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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Results will appear in the “Search Results” section below.

Search Results

Kristen Jawad
Kirkland
Washington
English
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Islam, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Life Coach
info@kristenjawad.com
4252695305
www.kristenjawad.com
Children/Teens, Couples/Families, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Immigrants/Displaced, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Middle Eastern Cultures, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues, Young Adults
As a Life Coach, Companion & Healthcare Provider, my approach has been refined and proven over years, through working with hundreds of women. I work closely with you as you discover the power of your observations so you can calm your nervous system. We focus on evidence based practices to build your capacity. You learn how to adapt Gracefully & Compassionately to complexity and change in your own life with gentle accountability. I support clients through one-on-one sessions on Zoom/Calls & in person clients have the option to integrate traditional bodywork to support whole-person well-being. I also offer retreats & small group programs. My approach fits best with women who are feeling uncertain – yet curiously motivated to try something new. Many of my clients are seeking gentle support and guidance through transitions like becoming a mother, the loss of a loved one, divorce, or other major life transformations. We honor “What is stirring in you?” and makes space for Sacred longings to surface. Living as a seeker is a daily practice, and when you begin to infuse everyday life with spirituality and intention, what once was ordinary becomes extraordinary. I invite you to develop rituals to help you return to your intention each day, and share resources on intentional living including self-discovery, mindfulness, and simplicity. You are in the right place if you want to commit to a Heart Centered Life by: Taking responsibility for the power of your thoughts and interpretations of your moment-to-moment experience. Developing a greater awareness of the beauty of your own needs & create space for just being who you are. Mindfully choosing your actions and your communication with others to be more effective and authentic. Embracing life’s uncertainties with compassion, curiosity, wonder, and spaciousness. Practicing deep inquiry & developing practical pathways of living in the fullness and flow of life as a daily spiritual practice.
Carole Riley
Charleston
West Virginia
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Formation/Training School, Offers Graduate School Credit, Has Internet Courses Available
wviscr@aol.com
4129014259
www.wvis.org
Addiction, Asian Cultures, Children/Teens, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Education, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Psychic Phenomena, Women's Issues, Young Adults
In addition to Pittsburgh, I am available through the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality in Charleston, West Virginia, where we offer training and ongoing supervision. www.wvInstituteforSpirituality.org
Elizabeth Amman
Woodruff
Wisconsin
English
Christianity
Retreat Center
715-385-3750

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center engages persons seeking greater meaning in life and a deeper relationship with God, others, self and all creation by providing space for inspiration, reflection and solitude.

We offer programs and retreats year-round and spiritual direction on and off-site. Spiritual direction is a one-on-one meeting between a director and a person seeking a deeper relationship with God. The focus is awareness of God in everyday life. There are five certified spiritual directors on staff.

Sr Elizabeth Amman, OP  ~ Rev Grant Van Lishout ~ Sr Marla Lang, FSPA ~ Sr Mary Ellen Green, OP ~ Patricia Pintens

For more information on spiritual direction or to schedule an appointment please visit the Spiritual Direction page on our website or contact us at 715-385-3750.

Karen Hensel-Lindauer
Louisville
Kentucky
English
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
(502) 741-3896
Corporate/Workplace, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, Women's Issues
It is an honor and a privilege to accompany people on their life journeys, paying attention to how Spirit may be moving in ordinary and extraordinary experiences. I offer both individual sessions and group sessions for spiritual companioning.
Tom Zelinski
Washington
Michigan
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
tzelinski@gmail.com
2486514826
Divorced/Widowed, Elderly/Mature, Men's Issues
In 2020 I am a 76 year old Catholic priest, and member of the Capuchin Franciscan Order ( OFM Cap.). I have spent 29 years in retreat center ministry at several places. I have also been in a parish for 7 years. I have been in religious life for 57 years and have been a priest for 48 years. I have worked on hundreds of weekend retreats for adults, usually as a member of a team. I have walked with many people on directed retreats. I have a master's degree in pastoral counseling and have made the Ignatian Exercises.
Jeannette Filthaut
Kingston
ON
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor
jeannette.filthaut@providence.ca
613-544-4525 ext 248
www.providence.ca
Corporate/Workplace, Divorced/Widowed, Education, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues
Jeannette is an elder, a semi-retired adult educator and facilitator, with many years involved with personal, individual and group spiritual direction work. She listens attentively to the inner workings of the Spirit in herself and in those she companions through spiritual direction. As a religious Sister for 59 years, Jeannette has embraced cosmology and justice issues with deep reflection, passion and activism
Melinda K Hills
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
hillsmindy@gmail.com
Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Grief and Loss, Health Care
Spiritual guidance provides a container that is safe and without judgement. Its a place where another's sacred story is held and nurtured. With "ears of the heart" I utilize prayerful prompts and gentle compassion to cultivate disclosure and discovery, to help discern the Holy presence within your beautiful heart. My hope is that during these Holy encounters you will gain clarity for your souls journey. The gift of a Spiritual guidance encounter is that it is sacred work for both of us. May you be willing to listen deeply and allow love to lead you home to rest in God's grace.
Dan Frachey
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
dfrachey@chiaracenter.org
2178999918
www.chiaracenter.org
Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Group Spiritual Direction, Men's Issues
Being a director in a spiritual companioning relationship is one of the most gratifying realities in my life. The privilege of encountering another soul, another spirit who seeks to relate, grow, expand and thrive is a source of deep gladness. I committed to this path when I first obtained my Masters in Pastoral Ministry in 2009 from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis and then completed my certification there as a spiritual director in 2010. Here are some characterizing statements to help get a sense of how I approach the gift of serving as a spiritual companion: * Extending the "Gift of Presence" by creating a sacred space with which to encounter another human being and to extend the gift of listening is my heart's desire for a spiritual companioning session. *As a person, I am a connector and conciliator who delights in seeing the relationship between all that is within the cosmos and right down to the smallest moment of a person's life. * Though I strive to embrace silence and stillness, I have a propensity to see images and how they connect with one's emerging sense of the Divine Mystery however we respectfully refer to LOVE, God or Source. * By nature, I value the richness of all human relationships and at present serve as President in the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association an Convener for the Spiritual Directors of Central Illinois. My work as an anti-racist allows me to live most truthfully into my sense of self as being-with-others. * I grew up in the tradition of Catholic Christianity and have integrated the rich spiritual heritage in terms of an incarnational spirituality that allows me to see the sacred operating in all manifest realities held within the universe. At the same time, my heart is inclined with a deep respect and sense of gladness about those who journey alongside me who embrace a different way of understanding their sense of self as connected with God, Source, Mystery or my preferred term Divine Love. I'm blessed to serve at present as Program Director at the Chiara Center, a place of Franciscan spirituality that welcomes all people for reflection, retreat and conferencing on the beautiful grounds of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Motherhouse in Springfield, Illinois, USA. This work allows me to encounter a blessed diversity of souls while practicing a beloved hospitality to our visitors and guests. When not at work or doing sessions, I love having deep conversations with my wife Sherry, gardening and landscaping my yard as a steward or co-creator of the earth, making my own homemade jelly that I sell to raise money for local charities, walk my three dogs, riding my 1600 Cruiser motorcycle and playing Trombone in pit orchestras for local community musical theater productions.
Claire Mac Neil
Antigonish
Nova Scotia
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Has Internet Courses Available
spirituality.bethany@themarthas.com
902-863-4726
www.themarthas.com
Creative Arts, Education, Energy Work, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation
Sr. Claire is Director of Martha Ministry of Spirituality which is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. We offer a peaceful space of hospitality where people, as individuals and as community may experience with us the Mystery of God at the heart of our lives and in all of creation.
Rev. Erin E. King, MDiv, BCC
Stockton
California
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Has Internet Courses Available, Chaplain
kingerine@gmail.com
(209) 815-0763
www.izumiwellspring.com
Addiction, Alcoholism, Asian Cultures, Children/Teens, Codependency, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Differently Abled, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, LGBTQIA+, Men's Issues, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Catherine Cahill Cahill
Tampa
Florida
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
sistercathycahill@gmail.com
8133359392
sistercathycahill.com
Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency
I am a Franciscan Sister with over 20 years experience as a spiritual director/companion. belong to a peer supervision group and have a spiritual director myself. For over 30 years I have lead retreats for people in 12 Step recovery (persons in AA, Al-Anon, NA, GA, etc.)
Colleen Gregg
Auburn
California
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor
cgregg@mercycenter.org
530-887-2048
www.mercycenter.org
Corporate/Workplace, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Grief and Loss, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues
Director, Mercy Center Auburn Conference & Retreat Center Spiritual Director: 25 years Supervisor: 10+ years Years of Background and Experience: Enneagram, Ignatian Spirituality
Dianne Mantyka
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
English
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Formation/Training School
Teresa Skierkowski
Mendham
New Jersey
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Formation/Training School
steresaskier@gmail.com
201-602-2235
www.scceast.org
Elderly/Mature, LGBTQIA+, Men's Issues, Mindfulness/Meditation, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues

Villa Pauline Retreat and Spiritual Center, Staff Member, offering Spiritual Direction and Supervision of Spiritual Directors. Our Center offers a Spiritual Direction Formation Program; Directed, Guided, Preached and Private Retreats; Workshops and Day Programs; Outdoor Chartres Labyrinth. www.quellenspiritualcenter.org E-mail: steresaskier@gmail.com Our website is www.scceast.org

Carol Herman, MA
Hellertown
Pennsylvania
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
sdi@ealvinc.com
Addiction, Creative Arts, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Grief and Loss, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Young Adults
Spiritual direction is the ministry that allows me to companion people who long to know God more and understand His working in their lives. I am passionate about engaging people in awareness of God, His love, and His compassion. A degreed spiritual director, I have a private practice and also work at St. Francis Retreat House as a presenter, spiritual director, and presenter.