Sally Longley is a Spiritual Director and retreat leader currently on leave from the staff of the Canisius Centre for Ignatian Spirituality in Pymble, Sydney, Australia.

Sally has been involved in spiritual direction for many years, having studied spiritual direction in both the USA and Australia. Sally has been a member of the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction as well as serving for 6 years (2014-2019) as the president of the Australian Network for Spiritual Direction. She has trained as a supervisor, and is also a Veriditas Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator. Along with her husband and some community members, she designed and built the two labyrinths at the Canisius Centre for Ignatian Spirituality in Pymble, Sydney – one a Chartres pattern and one a classic pattern.

Sally is also part of a 4-year training program team, designed for those who want to be formed as spiritual directors.

Sally is a qualified Giver of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and recently completed her doctorate. She has written “Walking the Labyrinth as the Beloved in John’s Gospel”, and produced the 3 set DVD/video on “5 Ways to Pray”. She is currently completing a book “Conversations with Silence” which will be published later this year. She was Scholar-Writer in Residence at New Zealand’s Vaughan Park Centre in 2017.

Sally continues to facilitate retreats of 1 day, 3 day, 5, 8 and 30 day silent and themed retreats, and has been invited to lead retreats in USA, NZ and around Australia. She has spoken at conferences on a wide range of topics including

  • Journeying through conflict
  • Digging deep into books of the bible
  • The role of silence and retreats for our spiritual health
  • Ways to pray in the midst of a busy life
  • Breathing life back into our sense of identity
  • Hard questions
  • The role midrash can play in depthing our understanding of ourselves and scripture

Her hobbies include iconography, creating stained glass windows and doors, playing with paint and reading.

Dr Sally Longley

Sally Longley has also been on the formation team for the Residential Program for Spiritual Direction, a four-year course forming spiritual directors. She is currently the President of the Australian Network for Spiritual Direction and a former member of the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction.

Sally welcomes all people as they are, regardless of faith or no faith, gender or background.

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.  Galatians 3:28