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The Celtic Spirit: Relationship with the Divine, the Self, and Nature

January 4 - January 6

Dr. Kirk Webb – Director, Teacher, and Facilitator

Kirk is a Spiritual Director, Professor, and Psychologist. He has worked as a Spiritual Director and Psychotherapist for over 20 years and taught extensively in graduate programs for psychology, counseling, spirituality, and theology. Kirk holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Master’s degree in Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University. He has also studied at the Jungian Institute in Zurich. He takes regular pilgrimages to Ireland and has been richly guided by the depth and insights of Celtic spirituality and history. He incorporates a Celtic view of the soul in spiritual growth, spiritual direction, and personal belief and practice.

To learn more about Kirk, please visit his website at www.kirkwebb.com.

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About the Seminar
The Celtic Spirit seminar will be a nice balance of lecture, small group discussion and processing the material, sharing spiritual autobiographies with one another, enjoying conversation over wonderful Institute meals, quiet times of guided and unguided contemplation, and walks in the woods. The lectures will focus on several prominent themes from ancient and modern Celtic Spirituality as it informs our soul journey. Poetry will play a prominent role in the presentations as well.
Those interested in taking an individual seminar to enhance personal development and enjoy contemplative experience at the Institute are quite welcome to attend just one session, but we also offer an 18-month program for those seeking a deeper dive.

Join us this January for the Celtic Spirit, an invitation into several Celtic themes such as the dignity of the human soul, the dialogue with Nature as a source of spiritual wisdom, our responsibility toward all of Creation, the beauty of interpersonal relationships as the arena of spiritual growth and expression, and the poetic elucidation of the human soul as an expression of Divine beauty and creativity.

Visit our website at www.thecelticcenter.org for more information and feel free to contact Dr. Kirk Webb with any questions or comments. Kirk’s contact information can be found on the website.

Optional Certificate Program

You are invited to any of our seminars or retreat experiences as you desire to enhance your own spiritual and personal journey. Additionally, we hope you will consider a commitment to the 18-month program to prepare you to guide others effectively as you offer spiritual direction. As you complete the entire program, you will receive a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and the confidence and skills that enable you to guide others with proficiency, artistry, and wisdom.

Kirk Webb will serve as presenter, facilitator, and trainer at each seminar. Additionally, a variety of experienced spiritual directors, Celtic scholars, practitioners, and psychologists will join to present subject material and facilitate group growth and training experiences throughout the sessions.

The entire Spiritual Direction Certificate program involves six seminars. The January session is an overview of Celtic themes and spiritual formation, called The Celtic Spirit. The seminar series is unique in that we draw upon Celtic perspectives as a way of understanding the human journey, particularly considering the relationship of Soul and Nature to inform the cycles of our spiritual life.

We hope to see you in January and at further seminars in March and May.

The Celtic Spirit (Introduction to Celtic Themes): January 4-6, 2018, Thursday – Saturday
Landscape of the Soul (A Celtic Conversation of Soul and Nature): March 1-3, 2018, Thursday – Saturday
Coming Home (Spiritual Development across the Human Lifespan): May 11-13, 2018, Friday – Sunday
Storied Spirit (Myth, Fairy Tales, and Dreams as Portals into Spiritual Narrative): January (TBD), 2019
Soul Text (Reading and Applying Sacred “Text” as our Spiritual Guide): March (TBD), 2019
Divine Community (Relational and Community Life and Practice as Dignity and Responsibility): May (TBD), 2019


About the Celtic Center

The Celtic Center invites you to explore your life from a Celtic spiritual perspective. We offer personal formation teaching, retreats, and experiential learning as well as an 18-month training program in Spiritual Direction to assist you in your good work of guiding others to deep and meaningful life.

The ancient and contemporary Celtic perspective provides a way into meaningful life, spiritual growth, and a path to connecting with God, Self, and Nature that trusts that the human soul has a rich history of living harmoniously in dialogue with Nature and with the Divine in order to create meaningful and substantial lives. Our programs assist the soul on its life-long journey and encourage an interconnection with the beauty of Creation, the vitality of thriving relationships with one another in community, and a contemplative encounter with the Divine.


Tuition & Fees

Tuition options:

  • Supporting Registration ($425.00)
  • Standard Registration ($325.00)
  • Scholarship Registration ($225.00)

Lodging, meals, and facilities fee:

  • $325

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January 4
January 6
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