My Work

I work in five main areas:

  • Individual Spiritual Companioning and Counselling
    (including grief)
  • Spiritual Support Groups
  • Pastoral Consultation to Congregations Facing Significant Change, Transition and Loss and desiring spiritual growth.
  • Leading Workshops, Retreats or Speaking at Events
  • Teaching

Further details:

  • Individual Spiritual Companioning and Counselling

“We think we are human beings having a spiritual experience, when in truth we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Teilhard de Chardin

These words of the late theologian, philosopher, and palaeontologist Teilhard de Chardin are the starting point in listening to, and supporting, the soul-work and personal therapeutic journey.  I offer clients a safe space, encouragement in self-awareness, and careful listening towards inner healing and transformation.  I am an experienced grief counsellor.

If meeting with me in Toronto is not possible, I am available by Skype, “Facetime,” and telephone.  Contact Anne

  • Pastoral Consultation to Congregations Facing Significant Change, Transition, and Loss

I have consulted with congregations, for varying lengths of time, to assist them as they close their Church.   References available on request.

  • Spiritual Support Groups

Groups are offered monthly starting in September and continuing until June.
see events page for fall 2014
Or form a group using your time frame.

  • Leading workshops or speaking at events

A Sample of Workshops:

Supporting those who Support
Practical Wisdom and Guidance for all Caregivers

Caring for and supporting those in our lives, personal, volunteer, or professional, who are experiencing major life transitions such as, illness, aging, family caregiving, and death, can be a challenge. We often feel inadequate to the task.

This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to increase their skill and comfort level in this area. Through focused conversations, reflection and small group sharing, participants will enhance their ability to provide supportive care to others.

This workshop has been offered many times to as variety of groups

Befriending the Body
Woman’s Wisdom: the Heart of Matter

The substance of our physical body is important!  This workshop is designed for personal healing and transformation through a gentle safe exploration, which includes guided meditation, movement, story-telling and rest.  Letting go of negative attitudes towards our body and our sexuality which have been influenced by cultural and religious traditions, will allow participants to access a powerful source of inner guidance and wisdom.  Sisters!  We will create sacred space together!  It is time to befriend our bodies, feel at home in our own skin, and know from within that our body is as sacred and miraculous as any other part of creation.  As we heal ourselves, we heal our world.

Offered many times over last 12 years including in Belize and the United States.

A version for men and women will be offered in April 2016 at Emmanuel College, Toronto: Sexuality and Spirituality: Body as Blessing?  See “Events” Page.

Aspects of this workshop being offered with other presenters:
Inside Out: Women’s Healing of Body, Mind and Spirit
This unique day brings together three qualified professionals who from their own disciplines will invite participants to explore challenges that face women in modern life.  Invite us to meet with your group.

Good Grief! Befriending Loss in Ourselves and Others

Each of us, at some point in our life, will confront one of life’s major events, such as a life-threatening illness affecting a friend or family member, a parent with increasing  physical or mental limitations, or the death of someone close to us.  Often, we feel inadequate to the task.  We wonder what the correct thing is to say.  We often find ourselves unable to acknowledge the feelings arising in us, and in others.  In this workshop we will normalize the experience of loss by exploring psychological and spiritual dimensions associated with the significant changes we encounter in life.  Personal or professional caregivers, as well as those suffering a significant loss, will benefit from this exploration of the challenges and opportunities of grief.

Offered many times over last 12 years including internationally.

Holy Ground: Pastoral Care of the Dying and Bereaved

Caring for and supporting dying and grieving persons is a critical aspect of pastoral ministry for which clergy often feel ill-prepared. This workshop combines the “very personal face” and “immediacy” of caring for the dying and bereaved as well as a theoretical and theological basis for this work. This work-shop will provide participants with an opportunity for reflection on their professional and personal concerns and experiences regarding death and grief and an opportunity to enhance their ability to provide pastoral care to the dying and bereaved.

This workshop will be offered at Emmanuel College in February 2016.  see Events page.
Offered many times since completely doctorate in 1996

Developing Resilience
For Times of Transition and Change

Many of us do not like change.  It can be difficult to let go of what is familiar and move into the unknown.  Even positive transitions such as new work, a move or retirement can leave us feeling adrift.  When those we love are going through life’s major events or a life-threatening illness, we can feel inadequate to the task of support.  This workshop is about developing resilience for whatever life throws at us!  We will experience grounding, easily learned spiritual practices and explore how and why these can be useful.  We will mine our own life experiences to deepen their wisdom for what lies ahead.  We will gain confidence in the support we might wish to offer and also practice the opportunity to receive strength from others. In this circle, we will normalize the experience of transition and loss by exploring psychological and spiritual dimensions associated with significant life changes.

Offered previously in Toronto Area

Topic Areas for other Workshops I offer:

  • Care for the Caregiver, and Compassion Fatigue
  • Congregational Pastoral Training
  • Spiritual Care and Prayer
  • Team Building

Events are individually crafted for:

  • Groups
  • Educational institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Churches
  • Retreat centres

Continuing Education for Professionals:
Clergy
Medical doctors
Nurses
Social workers

Retreats
Respectfully and with care, facilitating the journey into deeper spiritual life.
Topics can include:

  • Prayer
  • Healing
  • Spirituality and Health
  • Scripture texts in light of our lives

Teaching
Based on research and extensive experience in health-care and pastoral care.

Currently, Adjunct Faculty, Emmanuel College (Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto), teaching  in Masters of Divinity Programme, (since 2007), Parish Nuring Programme (Since 2000) and Continuing Education. (since 1997)

Preaching
I enjoy the challenge of relating ancient texts to our lives in the here and now.  I am happy to preach on areas such as spirituality and health, prayer, and healing, and am equally comfortable preaching from the lectionary.

Build your own Wedding Ceremony
I enjoy working with couples to design the wedding ceremony that reflects who they are.  The ceremony is a public expression of what couples have already committed themselves to in their hearts.  When a couple takes the time to reflect together on this aspect of their wedding day, this important ritual becomes much more meaningful. I am happy to help couples shape the liturgy so that it will be a rich life experience.

Memorials and Funerals
I have  extensive experience helping families to honour their loved one in the way that reflects who they are and respects the life they lived.  I am comfortable working with families of differing or no religious faith connection.

Contact Anne regarding questions and fee schedule for the above services.

Facilitator, Educator, Counsellor, Artist