Minnesota Spiritual Direction

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Sue Swanson
Purple Apple Arts
1258 Saddlebrook Lane - Woodbury Minnesota 55125


(651) 738-7441

Sue Swanson is a teacher and retreat leader who helps people find Sabbath time in their busy lives by teaching them how to practice spiritual patterns together. She calls her work Prayercraft, which is combining craftwork with different patterns of prayer. She is interested in how we can learn to use artistic creativity both individually and in a group to express our faith.

Sue is a Spiritual Director who teaches classes and retreats exploring concepts such as: prayer, breath, simplicity, creativity and Sabbath. Her beadwork has been published by Beadwork Magazine and Bead and Button Magazine. Her company, Purple Apple Arts, provides opportunities to explore traditional crafts including textile arts, collage, music, beadwork, knitting and labyrinth walking.

Sue lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with her husband Roger. She is the mother of two sons, Jeremy and Matthew and new grandmother of Victoria Grace. She is trained by Dr. Lauren Artess to be a certified Veriditas Labyrinth facilitator. She holds a BA degree in Professional Communications from Metropolitan State University and a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Sue’s artistic vision is
: as the beads are woven together, the thread disappears, but its presence provides all of the underlying structure. Similarly, the Holy Spirit invisibly, yet essentially, weaves together the fabric of our lives and connects us with our spiritual community.

Windcradle Retreat
Grand Marais, MN 55604



Rev. Mary Ellen Ashcroft, PhD, is a frequent speaker, retreat leader, and author of a number of books and articles. She holds a PhD in English, specializing in literature, writing, language and narrative theology. Most recently she has been chaplain and professor of English at Kalamazoo College working with post-Christian, post- religious students.
Mary Ellen is also a certified spiritual director.

The most recent new edition of her book " Dogspell: The gospel according to Dog" was just published by Seabury.

David Rothstein – Spiritual Director at the Loyola Spirituality Center in St. Paul.

David’s training and interests include Benedictine and Ignatian spirituality, contemplative prayer, lectio divina, environmental stewardship, intentional communities, men's spirituality, workplace spirituality, life transitions, Mind Body Bridging, Psych-K and Qigong.

David has a PhD in English literature, and is part of a contemplative community in St. Paul, MN.

Star Arts

9182 Kilbury Ave. NW
Annandale, MN 55302

Phone #: 320-2740-5693 Fax #: 320-274-1427

Website Address: www.star-arts.net
E-Mail Address: stararts@lakedalelink.net

Hello, I’m Barbara Scherek Jr., and I would like to share a bit about myself.

I am a nature lover, artist, author, music composer, Ordained Minister, Certified Healing Touch, and Spring Forest Qi Gong practitioner.

Interest in communication between cultures led me to study several languages and has brought me around the world to Spain, Mexico, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, China, India, and Thailand.

I have received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Design (with a Visual Communications emphasis) from the University of Minnesota, with a minor in the Chinese (Mandarin) language.

My focus in recent years is self-publishing meditation, rhyming story and educational coloring books to encourage people to relax, unwind, and play through coloring. My experience has shown that such creative visualization assists personality integration and promotes self-healing.

I am also available to render intuitive energetic portraits, such as the image seen here:

Spiritual Advisor City Email Telephone Comments
Mary Lou Logsdon
St Paul, MN Email 651-583-1802 I hold an MA in Theology and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from St Catherine University. While my
affiliation is Roman Catholic, I meet with people of all faith traditions and spiritualities. Experienced in the
Extended Ignatian Exercises and 12 step recovery. Will hear 5th steps.

Monique Keffer

Hopkins 651-335-7399
Spiritual Director open to directing anyone of any faith. I am willing to facilitate retreats, teach workshops, and do spiritual direction. I can come to you, or I can arrange a place here in MN.
Douglas Federhart

Spirit Venture

Minneapolis 612-728-0994
Trained Spiritual Director (Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality). Member of the United Church of Christ, but comfortable with diverse paths of spiritual discovery. Experienced in 12-Step recovery process; GLBT friendly.
Pat Giesen

St. Benedict's Monastery & Spirituality Center

St. Joseph 320-685-7171
I am a Benedictine Oblate (lay associate) with St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, MN. I received my certification for Spiritual Direction at Christos Center for Spirituality in Lino Lakes, MN. I am affiliated with St. Benedict's Spirituality Center for on going training and supervision.

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