|Our Spiritual Directors|
We also have two spiritual direction groups starting in April - one for men and one for women. Click here for more information.
|Read more about our spiritual directors and contact us if you are interested.|
longest journey is the journey inward.” - Dag Hammarskjold
WYN CANE was raised
in a rural setting and grew up with a love for nature and seasonal
changes. Silence, observation,
listening, and discovery as she roamed the hills became an integral part of
her. Her interest in Spiritual Direction
grew out of annual silent retreats, retreats for boys at the high school level,
of participation and facilitation in a contemplative group rooted in the practice
of “lectio divina”, Days Apart, and women’s retreats. She was trained at the Spirituality Center in
Los Angeles. Wyn is also a trained Hospice
Volunteer, Stephen Minister and has contributed to the Day with Directors at Bread of Life. She believes there is a divine spark, a
source of wisdom and knowing, at the heart of human existence and finds it a
privilege to companion those who choose a deepening of their spiritual
|“The sacred duty of being an individual is to gradually learn
how to live so as to awaken the eternal within oneself.”
- John O’Donohue
LUCIE CHALIFOUR is a layperson in the Catholic Church and has been a healthcare worker, a childbirth educator, and a doula. Lucie has a deep understanding of how the sacred rhythms of living and dying can mirror and be integrated within the journey of the heart and soul. She also serves as a facilitator for one day retreats or extended experiences for church-related and non-religious groups. Guided meditation and storytelling in facilitated groups are a way of inviting participants to open eyes to the extraordinary within the ordinary. Lucie offers direction for small groups as well as individuals. Appointments are available in Sacramento at Bread of Life as well as Woodland. She was formed as a director through the Bread of Life internship program. Lucie is mother to five grown children.
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“I have ascended to the highest in me, and look, the
Word is towering above that. I have descended to explore the lowest depths, and
I found Him deeper still.”
- Bernard of Clairvaux
LINDSAY DEMARY is passionate about accepting and
celebrating the uniqueness of individuals. She believes everyone has a sacred
story and creates an open and welcoming space by inviting others into honest
dialogue about their story. She seeks to accompany people from all walks of
life and in whatever season they find themselves in--whether they are
experiencing times of celebration and joy, despair and grief, or anywhere in between.
As the mother of a toddler, she looks for how God works through the
parent-child relationship and loves to learn from the wonder of children as
they discover life. Her practice offers the integration of traditional prayer
practices, creative expression and the analysis of spiritual temperament. She
received her Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from the
Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot School of Theology.
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another’s soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the
greatest service that any human being ever performs for another.”
- Douglas Steere
TOM MORGAN provides
spiritual direction at Bread of Life, at Mercy Center in Auburn and in Elk
Grove. Born and raised in Germany, he is a US army veteran with a background in
student affairs at several universities, and has extensive experience living,
working and ministering in an Asian-American context. He provides spiritual
direction for a broad range of individuals from various faith traditions,
including: spiritual seekers, veterans, clergy, young adults and those from the
evangelical tradition. He also has pastored several churches in the Sacramento
region. Other interests include contemplative spirituality, the Enneagram,
various Christian meditation practices, and encountering God in art and nature.
Tom received his formal training as a spiritual director and as a supervisor of
spiritual directors through Christian Formation & Direction Ministries
(CFDM) in Los Angeles, CA.
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And everything aspires, longs, yearns, according to a
pattern that is adorned with holiness
and girded with beauty.
For this life of your is not a meaningless phenomenon. - Abraham Isaac Kook
JANE RABIN has
been practicing spiritual direction in Davis for over twelve years,
working with individuals and small groups. She completed her training as
a director at the Bread of Life internship program and as a supervisor
for spiritual directors at the Burlingame Mercy Center. She was
certified as a Jewish meditation teacher by Chochmat HaLev in Berkeley
and has facilitated short contemplative retreats and taught meditation
groups in the Davis/ Sacramento area for many years. She has also served
as a chaplain at the UCD Medical Center.
loves working with people who wrestle with where God is in the
traumatic places in their lives. She works with people of all traditions
as well as with those who feel drawn to spirit but don’t find a
spiritual connection in any particular tradition. She meets people both
at Bread of Life and at her home office in Davis.
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holiness is here, now,
in the depths of your, my and our suffering.
softly, slowly, openly,
your heart will hear what no ear has ever heard:
our wounds are sacred vessels,
gifts that cannot be imagined.
recently retired university professor, LEW ROBINSON brings to the spiritual
direction relationship a practical understanding of Jungian psychology
(informed by his rich encounter with depth therapy over many years), as well as
firsthand experience in 12-step spirituality—as a sponsor, a facilitator for
small spirituality groups, and a longtime participant in a recovery group for
men. After completing the 3-year
internship at Bread of Life, Lew began volunteering as a spiritual director at
a nonprofit—Franciscan Living: Urban Center for Spirituality—in
Sacramento. He delights in accompanying
individuals in various stages of recovery who are searching for a more real relationship with a Higher Power of
their understanding (including folks who struggle with the notion of a Higher
Power). By consciously engaging the
truly challenging and difficult triggers
in life, Lew has realized for himself the gifts
awaiting any seeker willing to look
at his/her inner wounding. As such, Lew
feels a deep calling to be a compassionate spiritual
companion to fellow travelers on the journey toward healing and wholeness.
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The following directors are not accepting
new directees at this time.
"If you could understand a single grain of wheat,
you would die for wonder.”
- Martin Luther
CAROL ABBOTT is a retired educator and writer
with an abiding interest in lifelong learning. A gardener and outdoor
enthusiast, Carol embraces discovering God in nature, everyday occurrences, and
diverse faith traditions. Carol was the parent of a child with special needs,
and has extensive experience in companioning parents, caregivers, and people
facing end-of-life issues. After experiencing the liberating and
transformational effects of spiritual direction in the 1990’s, she completed
her spiritual direction training at Bread of Life in 2007. In
addition to spiritual direction, Carol is a member of the Bread of Life faculty
for the Listen to Your Life program. Carol is in awe of the mysterious ways
that God works through each person’s life story. She finds that learning from
others and mutually exploring the beauty of their sacred story is an honor,
privilege, and source of hope.
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"Listen to your life.
See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.
In the boredom and pain of it no less than in
the excitement and gladness:
touch, taste, smell your way to the holy
and hidden heart of it
because in the last analysis
all moments are key moments,
and life itself is grace."
is the founder and Executive Director of Bread of Life and a spiritual
director. Her passion is creating processes and pathways for awakening
to the depth dimension of life in the everyday moments where we are each
met by the Holy. Since 1996 she has been involved in the formation of
spiritual directors and leaders of religious and public organizations.
Sandra also serves as a retreat leader and Contemplative Dialogue
facilitator and mentor. She has published several articles on spiritual
direction and served on the Council of Spiritual Directors International
from 1999-2005. She is mother to two grown children and delights in six
very special grandchildren. She was formed as a spiritual director and
then as a supervisor through Mercy Center, Burlingame.
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“…our work is to receive the gift of the sacred story
from a directee, and to bear witness to all of the story's dimensions -
the beauty, the pain, the sorrow, the joy.”
- Christine Valters Paintner
KATHY MIRANDA brings
diverse experience as a spiritual director and facilitator of groups,
workshops and retreats. She served on the Bread of Life internship
faculty in the Art of Spiritual Direction. Her particular love - the
intersection of spirituality and creativity - is the focus of her M.A.
in Transpersonal Studies. She offers bio-spiritual focusing, creative
expression, dream work, and Enneagram integration as well as traditional
methods of spiritual direction. As a group leader she integrates prayer
and ritual, creative expression, and processes to deepen adult
spirituality. She is honored to walk with others on their spiritual path
and to witness the many ways God is at work in people's lives. She
offers spiritual direction out of her Pleasanton home office as well as
at Bread of Life. Kathy received her formation at Mercy Center,
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In our sleep, pain that cannot forget
Falls drop by drop upon the heart
And in our own despair, against our will,
comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.
--Aeschylus We choose to inhabit our days. -- Dawna Markova
Cathy Squires is
a graduate of UC Berkeley and Holy Names University in Psychology and
Counseling Psychology. She was formed as a spiritual director through
Mercy Center, Burlingame. She spent her adult life with a focus on
personal healing and spiritual growth as well as Early Childhood
Education and Early Childhood Mental Health. To her children have a
special way of opening our eyes to the extraordinary with the ordinary.
Personally rooted in Ignatian spirituality, she is well acquainted with
other traditions, having grown up a Chinese in India, Pakistan and Hong
Kong. She is mother to four children (biological and adopted) and
grandmother to ten (living and departed). She enjoys individual
spiritual direction and plans to develop a small urban retreat home for
contemplative listening and retreat direction.