Sue Dunbar

“Map Quest”: Directing those unfamiliar with the Inner Journey

As spiritual direction becomes widely known, more people are coming to direction who are unfamiliar with the interior journey – from dedicated church goers to those outside any faith tradition.  These people often come without  many of the personal skills and background that were assumed knowledge in the past. This workshop opens up this question, exploring what’s changed in the environment and how we might address it.

Using the metaphor of the map, many people who now come to spiritual direction are not on the map that we traditionally use to assist people in navigating the interior journey.

This raises a few questions:

  • What has changed in our environment?
  • What issues or difficulties arise from these changes?
  • What assumptions do we need to re-assess?
  • What pitfalls do we need to be aware of?
  • What new skills do we need?

In this workshop, we will reflect on our practice and share our wisdom in order to develop some tools for beginning the journey with these folks as well as exploring some the dilemmas and pitfalls.

The workshop format will be a combination of some input, question and reflection time as well as discussion in small and large groups. A detailed handout will be distributed so that participants can focus on their own conversations and reflection rather than worrying about getting down notes.

Ms Suzanne Dunbar, B.Sc. Dip.Ed. MA Spirituality

Sue Dunbar is the Director of Barnabas Ministries Inc, an ecumenical agency offering spiritual care and nourishment for those on the journey of faith.  She is also the director of two training programs in spiritual direction and is an experienced spiritual director, supervisor, teacher and workshop presenter.

Sue trained in spiritual formation at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership, Chicago, becoming a staff member there while completing a master’s degree in Spirituality at Loyola University.

Sue’s commitment to spiritual formation has also led to roles as:

  • National President for the Australian Network for Spiritual Direction
  • Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction council member
  • Eremos Retreat Team member
  • Various roles with Spiritual Directors International