Sydney Region

Sydney Region

The Sydney ANSD Group meets about every six weeks for some nourishing input, collegial support and congenial hospitality.

Members and anyone with an interest in Spiritual Direction or the particular topic are most welcome.

Most meetings are held 12.30-3.00pm on Fridays.  A couple of reflections days or longer twilight sessions are held each year.

The venue for most meetings is St Joseph’s Centre for Reflective Living, 33 Barina Downs Rd, Norwest NSW 2153, previously known as Baulkham Hills.
Cost for Friday meetings: $15 ANSD Member, $20 non-member
The ANSD Sydney Regional Representative is Sally Jones.  For inquiries about any events or the Sydney ANSD group please email Sally

ANSD Sydney Regional AGM Report 2020


Events 2021

Enquiries  Email Sally

Saturday 5 June (in person, 10am – 2pm) 

Deep Talk with Carolyn Handley

You are invited to join us for a rejuvenating retreat with ‘Deep Talk’, led by spiritual director
and Godly Play storyteller Carolyn Handley.

Venue: St Joseph’s Baulkham Hills – 33 Barina Downs Road, Norwest

Cost: $40

Please bring your own lunch (morning tea will be provided), water bottle and whatever you
would enjoy during a time of personal reflection – Pens and journal, art materials and paper,
walking shoes …

RSVP: Thursday 3rd June to or to Sally Jones on 0402 572 015

More information click HERE


16-18 July (venue TBC) AECSD Conference

Friday 6 August (in person at St Joseph’s, PM)

17-19 September (Mittagong) ANSD National Symposium

Friday 8 October (online, AM)

Friday 3 December (in person, TBC)

Previous topics and speakers include:

  Grief, loss and transition in the spiritual direction space with Mandy Cox

  Wisdom Gleaned from “Courage and Renewal” with Rev Glenda Blakefield

  Drawing on the Wisdom of St John of the Cross for Spiritual Direction with Barbara Stenning

  Wisdom Comes in Many Forms: Sharing of Resources facilitated by Rev John Reid

  Exploring Images in Spiritual Direction with Sr Colleen O’Sullivan

  At Home With God Reflection Day with Sr Hilda Scott

  Dealing with Grief in Spiritual Direction with Eileen Reeks

  Living from the Silence with Michelle Vass

  Music in Spiritual Direction with Sr Mary Baker

  Spiritual Direction to Marginalised: Who are the marginalised? with Elizabeth Lee

  Metaphor in the Spiritual Life with Alex Nelson

  John Bell, Resource Worker with the Iona Community

  Opening our awareness through journal writing, with Kate Scholl

  Creating space for encountering grace: Intersections between retreats and spiritual direction, with Carolyn Craig-Emilsen and Bethany South

  Spiritual Direction and Mental Health