Spiritual Direction

What is Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is really not about being “directed.” Rather, it is very much about being encouraged to draw closer to God. In spiritual direction, you reflect deeply on the experiences of your daily life. Gradually, as you contemplate, you may begin to recognize God’s presence and grace in your life. The director is a reverent listener offering questions and guidance as your spiritual journey unfolds. A session may include spoken and/or silent prayer, contemplative exercises, or Scripture reading.

~~from: Spiritual Director’s International with editing

Benefits of Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction assists individuals in numerous ways including:

  • Assistance in de-mystifying prayer, making it a practical part of everyday life;
  • Help to see and face the truth about yourself without rationalization;
  • Non-judgmental support for the rough spots in a Christian life; and
  • Clarification on aspects of religious doctrine as it applies to daily life.

What do you want to look for in a spiritual director?

The key qualities you are looking for in your spiritual director are compatibility and a listening ear. You want to feel free to share your life experiences, questions, and struggles. It is important to find someone you are comfortable with and can trust.

Financial Consideration

Spiritual directors are professionals trained to do this work. The requested donation is negotiated on an individual basis.

The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality has certified spiritual directors who are available to partner with you on your spiritual journey. Our spiritual directors are typically available to meet either in person and/or on Zoom (or FaceTime). These individuals may offer:

  • Individual spiritual direction
  • Ignatian Silent Directed Retreat (2-, 3-, 5- and 8-day)
  • 19th Annotation (30-day Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life)
  • 30-day Spiritual Exercises
  • Prayer Guidance

To learn more about our certified associate spiritual directors, their locations, services, and bios, click below.

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