Mentor’s role is to compassionately engage with a mentee in an open, non-judgmental and non-hierarchical process towards the development of the mentee’s spiritual path and meditation practice. This process will honor and harness the mentee’s own archetypal spiritual styles, questions and personal life experiences while exploring and appropriately adapting authentic insights, methods and practices from one or more of the world’s profound spiritual and secular wisdom traditions.
The InterSpiritual Mentoring Process
The purposes of this process of “Integration” through the InterSpiritual Mentoring Certificate Program are for mentors-in-training to (1) be mentored by mentors, (2) to become a mentor for others and (3) become a self-mentor. In this process, you will benefit from a relationship with a personal mentor and by working with a cohort of fellow trainees.
By working together, mentors-in-training learn to integrate this work into their personal lives, into relationships and service to others, and into their vocations such as psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, health care, ministry, spiritual direction, education, business and public service.
The InterSpiritual Mentor training process includes the following eight requirements. The order for completing these might vary somewhat for each individual depending on the time they enter the program. The length of this process could range from 3 – 4 years depending on scheduling for each of the in-person and online courses.
1. Reading and Studying the Core Books
The core books for this process are “InterSpiritual Meditation: A Seven Step Process Drawn from the World’s Spiritual Traditions;” and “Mandala: Creating an Authentic Spiritual Path – – An InterSpiritual Process.” Applicants to the Mentoring program should be intimately familiar with these books.
2. Introductory Short Programs and/or Familiarity with Course Websites
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. This preliminary familiarity of our work can also be found through our online content and videos.
3. InterSpiritual Meditation
In this eight week course, participants will learn the seven-step process of InterSpiritual Meditation. They will create a personal practice that is drawn from the wisdom of one or more authentic traditions. They will build the foundation for life-long meditative practice.
We will begin with the Spiritual Styles Profile Tool for assessing individual spiritual styles and questions. Participants will work with a dyad partner and mentor to explore and share their personal styles and to harness these towards the creation a personal meditation practice. Each week, participants will engage in a live 90-minute teleconference to be recorded for later listening and study.
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. This online course might also be supplemented by a weekend retreat depending on enrollment.
4. The Mandala Process
This eight week online 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 work with a dyad partner and mentor to explore and share their personal styles and questions and develop a long-term plan to harness these towards the creation a personal spiritual path. Each week, participants will engage in a live 90-minute teleconference to be recorded for later listening and study. Finally, each participant will learn how to create a personal contemplative practice for each of the seven steps of InterSpiritual Meditation.
This course might also be supplemented by a weekend retreat depending on enrollment.
5. Mentor Training Retreat
The mentor training process begins and ends with an in-person weekend retreat. The process includes monthly 90-minute teleconferences with mentor coaches and fellow mentees-in-training. Participants will engage in a practicum of mentoring others and sharing their experiences and lessons learned with their mentor and the cohort.
Our monthly sessions will be for mentor trainees only. Each month we will go into much greater detail on each of the 12 families of spiritual styles, questions and traditions. We will refine our understanding, practice and capacity to guide others in the seven-step process of InterSpiritual Meditation.
We will focus on methods for guiding mentees in the following: (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 deepen and mature an InterSpiritual Meditation practice that is appropriate for their individual spiritual styles.
6. Private Mentoring
Each mentor-in-training will work with Ed Bastian and/or one of our trained InterSpiritual Mentors. The depth and breadth of this individual mentoring will depend on the needs and circumstances of each trainee.
7. 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.
8. 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 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.