Spiritual Directors International

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Workshop Presenters

Rabbi Howard Avruhm Addison, PhD, serves as assistant professor of humanities at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; directs Graduate Theological Foundation’s doctorate of ministry program in Jewish Spirituality; and is certified as a dream group leader by the Haden Institute.

S1. Entering PaRDeS: Group Spiritual Direction and Projective Dream Work

Kelly Arrendell, MRE, is the assistant director at Reah Ministry in San Antonio, Texas, USA. She facilitates spiritual care groups with the homeless and persons in addiction recovery. She leads retreats, spiritual direction groups, and days of Sabbath rest.

F6. Spiritual Care Groups on the Margins: It’s Closer Than We Think

Cynthia Bailey Manns is an experienced spiritual director with a background in social work, human development, spirituality, and spiritual formation. She has been a passionate workshop and retreat leader, adjunct faculty at Drew Theological School in New Jersey, USA and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, as well as a campus minister and spiritual director at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Cynthia is a contributor to the anthology, Embodied Spirits: Stories of Spiritual Directors of Color and is currently working on a doctorate of ministry in spiritual direction.

F2. The Spirituality of Waiting

Richard Bonacci lives in San Diego, California, USA and earned his certificate in spiritual direction from the Center for Christian Spirituality at the University of San Diego. His main areas of interest and professional activity involve male spirituality and contemplative prayer.

F3. The Desert in Image, Word, and Contemplation  

Maria Tattu Bowen, PhD, co-founded Together in the Mystery, a formation and training program for spiritual direction supervisors that offers onsite and distance-learning. She resides in California, USA.

F4. Challenge and Possibility in the Borderlands: Evoking Fresh Experience and Negotiating Boundaries in Spiritual Direction and Supervision

Robert Kando Cornell, LMFT, is a licensed, spiritually-based psychotherapist with a passion for psycho-spiritual integration. A former Zen Buddhist monk, he spent forty-five years practicing and teaching Buddhist and Christian meditation. He lives in Pasadena, California, USA.

S2. Shadow Work in Spiritual Direction

Patricia Cowan has spent over a decade studying, seeking, and listening to God to help others do the same. Currently, she is finishing her doctorate of ministry degree at Bethel Seminary in Minnesota, USA, focusing on spiritual formation and spiritual direction.

S3. Removing Borders with Healing Prayer


Rev. Jean Denton, RN, BSN, MA, is a graduate of the Haden Institute, an Episcopal priest, educator, and author of Good is the Flesh: Body, Soul, and Christian Faith. Her journey with her husband’s early-onset dementia caused her to think deeply about dementia caregiving. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

S4. Walking Each Other Home: Companioning the Caregiver

Alfred DePew, MA, is a professional, certified coach and serves on the faculty of the Center for Right Relationship. He offers ministry and service in facilitation, leadership development, and spiritual direction in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

F10. Emerging Wisdom at the Borders of Spiritual Direction and Coaching

Bill Epperly, PhD, is a spiritual director based in Chicago, Illinois, USA. His approach to spiritual direction integrates his years of experience in Zen Buddhism, Centering Prayer, and Ken Wilber’s integral model of spirituality.

S5. Integral Spirituality: A Meeting Place Beyond the Boundaries of Tradition

Michelle Gorman, RSM, is a teacher, Sister of Mercy, Currently, she is a spiritual director and retreat leader at Mercy Center Auburn and the chaplain at the California State Senate. 

S7. Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for Our Time


Colleen Gregg offers presentations in the deaconate program of the diocese of Sacramento, California, USA, and she leads Enneagram workshops for large groups. As the director of Mercy Center Auburn for seventeen years, she has presented widely.

S7. Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for Our Time

Rev. Becky Hamann, MTS, is the founder and director of Reah Ministry in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Becky is an experienced spiritual director and facilitates spiritual wellness groups for people in recovery from homelessness, addiction, and mental illness.

F6. Spiritual Care Groups on the Margins: It’s Closer Than We Think

Ingrid Hauss, BA Spiritual Direction, E-RYT in Yoga and Pilates, is a movement teacher and artist, offering retreats and integrative art installations in Canada, Europe, and the United States. Born in Black Forest, Germany, she now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

S8. Art and Renewal: A Contemplative Practice through Art and Movement

Susana Isaacson is a Jewish spiritual director in Washington DC, USA. She studied spiritual direction with the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction. She holds a master’s degree in organization development from the Johns Hopkins University.

S9. Yearning for Poly-culturalism: Six Stages of Discernment to Honor our Diversity

David Kirkpatrick is a Harvard-trained lawyer with a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology and a doctorate degree in natural medicine. He teaches at the Institute of Catholic Spirituality and Spiritual Direction and resides in Alameda, California, USA.

F8. Exploring the Boundaries of Science and Spirituality

Rebecca Bradburn Langer, DMin, is a retired Presbyterian minister offering spiritual direction and supervision. She lives on Amelia Island in Florida, USA, and works as a volunteer in Fonkoze, a Haitian microfinance institution that aids women in stark poverty.

F4. Challenge and Possibility in the Borderlands:  Evoking Fresh Experience and Negotiating Boundaries in Spiritual Direction and Supervision

Carol Ludwig, MA, ABD, is a graduate of Shalem Institute and Washington Theological Union spiritual direction formation programs in Washington, DC, USA and Mercy Center’s supervision program in Burlingame, California, USA. She has taught at Audire, a formation and training program in Florida, USA, since 1999, and is executive director of the Vero Beach Center for Spiritual Care.

S10. Wisdom Emerging from Contemporary International Cinema

Debonee Morgan is a spiritual director, licensed psychotherapist, founding board president of the LGBTQ Therapist Resource, and a graduate with the first cohort of Richard Rohr’s Living School. She works in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

S11. Which Way do the Gates Swing?: Revisiting Perspectives of LGBTQ Inclusivity

Nita Ng is a Malaysian artist, author, retreat facilitator, and spiritual director. Her passion for spiritual direction has led her to become a pilgrim teacher in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and online. She was a member of the 2014 New Contemplative cohort.

F7. Where Mystics Live: Multiple Crossings of Body, Heart, and Mind through Movement, Art, and Silence

Pamela Prime holds a master’s degree in systematic theology, is the director of the Institute of Catholic Spirituality and Spiritual Direction, and is the author of When the Moon is Dark, You Can See the Stars. She resides in Alameda, California, USA.

F8. Exploring the Boundaries of Science and Spirituality

Tim Scorer, DD, is on staff of the Pacific Jubilee Program in Canada and has over twenty years of experience in spiritual accompaniment. He has been enriched by the contemplative life of the garden on Bowen Island, British Columbia.

S12. Summoned to Be Gardeners: Loving Earth One Row at a Time

Christina Walker, MA, served in pastoral ministry for seven years. Currently, she leads workshops and retreats, offers spiritual direction, guest lectures, and teaches for a prison re-entry program. She lives in Arizona, USA.

F9. Borderlands in the Spiritual Journey: Using the Enneagram to Care for Those Stuck Along the Way

Mary Waskowiak, RSM, is the director of leadership and spirituality services at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, USA. Her background includes teaching, spiritual direction, formation, pastoral education, facilitation, and congregational leadership. She resides in San Francisco, California, USA.

F10. Emerging Wisdom at the Borders of Spiritual Direction and Coaching

Dr. Tommie Watkins is a current seminarian, spiritual director, behavioral scientist, social worker, former mathematics professor, and commercial pilot. He is a candidate for Holy Orders to the Priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, and a third-year seminarian at General Theological Seminary in New York, New York, USA.

F11. Sexuality, Spirituality, Health, and Spiritual Direction

Melanie Weidner, MDiv, is an artist, spiritual director, and workshop leader from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. She has been shaped by years of Quaker, contemplative, and mindfulness practice. Her work celebrates beauty, presence, self-reflection, compassion, and joy.

F12. At the Threshold: Art and Poetry for Emergence

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