How Does Spiritual Direction Work?

Why would I pursue spiritual direction?  The beauty of spiritual direction is not born out of tragedy, but desire for deeper intimacy with God.  One may seek spiritual direction at important intersections in life (job or relationship change, times of grief or stagnation) but nurturing rich communication with God is always in season.

What is a session like?  Spiritual direction sessions include the director, the directee and the Holy.  We listen.  We gather in awareness, safety and compassion.  We listen.  The directee is invited to guide the time as needed – toward continuous conversation or intentional silence.  We listen.  Your director is committed to prayerfully listening and pointing to God as God is revealed in what is shared.

How long is a session?  Most sessions last 55 minutes.  As a relationship with director and directee continues, sessions usually occur monthly.  An initial consultation is offered for opportunity to share understanding and expectation of the relationship.

20170629_194712Spiritual direction with A Winter Tree is facilitated by Shannon W. Dycus, M.Div.  She is a gifted listener and desires deeply to help those seeking to walk more closely with God.  She is a pastor, wife and mother.  She hears God in the wisdom of Alice Walker, the humility of Jesus, the audacity of 2Pac and the wonder of her sons.  Shannon is completing her training as a Spiritual Director at San Francisco Theological Seminary.  She is a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI) and the Spiritual Directors of Color Network.  Dignity, confidentiality and responsibility will be upheld within the full ethical guidelines committed to through SDI.

How do I try it out? Shannon lives in Virginia and offers direction via Zoom (secure videoconferencing) to those beyond.  Send an email to or fill out the ‘Let’s Connect‘ page here.  I’d love to connect!

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