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Spiritual Directors International invites you to learn more about our policies by reading the information below. Please refer to our Content Permissions Policy if you are interested in reproducing content provided on this website. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

These policies cover how SDI treats personal and aggregate information collected on this website. As the website technology evolves and content and options are added, SDI will update this policy.

Privacy Policy, Short Version

Spiritual Directors International collects information from you when you register on our website, place an order, subscribe to our publications, respond to a survey, or fill out a form. We will never sell, rent, trade or misuse information you provide to SDI. You can unsubscribe at any time by completing the online form.

Spiritual Directors International is an inclusive, global learning community. We respect all persons regardless of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, religion, spiritual tradition, national origin, marital status, political belief, mental or physical handicap.

Privacy Policy Detailed Version

Information Collection and Use Practices

Spiritual Directors International does not collect personally identifiable information from users when browsing this website and or requesting webpages from the SDI server except to the extent that it is voluntarily and knowingly provided. This means SDI will not know your name, e-mail address, or any other personally identifiable information just because you browse the website unless you:

  • Access the website from a link in an e-mail sent by SDI
  • Request printed or e-mail materials
  • Contact SDI with a direct inquiry
  • Subscribe to receive e-mail communications offered on this website

Uses of Information

Service-Related Announcements

Spiritual Directors International may send service-related announcements whenever it is necessary to do so. For example, if certain services you may use are temporarily suspended for maintenance, you may receive e-mail notification from us.

Customer Service

Based on the personally identifiable information you provide, Spiritual Directors International may send a welcoming e-mail to acknowledge and confirm your request. SDI will communicate with you in response to your inquires, to provide the services you request. We will communicate with you by e-mail or telephone in accordance with your wishes.

Opt-Out Option

If you no longer wish to receive Spiritual Directors International bulk e-mail communications, you may "opt out" of receiving them by following the instructions included in each e-mail or by sending an e-mail request to office@sdiworld.org, calling 01-425-455-1565, faxing 01-425-455-1566, or writing to Spiritual Directors International, PO Box 3584, Bellevue, WA 98009, USA.

What Do We Use Your Information For?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

  • To personalize your experience (Your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs.)
  • To improve our website (We continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you.)
  • To improve customer service (Your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs.) 
  • To process transactions (Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested.) 
  • To administer a contest, promotion, survey, or other site feature
  • To send periodic e-mails (The e-mail address you provide for order processing, may be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order, in addition to receiving occasional company news, updates, related product or service information, etc.)

Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future e-mails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each e-mail.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Non-Personally Identifiable/Aggregate Information

Spiritual Directors International may share aggregated demographic information about the SDI user base. This information does not identify individual users. We do not link aggregate user data with personally identifiable information.

Personally Identifiable Information

Spiritual Directors International will not share e-mail addresses with any third party. E-mail subscribers will only receive the information they requested, and can change their e-mail subscription preferences at any time.

Personal information collected by SDI will not be disclosed to any third party, except that SDI may make disclosures to appropriate law enforcement agencies as may be required or as may be deemed appropriate by SDI. Information will be given to law enforcement personnel without a subpoena or court order whenever necessary to aid in identifying and prosecuting any person using our services for illegal activities.

Service Providers

We use third parties to provide e-mail distribution on this website. If you sign up to receive e-mail newsletters and other e-communications, we will share personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address and name, as may be necessary for the third party to provide the services you request. These third parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for any other purposes.

Log Files

Spiritual Directors International gathers certain information automatically and stores it in log files in order to analyze trends, administer the website, track users' movements around the site, and gather demographic information about its user base as a whole. This information includes Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring and exit pages, operating system, date and time stamp, and click-stream data. Information collected in this manner does not identify individual users and SDI does not link this automatically collected data to personally identifiable information.


A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user's computer for record-keeping purposes. Spiritual Directors International uses "cookies" to gather non-personally identifiable information about visitors to its site in the aggregate in order to track outreach effectiveness, analyze website use, and provide continual improvements for its users. SDI does not link the information stored in cookies to any personally identifiable information you submit.


Spiritual Directors International has security measures to protect the information and systems it maintains. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and after it has been received. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is one hundred percent secure, however. Therefore, while SDI strives to protect personal information, it cannot ever guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions regarding security on the SDI website, please contact us at office@sdiworld.org, calling 01-425-455-1565, faxing 01-425-455-1566, or writing to Spiritual Directors International, PO Box 3584, Bellevue, WA 98009, USA.

External Links

The Spiritual Directors International website contains links to and data from other, non-affiliated websites. When linking to another site, the SDI Privacy Policy no longer applies. SDI is not responsible for privacy practices, actions, quality, or content of such websites.


Although the Spiritual Directors International website is intended to provide current and accurate information, neither SDI nor any of its employees, agencies, or officers can warranty the information contained on the site and shall not be held liable for any losses caused on the reliance of information provided. Relying on information contained on the site is done at one's own risk.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.

Spiritual Directors International
PO Box 3584
Bellevue, WA 98009 USA

E-mail: office@sdiworld.org
Office: 01-425-455-1565
Fax: 01-425-455-1566

Ritual Policy

Spiritual Directors International is an increasingly diverse learning community. During the educational events, we share sacred time together and participate in contemplative practices specifically designed to celebrate our diversity.

SDI also respects the desires of participants to gather with people within their religious traditions, and SDI honors the ecclesial authorities that oversee ritual norms within religious traditions. It is our hope that participants who visit local places of worship will be ambassadors of spiritual direction, helping the local community learn more about the value of spiritual companionship.

Content Permissions Policy

We welcome requests to reproduce information and original articles posted on www.sdiworld.org for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.  

Please make your request, in writing, to office@sdiworld.org.
For questions about the policy, please contact 01-425-455-1565.

Spiritual Directors International asks that:

  • Content be reproduced in its entirety
  • A link to www.sdiworld.org is provided
  • Spiritual Directors International is identified as the source
  • Due diligence is exercised in ensuring the accuracy of the materials reproduced
  • SDI is provided with a link to, or a copy of, the finished materials

Please note: some of the materials (images and documents) found at sdiworld.org have been provided by external sources and these pieces are subject to copyrights held by organizations other than Spiritual Directors International. Users wishing to rely on works produced by external sources should contact the source of the materials directly.

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