Teachers


Andrew Twiddy

Andrew Twiddy

Andrew Twiddy works as an Anglican priest, teacher, writer, speaker, and musician. The contemplative and mystical traditions of the West have influenced him since his youth, and have set the tone for his leadership and versatile style in parish-based ministry in Central Vancouver Island for over 20 years. His degrees in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew led him into teaching and educational administration, and he has enjoyed animating biblical languages for seminary students and others. Andrew is an avid wordsmith and Scrabble player and represented Canada in the Commonwealth Scrabble tournament in Glasgow in 2014. He is a veteran supporter of…

Basha

Basha Nemeskeri

“I have been teaching yoga for the past 12 years both in British Columbia and Mexico. While the physical practice of yoga (asana) was where I first found my passion, over time this interest has expanded to include pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra and philosophy. I am an experienced Teacher Trainer, providing Teachers insight based on passion and interest amassed over many, many years.”

Catherine Kelly

Catherine M. Kelly, M.Div.

Catherine is the Director of Spiritual Formation, Retreats and Christian Life Community and served as the Parish Synod Coordinator at St. Mark’s Parish in Vancouver. A member of the UBC Catholic Chaplaincy team, she guides spiritual formation and discernment through Christian Life Community (CLC), a worldwide lay apostolate rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Recognized as an international speaker and retreat director, Catherine directs the Spiritual Exercises and offers general spiritual direction.  A former attorney, editor and grant writer, Catherine is passionate about seeking and finding God in all things. She received her Master of Divinity from…

Diane MacCormack

Diane MacCormack

Diane MacCormack is trained and experienced in “Soul of Aging” facilitation. She is a retired public health nurse and a spiritual seeker who found the Circle of Trust approach helpful in her own growth.

Dr. Cheryl Fisher

Est ne quaeque singulis facilisis, duo modo recusabo ne. Augue mediocrem nam ei, no illud nulla recusabo est, eos discere feugiat et. Et qui quod alia iriure. Has ex enim soleat, ad quem quas reque vim, sit ignota suscipiantur ad. Id per deserunt dignissim. Ad viris aperiam eos, per te augue incorrupte accommodare, illud labitur alterum sea ei. Ex fugit numquam mentitum sit, quo tamquam malorum ea, duo ne libris patrioque. Est ferri omnes sapientem ad. Eum eius definiebas in, veritus blandit hendrerit an cum. Nam stet doming aperiri ea, ei tale postea placerat nam. Salutatus interesset cu per. Vix…

Dr. Kristy Williams MD

Dr. Kristy Williams MD has found that compassion is integral to the health and healing she is seeking personally, and for her patients. A meditator since the mid-2000s, she completed her MSC teacher designation in 2018, and has been enjoying teaching and deepening her practice alongside Victoria since then. She’s also trained in trauma-sensitive mindfulness and embodied practice and loves to integrate new concepts into the MSC curriculum.

Emily & Elsie

Emily Bennett

Emily Bennett completed her Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Intensive Teacher Training with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in 2019 and is passionate about supporting the integration of mindful living. Emily practices clinically as an Occupational Therapist in Nanaimo and throughout Vancouver Island. Emily approaches mindfulness practice with a trauma-informed lens and a focus on supporting quality of life and well-being. Emily is passionate about health promotion and quality of life, mental health and wellness, community integration, and providing holistic and evidence-based care.

Michael Fish

Fr. Michael Fish OSB. CAM

A Camoldolese monk who has created over a dozen popular retreats and has decades of experience as a retreat master and spiritual guide. Michael’s popular retreats are unique, engaging inspirational experiences. He has a gift for intuiting the complexities and distractions that impinge on our ability to call on our own spirituality for comfort and contemplation. Michael has an engaging personality, freely displaying his own vulnerabilities and foibles. His past retreats have explored such topics as Contemplative ways of being, Finding our inner monk, Thomas Merton – Hermit Pilgrim, preparing for Holy Week and Celtic spirituality.

Fr. Ron Rolheiser

Ron Rolheiser was born in Macklin, Saskatchewan, in 1947, into a large family, to George and Matilda (Gartner) Rolheiser. As a young child, Ron’s father George, along with his family, and other German- Russian families, immigrated from Saratov, Russia, and settled, as homesteaders, near the Alberta border where they established a community centered around St. Donatus Church in Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan. Ron’s mother Matilda was from a family of homesteaders in a nearby area. After meeting George at a parish picnic, they married, acquired a farm, near Cactus Lake, within 4 miles of the original Rolheiser homestead. Fr. Ron frequently writes…

Glenn Inglis

Glenn Inglis

Glenn Inglis is an ordained clergy with the Presbyterian Church in Canada. He is officially ‘retired’ but is currently an Associate Pastor with Living Faith Lutheran Church in Sechelt. He provides spiritual direction to a number of individuals and maintains accountability through a circle with 9 other active directors in BC. who meet monthly. Glenn has served pastorates in BC and as well, with his wife, Linda, served over 16 years in Malawi as a Pastor, Human Rights Coordinator and Director of the Church’s Development Programme, focusing on AIDS Orphans, sustainable agriculture, maternal health care and ecumenical cooperation. Glenn has…

Jay McDaniel

Jay B. McDaniel is an American philosopher and theologian. He specializes in Buddhism, Whiteheadian process philosophy and process theology, constructive theology, ecotheology, interfaith dialogue, and spirituality in an age of consumerism. His current interest is “to see how these myriad concerns might unfold in China”. In addition to publishing numerous books and articles, McDaniel is an active voices for process philosophy and theology on social media. He runs a blog called “Open Horizons” www.openhorizons.org (formerly “Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism”), whose aim is “to offer ideas that might help people create multi-cultural, interfaith communities that are creative, compassionate, participatory, ecologically wise,…

Jay Suttonbrown

E-RYT 500 has been practicing and studying Yoga for over 20 years. A yoga teacher of transformation, her passion is cultivating authenticity in experience, supporting students to step out of life-draining habits and into personal empowerment. Jay teaches Hatha, Yin, and Restorative practices, but her heart vibrates with the technology of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. The Founder of Manipura Yoga College, Jay loves training Yoga Teachers to share their vision with the world. Yoga connects us to our truth, power, and worthiness. Practice is an opportunity to reflect on how our lives work, and how it feels to rise above…

Murray Groom

Murray Groom

Murray Groom is a graduate, former staff member, and one-time interim Director of the Pacific Jubilee Program in Spiritual Direction. He is a practiced spiritual director and regularly co-conducts extended silent retreats at Naramata Centre in the Okanagan Valley.  

Nan Goodship

Nan is an artist, spiritual director, retreat leader, and thorough Vancouver Islander. She is interested in the adaptations and evolutions we make in our lives to find joy, understand suffering, and ponder our own hearts and minds. She considers herself a  contemplative and finds a daily connection to the natural world both a significant source of inspiration for art-making and a spiritual home. As far as academic training goes she holds a BA in Japanese and Asian studies from UBC, Waldorf teacher training, certification from the Pacific Jubilee Program for spiritual direction, and a Masters in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard…

Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining)

Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth and global healing. She draws upon the Indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation and Men’s Nation, in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honour of being human.

Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan

Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan

Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan, spiritual director and award-winning teacher, is Director of Inter-Religious Studies at Vancouver School of Theology. Her recent books include The Infinity Inside, a guide to spiritual practice, and Mouth of the Donkey: Re-imagining Biblical Animals, an exploration of Biblical ecology. Laura lives in Vancouver on Coast Salish territory with her husband Charles, who is a musician, chant leader, and retired child psychologist.

Rev Dan Kirkegaard

Reverend Dan Kirkegaard

Reverend Dan Kirkegaard has led and guided Tsawwassen United Church for over 10 years, implementing some new traditions along with honouring past traditions. Influences for the ministry of Rev Dan come through 38 years of involvement with L’arche and involvement with International Cultures and First Nations work.

Russel McNeil

Chair Yoga instructor

Sandy Pihowich

Sandy Pihowich

“Sandy was raised in the United Church of Canada and nurtures herself on the wisdom and practices of embodied movement, centering prayer and mystical wisdom from different religions as well as non-religious sources. One of her first mentors referred to spiritual direction as “listening into being.” This is Sandy’s hope in the spiritual accompaniment she offers to others.”

Stephanie Shepard

Stephanie Shepard

Stephanie enjoys exploring in-between places with others.  She is currently serving as an intentional interim minister at St. Francis-in-the-Wood in West Vancouver, BC. In this role, and in her wider church work, she assists communities in transition to wonder about identities and paths for the future.  She finds beauty in quilting, joy in gardening, and humility in almost everything else through Franciscan spirituality.  Stephanie lives in Burnaby with her family and cat Abigail No-Tail.

The Rev. Mary Earle

Mary Earle is an Episcopal Priest, Author, Poet, Retreat Leader and Spiritual Director. Until her retirement, she taught classes in spirituality for the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Mary has authored ten books; the subjects include the spirituality of living with illness, rule of life, Celtic Christian spirituality, the Desert Mothers, and Julian of Norwich. Her latest is a book of her poetry. Mary has offered presentations and retreats in a variety of ecumenical settings, including conferences of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Directors International, the International Thomas Merton Society, Oblate School of Theology and hospice organizations.…

Tim Scorer

Tim Scorer is a spiritual companion & facilitator who lives on Bowen Island. His love for retreat centres like Bethlehem is founded in the 24 years he spent on staff at Naramata Centre in the Okanagan. Since leaving there in 2003, he has been engaged in many aspects of contemplative leadership: small groups, experiential learning, training of spiritual companions and mentors, consulting with leadership teams in faith communities, and, most recently, spiritual exploration through poetry. If you don’t find him in those places look in the garden or wherever his grandchildren are hanging out.

Victoria Pawloski

Victoria Pawlowski M.Ed., R.C.C.

Registered Clinical Counsellor | Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion I offer a compassion-focused, mindfulness-based holistic approach to counselling that integrates over 30 years of practice, education, professional training, life experience and a passion for health and healing. I started my career as a Nutritionist with different levels of government and industry focusing on food security, workplace wellness and school food programs.  As I became increasingly interested in the bio-psycho-social aspects of health, I pursued graduate studies in Counselling Psychology and post graduate work in Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, IBP (integrated body psychotherapy) and EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing therapy). I have had the…