Spiritual Direction

This is an ancient ministry which is about taking time to meet with an experienced person to talk about one’s spiritual journey and prayer. Aelred of Rievaulx, a twelfth century English Cistercian monk, defines this role beautifully: ‘what happiness, what security, what joy to have someone to whom you dare speak on terms of equality as to another self; one to whom you can unblushingly make known what progress you have made in the spiritual life; one to whom you can entrust all the secrets of your heart and before whom you can place all your plans.’

People seek this ministry at different times in their lives and for various reasons. It can be a way:

  • to make better sense of one’s faith journey,
  • to find clarity and support at times of significant life choices,
  • to respond more deeply to God’s presence, perhaps by exploring new ways of prayer and meditation,
  • to discover together the cause of problems or blockages in one’s spiritual life,
  • to work through a particular spiritual issue.

Spiritual Direction or Accompaniment provides a ‘sacred space’ into which we can bring anything or nothing, in which we will be listened to without judgement or agenda, in which we are totally accepted, in which all that is said is entirely confidential.

The relationship is different in each case, as we are all different and have different needs. You can discuss your deepest thoughts and fears, about anything, aware the conversation is safe between you, God and your companion.

There are links to further information about Spiritual Direction, including some advice when finding a spiritual director, on the website of the Association for Promoting Retreats (link opens in a new page).

You may wish to incorporate a session of spiritual direction if you are visiting the house on a personal retreat. For more details or to book please contact: [email protected].

Find a Spiritual Director

Truro Diocese holds a List of Spiritual Directors.  The List is administered by a small team of experienced directors who welcome applications from directors from any Christian denomination.  The team also co-ordinate referrals for spiritual direction, so if you are looking for a spiritual director or you are a spiritual director wishing to be on the Diocesan List please contact Janette Mullett at [email protected] or download a form from the Diocesan Website at https://www.trurodiocese.org.uk/resources/ministry/spiritual-direction/