BA (Honours), MFA, Certificate in Spiritual Direction
"If I find God, I will find myself and if I find my true self I will find God." - Thomas Merton
About Spiritual Direction
"It is easier to find guides, someone to tell you what to do, than someone to be with you in a discerning, prayerful companionship while you work it out yourself. This is what spiritual direction is." - Eugene Peterson
Spiritual Direction is about your unique relationship with God, your particular and personal experience of the God of your understanding. As a Spiritual Director working within the Christian tradition, I offer a sheltered and sacred space in which to be attentive to this experience. Especially in times of confusion, transition and discouragement -- and no matter your experience with organized religion --
I provide room in which you can be completely and safely honest and open. Together we listen for how God is speaking.
Spiritual Direction is not a specific method or technique. I am here to listen, ask questions, and notice patterns. Often, I will invite you to enter into silence as you consider how the Spirit is revealing God in your life.
I always wanted to be a creative artist of some kind, a dancer, actor, writer, poet. I earned my Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing (fiction) in 1998 but then life happened and I spent years raising two developmentally delayed kids (now grown, independent and thriving) and found myself in the original 12-step recovery program.
Spiritual direction helped me access hope and grace when life circumstances threatened to overwhelm me. It allowed me to discover meaning and purpose when all signs indicated otherwise. I discovered my authentic self as I discovered an authentic God.
I realized I wanted to offer to others what I had been offered, and in 2009 I received a two-year Certificate in Spiritual Direction from SoulStream, a non-denominational training program. I love working with people in recovery who are wondering what a spiritual life might look like; those in discernment over life changes, especially career and schooling or a call to religious life; and any and all seeking a deeper faith experience.
Some other things I love are: art and design, wire-haired dachshunds, Benedictine spirituality, all things home-organization, drinking coffee with friends, walking in the woods.
The search for God is a very intimate enterprise. It is at the core of every longing in the human heart. It is the search for ultimate love, for total belonging, for the meaningful life.