Serving Spiritual Companions Since 1990

SDI is the Home of Spiritual Companionship


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


SDI exists to support, educate and connect spiritual companions, spiritual directors, life coaches, chaplains, health care workers, and many other friends, providing a digital 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.

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.

Latest News and Events


"Exploring Spiritual Companionship Across Traditions"

A twelve-part course exploring what spiritual companionship looks like across ten different spiritual traditions and orientations

Find a Spiritual Companion

Locating and interviewing a spiritual companion, chaplain or life coach is an important step in your spiritual journey. 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. We also help existing spiritual companions find supervisors and additional training resources. 

Who is a spiritual companion?

Spiritual companions support people on their spiritual journeys through life.

Spiritual companions are welcoming and present with those they companion, listening and responding without being judgmental.

Spiritual companions are contemplative and honor silence as a spiritual practice.

Spiritual companions recognize the agency of the people they companion.

Spiritual companions are intuitive spiritual friends — accountable and compassionate, hospitable and open, loving yet independent.

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.

Consoling Jesus

By Angela Reinhart It was the last Friday of August 2015 and the first day of our spiritual companionship training program. It was an introduction day to both the program

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