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Whether you are a student, academic, researcher or practitioner, we offer a collaborative and open space in which to explore research in spiritual direction and spirituality in academic settings. This symposium will allow participates to come together to share knowledge and forge research networks. Melbourne, Australia, 21st and 22nd of August 2019.

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The 2019 SDI Research Symposium will include:

  • Keynote presentations each day by David Tacey, on the themes of ‘Spirituality in secular Australia’ and ‘The Spirituality of the Whole Person’.
  • Panel discussions providing themed provocations for researchers focused upon the inherent challenges of undertaking research in the areas of spirituality and spiritual direction in academic settings.
  • Round-table style discussions—sharing and debating research on the topic of spirituality and spiritual direction with a diverse range of topics.
  • Additional presentations showcasing innovative and thought-provoking theoretical or methodological perspectives.

About the Research Symposium:

This academically accredited symposium invites researchers in the field of spiritual direction and spirituality to present their findings to the broader spiritual direction community. The project seeks to promote exploration of spirituality and spiritual direction within and beyond the boundaries of current understanding and expression. The symposium will embrace a range of religious traditions and spiritual perspectives while seeking to find a way to accommodate the distinctive nature of spiritual direction within the range of traditions. 

Event Venue

The research symposium will be held at the Catholic Leadership Centre – 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne



  • 9:30am – 4:00pm each day


  • USD $250 for non-members (about AU$350)
  • USD $178 for SDI members (about AU$250)

Continuing Education Units:

  • CEUs can be provided upon request.


  • Full symposium program
  • Morning tea and lunch on both days
  • Vegetarian, Kosher and Halal meals to be provided. Please indicate any dietary requirements when registering.