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Spiritual Direction Without Borders 2020

August 24, 2020


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Spiritual Directors International, with the support of the Patrick and Anthony Wright Formation and Education Fund, is excited to host the second SDI Research Symposium, titled “Spiritual Direction Without Borders - 2020.”

It will be held at the tropical setting of the Seville Mercy Conference Centre on Monday August 24th 2020 in Cairns, Australia.

Whether you are a student, academic, researcher or practitioner, we offer a collaborative and open space in which to explore research in spiritual direction and spirituality in academic settings. This symposium will allow participants to come together to share knowledge, forge research networks and learn about research tools and strategies. Our goal is to have all those in attendance leave the symposium inspired about their research goals.

The 2020 SDI Research Symposium includes:      ·

  • Panel discussion providing themed provocations for researchers focused upon the inherent challenges of undertaking research in the areas of spirituality and spiritual direction in academic settings
  • Roundtable discussions—sharing and debating research on the topic of spirituality and spiritual direction with a diverse range of topics        ·    

About the research symposium:

This academically accredited symposium invites researchers in the field of spiritual direction and spirituality to present their findings to the broader spiritual direction community. The project seeks to promote exploration of spirituality and spiritual direction within and beyond the boundaries of current understanding and expression. The symposium will embrace a range of religious traditions and spiritual perspectives while seeking to find a way to accommodate the distinctive nature of spiritual direction within the range of traditions. We are currently seeking reseach papers on spiritual direction and spirituality.

(click here for more info on Call for Papers)


About the Patrick and Anthony Wright Formation and Education Fund

Established in 2015 by brothers Patrick and Anthony Wright, the foundation seeks to advance and disseminate the scholarship of spiritual direction complemented by academic disciplines such as spirituality, theology and psychology. For more information please visit http://www.wrightformationfund.com/. SDI acknowledges the kind donation from the foundation to establish this event.

Event Venue:

The research symposium will be held at the Seville Centre Mercy Centre -35 Bauhinia Ave, Earlville 4870, Queensland, Australia. With a rainforest backdrop, the Seville Centre is 10 minutes from the Cairns CBD and 20 minutes from the airport.



Accommodation is available in private rooms with ensuites on site at Seville Mercy Centre for $AUD107 per night including GST.  Please contact Seville Mercy Centre direct on (07) 4047 8100 or email seville@mcauleyministries.org.au.



9:30am – 4:30pm  (09:30-16:30)



  • USD $165 for non-members (About AUD$250 depending on the exchange rate.)
  • USD $65 for SDI members (About AUD$100 depending on the exchange rate.





Continuing Education Units:

CEUs can be provided upon request. 



  •        Full symposium program
  •        Morning tea and lunch
  •        Vegetarian, Kosher and Halal meals can be provided. Please indicate any dietary requirements/restrictions when registering.

Arrival information:

The Seville Mercy Centre is located approximately 20 minutes from Cairns International Airport.


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