Mercy Center Auburn

Spiritual Direction


What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is a time to reflect on your prayer life and to nurture your relationship with God. The Spiritual Director, as a companion, listens and is attentive to the spiritual life and journey of the directee, seeking always to enhance and deepen the relationship between God and the directee. The relationship of spiritual direction is sacred, safe and strictly confidential.


What Happens In Spiritual Direction?

The focus of spiritual direction is discerning the movement of the Spirit in the life of the “directee.” Spiritual directors listen carefully to the unfolding of their directees’ lives to help them discern how the Divine is leading them. A director and directee have regular one-on-one meetings (usually about an hour, once a month) to more deeply explore the directee’s spiritual journey.


What Does Spiritual Direction Offer?

“If you do not have someone to guide you, to hold onto you during the times of not knowing,
you will normally stay at your present level of growth.” 
– Father Richard Rohr

Simply put, spiritual direction is helping people tell their sacred stories every day. Through deep listening, a spiritual companion can help you explore a deeper relationship with God. Like other forms of contemplation, a spiritual companion or spiritual director helps people connect more deeply with the true self.


Request a Spiritual Director

If you are seeking a Spiritual Director, or if you are a Spiritual Director looking for a supervisor, please email us at or contact us at 530-887-2019.​

Spiritual Direction Supervisors

Intensive Training for the Formation of Spiritual Direction Supervisors

This six-day residential program is conducted in a contemplative mode, and is designed specifically for the training of supervisors of spiritual directors. The program is designed for experienced directors who have had experience in supervision.

Content will focus on the nature of supervision—noting theological, psychological, and educational supports. Each session will include content and process. The practicum includes both individual and group supervision daily. Participants will receive individual supervision by a staff person.

Learn more about this program and its requirements.


Learn more about hosting your next retreat or meeting at Mercy Center Auburn.

Our meeting spaces provide the privacy and updated technology necessary to fully concentrate on your particular goals, and our 33 acre campus offers many outdoor areas for meditation and relaxation, including garden paths, meditation groves and a labyrinth.