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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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
jimpalmerauthor@gmail.com
https://www.jimpalmerauthor.com/
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
beth@fallcreekabbey.org
317.362.3680
www.fallcreekabbey.org
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.
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
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
www.creativesoulcraft.com
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
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.

Jeannette Easley
Houston
Texas
English, Spanish
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
Jeannette@micahministry.com
1-210-289-4130
Jeannette@micahministry.com
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..
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.
Julie Stegelmann
Goshen
Indiana
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
574-202-2864
www.pathwaysretreat.org
Deep listening, contemplative grounding, body awareness and integration.
Jeannette Filthaut SP
Kingston
ON
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor
jeannette.filthaut@providence.ca
17802995426
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
Dani Hart
Steilacoom
Washington
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center
sma602@aol.com
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
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, People with Disabilities, 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
Patricia Julian
Oceanside
California
English
Bahai, Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Retreat Center, Supervisor
jeanjulian77@gmail.com
(602) 717-7133
Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues
Pat Julian For 30 years Pat has worked as a Spiritual Companion with people of all Christian faiths. Trained at Shalem Institute in Washington DC. to companion others on their spiritual journey, she realized her vocation was to serve others as they follow their personal call: to discover how to listen to God’s invitation to know themselves and to know God. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International and Contemplative Prayer of North Diego as well as Contemplative Prayer International. I was trained as a Spiritual Companion at Shalem Institute in Washington DC in 1981. Since then my ministry has been with the Franciscans of Santa Barbara as Spiritual Director and Program Director. St Francis of Assisi has had a lasting influence on the way I view Spiritual Companioning. His emphasis on respect for every individual, an immutable love of God for all creation, necessity of discernment when making choices in life and compassion for those who suffer or feel a distance from God has formed my personal spirituality and shaped my vocation as Spiritual Companion. At the present I serve as Spiritual Companion at Old Mission Retreat Center in Oceanside, CA. I see people in one-and-one sessions at the Center and also conducts sessions on Zoom, FaceTime, and on the phone.
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