Spiritual Direction Through Ages & Stages
Franciscan Retreat Center  |  Phoenix, AZ
  February 2020

We Invite You to Join Us!

Testimonials from Last Year


"It was encouraging to be surrounded by a group of people who 'get it'. The time spent at the gathering was not only beneficial to my practice, but it deeply ministered to my own soul."
"This was my first ESDA Gathering and it was such a blessing: valuable learning, delightful new friendships, and transformative worship. I look forward to next year!"
"ESDA Gatherings are a place for like minded Spiritual Directors to get together for exchanging ideas, feeling less alone, and furthering their skills, talents, interests and relationships."

We would love for you to join us in Phoenix, AZ at the beautiful Franciscan Renewal Center for our 2020 ESDA Gathering. The Franciscan is located in the heart of Paradise Valley, has easy access to Phoenix Sky Airport, and is about 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix.

  • What: ESDA's 2020 Gathering
  • When: Monday, February 24 - Thursday, February 27, 2020
  • Topic: Together we will explore the opportunities we have as spiritual directors to minister to directees in all ages and different stages of their lives, both physically and spiritually.

Our days together will include reflective worship, professional development, community dialogue, alone time, and space to build relationships with other spiritual directors. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn, connect and explore these topics with other spiritual directors!

In addition to this exciting Gathering event, Grafted Life Ministries is organizing a one-day, pre-Gathering conference for people interested in introducing and advancing spiritual formation practices in their church. This conference will be hosted at the Franciscan Retreat Center on Monday, February 24 before registration begins for the Gathering that afternoon. 

ESDA Member Benefit: for those attending the Gathering, this day event is complimentary! The only cost will be one additional overnight stay at the Franciscan.

Use the following links to learn more about your registration options for the ESDA Gathering and the pre-Gathering Conference:

  • 2020 ESDA Gathering - Event Overview: A review of the specific topics we will be exploring during the Gathering
  • Pre-Gathering Conference - Overview: Additional information on the one-day conference Grafted Life is hosting for church leaders and spiritual directors immediately prior to the start of the ESDA Gathering
  • Payment Options: Learn more about payment options available to you
  • Accommodations: Information on the accommodation options available during your stay at the Franciscan Retreat Center, including pricing for "commuters" who are not planning to stay at the Franciscan

Once you have made a decision on which event(s) you want to attend, use the following links to register:

If you need some help understanding the options and/or registering, call Carolann at 214-919-4145.

We look forward to seeing you there!

2020 ESDA Gathering - Event Overview


Monday, February 24

Monday is a day for arrivals, settling in and a time for connection

  • Registration will be from 4 p.m-5:30pm.
  • We will kick off our ESDA Gathering with dinner together at 5:30 pm followed by an evening session and social event. The overwhelming feedback after each Gathering is “we love time to simply be together and build relationships with other spiritual directors”. Monday evening will be structured to give opportunities for this purpose.
  • After dinner we will gather for a time of connection and fellowship with other spiritual directors


Tuesday, February 25

Tuesday we will focus our discussion on spiritual direction in three important seasons of life:

  • Children and teens.
  • Adults in seasons of transition.
  • The elderly and terminally ill.


Wednesday, February 26

Wednesday we will explore ministering to directees in different stages of the spiritual journey. Using Bernard of Clairvaux’ 4 stages of love as a guide, we will discuss topics such as:

  • Walking with those who do not yet have a biblically shaped understanding of God.
  • Recognizing a “dark night” and companioning well within it.
  • Sitting with others while in your own “dark night”.


Thursday, February 27

Thursday we will provide time to reflect with others in small groups in order to enhance the learning experience through sharing insights and discussing ways to implement what has been gleaned into ministry.

  • We will close our Gathering by noon followed by lunch. We appreciate you booking your travel so as to be with us until our closing time.

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Pre-Gathering Conference - Spiritual Formation into the Church


Monday, February 24

Grafted Life Ministries (GLM) is hosting a conference for church leaders and spiritual directors immediately prior to the start of the ESDA Gathering. The conference will begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. (Registration for the ESDA Gathering begins at 4:00.)

This event will focus on the steps to implementing spiritual formation practices and initiatives in the church. GLM will offer sessions that explore:

  • Resources available to leaders, and how those resources can be used to engage people right where they are in their spiritual journey
  • How to respond to resistance, in your own heart, and when facing the resistance of others
  • Specific "points of entry" where formation practices can be introduced into the existing rhythms of the church
  • Helpful ways to encourage church leaders to consider adopting a church-wide spiritual formation initiative
  • Key questions you have concerning implementing a formation initiative

This conference is perfect for anyone interested in effective ways to implement formation in a church and small group context.

For more information on this conference, or to register for this conference ONLY, click here!

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Payment Options

ESDA is offering two payment options for registration:

  1. Pay in Full: Registrants may register by paying in full now. Fees include accommodations, meals, and all materials.
  2. Deposit: Registrants may provide a 50% deposit to reserve your participation at the Gathering. The balance will be due by November 2019 to ensure your seat is not released to someone else on our waiting list.

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Accommodations

Three accommodation options are offered during registration:

  • Single Occupancy: Select this option if you are interested in staying in a private room.
  • Double Occupancy: Select this option if you are interested in staying with another spiritual director and/or spouse. ESDA will do its best to accommodate roommate requests.
  • Commuter: For people who live in the Phoenix area, or who are managing their own accommodations, the commuter option includes meals and the Gathering fee, but an overnight room at the Franciscan Retreat Center will not be reserved.

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Combined Gathering + Conference Registration

Prices are per person and include meals.
The deadline for registration is January 31, 2020.

When selecting double occupancy, you will share a room with another ESDA Gathering guest. 
Please contact us if you intend to share a room with a particular guest.


ESDA 2020 Gathering + Conference

Name/Email of Partipant Besides Yourself

 

Click here to view information in regard to transportation to and from the Franciscan Renewal center. 

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Gathering-Only Registration

Prices are per person and include meals.
The deadline for registration is January 31, 2020.

When selecting double occupancy, you will share a room with another ESDA Gathering guest.
Please contact us if you intend to share a room with a particular guest.


ESDA 2020 Gathering

Name/Email of Partipant Besides Yourself

 

Click here to view information in regard to transportation to and from the Franciscan Renewal center. 

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