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Featured Content

The Listening Life

Review by Christina Weikert
Adam McHugh's book, The Listening Life, should be on a required reading to-do life list somewhere.

Integration

Jimm Derksen
Integration is that wonderful experience when every part of our life belongs and connects to every other part of our life.

A Conversation with Doug and Adele Calhoun

By Soul Care Institute
Kaylene talks with Doug and Adele Calhoun (who call themselves holy disrupters) about the third retreat of the Institute and how the Enneagram helps us to find our identity in Christ.

Soul Care Reflections

Reflection entries to stir deep thinking.

The Impeded Stream

By
Kaylene Derksen
My soul seems to need be disturbed in order to grow. 

Lamenting

By
Kaylene Derksen
We all walk with broken pieces that leave holes in us. Lament is a gift, to invite us back to wholeness.

Living Resurrected

By
Kaylene Derksen
I found myself hanging around the tomb of Jesus more this year after he had already been resurrected.

Soul Care in Daily Life

Discover life-changing practices in these Soul Care in Daily Life resources.

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook

Adele Calhoun gives us directions for our continuing journey toward intimacy with Christ.

Prayer Apps

Check out some of our recommended prayer apps that we are using.

Lectio Divina Journal

The practice of lectio divina is a refreshingly different approach to reading the Bible prayerfully, slowly, and thoughtfully.

Self-Guided Retreats

Ideal resources to create your own Retreat.

Solo: Creating Space with God

Written during the Covid lockdown, this book encourages us in practical ways on how to retreat alone.

Space to Breathe

This new book provides ready-to-go retreats for a half day, full day or an extended getaway to breathe, listen, and notice communion with the One who loves you. 

The State of My Soul Wheel

Created by Stephen W. Smith and Peter M. Ivey, the State of My Soul Wheel is an easy-to-use tool designed to help determine the current condition of one’s soul and is ideal for individual, couple, group, church and organization use.

Latest Book Reviews

Check out our selection of books that will make a difference in your life.

Asking Better Questions of the Bible

In Asking Better Questions of the Bible, Marty Solomon points us to the beauty and wonder and hope contained in the Scriptures.

The Weary Leader's Guide to Burnout

In The Weary Leader’s Guide to Burnout, Sean Nemecek takes Christian leaders on a journey from burnout through recovery and on to spiritual vitality.

A Book Review of "Sabbath"

Sabbath is a book that will provoke you to reflect on your own pace of life and fear of stopping.

LOOKING FOR A Spiritual DIRECTOR?

Duane Hammack

Duane Hammack has been a professional care-giver for 39 years. Throughout his vocational journey, he has desired to be partnered with God to bring healing and effective life skills to those he serves. Initially, he did that as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for 25 years in both the US and then the overseas context with evangelical missionaries. He is passionate in his belief that healthy and integrated spiritual, emotional, and psychological living form the foundation for the abundant life promised in the scripture. With his combined experience and training through the completed certificate in Soul Care at the Soul Care Institute, Duane finds great “life” from walking with others in the care of their soul.
Contact 
Duane Hammack
 at 
duanehammack@gmail.com

Kaylene Derksen

Kaylene grew up in a large family with the core values of hospitality and being able to listen to and hold the stories people would tell. She apprenticed with AnamCara where she learned Spiritual Direction and has been a practicing director for 3 years. She lives with her husband in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She loves to read, travel, cook, and fill a table with family and friends. She is the president of the Soul Care Institute.
Contact 
Kaylene Derksen
 at 
kaylene@soulcareinstitute.com

Michelle Rutt

Becoming more attuned to God’s presence in all aspects of life is Michelle’s lifelong desire for herself and others. She understands Spiritual Direction as a privileged relationship of accompanying others as they seek deeper knowledge of relationship with self, with others and with the Divine. Her offerings as a companion include Soul Care experience, centering practices, Enneagram training and experience and listening deeply.
Contact 
Michelle Rutt
 at 
michelle@soulcareinstitute.com

Peter Ivey

Peter comes to spiritual direction with a background in outdoor ministry and soul care. He is a graduate of the Soul Care Institute and is currently a spiritual direction apprentice with Anam Cara. He finds joy in creating space for others to slow down and rest in the love of God, to take notice of the beauty all around and within, and to listen for the still small voice that calls us the beloved. He has been on an arduous journey through anxiety, fear of rejection, and self-doubt, a journey that has led him to embrace his role as poet, retreat facilitator, gardener, and spiritual friend. Peter lives in Asheville, NC, with his wife, Becca, and their three kids, Londyn, Owen, and Miles.
Contact 
Peter Ivey
 at 
ivey.peter@gmail.com

Janine Westlund

Janine appreciates the depth and individualization each person brings to this world and is passionate about life. After over 30 years in education with a focus on behavior management and disabilities, during part of that time living in Mozambique, Africa, Janine has found the heart of people to be calling and aching for care and love just like her own heart. She then committed to doing the work for her own spiritual transformation and learning the tools to provide soul care for others. Her learning included attending the Soul Care Institute and completing training as a spiritual director at Denver Seminary. Her deepest desire is for you to know that you are seen, chosen, and the beloved. She welcomes you on this journey with her.
Contact 
Janine Westlund
 at 
both.and.janine@gmail.com

Sean Nemecek

Sean Nemecek is the author of The Weary Leader’s Guide to Burnout and the West Michigan Regional Director for Pastor-in-Residence Ministries. He served as a pastor for 18 years before joining PIR. Now, he works as both a spiritual director and ministry coach. He is all about helping you feel seen, heard, and known as we notice the welcoming presence of our loving God. Use this link to schedule a free initial meeting with him.
Contact 
Sean Nemecek
 at 
SeanNemecek@gmail.com

Liz Carver

Liz Carver is an artist, author, and pilgrim based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is an International Enneagram Association (IEA) Certified Instructor, an Author of 10 books on the Enneagram, a Graduate of the Soul Care Institute Cohort 7, and is a Spiritual Director-In Training at Portland Seminary. In her free time, you can find Liz training for her next Camino, tending to her garden, or printmaking at a local print shop.
Contact 
Liz Carver
 at 
elizabethcarver@gmail.com

Jenness Gilles

While studying with the Soul Care Institute, Jenness also received her certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Pecos Benedictine Monastery in Pecos, New Mexico. (2016-17) Personal Spiritual Direction has been the touchstone of her spiritual formation. She leads Day Retreats at NessDoor, her studio next door to her home in Midland. These 4-hour retreats include quiet journaling with prompts, light lunch, and creative expression. Her sometimes updated website is www.beadsnbottlecaps.com. Spiritual Direction options are in person (Midland TX, or near Seguin, TX) phone, FaceTime, or Zoom, normally once a month.
Contact 
Jenness Gilles
 at 
jenness.d.gilles@gmail.com

Kimberly Davis

Kimberly Davis is an ordained minister in Colorado Springs, a trained spiritual director, speaker at retreats and camps, and certified in the enneagram. Many years of ministry, mother of 5 adult children (two adopted) married to her college sweetheart, Kimberly understands pain and joy, sorrow and laughter, anguish and peace. There is no story too hard, no pain too great for our God to be greater still.
Contact 
Kimberly Davis
 at 
kdavis@trinitynazarene.net

Latest Conversations

Meet the faculty of the Institute in these Soul Care Conversations.

A Conversation With Chuck DeGroat

Kaylene talks with Chuck DeGroat about soul care as a catalyst for transformation, his new book coming out this fall, and getting back to the way of Jesus.

A Conversation with Doug and Adele Calhoun

Kaylene talks with Doug and Adele Calhoun (who call themselves holy disrupters) about the third retreat of the Institute and how the Enneagram helps us to find our identity in Christ.

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