What is Spiritual Direction?

Ann Naffziger

Spiritual direction encourages individuals to explore a closer relationship with God.

In spiritual direction, you have the chance to reflect more consciously on your experiences of prayer (and the routine of your daily life) for how God might be communicating with you, offering strength, hope, consolation, and invitations to a fuller life. Often, sharing your thoughts and experiences with a trained spiritual director leads to greater clarity about how God is with you and is leading you.

My role is to listen, ask questions, and reflect back to you patterns that point to how God may be working in your life. I can help make connections between scripture and religious practices and how you are experiencing God in your daily life.

Nothing is off-limits for discussion in spiritual direction because everything is a part of your spiritual life: work, relationships, money, recreation and leisure, all of it. Together with God, we can look at anything for fingerprints of divinity.

You might come to spiritual direction for a variety of reasons, including to:

  • Explore new ways to pray
  • Integrate spirituality/prayer more regularly into your daily life
  • Discern and make difficult choices (job changes, a move, a change in a significant relationship, etc.)
  • Share struggles, losses, or disappointments
  • Grow in relationship with God, self, others, and creation
Ann Naffziger

Ann Naffziger, M.Div., M.A. (she/her/hers)

Spiritual Director

Since training as a spiritual director at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 2001, I have been a director to individuals (Protestant, Catholic, and non-affiliated) from local churches, Jesuit Volunteers, Divinity students, new parents, retirees, clergy, working professionals, and retreatants making the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. My clients range in age from 18 to late 80s.

My spiritual direction sessions last an hour. I have a home office in Alameda, California, but am also available to meet by phone, Skype, Zoom, or Facetime. Most clients choose to meet about once a month, but the interval is up to you.

I charge on a sliding scale from $40-$100 for those who are employed full-time and experience privilege in their circumstances. I am committed to not turning anyone away for lack of funds and I always reserve some slots for full-time volunteers, students, and those experiencing severe financial hardship who are unable to pay.

If you are interested in learning more or scheduling an initial free session, contact me at: 510-502-4351 or ann@paulandann.org.