What Is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction is a space for us to notice and nurture the ways God is active in your everyday life—and how you might respond.

Traditionally, your spiritual director will meet with you one houronce a month to facilitate a prayerful conversation, listen, ask questions and encourage you — whatever your journey looks like.

Who Is Spiritual Direction For?

Spiritual direction is for absolutely anyone looking to grow in their awareness of God, deepen their experience of prayer or engage their journey of spiritual formation. Particularly, people find journeying with a spiritual director especially helpful for:

  • discerning a life decision, direction or vocation
  • discovering and exploring spiritual practices
  • navigating a season of dryness, darkness or doubt—without judgment or expectation

Our beliefs, our feelings and even our experiences of God change—the only real condition for being able to benefit from spiritual direction is the commitment to engage with God, which is to pray as we’re able.

Your First Spiritual Direction Meeting

Before we starting or committing to anything, you can get to know your spiritual director with an informal conversation at no expense. Take time to get a feel for the relationship and whether it’s a good fit, as well as pray about whether you sense an invitation.

In a spiritual direction meeting, I’ll always begin by praying briefly for you and for our time, that it would be guided by the Holy Spirit and God’s love for you. Then, you’ll hold a space of silence for us. This will be your silence, and you can use it to quiet your mind, to open your attention, to allow anything that feels significant to rise to the surface. When you’re ready, we’ll look at what at what desires or questions are moving in you—perhaps what prayer has felt like or how God seems to you. I may ask you questions or simply listen. And we’ll follow whatever thread seems to have life in it.

When we’re close to 60 minutes, we’ll wind down our conversation—or our prayer—wherever the time finds us, and I’ll pray for you in light of what we traveled through, just as I will throughout the month until our next meeting.

Working With You Are.Here

You can schedule to meet with certified spiritual director Brian Hohmeier either in private Northeast Ohio meeting locations or by video conference.

  • One-on-one spiritual direction
  • Personal directed retreats
  • Guided discernment / clearness committees
  • Enneagram coaching
  • Coming May 2020: Ignatian “retreat in everyday life” (Spiritual Exercises, 19th annotation)

Explore Spiritual Direction

Start by meeting a spiritual director—virtually or in person—and seeing whether there’s a fit and an invitation for you.