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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Kairos Spiritual Center
Saratoga Springs
Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Eco/Nature-based, Hinduism, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Judaism, Native/Indigenous, Quaker, Spiritual but Not Religious, Taoism
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Life Coach, Has Internet Courses Available
African Cultures, Asian Cultures, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Divorced/Widowed, Dreamworker, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Education, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Enneagram, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, LGBTQIA+, Mindfulness/Meditation, Native/Indigenous Cultures
Dr. Rachel Magnell founded Kairos Center for Change in 2013. She is a Spiritual Director, Kairos coach, and teacher for women seeking witness as they respond to the inner call, an inner longing, inviting them more deeply into experiencing their spiritual lives and following the summons of their higher Self. She offers meditative prayer retreats, labyrinth walks, dream tending, virtual study and recitation of wisdom texts.
Nancy Asciak
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Supervisor, Life Coach
Addiction, Alcoholism, Children/Teens, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Homeless/Low Income, LGBTQIA+, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues, Young Adults
Throughout my life as a lover of God, I have learned just how precious our spiritual journey is. Although I worked for a church for most of my life, I must say, the many years of intense prayer, life’s trials, spiritual reading, education in church world as well as Spiritual Direction has taken me to an appreciation for the Mystical path of understanding God; WE ARE ONE. One with God, one with each other; no one excluded, non-denominational, interreligious. My spiritual journey started very young. I spent my early years as an Anglican. In my teens I was introduced to the Catholic faith. I started working for the church, first as a Music Minister and then as an Ecclesial Minister. (Music Ministry 42 years, Youth Ministry 25 years, then Adult Ministry; giving retreats as the Outreach Coordinator and doing Social Justice work) I studied Scripture with Dr. Murray Watson (Scripture Scholar) for a few years to better understand the Old Testament. My 41 years of experience in the church work has given me a keen understanding of the complex feelings and emotions my directees have around faith. Organized religion can be beautiful, confusing and hurtful for some. As a young mom I experienced personal tragedy that resulted in deferred trauma. Only those who have experienced life changing grief can understand the necessity for the Spirit’s presence in the healing processes. With therapy, private and shared prayer and community, my healing was miraculous to say the least! I am ever grateful for what I’ve learned and how it has transformed my life. My prayer practice is extremely important to me. I carve out time daily and throughout the day to pray and meditate. I am the founder of ‘All Creation, Mission of Love, Mystical Community.’ This is a prayer community with outreach to the marginalized needy. The group is interdenominational, interreligious and inclusive. We have in person as well as online prayer meetings and incorporate praise and worship with teaching, contemplative meditation and small group discussion. Spiritual Direction/Companionship is a beautiful relationship, one that is life giving and fosters trust and deep connection while exploring the movement of God in our lives.. Our walk with God is extremely personal, no two journeys are the same. For more information you can reach me anytime through email; [email protected] or by text or phone: 519-984-9457. I offer Spiritual Direction on Zoom, Skype, phone or in person. God bless you on your journey within. I look forward to meeting you!
Nancy Woodworth-Hill
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center
812 786-3762
Creative Arts, Dreamworker, Enneagram, Group Spiritual Direction, Women's Issues
Alison Umminger Mattison
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Islam, Judaism, Quaker, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center
917 678 8593
Addiction, Alcoholism, BIPOC, Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Creative Arts, Ecospirituality/Nature-based, Elderly/Mature, European Cultures, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mental Health/Depression, Women's Issues
I am a certified spiritual director trained at Loyola University Chicago's Institute for Pastoral Studies. I am also a professor of English, published novelist and creative writer in all genres, and retreat leader affiliated with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, a Cistercian monastery in Conyers, GA. At the University of West Georgia, I have co-taught classes on interfaith dialogue and contemplative learning for an interfaith/secular audience, and I have lead faculty groups on midlife transitions, working through creative blocks, and the spirituality of silence. I enjoy meeting pilgrims on their journeys and learning each human being's unique language for Faith. My own advanced training is in SoulCollage™, Group Spiritual Direction, and accompanying individuals in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. I have advanced training with Fr. Bill Creed, a Jesuit priest and founder of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, in the Exercises and enjoy accompanying pilgrims on this unique journey. My own interests include writing, photography, imaginative prayer, centering prayer, and baking, and I am comfortable working with those whom I accompany using creative avenues of spiritual exploration/expression. I meet with seekers both in-person and on zoom, and am equally comfortable with both. My favorite spiritual writers are Martin Laird, Shusaku Endo, Joyce Rupp, Margaret Silf, and Mark Thibodeaux. I believe in ongoing training as a director/companion, and I am presently taking a class on Theologies of Suffering. While my own home-base is Christian/Catholic, I am comfortable accompanying seekers of all faiths and walks of life. If you'd like to know more, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Pami Parker
North Holland
Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Life Coach, Formation/Training School, Has Internet Courses Available
Creative Arts, Dreamworker, Education, Energy Work, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, Women's Issues
International known as a dynamic and enthusiastic Spiritual Companion, Coach, Counselor, and Wisdom Teacher, Pami masterfully guides and supports those she serves to live their authentic self. Her practice implements a holistic integrative approach to conscious (mindful) living.
Eda Castillo
English, Tagalog
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Formation/Training School
Education, Grief and Loss, Group Spiritual Direction, Homeless/Low Income, Young Adults
My joy is in responding to the invitation of the Lord to accompany others in their quest for spiritual growth and relationship with God as they are, where they are. Spiritual Direction is one of the ministries that I am privileged to take on for the greater glory of God. I belong to the Order of Virgins and have been dedicating my life to the ministry of accompaniment through spiritual direction or spiritual companioning, retreat giving, conducting prayer workshops, and human formation sessions in diocesan seminaries in the Philippines since 2000. My formation includes that from Loyola School of Theology for my MA in Spirituality and Retreat giving and MA in Theological Studies (course work), Center for Ignatian Spirituality and CenterQuest, Ignatius Centre, Guelph Canada, Ontario, Canada, and Manresa, Spain. At this point in my life, what I want to do is to shepherd and accompany people in their desire to grow in their relationship with God. It is grounded in the firm belief that God can be found because God is always present as He has promised. Definitely, He wants to be found. We only need to search HIm with all our heart, soul, and strength.
Katherine Hayes-Wallenburg
Christianity, Eco/Nature-based, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center
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
Christianity, Interfaith, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Chaplain
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
Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Life Coach
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
Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Life Coach
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 or email [email protected]
Heart of Life Centre for Spiritual and Pastoral Formation
English, Korean
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
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
Jerome Daley
Interfaith, Spiritual but Not Religious
Spiritual Director, Retreat Center, Life Coach, Formation/Training School
Codependency, Corporate/Workplace, Couples/Families, Enneagram, Group Spiritual Direction, Men's Issues, Mindfulness/Meditation
Jerome has been serving Christian leaders as an executive coach and spiritual director since 2005. Prior to that, he served on pastoral staff in Chapel Hill, NC for 10 years. Trained at Columbia International University, The Institute for Life Coach Training, The Center for Coaching Excellence, The Second Breath Center, The Transforming Center, and The Phoenix Center for Spiritual Direction, Jerome is an avid book writer and Professional Certified Coach, offering formational teaching, leadership coaching, spiritual direction, retreat & sabbatical coaching, pre-marital coaching, and Enneagram typing. He loves reading, writing, good wine, and all things outdoors. You can see his books at “I love to help men and women come to know themselves, deepen their intimacy with God, and become the truest version of themselves so they can extend a healing influence in the world. I have a particular passion to support leaders on sabbatical, those seeking the transformative perspectives of Enneagram typing, and those working through faith deconstruction & reconstruction.”
Paula Gamble-Grant
La Center
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.
Angela Freeman-Riley
English, German
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
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.
Karen Young, MRE, D.Min.
Mason City
Buddhism, Christianity, Eco/Nature-based, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Judaism, Mormonism, Quaker, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent, Unitarian Universalist, Wicca/Neopaganism
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Chaplain
Dying/Sick/Hospice, Elderly/Mature, Energy Work, Enneagram, Grief and Loss, Health Care, Homeless/Low Income, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Non-Traditional Healing, People with Disabilities, Women's Issues
Spiritual Direction /Companionship offers a safe, grace-filled sanctuary in which to hear and give voice to the inner stirrings of wisdom, or self and the Holy. Wherever you are on the spiritual journey I would be honored to accompany you. I have been in ministry for over 30 years serving in the areas of spiritual formation, teaching world religions, chaplaincy and pastoral ministry. I received my spiritual direction certificate from the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, Prairie Fire program in July 2021.
Lawrence Jay
North Andover
Christianity, Eco/Nature-based, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center
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 (, 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.
Pamela Ayo Yetunde, Center of the Heart, Audre: Spiritual Care for Women with Cancer
Buddhism, Christianity, Interfaith, Interspiritual, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center, Chaplain
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
English, French
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center
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
ARC Retreat Community
Interfaith, Interspiritual
Retreat Center
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; or contact us: [email protected] 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.
Tongua Williams
Little Rock
Spiritual Independent
Christianity, Spiritual but Not Religious, Spiritual Independent
Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion, Retreat Center
BIPOC, Codependency, Creative Arts, Divorced/Widowed, Dying/Sick/Hospice, Grief and Loss, Mental Health/Depression, Mindfulness/Meditation, Women's Issues
Tongua is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director formed in a five year program through a Benedictine monastery. She seeks to come alongside ALL in a trauma-sensitive and holistic way. She the mom of four adult children, two of whom were adopted from foster care. Tongua has journeyed through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius with trained facilitators, and the exercises continue to inform her life and practice. She will be certifying as a facilitator of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and spiritual direction in May of 2022. Tongua has served as a church ministry leader, hospice volunteer, therapy dog handler, exchange host mom, and homeschool teacher. Tongua seeks to come alongside all from a place of abundance, and is committed to a regular rhythm of personal retreat. Please go to to check out our sweet cottage retreat space and to learn more.

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