Pastor Jacqueline Duhart
Bio: Queer feminist of the African diaspora, mother, prison abolitionist, beloved partner, daughter and sibling, Minister Emeritus of First Unitarian Church of Oakland, NURTURER, and LOVER of everything that supports life to thrive in joy.
Rev. Deb Hansen
Social Media#1: https://www.facebook.com/deb.hansen.54/
Bio: The historical moment we are living in is demanding, disorienting, and exciting, too. I’ve accompanied people through transitions of all kinds, as a coach, a hospital chaplain, and now as a spiritual companion. stretching beyond my own social location has been a big part of my life experience. I see our lives unfolding not only as individuals, but also in a collective, historical, and ancestral context. our personal growth reverberates across space and time, benefitting everyone. For me, offering spiritual companionship is a direct encounter with mystery, a relationship where both people grow. An exploratory conversation is always welcome.
Rev. Kari Kopnick
Social Media#1: https://www.facebook.com/SpiritualCarewithKari
Bio: I am an Interfaith Minister and a Spiritual Director who deeply enjoys accompanying people as they explore the place of purpose, meaning and Spirit in their lives. If you hope to work with someone who values compassion, empathy, and a creative process, we might be a good fit. I offer an initial visit at no charge and a “love offering” fee structure. I live in a multi-race family and am proudly Queer and Trans friendly.
Rev. Lisa Winston
Social Media#1: https://www.linkedin.com/in/LjWDivineSight/
Social Media#2: https://www.instagram.com/lisajeannewinston/
Bio: Rev. Lisa j Winston –– spiritual companion/guide, healer, interfaith chaplain, contemplative photographer, mystic… I care for the soul through creative, sacred, healing arts. In 2005 a near-death experience turned my world upside down and accelerated my quest to know my true soul-self. I have wandered the labyrinth of life for decades as a seeker, through spiritual trainings and direct experiences ––from adventurous pilgrimages to mystery school and seminary, from life at an ashram to work as a hospital chaplain–– only to find that what I was looking for was already inside. My wish is that we all walk in the world awake, connected with and respecting our inner truth, our fellow beings and the natural world around us. If, in your waking you are as Rumi was, “a wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving,” let’s walk together.
Rev. Maya Massar
Bio: Rev. Maya Massar has been sharing her offerings in the areas of Creativity, Healing and Awakening for over three decades. Maya’s one-on-one Listening Sessions, lectures, workshops, meditations & presentations, using crystal, sound, breath, communion with Nature.
Rev. Laura Prickett
Social Media#1: https://www.facebook.com/spiritmirrorstudio
Bio: Laura Prickett is an interfaith minister and spiritual director whose spiritual call includes deepening her own contemplative practice and companioning others as they explore and deepen their relationship with the Divine. She appreciates opportunities to companion clients as they contemplate the work of spirit in their daily lives and explore spiritual practices that deepen their experience of spiritual connectedness. She developed a dream exploration workshop for exploring dreams for insight and inspiration, which she has led at conferences of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and for groups at the Chaplaincy Institute and other venues. Laura holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Chaplaincy Institute and a Certificate in Dream Group Facilitation from Marin Institute for Projective Dreamwork. She is a Clergy in Good Standing with the Chaplaincy Institute.
Bio: Through my own journey, I know the transformative and healing power of being held in compassionate presence. I trust the inherent goodness and inner wisdom of each person to unfold and reveal itself through the spiritual companioning relationship. As someone raised in a multi-cultural community with a diverse multi-ethnic family of Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Humanistic, and spiritual but not religious traditions, I am comfortable working with people of diverse backgrounds and faith traditions. I focus my spiritual direction practice on accompanying others who are grappling with life transitions, specializing in loss and grief, and those who desire to integrate their spiritual beliefs into their daily life or simply want a safe space for spiritual reflection and support. Since 2001 I have served as the facilitator of Santa Rosa Sutter Hospice’s bereaved parents support group and provide one-on-one bereavement support as well. My practice is trauma informed and I integrate Somatic Experiencing® techniques when appropriate. I have completed the first year of SE™ Professional Training. I am also a Certified Provider of Compassionate Bereavement Care, a mindfulness approach to traumatic grief and also have an Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy Certificate through the Embody Lab. My certificate in Spiritual Direction is through the Chaplaincy Institute’s Interfaith Spiritual Direction program in Berkeley, CA and I practice in a non-directive, interfaith approach. I am a graduate of the Mercy Center’s Sacred Journey program in Burlingame, CA and the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy program in Redwood City, CA. As a practicing Buddhist for over 20 years in the Theravadan tradition, I have also completed the 2-year Dedicated Practitioners Program through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. My interests and passions that inform my work include meditation and mindfulness, non-dual teachings, the enneagram, dream work, somatics, dance and yoga, non-violent communication, and a deep connection to the natural world. I am available for spiritual direction by appointment both remotely and in my home office in Occidental, CA.
Rev. Rivka Gervurtz
Social Media#1: https://www.facebook.com/Shelter-For-The-Spirit-374027753320069
Social Media#2: https://www.instagram.com/revrivka/
Bio: Rev. Theresa “Rivka” Gevurtz is an interfaith minister, chaplain and spiritual director, ordained through The Chaplaincy Institute in 2018 and earning her MDiv. at Starr King School for the Ministry in 2019, as well as graduating the ChI Spiritual Direction program at that time. Rivka’s area of focus, culminating her master’s degree, was addressing the ways religious wounding impacts not only the queer and BIPOC communities, but the society at large.
Rev. Scott Quinn
Bio: Scott Quinn is Executive Director of the Marin Interfaith Council. He was ordained a Lutheran minister and Interfaith minister, and was an educator and spiritual director at an interfaith spirituality center in Austin that was part of a Catholic healthcare system. He is Core Faculty and a student supervisor for the spiritual direction program at The Chaplaincy Institute, an interfaith seminary/community in Berkeley, and part of the instructional and supervision staff for the spiritual direction program at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Scott lives in San Rafael where he has a spiritual direction/supervision practice, and where he and his partner tend many pets and a large garden.
Rev. Lauren Van Ham
Bio: Raised in the Midwest, Rev. Lauren Van Ham, M.A., worked as a performing artist in NYC before attending ChI. Following ordination (’99), Lauren served as a hospital chaplain, focusing in psychiatry, palliative care, and bereavement support. Her ministry moved to corporations (’07), where she custom-designed employee engagement sustainability programs for multi-national companies. Lauren completed the ChI Spiritual Direction certificate in 2003 and later trained to provide Spiritual Direction Supervision. She returned to ChI (’10) where, for 9 years, she served as Dean. Lauren’s passion for spirituality, art and Earth’s teachings have supported her specialization in eco-ministry, grief & loss, and sacred activism. Currently, Lauren tends a spiritual direction and eco-chaplaincy consulting practice; and serves as guest faculty for several schools in the Bay Area. Of Spiritual Direction, Lauren offers, “In my role as spiritual companion (traditionally called director), I create the conditions for deep listening, expanded awareness and spacious curiosity to both tend and celebrate the sacred story unfolding in the life of each individual. Always my intention is to support an individual or group in their relationship to Spirit/Life/God/Love, and to respond in a growing practice of relatedness, service and joy.
Rev. Tristy Taylor
Social Media#1: https://www.facebook.com/CreateWithSpirit
Social Media#2: https://www.instagram.com/revtristy/
Bio: Tristy Taylor, ordained in 2005, is a Portland, Oregon-based dream worker, teacher, and spiritual companion. Raised by world-renowned dream worker Jeremy Taylor and dream artist Kathryn Taylor, she has been working with her dreams from the very beginning of her life. Her greatest joy is being a companion and guide to her fellow humans on their authentic life’s path, and her services include co-creating ritual, grief and shadow work, dreamwork, and open heart practices. She has a Masters of Art & Consciousness from John F. Kennedy University, and along with teaching for several organizations, she also sees clients one-on-one and facilitates in-depth, online dream and dream art workshops every season.
Rev. Allison Kritzner
Bio: Allison was ordained by the ChI Community in 2007 and has been serving as a spiritual director since 2012, companioning individuals on their journey toward deep connection with what matters most.
Rev. Elizabeth Hutchins
Bio: Ordained as an interfaith minister, Rev. Elizabeth O. Hutchins is an educator, mentor, and spiritual director who companions persons delving into their spirituality and relationship with holy mystery. She offers safe space for persons to tell their own sacred story while discerning the purpose and meaning of their life’s journey. She honors all spiritual questions and exploration. As an avid wilderness paddler who embraces a mystical path, she welcomes opportunities for reimagining where our soul and role may be in harmony. She offers spiritual companionship to both individuals and small groups of all ages, race, ethnicity, class, and gender expression.