I lead groups offering:

  • an exploration of personal spirituality
  • the building communities of trust, respect and love through the facilitated sharing of life stories
  • experiences of meditation, prayer and other 'spiritual practices'
  • training in the 'art of spiritual direction'
  • supervision or 'reflective practice' for spiritual directors, healthcare professionals, church workers, and those whose work includes listening to others
  • training in 'spiritual awareness' and for Healthcare Professionals

My style of working is to explore and work with the experience of the people present. I do have information to impart, but in the area of spirituality I also believe that we already know much of what we need; we simply need to trust ourselves. My aim to is provide a calm, safe space where trust can grow and learning can happen.

I particularly enjoy facilitating a conversation, within a context of prayer, through which trust, respect and openness can grow. Then, each person's authenticity can find expression and be witnessed. What really matters to people is more likely to be identified and options for change can be explored.

Training, Facilitation and Workshops

Through the experience of my own searching, there are things which have come to matter tremendously to me in my own spiritual practice and in my work.  I seek to offer to others what is of importance to me.

I can lead workshops in areas such as:

  • Prayer and Meditation: integrating prayer and meditation in everyday life
  • Body and Spirit: a spirituality rooted in the body & the world
  • Spirituality and Sexuality: healing our desires for connection
  • Illness and Spirituality: living our mortality
  • Being Men Before God: claiming a spirituality that embodies our manhood
  • Poems for the Journey: poetry as holy scripture

Coming Soon:

  • Embodied Spirituality
  • Fri 12 Dec 2008 2 - 6pm: Embodied Spirituality: at the London Centre for Spirituality St Edmund the King, Lombard Street, London EC3V 9EA.

    … the body itself can be a hermitage when I have embraced it as quite simply the place where I know I shall meet God … there is no individual soul in the abstract, only the human material of my body, my words, my memories; my gifts, my weaknesses. … Only the body saves the soul. Rowan Williams: Silence & Honey Cakes, p.94

Recent Workshops:

  • Being Alongside those in Pain or the Dying
  • Sat 2 Feb 2008: Being Alongside those in Pain or the Dying: A day for Spiritual Directors: St Edmundsbury Cathedral Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1LS.

    I am simply telling the stories of my patients who shared their agonies, their expectations, and their frustrations with us. The few who can [get closer to the “hopelessly” sick] will discover that it can be a mutually satisfying experience. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross: On death and Dying

  • Embodied Spirituality
  • Fri 14 Dec 2007 2 - 6pm: Embodied Spirituality: at the London Centre for Spirituality St Edmund the King, Lombard Street, London EC3V 9EA.

    … when we take up occupation of the site of our bodies in stillness before God. We are granted a place to be, simply in virtue of being there as material beings made by God: the physical act of drawing breath becomes an affirmation of my receiving of the gift of my place, an acknowledgement that I am ‘wanted’ by God in my fragility, my time-bound being which depends for its continuance on the physical environment. Rowan Williams

  • Meeting Christ in the Gospel
  • Wed 5 July 2006: Meeting Christ in the Gospel: A Quiet Day: at the Westminster Cathedral Centre for Spirituality in the in the Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace, beside Westminster Cathedral.
  • A Journey on the Black River of Loss
  • Tue 3 Oct 2006: A Journey on the Black River of Loss: A day for Spiritual Directors: Guildford Diocese Spiritual Directors Forum, Chilworth Friary
    Truly to be alive, we need to live with loss, even the loss our lives. Aging presents us with more and more opportunities to live with these losses.
  • Embodied Spirituality
  • Fri 8 Dec 2006 2 - 5pm: Embodied Spirituality: at the London Centre for Spirituality St Edmund the King, Lombard Street, London EC3V 9EA.

    You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Mary Oliver: Wild Geese

  • Scripture and the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola
  • Sat 20 May 2006 11am - 4pm: Scripture and the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola: The Annual Lecture hosted by the Art of Spiritual Direction Course at S Mary Woolnoth Church, London. The morning lecture by Philip Endean SJ will be followed by a series of interesting afternoon workshops including one by Annette Giesler and me on:
    Reflective Practice in Ministry
    If contemplation is a loving quality of presence in which one is open to things just as they are in the present moment, spiritual direction is a contemplative practice. It is a practice in which we come to know God and self, as much as it is a help to the other. This workshop is to support that practice by bringing our own gaze of loving presence to our work, the better to know God and to be open to the other just as they are.
  • Lent Quiet Day
  • Sat 11 Mar 2006: Lent Quiet Day: St Anne & All Saints', South Lambeth
    During Lent it is good to take stock and to refocus our lives on God again. Whenever we do this, we are in good company. The temptations of Jesus in the desert, which we remember on the first Sunday in Lent, were all about Jesus coming to terms with understanding his Father's will for him. Jesus had to struggle to understand God's will for his life, both in the desert and, at the end of his life, in the Garden of Gethsemane: and so do we all.
  • Ignatian Perspectives
  • Mon 13 Mar 2006: Ignatian Perspectives: A training day: Oxford SPI-DIR training course, Begbroke
    Ignatius was a pioneer in his commitment to the spiritual life. His reflection upon his relationship with God and documentation of his understanding has transmitted to us great wisdom in the arts of spiritual direction and the discernment of spirits in our life in God. This wisdom takes clear and compelling form in his Spiritual Exercises. This training day will offer an experiential insight into Ignatius' gift to us and how me might apply this in our own lives and in our listening to others.
  • Reflective Practice
  • Sat 25 Feb 2006: Reflective Practice: A day for Spiritual Directors: St Andrew’s Church, Britannia Road, Ipswich IP4 5HF
    If contemplation is a loving quality of presence in which one is open to things just as they are in the present moment, spiritual direction is a contemplative practice. It is a practice in which we come to know God and self, as much as it is a help to the other. This day is to support that practice by bringing our own gaze of loving presence to our work of spiritual direction, the better to know God and to be open to the other just as they are.
  • Virtual Spiritual Direction
  • 11 Jan 2006: Virtual Spiritual Direction: Companionship on the Electronic Highway: Spi-Dir Berks Bucks Oxon Network, Diocesan Church House, Oxford
    Electronic communication is increasing our ability both to connect with others and also to keep them at bay. Our skills and ministry as spiritual directors can now be available using e-mail and website resources to those who would otherwise be unable or unwilling for the face-to-face encounter. How can we adapt to this change?
  • 7 Dec 2005: Waiting for the Light: A Quiet Day: at the Westminster Cathedral Centre for Spirituality in the in the Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace
  • 17 Sept 2005: Finding Peace Within Ourselves: at the Stockwell Faith Forum Peace Tent, Brixton, London
  • 27-29 June 2005: Sexuality: Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury
  • 2-11 Aug 2004: Individually Guided Retreats: Llannerchwen, Brecon, Powys
  • May/June 2004: Spiritual Awareness: Meadow House Hospice, Southall, Middlesex
  • 27 Mar 2004: Darkness on the Journey: St Columba's House, Woking, Surrey
  • 16-18 Jan 2004: Spirituality Residential: Gloucester Local Ministry Scheme
  • Jan/Feb 2004: Spiritual Awareness: Meadow House Hospice, Southall, Middlesex
  • 21-23 Nov 2003: Spirituality Residential: Gloucester Local Ministry Scheme
  • 9 Oct 2003: Sexuality and Spiritual Direction: St Bede's Pastoral Centre , York
  • Oct/Nov 2003: Spiritual Awareness: Meadow House Hospice, Southall, Middlesex
  • Spiritual Direction training course at Highmoor Hall, Oxfordshire
  • A group for men called Being Men Before God
  • A workshop called Poems for the Journey