New Contemplatives Initiative


2016 New Contemplatives cohort
Left to right: Ryan Kuja, Samuel Perkins-Prince, Carrie Little, Jocelyn Burkhart,
Lene Nicolaisen, Gavriel Strauss, Ramelia Williams, Allison DeLaney

For more than twenty-five years, Spiritual Directors International has gathered people from around the world and across traditions at annual educational events. The New Contemplatives Initiative, which began in 2012, was created to better understand and illuminate the web of connections with and among emerging spiritual companions in the first half of life.

The initiative gives spiritual directors under the age of forty the opportunity for continued education and community through a scholarship and bursary to the annual conference. Cohort members continue to build relationships with one another and share their wisdom with SDI long past the conclusion of the conference. New Contemplatives write articles for the SDI Blog, Connections, and Presence; offer webinars; lead workshops; and grow this evolving program through their ideas and creativity.

Donors help create the capacity for providing bursary and scholarships for New Contemplatives. If you are inspired by the next generation of spiritual companions and would like to support them, please donate to the New Contemplative bursary and scholarship fund in the secure SDI Store.