Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is a process of accompanying people on their spiritual journey, listening for what gives them meaning, and helping them grow closer to God/the Divine/the sacred. You may wish to meet once, or several times, during your stay at Crieff Hills, as a way to deepen your retreat experience.  Sessions are typically one hour long. All of the spiritual directors listed below have been trained through rigorous spiritual direction certification programs.

The fee is $60 per session, and is payable directly to your spiritual director. Contact any of the following spiritual directors to arrange a suitable date and time to meet. If you are not an overnight guest, a day pass is required (indoor facilities are not provided). 

Please note that none of these spiritual directors are employees of Crieff Hills Retreat Centre

nor are they accountable to our organization. While we recommend them, this program is at your own risk.   

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Marijke Strong – contact: [email protected] or www.marijkestrong.com

Spiritual background:

  • Certified spiritual director, Dominican Center Grand Rapids
  • MDiv in Theology, with emphasis on spiritual formation
  • Certified Master Level + Professional Level coach, specializing in Enneagram coaching, relationship coaching, Internal Family Systems, life coaching and leadership coaching
  • Ordained pastor, with experience offering pastoral care and community building in church settings as well national denominational leadership
  • BA in theatre and English (interest in sacred movement, embodiment, creativity, beauty, story, myth, and archetypes)
  • Experience as faith-based camp director (emphasis on spirituality in the outdoors)
  • Experience as support worker to special populations (emphasis on respect, reciprocity, and the Whole Self)

Special interests:

  • Centering prayer, breath prayer, art and poetry in prayer, nature as Divine presence
  • Grief work and spiritual trauma
  • Deconstructing religious experience, rediscovering spirituality
  • Restorative Circles (conflict transformation and reconciliation practices)
  • Creative writing, sacred movement/embodiment (somatic practice), art, poetry
  • Celtic spirituality, and its invitations into nature and interbeing
  • Themes of belovedness, wholeness, True Self / False Self, integration, self-awareness, the natural world, community, creativity, curiosity, justice and peacemaking
  • Interest in the Sacred Feminine

Marijke receives spiritual direction to explore wholeheartedness, to remember belovedness, to welcome Life, to find sacredness in the everyday, to become present to the Self, to become aware of Divine presence in all things, to explore how she might engage lovingly and reciprocally with the world.

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Kristin Rekker - contact: [email protected]  or at threestrandsministries.org.

As a spiritual companion, Kristen creates space for non-judgmental, compassionate support for others who are questioning, doubting, wondering, or wandering, or are feeling a hunger for more depth in their faith journey.

Through conversation, prayer and contemplative Christian spiritual practices, she hopes to help you seek greater self-awareness, self-compassion, and a fostering of spiritual growth in order to live a meaningful and attentive life with your heart tuned towards finding the living God, and Love, in the moments of daily life.  Kristen's hope is that you may become more attuned to your God-given, Spirit-connected inner wisdom to navigate the challenging parts of life.

With undergraduate degrees in both Psychology and Biological Sciences, as well as certificates in both Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction from Emmaus Formation Center, she delights in being a life-long learner.

Kristen believes in the everyday as sacred space and our lives as the tapestry of the Holy Spirit for our spiritual formation. She loves the outdoors and nature, photography, a good book, camping and canoe trips as well as all creatures great and small. She is a word-crafter, as well as an aspiring knitter and an inconsistent runner. Kristen has an interest in emotional health and how it intersects with our spiritual health. She lives with her husband, and three teens and has been a part of the same Presbyterian congregation for over 20 years having served in worship ministry and prayer ministry for many of those years.

Kristen receives spiritual direction in order to find care for her own soul and seeks the fingerprints of the Divine in her story and in that of others. She is continually on a journey to understand how to be more fully formed into the image of Christ.

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Ralph Brubacher – contact [email protected] or call 519-664-2414

Spiritual background:

  • Nurtured in Mennonite faith, other traditions and life experiences
  • Offered pastoral care for many years in various church settings
  • Inspired by teaching elementary/secondary students in special ed./regular
  • Sense of sacred has been informed as a husband, father and grandfather

Special interests:

  • Mid-life journey as an opportunity for transformation
  • Aging – letting go and awakening to new possibilities
  • Facing illness and end of life
  • The relationship between running and spirituality
  • Centering prayer and meditation

Ralph meets with his spiritual director to connect more deeply with Divine Belovedness, enabling him to live freely in his daily life, informed by inner knowing.

Paul Miki

Paul Miki – contact: [email protected] or call 905-625-1330

Spiritual background:

  • Formation in the Catholic tradition with many years of experience in interfaith/ religious encounter and dialogue
  • Served for many years as a spiritual formation educator and school chaplain
  • Served several years as a family life minister and retreat facilitator
  • Completed a D.Min in Leadership in Ministry at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto

Special interests:

  • Interconnectedness and interdependence of all persons in our unity and diversity
  • Response to the call to be at one with our common home, Mother Earth
  • Spirituality and social justice

Paul meets with his spiritual director to explore the work of Love Loving/the Divine in his very depths and in the everyday events that are a call to participate in the co-creation of a community of love, life, grace and transformation.