Frequently Asked Questions
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Who may participate in the educational events? Do I need to be a member of Spiritual Directors International to register?
Are continuing education units (CEUs) available?
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.
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.
How do I register?
Registration is all online for 2020, but if you would like assistance please call 425-256-2480 to register by phone.
If I only want to participate in one workshop or one day of the conference, may I register for just one day?
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.
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.
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.
May I share brochures or business cards about my program or organization?
I have additional questions about the conference. Whom shall I contact?
You may contact us via e-mail or telephone:
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.
Spiritual directors, companions, and guides
Theology faculty and students
Campus ministers from all spiritual traditions
Pastoral and spiritual care providers
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
Lay and ordained clergy
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
Centering prayer facilitators
Courage and Renewal facilitators
Work-life balance human resource personnel
Members of SDI receive discounted educational event tuition and more! Become a member of SDI during the educational event registration process and immediately receive the member discount. Everyone is welcome to join the inclusive SDI global learning community.
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.