Find a Spiritual Companion

Find a spiritual companion, spiritual director, or life coach to help you on your journey.

Are you ready to take the steps to find a spiritual director? 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 find a spiritual director or 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 in finding a spiritual companion, SDI offers this resource to help you locate and reach out to one of the 6000 spiritual companions listed in our free searchable database below.

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. Please be patient as it can take several seconds for the results to display.

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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Search Results

Catherine Wilson Gillespie
Maxwell
Iowa
English
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
5157708863
Enneagram, LGBTQIA+, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues
I am a wife, mom of grown children, and faculty member at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I am in the final (practicum) year of a spiritual direction training through the Prairie Fire Program offered by the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center. We conclude in July, 2021. All of my experience as a Spiritual Director so far has been on Zoom, and I am amazed by how effective it can be. I attend St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Des Moines. Fun fact: I am a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo.
Amy Oehlschlaeger
Saint Charles
MO
English
Christianity
Christianity, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director
Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Virginia Collins-English
Wilbraham
MA
English
Christianity
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director
Children/Teens, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Homeless/Low Income, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, People with Disabilities, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Venice R. Williams
English
Christianity
Christianity, Eco/Nature-based
Spiritual Companion/Director
(414)687-0122
BIPOC, Couples/Families, Ecospirituality/Nature-based, Group Spiritual Direction, Non-Traditional Healing, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Venice Williams identifies as a Cultural & Spiritual Midwife, strongly believing she was placed into Creation to help bring forth all that is good and whole in people, guiding them through the exploration of their life path. She also lives into the belief that the natural world has the power, images, and cycles to teach us everything we need to know on this journey. She teaches Rites of Passage courses for women, based on the four seasons. Venice is also a community herbalist, cultivating fifty to sixty herbal species each year, using them to craft teas, salves, scents and more, as part of her holistic, spiritual, community practice. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, over the past thirty-one years, Venice has been living and serving in Milwaukee as a Layminister through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Greater Milwaukee Synod. She is currently the Executive Director of Alice’s Garden Urban Farm, Minister for The Table: a first-century-style community in the twenty-first century, and Curator of the Kujichagulia Producers. Cooperative. "My role is one of guiding my clients to go deeper, to connect with the layers of spirit within and around them. I assist people in identifying, creating, cultivating a spiritual practice that sustains and nourishes their entire life journey."
Susana Cristina
Carnaxide-Oeiras
Lisboa
English, Portuguese
Spiritual but Not Religious
Buddhism, Christianity, Eco/Nature-based, Interfaith, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director
933444776
Corporate/Workplace, Energy Work, Enneagram, Young Adults
Mark E Stelzer
Spirit Lake
Iowa
English
Christianity
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
7125402750
Dying/Sick/Hospice, Grief and Loss, Health Care
I studied spiritual direction with “Seeking The Spirit Within” sponsored by Nebraska Synod, ELCA and have been certified since June, 2020. I am a retired general surgeon.
Richard Penaskovic
Auburn
AL
Not Yet Selected
Rev. Marlene Urban-Funk
Wrightwood
California
English
Christianity
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
Creative Arts, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Homeless/Low Income, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, Women's Issues
"Do you hear me?" "Do you see me?" "Does what I am saying mean something to you?" These three questions are powerfully important. Most every person wants to be seen and heard. I honor you in sharing your truth, your journey, your questions, your fears, your vision and your past. As a spiritual companion I will provide a sanctuary, a safe place for you to be seen, to be heard and I will honor your speaking as well as your silence as holy. As a clergy person I have served in congregations, camp settings and prison ministry for over 20 years. I am rooted in the Christian tradition. I do not abide solely here though. I see the Spirit showing up in all the great traditions of faith. I practice mindfulness and meditation. I am an advocate of mindful self-compassion. I am growing in my practice of creativity and find joy in seeing how the Divine shows up in our creative expressions. I provide one-to-one companioning. I also enjoy leading group spiritual direction. I have led multiple retreats in my career and always eager to work with people on developing retreat offerings. I am grateful to be considered as a potential companion in your spiritual journey! Contact me via email and we can schedule a zoom to see if we would be a good match! In the meantime - May stillness and creativity find their way into your day.
Sara J. Milone
Natick
Massachusetts
English
Christianity
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
617-872-5794
I am a Catholic laywoman, wife and mother of three young daughters. Steeped in Jesuit education, I have degrees from the College of the Holy Cross, Loyola Marymount University, and Boston College. I completed my Certificate in Spiritual Formation from the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, and I am trained to direct the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. I am currently a team member for the Spiritual Direction Certification Program at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, MA. My areas of ministry experience include high school campus ministry and teaching, parish youth ministry, college and young adult retreats, and adult faith formation. I understand spiritual direction as accompanying others through holy listening to discern the stirrings of God’s Spirit at the intersection of life and prayer.
Kimberly English
Boone
NC
English
Spiritual but Not Religious
Christianity, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director
You will be invited to voice your true thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental atmosphere as an opportunity to deepen awareness and examine your life with eyes of love. Time together will be a form of un-burdening and listening for what might be at work within your soul. Kimberly often meets with those who are experiencing change/deconstruction/growth or who need to vocalize some aspect of their life and soul in order to experience a deeper understanding of what lies beneath. Kimberly is certified spiritual companion/director and graduated from The Haden Institute of Spiritual Direction and Dreamwork Training in Asheville, NC, a program that focuses on spirituality, contemplative traditions, and Jungian psychology. She incorporates Spiritual Practices, Internal Family Systems, Enneagram, and Meyers-Briggs. Kimberly does not discriminate based on religion, race, gender, or sexuality. All are welcome.
Bonnie McCulley - Your Sacred Power™
Phoenix
AZ
English
Christianity
Christianity, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach, Chaplain
6028033345
Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Divorced/Widowed, Dreamworker, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Enneagram, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, Women's Issues
Soul Illumination, Embodied Soul Healing and Living, Spiritual Soul Companioning, Transformational Inner Healing and Energy Coaching are areas of passionate ministry for me. As a Spiritual Care Provider and Leader for 30 years in integrative healthcare, holistic palliative and hospice care, I have had the honor of serving thousands experiencing major life transitions. Healing begins with soul work and then the mind, body, emotions and spirit experience a major shift toward wholeness. As a Board Certified Chaplain I listen for God's voice and the Spirit's direction and help you experience it for yourself. I have served people of all faiths and pathways in life. Knowing you are loved and heard is the gift of grace that has brought miracles in my life. You can read more about my journey, my life experiences, education and certifications and the variety of soul practices including the art of discernment on my website. If you feel led to explore more with me, you can sign up for a free 30 minute discernment session: https://calendly.com/yoursacredpower/clarity
Lorraine Edey
English
Not Yet Selected
Christianity, Hinduism, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Companion/Director
321-288-0692
Addiction, African Cultures, Alcoholism, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Latin American Cultures, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Candis Peniston
Stouffville
Ontario
English
Christianity
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
4168069964
African Cultures, BIPOC, Couples/Families, Grief and Loss, Mental Health/Depression, Women's Issues, Young Adults
My name is Candis Peniston and I am the founder of Centre Bethany Centre. I am a Spiritual Director and Registered Social Worker (RSW). I have a Master’s Degree in Ministry and Spirituality with a Diploma in Spiritual Direction, a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor Degree in Sociology. I have worked as a Spiritual Director for over 5 years and in the field of Social Work for over 20 years. As a Spiritual Director, I am trained in Ignatian Spirituality. I look forward to accompanying you on your spiritual journey.
Sam Thayer
Palm Springs
CA
English
Christianity
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Chaplain
6178353191
Marcia (Emma) Beecken
English
Not Yet Selected
Interfaith, Interspiritual
Spiritual Companion/Director
607 279-1167
Education, Energy Work, Mindfulness/Meditation
Emma is an actively ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual minister through One Spirit Learning Alliance. She is also an Integrated Energy Therapy Practitioner/Master Instructor, Usui Master Teacher, Kundalini Reiki Master Teacher, Spiritual Life Coach, and holds a Master of Science in Education, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in Leadership. She has been an educator in the NYS public school for over 30 years and is the founder/practitioner of Beecken of Light in Elmira Heights, NY. Emma offers a variety of Interspiritual Healing services, both in-person and virtually: facilitated study groups, Ho'oponopono meditation circles, weddings, baby blessings, memorial services. interspiritual coaching, and interspiritual healing. Rediscover your Inner Light!
Bill Lewis
Sarasota
Florida
English
Christianity
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director
941-355-2156
Ecospirituality/Nature-based, Men's Issues, Mindfulness/Meditation
You have questions, reflections and intuitions. You sense that there is more to life and some exploring to do in your inner life. My role is to listen and support you in this exploration. Although I am based in a Christian worldview, my ears and heart will be tuned to help you notice the transcendent in your life wherever and however IT shows up. In addition to leaning into God through Jesus, I am deeply nurtured by the natural world. For over 10 years I have worked as a spiritual director with folks from a wide range of denominations and with multiple needs. In addition, I for over 30 years I have helped folks engage with the natural world through Sierra Club outings and church sponsored reflective walks
Lucy Mathews Heegaard
Minnetonka
MN
English
Interspiritual
Buddhism, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Companion/Director
Creative Arts
I am an artist who works with people to help them share the most essential elements of their life stories. While I am not a Spiritual Director, I use the practices of spiritual companionship to lead a guided conversation that is recorded, in which we touch on themes of interdependence, belonging, and memory. Together, we seek to identify and distill influences on the person's life. I also listen for clues that illuminate the essence of the person before before any influences impacted them. The final product is a short video that mixes audio from our conversation with images, sounds, and music that have meaning to the person's life story. I believe sharing your story with loved ones through this particular artistic process can help you know, appreciate, and nurture the essence of yourself. Stories are my artistic medium; writing, photography, sound recording, video editing, and deep listening are my tools. I draw inspiration from the fields of psychology, philosophy, theology, and spiritual memoir.
Karen Hagen
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
English
Christianity
Christianity, Interspiritual
Spiritual Companion/Director
Codependency, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Homeless/Low Income, Mental Health/Depression, Non-Traditional Healing, People with Disabilities, Women's Issues, Young Adults
I welcome you in learning more about Spiritual Direction and the Healing Arts...and the possibility of companioning you on your way to peace and wholeness! Working with both individuals and small groups, let me help you develop a personalized approach including: Spiritual Direction/Spiritual Life Coaching; Reiki, Chakra Work, & Essential Oils for Energy Flow; Reflexology for Deep Relaxation; Body-Mind-Spirit Practices for Stress Relief and Spiritual Reconnection; Sung Meditation for Inner Peace Around Longing, Loss, and Grief; Sacred Wholeness...a graced combining of the arts just for you; Spiritual Retreats, Workshops, and Classes; Life Skills for Healthy Communicating, Holistic Problem-Solving and Inner Resource Development; Professional Mentoring for Individuals and Communities. I believe…the way in is the way out, we are one: body, mind, spirit interconnected, we are made whole-invited to use all of who we are to bring us back into our natural balance and alignment, the Holy moves through invitation and freedom making, grace abounds as we lean into Divine Mystery reclaiming our essential goodness…living with renewed energy and insight. With 30 years of professional development, including degrees and certifications in teaching, counseling, pastoring, and healing arts, I am humbled by the opportunity to come alongside individuals and groups companioning them on their journeys to abundant life. I bring experienced client care to each person with whom I am honored to work. So think about this: When was the last time you felt truly heard? Is stress burning away your life energy? Want to lift questions to the Holy and to yourself…within a safe space? How might your journey be supported by combining reflection with energy and body work? What is the support you most need now? Let me help you develop a personalized approach. And, Kathy invited me to share with you... "I can come to Karen with an open heart and know my words will be treated with love, respect, and an exquisite tenderness. I can feel my body's energy calming and realigning into a more cohesive sense of oneness." In-Person and on Zoom. Pricing: Individual Fee: Sliding Scale of $50 - $95 a session. Group Fees: Sliding Scale of $100 - $175 per hour of presentation or as pre-arranged. To find out more visit hagenhealingarts.com. To schedule a conversation, please contact me at hagenhealingarts@gmail.com. I look forward to the connecting with you soon! Within Divine Care and Grace, Karen
Jan McElroy Master's in Spiritual Formation
Granite Bay
CA
English
Christianity
Christianity
Spiritual Companion/Director, Life Coach
Codependency, Couples/Families, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Women's Issues, Young Adults
The Rev. Dr. Charles J. Lopez Jr.
Anaheim
CA
Christianity
714-630-8785