The following people are independent spiritual directors who offer groups, workshops, and individual direction at the Journey Center. Contact them through the office at the Journey Center at 707-578-2121 to set up the initial free appointment.
In 2010 Linda completed a two-year training program in Spiritual Direction through the Center for Spiritual Direction in Chicago. She has been active in her own faith community as a retreat coordinator and speaker as well as a guide in contemplative prayer practices. She has facilitated the formation of spiritual directors at the Journey Center’s Spiritual Direction Formation Program and has offered numerous workshops there. Linda’s first experience with spiritual direction was during a nine-month retreat in everyday life using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Living through her own dark night of the soul, Linda learned to notice the presence of God in unexpected ways and, over time, experienced a return of hope and deeper faith. It is her privilege and joy to companion others who are seeking a deeper relationship with God however they find themselves in relationship to God now. in crisis or confusion, in emptiness or in fullness and gratitude.
Mother of 3, Grandmother of 10, a nurse & nurse educator by past profession; Joan Murphy has been on an evolving spiritual path over the past 20+ yrs. This Christ-centered path has included 12 Step Spirituality, a Master’s in Christian Ministry with a focus on health/healing at North Park Theological Seminary in 2005; a “call” to the Catholic church in 2011; a 3-year certificate program at El Retiro Jesuit Retreat Center in giving of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius; and, finally a general spiritual direction certificate at Journey Center Santa Rosa Fall of 2016. As a director, Joan sees herself more as a companion/midwife to whatever the Spirit is birthing or calling you to in your life. Listening to the Holy One together, reflecting upon & opening to avenues of healing is Joan’s primary focus.
Joanna Quintrell is the founding Director of Journey Center Santa Rosa. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Journey Center Association (supporting those birthing Journey Centers in other locations) and is the co-director of their 2-year Spiritual Director Formation Program. It was in the year 2000 that Joanna found herself in a spiritual crisis and first learned about spiritual direction. Her own experience of meeting with a spiritual director was life-changing and heart-transforming, as she learned how to nurture her own inner life with God. After a few years, she felt a calling to serve others as a spiritual director and was initially trained at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA in 2003 (one-month intensive). Joanna has been serving as a spiritual director since then and received additional training through the 2-year program at the Center for Spiritual Direction in Chicago, IL. Joanna loves to hold sacred space for those seeking a deeper experience of the Holy. She is also a certified Enneagram teacher and oversees the Enneagram Series at Journey Center Santa Rosa.
Dale Webb currently serves as a Spiritual Director affiliated with the Journey Center in Santa Rosa. He received his Spiritual Direction Formation in Santa Rosa, and has also been trained by Contemplative Outreach to be a Centering Prayer Presenter. He offers individual and group spiritual direction and serves as a facilitator for centering prayer, lectio divina, and other spiritual practice groups. Prior to completing the Spiritual Direction Formation program at the Journey Center, Dale served in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and United Church of Christ in congregational ministry and healthcare and hospice chaplaincy. Since retiring from those ministries his passion has been for contemplative life and prayer, contemplative spiritual practices and companioning with others in spiritual direction along their spiritual way.
Dan Beach, Board Vice-President
Hi! Let me tell you a bit about myself:
As a certified Spiritual Director, I am interested in preparation, contemplation and practice. I am a person growing in pursuit of the Great Mystery. I am interested in experiencing the presence of the Holy in people’s lives and find it a privilege to be invited to sit and listen with them in their Spiritual journey.
One of my favorite philosophers presented a system of progression for mankind 400 years ago in one of his works entitled, “As You Like It.” The progress throughout life he presented continues to be true for audiences today. Sometimes you get profound current applicable points from ancient texts. I have been in development all my life and plan to continue for the rest of it.
Oh, and, I also serve others through my licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist and as an ordained minister.
Pamela Carraher is a Spiritual Director, Teacher and Educational Consultant, with major emphasis in the social sciences and religious worldview studies. She mentors lifelong learners of all ages, and carries a passion for bringing life’s deeper questions into meaningful conversations.
Pamela received her training in Spiritual Direction and Contemplative Retreat Leadership from the Journey Center where she currently serves as a facilitator in the two-year Program. As the assistant to the Executive Director, Pamela is working with teams worldwide who are interested in developing Journey Centers in their areas, as well as developing Advanced Training Seminars intended for existing Spiritual Directors.
She is married and has three adult children.
Laurie connects to God, herself and others by listening, listening for the person beneath the words. As a spiritual director she likes to create invitations to awakening for those searching to experience themselves in relationship to the Holy One. One of her favorite creative endeavors is planning experiences like these with other spiritual directors. She leads Centering Prayer in Sebastopol and facilitates various contemplative group direction experiences and retreats through the Journey Center and elsewhere.
A musician and hiker, she notices the Creator through being in creation and often expresses this relationship through her voice or playing an instrument. She loves to create contemplative space through her music.
She teaches voice and harp in her music studio in Sebastopol and most enjoys using music to create a healing environment for others. Her listening skills inform her life and work.
Robin Terwilliger-Orton, Director of Hospitality
Robin Terwilliger-Orton serves as the Director of Hospitality and as a Spiritual Director at Journey Center Santa Rosa. She received her training and certification in 2014 from the Spiritual Direction Formation Program offered through the JCSR, and facilitates the weekly A Quiet Place for Lectio Divina. She also assists in a variety of workshops, community gatherings and special events, has facilitated book studies and currently helps with coordinating the art gallery exhibits. Robin has also served in worship and music ministry, has been on staff at a local covenant church and has been involved in Journey ministries since the beginnings of their inception and birth. Her deep desire is to help others notice and experience the depth of God’s love and presence in their everyday life. It’s her great joy to be the mother of three adult children and a grandmother to four very adored grandkids.
As a spiritual director, Christopher has a passion for accompanying others on their journey as they seek God in their everyday lives. Christopher has a penchant for men’s spirituality and new monasticism, and is intrigued by the process of letting go of the ego in our post-modern culture (not an easy task—especially for men—yet spiritual maturity calls us to do just that). He sits with clients across faith traditions. In February 2018, he was received as an oblate with the community of monks at New Camaldoli Hermitage.
Cynthia Heather Stringer
Cynthia Heather Stringer, SD, M.Div received her training in Spiritual Direction and Contemplative Retreat Leadership from the Journey Center in 2016. She received her Masters in Spiritual Science from Peace Seminary Training in 2004 and is ordained as an interfaith Minister. She is trained as a Hospital & Disaster Chaplain and a Spiritual Care Volunteer. She encourages the development of integrated spiritual leaders engaging practical and spiritual tools for client and organization transformation.
Cynthia received her B.A. in Collaborative Psychology from Sonoma State Universityand is an advanced certified Personal and Professional Life Coach through the International Coach Federation. She is a Master Coach & former on-line Instructor for Coach University. She received her Associate’s Degree in Human Resources and Business Management. Additionally she holds a Masters in Divinity from Peace Theology Seminary and has been featured numerous times in the media.
Julie Miller, Board President
When I was a child, I was often found immersed in the natural world and completely engaged. That path of curiosity and connection to nature has not altered but has only expanded. I not only wanted to be in wild places but share that sense of raw power, tranquility and connection with it with others. I sense that my truest self communicates with the Creator best when I am in a natural setting. I pursued careers teaching environmental education to youth and as a Park Ranger in a variety of National Parks.
The practice of silence, alone or with others, as well as the skill of deep listening and reflection were first experienced when in nature but have found residence in my daily living through contemplative practices. I yearned for a way to bring my traditional church values and history alongside what I experienced in nature but did not have the exposure or language until my first year of seminary. I thought I would find a way into deeper fellowship with God by attending seminary but what I realized is that I was seeking soul connection, not head connection. I completed my Masters in Theological Studies in 2012. It was in seminary that I took an introduction to Spiritual Direction course and was exposed to practices that seemed innate to me. When I became involved in the then new Journey Center back in 2008, I finally entered into a community of like-minded people who were on a spiritual quest for more… more connection, more Spirit, more experience of God, more love. I had found my tribe.
After completing the first 2-year course in Spiritual Direction offered via the Journey Center (JC) in 2010, I became a member of the Spiritual Direction team and a member of the JC board. In 2011 I joined the team of facilitators who work with the students in the Spiritual Direction Formation Program. I enjoy leading retreats, workshops and backpacking trips through the Journey Center as well as offer 1:1 spiritual direction. I practice a contemplative, incarnational mode of spiritual direction described as “enabling a person (the directee) to: pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her; respond to this personally communicating God; grow in intimacy with this God; and live out the consequences of the relationship.” – Sue Pickering
Please call the Journey Center office at 707-578-2121 to inquire about an appointment.