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.

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Jesse Abell
Germantown
Tennessee
English
Christianity, Interfaith, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director
abelljw9@sewanee.edu
901-213-7372
Education, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Psychic Phenomena
Although I have served as an Episcopal priest for over 13 years, I was trained in an interfaith approach to spiritual direction through Still Harbor in Boston. In addition to general accompaniment with individuals, I have also worked with seminarians and new clergy. My graduate education includes an MPhil in psychology and religion (University of Cambridge), MDiv (Sewanee), and DMin (Sewanee). Additionally I was trained and accredited as a field education supervisor through Harvard Divinity School.
Nathan Cooley
Longmont
CO
Spiritual Companion/Director
On the Third Day Renewal and Formation Center
Calamba City
English, Tagalog
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
programs@spiritualformation.center
+639171886883
www.spiritualformation.center
Addiction, Codependency, Creative Arts, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Immigrants/Displaced, Men's Issues, Women's Issues, Young Adults
On the Third Day (OTTD) - Renewal and Formation Center is an ecumenical ministry that provides 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 in developing an intimate relationship with God. Our retreats are held at the Cherimoya Eco-Spirituality & Retreat Center in Calamba, Laguna. For more information about us and our programs, please visit www.spiritualformation.center
John Nichols
Stratford
Ontario
American Sign Language, English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
john7nichols@gmail.com
Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Homeless/Low Income, Men's Issues, Mindfulness/Meditation, People with Disabilities
Spiritual Director John Nichols is passionate about accompanying others – ministry leaders and lay people – in sacred soul work, helping them to grow in emotional health, relationship with God, and others. As a Spiritual Director and contemplative community facilitator, John believes transformation takes time, intentionality and courage as we allow ourselves to become fully known to God, and come to fully know God. He is a graduate of Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction and is also trained in Ignatian Spirituality.
G. STEWART MATHISON
SONORA
CA
English
Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Islam, Judaism, Native/Indigenous, Sikhism, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent, Unitarian Universalist, Zoroastrianism
Spiritual Companion/Director
gstew2@gmail.com
Alcoholism, Corporate/Workplace, Creative Arts, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Men's Issues, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, Sports
I come out of the Catholic Christian tradition originally (and was a member of a Catholic men's religious order residing in an abbey for two years in preparation for priesthood), but am today a member of the Baha'i Faith. Baha'is view all the world's prophets/religious founders as a continuous line of teachers — or "Manifestations of God" in the Baha'i understanding — offering progressive revelation to humankind .—. renewing eternal spiritual teachings while bringing new social teachings for the particular age in which they come. I have studied Christianity, the Baha'i Faith, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism and have an interest in all the world's religions and spiritual traditions. I have prayed at St. Peter's in Rome, the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Shrines of the Bab and Baha'u'llah in Haifa and Bahji, in a mosque, synagogue, temple and other holy places. including in the cathedral of nature itself. I have had the opportunity to learn from a variety of scholars and religious teachers, among them Ram Dass. I am currently a student in the "Foundations in Contemplative Care" program offered through the New York Center for Contemplative Care. From its website: "NYZCCC defines contemplative care as a multi-faith, relationship-centered approach to care that draws on the contemplative practice of the caregiver as the primary source of wisdom and loving action. This rigorous training engenders radical compassion in both the caregiver and the patient, and acts as the healing agent of suffering. We dare to be brave and creative, becoming intimate with our own suffering in order to alleviate the suffering of others." If you or someone you know is interested in spiritual companioning or contemplative care along the lines of that described above, I invite you to reach out to me by email, phone, a Zoom or Google Meet invitation. During this time of COVID-19, while in-person meetings may well be limited, that doesn't imply that our virtual contacts will be any less meaningful or engaging. When you send an email inquiry to me, please be sure to indicate your phone number, if you are comfortable doing so, and the best days/times to reach you. I look forward to hearing from you. Stay well and stay safe. Peace, — Stewart
Spiritual Direction Certification Program at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
Columbia
South Carolina
English
Christianity
Formation/Training School
spiritual.direction@lr.edu
(803) 461-3237
https://www.lr.edu/ltss
Welcome to the Spiritual Direction Certification Program (SDCP) at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) page! We are glad the Holy Spirit brought you here! Here, you can learn about spiritual direction, and our training program. WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DIRECTION? Holy Listening - This is at the core of spiritual direction. Spiritual direction is listening to the nudging of the Holy Spirit in someone’s life, in companionship with another human being. The real and most genuine spiritual director is always the Holy Spirit. Discernment - This is the practice of prayerfully seeking how God is guiding us in life. As Saint Benedict states, it’s “listening with the ear of the heart to God’s purpose for our lives.” It is a practice that is cultivated through spiritual direction. Spiritual Direction lets us know if we are walking in the way that leads us more deeply into God’s love. In a world of so much suffering, along with so many possibilities, discernment is ever more important. It is knowing what is the next right step to take, that leads a person to God. To have a sense of clarity around “What is God calling in my life in this situation/question?” Community - This relationship takes place between the Holy Spirit, the directee, and director. It fosters an experience of holy community. Those receiving direction (directees) receive the grace of being held by another’s listening presence, and the presence of God. HOW DOES ONE BECOME A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR? Contemplative Life - In one sense, a person can become a Spiritual Director by nurturing a contemplative life. It is a practice of contemplation, in which one cultivates comfort with sitting in silence with God, and listening. Certification - In another sense, a person can complete a certification program like the one offered at LTSS. WHAT KIND OF PROGRAM IS OFFERED AT LTSS? Spiritual direction training in the Christian tradition is based in the work of the Holy Spirit. It has been practiced throughout church history, from the time of Jesus with his disciples until now. Our program offers an experience grounded in the Trinitarian faith. However, we recognize that there is deep spiritual wisdom in other faith traditions. We draw upon those traditions, and integrate them into a Christian perspective. WHAT DOES LTSS’S PROGRAM ENTAIL? Participating in four residential intensives, each January and June, for two years. The intensives always begin on a Wednesday at noon, and end on the following Saturday at noon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the January 2021 intensive will be held completely online. We hope to return to residential intensives in June 2021, but that decision has not been made official. Each cycle consists of a cohort of 16 persons. Each cohort is split into two groups, and each group has its own mentor. WHAT IS REQUIRED OF PARTICIPANTS BETWEEN INTENSIVES? Discerning and meeting regularly with a spiritual director, if you do not already have one Discerning a willing person to be your spiritual directee Worshipping experiences during the four intensives Learning from expert instructors in the spiritual life Reading key books and short reaction papers CYCLE 5 (2021-2022) INTENSIVE DATES: January 13-16, 2021 June TBD, 2021 January 5-8, 2022 June TBD, 2022 CYCLE 5 GROUP MENTORS: Angela Ford Nelson Herman Yoos CYCLE 5 INSTRUCTORS TBD CYCLE 5 COSTS: The total cost for the two-year cycle is $3,000, which includes tuition and meals during residential intensives. Most participants in the past have made four payments of $750. They would typically bring their payment to campus when they arrived for each residential intensive. Since the January 2021 intensive will be held completely online, we are unable to include meals. As a result, we are reducing the tuition cost by $88, which would bring the January ’21 payment down to just $662, and the total tuition cost would be $2,911. PROGRAM LOCATION The Spiritual Direction Certification Program is housed at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, which is located near downtown Columbia, South Carolina. INTENSIVE LODGING: Participants typically find their own lodging. A limited number of accommodations are available on the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary campus for $25/night. As January 2021’s intensive will be held online, housing arrangements are not necessary. SHOULD I APPLY TO THE PROGRAM AT LTSS? Everyone is Welcome to Apply - The primary purpose of this certification program is to train people who feel called to be a spiritual companion; however, those who have already been on the contemplative journey and who wish to deepen their own spiritual practices are also welcome. With spiritual discernment questions, contact the Spiritual Direction Certification Program Director, Dr. Melanie Dobson, at melanie.dobson@lr.edu or (919) 724-3557. With administrative/application completion questions, or to email application materials, contact the Academy for Faith and Leadership Registrar, Mrs. Ellen Girardeau, at (803) 461-3237 or ellen.girardeau@lr.edu.
Susan Cooper
English
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach
onalark48@yahoo.ca
I have been devoted my whole life to the Wilderness -- both inner and outer. I experience in that Wild a Spirit that as much longs for us as we for It. The spiritual journey is the journey of Love in the world, a creative and ever-creating journey. My task is to facilitate the heart-seeing necessary for living clearly that journey in the world, the clearing of what obstructs that seeing ... and the deepening of our capacity for heart-centered sanctuary. I established the first contemplative and spiritual direction ministry in the United Church of Canada, and led that ministry for ten years, offering weekly contemplative worship, special liturgical events, retreats/workshops, and one-on-one and group spiritual direction. I left that position to deepen my own journey ... most especially through Shadow work, immersion in Dream Study, and solitary hiking in the wildernesses of Canada. I currently facilitate courses through the Center for Action and Contemplation, and participate in an international "Make Sanctuary" initiative that has as one of its exciting intentions the act of breaking down false barriers of consciousness between people, places, things.
Sandra Osborne
Calgary
Alberta
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach
osbornesandra@icloud.com
403 815-3112
Corporate/Workplace, Education, Group Spiritual Direction, Women's Issues, Young Adults
With background in Christian higher education, I accompany men and women in Christian leadership, as well as people exploring vocational and life transitions. I value joy, laughter, meaningful work, and transformational journeys as we attend to God's presence in our life stories.
Sr. Tina Alfieri
GAINESVILLE
FL
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
tmalfieri@yahoo.com
3523181500
Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency, Health Care, Mental Health/Depression
Diocesan hermit; licensed psychotherapist. Offering spiritual direction in the Discalced Carmelite tradition of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.
Victoria Weinstein
Lynn
MA
English
Christianity, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent, Unitarian Universalist, Wicca/Neopaganism
Spiritual Companion/Director
victoria.weinstein@gmail.com
7817757601
Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Creative Arts, Dreamworker, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Psychic Phenomena, Women's Issues
I have spent my adult life in parish ministry (Unitarian Universalist) and the arts. I honor the creative spirit in all and am most interested in the non-traditional, the magical and mystical and the language of imagination and dreams. Let's work together to explore your spiritual instincts and experiences and see where deeper Wisdom is leading you. Queer-friendly, kink-friendly, anti-racist/anti-oppressive. Grounded in liberal Christian tradition, raised in culturally Jewish environment, comfortable with Theist, atheist, questioning, Spiritual But Not Religious, and many other varieties of humans. Northwestern University, B. A. 1988 (English Literature). Harvard University, M.Div., 1977. Andover-Newton Theological School, Doctor of Ministry, 2011.
Tracey Vrba
Fremont
Nebraska
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
hello@traceymichele.com
http://www.traceymichele.com
Kate Laymon
Citrus Heights
CA
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach, Has Internet Courses Available
kate@katelaymon.com
http://www.katelaymon.com
Mental Health/Depression, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Spiritual direction clears away the debris and dust that clouds our vision both of God and ourselves, allowing us to see the love of God for us, and the beauty and purpose of our true nature more clearly. My hope is that through spiritual companionship you would learn to live more freely with God, and become more fully and simply yourself. I value authenticity and the experience of just getting honest with how we feel about God, about life, and about ourselves, bringing these things into the conversation with God, rather than needing to be or act a certain way. I offer a space of nonjudgmental acceptance for wherever you find yourself on your spiritual journey. I've been trained in a contemplative style of spiritual direction through Selah, a ministry of Leadership Transformations Inc. I also bring a backgroun in psychology and knowledge of the Enneagram into my work as a spiritual director. I'd love to be a friend for wherever you find yourself on your journey. Feel free to reach out with any questions you have.
Nan Neff
Wimberley
Texas
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
soulspace78676@gmail.com
http://soulspacespiritualdirection.com
Education, Mindfulness/Meditation
Oftentimes in our lives there are periods of being put in a crucible. The good news is that the pressure of the crucible leads to the creation of something new. Which direction to take? What is God offering to you at this time? Having a safe, grace-filled environment in which to give voice to the inner stirrings and doubts of one's soul is profound. I look forward to providing that environment for you so that together we can discern God's call for you and work to cultivate a deeper intimacy with Him. Please visit my website. I am also an experienced retreat facilitator and am available for retreats for adults or teens. My formation as a spiritual director was through a 3-year program at St. Peter Upon the Water in Ingram, TX.
Rev. Robert Carr
Lenexa
Kansas
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
robcarr924@gmail.com
9137069469
Couples/Families, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, European Cultures, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, LGBTQIA+, Men's Issues, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Young Adults
Greetings Friend! I am a retired Disciples of Christ pastor, having served three congregations across 38 years of a life in pastoral ministry. The Disciples of Christ is an ecumenically open and warmly inclusive denominational family. As you can imagine, I've spent countless hours offering graced presence to people in every life circumstance. The heart of my own spiritual practice is centering prayer, as taught by Father Thomas Keating and Contemplative Outreach. I've been practicing centering prayer for 25 years and, commissioned by Contemplative Outreach, I've been teaching centering prayer and leading centering prayer retreats for 18 years. I hold a certificate in Spiritual Guidance from the Sophia Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison Kansas. In addition, I've been involved for 20 years in leadership with the Academy for Spiritual Formation. It's been ten years now since I began to offer a ministry of spiritual guidance to others. This form of ministry fits my contemplative heart very well. I also identify as a husband, a father of 4 adult children, and a grandfather to 3 grandsons. I love to ride my bicycle, watch movies, read, and volunteer here and there in my community. I welcome your inquiry about how we might prayerfully listen together and tend to the ways God is at work in your life.
Sandra Yap
Danville
California
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
syap258@gmail.com
“For it is not knowing much, but realising and relishing things interiorly, that contents and satisfies the soul.” ― Ignatius of Loyola, The Spiritual Exercises. I have been formed in Ignatian Spirituality with a Master of Spiritual Direction, University of Divinity, Australia.
Lisa Heath
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
LisaM418@aol.com
13053016372
Addiction, Couples/Families, Divorced/Widowed, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Young Adults
Jack Bodden
College Station
Texas
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
jack.bodden@gmail.com
97 9-7 77 -4384
Grief and Loss, Mental Health/Depression
Retired clinical psychologist Member of Christ United Methodist Church Completed Spiritual Director training, Charis class five (2020) Member, Charis Council for class six
John Hanneman
Carmel
CA
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
johnshanneman@gmail.com
650-823-1099
Group Spiritual Direction, Men's Issues, Young Adults
After serving as a pastor in the SF Bay Area for 34 years I retired to Carmel CA. My work for many years was with young singles but over the past ten years I have grown in the areas of spiritual formation and direction, receiving my training through the CenterQuest School of Spiritual Direction. Currently I am involved in a ministry to pastors and ministry leaders that provides a space for the care of their own souls.
Aileen Murphy
Dublin
English, French
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
amurphy@manresa.ie
353-1-833 1352
www.manresa.ie
The Rev'd Dwayne Engh
Coventry
West Midlands
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
dwayneengh@gmail.com
+442488050501
http://www.blueroofcoventry.org
Born in Vancouver, but raised mostly in Calgary (Canada), Dwayne Engh has been blessed with a wide range of opportunities throughout the world as a composer, conductor, percussionist, and educator. Having trained to be a priest at Westcott House (University of Cambridge), he was ordained in 2015 into the Church of England and is the Vicar of St Mary Magdalen Church,. After training in Spiritual Accompaniment in the Diocese of Coventry, he loves being a Spiritual Director and accompanying people on their journey. He is also an Assistant Director of Ordinands and on the Bishop's Council in the Diocese of Coventry. He holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from King’s College London as well as a BMus and a BEd from the University of Calgary (Canada). He has published in the field of linguistics. Conducting highlights include performances in the Vienna Radio City Concert Hall (Austria), the Dom zu Salzburg (Austria), St. Martin’s Cathedral Ypres (Belgium), the Concert Hall of Yuto-Cho (Japan), the Concert Hall in Shizuoka (Japan) and Rolduc Abbey (Netherlands). He was previously a YAMAHA Canada sponsored clinician and guest speaker. He was a member of the London Philharmonic Choir, has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the touring National Ballet Orchestra, recorded for CBC Radio and performed with pit orchestras in both Toronto and Calgary. He has written original compositions for choir, dance, drama, film, and percussion ensembles (percussion music published through Eighth Note Publications and carried by Alfred Music Publishing).