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Austin Area Spiritual Directors Community


Austin Area Spiritual Directors


What is Spiritual Direction? 

Spiritual Direction is a contemplative practice that nurtures compassion 

by accompanying others on their spiritual journey.


Past Meetings and Topics  2020-2015

2020 Meetings

Monday, January 27, 2020- Regina Moser – “Creating Community”

Friday, February 21, 2020- Bridget Hyde - "The Value of Dreams in Spiritual Direction"

Monday, March 16, 2020 - Hannah O’Donoghue - “Body am I Listening” 

Friday, April 17, 2020 - Debby Cole - “Letting Go: How Less Becomes More”


Monday, May 18, 2020 - Pam Castles - "Providing Spiritual Care Using the FAITH Process"


No Meetings in June and July


Friday, August 21, 2020- Missy Tobia "Visioning for 2021"


Monday, September 21, 2020- Lynda Young Kaffie- “Art and Resurrection”


Friday, October 16, 2020 Community Book & Social Media Reviews


Saturday, November 14, 2020   Retreat via Zoom -details TBD


2018 Meetings

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:00  Chris Bishop - Baha'i Faith

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12:00 Whit Bodman -Muslim Faith

Monday, March 19, 2018-at 12:00 Susan Grace Alonso- Spiritual Direction- Anxiety & Trauma

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 12:00- Kathleen Phillips- When a Directee Feels Called to be a Director

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 12:00 - Jan Davis- A Taste of Icons

No Meetings in June and July

Friday, August 17, 2018 at 12:00- Rabbi Neil Blumofe- Spiritual Direction in the Jewish Tradition

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 12:00- Visioning Meeting for 2019

Saturday, October 13, 2018  Silent Retreat and Icons

Jan Davis, DMin  and Rev. William Howden, PhD

Monday, November 19, 2018 at 12:00-Community Book and Social Media Reviews

No Meeting in December

Spiritual Directors International -2018 Seeking Connection April 26- 29, 2018 | St. Louis, MO, USA

2017 Meetings


Monday, January 23, 2017 – Alan Graham - Social Justice
Friday, February 17- 19, 2017 - Retreat Canceled-

Tending Grief Community Retreat at Cedarbrake 

Monday, March 20, 2017 – Donna Belk - Coming to Peace with the Dying Process
Friday April 21, 2017 - Fr. Louis T. Brusatti-  Care of Creation

Monday, May 15, 2017 Roger Sessions- "Incorporating the I Ching into Spiritual Direction."

Friday, August 18, 2017 Cynthia Lovin-- "Luminous Emptiness: Buddhist Contemplative Practices in Spiritual Direction”

Monday, September 18, 2017- Visioning our Future- Focusing on Mission- Community Meeting
Friday, October 20, 2017- Community Book Reviews


Saturday,  November 11, 2017- Silent Retreat at Still Waters

April 20-23, 2017 SDI Conference “Seeking Connection”  Toronto, Canada



2016 Meetings


Monday, January 25, 2016 – Susan Grace Alonso - Bio-Focusing


Friday, February 19, 2016- Rebecca Guengrich & Missy Tobia – Spiritual Direction & Millennials


Monday, March 21,  2016 – Joel Douglas Harrison – Sneaky Senses


Friday, April 15, 2016-Fr. Jonathan Raia- Consolations and Desolations


Monday, May 16, 2016-Hannah O’Donoghue -Working with Grief


Friday, August 19, 2016- Anne Province- Resistance


Monday, September 19, 2016- Business Meeting


Friday, October 21, 2016- Community Book Reviews


Monday, November 14, 2016-- Daniel Hope- Deep Listening



Note: SDI Conference - "Emerging Wisdom" - San Diego, CA - April 7-10, 2016


2015 Programs

Friday, January 16, 2015 :  Ed Wilder – “Masculine Spirituality”


Friday, February 16, 2015: Anne Province – “Using Humor in Spiritual Direction”


Friday, March 20, 2015 : Leslie Hay – “Spiritual Autobiography”

Monday, April 20, 2015 : Stephanie Warfield – “Zentangle/A Creative Meditation”


Friday, May 15, 2015 : Sr. Helen Raycraft- "Praying with Your Body"


Monday, August 17, 2015 : Rev.  Doug Travis


Friday, September 18,2015 : Business Meeting


Monday, October 19, 2015 : Community Book Reviews


Saturday, November 7, 2015 : Austin Spiritual Directors Retreat

Monday, November 14, 2015: Daniel Hope- Deep Listening


Past Community Retreats 

2017 Silent Retreat at Still Waters November 11, 2017

9409 Granada Hills Drive, Austin, TX 78737

In keeping with members’ requests that the retreat be simple, we are asked to bring our own soup bowl and spoon. Soup and bread will be provided for lunch. Also, we need to bring our own drink and cup. 

The retreat is free to 2015 SDC members. Others who come will be asked to join ($25) or give a donation. 

We will gather at the beginning for a meditation. We will also have an hour during which we can meet with another retreatant, if we would like to. Otherwise, we will be in silence. Please bring a book that has inspired you. We will place these books on a table to share during the retreat. 


To Register for Silent Retreat  email :

Quiet Retreat 2015

               NOVEMBER 7, 2015--9:00 to 3:00 

Past Retreats

Austin Spiritual Directors Community Retreat 2014

The Austin Spiritual Directors Community hosted Fr. Martin Laird


The Austin Spiritual Directors Community Retreat committee hosted a wonderful retreat for Spiritual Directors from all over Central Texas designed to take time to grow, learn and come together under the guidance of 

Fr. Martin Laird, O. S. A.,  a Professor of Early Christian Studies at Villanova University.  Among his writings are, Into The Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation, and A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness, and Contemplation. He has lectured and led retreats throughout the United States, Ireland, and the UK. 


The retreat day focused on  times for silent prayer and  Fr. Laird's talks on the role of contemplation in the life of the spiritual director. 


Date:  Saturday, November 1, 2014

Location:  Still Waters Retreat Center

                 9409 Granada Hills Drive, Austin, Texas 78737

Time:  Check-in--8:30 to 9:00 a.m.; Dismissal--5:00 p.m.

Cost: (Includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch) $60--SDC members; $45--students in Spiritual Direction Training Programs; $75--non-members. Space is limited to 50-55 people, so first-come, first-serve. Register early!

Contact Susan Murff for Registration Forms at:




Kilt Rock Trotternish by Lynda Young Kaffie

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