Why ANSD

The Australian Network for Spiritual Direction exists to encourage spiritual directors in their work, to nurture enquirers interested in spiritual direction and those who may be drawn to its practice, to provide regular gatherings and newsletters for their care and nurture and to support national, regional and local training programs.

ANSD acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn, work and have our being. We respect and honour the First Peoples whose cultures are among the oldest living cultures in human history.

Our Mission Statement

Spiritual direction attunes us to the stirring of the Divine, which we name God, deep in our soul and in this ancient land.  Growing out of centuries of recognition of our human need for soul companionship spiritual direction calls forth our true essence as immersed in the Divine. Spiritual direction takes place when one person accompanies another in their unique life journey.

Through deep listening and quiet still awareness in conversation and in silence, spiritual direction offers a sacred space where our heart’s deepest desire for communion with God, each other and all things is heard, awakened and nurtured.

Our Vision

Our work is done in the light of contemplation.

To be communion Christ consciousness and to see from this place.

To cultivate this consciousness as part of our ordinary business as well as in our envisioning and dreaming.

To be embracing and integrating Indigenous Australian Spirituality.

To explore our role in interfaith contexts.

To be a safe, sacred and inclusive place from which to awaken creativity, ideas and action.