The Making a Living Anthology – Grow Your Practice – Self-Paced Online Course

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The Making a Living as a Spiritual Director

A Self-Paced Online Course for Growing Your Practice

You found a calling.
Now make it sustainable.

This Anthology includes the following FOUR SDI Webinar Offerings, packaged as a single Course:

Making a Living as a Spiritual Director 1 (2018)

The one that started it all. These four initial sessions include 7 spiritual directors (and one business expert) who share their recipes for turning spiritual companionship into a financially sustainable career. 

SDI Webinar Series - Making a Living as a Spiritual Companion II (4 parts)

Making a Living as a Spiritual Director 2 (2019)

These four sessions are taught by 9 different presenters who have all found creative ways to follow a deep, heart-felt calling and pay the rent. Some offer spiritual companionship to others part-time, some blend services, and some are spiritual entrepreneurs – not only working full-time, but offering other spiritual companions work in their centers of spiritual care.

Making a Living as a Spiritual Director 3 (2022)

This latest series offers four new sessions, and goes one step further — asking 4 successful spiritual directors to show us how they grew their practices into full-time work. All these presenters have found creative ways to follow a deep, heart-felt calling and pay the rent. Some blend services. Some have found particular niches that have brought them a steady stream of directees. Some focus on creating content as marketing. Some rely more on word-of-mouth. All of them make their full-time livings from spiritual direction. 

Find Your Niche as a Spiritual Companion (2021)

These two sessions focus on marketing, covering topics such as: offering practical suggestions on how to define your unique practice, identifying clients best suited to work with you, tips on social media, and how to best put together your SDI Profile.

Combined, these four webinars would cost over $200. Access them all in a single Course for only $99.

Most spiritual directors and companions have already discerned that the art of deep listening is their true vocation. But many face a big challenge. They’re not sure how to make their calling sustainable.

SDI wants our members to grow a flourishing practice, achieve financial sustainability, and have confidence that their deep listening work is providing a strong service to the world. Thus, we are happy to offer this anthology course to our community at this discounted price.


This is a recorded course and you can learn at your own pace.

The Benefits of an SDI Course


SDI is the largest and oldest network of spiritual companions in the world. For 30 years we have been creating and curating educational offerings for spiritual companions across religious traditions, and we have our finger on the pulse of the spiritual companionship movement in the US and beyond.


Our instructors are the best in the field. Our courses include some of the most renowned and sought-after spiritual teachers in the field of spiritual companionship.


We are committed to making our courses widely available and accessible. We are keeping the course tuition low and have a generous number of scholarships to give out. We strongly encourage any for whom the cost is a challenge to apply for a scholarship.


Watch the lessons when you can, complete the course at your own pace. Our online learning platform is easy to use, and once you purchase you'll find the entire Course and lessons available under your profile. Our Membership Services team is easy to contact and readily available to assist you with questions.


A moderated community forum offers space online to engage with your fellow students, the course instructors, and SDI staff to synthesize the lessons and apply them to your own spiritual companionship practice.


This introductory level course is open to all! There are no prerequisites and no required readings. Each session includes self-contained video content, and often accompanied by workbooks and worksheets you can print and fill out on your own. It's easy to experiment and try out some of the techniques taught in the course.

Course Outline

Session 1 – Discernment is the Key – Sarah Cledwyn and Jocelyn Burkhart

Session 2 – Finding Your Niche – Lisa Van Allen & Cristin Smith

Session 3 – Building a Practice – Anil Singh-Molares and Teresa Blythe.

Session 4 – Toolkit for Working Spiritual Directors – Rev. Ineda Adesanya and Rory Briski

Session 5 – A Tale of Two Questions – “Can I?” vs. “How Can I?” – Debbi Horton and Genjo Marinello Roshi

Session 6 – Building Community Can Build a Livelihood – Imam Jamal Rahman and Amanda Peterson, MDiv

Session 7 – Becoming a Soul Entrepreneur – Hiro Boga and Taya Shere

Session 8 – Doing That Which Makes Your Heart Sing – Karen Erlichman, DMin, LCSW, Langston Kahn, and Jacquelyn Smith-Crooks, Ed.D

Session 9 – Starting and/or Growing a Spiritual Direction Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide – Laura Lies

Session 10– Growing Your Practice Through Mentoring – Teresa Blythe

Session 11 – Serve More People by Limiting Your Audience – Hailey Mitsui

Session 12 – Key Tips on How to Develop a Spiritual Direction Practice – Dr. Bruce Tallman

Session 13 – Discerning Your Clients, Empathy Maps – Matt Whitney and Larry J Morris III

Session 14 – Tips and Tricks for your SDI Profile – Matt Whitney and Larry J Morris III


24 CEU credits available.


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