Spiritual Directors International

The Home of Spiritual Companionship


This SDI workshop will provide a face-to-face, small-group experience with former SDI Conference keynote speaker, Mirabai Starr. A contemplative author and mystic for our time, Mirabai will present insights from her new book honoring the rise of  the fierce and tender voice of the feminine.

At our workshop, she will celebrate women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions, such as Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, Mary Magdalene, the Shekinah, Rabia, Fatima, Tara, Quan Yin, Kali, and indigenous Mother goddesses. 

Held April 1, 2019 at the welcoming offices of Spiritual Directors International in Bellevue, Washington, this gathering will invite you to engage in experiential exploration with:

  • Contemplative readings from the mystics
  • Group reflections
  • Evocative writing exercises
  • Inter-spiritual chanting and
  • Silent sitting

Our intention will be to weave these luminous elements into a basket of awakened community.

Come join us as we invoke and honor the "wild mercy" inherent in feminine spirituality.

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Mirabai Starr is one of the world’s foremost writers on what many are calling "The Divine Feminine." On April 2, 2019, in Bellevue, Washington, she will officially launch her new book, Wild Mercy - Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics. This new book is the fruit of many years of study and contemplation for Mirabai, who is the acclaimed translator of several works by the mystic Santa Teresa de Ávila. In it, Mirabai calls for a paradigm shift to feminine leadership in all walks of life, especially spirituality.This is more than an opportunity to hear a great author and speaker talk about her new work, it is a chance to share in contemplative community and re-animate ancient wisdom in your own life.Why not join us?


90 minute talk (including question and response period) by Mirabai Starr. Mirabai will sign books after her presentation.


April 2, 2019. 7 PM


Meydenbauer Center

11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004





This is a spiritual wake-up call for you and all the people you companion.

The Enneagram is an invaluable tool in spiritual companionship because, in the words of presenter Sandra Smith, "it
 deepens awareness of specific patterns that lull us to sleep 
in our lives." The beauty of this ancient wisdom system is that once we are aware of our tendency to sleep-walk through life, it becomes far easier to wake ourselves up. Anyone engaged in spiritual care, regardless of tradition, can benefit from this webinar series because The Enneagram is ultimately a self-tailoring, non-judgemental spiritual practice. Like all spiritual companionship, it begins - and continues - with the invitation to listen to what resonates deep within us and to build authentic lives. The series runs between March 19 and April 9, 2019. But even if that doesn't fit your schedule, please remember: each session is recorded so you can watch at your convenience.

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Spiritual Independents make up a major new spiritual movement.

And spiritual companionship, with its focus on the agency of each person, is ideally suited to address their needs.

Would you like to learn how best to serve them?

Spiritual Independents form the fastest-growing spiritual movement in the United States - now making up 27 percent of the adult population. Around the world, the numbers of spiritually-focused but religiously unaffiliated people are on the increase, too - as are those individuals who claim roots in multiple traditions. These people are both motivated and skeptical. They are curious and often open to learning from non-traditional as well as traditional sources. But they don't want to be told what to believe.Isn't this an ideal population to be served by spiritual companions - with our focus on listening, discernment and nurturing the spiritual life? We think so. That's why we're offering this webinar series about the spiritually independent. We'll explore why people choose this path, what their needs are when it comes to spiritual companionship, and how we can best serve them. We recruited two experienced and innovative spiritual companions to present the series. Janice L. Lundy, DMin and Jeanette Banashak, PhD are co-founders and co-directors of The Spiritual Training Guidance Institute, which offers certification in interspiritual and interfaith spiritual direction (guidance). They have been trailblazers in bringing companionship to the spiritually independent.

The series runs over 4 consecutive weeks -- with live sessions on Tuesdays March 28, April 11, 18 and 25. All sessions will run 75 minutes each. There will be a pdf workbook for each participant so you can keep notes and jot down questions and observations. But even if that doesn't fit your schedule, please remember: each session is recorded so you can watch at your convenience.

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This 4-part webinar series will show you how to use dreams and poetry as spiritual practices. It will also explore how spiritual companions can incorporate dreamwork and writing as tools of awakening and transcendence.

Here are two reasons to consider joining us:

  • Dreaming, reading and writing can open a connection with God - or however you term the ground of all being.
  • Paying attention to dreams and to your own voice in writing can change the quality of your daily life -  helping you become more aware of others and yourself, helping you understand where you have room to grow.

If you offer spiritual care of any kind - or if you are in training to offer such care - this webinar series is for you. It will offer you practical ideas on how you can weave dreams and poetry into your companioning. If you are a seeker from any tradition or a spiritually independent person, this webinar is for you, too. You will receive practical suggestions on how to approach dreamwork from a spiritual perspective and learn how to turn dream images into poems.

The series unfolds over 4 consecutive weeks -- with live sessions each Tuesday from June 18 - July 9. All sessions are 75 minutes in length. But even if that doesn't fit your schedule, please remember: each session is recorded so you can watch at your convenience.

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SUPERVISION TRAINING -- The first training sold out. Now, there's a new opportunity - in Washington D.C. - May 20-24, 2019. This is a 5-day training session -- a chance to learn in depth from one of the founders of SDI, a woman steeped in the calling who brings a rare depth of experience in supervision to her teaching... as well as a lovely sense of humor!

Participants will:

-- Consider how definitions of spiritual direction affect the process of supervision

-- Look at supervision as a process of self-reflection, education, and consultation

-- Explore a variety of processes to enhance the supervision relationship

-- Consider supervision in individual and group settings

-- Practice both individual and group supervisory processes

And for this training session, there is also accommodation and meals available at the Washington Retreat House. Learn more and register here





A NEW SDI SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TO IONA IS AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING -- Many of you already know the history and the spiritual grace of this ancient place... Watch this video (scroll to bottom of page) to learn from guides Sally Taylor, Andrew and Wendy Rudd what you may expect on this extraordinary, multi-faith journey.... September 20 - 28, 2019..... As poet Andrew Rudd says ... "All you need to do is listen and Iona will show you." .. Grateful to be able to offer our community this opportunity. Learn more.


What’s your story?  It’s a question we are often asked in everyday conversations, and one that is of primary concern to those of us in the ministry of spiritual direction.  One of the primary reasons that people often seek out a spiritual director is they need help making meaning of their story, that is, nurturing awareness of how God, or however we name the ground of all being,  is at work in their lives.

 In this workshop, to be held at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, USA September 28-29, 2019, Dr. Diane Millis will introduce us to three different stances for mining the meaning of our life’s story, and the role that a spiritual director can play in facilitating movement from one stance to the next. Learn more & register here.

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