Amanda Petersen, M.Div.
Amanda's passion is to create the space where each person can listen deeply the Wisdom Within. As life continually unfolds, it is so important to have others to walk along side us. Founder of Pathways of Grace, Amanda has experience as a pastor, hospice chaplain, spiritual director, life coach and artist.
With her group work and retreats, she emphasizes the gift of community; that in being present to one another, no matter what the similarities or differences might be, we are all connected. Amanda loves to work with boards, session and other leadership groups to help them find connection and focus in the practicalities of their work.
She is co-director of Explore and Connect with God spiritual direction training and Living From Your Heart training and Director of the Supervision of Spiritual Directors training at Pathways of Grace. She has led many contemplative workshops and retreats and is adjunct faculty at the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction as well as other spiritual direction schools.
Amanda has been practicing spiritual direction for over 22 years. With individuals, she walks through the transitions in one's life using spiritual direction and feng shui allow each person their own unique way to pay attention to the gift of God/Divine in the midst of all circumstances. She truly believes that the transitions of life help teach us that life can change and in amazing ways - beyond what one could ever imagine. Her style is intuitive, meeting each person where they are, allowing space to hear the Wisdom within their own hearts. In this process various prayer practices, spiritual practices or discernment tools may be used. Amanda often encourages using creativity in one's spiritual journey. Her training includes Spiritual Direction, Individual Supervision with Spiritual Directors, the Ignatian Exercises, Benedictine Spirituality, Meditation, Feng Shui and other Contemplative Practices. Confidentiality is very important and will be discussed on the first visit. She follows a specific Code of Ethics in every area of her practice.
Amanda is also a writer and an artist. She enjoys creating art that brings the Spirit and whimsy together with "The Love of Grace Pet Icons", and other forms of art. She is committed to living a simple life with intention toward where the Divine is leading. She is the mother of an amazing adult daughter, grandmother to beautiful Alice, and blessed owner of her Boston Terrier, Grace.
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK • AA Degree, 1985
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ • BA Religious Studies, 1993
Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA • Spiritual Direction Training - 1994-1996
Ignatian Spirituality Training, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA • 1996
San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA • M.Div., 1997
Coach Training Alliance, Boulder, CO • Certification in Life Coaching, 2005
GROUPS, PROGRAMS, AND RETREATS
Group Spiritual Direction:
Using a variety of topics such as Celtic Spirituality, Scripture or the Creative Arts we learn to listen to God with and among us.
Praying on the Right Side of the Brain:
Much of what we do in prayer is from the neck up. This workshop explores how to use both sides of our brain in prayer. We will also look at how to make prayer more holistic using mind, body and spirit. This retreat may be adapted from 2 to 6 hours.
Ever wish you could just get a way for a few hours and just be with God? Using a single theme and several choices, participants are invited to connect with God in silence. Wherever you are in your journey with God this is a safe place to find rest for your soul. This retreat may be adapted from 2 to 6 hours.
Rule of Life:
Are you looking for a way to find balance in your spiritual life? Using the Rule of St Benedict as a guide we will explore ways you can incorporate your spirituality into all areas of your life. This is a 3-hour retreat.
Living with the Mystics:
This is a brief introduction to Christian mystics. Beginning with Christ and continuing to today, we will see how mysticism is a vital part of our spiritual path. This is best as three 1.5 - 2 hour sessions.
Deep Reading Groups:
A series of book studies looking at mystics throughout history.
How to Create Peace and Stillness in Everyday Life:
We will explore the contemplative practices of meditation, lectio divina and the prayer of examen. This is for those who are looking for practices that will deepen their spiritual walk. We will explore practices that best fit where you are in your spiritual journey.
These are quiet reflective retreats that focus on introducing new prayer practices and activities to assist in learning how to be more present to God in the moment.