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SPIRITUAL DIRECTIONS MISSION

Spiritual Directions Workshops are dedicated to helping persons grow spiritually. Through
guidance in prayer, scripture reading, and journaling, spiritual directions workshops give
numerous aids for making the spiritual life more meaningful.

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ABOUT THE FOUNDER AND LEADER OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTIONS WORKSHOPS

Reverent Dan K. Phillips has over 25 years of pastoral experience and ministry. Major influences on his life have included: Thomas Merton, Ira Progoff, Henri Nouwen, Fred Buechner, and a host of other spiritual leaders.

Bro. Dan is known on the internet for his work as editor of the Thomas Merton -Monk and Poet Site and for his How to Develop A Spiritual Journal. He daily spiritual blog is read worldwide. He recently spent several days at the Abbey of Gethsemani and his writing of that experience, The Abbey of Gethsemani-A Pilgrimage, has touched many lives.

  • He is an ordained minister, having received a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • His non-denominational retreats have been key to helping numerous people develop their spiritual life and to learn the power of contemplative prayer.
  • He has over 20 years of pastoral experience.
  • His writings have appeared in over 20 publications.
  • He has led retreats and religious conferences in 23 states and Canada.
  • More information about Brother Dan

To contact Brother Dan about having a conference in your area:

Rev. Dan K. Phillips
(615)-790-7129 OR 615-554-7129 CELL.
e-mail with questions or for availability times:
E-mail Dan Kenneth Phillips

AVAILABLE CONFERENCES

Living in the Desert- Moments of Solitude and Silence Using the Writings of Trappist Monk Thomas Merton.

Led by Reverend Dan Phillips

ABOUT THESE RETREATS

This retreat is for persons who have a passion for knowledge of the life and works of Thomas Merton. Using New Seeds of Contemplation, Thoughts in Solitude, and the Journals of Thomas Merton, we will study solitude and silence. With Thomas Merton as our guide, we will discover in our own lives God's ability to touch our lives in unique ways. We will study how to hear God's voice as he speaks to us. We will sense his presence in a variety of ways.

This retreat contains practical guidelines for developing an effective spiritual life. Through personal stories, practical tips on spirituality, and ways of making the most of a spiritual retreat, Rev. Dan Phillips (Brother Dan) takes you on a spiritual journey that will not only lead you by the still waters but give you strength to challenge the mountaintops of life.

Dan Kenneth Phillips has over 20 years of pastoral experience and is a frequent retreat leader on issues of Spiritual Development. For many years he taught a course on "How to Develop Your Spiritual Life" at religious conference centers around the country. As a writer, his publications have been printed in over two dozen periodicals, literary journals, and newspapers.

He has spent over 30 years studying the life of Thomas Merton, a catholic monk who lived at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky. His website for Merton, Thomas Merton-Monk and Poet, is a primary target for persons interested in the spiritual life of Thomas Merton.

Another of his websites, How to Develop A Spiritual Journal, is frequently used in universities and churches as an example of the importance of keeping track of God's movement in one's life. His daily web journal (danphillips.blogspot.com) is read by hundreds of persons each week. He is presently the chaplain at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee

How To Develop A Spiritual Journal

Writing can change our lives. Emphasizing the importance of writing down what God is doing in your life, this conference shows how to keep a spiritual journal. Using his own personal journals from the past two decades brother Dan shows how journals have played a key part in growth in his own personal life and how God uses journals to work through us.

  • What is a spiritual journal. What distinguishes it from a regular journal?
  • How do I begin my journal. What type of book do I need. How does the system work?
  • What do I need to include in my journal?
  • How can I determine if God is speaking to me through the journals?

 

 

DEVELOPING YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE LIFE OF TRAPPIST MONK THOMAS MERTON--

Using the life work of Thomas Merton, Trappist monk and poet, we will attempt to understand our own spiritual pilgrimage and to see what key elements of spirituality are needed to bring spiritual growth and renewal to our lives and to see how our adventure of faith can touch the vital spiritual heartbeat in other Christians.

Developing Your Spiritual Life contains practical guidelines for developing an effective spiritual life. Through personal stories, practical tips on spirituality, and ways of making the most of a spiritual retreat, Brother Dan Phillips takes spiritual featherweights along a journey that will - not only lead them by the still waters-but give them strength to challenge the mountaintops of life.

Audience: Developing Your Spiritual Life is for stragglers who have wandered into my spiritual formation conferences wondering what was going on, then leaving with a purpose in their lives. It is for the strangers on the fragile highway of life, who because of these words, were willing to take one more step on the journey. It is for YOU! There is a hope and A WAY!

Overview: On Friday night we will discover why we need to begin anew our spiritual journeys. Where do we begin? How do we start? What happens when we really become a "flame" in God's hands?

Overview for Saturday: Saturday will be spent learning How to Develop Your Own Spiritual Journal with special emphasis on the Journals of Thomas Merton, special ways of studying the Bible (lectio divina), how to have private meaningful daylong retreats with time spent in silence and solitude with guided meditations, ways of praying that will make a difference, and how to listen for God's voice in your own life.

It will be a day to help us travel the road of spirituality to a more meaningful life. Dan Kenneth Phillips has over 20 years of pastoral experience and is a frequent retreat leader on issues of Spiritual Development.

For many years he taught a course on "How to Develop Your Spiritual Life" at religious conference centers around the country.

As a writer, his publications have been printed in over two dozen periodicals, literary journals, and newspapers. He has spent over 30 years studying the life of Thomas Merton, a catholic monk who lived at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky.

His website for Merton, Thomas Merton-Monk and Poet, is a primary target for persons interested in the spiritual life of Thomas Merton. Another of his websites, How to Develop A Spiritual Journal, is frequently used in universities and churches as an example of the importance of keeping track of God's movement in one's life. His daily web journal (danphillips.blogspot.com) is read by hundreds of persons each week. He is presently the chaplain at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Keying on contemplative prayer, how to keep a spiritual journal, and listening to the voice of God, this conference helps Christian grow in their walk with God and helps them to learn techniques which help them to become closer to Him each day.

    • Learn how to develop a spiritual journal that you can use daily.
    • Learn what contemplative prayer is and how to meditate upon God's word.
    • Learn to use symbols that show a flow of God's work in our lives.

Thomas Merton - His Life and Meaning for our Day

Thomas Merton is one of the giant spiritual leaders of this century. His influence has changed lives for over a half of a century. Using his writings, Bro. Dan shows how one man, dedicated to God's will for his life, can make a large impact spiritually in our world.

  • Learn who Thomas Merton is and how God used him.
  • Discover key points in his life that were life changing to Father Louis (Thomas Merton)
  • Learn how his life can become a catalyst for changing our own lives.
  • Learn about the International Thomas Merton Society and its role in the world today.

What People Are Saying About the Conference

"Dear Dan, I attended your day of retreat in New Orleans March 18, 2000.....It was a special day...your use of symbols has sparked me to be more aware of this speaking of God to me. Enjoyed your beginning introduction to Merton by sharing with us his key points in his journey....then the reflection on the psalms...really encouraged me to use this prayer form... And the final fire watch reading and discussion is ongoing for me. I am also going to your internet site and the merton site and pulled up so much great reading. Thanks for sharing with us on that Saturday..Hope it was also a good visiting and relaxing time for you with your family." Vickie Laurent

  • I received a much deeper appreciation for solitude. Gloria Adams
  • Enjoyed journaling exercise using scripture
  • "I liked being with the group- we were from all over, yet we shared the desire to come together, to pray, to laugh, to share --we became a community of Christians, with our focus on listening to God and drawing nearer to him." Kathi Latta, Owensboro, KY
  • "I feel rejuvenated. I would like to hear more, I like your handouts to help us as we relive these two days and to broaden our spiritual journey. " Margarent Ann Moore, Nashville, TN.
  • "Dan-Great Job. Your knowledge is inspirational ! Thanks." Lynn Robinson, Nashville,TN.
  • "I love being here. I was not expecting to meet Thomas Merton in such a human loving way as presented by Rev. Phillips." Theresa DeLoria, Hermitage,Tn.
  • What I learned has made me very eager to learn/read more of Merton's writings. 'Firewatch' was inspiring and helped me discover my own spiritual journey." Fran Smolen, Bowling Green, Ky.
  • "You have a great treasure of knowledge and understanding of this very complex person and presented it well." Pat Wilson, Concord, Ky.

To contact Brother Dan about having a conference in your area:

Rev. Dan K. Phillips
109 Breckenridge Road
Franklin, TN 37067
(615)-790-7129
e-mail with questions or for availability times:
E-mail Dan Kenneth Phillips

 

 

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How To Develop A Spiritual Journal

Using the latest in spiritual journaling, this site by Dan Phillips is an excellent starting point for spiritual development by individuals, especially persons going through extreme crisis.
 

Thomas Merton Site

This is the most viewed of all of Dan's websites, a site dedicated to the Trappist monk and poet, Thomas Merton.
 

Process of
Spiritual Development

A short method of improving ones spiritual development using techniques of prayer from the Desert Fathers and others.
 

Abbey of Gethsemani - A Pilgrimage

Story of a spiritual retreat to the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, KY by Dan K. Phillips.

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