Pastor & Spiritual Director
I look at God, I look at you, and I keep looking at God.
–Julian of Norwich
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Comes to Spiritual Direction?
You might come to spiritual direction if:
- You want to nurture your relationship with God
- You are in a difficult or disorienting season and your old spiritual practices no longer work
- You have more questions about God than answers
- You have a desire for more, but are unsure what more is
- You are discerning something and need a safe place to notice and listen
Is this Self Care?
Yes and no. Self-care is ability to care for oneself, usually physically or mentally, taking an active role in one’s wellbeing & happiness. Spiritual direction is an invitation to bring our soul, all that we are (mind, body, emotions, relationships), into the presence of a loving God and creating space to allow God to bring restoration, healing and comfort. In short, self-care is what you can do for yourself. Soul care what God can do for you.
How Often do we meet?
A monthly meeting works well. This provides time between each session for personal reflection and to prayerfully work out what arises during our time. Practically, it is a commitment that is sustainable for most people. However, there are seasons when it is helpful to meet more or less often. Together, we can decide on a rhythm that works best for you.
What is the difference between Spiritual direction, mentoring, counseling & Coaching?
Compared with other helping professionals, where the agenda is set by the client or mentee. The client is seeking the wisdom and expertise of the caregiver. These are all problem-focused. In direction, it’s a shared listening to God who is the source of wisdom and insight. So, the Holy Spirit is always at work, inviting us into a deeper relationship of love with God. It’s not focused on a particular problem.
What are your rates?
Sessions are 50 minutes long at $80. However, since I recognize that may not work for your budget, I can work on a sliding scale as needed.
Where do you Practice?
I host most of my sessions over video call. I live in Charlottesville, Virginia and am available to meet in my home, local church or retreat location. A travel fee may apply.
Practices for Spiritual Formation
There are endless ways to connect with the God who loves you.
I can guide you to something new or different.
A practice in reading the Bible for our formation, not just information. Integrate the teaching of the Bible into your heart and soul.
A prayerful reflection looking back over a set time to pay attention to the movement of God. Practiced daily, weekly, monthly or yearly.
Provides a unique opportunity to be present to ourselves, in mind, body and spirit as we surrender our false sense of control and receive the true rest of God with us.
A weekly practice that allows you to rest in the goodness of God. Develop rituals and practices of rest that restore your soul.
Silence & Solitude
A practice that creates space to empty yourself while quieting internal and external distractions so that God can fill you up.
An invitation to engage the senses and put yourself in a scene or scripture story to wonder with God. God can communicate with us including our feelings, emotions, memory, and imagination.