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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Mary Blomeke
Spiritual Companion/Director
Wanda Tucker
Christianity, Interfaith
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach
Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Divorced/Widowed, Dreamworker, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Enneagram, Grief and Loss, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Psychic Phenomena, Women's Issues, Young Adults
All are welcome: All religions. All faiths. All orientations and identities.I am honored to walk with you in your spiritual journey. Through my own journey, my viewing point has broadened. All roads lead to Spirit. Our job is to become our authentic selves. I would love to be your companion on your discovery journey.
Carrie Lynn Thornton
English, French, German
Spiritual Companion/Director
Addiction, African Cultures, Asian Cultures, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Dreamworker, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Ecospirituality/Nature-based, Education, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, European Cultures, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mental Health/Depression, Middle Eastern Cultures, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures, Non-Traditional Healing, People with Disabilities, Psychic Phenomena, Sports, Women's Issues
Lindasusan Ulrich
Unitarian Universalist, Wicca/Neopaganism
Spiritual Companion/Director
Creative Arts, Group Spiritual Direction, LGBTQIA+
Seattle Univ Lemieux Lib
Bryan Anthos
Fort Lauderdale
Buddhism, Christianity, Eco/Nature-based, Hinduism, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Judaism, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director, Has Internet Courses Available
BIPOC, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Ecospirituality/Nature-based, Education, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, LGBTQIA+, Men's Issues, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, Sports
You are loved. You are wonderfully-made. You –yourself –are already Divine. However, our spiritual journey can be filled with religious and spiritual trauma that tries to tell us otherwise. Whether it’s from a church building, pastor, minister, school, family, friend or instilled through our ancestral lines, we experience the creation of hurtful shadows that can tether themselves to our entire notion of the Divine. ◾◾◾ I am here to help you discern the shadows and help appreciate the new Sacred possibilities that are already inside of you–like a seed that is ready to grow and flower into juicy fruit. That seed that is already deep within you and yearning to be tugged on, cared for and explode into new life. Come, take a chance. ◾◾◾ Come journey into the unknown. Discover what power and Sacredness is already within you. Explore a life full of way more peacefulness and pleasure.◾◾◾ In one of my most difficult spiritual times in my life, I heard important words when I bumped into a priest colleague in a CVS parking lot. After letting him know that I was going to step away from working in the Catholic Church, he said, “God loves you. Please know this. The Church has turned its back on you. But God has not and will not. Please promise me you will do everything you can to feel and know this truth. These two entities are separate. God will never turn God’s back. The world needs you.”◾◾◾ Toothpaste. I headed inside and bought what I came for. Crest, I believe. But beyond my CVS purchase, the encounter that day, proved to be one of the most impactful spiritual moments of my lifetime. God –the Divine –the Universe –the Oneness existed outside the Catholic Church. I’d like to think I always felt this deep down inside –but this reality was now in plain existence in the CVS parking lot. For quite some time I was not ready to think much more about the words spoken that day. But eventually, a new journey began.◾◾◾ I’m Bryan Anthos, a cis, white, gay man. My husband and I live in the gay tropical paradise of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I have a Masters in Pastoral Ministries, with a concentration in Spirituality. I have been in spiritual guidance relationships both as a guide and a seeker for over 12 years. I am currently a member of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute’s certification program, where I am scheduled to graduate in January 2022. I have training and experience in both western and eastern spiritual traditions. I grew up Catholic, and I currently am a student of Tantra. I want to listen to you and your story and be a support in your discernment of the Spirit in your life. The spaces that I create are inter-spiritual and interfaith. All are welcome and appreciated.◾◾◾ ◾◾◾
Pamela Ayo Yetunde, Center of the Heart, Audre: Spiritual Care for Women with Cancer
Buddhism, Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Chaplain
BIPOC, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Enneagram, Grief and Loss, Health Care, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues
Greetings! Here's a bit of history about me. I began working as a spiritual companion when I was a volunteer with Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. Thereafter, I sought education from Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, a certificate in spiritual direction from Mercy Center, a M.A. in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University, then a Th.D. in Pastoral Counseling from Columbia Theological Seminary, all between 2003 and 2016. My post-doctoral work was completed at Harvard Divinity School. Sounds heady, right? Believe me when I say, this all comes in handy when I'm teaching! But I'm not always teaching. While in the act of companioning, I find that the supervised training in chaplaincy, spiritual direction, and pastoral counseling — about five years of presenting cases and receiving feedback — have been greatly beneficial. In addition to study and supervision, I've done some research on pastoral care. My research has resulted in some articles and books. One book is "Object Relations, Buddhism, and Relationality in Womanist Practical Theology" and the other book is "Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Law, and Womanist Theology for Transgender Spiritual Care." My research and writing has practical implications, including the research I did on Women, Spirituality, and Cancer. Taking education, supervised training, research and writing all together, I am now co-founder of Center of the Heart and founder of Audre: Spiritual Care for Women with Cancer. I'm delighted to count Diane Millis and John Lee as my spiritual direction colleagues, and proud to serve with several chaplains, an artist, tai chi teacher, and yoga teacher in Audre.
Chad Abbott
Christianity, Interspiritual
Spiritual Companion/Director
Group Spiritual Direction, LGBTQIA+, Mindfulness/Meditation
As a spiritual director, my work is to create sacred space to listen and tend to the soul story that exists within you. Together we will listen for where God is speaking within and around you, so as to draw greater awareness to the spiritual journey you are on. While I am a Christian, I am open to working with people of all faiths or spiritual expressions and am open to those who work from an inter-spiritual framework. The gift of spiritual direction is that it is an ongoing spiritual practice in becoming more aware, present, and attuned to the movement of God and my role as the spiritual director is to act as midwife to that process as I accompany you on that journey. I spent some time under the teaching of Teresa Blythe and the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction, but finished my schooling as a spiritual director at the Benedict Inn Spiritual Direction Internship in Indianapolis, Indiana. Being a spiritual director is one of the true joys of my life. I am an ordained clergyperson in the United Church of Christ and serve in middle judicatory ministry in the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of our denomination. Having served congregations in both the United Methodist and United Church of Christ traditions, I am a pastor and contemplative at heart. I am the author of a couple of books, the latest of which is due out in January 2021 from Fortress Press along with my co-author and fellow spiritual director, Teresa Blythe. "Incline Your Ear: Cultivating Spiritual Awakening in Congregations" utilizes the work of spiritual direction as a way of listening within congregations. I am passionate about local churches, spirituality, writing, and social justice. I am a trained labyrinth facilitator, spiritual director, and storyteller. I live in Indianapolis with my wife, Shannon, two kids, Isabel and Solomon, and dog, Zoe. When I am not doing spiritual direction or ministry, I am a runner, musician, first degree black belt in karate, lover of laughter and nature, and an avid tea drinker. I am open to a consultation should you be interested in finding a spiritual director. I also do public speaking and writing on spiritual direction, along with leading spiritual retreats. Please reach out if you would like to explore spiritual direction with me or having me share in a spiritual class.
Dr. Laurie ( Gavriellah Liron) Sanford
Spiritual Companion/Director
Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Divorced/Widowed, Dreamworker, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues
Hello, I am a clinical psychologist and spiritual companion( ALEPh graduate). While my sd training is as a Jewish sd, I work with folks of all and no , faith traditions. My approach is to 'walk with you 'on YOUR path, wherever it takes you. I will hold space for your journey and for whatever: awe, divine, spiritual, breath experiences unfold.. I also have over 40 years of experience as a clinical psychologist, which helps in exploring the differing aspects of our individual experience here. Whether mind, body, emotional, cognitive or beyond.. please feel free to contact me to see if we are a good fit for individual or group spiritual direction.
Connie Jett
Christianity, Interfaith
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach
My purpose is to create a sacred space for others to see and experience that for which they have been longing. Through my professional and educational training in psychology, law, business, leadership, and spiritual studies, as well as my personal experience as a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife and a single parent, I have navigated a myriad of rich, rewarding, and challenging experiences that have shaped my perspective on life. It is my desire to companion with others who are seeking answers to life's questions and to walk with them on their journey toward an enlightened sense of awareness and personal joy.
Gwenyth Paduch
Bel Air
Spiritual Companion/Director
Group Spiritual Direction, LGBTQIA+, Women's Issues
After experiencing a “dark night of the soul,” God pulled me toward a deeper intimacy and broader understanding of presence as I was healing from that season in my life. That healing process included receiving spiritual direction. While in direction, I felt another pull from God toward offering direction to other Beloveds who were experiencing their own “dark nights,” and toward those in need of soul-care. I am also drawn toward offering direction to members of the LGBTQIA+ community. I am a trained director through the Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction, and a former ministry director for children and families. My style of spiritual direction is to offer a contemplative presence, which means there is actually very little “direction” from me. Instead, as a companion, I walk with you as you uncover and empower the Spirit within. During our sessions, I will listen to your experiences to help you notice, savor, and grow in your ability to attend to God’s presence and direction in your life. I will ask you spiritually formative questions that nurture a deeper intimacy with God. I believe that in direction the freeing Spirit of God is present and nothing is unsayable!
Gilles Asselin
English, French
Buddhism, Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual
Spiritual Companion/Director
African Cultures, Asian Cultures, Corporate/Workplace, Education, European Cultures, Immigrants/Displaced, Men's Issues, Mindfulness/Meditation
I, Gilles, want to be a lighthouse for humanity, offering hope, comfort and reassurance to anyone that comes to me and everyone whose life I can touch. More specifically, I want to be a gentle companion on the path to anyone who feels the need for a comforting presence; anyone whose spirituality is budding and opening up to the Divine/Spirit within him or her. And anyone who, facing situations that she or he may deem challenging, requires a little support. To those people, I want to provide a supportive and nurturing hand, while together exploring the spiritual aspects of what it means to be human. I have to offer, • A gentle heart • A compassionate listening presence • A perspective grounded in spirituality and development of the self • A willingness to share my personal journey, if need be • A desire to shine my light; helping others do the same, in their own personal way • My sense of adventure across places, languages and cultures • My experience of raising and guiding a child • Seven years of ‘grounding and training’ as a financial auditor, in France and Africa, before moving to the United States • Over twenty-one years of experience in the field of cross-cultural relations, training people in cultural self-awareness and understanding of other cultures • My ability to invite, lead and ask deep questions through the virtual gatherings I have been offering for the past five and a half years; starting initially as the host of the internet radio show, Nurturing the Spiritual Spelunker in All of Us • Graduate education, in the fields of psychology and business, in both the US and Europe Gilles' life path Gilles has a passion for learning, teaching and spirituality, as they relate to life paths—his own, in the first place, and that of others whom he’s destined to encounter. A life path that took him around various countries, the two most significant being France, his country of birth and primary acculturation, and the United States, the place where he has been living and working during the latter part of his adult life. After a seven-year French-African “accident” in accounting and financial auditing, Gilles embarked on a transformational, yet challenging, transatlantic adventure. This adventure started in the state of Wisconsin where he studied Business and Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the graduate level. It is a developmental journey that Gilles is still pursuing to this day, although in a different realm and a different state. Gilles is now on a consciousness-driven heart path. Encouraging people to go within, introspect and navigate the sometimes-tumultuous waters of life. Twenty-one years of teaching cultural self-awareness and assisting people in deciphering intercultural patterns and inevitable misunderstandings created a strong bridge leading to this activity. His gear started shifting in early 2015 with the opportunity to host a one-hour weekly internet radio show, Nurturing the Spiritual Spelunker in All of Us, with a private organization. The lack of interactions and relationship-building opportunities during the show inspired him to transform his offering into a web-based gathering that he calls a ‘communion.’ The purpose remains the same, to nurture and support the spiritual traveler in everyone of us. A few people gather every Thursday afternoon for ninety minutes and discuss various topics of interest to any human being seeking understanding of self and personal growth. In the simplest terms, Gilles defines spiritual development as the desire to go within, reflect, listen and hear whatever may come; as well as heal any dysfunction we may have inherited and connect with a greater whole. All in all, it amounts to continually nurturing the beautiful human flower that is seeking the light.
Kevin Andrew Kelly, SJ
English, French
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
Addiction, Alcoholism, Children/Teens, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Homeless/Low Income, Immigrants/Displaced, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, LGBTQIA+, Men's Issues, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, People with Disabilities, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Young Adults
Nick Helm
Susanne Carlsson
Kathleen Irr
Spiritual Companion/Director
Addiction, Children/Teens, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Sports, Young Adults
For more information go to my website:
LJ Boswell, MDiv
Buddhism, Interfaith, Quaker, Spiritual but Not Religious, Unitarian Universalist, Wicca/Neopaganism
Spiritual Companion/Director, Has Internet Courses Available, Chaplain
Addiction, African Cultures, Alcoholism, Asian Cultures, Codependency, Creative Arts, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, European Cultures, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Homeless/Low Income, Immigrants/Displaced, Latin American Cultures, LGBTQIA+, Middle Eastern Cultures, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures, Women's Issues, Young Adults
As an interfaith chaplain and Quaker I believe we all have the wisdom of the Divine within us. Using the lens of your own life and your own spiritual language, I provide a sacred and supportive space for you explore your relationship to the Divine/Spirit/God/Higher Power of your understanding.

With a gentle and tender-hearted approach, transformation can happen. Slowly in fits and starts, with slips and falls as well as beautifully integrated times; we learn again and again to surrender to the possibilities of this moment. As a mystic and an artist, I listen deeply and nourish a creative, curious and collaborative space.

Furthermore, I am interested in helping you explore, at your own pace, the intersection of spirituality and social justice in your life. We all carry the pain of living in this unjust society. Knowing this, I seek to support you in building a spiritual life that buffers you from systemic oppressive conditioning and guides you towards living more fully into your divinely authentic self.

I offer virtual individual and group spiritual direction, art as a spiritual practice, social justice coaching and anti-racist/anti-oppressive education. I am a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) and have earned both a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in Divinity.

I am non-binary, queer, white, middle class with the trauma of generational poverty and addiction as part of my family tree. Before moving to rural western Massachusetts, where I currently live, I was an interfaith chaplain in Oakland California. I have listened deeply to and prayed with people from a multitude of different faith and cultural backgrounds.

What’s your unique story? I’m curious to get to know you and support you further along your path of deepening your spiritual well-being.
Holy Listening
Christianity, Quaker, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
Codependency, Creative Arts, Education, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Homeless/Low Income, Men's Issues, Native/Indigenous Cultures, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues
Holy Listening is an online Spiritual Direction ministry. We have Spiritual Directors in Oregon, California, and Panama. We provide a listening presence and spiritual direction via phone, Zoom Skype as well as group spiritual direction and creative expression through art. Our Spiritual Directors have experience in a wide variety of issues including healing from all forms of abuse, church-related wounds or concerns, and disciple-making and spiritual growth. We walk with you on your spiritual journey as compassionate guides along the way. For more about our Spiritual Directors, please go to
Karen Collins
Spiritual Companion/Director
Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues, Young Adults
David Rivers
South Carolina
Christianity, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach
Addiction, Alcoholism, Children/Teens, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, LGBTQIA+, Men's Issues, Mindfulness/Meditation, Sports, Young Adults
For over 20 years, I've had the joy of helping people live a more soul-full life by connecting with God, with their truest self, and with others. Through our partnership with the Spirit, we work together to discern the stirrings and the leadings of the Divine. The ripples of this work transform our perspectives of the Divine, the self, work, relationships...every facet of our lives. As Tielhard de Chardin wisely noted, "We are not human beings on a spiritual journey; rather, we are spiritual beings on a human journey." Amid the hustle and bustle of life, God is present. My foundational beliefs are simple-- God is love and that the Divine presence permeates all things, all the time. Working together, we'll explore how the ordinariness of life is the place to connect with the abiding presence of God. How does this work? Simply put, we gather for a sacred moment in time where I combine deep listening, open-ended questions, invitations to reflect on your comments and experiences, and assistance with discernment. God is within you and your soul's cry is to allow the Presence to lead you into a more authentic life...your true self. I work with individuals/groups in person as well as remotely (Zoom, Facetime, etc). Please check out my website, email me with questions or give me a call. I look forward to connecting with you! Be Well! David