The Spiritual Companions Trust is an educational charity that develops resources and delivers programmes at the interface of health, wellbeing and spirituality. It celebrates diversity and welcome people from all spiritual traditions and none at all.
Its core qualification is the Ofqual accredited Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness which is also the gateway into the Spiritual Companions community and network. This Level 3 qualification is accredited in partnership with the Crossfields Institute and is the first UK spiritual qualification to be accredited by Ofqual.
William Bloom founded and is currently Director of the trust.
Its emblem is a feather on water representing that spiritual companionship requires care and sensitive awareness – a light touch.
Spiritual Companions are dedicated to supporting people in a person-centred and holistic approach to spirituality through:
One-to-one and small groups
Organisational trainings and consultancy
Continuing professional development (CPD) trainings
All Spiritual Companions adhere to the Spiritual Companions Guidelines. We are not aligned with any particular faith and our members tend to belong to that section of society which may label itself as ‘spiritual but not necessarily religious’. We welcome people from all faiths and none.
Spiritual Companions evolved from a series of experimental courses I facilitated in the 1990s. These courses were titled the Open Mystery School and were based in St. James’s Church, Piccadilly. Their purpose was to understand the core practices at the heart of all spiritual approaches, but free of their particular beliefs, myths and symbolism.
A group of two hundred interested people then responded to drafts around how the essence of spiritual practice might be described, which resulted in the Spiritual Companions Guidelines.
In 2006 Spiritual Companions Educator, Kate Bird, and William Bloom wrote a 10 Session course ‘Introduction to Contemporary Spirituality.’ This course was trialled in twelve adult education centres.
The first Spiritual Companions course was run in 2006. In 2009 the Mangreen Centre near Norwich, under the leadership of Naomi Duffield, also began to deliver Spiritual Companions courses. At the time of writing nine SC educators are delivering SC courses across the United Kingdom.
Originally Spiritual Companions was a project under the umbrella of the Foundation for Holistic Spirituality cic. In February 2014 the Spiritual Companions Trust acquired its own legal status as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
Some Spiritual Companions
When I was ready to take my next steps as an educator, I searched to develop in an environment that felt intellectually sound, emotionally literate, psychologically safe and spiritually inspiring. Spiritual Companion training is all of that: practical, mindful, expansive, inclusive, supportive and rigorous. It continues to inform how I am in my work and in my life generally. Martine Moorby
“I found the Spiritual Companions course in England to have a really broad and deep understanding of today’s spirituality. It clarifies the new approach towards spirituality, that I sensed was emerging everywhere. Now I’m really happy to be able to use this holistic approach in my home country, Finland.” Tapani Heineken
Ila Mazumdar is a trustee of Spiritual Companions and has recently retrained as a primary teacher in an inner London school. Prior to this she was the director of a community development and race equality charity. She originally started working as a positive mental health advisor in the NHS. Her passions include earth based spirituality, dancing and archetypal psychology.