Module 4: Spiritual Friendship and the Celtic Tradition

Event Date(s): Sat, 2023/01/28 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Event Location: Online – Zoom
Event Type: Tyndale Spiritual Formation Centre

This module will explore how spiritual friendship is a foundational aspect of our formation into Christlikeness and the flourishing of the community of God.

Using the lens of Celtic Christianity, and accompanied by several historical soul friends (St. Kevin, St. Brigid, Aelred of Rievaulx, and a few others), we will engage mind, body, and spirit in the understanding of what it means to be a soul friend, or Anam Cara, in the world. With help from the modern understanding of interpersonal neurobiology, together we will encounter God in Scripture, nature, and each other as we challenge the narrative of individuality and fragmentation that holds sway in both the Church and the world.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the distinctives of Celtic Christianity
  • Explore different models of soul friendship
  • Gain a working knowledge of the communal nature of personhood historical and modern
  • Experience the intersection of Hebraic and Celtic concepts of formation
  • Understand the aspects of holy listening that underpin both the Celtic tradition and the practice of soul friendship



Tara Owens

Tara Owens


Tara is the founder and executive director of Anam Cara Ministries, based in Colorado Springs, CO. A graduate of Tyndale, she is the author of two books (Embracing the Body: Finding God in Our Flesh & Bone, IVP and At Play In God’s Creation: A Contemplative Coloring Book, Franciscan), leads pilgrimages in Ireland and England, practices spiritual direction and supervision, and leads a unique training in spiritual direction called the Anam Cara Apprenticeship. She also leads and trains others in rabbinic-style Scripture studies called Scripture Circles.


  • Each module is $135.00 plus administrative fees. $850.50 for the package of 7 modules (plus administrative fees), complete cost for the Spiritual Formation Certificate program with 10% discount
  • Packages are only available before the start date of the first module
  • There is a 10% discount for full-time Tyndale students, alumni and staff. You will need to contact the Tyndale Spiritual Formation Centre to receive a discount code before registering online
Email tsfc [at] tyndale [dot] ca to receive a promo code.

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