Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction Reunion

January 19-21, 2017

Join fellow DASD alums for a special weekend of contemplation, community and connection at SFTS. A full agenda and informational brochure can be downloaded by clicking here.

The weekend will feature chapel worship with current DASD students, a book talk from SFTS Alumna Kikanza Nuri-Robins, a workshop led by Rev. Ki Do Ahn on Asian concept of Self, and a workshop led by Rev. Geoff Nelson on using dreams in Spiritual Direction.

We are pleased to welcome John Philip Newell, the celebrated author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality, and a co-founder of Heartbeat: A Journey Toward Earth’s Wellbeing – an organization committed to enabling the articulation of earth-honoring spirituality, the pursuit of interfaith relationship, and the practice of contemplation and action. He will be speaking at First Presbyterian in San Anselmo on Friday night, and then leading a spiritual retreat at SFTS on Saturday. More details on his visit here.

Saturday evening will feature a dinner in recognition of Dr. Elizabeth Liebert at 7:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael.


Reunion Celebration: $100
Includes workshops, opening reception, Friday lunch, Saturday’s dinner

John Philip Newell Event: $100
Includes Friday evening’s talk at First Pres, Saturday retreat, and Saturday lunch

Reunion Dinner: $40
Additional Recognition Dinner tickets can be purchased for $40, and must be purchased in advance.

Workshop Leaders: 


Rev. Ki Do Ahn
Asian (specifically Korean) concept of Self and its implication on spiritual transformation
Ki Do Ahn is a Korean spiritual director, a certified ACPE supervisor, and a Ph. D. candidate at the GTU. Based on Korean indigenous psychology and cross-cultural psychology, this workshop will introduce the Asian concept of self and compare and contrast with the Western concept of self.

12-nuri-robins-1-1Kikanza Nuri-Robins, MDiv, DASD ’99
Fish Out of Water: Book Talk
Nuri-Robins works as an organization development consultant serving people and organizations in transition. Are you a fish out of water? Have you ever looked around and wondered, “What am I doing here?” Come share your stories and learn about the process of discerning and teaching cultural codes and using them appropriately. It may make the difference in finding or creating a place where you feel you belong.

rev_geoff_nelson_d_minRev. Geoff Nelson, DMin
Using Dreams in Spiritual Direction
Geoff Nelson is a retired Presbyterian pastor. He is also a trained spiritual director (DASD 2007), dream group leader, and author of Dreaming in Church. This presentation will consider the value of dreams in spiritual direction. It offers four ways dreams enhance spiritual direction relationships, exploration of one directee’s experience with a dream, and the group will consider dreams presented by the group.

Special Feature:


John Philip Newell is the celebrated author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality, and a co-founder of Heartbeat: A Journey Toward Earth’s Wellbeing – an organization committed to enabling:

  • the articulation of earth-honoring spirituality
  • the pursuit of interfaith relationship
  • the practice of contemplation and action

This weekend experience is offered in partnership by San Francisco Theological Seminary, Westminster Tiburon Presbyterian Church, and First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo.

Over the course of the weekend, you can experience John Philip Newell – and earth-honoring Celtic spirituality – in lecture, workshop, and worship.

Housing/Parking Information

To reserve SFTS housing, contact Lucas Walker at walker@sfts.edu or (415) 451-2840.

To reserve a room at the San Anselmo Inn, visit their website at sananselmoinn.com. The inn has blocked 12 rooms for the event and are $179-$219 per room which includes tax, breakfast, parking, and internet. Rooms are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Additional questions can be directed to dasdalums@gmail.com

Reunion Committee Members:
Karen Simms-Tolson, Debra Dybsky, Sam Hamilton-Poore, A. Vanessa Hawkins, Rebecca Langer, Ann Pope, Sue Ann Yarbrough

Special thanks to:
Wendy Farley, Scott Clark, Barbara Hamm, Terry Johnson, Jerry Van Marter, Mary Elva Smith, Janel Stewart, Lucas Walker, and Ruth T. West