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SDI Training: Redemptive Storytelling for Those We Companion

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This workshop is designed for spiritual care practitioners who want to help people tell redemptive stories about their lives. Developed by Diane Millis, this approach invites people to investigate their negative life stories so they can unlock, release and integrate them in a positive way. Date: September 28, 2019 Location: Burlingame, California. Free book early-bird offer. See below.

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A redemptive story has nothing to do with a happily ever after story... It is through the telling of a story that we discover the redemptive meaning within. I’m not asking people to find the silver lining of their lives; I’m asking them to discover the full truth about their lives, and that truth is almost always a pathway to generativity."

— Diane M. Millis, PhD

Investigation is the first step to turning the negative tales we tell about our experience into redemptive narratives. This in-person workshop offers training to spiritual care practitioners so they may support the people they companion in the quest to "discover the full truth of their lives."

Many of us know what it's like to live with stories we never would have chosen for ourselves - stories we often dislike or resent. Yet these same stories can become valuable resources to unlock, release and integrate our lives.

In this continuing education workshop, Dr. Diane Millis, author of the new book from SDI Press, Re-Creating a Life: Learning How to Tell Our Most Life-Giving Story, will introduce us to guiding principles and best practices for working with hard stories. While none of us can rewrite our life history, we can re-author the stories we tell about our lives.  Process is paramount here, and re-telling our stories can be a transformative process. An old American folk song about facing challenges, says it plainly:

We can't go over it.

We can't go under it.

We'll have to go through it.

--  "Goin on a Bear Hunt"/ American Folk Song

Re-creating our lives, through the stories we tell about them, has vast implications. Those who tell more redemptive stories tend to lead more generative lives. The more beauty, truth, and goodness we come to see in ourselves, the more beauty, truth, and goodness we tend to see in the world and its peoples.

Who Should Participate: - This workshop is designed for spiritual companions and directors, spiritual directors/companions in training, and all listening professionals who want to increase their capacity to work with difficult stories in one-to-one and group settings. Of course, anyone who simply wants to learn about about re-authoring their lives is also welcome.

Learning Outcomes -During our time together, participants will:

  • Become acquainted with guiding principles for investigating disruptive stories;
  • Experiment with best practices for working with the stories directees tell about their life’s difficulties, disappointments, and disruptions;
  • Examine one or more of their own disruptive stories through real play, one-to-one, and small group accompaniment.

The training will be from 9am to 4pm - Saturday 28 September 2019.

Location: It will take place at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. The address: 2300 Adeline Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010


Free Book Bonus for Early-Birds


Do you ever find yourself comparing the story of the life you wished you had lived with the life you are actually living? Each of us has a story that we tell ourselves about ourselves. Becoming aware of our inner narrative is crucial, because the story we tell ourselves has tremendous power over our thoughts, feelings, and actions. In many ways, this story defines our lives. In Re-Creating a Life: Learning How to Tell Our Most Life-Giving Story, Diane Millis shows us how to author a new story for our lives.

Diane Millis' new book is the perfect companion for anyone taking this workbook. It offers practical inspiration for anyone interested in exploring their own narrative. As a special offer, everyone who registers for the workshop by June 30, 2019 will receive the new book free and will only have to pay shipping. That's a savings of $14.95.


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And remember, to get your free book, you need to order the book at the same time that you register for the workshop. Only one discounted book per webinar registration. Thank you.

Workshop Leader

For almost three decades, Diane Millis has had the privilege of serving as a midwife for others as they give voice to the vast array of stories inside of them. Through teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students, consulting and coaching in a wide array of sectors, facilitating retreats and leading workshops, producing the video series, Lives Explored, and ministering as a spiritual director, she has observed, listened, and inquired as participants learn how to tell their most life-giving stories—stories to which they are drawn.

All three of her books, Conversation—the Sacred Art, Deepening Engagement, and her recently released Re-Creating a Life: Learning How to Tell Our Most Life-Giving Story, provide toolkits for both one-to-one and group spiritual companioning.

Diane is the founder of Companions on a Journey (where she introduced the process of group spiritual companioning to young adult college students), and the Journey Conversations Project (where she developed a model for interfaith group spiritual companioning). Diane currently serves in a wide array of sectors introducing the 4, 4, 4 format for group spiritual accompaniment. She teaches Narrative Leadership at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (MN, USA).

Early-bird (free book) Deadline:

June 30, 2019

Regular Registration Deadline:

September 13, 2019


(lunch included)

Member Rate: USD$199

Non-Member Rate: USD$279

Important: A one-time registration fee of USD$50 is included in this price. This fee of $50 is not refundable.

Cancellations: Tuition fees will be refunded with written notice prior to July 15, 2019  (less USD$50.00 non-refundable registration fee).

 Because space is limited and pricing may be below cost, after July 15, 2019 SDI provides 50% refunds on cancellations (less USD$50.00 non-refundable registration fee). There is no charge for sending a substitute. No refunds after September 15, 2019.

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