Spiritual direction provides a prayerful space for you to discern the activity of the Spirit in your life.
You maybe looking to explore your experience of God, or desiring time to notice and responded to how grace is expressed in your life, or perhaps seeking to make sense of life in this season.
My role in this art of spiritual direction is one of companionship — prayerfully listening to you — listening for the activity and presence of the holy in your life. As an attentive listener I will often ask questions or invite us to pause in prayer and silence or another spiritual practice. It is a contemplative space — attentive, receptive and graceful in manner.
The heritage of spiritual direction
Spiritual direction can be found in many faiths and religions. My training has been primarily Christ-centred — and indebted to influences both ancient and contemporary.
With that said, in spiritual direction we start where you are and there is space to explore how you are being drawn onward. Matters of belief and faith might be deeply meaningful to you, or they may come with all sorts of baggage. Your faith maybe seasoned or burgeoning; you may feel like you’re thriving or falling apart. It’s ok — you are welcome.
What is a Spiritual Direction Session like?
Spiritual direction sessions are 1 hour meetings either on-line or in person. We tend to begin with a time to pause prayerfully in stillness and silence and let the conversation begin from there. You’ll find the conversation is much slower and more contemplative than most of our conversations in life. My role as a spiritual director is not to specify the content of the conversation but will help direct the flow of it as the Spirit leads. At times we may also introduce into the session an idea or spiritual practice such as silence, prayer, mediation or reflection, where that might provide space for your spiritual formation.
Making a connection
I am one of many spiritual directors around the world. Do consider what you are looking for in a spiritual director. You will naturally want to know who it is you’re connecting with and clarify what it is you will be engaging in. If you have any specific questions about me and my work in spiritual direction — please get in touch.
Before settling to regularly meet for spiritual direction, we can schedule a free appointment—time to chat and discuss your desire for spiritual accompaniment, questions, and expectations and have space for you to express where you find yourself at this time.
Other practicalities for regular spiritual direction
There are a few spiritual directors who are able to provide this service for free, whilst many will charge for their time. Spirituality, like air, is of course freely received as gift. Yet, offering long term spiritual direction does involve commitments of time, reflection, supervision, and on going formation.
Ultimately, my desire is to be available to anyone seeking spiritual depth. And, whilst my hope is to generously express divine grace in every interaction — I am limited — so it is only in specific cases where I am able offer long term spiritual accompaniment at no cost. Please contact me or click here for details of costs for regular meetings.
We can work out a frequency of meeting that fits your schedule and means. I tend to meet with directees for one hour every four to six weeks. My hope is that we can find a way to meet which takes into account your current circumstances.
Spiritual direction conversations can happen online or in person. I meet a number of people at home in a quiet a sitting room overlooking the garden, in Sherwood/Carrington, Nottingham. If you prefer we can schedule a conversation during an hour’s walk (at a ‘contemplative’s pace’).
I regularly meet people for online Spiritual Direction appointments, most often with Zoom.