Upcoming Events

Upcoming events are as follows:


TASD Events:


  • Winter 2016      Viewing The Big Silence      Feb 19 & 20
  • Spring 2016      Enneagram Workshop        April 16


TASD Winter Event

A Viewing of The Big Silence
Friday Feb 19 (6:30pm - 9pm) & Saturday Feb 20 (9am - 1pm)

Location:  Tyndale Study Centre
(the wing behind the new cafe across from the library on the lower level)

Cost:         $20  (payable on Feb 19 at event)

Registration:  Please email Lilo Walter at TASD@tyndale.ca to let us know you are attending.

On the evening of February 19 and morning of February 20 we invite you to join us in a screening of the BBC documentary The Big Silence.
Abbot Christopher Jamison, a Benedictine monk, believes that he can teach five ordinary people the value of silent meditation, as practised by monks in monasteries, so they can make it part of their everyday lives.

He sets up a three-month experiment to test out whether the ancient Christian tradition of silence can become part of modern lives.

Christopher brings the five volunteers to his own monastery, Worth Abbey, before sending them to begin a daunting eight days in complete silence at a specialist retreat center.

Journey into the interior space that time in silence reveals. They encounter anger, frustration and rebellion, but finally find their way to both personal and spiritual revelation.

Will they make silent contemplation a part of their everyday lives? How much will their lives be changed by what they have discovered in their time in silence? And will Abbot Christopher's hope, that they will discover a new belief in God, be fulfilled?

On Friday evening, starting at 6:30, we’ll indulge in some dessert, share some resources (everyone bring at least resource (book, reading, picture, or object ) that you have used in spiritual direction or have found helpful in your development as a spiritual director. We’ll end the evening by watching the first episode of the The Big Silence.

The following morning, at 9am, we’ll watch the second episode of the documentary, have an extended coffee break and watch the last episode. After  we debrief the documentary a member of the TASD executive will update us on our present projects.


Misa Mochinga will also be providing some books on silence and solitude of your perusal so bring some extra money if you want to take one, or two, home.


TASD Spring Event

The Enneagram for Spiritual Growth and Direction
Saturday April 16 - 9am to 4:30pm

Location:  Tyndale Study Centre
(the wing behind the new cafe across from the library on the lower level)

Cost:         $65 for TASD members;  $75 for non-members


This professional development day for spiritual directors (and those interested in spiritual growth for themselves and others) will both be information based and experiential. This day is for those familiar with the Enneagram and for those who have never heard of the word.

The Enneagram is a dynamic, spiritually grounded personality system, describing nine different patterns of thinking, feeling and acting.  Working with it gives us insight into the limits and contributions of each “type.”  It can help us become more aware of our own patterns, our blind spots and automatic reactions, and, as important, our gifts.  This understanding gives us the opportunity for choice and, with God’s help, change and growth.  As well, it strengthens our empathy, acceptance and understanding of others’ ways.  As such, it is a powerful tool for understanding ourselves and the people in our lives, including those we  meet for spiritual direction.

The day will give participants the opportunity to consider their own type structure, its positive gifts and strengths and its problem areas. Understanding our type gives us a lens for self-reflection. In the work of spiritual direction it is imperative that the director continue to do this sacred work of self-awareness so that as directors we can be fully present to the other, understanding our own weaknesses, vulnerabilities and strengths. The Enneagram gives us valuable insights into others as well and can in turn be a self-reflective tool for their growth.

The Enneagram has its roots in the Fourth century desert fathers. The Jesuits have been using the Enneagram from many years in spiritual practice and for growth. As Richard Rohr writes, “The Enneagram’s wisdom is compelling... With the Enneagram it’s a matter of inner work that can lend authenticity to our spiritual path.” The Enneagram:  A Christian Perspective, Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert


Cynthia Stevens (CSD, M.Div., B.Ed., Supervisor (Spiritual Direction Practicum) at Tyndale, completing the Professional tract of the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition.)


Sue Guttenstein (PhD., has practiced psychotherapy for more than 20 years and has been involved with the Enneagram 10 years, currently completing the Teaching Tract of the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition.)