Benefits of Membership
Members save money
on all SDI educational events, including webinars
And Presence is included with your membership at no extra charge
There are many benefits to being a member:
- Become a part of an inclusive, global learning community
- A listing in the Seek and Find Guide: A Worldwide Resource of Available Spiritual Companions
- Presence: An International Journal for Spiritual Companionship, published quarterly
- Member discounts on our annual conference, publications and programs
- An official membership badge which you can post on your website, your social media and blog, which you can incorporate in your email signature or any printed material.
- Connections, a newsletter for members only that's published quarterly
- Listen: A Seeker’s Resource for Spiritual Companionship, published quarterly
- Discover newsletter, published monthly
- Educational events: Including multi-day conferences and events about spiritual companionship
- Formation and training program focused activities
- Contemplative retreats
- Interfaith spiritual journeys
- SDI's Guidelines for Ethical Conduct
- Resources on our expanding website
- Access to discounted liability insurance
Listing in the new Seek & Find Guide
Basic Tier: All SDI members now get a little space to say a few words about themselves. (200 characters, about 25 words) Login to update your profile.
Enhanced Tier: Allows for a picture to be added to your profile display and more space to write about yourself. (2,000 characters, about 250 words)
Premium Tier: Allows for a picture and a video clip to be added to your profile display and even more space to write about yourself. (4,000 characters, about 500 words) Additionally, the video will be hosted on the SDI YouTube channel to maximize your reach/exposure. Videos should be around 3 to 5 minutes in length.
Join a Community of Compassionate Listeners
The mission of SDI is help people find spiritual companionship around the world and across traditions.
Membership with SDI means being part of an inclusive, global learning community that welcomes students, discerners, and everyone interested in the service of spiritual direction, also known as spiritual companionship, spiritual accompaniment, and spiritual guidance.
SDI offers a free, online, interactive listing of more than six-thousand available spiritual directors from around the world and across traditions. Members of SDI receive a free listing in Seek and Find: A Worldwide Resource Guide of Available Spiritual Companions, with the option to expand their listing to include more information by purchasing either an "Expanded" or "Premium" listing.
Gatherings and Events
Each year SDI sponsors annual events for those who work in the formation and training of spiritual directors.
Participation in the annual events is not limited to spiritual companions. Students, faculty, chaplains, hospice care providers, ministers who provide pastoral care, etc. are welcome at the events.
At these events, the focus is on new work and service in support of spiritual companionship as well as opportunities to help hone spiritual companionship skills and contemplative practices.
Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Companionship is a journal for spiritual directors, formation and training centers, and others in related fields such as pastoral counseling, ministry, and transpersonal psychology. Presence journal is published in March, June, September, and December.
Listen: A Seeker’s Resource for Spiritual Companionship is a resource for spiritual seekers. Listen is published in January, April, July, and October, and read around the world by more than 17,000 seekers, subscribers, and members of SDI.
Connections is the official SDI newsletter where members learn of recent developments and news within our inclusive, global learning community. The newsletter is published in Feb, May, August, and November.
Discover newsletter is a monthly e-mail newsletter that keeps members apprised of information related to spiritual companionship.
Discounted Liability Insurance (if you qualify*)
As a member of SDI, very affordable liability insurance rates are available, if you qualify*. To contact the American Professional Agency, Inc. for an application form, call 1-800-421-6694 and ask for the Mental Health Programs Team. If you are a spiritual direction student or intern studying in seminary, rabbinical college, or in a spiritual direction enrichment, formation and training program, your membership in SDI affords you special discounted student rates through American Professional Agency, if you qualify. Ask for a student insurance application form. Students receive special discounted rates.
If you are not a student, but are a member of Spiritual Directors International and interested in liability insurance, contact the APA and ask for the regular application form. When you fill out the application, fill in "Spiritual Directors International" in the "Organization" field and identify yourself as a member. Throughout the application form, cross out the mental health titles and insert, "spiritual director." Upon qualifying for liability insurance, you may request a certificate of insurance specifically for spiritual direction.
Your active membership in Spiritual Directors International does not guarantee you insurance; you need to have your application accepted after completing the American Professional Agency, Inc. questionnaire.
*SDI does not underwrite insurance nor does SDI have an opinion as to whether liability insurance is needed or appropriate for individual members. As an educational not-for-profit that supports the global ministry and service of spiritual direction, SDI provides information about liability insurance for those who request it. Each spiritual companion needs to determine with the guidance of his or her own legal and insurance advisors whether liability insurance is advisable.
SDI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. The federal nonprofit identification number is 943156697. The tax deductible portion of your membership dues and donations is the amount in excess of the fair market value of goods or services received by you. If you have any questions regarding your tax deduction, please consult your personal tax advisor.
Who am I - in my truest self?
Why am I here?
What connects me to others and to Spirit?
What do I have to give to life?
What spiritual skills for living can help me cope with the inevitable pain, loss and difficulty that beset us all at some time?
These are deep questions. Spiritual companions go to work every day - listening, asking questions, offering compassion - to help people find their own answers. Workable answers. Answers that are both personal and practical. That build inner strength and outer equanimity. Spiritual companionship is a calling that honors everyone's right to choose their own spiritual path. Spiritual companionship serves all society by helping each person find balance and compassion.
But who takes care of the spiritual companions?
We do! SDI exists to support, educate and connect spiritual companions all around the world. We provide a digital community where seekers and directors can find one another. This is the public square of spirituality - where all people are welcome the way they are, carrying their own traditions (or none). Here we all benefit from being open to the practices, beliefs and rituals of others. Here we share universal human values of love, compassion and respect.
Tolerance, diversity and inclusion inform everything we do. We celebrate difference and the humanity that unites us all.
So please, whether you are a director or someone seeking spiritual companionship, join us!