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Continuing the Spiritual Direction Journey - Friday

Continuing the Spiritual Direction Journey - Friday

Are you at a point where you would like some hands on practical continuing education and also some refreshment for your practice?

Would you like to learn in a small group setting where you can have questions related to your practice addressed?

Are you ready to spend some intentional time to nourish and refresh your soul and being?

If this is what you are looking for then Continuing the Spiritual Direction Journey is for you.

This two-day retreat will refresh your soul, enliven your practice and help you meet others who are walking a similar path to you.

Friday, March 9th
Includes continental breakfast and a wonderful catered dinner (lunch on your own)

Joyce Vidal-Thornburg
Director of CFDM spiritual direction Training
Topic: Embracing the Shadow

Joyce will draw on the gift of the shadow and how it can play an important role in spiritual direction. This will be a perfect time to look at both the director and directee situations and how the shadow plays a part in every relationship. This will be an interactive time of discovery and renewal.

Teresa Blythe
Director of the Hesychia School for Spiritual Direction
Topic: Discernment

Discernment is about making choices in alignment with your highest spiritual values and your walk with the Divine. Spiritual directors frequently meet with people in the midst of discernment. Teresa Blythe is a full-time spiritual director and educator specializing in helping directees use the principles of discernment along their journey. In this workshop, Teresa will review the history of discernment principles from the Ignatian and Quaker traditions and will offer processes, suggestions and discussion about ways to enhance our direction practices with a greater attention to discernment.

Marnee Weber
Founder of Metta Lane Mindfulness Academy will lead a mindfulness meditation

Gina Pollard
Grief Recovery Specialist and Life Transition Coach

Using the Examen to help create healthy boundaries in your relationships. Gina will offer the experience of the examen along with a time to discuss healthy boundaries in your spiritual direction relationships.

Saturday, March 10th

Amanda Petersen and Michelle Jereb
Co-Directors of The Art of Deep Listening Spiritual Direction Training
Topic: Tao of Pooh, personalities and spiritual direction.

Using the book The Tao of Pooh as inspiration we will examine and experience how the combinations of different personalities can effect spiritual direction.

Michelle Jereb
Co-Director of The Art of Deep Listening Spiritual Direction Training
Topic: Spiritual Direction and Aromatherapy Workshop

In this workshop you will learn how to support yourself (the Director) and your Directees with the use of aromatherapy in your Spiritual Direction Practice.

Aromatherapy can help bring peace, clarity, comfort, and focus. In this very "hands on" workshop you will experience the effect of essential oils and how use a few common essential oils to enhance the mind, body and spirit connection in yourself and with those you companion with. You will learn the basic properties of the essential oils and to how to choose and blend them to help bring about the desired outcome. At the end of this time you will create your own essential oil blend to use for yourself and in your practice.

Amanda Petersen
Founder Pathways of Grace
Topic: The Business of Spiritual Direction

Are you looking to expand your practice? How do you balance the spiritual and the business end of spiritual direction. What do you need to know if you are looking to create a spiritual direction practice that will also financially support your life (whether part time or full-time)? During this workshop we will also address any questions you may have for your own practice.

Lydia Medina
Tai Chi/QiGong instructor
Topic: Movement, Self Care and Presence to Clients

As professionals we must be at our best to help effect change and growth through our relationships. Self-care is an important component of our own development and allows us to be fully present in our work with others. Tai Chi and Qi Gong are simple yet powerful methods for maximizing one's personal and professional potential. Tai Chi students have reported a reduction in stress, increased creativity and productivity, ability to remain centered, focused, and calm in personal and professional settings, and a greater understanding of how our presence influences others.

The session will provide basic information on the benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong and deep breathing techniques, instruction and demonstration, as well as experiential learning through a full routine of gentle Qi Gong and Tai Chi movements. Group discussion of how to incorporate individual components into your own practice will follow our experiential learning.

Marnee Weber
Founder of Metta Lane Mindfulness Academy
Topic: The Mindful Self-Compassion Break

An experience and tool for helping yourself to feel better when you feel bad. This workshop is an experiential 1-hour introduction to the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course that is designed to cultivate the skills of self-kindness, self-acceptance and mindfulness. You will learn simple self-compassion skills that can be used for your own emotional resilience and can be taught to others.

March 9, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Includes continental breakfast and a wonderful catered dinner (lunch on your own)

March 10, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Includes continental breakfast (lunch on your own)

Space limited to 12 people each day

$225 Friday, $198 Saturday, $390 for both days

Pathways of Grace
1428 E Northern Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85020

If you are also looking for supervision training there will be an opportunity for that beginning with a seminar on Thursday. If you would like more information on supervision training please email Amanda at

Friday, March 9, 2018
8 AM - 6 PM
Continuing the Spiritual Direction Journey - Friday

Saturday, March 10, 2018
8 AM - 4:30 PM
Continuing the Spiritual Direction Journey - Saturday

$390 for both days (Save $33)
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 8 AM - 6 PM
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 8 AM - 4:30 PM
Continuing the Spiritual Direction Journey - 2-Day Intensive

Amanda Petersen, M.Div.

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Amanda, founder of Pathways of Grace, 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 and being present to one another no matter what the similarities or differences might be we are all one with God.

With over 20 years experience as a spiritual director, she is co-director of The Art of Deep Listening (spiritual direction training) and she is adjunct faculty at the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction and provides supervision for those in spiritual direction.

Currently a UCC pastor, her passion is to create the space where each person can hear God's wisdom within. She truly believes that the transitions of life help teach us that life can change and in amazing ways - beyond what we could never imagine.  Amanda often encourages using creativity in one's spiritual journey.

Teresa Blythe, M.Div.

Teresa Blythe

Teresa has been working as a spiritual director with individuals, groups, and organizations since 1997. She enjoys working with people from multi-faith (and no faith) backgrounds. Whether you are new to reflecting on your spiritual path or whether you are a religious or spiritual professional, Teresa will help you deepen in awareness of the holy and move in the direction you feel led by God to move. Also, we will use whatever language for the holy that you prefer.

Recent founder of the Phoenix Center for Spiritual Direction, Teresa has over 10 years of experience training spiritual directors in her work as Director of the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction at the Redemptorist Renewal Center at Picture Rocks in Tucson. She is the author of the book 50 Ways to Pray, the blog Spiritual Direction 101 on Patheos, is a frequent public speaker, and is a full-time advocate for the practice of spiritual direction.

Teresa received her Master of Divinity and Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2000 and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC).

Michelle Jereb

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Michelle is blessed to be in the second half of life. The second half of life has allowed her to pause and become mindful of the contemplative life. She is passionate about bringing this “stillness” to others through the art of spiritual direction and meditation.

Michelle uses the graces of Reiki and aromatherapy to help bring healing and wholeness to mind, body and spirit. She is also a retreat leader, small group facilitator and mediation teacher. She and Amanda have teamed up in the past to lead small groups, retreats and also direct a small meditation center.

Lydia Medina


Lydia completed her Master's degree in Social Work at Denver University, and holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Metropolitan State University, also in Denver, Colorado. 

She was a Social Work Administrator for over 22 years, operating programs in homes and communities that serve at-risk children and families, through a non-profit organization dedicated to Prevention and Early Intervention services.

Lydia has worked in the Social Work fields of Child Welfare, Residential Treatment, Violence Prevention, School Social Work, and Comprehensive programs for Adolescent Parents. Lydia currently provides instruction in the Online Graduate Social Work degree program at Arizona State University.

She has been a Tai Chi practitioner for over twelve years and has been a certified Tai Chi/Qi Gong instructor for nearly four years, teaching a gentle, meditative form, to seniors and adults of all ages. Lydia is an avid hiker and has a passion for travel to developing communities and learning about world cultures.

Gina Pollard


Gina Pollard is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® and a Life Transition Coach.  Her focus is in helping people deal with grief and loss, past abuse issues, and moving into new life stages.  Her experience in leading Mending the Soul abuse support groups, and providing pastoral care gives her a deep understanding what it means to feel deep pain, need a glimmer of hope, and do the work to have a fulfilling life.
A self-described “hope junkie,” Gina continues to journey with others, helping them to validate the whole of who they are in the world and in their lives. Gina earned her Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and is ordained by the National Association of Christian Ministers. In addition to her coaching and recovery practice, she also works at Fuller Seminary Arizona helping to provide spiritual formation for seminary students.

Joyce Vidal-Thornburg, MA, CT

Joyce Vidal-Thornburg

Joyce is a “cradle Episcopalian” who has been involved in Christian formation and ministry, both as laity and professionally, for most of her life.

Her yearning for God began when she joined a church choir at age seven and has continued unabated as the weavings of faith and lived experience have flowed through all aspects of her life.

She has been a social worker and a counselor for over twenty years, serving currently as a Bereavement Counselor for Hospice of the Valley in the Phoenix area.

A recent passion for Joyce is spiritual direction, having received her Certification through CFDM, and she is in training to help with future development programs.

“It is an honor and privilege to accompany others as they grow in their relationship with God and discern how the Holy Spirit is bringing about transformation.” 

Marnee Weber


Marnee Weber, ACC, CDWF is the warm-hearted and impassioned founder of Metta Lane Mindfulness Academy, a provider of mindfulness-based education and empowerment for self-healing. The research-based and accredited curricula she teaches have been proven to help people around the world meet their stress, pain and fears with wisdom, acceptance and compassion. The mission of Metta Lane is to inspire and empower people to be present to each moment of life, to be compassionate with their own and others’ limitations, and manifest their visions for happy and healthy lives. Marnee meets each student wherever they are in their journey; assisting them in discovering their own inner wisdom and pathways to inner peace. Marnee’s teaching experience has been gleaned from a lifetime of studying and practicing psychological healing methods, mindfulness approaches, and spiritual traditions that have allowed her to heal her own traumas and mental health challenges. Marnee is an International Coach Federation Association Certified Coach, a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, and a teacher-in-training of the 8-week courses: Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).

You may register and pay through WELLNESS LIVING, or mail payment to:

Pathways of Grace
1428 E Northern Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona 85020

Refunds: Please consider carefully your selection prior to registering as all class registrations are non-refundable once the class has begun, similar to a transaction you would make to purchase a consultation with a professional. You may cancel your registration one week prior to the event for a full refund less a $10 processing fee. Our programs have a limited number of participants so when you register we are reserving one of those spaces for you. You are making a commitment to yourself, to your fellow participants, and to the facilitators who are hard at work preparing the materials and space for you.

We now have partial scholarships available for those who wish to attend and need a bit of assistance.
Please fill out the request form if you are interested in receiving more information.

All Groups will meet at
1428 E Northern Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona 85020
(The North side of Northern, just West of the 51.)
Directions: Take 14th Place and enter from the back of the property. Parking on the street is allowed right next to the Center but NOT in the neighborhood.

Earlier Event: March 8
Tai Chi / Qi Gong