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Spiritual Direction is …

an intentional, confidential relationship in which traveler and guide explore the presence or absence of God in the questions, challenges, ordinariness, and surprises of the traveler’s life.

Led by the Spirit, we will explore your life as sacred journey. The straight aways and switchbacks, the ups and downs, the detours, the freeways and lane ways, the people encountered, and experiences lived – all are teachers/lessons along the way. Come as you are and from where you are on life’s journey, it is how and where you are meant to be. Taking time and creating space to notice, share, and appreciate the wholeness of life is the gift of spiritual direction. My role as guide is to listen attentively and with compassion to what you share, to offer insights from what I hear, to gently ask questions that invite you to continue to explore your life as relationship with the divine.

Born into Roman Catholicism, my spiritual exploration and expression has been enriched by people and resources from many traditions. Imaginative contemplation, journaling, holy reading/seeing/listening, centering prayer, creative writing and the natural world nurture my growing awareness of life’s invitation to be love. I trained as a spiritual director through the FCJ Christian Life Centre in Calgary, AB and as a supervisor for spiritual directors through Spiritual Directors International.

I am married and the mother of an adult son. I have worked as a journalist, in corporate communications, in campus ministry, and in retreat organization and facilitation. I am part of the leadership team for Presence, the spiritual direction training program at Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton, AB. I have experience companioning people through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, specifically the 19th Annotation Retreat in Everyday Life (32 weeks). On request, I can facilitate and companion individuals wishing to make intensive retreats of 8, 15 or 30-days.

I believe in an inclusive divine whose expression is always LOVE. I welcome inquiries from travelers/seekers of all ages and stages and provide companioning in-person, via Zoom, or by phone. Sessions are available by Zoom, phone or in person.

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