I offer Spiritual Direction online as well as in person
Trained and offers supervision
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My background is Catholic. I value the ritual, mystery and love that is at the heart of this tradition, as well as the inspiring mystics, teachers, social justice activists and progressive social teachings which have all helped to form and inform my life.
Today I would describe myself as on ‘the edge of the inside’ of institutional church.
Rather than a specific denominational focus, my orientation these days is to support reclaiming the contemplative path, primarily in the Christian tradition as it is the one I am most familiar with.
Approach to spiritual direction
I see spiritual companioning as a form of contemplative practice, during which I try to meet people where they are at. When I work with a new person, I may explore the various ‘gateways’ she or he uses to connect with the wonder, awe and mystery of life, or what some of us may choose to call ‘God’. Then I work to expand and open these gateways by sharing readings, resources and practices, to support a deeper awareness of and connection with Life, with God….
I have been deeply influenced by my contemplative practice of centering prayer, as well as by a number of contemporary mystics and teachers, some of whom I share about through a nine-month online programme I offer called ‘Walking the Mystical Path’ which includes readings, one to one spiritual companioning and group sessions. In 2022, this programme will be offered from March -November and June – February 2023.
My journey has led me to become one of the founding members of the Contemplative Network Aotearoa (see website link) which aims to support seekers who are exploring the Christian contemplative path.
In 2021 I completed studies with the Center for Action and Contemplation (the most important word here is ‘and’). This has helped me to integrate a contemplative and non-dual approach to life.
So in my spiritual companioning practice I draw from all these sources and other life experiences to be as fully present as I am able. Thank you for your curiosity and for reading these words!