Iowa Statewide Spiritual Directors Fall Gathering

Register now for a fall regional gathering of spiritual directors in Des Moines.  The event is offered through the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center and will provide opportunities for fellowship, continuing education and mutual support.

Date:               Friday, November 15, 2019

Time:               9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Location:         Central Presbyterian Church (3829 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA)

Fee:                 Before November 1st – $85,  After November 1st – $110
** Registration closes November 10th**

Plans for an optional dinner together at a local restaurant are being made for Thursday evening, November 14th.  More information will follow.



Morning Presentation:  The Freeway and the Frontier:  Using the Enneagram’s Three Centers to Explore Preferences and Prejudices on the Spiritual Path

Spiritual directors and directees bring preferences and prejudices about spiritual practices to direction sessions. Using the Enneagram’s three Centers, we’ll explore how the personality’s relationship with the Instinctive, Feeling, and Thinking Centers inclines us to easily merge with some practices and to resist others, often at the expense of growth toward wholeness. No prior knowledge of the Enneagram is needed.

Adele Ver Steeg is a Des Moines-based spiritual director and has been a student of the Enneagram for nearly 20 years.  An Accredited Professional Member of the International Enneagram Association, she shares the Enneagram’s profound and practical wisdom in study groups and workshops, and offers individual consultation.


Afternoon Workshops:  (Choose one)

The Christ Project: A Taste of Teilhard’s Spirituality for Spiritual Directors

Teilhard de Chardin envisioned that all of creation is part of a great project going on – one envisioned by the Creator almost fourteen billion years ago at the first moment of creation.  This emerging vision draws on Teilhard’s understanding of the nature of God, understandings now validated by modern scientific discoveries.  His revelations speak to the longing deep in the being of all of humanity and creation to reach Divine fulfillment.   In this breakout session, we’ll discuss a few key components of the principles that guided his work.

Kathy Reardon, R.N., M.S.

Kathy Reardon, RN, MS. Kathy Reardon is a holistic nurse, spiritual director, and Healing Touch Practitioner. She holds a bachelor of nursing degree from the College of St. Scholastica and a master of science degree in counseling from Drake University. Kathy combines Healing Touch with other holistic approaches to assist her clients in growing in self-responsibility, empowered well-being, and wholeness. She has a special interest in working with those in trauma, life threatening illness, grief and loss, and critical life transitions. As a spiritual director, Kathy plans and facilitates retreats, and presents programs on prayer, spirituality, and adult faith formation.


Giving Space to Peace

With a focus on self-care, invite the end of day through an experience of movement with words, lines, and colors to give space to peace. How the lines develop, a word or words with one color, or many, will be discussed.

Through her private practice and community art studio, Sam Erwin serves the Des Moines Metro as an art therapist and spiritual director in partnership with Broadlawns Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital and NAMI Greater Des Moines.


The Spirituality Wheel in Spiritual Direction

The Spirituality Wheel is a tool that provides a way to “draw a picture” of your spirituality style through four ways of knowing God: through the head, the heart, the hands, and as mystery. Utilizing the work of Corrine D. Ware, we will discover our own spirituality style, unpack the gifts and dangers of each type, and discover implications for our work with our directees.

Dr. Christine Dietz

Christine Dietz Ph.D., L.I.S.W., is a licensed independent social worker and spiritual director. She is the Center’s Director of Clinical Training. Christine is a graduate of the Lev Shomea Training Program for Spiritual Direction in the Jewish Tradition, and is a D.Min. candidate in Jewish spirituality.



For more information:   contact Diane McClanahan at: 515-251-6667 or

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