Do you wonder how to connect with nature? Are you seeking the greater wisdom of Spirit? Perhaps you wish for a fuller understanding of your life’s purpose. I offer one-on-one spiritual journey sessions as well as group workshops to support you in deepening your relationship with the Source—the Living Spirit flowing through you and all other parts of nature.
Spiritual Journeys & Mentoring
Spiritual (or shamanic-style) journeys are a way of hearing the allies in nature, both seen and unseen. In a journey, the seeker listens meditatively for the voice of Spirit as it comes through Spirit Helpers—animals, trees, ancestors, or others who dwell in the sacred center and convey wisdom and love from the sacred Source.
For those who gave up on prayer long ago because it felt like talking to empty space, spiritual journeys provide an opportunity to hear Spirit speaking back. During a journey, you can commune with your own Spirit Helper, who is always ready to convey solid support and fresh perspective for daily life. Journeys use any of the languages of the heart: feeling, sensing, hearing, seeing, speaking. Opening to a warm relationship with your own Spirit Helper is a life-changing path and provides a foundation of loving companionship on which to build your daily experience.
for a free 30-minute phone conversation to address your questions about spiritual journeys and Spirit Helpers.
Forms of Journey Sessions
Spiritual journey sessions may happen in a few different ways:
If you need guidance on a specific question. You might be seeking clarity on a specific issue or question. You bring your question to a meeting (usually by phone). During our meeting I listen meditatively to Living Spirit and convey to you the particular wisdom that is shared for you. Journey sessions provide a fresh perspective on life’s tangles and offer renewed courage to find your truthful voice and live from your clear heart. Whatever question you bring, you will receive support for living into your deepest calling and your truest joy. Sessions last about an hour. (Single sessions available only after an introductory set of 4 sessions.)
If you want to grow in your ability to journey so that you can develop your relationship with your own Spirit Helper. You might wish to develop your own skill in listening to the quiet voice of Spirit and might seek assistance in opening to an ongoing relationship with your own Spirit Helper. Through a series of individual mentoring sessions, you can deepen your ability to enter into spiritual journeys so you can clearly perceive the greater wisdom offered by your own Helper. Opening to Spirit’s guidance and love typically increases people’s confidence and joy in daily life and leads to a deeper understanding of your self and your purpose in the world. (For listening to your own Helper, a series of 4 sessions is recommended at all times.)
If you would like a one-on-one nature retreat. If you are at a crossroads in your life or simply wish to pause for an extended time of reflection, you might choose a personalized, half-day (3 hours) or day-long (6 hours) nature retreat. Together we explore what nature is saying to you by spending contemplative time outdoors listening for the greater wisdom. Depending on your needs, a retreat might include hiking, sitting, writing practices, shamanic-style journey sessions, easy movement or breathing exercises, or simple nature-based rituals that support your ability to live openly and with equanimity. Opening to a deeper connection with trees and rocks and soil and sky also opens the channels to connecting with one’s own deepest nature and encourages greater clarity and peacefulness in life.
If you seek the company of others in deepening your ability to open to Spirit’s leading. For those living in the Albuquerque area, I offer small-group workshops, meeting once a week for six or eight weeks, in which we practice returning to to our own center while enjoying the company and support of others. Together we listen to the body, to nature, and to Spirit through contemplative practices and simple nature-based rituals that open the heart and increase our ability to hear the still small voice of Spirit. Upcoming workshops appear on the Events page.
Whatever each person’s particular need, there is more-than-human wisdom available when we pause, ask, and reflect. In a nature-based (or shamanic) spiritual path, the visible and less-visible parts of nature together make up a single reality. To deepen our connection with nature is to deepen our connection with the self and with Spirit at the same time.
Sessions, retreats, and workshops will assist anyone wishing to root their lives more firmly in an everyday nature spirituality.
Why 4 Introductory Sessions?
If you would like to try journey sessions, and we have not worked together before, please schedule a series of four sessions as an introduction. Spiritual journey sessions are different from both therapy and spiritual direction. They have their own rhythm, tailored by Spirit for each person, and a set of four weekly sessions allows each of us a bit of time to get used to the rhythm that is right for you. Four sessions also provides some time for reflection; it gives you a chance to assimilate new insights and begin to allow them to take root in your life. Change usually doesn’t happen instantly; it grows as we grow. Four sessions over four weeks gives you this growing time.
for a free 30-minute phone conversation to answer your questions and see if journey sessions might be helpful to you.
4 sessions, 1 per week: $280 (recommended at the start of working together)
Individual journeywork session: $100 (available only after a series of 4 sessions)
Half-day nature retreat (3 hrs): $250
Full-day nature retreat (6 hrs): $350
(plus tax for New Mexico residents)
I am a writer and spiritual counselor with a passion for reconnecting people with nature. I received a PhD in religious studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and have taught graduate-level environmental humanities, feminist studies, critical thinking, and writing at Prescott College in Prescott, AZ, and Naropa University in Boulder, CO. When I lived in Oakland a threatened nearby creek inspired efforts to preserve it, and I founded a small land trust and served as its first president. I have advocated for nature in other ways as well: through cleaning and restoring urban creeks, through feeding baby birds in wildlife rehab, and through cofounding a local rights-of-nature group. My favorite ways of connecting with nature these days are birdwatching, hiking, swimming, and listening to Nature-Spirit-Source in quiet meditation. My first book, Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature, received the 2013 WILLA Award for Creative Nonfiction. I live in Placitas, New Mexico, next to Sandia Mountain with my partner, Tim, and our dog, Bodhi.