Spiritual Companionship with Nicola Usher


An invitation to centre our soul's longing and knowing as we each walk our unique spiritual path....

Spiritual Direction is the name most commonly recognized for a companion who listens to, and supports us as we navigate & explore our spiritual path.  Another term could be Spiritual Companion, or the Irish poet & author John O'Donohue calls the person a soul friend or Anam Cara from the Celtic tradition of spirituality. 

From the Spiritual Directions International website  https://www.sdiworld.org are some offerings of a spiritual director:

  • They offer deep listening which helps people find and follow their own spiritual path
  • They ask insightful, open-ended questions that help people connect with their authentic selves
  • They allow space for stillness and silence (contemplation) to help people become aware of what is deep within them
  • They build trust and openness by being authentic, kind and open themselves
  • They do not proselytize, nor seek to influence or convince, but instead walk alongside people as they make their individual and unique spiritual journeys
  • They honor the free will and discernment of each human being, especially in spiritual matters
  • They offer a mirror to those they companion so they may see themselves as whole beings if they so choose
  • They help the people they accompany create a stronger relationship with self and others and God, or however they refer to the ground of all being.


An embodied approach

I am inspired by the deep wisdom and healing available to us through attuning to the body, and I feel this is the heart of a Spiritual Companioning session when I am working with people. Our body speaks to us through sensations, images, 

a felt-sense, emotions, emergent body movements, inner knowing, story-telling, and meaning-making. As we centre this language and feel the guidance of the Sacred, we are able to connect with what is important to us and what brings a sense of peace. 

I offer contemplative bodywork as an optional component of a session.


Placing ourselves in the big picture

Through spiritual companioning we may feel more able to nourish ourselves with what is meaningful to us so that we can be present as we take our place in the world.  Connection to our authentic self and to the life force that moves through all of creation supports a broader perspective of engagement in life.

The cost of a Spiritual Direction session is $80

Contact Nicola Usher * 519-949-3822 or email: nicola.acalmretreat@gmail.com