Jeanette Banashak, PhD, EdD.
Co-Director, Lead Teacher
Jeanette Banashak has a background in traditional and alternative education, Spiritual Formation, Creativity, pedagogy, mindfulness as an educational tool, interdisciplinary studies, leadership development, human development, hermeneutics, Spanish, and the Enneagram.
Jeanette completed her dissertation on the interrelationship between creativity and mindfulness. Her phenomenological study drew from Western and Eastern contemplative practices and considered their influence on one's creative life. Originally a high school teacher, Jeanette taught in higher education for 9 years. She currently teaches mindfulness to Kindergarteners through second graders in Chicago Public Schools and is Visiting Professor of Spiritual Direction at The Graduate Theological Foundation.
Jeanette is a spiritual guide and supervisor—she practices both in English and Spanish. Jeanette received her certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Dominican Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds a PhD in Education and an EdD, both from the Graduate Theological Foundation, an interreligious school in Mishawaka, Indiana.
When she's not teaching, Jeanette enjoys playing board games and telling stories with friends and family. She looks forward to walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain in 2018.
After 19 years of teaching and leading workshops, Jeanette has received consistent feedback that includes comments about her caring nature, attention to reflection, creativity, deep interest in participant/student growth, as well as facilitating thoughtful and informative presentations.
SGTI makes use of gifted teachers and experts in their fields to join in our Spiritual Guidance Training programs , both online and onsite in Chicago, including John Mabry, Rabbi Howard Avrum Addison, Mark Brady, Anil Molares Singh, and more.
Janice L. Lundy, DMin.
Co-Director, Lead Teacher
For over twenty years, Janice L. Lundy has been helping people connect with their truest selves and the divine as they understand it. She does this as a spiritual guide, educator, author and retreat leader.
Jan is an educator by training, having taught Comparative Religion courses in public education for many years. She holds a BA in The Academic Study of Religion in Public Education from Western Michigan University. She earned her Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Center for Spirituality at Dominican Center in Grand Rapids, MI. She holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Spiritual Direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation. She is currently Visiting Professor of Spiritual Direction at The Graduate Theological Foundation.
Passionate about supporting people of all faiths as they journey through life, Jan serves as a Spiritual Guide with an interfaith-interspiritual focus. She has a private practice in Michigan and internationally over the telephone and Skype. Since 2002, she has been offering one-on-one spiritual guidance, supervision, and training to spiritual directors and other spiritual care professionals, as well as leading contemplative workshops and retreats nationwide.
Jan is the acclaimed author of several spiritual growth books including Your Truest Self: Embracing the Woman You Are Meant to Be and Portable Peace: A Weekly Guidebook. Her book, My Deepest Me: A 30-Day Guided Journey, is used in spiritual formation programs across the U. S. Her love of the written word is obvious with over 900 published articles to her credit. She writes regularly for the Spiritual Directors International blog. Jan is the originator of the Pure Presence® model and workbook used in the SGTI curriculum.
Audiences, students, and readers alike comment on her peaceful presence and describe her as warm and genuine—"practical and poetic, possessing deep and gentle wisdom.”
You can learn more about Jan at her personal website.
Drs. Banashak and Lundy have been invited to present an all day, pre-conference intensive at the Spiritual Director's International annual conference. As leaders in the field of interfaith/interspirtual guidance, they will present "Interspiritually Present: Exploring the One Heart of Spiritual Direction" to be held on Thursday, April 26, in St. Louis. We invite you to learn more and attend!