Find a Spiritual Companion

Locating and interviewing a spiritual companion/director, chaplain or life coach is an important step in your spiritual journey. SDI’s desire is to provide an easy, inviting way for seekers to connect with a spiritual companion, to find a training program and/or a retreat center. We also help existing spiritual companions find supervisors and additional training resources.

To aid your process, SDI offers this resource to help you locate what you’re seeking around the world.

Find a Spiritual Companion uses database software to provide a list of spiritual directors, chaplains, life coaches, retreat centers, and formation and training programs that are displayed according to your specific search criteria. It is updated constantly and available to you around the clock.

How This Works

Just click all the attributes you are looking for in a spiritual companion. Results will appear below in real-time as you define your search. But remember to wait until you have selected all your choices before you evaluate the results.

Important: If you don’t get results that are useful to you, try selecting fewer search criteria to see how widening your search might produce promising alternatives.

Note to Members: If your profile is incomplete or missing from the Find a Spiritual Companion guide, you can update your information here.

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Results will appear in the “Search Results” section below.

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David and Beth Booram - Fall Creek Abbey
Indianapolis
IN
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Formation/Training School
beth@fallcreekabbey.org
317.362.3680
www.fallcreekabbey.org
Located in Indianapolis, IN, each learning cohort (8 to 12 participants) is trained in a classical approach to spiritual direction. Participants gather at the Abbey for five (two-day) intensives per year for two years. Year One provides a strong introduction to spiritual direction and is a year of discerning one’s calling to spiritual direction. Year Two is for those who feel called to offer spiritual direction (formally or informally) and provides more in-depth knowledge and skill-based training in the art of spiritual direction. Every intensive in Year One and Two is a combination of process and praxis. In addition, throughout this program strong focus is given to the deepening of each participant’s spiritual life and contemplative practice. A bonus are the lifelong friendships often forged through this small cohort experience! For more information or to request a syllabus, please contact Beth Booram at beth.booram@fallcreekabbey.org or visit our website at fallcreekabbey.org.
The Self-care Institute at Golden Apple Healing Arts
Wauwatosa
Wisconsin
English
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Native/Indigenous
Spiritual Companion/Director, Supervisor, Life Coach, Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
info@drmarthalibster.com
1-765-412-1989
http://www.Self-careInstitute.org
Addiction, Children/Teens, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Health Care, Men's Issues, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures, Non-Traditional Healing, Psychic Phenomena, Women's Issues, Young Adults
We welcome you to explore the Self-care Institute at Golden Apple Healing Arts! In keeping with a 400-year-old nursing tradition of Gentle Medicine and caring companionship, the Self-Care Institute Ivy League was formed, those who would utilize the Elements of Care program to promote Self-care, caregiving, and nursing as a spiritual path of deep love and truth inspired by people and plants! The Self-care Institute provides sustainable programs, personalized consultation services, webinars, retreats, and resources that are always meaningful, mindful, and memorable! The Elements of Care training program incorporates healing traditions that have stood the test of time and innovations in pattern science to promote informed choices about Gentle Medicine Self-care with plants as partners that result in greater balance in body and peace of mind. Dr. Martha Libster, educator, psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, Herbal Diplomat, award-winning healthcare historian, and improvisational poet, is leading teams dedicated to the transformation of American, global healthcare, and climate change that begins with the elements of Self (with a capital S). To learn more visit us online www.Self-careInstitute.org
All Paths Divinity School
Santa Monica
California
English
Christianity, Hinduism, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Judaism, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent, Taoism, Unitarian Universalist
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach, Formation/Training School, Offers Graduate School Credit, Has Internet Courses Available
310-453-2101
https://www.allpathsdivinityschool.org
Addiction, African Cultures, Asian Cultures, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Creative Arts, Dreamworker, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Immigrants/Displaced, Men's Issues, Mental Health/Depression, Middle Eastern Cultures, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures, Non-Traditional Healing, Psychic Phenomena, Women's Issues
Julie OConnor
Nashville
Tennessee
English
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual
Spiritual Companion/Director, Formation/Training School
615-943-2387
Corporate/Workplace, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Mindfulness/Meditation
Julie O’Connor is a spiritual director providing individual and group spiritual direction, a retreat facilitator and a Certified Enneagram instructor. She also develops programs and processes to prepare facilitators to lead formation and formative experiences. Julie joined Ascension in February of 2012 to lead the Foundations of Ministry Leadership Formation Program. Prior to joining Ascension, she served for 32 years at Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, TN including roles as Assistant Director of Public Affairs, Director of Mission, Ethics and Pastoral Care, Director of Transformational Leadership and Change Management and Vice President of Mission and Leadership Formation. Julie also served as Director of Adult Formation at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville. Her mission is to continue her own spiritual journey to wholeness in union with God and to assist others to grow into the fullness of who they were created to be as they awaken and respond to the unfolding path of their vocation. Julie is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Alabama. She received her MA in Pastoral Theology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana. When not cheering for the Crimson Tide, Julie enjoys golf, kayaking, walking the Harpeth River Greenway along with spiritual reading and porch pondering with a cup of tea
Lori Wynters
New Paltz
New York
English, Spanish
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Judaism
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach, Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available, Chaplain
845-233-1082
Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency, Creative Arts, People with Disabilities, Divorced/Widowed, Education, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Immigrants/Displaced, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Middle Eastern Cultures, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures, Non-Traditional Healing, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Carole Riley
Charleston
West Virginia
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Formation/Training School, Offers Graduate School Credit, Has Internet Courses Available
wviscr@aol.com
4129014259
www.wvis.org
Addiction, Asian Cultures, Children/Teens, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Education, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Psychic Phenomena, Women's Issues, Young Adults
In addition to Pittsburgh, I am available through the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality in Charleston, West Virginia, where we offer training and ongoing supervision. www.wvInstituteforSpirituality.org
Susan Fowler
North Haven
Connecticut
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Formation/Training School, Offers Graduate School Credit, Has Internet Courses Available, Chaplain
203-868-9829
Addiction, Grief and Loss, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues
On the Third Day Renewal and Formation Center
Tanauan
English, Tagalog
Christianity
, Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
63-917-188-6883
Addiction, Asian Cultures, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation

On the Third Day (OTTD) - Renewal and Formation Center is an ecumenical ministry that provides both in-person and online spiritual accompaniment for those who want to seek God and desire to respond to His call. For almost a decade, OTTD has been offering spiritual direction and spiritual formation that have helped seekers develop an intimate relationship with God. Our retreats are held at the Cherimoya Eco-Spirituality & Retreat Center in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines (www.ecospirituality.farm). We also have online retreats and courses available on our website: www.spiritualformation.center.

Kairos at Parish Resource Center
Lancaster
Pennsylvania
English
Christianity
Formation/Training School
info@parishresourcecenter.org
717-299-1113
www.parishresourcecenter.org/kairos
Kairos Spiritual Direction Training (SDT) is designed not only for spiritual directors, but for all those who offer spiritual care and companionship. Training in spiritual direction and deep listening provides effective tools for interpersonal relationships, especially when working with those different than yourself. Develop your personal and professional skills of deep listening and learn to incorporate spirituality to create a more holistic understanding of yourself and those around you. SDT is rooted in the life and teachings of Jesus and informed by Ignatian spirituality and the wisdom tradition. Contemplative spirituality is compatible with a spectrum of denominational and theological positions including those who claim no tradition. Kairos Spiritual Direction Training at PRC features: –Spiritual Kinship: Broaden the application of spiritual direction by meeting with and offering spiritual kinship to someone on the margins, through PRC’s work in the Community Meal Program in Lancaster City and/or with immigrants held at York Detention Center. –Certificate Program: Students receive a certificate at completion of their two-year program to certify their advanced training in Spiritual Direction and accompanying skills. SDT includes desirable professional and skill development for many career paths. –Cohort Training: Participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring a range of expertise to contribute to your unique cohort. Each cohort of students remains together through both years, encouraging deep connections to form between peers on this shared journey. –Supervised Direction: Ample time is given to real-world practice in being a spiritual companion. Students reflect on these direction sessions and receive feedback and guidance by the faculty. This intensive, hands-on learning process increases each student’s skills and confidence. Through this course, students will learn and develop skills in deep listening and noticing the presence of God as they practice being spiritual companions. Ample practicums and supervision give students the best chance to implement their learning, receive feedback, and hone their skills. Students have the opportunity to practice spiritual kinship with those on the margins who may not normally have the chance to participate. Students will nurture a contemplative life through times of reflection and as they work with their own Spiritual Director.
Will Hegeman
Minneapolis
Minnesota
English
Christianity
, Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
651-696-2798
Education, Group Spiritual Direction

Sacred Ground offers pathways and companionship on life's journey of spiritual discovery. For more than 20 years the Center has been a site for the training of spiritual directors and a resource for all seeking the soul journey of spiritual direction.

The Sanctuary
Santa Barbara
California
English
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Native/Indigenous, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach, Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available, Chaplain
805-380-3733
Addiction, Alcoholism, Children/Teens, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, People with Disabilities, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Homeless/Low Income, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures, Non-Traditional Healing, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues, Young Adults

Creating Living Sanctuary: Sacred Space; Spiritual-Consciousness Development; Mind-Body, Emotional, & Spiritual Healing; Life, Trauma, & Relationships

  • Guidance, Counseling, Coaching
  • Groups, Personal Healing Courses
  • Heart Cleansing
Sierra Neiman Westbrook
Lake Oswego
Oregon
English
Christianity, Quaker
Spiritual Companion/Director, Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
edenspiritualcare@gmail.com
Education, Women's Issues, Young Adults

The mission of Eden Spiritual Care is to provide Christ-centered mentoring, guidance, and education that draws people into more intimate, harmonious relationship with God, with people, and with self.  Sierra Neiman Westbrook, MDiv, is a certified spiritual director, the founding director of Eden Spiritual Care, and an adjunct professor in the College of Christian Studies at George Fox University. Sierra specializes in Christ-centered spiritual direction, particularly to help discern God's guidance and presence in areas such as: 

  • Changes in relationship with God and/or in theological views
  • Young adult transitions (e.g., life at college, graduating from college, moving into a career)
  • Relationships
  • Doubts about faith
  • Identifying giftedness/sense of calling
  • Relating to God in seasons of despair
  • Women's challenges in sense of calling and sense of self
  • Spiritual formation for young adult women

Please also see the Eden Spiritual Care website to sign up for an online class to enrich your spiritual life, or to make a donation to make spiritual formation opportunities more accessible to everyone. 

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Elkhart
Indiana
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
800-964-2627
www.ambs.edu
Creative Arts, Education, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation

"What I gained from this course was beyond my expectations. Though I was excited coming in, it far exceeded what I could have expected." – Brian D. Johnson (Spiritual Guidance Seminar '16-'17)

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, an accredited seminary, offers three courses for those who want to become spiritual directors or to make spiritual guidance a part of their ministry. Whether you're just beginning your work as a spiritual director or honing your skills after years of ministry, our supervised courses will help you pay attention to your inner assumptions, issues, and biases that could damage the relationship between you and your directees. Visit ambs.edu/spiritualdirection to learn more and register.

Spiritual Direction: Foundations is the first level of our supervised program and is offered each year, alternating between an on-campus format one year and a hybrid format (with instruction both online and on-campus) the following year. The second level of our supervised program, includes two nonconsecutive courses offered on alternating years named Spiritual Direction: Mystery and Spiritual Direction: Wisdom.

All spiritual guidance courses are taught by Dan Schrock, D. Min., who has 22 years of experience as a spiritual director. Schrock was co-editor of An Open Place: The Ministry of Group Spiritual Direction and author of The Dark Night: A Gift of God. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis in Christian Spirituality from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Ga., and has completed a year-long practicum in supervising spiritual directors from Together in the Mystery. He has also worked as a pastor for 28 years.

To learn more and register, visit ambs.edu/spiritualdirection.

What do past students have to say about our seminars?

"The seminar increased my confidence in my own abilities. It increased my awareness of the presence of God and how to help others have an increased awareness of the presence of God." - Christine Friedel (Advanced Spiritual Guidance Seminar '17-'18)

"Through this seminar, I'm becoming a better listener both to the Holy Spirit and to others. I gained experiences, and now an expectation, that the Spirit will 'show up' in unexpected ways. Finally, I saw that the 'desert' times in life are and can be a source of great growth." - Anne Munley (Advanced Spiritual Guidance Seminar '17-'18)

"The best part of this seminar was the experiential learning component. Almost from day one we were engaging in the practice of Spiritual Guidance. I feel much better prepared to continue practicing Spiritual Direction than I would have after a course that was more focused on theory." - Brian D. Johnson (Spiritual Guidance Seminar '16-'17)

Marsha Roscoe
Hummelstown
Pennsylvania
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
717-503-3057
Corporate/Workplace, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues

As founder of Breathing in Christ, Marsha has spent most of her working life helping others fall in love with Jesus over and over again. An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran in America (ELCA), she has taught and ministered in areas of spiritual formation and missional outreach for nearly two decades.

Marsha holds a master's degree in ministerial studies from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (now United Lutheran Seminary) with concentrations in spiritual formation and missional outreach.  Additionally, she holds a bachelor's degree in corporate communications and public relations from Elizabethtown College and an executive certificate in nonprofit development Notre Dame University's Mendoza School of Business. 

Ellen Solot
Sebastopol
California
English, Japanese
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Judaism, Spiritual but Not Religious, Taoism
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach, Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
707-236-0594
Addiction, Asian Cultures, Codependency, Creative Arts, People with Disabilities, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Health Care, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, Women's Issues

 

 

 

 

Emmaus Formation Centre
Mississauga
Ontario
English
Christianity
, Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
(905) 334-7263
Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation

Experience deeper spiritual transformation, discovering more of yourself as you discover more of God. By joining our training program, you join spiritual directors around the world, to meet the needs of so many, seeking to broaden and deepen their relationship with our God. Our spiritual direction certificate program is offered in an on-line learning experience in addition to residencies in southern Ontario. We are ecumenical, believing God is already at work in all our lives--desiring to draw us ever more intimately into life with God. Visit: http://www.emmausformation.ca

 

Kathi Gatlin
Newberg
Oregon
English
Christianity, Quaker, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director, Supervisor, Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
kathi@boldlyloved.org
503-476-7845
boldlyloved.org
Codependency, Divorced/Widowed, Education, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues
Patricia Valderrama
Miami Beach
Florida
English, Spanish
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Formation/Training School
patricia@valderramag.com
3057483040
Corporate/Workplace, Education, Group Spiritual Direction
Amy Beltaine
Portland
Oregon
English
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Unitarian Universalist, Wicca
Spiritual Companion/Director, Formation/Training School, Offers Graduate School Credit, Has Internet Courses Available, Chaplain
(503) 877-2692
http://listentoheartsong.org
Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, People with Disabilities, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, European Cultures, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Women's Issues

Helping those who are broken-hearted from the world's injustice and pain, to break open instead of break down. Revive your spiritual verve by connecting with wisdom from our bodies, ancestors, tribes, land, and universal experience.

Individuals and groups.

In USA/Portugal (by season)

Credentials: MDiv. from Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago, IL; Ordained minister from Unitarian Universalist Association/UUCS, Salem, Oregon/Boston, MA; Spiritual Direction from Namaste (with Sr. Pat McCrann), Portland, Oregon; Supervision from Diversity as Gift/Urban Spirituality Center (with Fr. Jim Galuzzo), Portland, Oregon.

Discover your spiritual superpowers!

Spiritual Guidance Training Institute
Chicago
Illinois
English, Spanish
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
, Formation/Training School, Offers Graduate School Credit, Has Internet Courses Available
231-714-8500
www.spiritualguidancetraining.com