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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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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Pamela Ayo Yetunde, Center of the Heart, Audre: Spiritual Care for Women with Cancer
English
Buddhism, Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Chaplain
678-390-5266
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.
Kevin Andrew Kelly, SJ
Pierrefonds
Quebec
English, French
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
416-702-9886
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
Holy Listening
Otis
OR
English
Christianity, Quaker, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
5304007227
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 https://www.holylistening.com/our-spiritual-directors
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
+639171886883
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
Jim Palmer (Interfaith & Interspiritual Collective)
English
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.
David and Beth Booram - Fall Creek Abbey
Indianapolis
IN
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Formation/Training School
317.362.3680
Located in Indianapolis, IN, each learning cohort (8 to 12 participants) is trained in a classical approach to spiritual direction. Participants gather at the Abbey for five (two-day) intensives per year for two years. Year One provides a strong introduction to spiritual direction and is a year of discerning one’s calling to spiritual direction. Year Two is for those who feel called to offer spiritual direction (formally or informally) and provides more in-depth knowledge and skill-based training in the art of spiritual direction. Every intensive in Year One and Two is a combination of process and praxis. In addition, throughout this program strong focus is given to the deepening of each participant’s spiritual life and contemplative practice. A bonus are the lifelong friendships often forged through this small cohort experience! For more information or to request a syllabus, please contact Beth Booram at beth.booram@fallcreekabbey.org or visit our website at fallcreekabbey.org.
Sue DeFerrari
Miami
FL
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Formation/Training School
Asian Cultures, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Education, Grief and Loss
Spiritual Companion/Director, MorningStar Renewal Center – Retreat and Conference facilitator. Director of Spiritual Companionship Program, St. Thomas University – 3 year certificate program.
Lil Smith
RICHARDSON
TX
English
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Unitarian Universalist
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Formation/Training School
214-543-9833
My definition of spiritual direction is to take a long, loving look at what is real (Presence), to seek freedom from bondage (tangles and knots), to savor and celebrate with the Holy, to discover a deeper meaning and purpose in life. Together we will listen, explore, and tend your relationship with the Holy. This spiritual work emerges from your image of God/Source/Breath as we encourage a developing language that is a natural expression of your relationship. Tending body, mind, and spirit, we will discover new life together. I work with individuals and groups in spiritual direction and in supervision of spiritual directors. Inviting the whole self to these sessions, I invite imagination and creativity with art, music, and written expression. My passion: accompanying individuals and groups in the spiritual walk. My training: MDIV and DMIN from SMU Perkins School of Theology, Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary, Supervision Training with Together in the Mystery. I am a co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center in Richardson (Dallas), TX. I meet with individuals and small groups here. I also meet via telephone and video conference. You may visit my website for fees and booking information: https://prayingthelectionary.life/ With a grateful heart, Lil
Kristen Jawad
Kirkland
Washington
English
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Islam, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Life Coach
4252695305
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
Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. How is your heart in this moment? Perhaps you are – Navigating a Major Life Transition (illness, divorce, career change) Welcoming a Newborn or Preparing for Motherhood Feeling Burned Out? Especially as a Parent, Caregiver, Educator or Healthcare Professional Struggling with Creating & Maintaining Healthy Self-Care Habits I partner with seekers to cultivate a healthy relationship between the body.mind.soul so they make life serving choices, release emotions, create positive habits, and transition through difficult phases of life with more ease. As a Bodymind Coach, Spiritual Companion and Healthcare Provider, my approach has been refined and proven over 20+ 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 and Compassionately to complexity and change in your own life with gentle accountability. I support women through one-on-one sessions on Zoom/Calls. Local clients also have the option to integrate traditional bodywork or guided nature experiences to support whole-person well-being. I also offer solo retreats in my Kirkland Airbnb and small group programs. My approach fits best with women who are feeling curiously motivated to try something new or nudged into exploring a new path due to burnout or big life changes. Many of my clients are seeking gentle support and guidance through transitions like becoming a mother, the loss of a loved one, or releasing life-ways that no longer serve them. We honor “What is stirring in you?” and make 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 awe, what once was ordinary becomes extraordinary. I invite you to develop personal practices to help you return to your intention each day. You are in the right place if you want to commit to a Heart Centered Life by: Creating sacred space for contemplation & restorative alchemy in your own home or my studio. 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 and 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 and developing practical pathways of living in the fullness and flow of life as a daily spiritual practice. Clients seek me out for my empathic presence, deep listening skills & gentle way of inspiring & evoking the best in them. Looking for safe space to dive deep and explore living your deepest values? I partner with clients to create culturally sensitive, HSP-Knowledgable and trauma informed sessions. I have been providing healthcare and educational experiences since 1997. My inspiration comes from the natural world, non violence, Rumi, Marshall Rosenberg, Miki Kashtan, Dr. Elaine Aron and Parker Palmer.
Karen Campbell
Salisbury
North Carolina
English
Christianity, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
(704) 213-0796
Corporate/Workplace, Creative Arts, Dreamworker, Education, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues, Young Adults

Karen Perrell Campbell, MHDL is a certified creative depth coach, spiritual director, artist and dream worker. She intuitively weaves together multiple modalities assisting others as they journey into wholeness. 

Carole Riley
Charleston
West Virginia
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Formation/Training School, Offers Graduate School Credit, Has Internet Courses Available
4129014259
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.

Jeanne Ranek
Yankton
South Dakota
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Formation/Training School
Jeannette Easley
Houston
Texas
English, Spanish
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
1-210-289-4130
Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Education, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Homeless/Low Income, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Jeannette Easley is a spiritual director and ministers in a contemplative spirituality center. She is Roman Catholic, has an MA in Religious Studies and has been ministering within the structure of the Roman Catholic church for 38 years. Five years she worked as a lay missionary in South America..
Clare Shearman
Shoreham
Victoria
English
Buddhism, Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Quaker, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor
+61359898777
Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Divorced/Widowed, Dreamworker, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, European Cultures, Grief and Loss, Homeless/Low Income, Immigrants/Displaced, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, People with Disabilities, Women's Issues, Young Adults
I am a trained Spiritual Director and a member of the Conference of Spiritual Directors Australia. I trained at Heart of Life in Melbourne. Their Siloam Program the longest running spiritual direction formation program in Australia. It was also the first program to be recognized by the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction, as meeting its standards for formation. Shortly after the end of my training, I spent five years in Cornwall, UK where I set up and ran a retreat center with my husband Artie. Artie is an Australian and in 2020 we moved to Melbourne to be closer to our Australian family. I direct people of all faiths and none. It is a privilege to journey alongside anyone seeking a companion on their spiritual path in life. I am now a retreat host at The Cliffs Retreat in Shoreham, Victoria, Australia. The Cliffs was formally run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and Brian Gallagher, the former retreat host was also the person who developed and began the Siloam Program where I received my training. The course I completed was based on spiritual direction training Brian received whilst at Barry and Connolly's course at their ‘Centre for Religious Development’ in Boston. The Melbourne program focuses on the discerning and contemplative approach to spiritual direction that Brian experienced there.
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
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.
Julie Stegelmann
Goshen
Indiana
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
574-202-2864
Deep listening, contemplative grounding, body awareness and integration.
Jeannette Filthaut SP
Kingston
ON
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor
17802995426
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
Dani Hart
Steilacoom
Washington
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
253-588-1637
Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Dreamworker, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues