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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Ina Strydom
Johannesburg
Gauteng
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
paintud@gmail.com
0823554521
www.inastrydom.com
African Cultures, Elderly/Mature, European Cultures, Mindfulness/Meditation, Young Adults
Accompanying people on their spiritual path is my greatest joy and privilege. I live in Johannesburg, South Africa and l am looking forward to hearing from people from all over the world. I also specialise in Prayer guiding and Ignatian Exercises, helping people deepen their friendship with God. Please visit my website for more information. I would love to hear from you.
Channin Gladden
Litchfield Park
Arizona
English
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director
channin.gladden@gmail.com
(415) 508-6459
Children/Teens, Corporate/Workplace, Divorced/Widowed, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues
Dream work, journaling, walking/hiking meditation, discernment
Charlene Epp
Lakewood
Colorado
English
Christianity, Interspiritual
Spiritual Companion/Director, Chaplain
eppsmithservices2@gmail.com
9714044456
Corporate/Workplace, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, Mental Health/Depression, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues
Cynthia Widmer
Spiritual Companion/Director
Helen Land
Los Angeles
CA
Christianity, Interfaith, Spiritual but Not Religious, Unitarian Universalist
Spiritual Companion/Director, Supervisor, Offers Graduate School Credit
land@usc.edu
323-578-5956
Please visit my website on Psychology Today
Addiction, African Cultures, Asian Cultures, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Differently Abled, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, European Cultures, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Homeless/Low Income, Immigrants/Displaced, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, Latin American Cultures, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Middle Eastern Cultures, Mindfulness/Meditation, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues, Young Adults
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to my profile page. I have been a spiritual director for over 25 years and I have worked with a diverse group of people from different faith and spiritual traditions, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and age groups. I am also a psychotherapist and a professor. In these roles I have developed and taught a graduate course on “Spirituality, Religion and Faith in Psychotherapy,” for use both online and on the ground, and I have written a coordinating book of the same title. In both the course and book I examine the role of spirituality, religion, and faith in challenging life circumstances including trauma, depression and bereavement, addiction, anxiety, moral injury, guilt and shame, toxic faith, gender and identity issues, and the fallout from life stressors. In my course I have used literature from fiction and film that emphasizes spiritual themes which are replicated in life such as the search for the divine and growth from struggle. I have also used many DVDs relating to spiritual issues such as "The Power of Forgiveness," "For the Bible Tells us So," and "Counting the Cost." In addition, I have chaired many international conference planning groups and presented at regional, national, and international conferences on varied topics relating to spirituality, religion, and faith such as common factors in moral injury between cult survivors and veterans on the road to recovery; God imagery God content, and art therapy in addiction recovery; writing and spirituality in disenfranchised groups; methods for forgiveness work; using popular and spiritually-based music in depression recovery; the use of poetic stems and letter writing for young adults in their existential search; and psychodramatic methods and neurobiology in recovery from multiple loss. I also have made a video on “The Sandtray in psychotherapy integrating Spirituality, Religion, and Faith.” Most recently, I was invited to work on a spiritual retreat for women in the Episcopal Diocese in our post-COVID world. For many years I have served on the editorial board of the “Journal of Spirituality and Religion in Social Work.” While being a Spiritual Companion and a Psychotherapist are substantially different there are some important commonalities which I believe are worth noting. Among the most important is the need to create a trusting relationship and a safe atmosphere. Empathy and compassion are at the heart of this sensitive and close relationship between spiritual companion and those seeking direction. Close listening is paramount to this process. Another is to know oneself and to be honest, transparent, and genuine in relationship to the other. Humility is crucial for me when engaging in such sensitive material as spiritual direction or psychotherapy. Equally important is to engage in renewal activities including meaningful spiritual direction of my own and growth as a life-long process. Moreover, observing up to date ethical guidelines is always crucial. I credit my own spiritual direction as being cardinal in keeping me centered, growing, and deepening my contemplative life. I would be honored to speak with you and answer any questions you might have to discern if we might make a good fit to walk this journey together. Please feel free to contact me by email for either spiritual companionship or psychotherapy [email (land@usc.edu) telephone (323-578-5956)]. I look forward to meeting you.
David Elliott
Sacramento
CA
Spiritual Companion/Director
Christina Wisdom
Austin
Texas
English
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director
christina.wisdom@gmail.com
5126577274
Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Group Spiritual Direction, Homeless/Low Income, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, Women's Issues
Christina Wisdom is a spiritual director/companion in Austin, Texas. After practicing law for over a decade, she decided to enroll in seminary so she could wrestle with God (and her notion of God) in a guided space. During her time at seminary, Christina fell in love with the mystics and other faith traditions that expanded her view of who God is in her life and in the world. An active member of 12-step recovery for almost 10 years, Christina enjoys working with women, helping them find healing in their lives. She spent three years as a volunteer facilitator with Truth-Be-Told, an Austin non-profit that works with incarcerated women teaching them how to write and tell their own stories. Christina holds a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from the Seminary of the Southwest and a law degree from the University of Texas. She is currently a candidate for ordination at Journey Imperfect Faith Community in Austin, Texas. Christina and her husband, Rick, are the proud parents of Chief, the Labrador retriever, and Emmy, the tabby cat. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, fishing, reading and sewing.
Patricia Brenneman: Soul Tending
Minneapolis
MN
English
Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director
patriciaspiritualdirection@gmail.com
612.437.9634
patriciaspiritualdirection.com
Addiction, Alcoholism, Creative Arts, Differently Abled, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues
I invite you into quieting, into a gentle companioning that is not seeking to "fix" anything but that instead listens deeply- with you- to your soul's needs and desires. This is all about meaning-making, and exploring life's sacred questions: Why am I here on this earth, at this time, in this body? What are my gifts, and how do I live more fully into these? What brings me joy? What lies beyond this "dark night of the soul" that I find myself in? What are the sparks, the threads I wish to follow in order to deepen and enrich my life? How do I envision my woundedness into wholeness? How do I tend to the sacred amidst a busy, demanding life? What can I reclaim from shadow, deep beneath the mask I present to the world? How do I face, and find meaning in, the losses in my life? How do I behold, listen to, and attend to the deepest desires of my heart and my soul? I offer spiritual companioning in the Jungian tradition. My areas of specialization and interest include grief and loss, death/dying/facing mortality, sandplay, dreamwork, Enneagram exploration, and writing/art as spiritual practice. I would describe myself as "spiritual but not religious", yet strongly identify with Buddhist practices and creation spirituality.
Heena Reiter
English
Buddhism, Interspiritual, Judaism, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director, Chaplain
heenareiter@gmail.com
4349060007
Addiction, Codependency, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues
I am a hetero woman, an elder, Jewish, married for 48 years, mother of 3 and grandmother of 4. In addition to an active Jewish life, I practiced and was influenced by my study of Zen Buddhism with Roshi Philip Kapleau for 7 years in the 1980"s and am currently a student of Mindfulness and Advaita.. I enjoy and am comfortable working with people of diverse religions, including none, and races. I am interested in the many ways in which people seek to experience and know the infinite/divine/ever-present. Professionally, I have served as a hospice chaplain, since 2014, providing emotional and spiritual support to patients, family members/loved ones and staff, of a wide range of religious and non-religious backgrounds. Ordained in January, 2015 as a Rabbinic Pastor by the ALEPH Ordination Program, I also have a certificate in Spiritual Direction, a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing and a background in interfaith peace-building, meditation, spiritual growth and multiple personal growth systems, including the Enneagram and 12-Step Recovery. I began my journey of personal growth at age 17. Now, as an elder, I support those who aspire to know their true self, or, one could also say, to know God, in order to live, more and more often, grounded in peace, openness, compassion, acceptance, empathy, love and the appreciation of beauty. While I am trained to serve people of all faiths and enjoy doing so, I'm probably most helpful to those who have a connection to Judaism and wish to deepen their sense of God's Presence in their life. My training includes: 1 unit CPE [Clinical Pastoral Education] from the University of Virginia Health Systems, 4 units CPE [residency] from School of Clinical Pastoral Education, Sentara Hospitals; Masters of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from University of Illinois at the Medical Center and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction, as well as ordination as a Rabbinic Pastor from ALEPH Ordination Program.
Joy Andrews Hayter
Mountain View
CA
English
Buddhism, Christianity, Interspiritual
Spiritual Companion/Director, Supervisor
jandrewshayter@gmail.com
6509653037
joyfulfillment.com
Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Group Spiritual Direction, Homeless/Low Income, Immigrants/Displaced, LGBTQIA+, Mindfulness/Meditation, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues
Spiritual direction is for anyone who wants to strengthen and explore their relationship with the source of our being, or to find deeper meaning in life. Deep listening, with God as the true director, makes it easier to hear your inner voice, align with your unique purpose and gifts; and express these in the world through relationships, work, vocation, etc. Joy was trained in spiritual direction and in spiritual direction supervision at Mercy Center, Burlingame CA. She has been in cross-cultural communities all her life and is comfortable working with people from diverse racial, cultural, and faith traditions, and people with chronic and terminal illness. She enjoys deep work with clergy and people in discernment. She has retired from full time employment (science research and teaching) to focus more on spiritual direction and contemplative practices. Joy leads prayer mornings, retreats, and workshops, feeling that these can help us become more aware of God's ever-present love. She is Coordinator of the Centering Prayer program at Mercy Center in Burlingame. Additional interest in the Christian Wisdom tradition, women's issues, dream exploration, the enneagram, links between spirituality and creativity, and science and spirituality. Provides spiritual direction at home office (Mountain View CA) or remotely via Zoom, telephone, or other electronic means. Hours: generally week days from 10 am to 5 pm USA Pacific time. Fee: sliding scale, generally $50 to $85 per hour.
Georgann Low (Bunny)
Lakewood
Colorado
English, French
Buddhism, Christianity, Interspiritual, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director
jazzbunnylow@gmail.com
7202892186
https://georgannlow.com/
Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues, Young Adults
i have found my way to the contemplative path through long and varied life experience. Christened and confirmed Episcopalian, I left formal religion when I was in my 20's and spent the next 50 years searching for God. I was a flower child in full blossom moving from San Francisco in the late 1960's to New York and back again touching down at points in between. I finally ended up in Santa Fe where I found my meditation practice which I have practiced daily for over forty years – except for when my three children were yelling! I've studied with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche at Naropa University and Paramahansa Yogananca through Self Realization Fellowship and most recently at Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in the spiritual companioning program. Twenty years ago i bought a little farmhouse in rural France where I lived in solitude after a twenty five year marriage. The loft of my house was dedicated to my practice of hatha yoga and meditation. I read Thomas Merton and John O'Donohue and found new depth in prayer along with a growing sense of love for humanity near and far. I have written a book about the experience, the early kindling of my spirit by the Divine. It's called DANCING ALONE. I have since returned to my native Denver and felt the urging to attend St John's Episcopal Cathedral where I am a spiritual companion. The different spiritual paths i have followed have all become one and now as I meditate I pray "Christ in All" as my breath mantra. . I must add that I am a jazz musician and artist. While I still perform from time to time, I am focused on my spiritual evolution practice spiritual companioning both formally and daily in life.
Ruba Powell
Chico
CA
English
Christianity, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director
rubapowell@gmail.com
5303219871
Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Grief and Loss, Mental Health/Depression, Middle Eastern Cultures, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues
Linda Brown
Tucson
Arizona
English
Interspiritual
Spiritual Companion/Director
labrown4@live.com
5203024715
Susan Goering
Fort Collins
CO
sogoering8@gmail.com
9702320351
Michele Curnan
BETHEL
CT
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
203 733-8673
Shelley Nyren
Southington
Connecticut
English
Interfaith
Spiritual Companion/Director
shelnyren@sbcglobal.net
860-384-4126
www.shelleynyren.com
Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency, Differently Abled, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Health Care, Homeless/Low Income, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, Women's Issues
Shelley is a spiritual leader who strongly believes in the body-mind-spirit connection and the practice of living in the present moment. She is a Certified Spiritual Director, a Certified Yoga Therapist, an EYRT 500 yoga teacher and an Occupational Therapist. She has a strong background in 12 Step Recovery & honors faith traditions and seekers of all types. Yoga, pranayama and meditation are essential tools that help her find freedom, one day at a time, from her lifelong struggle with food & weight and to cultivate serenity in her body, mind & spirit. Shelley has a warm, casual, open and enthusiastic style. She believes change is hard, but is made easier with support. Shelley has led yoga and meditation retreats in the U.S. & Costa Rica.
James Knight
Millbury
Massachusetts
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
Knightjd34@gmail.com
508.579.3719
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.
Sister Julia Walsh FSPA
Chicago
IL
English
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual
Spiritual Companion/Director
sisterjuliaspiritualdirection@gmail.com
https://square.site/book/DWF6X4T6DRW08/spiritual-direction-with-sister-julia
Addiction, African Cultures, Alcoholism, 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
NY
English, Spanish
Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Islam, Judaism, Native/Indigenous, Quaker, Spiritual but Not Religious, Unitarian Universalist
Spiritual Companion/Director
julietelkindcruz@gmail.com
julietec.com
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.
English
Buddhism, Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Native/Indigenous, Spiritual but Not Religious, Wicca
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach, Chaplain
Margaret@MargiesMuse.com
802-451-8354
www.MargiesMuse.com
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