SDI is the Home of Spiritual Companionship


We are an inclusive, global learning community that advocates for and celebrates the service of spiritual direction, spiritual companionship, and spiritual guidance.


SDI exists to support, educate and connect spiritual companions, spiritual directors, and many other friends, providing a deep listening community where companions can find one another. 


All are welcome the way they are, carrying their own orientations and  traditions (or none), where we all benefit from sharing our practices, beliefs and rituals. Here we share universal human values of love, compassion and respect.

Find a Spiritual Companion

Are you curious about finding a spiritual director to work with? Locating and interviewing a spiritual director is an important step in your spiritual journey. To aid your process in finding a spiritual companion, SDI offers this resource to help you locate and reach out to one of the 6000 spiritual companions listed in our free searchable database below. SDI’s desire is to provide an easy, inviting way for seekers to connect with a spiritual companion, to find a training program and/or a retreat center. Experience the contemplative gifts of deep listening and find a spiritual companion to work with today!

Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual conference and made Renaissance 2021 a resounding success!

We are now offering recordings of all the keynotes and workshops at a discounted price - for a limited time only.


Creating community through deep listening, contemplative engagement and justice. For spiritual directors and spiritual companions.

Save the Dates: Week of May 9, 2022

Join us for SDI's next annual conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Join Us At SDI

You can become an SDI Member, participate in an online webinar or town hall, attend a workshop or conference, or travel with us on an SDI Journey. Check out our many offerings in the Media and Events section above.

Updates from SDI

Subscribing to SDI’s Mailing List provides you with a deep connection to our offerings and updates, including: Digital Refuge – the SDI newsletter with links to our free gatherings, new offerings, the latest Encounters podcast, and a contemplative practice. Listen – a quarterly contemplative publication with a reflection on spiritual companionship, poetry, and art.

Learn from Our Community

Spiritual direction or companionship inspires people to experience authenticity in their lives as they connect with and explore the ground of all being, that deepest of truths which is beyond life and death and goes by many names, including God, and no name at all.

The spiritual companions of SDI share their stories on our blog. Receive nourishment, learn a new practice, and gain insight into the healing modality of spiritual companionship through one of the stories shared below.

Sr Marguerite Buchanan, 1932-2021

Editor’s note – Sister Marguerite Buchanan played an essential role in the development of the pioneering Mercy Center spiritual direction program at Burlingame, California in the 1980s, working alongside SDI

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