Individual Spiritual Direction
Nature-Based Spiritual Practices
Ministry Description: As a spiritual director, it is my desire to weave together my passions for spirituality, contemplation, creation, and listening deeply to others.
I am available to meet in person, online, or by phone. When meeting in person, one option is to meet outdoors while walking together along a trail or natural area. While walking we can attune ourselves to, and deepen our connection with, the Spirit's presence within and around us as we talk.
I am also available to lead outdoor contemplative worship for groups, retreats, workshops, and staff in-services. Here are some examples of what I have offered in the past:
- Mennonite Church Eastern Canada Junior High Retreat sessions and worship
- Centre for Sustainable Climate Solutions Pastors' Retreat worship sessions
- Rockway Mennonite Collegiate Staff half day retreat
- Rooted and Grounded Conference (AMBS) workshops
- Skylight Festival workshop and worship
- Mennonite Church Eastern Canada Office Administrator's Day forest church session
- Women’s Bruce Trail hiking and spirituality weekend for Silver Lake Mennonite Camp
- Spiritual Direction for Pastors in Exile retreat
Background: I received my training in spiritual direction at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary after almost two decades of receiving spiritual direction from a number of wonderful directors and sensing a call to explore offering this ministry myself. My spiritual journey was shaped by the wide open geography of the Canadian prairies and appreciation for the simple things of life.
I am an ordained pastor serving at St Jacobs Mennonite Church, and also the pastoral leader and founder of Burning Bush Forest Church, an outdoor worshipping community. Connected to this, I am a leader in the Wild Church Network, and my ongoing training includes:
- Spirituality in Nature course (2016)
- Biblical Foundations of Creation Care course (2017)
- Seminary of the Wild intensives (2017 & 2019)
- School of Celtic Consciousness (2018 & 2019)
- Eco-ministry Certification (2020-2021)