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Are you looking for a spiritual director, a retreat center, or other spiritual programs in Seattle and surrounded area?

Click on the links on the left to learn about resources such as spiritual direction, retreats and other spiritual programming.

Spiritual Direction

What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction is the opportunity to reflect with a qualified spiritual director about your life and its events with an eye to noticing where God may be active. Spiritual direction is a graced way of serving another -- helping the other to grow in intimacy with God and to live out the consequences of this intimacy.

The focus of Spiritual Direction is not to solve problems or a therapy (such as the support provided by trained pastoral or psychological counselors); instead, it focuses on the directee's experience of God. The director helps the person to notice God's movement in prayer and in the circumstances and events of one's life. A spiritual director is a companion on life's journey -- asking reflective questions and pointing out resources. They assist with resistances and roadblocks, helping the directee to come to breakthroughs in their relationship with God and its lived consequences.

To connect with a spiritual director or to learn more about spiritual direction, go to the Ignatian Spirituality Center, a resource center that assist you in connecting with a spiritual director. The center also provides other programs such as Spirituality on Tap, a program for young adults, retreats, Novena of Grace, and Ignatian prayers and discernment.



Looking for a retreat? The following are possible places in Western Washington to make private retreats that offer rooms and upon request might have the option of meeting with a spiritual/retreat director.

Institute of Spirituality, run by Carmelite Priests
PO Box 1386
Stanwood, WA 98272 [about one hours North of Seattle]

The Priory Spirituality Center, run by Benedictine Sisters
500 College Street NE
Lacey, WA 98516-5338
[about one hour South of Seattle, by Olympia, with wooded grounds]
(360) 438-2595

Womanspirit Center
18528 SE 58th Street
Issaquah, WA 98027-8511
(425) 641-1527

Upper Room, run by Sisters Elizabeth Joyce, SP & Virginia Miller, SP
115 S Oak Street
Centralia, WA 98531 [just over an hour South of Seattle, room to walk]
(360) 807-1618

Hermitage, run by Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace
1663 Killarney Way
Bellevue, WA [property on Lake Washington]
(425) 451-1770

Patmos in the Woods
24522 SE 165th St
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 369-8735

Nancy's Nest, run by Nancy Mariano
16341 SE 16th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008 [on Phantom Lake]
(425) 603-1858

The Palisades Retreat Center
4700 SW Dash Point Road
Federal Way, WA. 98063
Rev. John Fuchs, SJ, Chaplain

"The Coop"
Urban Retreat Space
1228 23rd Ave E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Tricia Trainer

Sacred Space
23404 107th Ave SW
Vashon, WA 98070
Tom Craighead

L'Arche Hopespring ( Stacy Cates-Carney, L'Arche Community )
12319 36th Ave East
Tacoma, WA 98446
(253) 537-6936

Stone's Throw Retreat and Pottery
200 Coyote Lane
Castle Rock, WA 98611
(360) 274-2170

The Nest
1024 Maple St.
Edmonds, WA 98020



Other Spiritual Programs

The following are several programs available in Seattle and Puget Sound area:

SEEL (Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life)

SEEL is a nine month experiential retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola founded by Jesuit Father L. Pat Carroll and Holy Names Sister Katherine Dyckman. It is an effective, powerful and life-changing program of prayer and reflection that can be followed by busy people in the midst of their daily lives. People of varied backgrounds and Christian traditions, and people who are active as well as those who are contemplative, have benefited from the Exercises. To learn more about SEEL and how to be apart of the exercises, go to SEEL website.

World Religion Series

If you are interested in learning about other religions and enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds, check out World Religion Series program lead by Tim Malone, MDiv, Co-founder of the original six-week series. Tim is a teacher, minister, and counselor involved in interreligious dialogue. In the program you will be presented with slide show, discussion, visits to different house of worship, and experience the prayer practices within those religions. Find out when the next World Religion Series will be held at