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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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.
Children/Teens, Divorced/Widowed, Education, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, LGBTQIA+, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Spiritual Companion/Director, Chaplain
Dying/Sick/Hospice, Women's Issues
Spiritual Director, Presbyterian Pastor, Hospice Chaplain. Training through the Shalem Institute, Christos Center, and Pneuma Institute (based on Ignatian Exercises).
Roy M. Carlisle
Publisher of Transpersonal Psychology books
Leslye Colvin, a student in the Haden Institute’s spiritual direction certification program, will begin companioning in 2022.
A Catholic laywoman and a writer, she is communications coordinator for the Catholic Committee of the South’s Gathering for Mission and on the editorial team for the Center of Action and Contemplation’s Daily Meditations.
Inspired by the Church’s social justice tradition, Leslye is passionate about encouraging diversity and concern for those who are marginalized. She has a wide range of experience in promoting mission and expanding outreach. Her essay, “Life, Freedom and Dignity: Reflections of a Black American Catholic”, is included in The Catholic Women Speak Network’s Visions and Vocations published by Paulist Press on the occasion of the 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment. She has been interviewed by America Magazine, Radio Veritas, and Vatican Radio on the construct of race.
Leslye serves on the Board of Directors for NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and is a a graduate of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Her blog, Leslye’s Labyrinth features writings from her African-American Catholic heart at bit.ly/leslyeslabyrinth.
.I have a PhD in Human Sciences from Texas Tech, an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, but have learned mostly from life in letting God love me and fellow pilgrims into life.
Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Divorced/Widowed, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Mental Health/Depression, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Brook Johnson is a certified spiritual director, listener to the deep and facilitator of process.
"In listening to life's daily experiences and inner movements, one discovers his/her heart's desire and begins to live more fully in the present and with intention regardless of religious background."
Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, LGBTQIA+, Women's Issues, Young Adults
I offer individual and group companionship to support you on your journey. I also will be offering small three week groups in Fall 2020, Praying and coping on the Coronacoaster, and specific offerings for teacher and medical provider support.Contact me for details and free first session.
Buddhism, Christianity, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Corporate/Workplace, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Grief and Loss, Mindfulness/Meditation
After 33 years of working in and directing intensive care units in hospitals, I became a spiritual director. During that time, i worked with many patients and their families to answer questions such as:
"To what am I connected that is greater than myself? What gives meaning to my life? How do I adjust to the realities of physical limitation, grief, loss? How does my belief/nonbelief in a purpose for my life manifest in my day-to-day existence?"
These are the truly spiritual questions whether one believes in God or not. Life is experiential, not intellectual. All the great Mystics have known the truth of that.
Couples/Families, Grief and Loss, Men's Issues, Mindfulness/Meditation
Spiritual direction offers a safe space in a hurried, word-filled world, to pause, listen, and become present to ourselves and God. It is an honor to walk with those on this journey of discovery. I love helping others develop spiritual habits and draw closer to God as they become like Jesus for the sake of others.
Sharon and I have served as pastors since 1980 and currently reside in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area. I have a Master of Divinity from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, have been trained as a Spiritual Director through Selah, a Certificate Program from Leadership Transformation (https://www.leadershiptransformations.org/selah), and I am presently working on a DMin with an emphasis in Spiritual Formation at Phoenix Seminary. I am available for Spiritual Direction or Spiritual Formation Coaching sessions either in person in Glendale or by Skype or Zoom. Contact: email@example.com
Sharon is honored to walk with individuals as they seek to draw closer to God, experience inner healing, and learn to know themselves more deeply. She loves to help people awaken to their deepest desires and longings, and finds great joy in helping people discover their personal pathway to spiritual formation.
She is available for Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Formation Coaching, Retreats, Speaking, and accompaniment in the Ignatian Exercises, as well as Enneagram teaching, typing Interviews and Enneagram-based Spiritual Direction and/or Coaching.
Sharon is a Certified Teacher in the Narrative Enneagram, a member of the International Enneagram Association, the Arizona Enneagram Association, the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association, and the Arizona Spiritual Formation Society.
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual
Codependency, Grief and Loss
For many years, I battled my own insecurities. I let depression and anxiety get the best of me. Through years of personal work--with a therapist, spiritual companionship, working the twelve steps, and finally schooling and training--I discovered how living in the unresolved past (depression) and focusing on the what-ifs of an unknown future (anxiety), I was missing out on the most important part: Right Now. I have healed many of those wounds and found tools to help me get back into the present.
If you are seeking a companion, I will walk alongside you through your own journey to self-discovery. I will listen openly. We can explore what makes your heart sing and what might be holding you back. Especially in the time of a global pandemic, I will support you through the very real challenge of isolation, fear, grief, and division.
I am not perfect by any means. I have a chaotic home life with a young child. My own spiritual journey has led me to primarily identify as a Christian in the Episcopal Church, though I have explored and connected with many spiritual and faith traditions. With each exploration, I have found the core of each of them to be LOVE. I also relate to agnostic skepticism. The God of my understanding is beyond understanding. What's right or wrong is not relevant; what sparks love and healing is.
If you are here, I hope you will give spiritual companionship a try. If one companion is not the right fit, don't give up! Try again! We are all on this site to support each other on our journey. Be well and know that you are loved.
Charles M. Clifton
Christianity, Interfaith, Quaker
Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Group Spiritual Direction, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures
I am happiest when I am listening. In my present state, I have the ears of an Evangelical Franciscan Quaker. I have the intention to rest with you with hospitality and to listen until you hear God.
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach
Couples/Families, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Latin American Cultures, Men's Issues, Mindfulness/Meditation, Young Adults
Vini has been working in ministry for over 20 years. He has worked in adult ministries, youth ministries, and various non profits. His experience range from peer counseling, retreat leader, to event speaker. His recent endeavor is working as a Clinician in a Mental Health clinic. Vini holds a Masters in Pastoral Ministry from the Oblate School of Theology and a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, father, and military veteran. He has been married for over 23 years and has three children now transitioning into teen and young adulthood.
San Luis Obispo
People with Disabilities, Education, Elderly/Mature, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues, Young Adults
I live on the beautiful central coast of California. After retiring from a career in special education, I volunteered with a local non-profit for five years, companioning inmates in the local jail. My love for spiritual direction blossomed during that time and I received my formal training through the CenterQuest School of Spiritual Direction.
My grounding is in the Catholic Christian tradition and I welcome people form other faith traditions. I also welcome those who identify with being spiritual but not religious. I have journeyed on a long spiritual path, which has included studying philosophy and comparative world religions, and leaving the Catholic church for a period of time. I am a meditator, and have read widely in the areas of healing, mysticism, and influences of Eastern religions. I am familiar with the Enneagram and value it as a tool for expanding self-knowledge.
My great joy as a spiritual director is seeing people realize that God's love is not based on their past behavior, but is totally given to them unconditionally. To walk beside someone who comes into this truth of God's grace is a sacred privilege.
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Divorced/Widowed, Education, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues
Rev. Diane Berke is the Founder and Spiritual Director of One Spirit Learning Alliance. Ordained as an interfaith minister in 1988, she is a respected pioneer in the field of interfaith/interspiritual education; this past June (2020) she stepped down after 18 years as Director of the One Spirit Seminary Training.
Diane has worked closely with Andrew Harvey in his Institute for Sacred Activism, is a founding member of the Contemplative Alliance of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, and is a co-founder of Transformation 365, an online platform to introduce people to a broad range of contemplative practices. She is also a certified facilitator of the Circle of Trust® work of the Center for Courage and Renewal.
A student and teacher of A Course in Miracles for over 30 years, Diane has led retreats and workshops on spiritual development throughout the United States and internationally. She is the author of several books and educational manuals, including Love Always Answers, The Gentle Smile, Developing and Deepening Your Spiritual Practice, and Forgiveness as a Path of Awakening.
Diane is known for the clarity and wisdom of her teaching, the sincerity and depth of her compassion, and her ability to create exceptionally safe and nourishing learning and companioning spaces in which people can heal and flourish. She continues to actively serve One Spirit as a "spiritual grandmother" and guide.
Jim Palmer (Interfaith & Interspiritual Collective)
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Life Coach, Has Internet Courses Available, Chaplain
Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency, Divorced/Widowed, Dreamworker, Education, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, LGBTQIA+, Men's Issues, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Sports, Women's Issues, Young Adults
I have a spiritual direction practice in Nashville. Several years ago, I began doing this work with people all over the world through video calls. There are several reasons why people contact me for spiritual direction, including:
1. Desiring to explore ultimate reality outside the framework of religion;
2. Seeking a more expansive, meaningful and human spirituality;
3. Interested in investigating the meaning behind their spiritual experiences such as dreams, visions, synchronicity, intuitive thoughts, and peak or transcendent moments;
4. A life crisis has caused them to question their personal or religious beliefs;
5. Searching for answers to life’s existential questions such as the meaning and purpose of life;
6. Interested in exploring spirituality beyond the boundaries of their religious background or tradition;
7. Wanting to address the root cause of unhappiness and disharmony in their life;
8. Desiring a whole relationship with themselves through self-discovery, self-acceptance, self-trust and self-care;
9. Needing to unshackle themselves from toxic religious beliefs.
The term “spiritual” is understood in many different ways and from diverse perspectives. For me, spirituality relates to our personal desire to establish a felt relationship with the deepest meanings, powers, longings and dynamics that govern life and our human journey. It includes our desire to become fully what we are, and realize our highest human potentialities and possibilities. There is also a transcendent aspect to the spiritual, a sense that we belong to and participate in an ultimate reality that is greater than our individual selves and often unfolds in peak experiences beyond mundane events. People may equate the spiritual as being sacred or transcendent or simply a deep sense of aliveness and interconnectedness. The outcome of a spiritual process or experience is often described as transformative, awakening, unitive, metamorphic and liberating.
I have a framework and process I utilize in doing spiritual direction doing work with a person. The process begins with a personal inventory, which I review before our first call. The inventory includes an extensive section on the person's religious background, and the damage toxic religion impacted their lives. Dependending on this section, I may enroll the person in my Life After Religion Course as part of my spiritual direction work with them.
Individual sessions or video calls are scheduled every other week. After each call, I will write and send an email with a detailed summary and further thoughts based on the areas and themes we discussed on our call. The calls are every other week because there is often an exercise, activity, project or assignment to be completed between each call. There is also unlimited email exchanges during our time to working together. I try to keep my rates affordable. My paying clients enable me to do personal development work pro bono for the homeless, the incarcerated, and victims of domestic violence.
I am a Chaplain with the American Humanist Association and certified as a spiritual director with a speciality in Jungian psychology. I also train and supervise spiritual directors.
Opening oneself to receive the loving presence of God in the “what is” of life is where inner transformation happens. As I have also been companioned by a spiritual director into more intimacy with my Beloved Christ, it is also my joy to journey with another as she or he listens for the voice of the One who is Love.
For the past 23 years, I have lived and loved in Kenya, East Africa. There I raised 5 children, supported the work of my physician husband, and was gifted with deep friendships. At the same time, I felt the tension and stresses of ministry, living in a low resource setting, daily struggling with what was the “right thing to do” and often wondering if I was doing enough or even was enough in light of the needs around us. I was involved in prayer ministry, Bible Studies, orphan work, and community outreach. My own personal time in scripture and prayer was rich and life giving. And yet, there was a disconnect in my personal life that I couldn’t understand. God used pain and learning to sit quietly in a new way to draw me to God’s very specific, tender compassion for me, just as I was.
A new life gift emerged from God- that of being able to sit with another and God, listening and noticing in a quiet, sacred and safe space. I completed my training as a spiritual director through CenterQuest School of Spiritual Direction in August 2020 . I look forward to welcoming and being present to the “what is” in the life of any who sense God’s invitation to the more that is in Christ through the Holy Spirit.
Christianity, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious
208 630 4850
Creative Arts, Group Spiritual Direction
Hello and thank you for looking at my bio.
I come from a Protestant Christian background but really found my path through mysticism and creative expression. Exploring both of these elements have drawn me closer to the divine but further away from dogmatic expressions of the divine.
I have found that there are many ways to approach spiritual direction. Sometimes, spiritual direction is a conversation between two people. One listening attentively and probing gently with questions of discernment, while the other expresses the movements of the spirit in their life. This expression may be with words or creativity (art). Other times, Spiritual direction is two companions speaking about things of the heart in light of the sacred. More often it is exploring ones spiritual life and journey with the aid of a trained director to guide with discernment and understanding of the movements of the spirit.
As an artist I find my connection to the divine often manifests during my painting process. Being attentive during that process is important for my spiritual life and journey. I believe other people feel the same way. Using creative expression as a spiritual discipline can open the door to new ways of experiencing the divine. Although it is not required during my spiritual direction sessions I do encourage people to explore creative expression at their leisure.
My formal education is centered in theology and philosophy. During my time at university I was drawn back time and time again to art and spirituality. I continued my education with certificates in spiritual formation and art. My life has been in exploration of the connection between the divine and creative expression.
B.A. Philosophy and Religion, Point Loma Nazarene University, 1996
Master of Arts, Theological Studies, George Fox University, 2001
Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Direction, George Fox University, 2001
Certificate in Therapeutic Art Life Coach, Transformation Academy, 2019
Codependency, Couples/Families, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Group Spiritual Direction, LGBTQIA+, Non-Traditional Healing, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Julia creates a safe place for all people to question, wonder, heal, listen and discover together with God. From experience, education and training as a licensed pastor and spiritual director, Julia combines contemplative practices, inner healing prayer and pastoral counsel, whether 1:1 or in large-group settings.
No hidden agendas. No judgment. Just a safe place to wrestle with questions, heal and be empowered to be who you were created to be.
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