I am a spiritual director at C&C Resources for Life in Kamloops BC. We are a team of counsellors, guides, and coaches that support individuals through grief, loss, and other trials. My role is the spiritual aspect of that support. Having received training through Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation, and graduated from their 2 year program in 1985. As a seasoned and skilled soul friend, I have offered spiritual direction for almost 40 years, in Calgary and Vancouver, and currently, in Kamloops. I continue to offer spiritual direction to directees in Alberta via Skype and phone. Over the years, my practice has included men and women, clergy and lay people, folk from a variety of spiritual backgrounds and orientations.
My journey to become a spiritual director began on a farm in southern Manitoba. Most certainly, my soul was shaped on prairie soil, where the ability to notice subtleties and nuances of nature developed. The awesomeness of the large prairie sky, the crackle of northern lights, the beauty of birdsong, the rhythm of seasons, the toil of planting and reaping harvest, contributed to the shaping of young soul. In mid-life, through the gentle guidance of a wise spiritual director, I was able to recognize the depth of strength and wisdom that the prairie environment gave me. As a young child, I experienced discrimination, which in mid-life, through the wise companioning of a skilled spiritual director, I recognized the damage this experience had caused. I gained the strength to buffet the negative messages from the experience.
In mid-life, my path led me to study spirituality at Regent College, earning an MA, after which, the opportunity to complete a research doctorate degree through a university opened up. I completed a DTh with my research focusing upon Canadian Prairie spirituality. A professorship opened up in the early 2000s, where I taught in the area of spirituality and spiritual formation, remaining eclectic in my focus. My teaching career led me to become an adjunct at several graduate colleges, where I taught courses related to spirituality and spiritual direction. At this time, I am an adjunct at a college in Vancouver.
Spiritual direction remained a pivotal part of my teaching career, offering direction to undergrad students and to graduate students, as well as, to the larger community in Calgary. In 2011, I created and directed a 2 year spiritual direction training program, during which my area of experience expanded to supervision of spiritual directors. In 2016, we moved to Kamloops, and have joined C&C Resources for Life as a spiritual director. At C&C Resources, my skills are being expanded to include grief and loss spiritual guidance, and am available to be a celebrant for memorial and celebration of life services.
My approach to spiritual direction is to provide a safe and welcoming space to directees, creating an environment in which the directee is able to be attentive to their own inner spiritual life. We are holistic beings; body, mind, soul and spirit. Society provides numerous ways to care for the mind, and the body. However, the soul, the inner place of our person, requires a guide who is gentle, respectful, a skilled listener, a wise codiscerner. That is what I offer. Thus, my passion is to offer a warm and gentle presence which will provide space for the directee to recognize inner wounds, to be attentive to places of light and to 'see with the eyes of their soul' goodness and life. At the end of the day, I believe that by exercising an openness to one's own spirituality, you will have a greater sense of exercising respect and appreciation for the spirituality of others in your life.
On a personal note, I have a spouse who enjoys watching British mysteries with me. I try to keep up with world events, easy for me, since my husband and I are news junkies.
I enjoy meals with our family, (our kids and grandchildren), and conversations over coffee and meals with new friends we are making in Kamloops. We also take in football games, basketball games, hockey games (our granddaughter plays hockey), soccer games, and concerts as they are scheduled through the year in which our grandkids are involved.
I am always on the look out for new culinary skills that I am able to integrate into my cooking repertoire.
I find great delight in teaching and challenging students to be open to their own inner spiritual life, with the goal, they will have the skills to be appreciative and respect the spirituality of their neighbours and friends.
Reading remains a passion, though my interest varies from novels, to academic reading, to whatever is scheduled for the book club we have joined.
In addition, a new interest is learning to play Mahjong.
Please call our office to book an appointment with Joyce.