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Kardia Formation

Strengthening spirit, Enabling potential

At Kardia Formation Pty Ltd, we offer Companionship of Empowerment for women and men through spiritual direction, Spiritual Exercises, supervision and various programs for personal and leadership development. We invite people who seek creative ways of deepening their interior awareness, and we provide opportunities for transformation towards meaningful and lasting change.

Conference Speaker

Marlene will be speaking at the Spiritual Directors International Conference in St Louis Missouri, April 2018.  Check the SDI website: . Her two workshops will be on Ignatian spirituality in the 21st century.

Marlene has been a speaker at many conferences.  In 2017, she and Bernadette Miles, co-Director of Kardia Formation P/L presented the HeartWisdomSupervision workshop for the Conference of Spiritual Directors (CSD) at Treacy House Parkville, Victoria.   Please feel free to request workshops.

Two New Books: Grace Undone. Encounter

Also Dreams and Desires

Both books are now available.  Go to Publications on this website.

Please watch later this year 2018 for the publication of Grace upon Grace: Poetry and the Spiritual Exercises in the 21st Century.  This book offers a feminine approach to the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola.  It contains the full Retreat in daily life and notes for the Giver of the Retreat.

Heart Wisdom Program

If you are interested in becoming a spiritual director in the Heart Wisdom tradition, please contact Marlene at

The Heart Wisdom Program applications for 2018-2019 close on 31 January 2018.