100 episodes

A podcast on spiritual direction, guidance, contemplative practice, and connection. SDI Creative Director Matt Whitney hosts a wide range of conversations, stories, and perspectives on spiritual direction, contemplation, and community.

Spiritual companionship is a relationship in which a companion allows through deep listening the spiritual story of the other to unfurl. Through this relationship, the person seeking companionship is empowered to explore a deeper relationship with God, Allah, Tao, The Universe, or however you may refer to the Ground of All Being.

We are committed to supporting and growing access to spiritual companionship, across religious traditions and spiritual orientations, and the deep listening, open questions, and compassion this healing modality offers.

SDI Encounters SDI - The Home of Spiritual Companionship

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 13 Ratings

A podcast on spiritual direction, guidance, contemplative practice, and connection. SDI Creative Director Matt Whitney hosts a wide range of conversations, stories, and perspectives on spiritual direction, contemplation, and community.

Spiritual companionship is a relationship in which a companion allows through deep listening the spiritual story of the other to unfurl. Through this relationship, the person seeking companionship is empowered to explore a deeper relationship with God, Allah, Tao, The Universe, or however you may refer to the Ground of All Being.

We are committed to supporting and growing access to spiritual companionship, across religious traditions and spiritual orientations, and the deep listening, open questions, and compassion this healing modality offers.

    Ep124 - Lacy Finn Borgo - The Undeniable Presence of Power in Spiritual Direction

    Ep124 - Lacy Finn Borgo - The Undeniable Presence of Power in Spiritual Direction

    In this episode, Lacy Finn Borgo discusses her recent article for Presence Journal. Presence is the flagship publication of SDI, which comes out four times a year, and is an international journal on spiritual direction and companionship. Presence Journal is available in print and on the web to SDI Members. 


    Read the current issue on the web, with exclusive video interviews, here: Presence - 27.4 - December 2021 - SDI Companions


    Become a Member of SDI by clicking here: SDI Membership - Join the Community of Spiritual Companions (sdicompanions.org)


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    Lacy Finn Borgo teaches and provides spiritual direction at the Renovaré Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation in Denver, at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, and at the Companioning Center. Her most recent book is Spiritual Conversations with Children: Listening to God Together.

    • 17 min
    EP123 - The Public Square - A New Online Platform for the SDI Community

    EP123 - The Public Square - A New Online Platform for the SDI Community

    For years now, SDI members have longed for an easy way to connect.

    Now, with our SDI Public Square, this longing has become a reality. We've been working for months to create an online platform on our website exclusively for SDI Members. Matt Whitney, Ann Lancaster, and Larry J Morris III have a quick chat to share about the process of building the platform, and what we're most excited about as we invite all of you to come join the community.





     


    Here are just some of features of our new online community:


    Free to our members and easy to use - Your SDI account profile is your ticket to explore and engage with our community. Members from all spiritual traditions and orientations are welcome to be part of the community as they are - with the clear expectation that everyone must respect the right of others to show up with their spirituality intact and that we must do no harm to each other. Read our community guidelines here.

    Join discussion groups you like - We have pre-set an array of groups to get things started. But if you have an idea for a new discussion group, you can suggest one here.

    Connect with old friends and meet new friends - You can connect and message with anyone who is on our Public Square. Of course, all conversations and connections must be mutually welcomed.

    Choose how you want to use it - Explore what's on offer and see what resonates. There is no commitment, just opportunity. If nothing calls to you, you are free to use the website as you normally would.

    All interactions in our online community happen in the secure area of our website - And we will have administrators available to offer help and to moderate discussions.

    Members are co-creators of this experience - Our community is designed to grow with the imagination, intention and curiosity of our members.

    Community not commerce - Our Find a Spiritual Director/Companion Guide is already a great place for members to offer their services, so we have decided to make our online community free from solicitations. May our "Public Square" encourage everyone present to listen deeply and always respond with respect.


    The Public Square Online Platform is live and waiting for you to join the conversation!


    This is a new benefit for SDI Members. Become an SDI Member today, and join in the conversation, along with several other great SDI benefits, as well as supporting our work of advocacy, education, and cultivation of deep listening and spiritual practices across all faith traditions and spiritual orientations.

    • 13 min
    EP122 - Lucy Abbott Tucker - New Perspectives on Supervision

    EP122 - Lucy Abbott Tucker - New Perspectives on Supervision

    Since writing  Spiritual Direction Supervision:  Principles, Practices, & Storytelling over 18 months ago, Lucy in her subsequent teachings has gained new insights and wisdom in the practice of Supervision, which include self-care, hints to giving and receiving feedback, secondary trauma and a new model of supervision.


    Lucy Abbott Tucker, SDI co-founder and worldwide expert on spiritual direction supervision, has agreed to offer a 12-week online course on supervision.


    For the first time ever, experience and receive Lucy’s Supervision Training in an online setting.


    SDI Creative Director Matt Whitney spoke to Lucy recently about the course, and what participants can expect. Lucy offers a broad invitation for us, and an expanding understanding of the supervision process and its necessity for spiritual directors and companions.


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    What to Expect in the SDI Online Supervision Course:


    An Online Training for Spiritual Directors who wish to become Supervisors, or for those seeking to improve and build on their Supervision skills.

    12 Weekly Zoom sessions with Lucy Abbott Tucker - Master Supervision Instructor and Mentor

    Access to our Online Learning Platform, with videos, print resources, and other content

    New tools to cultivate online community with your peers

    Participate Live or at your own pace - all sessions recorded





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    Lucy Abbott Tucker has been a member of SDI since its inception. She began her ministry of spiritual direction at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership, Chicago. She worked there preparing women and men for the ministry for 32 years. Since 2015 she has been doing freelance work in spiritual direction and supervision. She believes spiritual direction has the power to help heal our world and values the opportunity to support spiritual directors in this work.

    • 19 min
    EP121 - Roslyn G. Weiner - A Process for Group Spiritual Direction - New Book from SDI Press

    EP121 - Roslyn G. Weiner - A Process for Group Spiritual Direction - New Book from SDI Press

    With over 18 years of experience facilitating groups in spiritual direction, Dr. Roslyn Weiner brings a creative and practical approach to one of the key aspects of our contemplative calling. She is the author of SDI’s newest book and resource for spiritual directors and spiritual companions, titled – Seeking in the Company of Others – The Wisdom of Group Spiritual Direction. She explains her process of group spiritual direction and her motivations for writing the book in this interview with SDI Chief Operating Officer Rory Briski. Learn more about the book, as well as the companion 3-part webinar on Group Spiritual Direction starting soon, at sdicompanions.org.


     





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    Dr. Roslyn G. Weiner is a seasoned spiritual director and psychologist, rooted in listening for the sacred whispering within her soul and the souls of those who invite her to witness their seeking. She earned a PhD in psychology from Yale University and an STM degree from the School of Theology at Boston University.


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    Engage 2022 is SDI’s first “hybrid” annual conference. That means it will be experienced in-person in Santa Fe as well as digitally, through live apps and recordings. Engage 2022 is about deep listening and the lasting change it can create, it is about engaging with our shadow to find light, and it is about bridge building in the service of love– fostering engagement. Keynote Presenters include Dr. Cornel West, Valarie Kaur, Father Greg Boyle, and more. Register now for SDI’s 2022 Annual Conference, at sdicompanions.org.

    • 26 min
    EP 120: Finding God In All I See, Finding God in You and Me - Writing a Children‘s Book - MaryEllen Weber

    EP 120: Finding God In All I See, Finding God in You and Me - Writing a Children‘s Book - MaryEllen Weber

    MaryEllen Weber is an SDI Member and a spiritual director, and she has written a children’s book which was recently published by Growing Awake Books. It’s called “Finding God in All I See, Finding God in You and Me". MaryEllen and I had a conversation about the inspiration for this book, and what it was like to write and publish it.


    For us grownups, MaryEllen asks us this - When you were a child, what did you think about God? Where did you think God lived? What did you think God was like? Where did you think you could find God? Chances are, you experienced God in many ways without realizing it, because the places you were taught to look for God were limited. What if someone in your life had taught you to find God everywhere and in everyone, including yourself?


    MaryEllen Weber has an MA in Transforming Spirituality from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. As a spiritual director, she accompanies people with their inner work of transformation through spiritual growth groups, labyrinth and SoulCollage® workshops, retreats and individual spiritual direction. MaryEllen lives near Seattle with her husband, Jim, and Grandmother Willow.





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    Engage 2022 is SDI’s first “hybrid” annual conference. That means it will be experienced in-person in Santa Fe as well as digitally, through live apps and recordings. Engage 2022 is about deep listening and the lasting change it can create, it is about engaging with our shadow to find light, and it is about bridge building in the service of love– fostering engagement. Keynote Presenters include Dr. Cornel West, Valarie Kaur, Father Greg Boyle, and more. Register now for SDI’s 2022 Annual Conference, at sdicompanions.org.

     
     

    • 32 min
    EP119 - ”Engage” - Our 2022 SDI Conference Theme

    EP119 - ”Engage” - Our 2022 SDI Conference Theme

    In this week's episode, SDI Creative Director Matt Whitney speaks with SDI Executive Director Rev. SeiFu about our 2022 conference theme, Engage: Companionship to Heal our Fractured World.


    From now until October 5th, those who register for Engage 2022 can save $200 with our Super Early Bird special. This offer is valid for both in-person and online conference experiences, and anyone who signs up now will be amongst the first in line to secure their spots in our most popular workshop offerings.


    To learn more and register for Engage 2022, visit our website sdicompanions.org.


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    Till the darkness
    Like life-giving earth.
    Engage with your own dark nights of the soul, 
    And those of your brothers and sisters.

    Community is seeded  
    and flourishes  
    with patient, present, active companionship. 

    This is the way we heal.
    This is the way to wholeness. 
    This is the way love stands strong. 

    No matter what we face,
    Fear not. 
    Listen.
    Join us -


    Engage 2022
     

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

412Kat ,

Looking for episode 009!

I am looking for an old episode: 009 with Diane Millis. I’ve used it with groups I lead to talk about our lives as stories, and I went to send it to the new group and it’s gone! Is there any way I can get access to it? It’s so helpful!

Eneibru ,

Episode 62

I really enjoyed this particular episode, as a walker myself. The topic of pilgrimage refreshed my understanding of sacred experiences. I observe Matt as much more comfortable as an interviewer - more familiar with spiritual direction/companionship, to the point of contributing his own relevant stories.

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