Religious Route Assessment: SDI Have interaction Convention 2022

Spiritual direction has always been a diverse crowd, but the May SDI Engage conference showcased that in one location. While no one could have attended all of the keynotes, workshops, and talks, we can still watch and review them on the SDI website! Here, we see one of the talks in action.Again in Could, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the SDI Have interaction Convention attendees and hosts alike celebrated, explored, and expanded the world of non secular course. 

It was a privilege to have the ability to go in individual and current my workshop on “Passing the Torch: The Apprentice Mannequin of Religious Route Coaching.” On this workshop, I inspired individuals (as I encourage you, maybe) to contemplate providing apprenticeships to individuals who may profit by studying out of your space of experience. For instance, possibly your spiritual custom is new to non secular course as it’s practiced at the moment but you had been skilled to do non secular steering. Maybe you would mentor others in your custom in a nuanced and tradition-appropriate manner of companioning one other alongside the non secular path.

However let’s speak concerning the convention! Initially, downtown Santa Fe is an superior place to have a convention! It was fantastic to see a whole bunch of individuals from the non secular steering neighborhood collect in individual and on-line (about 800 individuals) for keynotes, workshops and free time collectively. Oprah’s Tremendous Soul Sunday producers would have been happy with the SDI coordinating council’s slate of keynote audio system — and the workshops coated a lot floor, nobody might attend all of them. So I took a while to go over my notes and rewatch movies of the displays I missed. With a lot to cowl, I encourage you to test the web site in just a few weeks or subscribe to their information updates at to catch all the pieces at your personal tempo.


Right here’s what I observed: 

  • Many of the keynote audio system talked about somatic (physique targeted) consciousness and workshop leaders who I noticed. There have been plenty of respiratory and inside listening “breaks” we had been invited to take. Rev. Shannon Michael Pater‘s workshop on turning into a trauma-sensitive-spiritual-director led the way in which on this body-focused consciousness. He’s somebody to contact if you’re excited about apprenticing with him for specialised coaching. 
  • Religious administrators had been inspired to embrace the position of “witness” each with our purchasers and on the earth. The mantra “we witness” was utilized in numerous contexts. We witness the injustice on the earth; the ability dynamics; the overemphasis on productiveness that oppresses the working individual; the great thing about the Divine. We’re urged to be extra vocal about what we witness.
  • 70% of the non secular administrators/companions/guides who’re members of SDI now determine as “spiritually unbiased” or “interspiritual.” The convention content material mirrored that. What began out as a company of largely contemplative Christians within the early 90’s is now a global gathering of guides from a large number of traditions and who work in a large number of how. 
  • Many non secular administrators are combining modalities corresponding to teaching, enneagram, creativity, somatic consciousness and artwork with the talents of non secular course. I met an attention-grabbing Animal Chaplain who has a coaching program for that type of chaplaincy.
  • A humorous factor occurred the primary day (humorous to me at the very least). After an extended morning of keynote speeches there was a espresso break. I counted at the very least 12 suspected introverts sitting quietly by themselves out within the sunny courtyard getting away from the group and processing all that had been offered. Sure, I used to be one in all them!


My presentation on the Apprentice Mannequin of Religious Route coaching was a private spotlight. About half the attendees had been on-line and the opposite half within the room with me. Solely two individuals I met on the convention had apprentice-style coaching, so it was undoubtedly a novel idea for many who attended the workshop. I used to be in a position to share how significant it’s to me to work individually with potential non secular administrators. As I discussed earlier than, I really feel known as to encourage different non secular administrators to tackle apprentices, particularly administrators who can provide persevering with training in specialised areas.

I imagine that one-on-one or tiny cohort coaching is the wave of the long run, particularly for persevering with training in non secular course. It’s versatile for all concerned, it may be customized and may be completed reside by way of on-line conferencing with out anybody needing to journey anyplace. It matches in an individual’s day by day life.

Simply one thing to consider.

The Phoenix Middle for Religious Route has graduated 26 apprentices since we started this system in late 2019. A lot of them have specialties that give them area of interest markets to pursue. If you understand somebody who wants a non secular director with any one of many following specialties let me know and I can present particulars. My graduates embody individuals with experience in:

  • Trauma knowledgeable non secular course
  • Feminist spirituality
  • Dependancy restoration
  • Enneagram
  • Multi-faith, interspiritual and spiritually unbiased issues
  • LGBTQIA+ points
  • Mission work
  • Clergy, church leaders and denominational leaders
  • Quaker spirituality
  • Power sickness sensitivity
  • Evangelical and former evangelical points
  • BIPOC points
  • Social Justice and spirituality convergence
  • Mysticism and psi experiences
  • A mix of non secular course and life teaching
  • Problems with concern to individuals within the army
  • Working with seminary college students and folks in discernment round ordained ministry

Be at liberty to contact me by way of electronic mail for contact data.

Teresa Blythe is a Phoenix primarily based non secular director, writer and coach of apprentice non secular administrators. To be taught extra about non secular course, try her e book Spiritual Direction 101. For a primer on non secular practices, have a look at her first e book, 50 Ways to Pray. Her web site incorporates a whole lot of details about the artwork and apply of non secular course.

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