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We desire to serve the Australian spiritual direction community by:

  • encouraging spiritual direction formation programs;
  • promoting local and national events;
  • linking spiritual directors with regional and national associations;
  • advising people who are looking for a spiritual director how to find a director near them.

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Recent activities

The AECSD council meets three times a year.

Our recent activities have been to visit several Spiritual Direction Formation programs as part of the process of recognising or re-recognising these programs.


2018 Spiritual Direction Conference

Spiritual Direction in the Borderlands: Exploring the Territory

31 August to 2 September 2018, Canberra ACT

A Gathering of the Australian Ecumenical Spiritual Direction Community
Sponsored by the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction

Hello to all interested in Spiritual Direction,

The “Borderland” was a place Jesus constantly found himself.  He engaged with people on the edges of his community and interestingly discovered spiritual insight, which was often missing in places supposed to be more at the centre of spiritual life.  There was for example in Syrian Phoenicia a Greek woman whose daughter was deeply troubled.  She was aware that the blessings of God are abundant and even she, like a dog under a rich man’s table, could receive a crumb or two, to bring healing for her loved one.  Then a Roman Centurion perceived that spiritual power does not rely upon Jesus’ physical presence to be effective.  Jesus said of him, “I have not seen faith like this in all of Israel.”
We too are surprised sometimes at the deeper wisdom we meet in those who are not normally part of our acquaintances.  In this coming Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction Conference “Spiritual Direction in the Borderlands”, Dr Alan and Dr Robyn Cadwallader will help us sharpen our listening to hear the rich insights coming from those on the borders of our worlds.  There will also be on the Saturday night, a Meeting Place for us to share how many of us are already reaching out to engage with people who do not normally come seeking wisdom from religious sources.

This is promising to be an AECSD Gathering rich in discovery from many sources and I encourage you not to miss out.   Register today on
George Warren
(AECSD President)

Click here to download a flyer.

2018 post-Conference Supervision Forum

Monday 3rd September 9.00am-3.00pm

Discerning a response to the challenges, needs and opportunities
in spiritual direction supervision:  
A conversation to gather wisdom from the Australian spiritual direction community.

“Supervision of spiritual directors is unique because it contains a contemplative component and focuses on discerning interior movements ….” 
Maureen Conroy, Looking into the Well: Supervision of Spiritual Directors, xviii.

The Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction invites you to a one-day forum on supervision for spiritual directors.  This conversation will be of interest to formation programs, individual spiritual directors, and supervisors.  It is an opportunity to share our current experiences and listen to one another regarding future possibilities for this important aspect of our ministry.  We hope to identify emerging needs for supervision training and provision, and to discern how together we can support the development of, and access to, high-quality supervision for all those involved in the ministry of spiritual direction.

Click here to download a flyer, Register today: CLICK HERE

AECSD also responds to requests about such issues as insurance and mandatory reporting – see relevant pages on the AECSD website, Mandatory Reporting and Insurance.



For Enneagram brochure 2018  Click Here to download brochure

For Enneagram Flyer 2018  Click Here to download Flyer

For House of Prayer Townsville – Application form Spiritual Direction Formation Program 2018 Click Here

For House of Prayer Townsville – Spiritual Direction Formation Program 2018 Click Here


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