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New Contemplatives Initiative


Spiritual Directors International is delighted to introduce the New Contemplatives for 2019. We see this group as future leaders in spiritual companionship - people who can help us grow our global movement. We congratulate them and welcome them to our community.

The New Contemplatives Initiative seeks to encourage, understand and engage with spiritual directors in the first half of their lives (aged 40-ish or under). Each New Contemplative receives full tuition for the 2019 Seeking Connection conference as well as hotel accommodation and a travel stipend.

Please click here to get acquainted with these 11 deep listeners who have answered the call to change the world from within.

For more than 25 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 engage with emerging spiritual directors.

The initiative gives spiritual directors in the first half of their lives 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.

Meet the New Contemplatives for 2018

Click here to learn more about the 2018 new Contemplatives.

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