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Spiritual Companions

The Spiritual Companions Programme is a rigorous and comprehensive programme of spiritual development and practice. It is accredited by the Foundation for Holistic Spirituality and has benefits for professional and non-professional spiritual practitioners.

The programme is the equivalent of 80 hours or 10 days of training and a detailed CPD certificate will be issued upon completion.

To qualify for this level 2 programme you MUST have either completed, or be working through, a recognised course in spiritual development. An ideal option is Chrissie’s home study course, Educating Heart & Soul which is a recognised Spiritual Companions Level 1 programme. Alternatively, you can become eligible after a total of 60 hours of recognised spiritual practice (for example, through Chrissie's workshops, weekend retreats and/or Angels Abroad Retreat).

To learn more about Spiritual Companions click here.

Level Two: Guidelines Programme and Certification

Are you seeking to deepen your spiritual understanding and practice?

Are you called to serve others as we progress along our spiritual journey together?

Are you an holistic therapist or spiritual practitioner in healthcare or education and want to expand your work to an even higher level?

I'm inviting people who have woken up to their spiritual nature, from all walks of life, to join me on a unique spiritual journey. On the Spiritual Companions Guidelines Programme you will deepen your spiritual practice, supported within a group of peers, and you will find knowledge, understanding and answers in a safe, warm space, held with love and sensitivity.

By completing this programme, you will not only gain a depth of personal and spiritual development which will give you more confidence and understanding in dealing with your clients, colleagues, family and friends, but you’ll also attain a level of credibility and integrity which is unique to this particular course.

In an age of such diversity and broad spectrum qualifications, the Spiritual Companions badging system - which is only gained after completing a number of hours of personal spiritual practice - shows colleagues, communities and clients that you have achieved a credible level of authenticity in your personal and spiritual development.  The badge can be displayed on business cards, professional fliers and websites. Upon qualifying as a Spiritual Companion you will also have access to specialist professional insurance which is a crucial safety net for all professionals and a legal requirement for many practices (details available on request), and participate in further courses.

On a personal level you will gain:

  • A daily spiritual practice that works for you
  • A stable centre to your life
  • On-going support for your wellbeing
  • Appreciation of the valuable essence of all spiritual traditions
  • A meaningful programme for those who wish to work with others in a spiritual setting
  • Membership of a supportive loving network

On a professional level you will gain:

  • Skills to support others on their journeys of personal and spiritual development 
  • A recognised and trusted Accredited Spiritual Companion Certificate
  • Authorised use of the SC logo and branding - a recognised mark of quality
  • Access to inexpensive professional insurance
  • Full C.P.D. allowance and recognition
  • Eligible to progress to the Level 3 Spiritual Companions Mentor programme in mentoring/counseling and celebrancy skills
  • Membership of a supportive network of like-minded professionals to offer advice and support


The programmes in Ireland and Essex are being professionally facilitated by Chrissie Astell, who has fifteen years experience as a spiritual educator. She has a BA Honours Degree in Comparative Religion (School of Oriental & African Studies/London University), along with Post Graduate certificates in Teaching in Lifelong Learning (Birkbeck University of London) and Spiritual Development & Facilitation (University of Surrey). In addition to her work as a facilitator and educator, she publishes books, CDs and online training, and is a regular contributor to spiritual magazines.

"I am so excited to be involved in this programme which is the culmination of many years of work, practice and research.... and especially to be launching it in Ireland where I have met so many wonderful spiritual people. In my experience there is a huge void in spiritual education courses where participants can genuinely explore, grow, and deepen their knowledge and spiritual practice, without judgment, in a loving, safe space. I am delighted to be part of a professional team of Spiritual Companions educators and look forward to working with old friends and new faces.”
Chrissie Astell

"One of the most highly qualified angel teachers I know, sharing well-researched information and spiritual practices in a holistic, loving and well-grounded way..." William Bloom, author of The Endorphin Effect and The Power of Modern Spirituality. Founder of the Spiritual Companions.

Who is the Spiritual Companions programme suitable for?

  • Holistic Therapists, Practitioners
  • Counselors, Healthcare professionals
  • Light-workers, carers and those in service to others
  • Spiritual writers, teachers and facilitators
  • Anyone who has an understanding and commitment to developing their spirituality further, whether working professionally or not.


To qualify for this level 2 programme you MUST have either completed, or be working through, a recognised course in spiritual development. An ideal option is Chrissie’s home study course, Educating Heart & Soul which is a recognised Spiritual Companions Level 1 programme. Alternatively, you can become eligible after a total of 60 hours of recognised spiritual practice (for example, through Chrissie's workshops, weekend retreats and/or Angels Abroad Retreat).


Your Commitment
The programme runs over five monthly weekend workshops. Each workshop is a full two day event and in addition to the teaching and facilitation you’ll receive further reading, meditations and other materials. Refreshments and lunch are also included each day.

In addition to attending the workshops, you will be required to complete the course assessments and show a commitment to personal spiritual practice.

Your Financial Investment 
We believe this programme is an investment in your spiritual and professional future. You will reap the rewards in many ways – both in your deeper knowledge, wisdom and confidence, and in the quality and depth of service you can offer others in your work.

The normal investment for the full programme is £795. However there are discounts for early booking and an installment plan.



Travel and Accommodation
Accommodation is not included in the course fee. However there are many good hotels and B&Bs in the area. We'll send a list with your booking confirmation.

The venue is easily accessible by road - just a few minutes from the M11 motorway (Junction 8 Stansted Airport), by train from London Liverpool Street (via Stansted Airport, Stansted Mountfitchet or Bishops Stortford) or by air from many UK and European destinations (

Course Dates



Booking & Application

PLACES ARE LIMITED - the workshop will be a small group to enable effective teaching and learning so please book your place early. Alternatively call +44 07794 268208 to pay by credit card over the phone. All payments are taken in British Pounds and will convert into your currency when charged to your card.

Pay in full using a PayPal account or directly using a credit or debit card - just follow the instructions at checkout. To pay in installments, you will need to set up a PayPal account for this option, or use your existing PayPal account. PayPal is an established online payment system that is recognised around the world. If you use this system we never see your card or account details.

To Book Your Place

Payment details will appear here when the next course is announced.

Alternatively, you can pay over the telephone - call +44 7794 268208

Once you have booked your place, we require an application form to be completed. You can download this here:

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About the Venue

Stansted area of Essex (TBC)

The venue for the course is yet to be confirmed. However, it will be based in the Stansted area of Essex, a few minutes from Stansted Airport (links by air and rail) and the M11 motorway.

Each workshop includes refreshments throughout the event and lunch but does not include overnight accommodation, breakfast or dinner. However, accommodation is available at many hotels and B&B in the area. A full list will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend BEFORE the programme commences please let us know immediately. Places cancelled up to 28 days before the first weekend will receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than 14 days before the first event will receive a 50% refund. Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds once the programme has commenced but we will try and offer a place on a future course if one is available.

A minimum of sixty hours attendance is required to complete the course. We are unable to offer refunds for individual  workshops.