Past Educational Events

3 June 2017

Seattle First Baptist Church; 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Many of us feel besieged these days, and can fall back on the instinct to build barriers, seemingly for protection and safety, instead of bridges to community and understanding. We can feel prompted to act based on our fears, rather than invited to look beyond them. Spiritual Directors International is committed to engaging and wrestling with these challenging emotions through contemplative listening to discover how we can respond with greater empathy and peace.

20–28 April 2017

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Fragmentation characterizes much of our global experience. Political and religious ideologies divide. Separation from nature threatens human survival on our planet. Lack of a spiritual center leaves many living a divided existence.

During the 2017 Seeking Connection educational events, we will acknowledge the powerful healing potential of recognizing and celebrating our interdependence with community, creation, and Spirit. Together, we will explore ways in which spiritual direction supports the formation of these healing and transforming connections.

30 November 2016

Supervision is an ethical imperative for spiritual directors. At its best, it is also a compassionate, contemplative practice that brings freedom to spiritual directors and, by extension, spiritual directees as well. In this webinar we will discuss supervision as a grounded, safe, compassionate relationship between peers, one designed to provide new ways forward for both spiritual directors and spiritual directees.

19 October 2016

Meditation and mindfulness can help young children feel more peaceful, calm, and reduce feelings of anxiety and worry. By introducing some simple strategies for reflection, gratitude, and listening, children can grow in self-awareness and resilience.

21 September 2016

Cultural humility and radical hospitality are core principles that inform both the ministry and service of spiritual direction and the recovery journey. As spiritual directors, we walk alongside those who may be wrestling with the challenges of addiction. How can we best serve with an open heart as vessels of transformation and healing?

23 August 2016

As spiritual directors, we know the value of sharing our life story as expressed through word and art. For people on the margins, the story is sometimes shared in small broken pieces, but we trust that a beautiful mosaic of life is being created. 

Providing opportunities for men and women recovering from addiction, mental illness, and homelessness to explore their spirituality is a ministry of healing and wholeness. 

4–11 June 2016

Pilgrim Guides: Sally Taylor and Andrew and Wendy Rudd

The pilgrimage is fully booked. To join the waitlist, please e-mail Brittany Waldean at

7–15 April 2016

San Diego, California, USA

Event has concluded.

Mark your calendar for the 2016 Emerging Wisdom educational events in San Diego, California, USA.

15 March 2016

Why does mercy matter today? What is our role as spiritual directors in helping others receive and offer mercy? 

Mercy is a virtue that counters widely held beliefs, which place value on getting ahead at any cost, earning our worth, and striving for power. Showing mercy is often viewed as being weak. Yet the world is in desperate need of the transformative power of mercy. 

This webinar will unpack what mercy means and why it matters. In addition, it will look at the unique role a spiritual director has helping others increase their capacity for mercy. 

24 February 2016

Spiritual direction can be an important relationship where people explore the spiritual dimension of addiction and recovery including the impact on partners, friends, family, and relationship with the Divine. Twelve-step recovery programs have always been explicitly spiritual, particularly Step 11, which emphasizes the use of prayer and meditation to deepen one’s conscious contact with God.