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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Search Results

James Knight
Spiritual Companion/Director
Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Men's Issues, Women's Issues
I count it a privilege to be invited to companion with people as they seek to journey deeper into the transforming love of Jesus. The Prophet Jeremiah, in the midst of a spiritually dry time, reminded God’s people, “’Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love, I have drawn you to myself.” (Jeremiah 31:3, NLT) As we travel through all phases and seasons of life, the joyful and the difficult, Jesus is continually inviting us to respond to Him and live more fully in His love for us. This does not always mean the love Jesus is extending to us is obvious at first or easy to embrace. Yet, what I love about the ministry of Spiritual Direction is the chance to assist and support others as they seek to know and encounter Jesus is a personal and formative way. I desire to be a presence and listening ear that opens the door for others to meet with and hear from the Holy Spirit, who is the true Spiritual Director of our lives. God is the guide, the grace, and the goal of our journey; our role is to attentively recognize and respond to His movements in our lives. I have the joy of being with Jesus and people in many facets of life. I am husband to a wonderful wife, a dad to two young boys, an ordained pastor in The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, as a Spiritual Director, and as the Care Pastor at Faith Fellowship Church in Uxbridge, MA where I facilitate the pastoral care ministries of the church and oversee the church’s small groups. My training includes a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Zion Bible College, a Masters of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary with a concentration in Spiritual Formation, and the completion of a two-year training cohort in Spiritual Direction through The PAX Center of Spiritual Formation.
Rev. Lisa Fair, Chaplain
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director, Chaplain
Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency, Couples/Families, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Homeless/Low Income, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures, Non-Traditional Healing, Psychic Phenomena
Lisa is an Ordained Ministerial Counselor, she is currently working as a Chaplain for Hospice in the South east Pennsylvania area. Her main focus is counseling is using the Spiritual Psychotherapy Technique through a Course in Miracles. She has studied these deep teachings for 25 yrs. Lisa has traveled the globe teaching and counseling those who suffer from trauma, grief and forgiveness issues. She can support in lifting the veils of illusion of ego to the awareness of Love's presence in each and every on of us. She has held 100 of workshops, directing mystery schools and running a monastery in Utah. She is available for deep spiritual counseling through skype, zoom and phone calls. All appointments are preset and and a love offering is requested to handle costs. Happiness is our function here!
Sister Julia Walsh FSPA
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual
Spiritual Companion/Director
Addiction, African Cultures, Alcoholism, Corporate/Workplace, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Education, European Cultures, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Homeless/Low Income, Immigrants/Displaced, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Julia Walsh is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration and part of a new generation of Catholic Sisters. She serves as a jail minister, retreat presenter and spiritual director in Chicago. As a spiritual director and retreat presenter, she enjoys companioning spiritual seekers from any tradition (or no tradition) and has special interests in creativity and the arts, social justice, the environment and the Franciscan tradition. She was certified as a spiritual director by the Claret Center in Chicago..
Juliet Elkind-Cruz
New York
English, Spanish
Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Islam, Judaism, Native/Indigenous, Quaker, Spiritual but Not Religious, Unitarian Universalist
Spiritual Companion/Director
Children/Teens, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Differently Abled, Divorced/Widowed, Education, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, European Cultures, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Homeless/Low Income, Immigrants/Displaced, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, Latin American Cultures, LGBTQIA+, Middle Eastern Cultures, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures, Non-Traditional Healing, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Whatever your background, I can't wait to meet you and see if we'd work well together. Explore my website to see if maybe!
Margaret R. Miller, M.Ed.
Buddhism, Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Native/Indigenous, Spiritual but Not Religious, Wicca
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach, Chaplain
Codependency, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Health Care, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures, Non-Traditional Healing, Women's Issues
Kevin B. Skillen
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual
Spiritual Companion/Director
Addiction, Codependency, Couples/Families, Education, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing
BS University of Colorado, Boulder. MA Adult Christian Community Development, Regis University, Denver. Twelve-Step Recovery Programs, Enneagram, The Work, Monastic prayer background, Prison Recovery Work, Contemplative gardening, Meditation/Relaxation techniques, Ignatian Spirituality background, Journaling, One-to-one spiritual mentoring. Taught in public and private schools, and at college/adult level. Owned a successful gardening business for almost 20 years. Involvement in Outward Bound type leadership training with a spiritual dimension, including pilgrim style hiking with contemplative prayer (Rosary and the Jesus prayer), and Fasting Solos in the mountains/desert. Familiarity with the Little Brothers of Jesus (Charles de Foucauld, founder) in New York City. Experience with Eucharistic prayer/meditation, Brother Lawrence’s Practice of the Presence of God, soup kitchen work, Marriage Encounter. Supporter of Christ in the Desert Monastery and Our Lady of the Desert Monastery in New Mexico. Lived in New Zealand, taught Religious Studies/Spirituality at a women’s college. Have traveled internationally (China, Mexico, Europe). Hosted international students from South Korea (long-term), and other parts of the U.S. and world (short-term), resulting in a deeper understanding of how culture impacts spirituality.
Amanda Kuehn
San Francisco
Christianity, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director
Corporate/Workplace, Creative Arts, Education, Mindfulness/Meditation, Young Adults
Amanda is a writer, dreamer, and connection-seeker who is compassionately curious and continually in pursuit of the "something-deeper" in each experience. She's received formal training in spiritual direction, as well as yoga instruction and creative writing. Amanda is an advocate for the power of our sacred stories to teach us and ultimately set us free. She believes this is what happens through spiritual direction, a relational ministry in which two people witness life's unfolding together. It is Amanda's great joy to journey with others as they connect to God and to themselves through the mind, heart, and body, and as they learn to trust and follow their unique paths. She specializes in embodied spirituality and the Enneagram of personality.
Josephine Stroker
Co. Roscommon
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach
Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Homeless/Low Income, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation
Josephine Stroker provides Spiritual Direction, Prayer Guidance, Training, Life Coaching, Mentoring and Support to groups and individuals. She has a particular interest in journeying with people in their prayer life as they develop a deeper and more intimate knowledge of the Scriptures and more specifically the Gospels thereby deepening their relationship with Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Josephine’s other areas of interest include; Life Coaching, Project management, Training for Transformation, influencing policy, capacity building, fundraising, facilitation and 12 step work. Josephine has an excess of 20 years of experiences working in the community and voluntary sector. Individual and Group Retreats Josephine is available to provide days on Scripture, Contemplative Prayer and Christian Meditation. These days can be tailored to meet the needs of parishes or groups.
Anne Lawrence, Ph.D.
Wesley Chapel
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Native/Indigenous, Quaker, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director
Creative Arts, Education, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures, Non-Traditional Healing, Psychic Phenomena, Women's Issues
I am a certified spiritual companion, or anam ċara, in the Celtic tradition. In caring for the soul, I bring deep listening, empathic discernment, and creative engagement. For more than fifteen years, I have witnessed and supported the soulwork of individuals and longstanding small groups. I have also offered highly interactive, experiential workshops and retreats. Specializing in Celtic spirituality, I enable people to open in wonder to sacred experiences with Nature and the expressive arts. In so doing, I work to renew purpose, passion, creativity, and community. Current Offerings: one-to-one spiritual companionship, dreamwork group, soulful writing group, workshops, retreats, prayer gatherings
Virginia Bousquet
Spiritual Companion/Director
Addiction, Codependency, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction
The intention of my spiritual direction practice is to help a person look for and listen to God in her/his life through prayerful conversation. Spiritual direction provides spiritual companionship in the journey of faith, often in a dark place and hard stages. My desire is to come alongside to hold space and hope for and with others on their spiritual journeys, with the acknowledgment that the Holy Spirit is the true guide.
Sharon Champagne
Spiritual Companion/Director
Nicky Temple
Colaton Raleigh
Spiritual Companion/Director
+44 7306 565500
Creative Arts, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues
I aim to help you live from your authentic, true self and to discover new ways of being present to life in all its fullness. My role is to be compassionate, hospitable and kind companion on your journey who will listen and respond without judgement. I will create and hold a safe sacred space in which you can explore and discover more about yourself, about God and about your relationship with others. My role is not that of an advisor, nor is it to push or pull you in certain directions. It is, however, my great pleasure to help you connect with your heart and soul; to hear what your authentic life is saying to you and to listen for the still small voice within. From our times together my aim is that you will grow more and more into the fullness of your true self and live the abundant, meaningful life that is yours to live, in increasing freedom from the expectations that you and others place on your life.
Mary Stefanazzi
Co Westmeath
Christianity, Interfaith, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director, Supervisor
Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Divorced/Widowed, Education, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, European Cultures, Grief and Loss, Men's Issues, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Psychic Phenomena, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Mary Stefanazzi PhD offers personal support in challenging times by appointment online, or in person at locations in Dublin and Westmeath in Ireland. The services available are all rooted in the concept of Human Flourishing and include Psychotherapy, Spiritual Direction and SuperVision – see
Zachary Bryant
Spiritual Companion/Director
Addiction, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Homeless/Low Income, Men's Issues, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Young Adults
As a spiritual director, I meet with others for prayer and conversation that is focused on increasing awareness of God in the midst of life experiences. I received my M.Div. from Lipscomb University and my training and certification as a spiritual director from the Institute for Christian Spirituality.
Nick Wallwork
Christianity, Unitarian Universalist
Spiritual Companion/Director
Addiction, Alcoholism, Children/Teens, Education, Men's Issues, Sports, Young Adults
Nick is a spiritual direction student. He practices a non-judgmental, hospitable, and meditative spiritual direction practice. He works with those who feel like they can't sit still or meditate, including activists, addicts, teenagers, and folks whose brains seem to move a mile a minute. If you feel like sitting still is your worst nightmare, then maybe leaning into that silence and stillness can help. Nick is a youth worker, speaker, organizer with over fifteen years of experience, and passionate about sharing those gifts with people. Nick likes community, worship, coffee, diners, his siblings, cooking, getting loud, music, family, breaking bread, New Jersey, youth, children, summer camp.
Thomas P. Welch, MD, MA
Spiritual Companion/Director
Addiction, Differently Abled, Grief and Loss, Health Care, Homeless/Low Income, LGBTQIA+, Men's Issues, Mental Health/Depression
My spiritual direction approach is strongly influenced by the Franciscan and Roman Catholic traditions. I come from a background in medicine, having practiced as a psychiatrist for over two decades. I welcome all as equals and look forward to accompanying you on your own journey with and toward the Holy. I see people for spiritual direction at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie, OR and at our satellite location at the NW Catholic Counseling Center in NE Portland, as well via telephone or video-chat. I am available for daytime, evening, and Saturday appointments.
Kenny Payne
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach
Couples/Families, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature

Dr. Kenny Payne has over 30 years minstry experience serving as Youth Minister, Senior Minister, Missionary to Ukraine, and University Instructor. Kenny is also a Certified Spiritual Director (Loyola University Chicago) and a Certified Christian Leadership Coach (Coach Approach Ministries). 

Kacei Conyers
Patty Opitz
Christianity, Interfaith
Spiritual Companion/Director
Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues
BA Carroll College, Helena, MT; MA Pastoral Studies/Emphasis Spirituality, Seattle University, Seattle, WA; Assoc. Dir. Campus Ministry, 17yrs, Carroll College, Helena , MT, Additional training in Spiritual Direction, Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA
Stacy Boyer
Spiritual Companion/Director, Spiritual Companion/Director