Tacheria Interfaith School of Spiritual Direction – Tucson

“Dedicated to supporting spiritual guides in their efforts to work in a
​multi-faith world.”

Tacheria School of Spiritual Direction is a two year interfaith course for those called to spiritual direction/companionship or for those who are yearning for answers to their spiritual questions and want to be able to do something with this yearning. 

This course encompasses the beliefs of the world’s major religions and spiritual traditions.  Spiritual leaders from many disciplines make up the faculty and share their insights, knowledge, wisdom and experience during the two years of the class.

Learning in the school is both didactic and experiential and course members are experientially involved in the class, learning a great deal about themselves and how to best interact with others as spiritual directors.  The School is open to all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual identity. One of the very important aspects of the school is the development of a community of participants and the sharing of support.

  • Two-year commitment with classes held monthly from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • 2nd Saturday for ten (10) months, beginning in September and ending in June. Due to COVID-19, the School will meet via Zoom until further notice.  The weekend retreat will be via Zoom as well.
  • Yearly cost is $600. Payments can be made throughout the year. Limited scholarship help is available.
  • To apply, just click on the application, fill out the form and submit it electronically.
  • $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
  • Please mail fee check/money order/cashier’s check to: Tacheria c/o Betty Stauffer 5404 N Estelle Dr., Tucson, AZ 85718

Once the application is submitted, you will be contacted by Betty Stauffer, who is the Co-Director of the Tacheria Interfaith School to schedule an interview to finalize the process.

Tacheria Staff

Betty Stauffer, Co-Director

Betty Stauffer, graduated from Tacheria School for Spiritual Direction in 2004.  She was first introduced to spiritual direction through the Church of the Savior in Washington D.C. in 1985.  She has been in spiritual direction herself and served as a spiritual director and retreat leader since that time. Betty is a former Elder in the Presbyterian Church USA and was very active in their Hunger Ministries.  She is a social worker who has served as an Executive Director, first of New Life Community in Cleveland, Ohio and from 2002 to 2020 at Literacy Connects in Tucson, AZ. Betty became a Co-Director of Tacheria in 2018.

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Frank R. Williams is the Co-Director of the Tacheria school as well as the President of the Board of Directors.  He retired in 2017 as the Social Services Director at Casa de la Luz Hospice.  Previous to his service with hospice he was in several positions, including Executive Director of Family Counseling Agency (now Our Family Services) and before that served twenty years on the Family Studies faculty at the University of Arizona.  He is a United Methodist minister and served churches in California and Arizona and was founding pastor of St. Francis in the Foothills, United Methodist.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, his Masters of Sacred Theology from Boston University School of Theology and his doctorate from Boston University.