SDI Encounters
Ep025 - 2020 Santa Fe Conference Announced - Spiritual Companionship For Our Times

Ep025 - 2020 Santa Fe Conference Announced - Spiritual Companionship For Our Times

July 15, 2019

We are excited to announce that we are receiving registrations for our 2020 Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 23-26, 2020! In this “house” podcast episode, Reverend Seifu Anil Singh-Molares and Matt Whitney set out to summarize the experience of attending our conferences, and how we manifest the Public Square of Spiritual Companionship. 

It’s going to be our 30th Anniversary Conference and it’s going to be a big one. Presenters include Sister Joan Chittister, Roshi Joan Halifax, Mirabai Starr, Dr. Barbara Holmes, and others. It will be a rich gathering with planned activities including a slate of Thursday Intensives, Friday and Saturday Workshops, and optional explorations of Santa Fe and a post-conference retreat at Ghost Ranch. We are offering a Super Early Bird special, with a deep discount if you register before September 15th 2019. Scholarships are available, sometimes covering the entire cost of the conference - so if the cost is prohibitive to you attending, please do consider applying!

Our conference website is live and you can learn more at www.sdievents.org.

Support for this episode comes from Siena Retreat Center, offering a Spiritual Direction training program in an ecumenical setting and grounded in the principals of the emerging universe story. Siena Retreat Center is located on Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee and online at www.sienaretreatcenter.org.

 

Ep024 - Talking about SDI Webinars with Steven Crandell

Ep024 - Talking about SDI Webinars with Steven Crandell

July 9, 2019

Steven Crandell is the Director of Content at SDI, and the manager and curator of our SDI webinar series. I brought him into the studio to talk about our webinar series: online educational resources which cover a myriad of topics relating to spiritual companionship and contemplative practice. 

Our Webinars are offered as sources of inspiration, education, storytelling, and wisdom. They are often led by spiritual directors, and they are for anybody interested in spiritual practice and spiritual care. Each webinar is typically four sessions of 75 minutes per session.

All our webinars, past present and future, are available on our online store: secure.sdiworld.org then click on Webinars.

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Support for this episode comes from Siena Retreat Center, offering a Spiritual Direction training program in an ecumenical setting and grounded in the principals of the emerging universe story. Siena Retreat Center is located on Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee and online at www.sienaretreatcenter.org.

Ep023 - Spiritual Journey with Valerie Brown and Carol Kortsch

Ep023 - Spiritual Journey with Valerie Brown and Carol Kortsch

July 1, 2019

Intro: We’re continuing to explore spiritual travel on this podcast with our Events and Journeys Director, Frederica Helmiere. In this episode she has a conversation with Valerie Brown and Carol Kortsch, the facilitators for our upcoming Journey retreat to Ghost Ranch, a 21000 acre ranch located 65 miles northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Learn more at sdijourneys.org.

Valerie Brown is an international retreat leader, spiritual director, writer, and leadership coach.

Carol Kortsch was born and raised in Africa, educated in Canada, and worked internationally for 20 years establishing intentional, live-in rehabilitation, counseling, and training communities.

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Support for this episode comes from Siena Retreat Center, offering a Spiritual Direction training program in an ecumenical setting and grounded in the principals of the emerging universe story. Siena Retreat Center is located on Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee and online at www.sienaretreatcenter.org.

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Ep022 - Travel with SDI Journeys - Rev Seifu and Frederica Helmiere

Ep022 - Travel with SDI Journeys - Rev Seifu and Frederica Helmiere

June 26, 2019

We're mixing up the format of the podcast this week! Our Events and Journeys Director, Frederica Helmiere, is doing a series of episodes on spiritual travel. We begin with this conversation between Frederica and our Executive Director, Reverend Seifu Anil Singh-Molares.

SDI has been facilitating travel experiences around the world for over 25 years. We believe in seeing the world in the most unique way possible, and we want to share our knowledge and passion for travel and spirituality with all of those whom we guide.

To learn more about our Journeys, you can check out www.sdijourneys.org.

We've also got Reverend Seifu Anil Singh-Molares in studio playing guitar!

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Ep021 - This Life That is Ours - Pilgrimage with Lauren Burdette

Ep021 - This Life That is Ours - Pilgrimage with Lauren Burdette

June 17, 2019

Lauren Burdette is a writer, spiritual director, and podcast host. She’s a former SDI New Contemplative and has mentored people through the New Contemplative program. Lauren has written a book called This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood as Spiritual Practice, and her podcast is called “Life as Spiritual Practice” – we talked about her experiences with the SDI community, and finding the Divine within the landscape of raising three young children.  

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Ep020 - Leaning into Holy Hybridity - Karen Erlichman - Part 2

Ep020 - Leaning into Holy Hybridity - Karen Erlichman - Part 2

June 10, 2019

Karen Lee Erlichman provides psychotherapy, spiritual direction and mentoring in San Francisco, integrating spiritual practices and body-centered resources to support healing. 

This episode is part 2 of our conversation with Karen. In Part 1 from last week, Karen shared her personal story, and how she discerned vocational calling. It’s interesting to hear Karen describe her journey as a ‘hybrid’ –– a phenomenon of discerning that one’s true identity is fluid, and moves into, out of, and between, many various categories and vocations, without being pinned down into any of them.

NOTES

https://www.sdiworld.org/seekers - The website Karen says in our conversation that she references frequently. It's full of resources on the work of a spiritual director, how to find a spiritual director, and for those who are curious about spiritual direction in general.

Form Karen:

Tara Mohr - "during our conversation about credentials and feeling like enough. I’ve reviewed Tara’s books for Presence in the past too."

https://www.taramohr.com

 

Mercy Center-Burlingame, CA

http://mercy-center.org

 

Jewish meditation center:

Chochmat haLev (means “wisdom of the heart”)

https://chochmat.org

Ep019 - Vocation and Calling with Karen Erlichman - Part 1

Ep019 - Vocation and Calling with Karen Erlichman - Part 1

June 3, 2019

This episode is part 1 of our conversation with Karen Erlichman, with this week’s focus on vocation – the process of discernment around work, life, and identity.

Karen Lee Erlichman provides psychotherapy, spiritual direction and mentoring in San Francisco, integrating spiritual practices and body-centered resources to support healing.She is a senior consultant for Ethics of Care and Resource Development with The Dinner Party and a faculty member in the Jewish Spirituality program at the Graduate Theological Foundation.

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LINKS to people and places mentioned during this podcast:

Tara Mohr: https://www.taramohr.com

Mercy Center-Burlingame, CA: http://mercy-center.org

Jewish meditation center: Chochmat haLev (means “wisdom of the heart”): https://chochmat.org

Ep018 - Living a Life of Contemplation with Jan Lundy and Jeanette Banashak (Part 2)

Ep018 - Living a Life of Contemplation with Jan Lundy and Jeanette Banashak (Part 2)

May 29, 2019

This episode is part 2 of our conversation with Jan Lundy and Jeanette Banashek. Here we talk more about the training program they facilitate, called the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute – which educates and equips people to be spiritual directors and companions. We also get into our own personal practices – mindfulness, taking silent retreats, and a little more on trusting one’s inner wisdom – which lets face it we’re all trying to learn how to do.

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Ep017 - Spiritual Fluidity with Jan Lundy and Jeanette Banashak (Part 1)

Ep017 - Spiritual Fluidity with Jan Lundy and Jeanette Banashak (Part 1)

May 20, 2019

Jan Lundy and Jeanette Banashak are longtime members of SDI, they are spiritual directors, and founders of a unique training program called the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute – which educates and equips people to be spiritual directors and companions.

This episode is Part 1, with a focus on what it looks like to be a “spiritual independent” or “spiritually fluid”. It doesn’t mean you have no faith tradition (though it might), but in your life’s journey to commune with mystery and the ground of all being, you may find that no one particular tradition has all the answers you seek. What is perhaps most true is that each person’s spiritual journey is unique, and not easily identified by a way of thinking or an ideology. Jan and Jeanette both have been on this journey personally and vocationally. 

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Ep016 - Experiential Companionship with Sharon Seyfarth Garner

Ep016 - Experiential Companionship with Sharon Seyfarth Garner

May 13, 2019

Sharon Seyfarth Garner, a spiritual companion, retreat facilitator, and director of Belly of the Whale Ministries.

Sharon facilitated a participatory art project called the Prayer Mandala Wall, which incorporated coloring and companionship as forms of prayer at the SDI annual conference in 2019. Listen in on our conversation with Sharon about this project and using coloring as a form of spiritual practice – a means of quieting ourselves and attuning ourselves to deeper presence - what we refer to in this conversation as God, but also known by other names such as the ground of all being.

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