Essence 2023

Holy Wisdom Monastery

May 6-9, 2023

retreat, reflect & respond

Continued growth as directors and companions. Wherever we are, we are just beginning.

Join SDI co-founder Lucy Abbott Tucker at our post-conference retreat at Holy Wisdom Monastery, for an oppportunity to gather with other spiritual directors and companions, to reflect and discern on the conference’s rich offerings, and to recommit to our calling and to our ever continuing growth.


Holy Wisdom Monastery is an ecumenical Benedictine community of communities, located near Madison, Wisconsin. Prayer, hospitality, justice and respect for all of creation form the heart of these communities. Their peaceful setting includes restored prairie, a retreat and guest house and a ‘green’ monastery building. 

All are welcome.

Retreat Leader

Lucy Abbott Tucker has been a member of SDI since its inception. She began her ministry of spiritual direction at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership, Chicago. She worked there preparing women and men for the ministry for 32 years. Since 2015 she has been doing freelance work in spiritual direction and supervision. She believes spiritual direction has the power to help heal our world and values the opportunity to support spiritual directors in this work.

SDI Co-Host

Marisa Sterling is the Membership Services Coordinator at SDI. She supports SDI’s members worldwide with efficiency and dedication. She has a degree in Environmental Studies. She loves to help people get their questions answered and enjoys being a part of the SDI team. In addition to her role here, Marisa is working on attaining her commercial pilot license.

About Holy Wisdom Monastery


Holy Wisdom Monastery’s mission is to weave prayer, hospitality, justice and care for the earth into a shared way of life. They offer a variety of services to help people integrate Benedictine spirituality into their everyday life.

Features Include

Travel and Location

Holy Wisdom Monastery is a 15-minute drive from downtown Madison, WI. 

A bus will pick up attendees near the convention center after the conclusion of conference activities on the evening of Saturday, May 6

Dinner will be provided that night for those attending the retreat.

Holy Wisdom Monastery
4200 County Road M
Middleton WI, 53562

Register Now!

Very limited spaces available – spots are first come, first served!

Post-Conference transportation from the convention center to the retreat center (and back again) is available if requested during purchase.

Make your reservations today!

If you’d like to reserve multiple spots at once, click the button below.

Additional Questions?

Please contact [email protected] or telephone 01-425-455-1565.

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