What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction is a Christ-centric safe space to explore your spiritual questions and longings in the presence of the Trinity and a spiritual director.
Here, no advice or solutions are offered; only room to be where you are in your faith journey as you come to know and discern God’s voice and presence.
An hour session may embody any of the following rhythms: prayer, silence, open-ended questions, reflection, contemplation, discernment, imagination, scripture, or spiritual practices. The heartbeat of direction is to usher the directee into experiencing congruency between truth and a deeper participation with the Divine's intimate invitations.
Spiritual direction is not a life coach, a guru, nor New Age-based.
The first time I heard Spiritual Direction, the stubborn soul in me thought, “Uhhhhh, I don’t need anyone to DIRECT me, thank you very much.” Yet, what I have found to be true is that spiritual direction is the first place I felt free to bring my spiritual questions, desires, and longings for MORE of God and experience unconditional love from the gentle guidance of a director. Once experiencing direction, I sighed a huge exhale of relief and have found myself at home receiving and offering spiritual direction ever since.
Who is Spiritual Direction for?
Spiritual Direction is for the individual who is hungry for a deeper intimacy with the Trinity and wants a trained spiritual director to come alongside and co-listen, ask questions, and reflect God's movements in their everyday life.
Spiritual Direction invites individuals and/or groups to connect "head knowledge" of what you know about God to become congruent with your experience of His presence and love.
If you are hungry for the Really Real, spiritual direction may feel like coming home.
How does Spiritual Direction differ from counseling or therapy?
Counseling is a path individuals choose to deepen their psychological, individual and/or relational integration with mind, body and spirit.
Spiritual direction is a journey individuals choose to deepen their spiritual integration with mind, body and spirit.
The task of the spiritual director is to be positioned, like a campfire in the wilderness, welcoming sojourners from all corners of life to stop, relax, and yarn for a while. A place where tired bodies and spirits are warmed by the fire and refreshed. A friendly atmosphere where stories of the road are shared among travellers. The job of a spiritual director is to keep the fire burning because one never knows when a traveller will come to sit. It doesn't matter where on the journey the traveller has been exploring, or how long they have been walking, if they come in peace to sit on a log by the campfire, they are welcome.
How is Spiritual Direction offered?
An hour long sessions is offered virtually or in-person.
This is your time to go deeper with God. As the spiritual director, I simply co-journey with you as you seek greater intimacy with the Divine.
For our session, I encourage you to find a quiet spot in your home, light a candle, and anticipate how the Trinity will direct our time. We need only show up and be present to their presence.
How did Bekah become a Spiritual Director?
After years of receiving spiritual direction, Bekah longed to be trained to become a spiritual director, so that she too, may usher individuals and groups into a safe space to experience intimacy with God.
In 2017, she began Year 1 of the School of Spiritual Direction through the School of Sustainable Faith.
In the fall of 2017, Bekah founded Pasture Experience, inspired by Psalm 23.
Pasture was created as a community gathering, held in a third space and untethered to a specific church or denomination, for the purpose of deep connection and soul nourishment. After a beautiful season, she became aware aware of wanting to offer a listening experience, rather than an event. Bekah paused, prayed and discerned God's voice for a season and decided to shrink the gatherings to an intimate, retreat size, where women are offered room to listen to God, themselves, and then one another.
In spring of 2018, Bekah held the first Pasture Retreat in their TN home, where a dozen women from all over the U.S. gathered in their living room for a weekend of soul nourishment. Pasture Retreats are currently offered every spring and fall, as well as deeper dives through reunions and continued community with Pasture alumni.
In addition, Bekah travels and facilitate retreats in Pasture alumni hometowns, where women invite local community and experience deeper connection with God, themselves, and one another. Her prayer is that once experiencing Pasture, others will desire to take intentional listening into their communities and beyond.
After Year 1 of spiritual direction training, Bekah took advantage of a gap year and completed The 19th Annotation, an Ignatian Formation Program, under the supervision of a spiritual director. These spiritual exercises journey the life of Jesus through scripture, prayer, imagination, and consistent contemplative rhythms. This experience drew her toward the humility of Jesus, his on-the-floor posture, and heart for the poor in spirit, which solidified her passion for offering direction even further.
In May, 2020, Bekah completed Year 2 and is now living in her sweet spot as a certified spiritual director.
Bekah's heartbeat is for those who feel unseen, who are in/coming out of church ministry, for women who are bravely stepping into healing and wholeness in their marriage, and for pioneers who desire to confidently listen and know God's voice in a sea of many voices.
How do I begin receiving Spiritual Direction?
If you are drawn to receiving spiritual direction, let's set up a complimentary 30-minute phone consultation to hear more about what you are longing for in this season. If spiritual direction is a good fit, we can further discuss virtual or in-person logistics and cost.