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Unique & Connected - New Approaches to Ignatian Spirituality

January 30/31 - February 20/21, 2018

Ignatian Spirituality is built on the idea of "Finding God in all things."This 4-part webinar series will examine how that deep wisdom and practice is emerging in exciting new ways, including yoga, art, embodiment, women's empowerment and business management. Guided by international workshop leader, Nita Ng, the course will provide experiential spiritual formation, engaging heart, body, mind and spirit.

Please note: All webinar sessions last one hour. They will be recorded so you can enjoy them at your convenience for at least a year after the course finishes. That way, you needn't worry if you miss a session. :)





We are delighted to announce a new webinar series, entitled "Unique & Connected - New Approaches in Ignatian Spirituality." The 4-part series will have weekly sessions on Tuesdays (4PM Seattle time) for one hour each, starting January 30/31 and finishing February 20/21. (Our global audience means some people will participate on different dates, though they will all attend the same sessions! See the course description below for details.)

Those familiar with Ignatian Spirituality understand it's built on the idea of “Finding God in all things.” This webinar series will examine how that deep wisdom is revealing itself in exciting, fresh ways for the 21st century.

The series will be guided by the international workshop leader, Nita Neshama Ng. She has deep roots in the Ignatian tradition as well as broad experience in areas like yoga, art and interspirituality.

In this webinar, you will review the foundations of Ignatian Spirituality as a prelude to exploring new expressions of St. Ignatius' enduring vision. Participants will be asked to engage on a deep and personal level and discern. The webinar offers holistic, experiential spiritual formation – where your heart and soul and body are far more important to learning than your notebook.
Christians will benefit from Nita's warmth and her inclusive, contemplative teaching style, but so will all people who seek a deep connection with their Higher Power, however they name it, a connection that can lead to mystery, collaboration and peace.

Please discern before you decide. But know now you are welcome to come with your spiritual inclination intact, or none at all. Indeed, the last session will focus on Ignatian Practice & Interspirituality.




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Webinar Leader


Since 2006, Nita Neshama Ng has lived and worked full-time in retreat centers in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. She teaches in religious and secular settings, to multigenerational and spiritually diverse audiences.  In 2015, the Catholic Bishop of Penang invited her to create the Ministry of Retreat and Spirituality at a diocesan level, a first in Southeast Asia. This ministry is open to all, regardless of faith or background.  She became first non-ordained spiritual director appointed to the national Catholic seminary, and also represented Malaysia at the World Community for Christian Meditation 2016 conference in London for her work in sharing the gift of meditation with children.

Nita currently balances her time between the East (based in Hong Kong & Malaysia) and the West (based in London) offering retreats, workshops, spiritual direction, training & supervising others to be “Compassionate Listeners”, “Empowered Grace-Full Women”, and in “New Ways of Being”, in English and Chinese, and online.  Her books include “My Little Meditations Book”, “Meditations with Icons: For Children and the Young-at-Heart” and “Chinese Heart Songs”.  She also prays through art. Her batik paintings have been exhibited internationally. 

Nita is a former SDI Coordinating Council member, a New Contemplative in 2014, presented workshops at SDI’s annual conference in 2015 and 2016. She has also contributed to SDI publications - Presence, Listen, and Connections. Previously, she was an international business consultant. She managed projects for NGOs, and taught yoga.




Course Description


Week 1: History of Ignatius & Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality - January 30/31, 2018     

Seattle/LA (USA) January 30, 4:00 pm; Toronto (Canada)/ New York (USA) January 30, 7:00 pm; London (United Kingdom ) January 31, 12:00 midnight; Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)/Hong Kong January 31, 8:00 am; Melbourne (Australia) January 31, 2018 at 11:00 am; Auckland (New Zealand; January 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm       

Part 1: Ignatius and Ignatian Spirituality – the basics

  • Introducing Ignatius of Loyola as a person. 
  • Introducing Ignatian Spirituality.
  • “Finding God in All Things.”
  • Definition of Contemplation vs Meditation in Ignatian Spirituality.

 Part 2: Spiritual Exercises

  A personal relationship with God and Self.

  • A brief overview of the Spiritual Exercises St. Ignatius wrote; how they can be used as “retreat” in daily life.
  • New way of looking at “discernment”.
  • Awareness – our thoughts and feelings
  • Becoming aware of our desires, dreams, and our feelings
  • The importance of awareness and living in the present moment within the context of Ignatian Spirituality. 

 Briefly introduce the Idea of "Inter-Spiritual Exercises"

         Making Ignatian Spirituality more inclusive.

Question & Response (before meditation every week)

Meditation: Noticing our desires and feelings in the present moment.


Week 2: Contemplative in Action - February 6/7, 2018

Seattle/LA (USA) February 6, 4:00 pm; Toronto (Canada)/ New York (USA) February 6, 7:00 pm; London (United Kingdom ) February 7, 12:00 midnight; Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)/Hong Kong February 7, 8:00 am; Melbourne (Australia) February 7, 2018 at 11:00 am; Auckland (New Zealand; February 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm      

 Part 1: Starting with our Bodies

  • ·              Somatic Awareness 
  •               This will be an experiential session where participants will be invited to use their bodies (through simple stretches).
  • ·            Examples from “case studies”

 Part 2: Gratitude in Mind, Heart, Body and Spirit

  • ·               Finding love / life / something to be grateful for in the “busy-ness” of each day.
  • ·              Balanced life – Contemplation in Action or Action in Contemplation?
  • ·              How to make decisions & take actions in loving Intention.
  • ·             What am I most grateful for AND what am I least grateful for each day.
  • ·             Noticing our “patterns” over time.

 Meditation: Experiencing the Examen – the Ignatian gratitude prayer.


Week 3: Ignatian Spirituality as Catalyst for Creativity, Empowerment, Management and Change - February 13/14, 2018

Seattle/LA (USA) February 12, 4:00 pm; Toronto (Canada)/ New York (USA) February 12, 7:00 pm; London (United Kingdom ) February 13, 12:00 midnight; Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)/Hong Kong February 13, 8:00 am; Melbourne (Australia) February 13, 2018 at 11:00 am; Auckland (New Zealand; February 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm 

Part 1: Art

  • ·           Using art to express, explore, and engage in a more holistic mind-body-heart & soul deepening process.
  • ·           How can we learn to articulate knowledge & experiences more; how can we learn to “listen” with more of our senses, especially when words can be finite & limiting.
  • ·           Participants will  experience a meditation using one of Nita’s paintings, followed by an experience of drawing or coloring as a form of meditation (incarnation and art).

 Part 2: God and I, and the world (the whole creation)

  • ·            Detachment – comparing this with modern marriage vows; looking at the concept within Zen.
  • ·            Relationship with Creation.
  • ·            Facing all the times we have experienced shame in our lives – acknowledging them, respecting them, even honoring & feeling   grateful for them.
  • ·            Ignatian Spirituality and its influence in business management (almost 500 years before the idea of MBA training).
  • ·           The empowerment of women.

 Meditation: Ignatian Imaginative Prayer


Week 4: Inter-Spirituality -  February 20/21, 2018

Seattle/LA (USA) February 20, 4:00 pm; Toronto (Canada)/ New York (USA) February 20, 7:00 pm; London (United Kingdom ) February 21, 12:00 midnight; Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)/Hong Kong February 21, 8:00 am; Melbourne (Australia) February 21, 2018 at 11:00 am; Auckland (New Zealand; February 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm 

Part 1: The Universality of the Jesuit Spirit and Ignatian Spirituality

  • ·           Trans-border, trans-cultural history.
  • ·            Pedro Arrupe and how he influenced Ignatian Spirituality.

 Part 2: Engaging with the rest of the world

  • ·            Relating this spirituality to other spiritualities and faith practices.
  • ·             Adapting the Spiritual Exercises to become more inclusive as the “Inter-Spiritual Exercises.”
  • ·            Other areas of interest – cosmology (Teilhard de Chardin), energy and near-death experience.
  • ·           Call to Love – holding space for the Divine to enter into relationship with us – to model for us the ways of Love.
  • ·        Mysticism within Ignatian Spirituality e.g. Dark Night of the Soul - The Song of Songs - Rumi’s poetry.

 Meditation: Breathing In, Breathing Out – Love and Light


Additional Information:


Each webinar will last one hour. We understand that the timing of the seminar will not be convenient in every time zone on the planet. For those who have trouble making this time, a recorded copy of each session will be made available to all those who sign up. Calculate the time of each webinar in your local time zone. One CEU credit is available for participants.

Learning Objectives

The aim of this series of webinars is to give spiritual directors insight into the Enneagram which will give them a greater awareness of their own inner life and a deeper understanding of the inner life of the people they companion. These insights will help spiritual directors to appreciate their own formation and spiritual experience while drawing their directees into a deeper self-awareness.

Who may join the webinar?
Everyone is invited to participate in SDI Webinars. Learn about technological system requirements and how to connect on the webinar FAQ page.

Are CEUs available?
SDI will provide a certificate of completion for self-reporting to agencies continuing education units (CEUs).

What is the deadline for registration?
Register online before 29 January 2017


4-seminar package:

SDI Member Rate USD$58.00
Non-Member Rate USD$80.00

Tuition for webinar participation is non-refundable. All registered participants will receive access to the online recording of the SDI Webinar following the event.


Before you register, please test your system’s ability to join a WebEx event. Join a test meeting here. You have connected successfully if you see a window on your screen that says, “Congratulations!” If you are unable to connect successfully, please contact WebEx Technical Support at 01-866-229-3239.

After we receive your registration, you will be sent a confirmation e-mail. Information on how to connect to the webinar including the meeting access number will be sent following the registration deadline. If you unexpectedly are unable to participate live in the webinar, no worries. You will have ongoing access to the recording of the webinar.

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