Frequently Asked Questions

Scroll down to view answers to frequently asked questions. Don’t find what you’re looking for? E-mail your question to or telephone 01-425-455-1565.

What is the cancellation policy for this conference? 

SDI's conference cancellation policy can be found on the registration form, and is included here as well: 

  • Refunds (less the $50 non-refundable registration fee) will be provided with written notice prior to January 15, 2020.

  • After January 15, 2020 SDI will issue 50% refunds (less the $50 non-refundable registration fee).

  • Refunds will not be issued after February 15, 2020.

Do I need to be a member of Spiritual Directors International to attend this conference?

Everyone curious about spiritual care and compassionate listening is encouraged to participate; you do not need to be a member. However, SDI members receive a discount on event registration. Click here to become a member.

Conference Participants include:

  • Spiritual directors, companions, and guides

  • Seekers

  • Theology faculty and students

  • Campus ministers from all spiritual traditions

  • Pastoral and spiritual care providers

  • Chaplains

  • Retreat center directors and retreat leaders

  • Hospice and health care providers (nurses, doctors,
    physician assistants, physical therapists, pharmacologists, etc.)

  • Holistic body-mind-spirit health care providers

  • Social workers

  • Lay and ordained clergy

  • Art therapists

  • Mental health care providers

  • Life coaches and mindfulness trainers

  • Mindful lawyers, social justice workers, peacemakers

  • Contemplatives in the first half of life

  • Contemplatives in the second half of life

  • Contemplatives who work in academic settings

  • InterPlayers

  • Centering prayer facilitators

  • Courage and Renewal facilitators

  • Work-life balance human resource personnel

If you'd like to hear more on what to expect at an SDI Conference, listen to this recent SDI Encounters Podcast episode with Executive Director Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares. 

When is [my favorite keynoter] speaking??

You can find a relatively detailed schedule on our Conference Schedule Page (although it is still subject to change)

Where exactly is the Santa Fe Convention Center? 

It is located at 201 W Marcy St, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Right in downtown Santa Fe

Are continuing education units (CEUs) available?

Yes! Continuing education units are available for those who participate in Spiritual Directors International’s educational events. If you are seeking credits for a self-reporting agency, you can request a certificate of participation in the evaluation following the educational events. 

If I only want to participate in one workshop or one day of the conference, may I register for just one day?

Sorry, no. For thirty years, SDI has been offering contemplative, educational programming. We take into consideration past evaluations, and they indicate that going gradually deeper with one topic as one body works best for building community and best reflects the needs of the contemplative, global learning community. SDI’s design intentionally creates a three-day experience during which new friendships and collegial relationships may form and old ones may be nourished.

Can I sign up for only an Institute (or only the day-long Journey?) (or only the post-conference retreat?)

Yes! You can register for these without registering for the overall conference. Please call the SDI office to arrange this: 425-455-1565. 

Once I arrive in Santa Fe, when can I sign in and collect my name badge and tote bag?

Conference guests can check in beginning at 8:00am on Thursday April 23 in the main lobby area of the Convention Center. The registration table hours will be posted here soon. 

Will worship services such as Shabbat and Catholic Mass be part of the educational events?

No. SDI is an increasingly diverse contemplative learning community. Individual participants may feel called to go offsite to local houses of worship. Arranging worship is the responsibility of individual participants. During the scheduled educational events, we share sacred time together and participate in contemplative practices specifically designed to celebrate our diverse learning community and model contemplative practices that might be helpful in spiritual direction. A peaceful onsite meditation space will be available during the conference. On Sunday we close with an inter-Mysical service.

How can I contribute to the scholarship fund?

Thank you for making donations to the scholarship fund. You can make donations online or mail your check to:

SDI Educational Events Scholarship Fund
PO Box 3584
Bellevue, WA, 98009 USA

For many people, especially international participants, interns, and people on fixed incomes, participating in the educational events is not possible for financial reasons. Your generosity helps others in need. Thank you.

May I share brochures or business cards about my program or organization?

Yes. All participants are invited to bring brochures and program materials to share with everyone. Table space is provided, free of charge, for conference participants who want to share information. If you have more information you want to share or you are interested in selling artwork or books, check out the exhibitor page for details.

Will I be photographed or videotaped during the conference?

This Event is a widely-attended conference. SDI and third parties may photograph and/or audio/video record activities at the Event for many purposes, including but not limited to, reporting, advertising and documentation purposes. By attending the Event, you consent to your image and voice being captured and used.

The small print:

You grant us a license to use, edit, reproduce, record, modify, enhance, encode, translate, distribute, play, perform, make available to other users, prepare derivative works of and to display your image and/or likeness (your -Likeness-), and/or an audio recording of your voice, by any media or methods whether now known or later developed. This license may be exercised in our sole discretion throughout the world at any time. You agree that this license is perpetual, royalty-free and transferable. You agree that we can sub-license this license to third parties. You irrevocably and unconditionally waive, with respect to your Likeness and voice, all moral rights to which you may be entitled and any broadly equivalent rights in any territory of the world. This waiver is made in favor of SDI but will also extend to our sub-licensees, assignees and successors in title.

I have additional questions about the conference. Who should I contact?

You may contact us via e-mail or telephone:

Telephone: 01-425-455-1565