The Many Practices of Deep Listening

We are spiritual directors, companions, and travelers with one another on the journey.

Meet a few friends from the SDI Public Square

Karen Erlichman

Spiritual Director, Psychotherapist, Supervisor

Ravi Verma

Spiritual Director

Sr. Alison McCrary

Catholic Nun, Attorney, Reiki Practitioner

Mona Haydar

PERFORMING ARTIST, ACTIVIST

Brian Gaeta-Symonds

Pastor, SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR

Rabbi Amy Eilberg

Spiritual Director, Interfaith Justice Activist

Preeta Banerjee

ENTREPRENEUR, EDUCATOR, AUTHOR

Sr. Kathleen McAlpin

CATHOLIC NUN, SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR

Bayo Akomolafe

AUTHOR, SPEAKER, PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL

Nicholas Collura

Palliative Care Chaplain

Azra Rahim

MEDICAL DOCTOR, SUFI PRACTITIONER

Jade T. Perry

Writer, Educator, Folk Healer

Spiritual Companionship Across Traditions

Click on the titles below to watch short videos discussing what spiritual companionship looks like across a variety of traditions.

“Unitarian Universalists offering spiritual direction accompany other seekers from diverse traditions, offering our skills, our caring, and discoveries gained from our own spiritual practice and training. Our perspectives are open and accepting, and our resources are rich, deriving from all the world’s faith traditions.”

Ann H. Deupree, EnoRiver Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

“Spiritual guidance is being present in the moment, seeing and honoring the sacred mystery of the soul of another. It is witnessing this mystery and reflecting it back in word, prayer, thought, presence, and action. Spiritual guidance is modeling a deep relationship with the Divine and standing in faith and love with the other as that relationship unfolds. Spiritual guidance is a journey of deep healing and an affirmation of Holiness (wholeness), the Sacred, and the Mystery of all of life.”

Carol A. Fournier, MS, NCC, Interfaith Spiritual Director/Guide, Silver Dove Institute, Williston, Vermont, USA

Intro Course: Exploring Spiritual Companionship Across Traditions

Interested in learning more?

Join SDI for a self-paced online course exploring spiritual companionship’s expression in various authentic forms — guided by the very best in the field offering their expertise and personal experiences. 

Featured Traditions & Wisdom Teachers

All are welcome in the Public Square of Spiritual Companionship

All kinds of people from all walks of life identify as spiritual companions – are you one? We welcome you!

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