Spiritual Direction and Coaching

Wanderer, your footsteps are
the road, and nothing more;
wanderer, there is no road,
the road is made by walking.
By walking one makes the road,
and upon glancing behind
one sees the path
that never will be trod again.
Wanderer, there is no road–
Only wakes upon the sea.


 – Antonio Machado, Spanish Poet, 1857-1939

What is the difference between
coaching and spiritual direction?

Coaching as a practice has grown immensely in the past decade. My approach to both spiritual direction and coaching is similar, but they may have different outcomes.


Spiritual Direction

It is easier to find guides, someone to tell you what to do, than someone to be with you in a discerning, prayerful companionship as you work it out yourself. This is what spiritual direction is. –Eugene Peterson

Spiritual Direction is an ongoing relationship between a spiritual director and a person looking for the grace and meaning that flows through their lives. Together, we will draw on ancient traditions that have supported people of faith, and no faith, for centuries. Some people start spiritual direction in times of great change and disruption. Others will keep a spiritual director for years, working through many of life’s deepest questions.


The use of the term “coach” was used in Oxford University around 1839 as a slang term for a tutor who “carries” a student through an exam.–Winfred Bevins and Mark Dunwoody, Missional Formation Coaching

A coaching relationship usually begins with a desired outcome in work, family, personal, or spiritual life. Together, we make a plan from session to session, adapting as life comes along. Each session we will dedicate time to celebrate the work you have done, evaluate what you have accomplished, and work out the next steps you want to take.

The values that inform my work

Empathy : My first priority is to provide you with a caring and judgment free space.

Hope :  Hope propels us to find the possibility of goodness in ourselves and others. It also fuels endurance and resilience.

Justice : The dignity of every human being, regardless of race, age, language, economic status, sexual orientation or gender will be respected.

Contemplation : Silence is as important in a relationship as talking so that we can rest, reflect, and process.

Curiousity : I will present more questions than answers. By being curious we can explore your experience, find meaning, and learn to recognize your deepest inner voice.

Are you ready for a conversation?

I offer a free, 15 minute, online consultation.