Toni Daniels to Lead Godly Play Training


On three Saturdays this fall, Toni Daniels will offer training toward certification in the Godly Play method, hosted by Otey Memorial Parish in Sewanee. Godly Play is a Montessori-based spiritual practice that includes storytelling and contemplation. Godly Play is practiced in churches, schools and hospitals across the United States and around the world. 

Toni Daniels is an ordained minister with Comunitas International and author of “Back to Joy: An Intimate Journey with Jesus into Emotional Health and Maturity.” She has worked in Pastoral Counseling and Leadership Development for more than 20 years offering international training workshops and skills-based coaching. In 2005, upon experiencing the presence of God in a full Godly Play session in Amsterdam, Toni dedicated her life to seeing Godly Play take root in Uruguay, SA. Eleven years later, over 200 Uruguayans were practicing Godly Play reaching more than 3,000 children.

The Saturday retreat-style trainings will explore children’s spirituality and teach participants how to practice Godly Play storytelling and response time. Those who complete the full training will have heard or told most of the stories in the curriculum, and will have a strong understanding of the foundational teachings of Godly Play.

Training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 (Sacred Stories), Oct. 26 (Parables) and Nov. 9, (Liturgical Action), with lunch provided. Godly Play training open to everyone, registration required. In most cases, the training costs are paid by a home church, school, or hospital that implements the program. To receive certification as a Godly Play storyteller, the trainee must complete all three sessions; however, those who attend one or two sessions have the option of completing the training at another training session later, in Sewanee or elsewhere. For more information, please contact Jeannie Babb at Otey Memorial Parish <>.