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"My reflections and prayers have grown out of daily listening to God in the changing seasons of my spiritual life... I am God's story told in the changing colours of autumn, winter, spring and summer."

MACRINA WIDERKEHR

 

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Spiritual Direction is the ancient practice of sacred conversation. Together we explore the experiences that form you, and seek God’s presence in those places. We ask, “Where am being invited into a deeper connection with myself and with Divine Love?”


It has also been called Spiritual Companionship, and the Celtic tradition offers the beautiful ideas of an Anam Cara – a “Soul Friend”.


Spiritual direction is for those who…

  • Are in a season of transition, uncertainty or discernment.

  • Are seeking a safe place to explore their spirituality;

  • Want to explore their experience of God in their daily life;

  • Desire growth on their spiritual and personal journey.


My role is to walk alongside you on your own spiritual pilgrimage – I will listen, ask questions and offer prompts to help you hear the unique invitation God has for you. I do very little directing! Instead, my desire is to help you become more attentive to the direction of the Spirit in your own life.


Spiritual Direction sessions usually take place every 4-6 weeks, and last one hour. I offer this in person in London (Limehouse or Barking), or by Skype/Zoom.

 

MY BACKGROUND

I grew up in a Christian home where I experienced God’s love and delight for myself, but where my questions and wonderings were also always welcomed. My church involvement has included liturgical, charismatic and house churches, and I embrace and love aspects of many church traditions. But when I discovered the rich contemplative and mystic tradition within Christianity, I knew I’d found my home.


After my daughter was born, I began receiving spiritual direction and found it became a transformative and vital part of my own spiritual journey. A good Spiritual Director is able to hold sacred non-judgemental space for the Directee to explore, question and wonder. I recognised those same qualities in myself and became convinced that Spiritual Direction is a practice that could benefit many people as they seek to experience Divine Love in their everyday lives.

I trained as a Spiritual Director through the three-year Encounter formation programme run by the London Centre for Spiritual Direction, and have been practicing Direction since 2018. I am a member of the Community of Spiritual Directors run by LCSD and abide by their Code of Conduct. I am in Supervision and take part in regular specialised Safeguarding training and ongoing professional development.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE DO YOU OFFER SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?

I am based in East London, so in-person Spiritual Direction is possible in Limehouse, The City (Monument station) or Barking. 
I also offer Spiritual Direction online, using the Zoom platform, so if you have not been able to find a Spiritual Director local to you, or have other reasons for preferring online, please get in touch.

HOW OFTEN DO WE MEET?

Generally we meet once a month, but every six weeks is also possible, and it may occasionally be appropriate to meet more regularly. Each session lasts one hour.

WHAT DOES SPIRITUAL DIRECTION COST?

I offer a sliding scale of £40-60 per session, based on what the Directee can pay. I am committed to making Spiritual Direction available to those who would benefit from it, so please do not let cost be the reason you don’t get in touch.

WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE DO YOU SEE FOR SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?

All kinds!
I offer Spiritual Direction within the Christian tradition. My own faith background is broad, with experience within Anglican, Evangelical and Charismatic traditions. I am happy to meet women or men, of any age. 
If you are a spiritual seeker, or have a Christian background but would no longer describe yourself that way, I would be very willing to meet with you. I am particularly keen to offer a safe space to people experiencing a faith shift or deconstruction. 
I am LGBTQ affirming. I am a feminist. I am actively working towards anti-racism in my life and work.

 

CONTACT

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you are interested in exploring Spiritual Direction, or would like to connect on any of my other offerings.

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