Find a Spiritual Director/Companion Guide

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/companion? 

Locating and interviewing a spiritual director or spiritual companion 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 spiritual companion, to find a training program, and/or a retreat center. We also help existing spiritual directors and companions find supervisors and additional training resources.

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To aid your process in finding a spiritual director or spiritual companion, SDI offers this resource to help you locate and reach out to one of the more than 6000 spiritual directors and companions listed in our free searchable database below.

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Katherine Hayes-Wallenburg
English
Christianity
Christianity, Eco/Nature-based, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center
(843)709-7994
Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Ecospirituality/Nature-based, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation, Physical or Sexual Abuse
About Spiritual Direction: Often the word, "Spiritual" or "Spirituality" is met with confusion and anxiety. The Holy Spirit is the true Spiritual Director. What I do is help others see and hear the Spirit so they may receive, reflect and respond to the Divine Mystery in their own lives. About me: I was raised Catholic and became Lutheran (ELCA) as a young adult, eventually I attended Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS), graduated and become an ordained Pastor in 2011, and served a congregation from August, 2011, until February, 2021. My Spiritual Direction Certification was also achieved through LTSS. I have experienced trauma, some of which revolved around loved ones struggling with addiction and abuse, my own divorce and the death of a child. I've also experienced redemption: a life-walk filled with faith, the opportunity to raise my granddaughter, and the love and companionship of a supportive husband. About Life: We will always have challenges and joys in our life journey, but One who is much greater than ourselves is constantly with us. Sometimes we need a little help, someone to walk along with us as we enter into the Presence, develop the Relationship and understand the Guidance that is with us. About you: Again, in all things, the Holy Spirit is the true Spiritual Director. What I do is help others see and hear the Spirit so they may deepen the Divine Mystery in their own life. I help create and hold hospitable space for discerning what God is doing within and around them. Whether they are curious about Spiritual Direction, have specific goals in mind for growing their relationship with the Lover of our souls, or are anywhere in between, I invite interested persons to contact me for a complimentary time together during which we can explore and discern if the Spirit is calling us to work together. In all things, shalom, dear sisters and brothers. Katherine
Scott D. Gilfillan
Hickory
NC
English, Spanish
Christianity
Christianity, Interfaith, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Chaplain
8283277441
Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, Men's Issues
Greetings. God is good, and has placed in my path many people that have allowed me to grow emotionally and spiritually. God has also placed before me many others who seek direction along the way. I've been in prisons, half-way houses, soup kitchens, and other areas on the margins of society, meeting people who have helped me in my own formation maybe more than I have helped. them. For many years, I was the general manager of a large steel company, so I've also been in boardrooms and office suites, mentoring others and allowing others to mentor me. Ordained a deacon, I honed my skills as the director of deacon formation. In this appointment, I helped scores of deacon candidates and their wives discern how God is calling them to a fuller life and a richer ministry of service. Bringing all of these gifts and experiences together, I now am the director of a full-service retreat center, leading retreats and helping others do the same. As part of this call, I also conduct spiritual direction, mentoring, and coaching for individuals and small groups. My passion is to grow in my own spiritual formation and where I can help others renew and grow spiritually in theirs.
Rev. Virginia Coakley Oasis Spiritual Direction and Retreats
Boston
MA
English
Christianity
Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Life Coach
617-506-9750
Addiction, African Cultures, Alcoholism, BIPOC, Codependency, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Latin American Cultures, Mental Health/Depression, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Rev. Virginia Coakley is an Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian denomination (PCUSA). She is an experienced Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader, and former College Chaplain. She believes that while life is full of joys and sorrows, a good spiritual companion or spiritual accompaniment can make the journey significantly easier. She has spent countless years, providing pastoral counseling and spiritual direction to those seeking to address a myriad of issues. If you are questioning your life's purpose, trying to make a major life decision, or questioning your God or your faith, or if you would benefit by having someone walk alongside you, Rev. Virginia would welcome an opportunity to accompany you. Additionally, as an African-American practitioner, I draw upon my lived experiences , background, and skills to work with those affected by racism and oppression or those who are trying to anchor their life's work in anti-racism and anti-oppression work.
Robin Dibble
IN
English
Interspiritual
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Life Coach
502.873.8869
Alcoholism, Children/Teens, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, European Cultures, Grief and Loss, Health Care, Homeless/Low Income, Immigrants/Displaced, Incarceration/Justice/Legal, LGBTQIA+, Men's Issues, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, People with Disabilities, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Sports, Women's Issues, Young Adults
After several years of working and sharing all sorts of life’s journeys with others, Robin decided to get her certificate in Spiritual Direction. What a great decision and wonderful teachers. Over the last 20 years, she has spent memorable moments with youth and young adults through Catholic and non denominational Christian ministries. The last 12 years she has spent in her medical career as an Assistive Technology Professional with people who have disabilities. Learning and connecting with various groups of people has allowed her to grow and learn in her faith and spirituality. Opening up herself even more to the Spirit, seeing and feeling it's presence in what we sometimes see as "both positive and negative". Robin felt Spirit calling her to walk with others through Direction. Her hope is by holding a trusting space for others and aid in shining love and light on what can be noticed. Robin's educational background consists of a BA in Psychology. Professionally in Graphic Art. Teams Course facilitator for adults and youth at Mt.Saint Francis, Indiana. Youth and Young Adult Ministry Director for the Catholic Archdiocese of Ky and Indiana. A RESNA certified ATP with Rehab Medical Equipment. People have always felt a sense of speaking with her in all sorts of situations. She has yet to meet a stranger. After a person experiences challenges in their childhood as well as people with disease and disabilities, you are open to see so much more possibilities for love and compassion for others. These experiences have allowed her to take feelings and emotions in a negative way and receive them as a pathway to express empathy and sympathy for others through the Divine. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ― Rumi Robin has always had a passion for ART. To her, ART is similar to Spiritual Direction. It's twists and turns of sizes, shapes, colors and perspectives allow us to see the beauty and mystery in the human experience. We all have a need for peace in our lives as we journey through this physical time and space. By tapping into our inner peace and calm, everyday, we have an invitation to share our light with the light in others. Robin looks forward to meeting with you. Please visit Peaceneed.com or email Mypeaceneed@gmail.com
Heart of Life Centre for Spiritual and Pastoral Formation
Malvern
Victoria
English, Korean
Christianity
Christianity, Eco/Nature-based, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Native/Indigenous, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Formation/Training School, Offers Graduate School Credit, Has Internet Courses Available
0398901101
Asian Cultures, Corporate/Workplace, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Dreamworker, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Ecospirituality/Nature-based, Education, Elderly/Mature, Enneagram, European Cultures, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Immigrants/Displaced, Latin American Cultures, LGBTQIA+, Men's Issues, Mental Health/Depression, Middle Eastern Cultures, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures, People with Disabilities, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Heart of Life is a centre for spiritual and pastoral formation offering: Siloam Program – full-time and part-time programs for the formation of spiritual directors Emmaus Supervision Program – part-time program for the formation of supervisors Spiritual Leaders Program – part-time program for the formation of spiritual leaders Let the Heart Listen – part-time formation program for people involved in listening to and supporting others in life’s journey Heart to Practice (H2P) – for our Alumni, a program for Heart of Life graduates to gather, support each other and receive professional development Spiritual direction Individual or group supervision Many faith-based reflection events, seminars and workshops throughout the year on different themes, ranging from a couple of hours to one day or multiple weeks Professional and personal development for spiritual directors Retreats, either in-house or as outreach, and sabbaticals A spirituality centre located beside St Joseph’s parish in the heart of Malvern
Paula Gamble-Grant
La Center
WA
English
Christianity
Christianity, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Has Internet Courses Available
Codependency, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Education, Enneagram, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction
You are not a problem to be solved… You are a sacred story. And you do not have to get more organized, fit, “together” or “on top of it” in order to be seen, heard, valued and welcomed by God, by those of us here at reFresh, and hopefully, by your very own self. So, if you’re tired of… * going through the motions and just skimming your life rather than actually living it; * religious words and practices that leave you feeling not-enough, * repetitive reactionary stress and a sense of feeling burdened in your heart, soul, mind and strength; * Being afraid to share your struggles and your joys on the faith journey then you are welcome here – just as you are, not as you think you should be. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Paula has been companioning weary and disoriented, spiritually hungry souls for more than 30 years. She is an experienced Spiritual Director and Supervisor of SDs, and is on the cutting edge of integrating Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) into Spiritual Direction and Supervision under the mentorship of Ann Cornell Weiser. IRF fosters a space of gently turning toward the parts of ourselves that we’ve orphaned, exiled, shunned, and fretted with the same Love and Compassion of Jesus. In this loving, caring presence, we aren’t trying to fix what is broken, but being with what is valuable – YOU and all the parts of you that have been set aside and pushed down for too long. It is this paying attention and being with that allows our souls to live! * If you want a companion to help you find your way home to your real self, * If you want a safe place to say and feel and think things about God and your faith journey that you’ve never been allowed to say/feel/think, * If you’d like to grow in the heart of art of SD – and perhaps learn to incorporate Focusing into your craft, then I’d be delighted if you’d contact me for a free 15 minute consult.
Toni Cartmell
Armstrong
British Columbia
English
Christianity
Interfaith
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Life Coach
2503515117
Addiction, Children/Teens, Couples/Families, Elderly/Mature, Enneagram, Group Spiritual Direction, Women's Issues
Angela Freeman-Riley
Lakewood
OH
English, German
Christianity
Christianity, Eco/Nature-based, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Judaism, Quaker, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent, Unitarian Universalist
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Formation/Training School, Chaplain
7815342546
Alcoholism, Children/Teens, Codependency, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Ecospirituality/Nature-based, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Homeless/Low Income, LGBTQIA+, Non-Traditional Healing, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Angela currently serves as lead pastor of Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church in Bay Village, Ohio. She completed her formal training in Missional Spiritual Formation n 2020. Previously, she served as intentional interim pastor at guiding congregations and leaders through times of transition and change. From 2012-2015, she was co-pastor at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. Before moving to Hawaii, she served seven years as pastor of First Lutheran Church in Malden, Massachusetts. She has a passion for formation of individuals and communities as well as a focus on cross cultural and intergenerational ministry. Pastor Angela received her master of divinity degree in parish ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkley, CA.. She studied theology and German language at the University of Leipzig in Germany. She received bachelor of arts degrees in theology and German from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has expertise accompanying those who are in worship leadership roles, youth and family ministry, and those focused on evangelism, mission, multicultural ministry. It is her passion to accompany those who are spiritually hungry and seek companionship in their personal formation. She is available for one on one spiritual direction, small group formation, retreat leadership, and other ventures.
Dr. Vivianne LaRiviere
English, French
Interfaith
Christianity, Eco/Nature-based, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Native/Indigenous, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent, Unitarian Universalist
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Life Coach
5147713949
Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Ecospirituality/Nature-based, Education, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Homeless/Low Income, LGBTQIA+, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures, Non-Traditional Healing, People with Disabilities, Physical or Sexual Abuse, Women's Issues
For spiritual direction Hello Everyone, Thank you for dropping by. My approach to spiritual companionship/spiritual direction is an organic one, with spirited conversation, prayer and meditation, with additional time allotted for creative expression. Imagery is the first language of the soul. I believe it is of vital importance to be connected with this primordial language. For this to happen, we need to listen deeply to the expression of imagery that surface, whether that is in conversation, or meditation. I believe we have a responsibility to understand this 'first' language, and how in turn, it directs us toward purpose and fulfillment in our lives. The witnessing of these images – this language – is a vital component, as it helps determine the nature of who we are, and who we are called to become. Time is spent determining key questions of life: Who am I? With a subtext of five underlying chapters – questions: What do I believe? What do I value? What is my purpose? What are my challenges? And – Who am I called to become? With this format in place, I believe the convergence of art and spirituality may provide portals toward spiritual renewal, personal empowerment, and transformation. The convergence of art and spirituality falls under the umbrella of pastoral (practical) theology and the arts. Years of study of the contemplative life, synched with an understanding of the mandala and the Indigenous red road and medicine wheel, are some of the threads that make up the fabric of this approach, along with a focus on archetypes, dreams, Jungian theories, and other well known concepts. Additional studies also include the facets and systems of religious church life, and consideration for what needs to change as we move forward into the 21st millennia. Gaining access to the murmurs of our heart's longing requires patience, perseverance, and deep listening. It is an ongoing process/practice as we face change – moment by moment – in our daily lives. However, over time, we gain the practical wisdom to be able to develop practices that nurture our inner life. These same ideas, concepts, approaches can also be used when dealing with corporate and organizational systems. Dynamics and addressing personal and professional needs may bring harmony to tense situations. Again, we learn to listen with an empathetic heart, and mind. When we work together on an online platform (e.g. zoom), you will be asked to set up a special place in your dwelling, a space where you feel comfortable, and can extend yourself to work on your creative pieces as well. Hopefully, it is a space that is solitary where you can have time uninterrupted. If the time arrives that you can visit here, there is space in my studio to work with your creative energy. As a Doctor of Ministry, my background also includes a Master of Pastoral Studies, A Master of Theological Studies, and a diploma in Recording Arts Management. I am also a Reiki Master, and a drum maker. I am an artist who engages with various media (painter, songwriter, photographer and writer) and artisan. (Drums, talking sticks, and the SASWE line of body products.) I participate in the belief of life-long learning. If you would like more information or a free introductory consult, feel free to drop me a message via my website (www.viviannelariviere.com) I look forward to hearing from you, and I wish you peace for your journey. Blessings, Namaste, Aho, Vivianne Dr. Vivianne LaRiviere, MPS, MTS, DMIN Spiritual Arts Practitioner www.viviannelariviere.com 514 771 3949.
Sr. Ruth Nyalazi
Baguio City
English, French
Christianity
Christianity
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Life Coach, Formation/Training School
0919 920 5902
African Cultures, Group Spiritual Direction
An African Zambian born. Currently a missionary in the Philippines as Novice Directress. Partially trained Spiritual Directress, and Psychotherapist in model of global sexuality.
Lawrence Jay
North Andover
MA
English
Christianity
Christianity, Eco/Nature-based, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center
978-451-4677
Ecospirituality/Nature-based, Education, Enneagram, Men's Issues, Mindfulness/Meditation
As an ordained American Baptist pastor, who graduated from the Franciscan School of Theology and now serves at a United Methodist retreat center, I have a wide range of theological understanding and spiritual experience in the Christian contemplative tradition. From an evangelical background to now a Richard Rohr proclivity, I hold a more inclusive embrace of the Divine as I recognize the presence of God in everyone and everything. With doctoral studies in Franciscan ecological spirituality, I find Christ especially close in nature as I help others discover their True Self. Although I may be a "Rev. Dr.", I am just a seeker who enjoys companioning people on the journey. I am a trained spiritual director through the Gateways to God program at Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center (www.rollingridge.org), and have been in direction myself for nearly 20 years. A native Californian and American-born Asian, I've been in Massachusetts since 2017. And on a personal note, I run so I can enjoy chocolate cake and not feel guilty.
John F. Doherty
Dublin
Leinster
English
Interspiritual
Buddhism, Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
00353866040988
Addiction, Children/Teens, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Ecospirituality/Nature-based, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Group Spiritual Direction, Health Care, Men's Issues, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, Psychic Phenomena
I am an ordained OneSpirit Minister based in Dublin, Ireland, the Costa Brava, Spain and available Internationally online. In my role as a minister, I offer ceremonies, Weddings, Funerals, Baby Blessings, Young men's Rites of Passage, and 1-1- spiritual counselling. I have been working in personal and spiritual development for 25 years. I am a full member of The OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation (https://www.onespiritinterfaithministers.com/john-doherty) I am trained supervisor offering professional and work support to clients, ministers, and professionals for many years. My supervision work is cross-professional and offers a deeply reflective, reflexive and spiritual space to help clients explore, de-stress and grow in a professional capacity. I am a full member of The Supervisory Association of Ireland (https://saivision.ie/members-directory/) I am the Director of The Beehive School that offers Mindfulness Mysticism Teacher Training programs, Mindfulness retreats in Ireland and Spain and online courses and workshops. My wife and I have a Holistic centre near Alicante, Spain and offer 1-1 recovery retreats for people who need care, healing and recovery from illness or to recharge their energy.
Pamela Ayo Yetunde, Center of the Heart, Audre: Spiritual Care for Women with Cancer
English
Buddhism
Buddhism, Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, 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
Christianity
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, 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
Christianity, Quaker, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, 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
ARC Retreat Community
English
Interspiritual
Interfaith, Interspiritual
Retreat Center
17636893540
Vision ARC Retreat Community (ARC) envisions a transformed world in which all people embrace and cultivate the spiritual nature of life through healthy, loving relationships with self, others, planet earth, and the Divine. Mission The mission of ARC is to serve individuals and groups seeking time apart for rest and spiritual renewal. ARC embraces people in their full diversity: including all faith traditions and spiritual beliefs. Founded in the spirit of Christian ecumenism, ARC is an interspiritual retreat community. It is nurtured on sacred land, promoting environmental sustainability, and exemplifying a just and inclusive world where every voice is valued and respected. History ARC Retreat Community was born almost 50 years ago from a visionary action that was ahead of its time. In 1972 founder Ruth Halvorson honored her spiritual vision. With the help and support of her family and many individuals, together they developed an organization that has enabled thousands of people to find rest and spiritual renewal through radical hospitality. ARC has been guided and sustained by many surprising happenings that have been described as “God events,” ARC continues to be a place for visioning so that the journey inward – nurturing one’s spirit – inspires the journey outward – nourishing the world in the quest for harmony, peace, and justice. The ARC land is located within the traditional homelands of the Anishinaabe and the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ peoples. Over thirty years ago, sweat lodges were developed by indigenous people on ARC and continue to this day. ARC offers this land acknowledgement in order to affirm indigenous sovereignty, history, and experiences and is honored to be in contemporary relationships with indigenous communities. ARC’s Symbol: The White Pine, Tree of Peace White Pines are deeply rooted in the sacred ground that is ARC. To the Anishinaabe, original caretakers of this land, pine trees represent wisdom and harmony with nature. The White Pine symbol enables us to visualize ARC’s groundedness in its history, while its branches and needles demonstrate the expansiveness and vitality that is available to all who come to ARC. The spiritual significance of trees has been important in many human cultures. To the Iroquois people, the white pine symbolized the Great Peace that united their separate nations. The “tree of life” that connects all forms of creation is deeply rooted in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic scriptures, and it was under the Bodhi tree that Buddha achieved enlightenment. Many people who come to ARC comment on the sacred presence they feel as they walk through the white pines on the land. The ARC Way: Action, Reflection, Celebration The trunks of many trees grow in spirals, as do the needles of the White Pine. ARC (Action, Reflection, Celebration) can also be understood in these spirals. Actions radiate our present understanding of Divine presence. Reflections draw us back into ever deeper understandings of that presence. And the life we live in and through this process, whatever its challenges or rewards, becomes our authentic Celebration of the Divine in human life. The Journey Inward (Reflection) The practice of ARC is to welcome everyone, offer hospitality, and provide a safe, quiet place apart for rest, solitude, and renewal. ARC’s rural, 91-acres of woods, streams, and paths calm and nurture the soul. ARC staff help plan and facilitate retreat experiences for individuals and groups and invite guests to discover the healing and restoration that can be found through rest, silence and listening. Thousands of individuals have recounted profound experiences of transformation. ARC has been referred to by many as a spiritual home, a place of refuge. ARC is a place of solitude where we can become mindful of our inner resources and become mindful of the Divine both within and around us. ARC encourages the Journey Inward by: • Providing stillness through silence, meditation, worship, centering prayer, contemplation, and other stillness practices. • Enabling ritual based on cultural and spiritual traditions including the sweat lodge, retreats, walking the labyrinth, daily worship, and creating sacred spaces supported by ritual and cyclic practices. • Offering generative and relational practices, such as prayer, tonglen, Lectio Divina, deep listening, dialogue, storytelling, journaling, and creative practices such as writing, visual art, music, dance, and singing. • Providing wellness practices, including nutritious meals, massage, spiritual guidance, yoga, and spending time in nature. The Journey Outward (Action) ARC is committed to helping heal the threats to our planet, and is dedicated to ensuring environmental, racial, and socioeconomic justice. All beings are interconnected and the suffering of one affects us all. Reflection enables participants to return to their daily lives strengthened and inspired to act for the well-being of others out of compassion and with a sense of purpose. We become instruments of the Divine working through us. ARC encourages the Journey Outward by: • Offering workshops relevant to the issues of our time, including racial and economic justice, gender identity, environmental sustainability, public health crises, and recovery from addictions. • Working with other social movements, groups, and organizations for a resilient, sustainable, and equitable economy. • Providing seminars and teaching opportunities on topics such as specific spiritual practices; the craft of writing; how to create artistic media such as fabric dyeing, wood carving, weaving, or quilting; and healing practices to recover from trauma. • Deepening the connections between the local and the global through workshops and events that connect to our local, regional, and global community. • Continually re-evaluating the mission, vision, and ideals of ARC.   Walking the Path (Celebration) An ARC experience helps connect with the fundamental joys of life and opens an awareness of the beauty of the earth. We celebrate our opportunities to live in unity with all beings, and feel our connection to the spiritual sources of renewal and vision. The path to self-awareness and spiritual attunement can be demanding. ARC provides the crucible of community for this effort. ARC encourages Walking the Path through: • Regular gatherings of support and celebration, in person and digitally, for laughter, encouragement, and to acknowledge our interconnectedness. • Retreats designed specifically to come together in celebration, such as a New Year’s Eve retreat, gatherings to mark the beginning of a new liturgical year, or a solstice gathering to rejoice in the change of seasons. • The daily practice and spirit of ARC manifests in unexpected ways. Those who are familiar with ARC can take solace in knowing each day someone is practicing loving-kindness meditation, or praying for humanity, or completing a ritual to bless the earth. For more information about ARC please visit our website; www.ARCretreat.org or contact us: director@arcretreat.org or 763-689-3540. Approved by the Board 11/14/20. This is a living document, reviewed and updated at least annually by the Board.
On the Third Day Renewal and Formation Center
Calamba City
English, Tagalog
Christianity
Christianity
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, 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
JOAN C MAUCK
English
Not Yet Selected
Christianity
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Has Internet Courses Available
+27 798971143
Education, Enneagram
Jim Palmer (Interfaith & Interspiritual Collective)
English
Not Yet Selected
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, 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
Christianity
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, 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.