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Darlene Rollins
Spiritual Director

The Earthwalk Center
913 Holly Corner Road
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406


In my work I understand that life is a journey of the soul which is always manifesting the perfect learning situation needed for its evolutionary purposes. With a certain lens on life, one can begin to read a new understanding into the life journey, one that is much more amazing and edifying than the narrow interpretations of success or failure of the ego in our modern culture. What are you really up to and why do you keep bumping into the same pain bodies.

Working with Souls for 20 years now, I am always amazed to discover what is really going on underneath the complaints and disharmonies we have with ourselves and life. These sticking points are our greatest teachers, but we need to know how to listen to our experience at this level. Suffering comes from trying to resolve it at the wrong level, creating more failure and frustration. Nature is a great companion and healer teacher in this work and so in addition to individual sessions, teleconference and video conference programs, I offer wonderful personal retreats at my little nature cocoon near Fredericksburg, Virgina.

  • Owner and Retreat Director: Earthwalk Retreat, since 1994.

  • Certifications: Core Energetics Institute Certificate 1992, Pathwork Helper Certificate 1992; Ordained Minister Gaiabriel, 2000

  • Memberships: Mid-Atlantic Pathwork; Friends of the Rappahannock; Center for the Universal Eclectic Flowing Light;

  • Teacher for the Residential Pathwork Transformation Program at Sevenoaks for 10 years

  • Developed techniques and training programs for several spiritual practices: Process Meditation/The Art of Soul Whispering as Spiritual Practice and Natural Communion;

Programs and sessions are offered in teleconference, video conference, on retreat and in individual sessions.

Holiday Gift Certificates. Give your loved one the Gift of Peace; Give a gift certificate for a custom retreat experience of one day or more cocooned in the heart of nature; learning the art of soul whispering; letting go of old burdens and learning to renew yourself.

The Carpenter's House
5148 Massachusetts Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20816-1709


The Carpenter's House is a place of spiritual hospitality for building relationships with God. We believe in the power of human connection to welcome and experience God.

We host others to foster intimacy with God and self as they ask who they are - and who they are becoming. We are in the Christian tradition, but welcome persons of any faith, or no faith, who believe we might be of assistance. Whatever your spiritual path, our desire is to walk with you on it - not convince you to walk ours.

Our ministries:

  • Spiritual Direction
  • Weekly Formation Groups
  • Pastoral Care, Consultation, Connection
  • Workshops, Speakers, Trainings
  • Weekly Meditation

To explore how Carpenter's House ministries can help you discern wants and needs please contact us

"Spiritual direction is something I was not familiar with, so I didn't really know what to expect. Since then, I've grown in intimacy with God, learning how to be silent and still and receive the gift of God's presence and attention."
- Carpenter's House guest

Jo Ann Staebler
Northern Virginia

“Bidden or not, God is present.”

Retreat Leader:

  • Contemplative retreats, mystics, nature
  • Spiritual direction
  • Contemplative worship planning
  • Iona Service of Prayers for Healing and Wholeness
  • Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina

Jo Ann Staebler is an experienced leader of spiritual retreats and contemplative prayer groups. She completed the Shalem Institute’s Program for Leaders of Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats and holds a Master of Divinity degree.

Retreats are presented through nature and art, music and silence, and include a variety of contemplatively-oriented prayer practices as well as group reflection. Structure and content can be shaped according to the needs of your group.

Rooted in the Christian tradition, Jo Ann welcomes participation of people of all faiths. Currently enrolled in Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program, she lives in Northern Virginia.

Suzanne Lubkowski
Empowering Serenity

Spiritual Life Coach Suzanne Lubkowski empowers you to create the life you want to live with energy, joy and vibrancy! Learn spiritual and practical tools to bridge the gap of where you are now and where you want to be!

Partnering with Spirit and with Compassion and Joy it is now time for....

  • Empowering you to become all you desire
  • Bridging the gap of where you are now and where you want to be
  • Co-creating a life of grace and ease in every experience
  • Mentoring people ages 16-101 to take charge of their lives with tools that will make a difference

Experience & Qualifications

  • Certified Professional Coach, Coaches Institute International
  • Certified Spiritual Life Coach, Coaching from Spirit Institute
  • M.A. in Organizational Development and Learning, George Mason University, Fairfax VA
  • B.A. in Communication, George Mason University, Fairfax VA
  • Adjunct Professor in Communication and Business
  • Former Director of Unity of Fairfax Youth and Family Ministry
  • Former Board President of Unity Life Center
  • Former Chairperson of Unity Life Center Youth and Family Council
  • Certified Spiritual Educator; Recipient of Distinguished Youth Service Award
  • Contributing writer for the book Dancing through Life with Guts, Grace and Gusto
  • Health and Wellness Consultant of Integrative Wellness
  • Reiki Master Teacher, Lightarian Reiki Teacher
  • Numerous courses in spirituality; training in conflict resolution and mediation
  • Spiritual Curriculum writing and development

“You might quiet the whole world for a second if you pray. And if you love, if you really love, our guns will wilt.”

St. John of the Cross

Susan completed the Shalem Institute's Spiritual Guidance Program with a focus in Contemplative Awareness in May, 2006.
She has been offering Spiritual Direction for over ten years.


• Notice and savor your own experiences of God
• Integrate spirituality into your daily life
• Find understanding, encouragement and affirmation
• Share challenges, losses, or disappointments
• Celebrate joys and accomplishments
• Grow in relationship with God, self, others, and creation
• Deepen your freedom to live a more authentic life

Other training includes:

  • Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader (2003,2006)
  • Studied Zen Buddhism for two years with a member of the Zen Community in Paris, France. (2001-2003)
  • Bio-Spiritual Focusing Therapy (2002)
  • Reiki I & II practitioner (2001)
  • Completion of the Education for Ministry Program (EFM) (2000)

Susan was raised in the Roman Catholic church and is currently a Lutheran laywoman.
Her spiritual interests include; Christian Mysticism, Centering Prayer (Fr. Thomas Keating), St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila and Jungian spirituality. She has been married for 21 years, has two daughters and is an avid yoga practitioner and meditation teacher.

Jane Guyton

Spiritual Director

At this time of huge personal and cultural change, people hunger for a sense of spiritual direction and individual purpose to make sense of life and to provide the energy and vitality to stay afloat and find inner peace. Individuals are often not satisfied with the direction their life is taking. Those seeking spiritual direction want to experience deep and lasting change that will alter the trajectory of their lives in accordance with a larger vision.

As a Spiritual Director, I offer twenty years’ experience in helping people answer the following questions for themselves:

  • Am I living a life that has deep meaning for me?
  • Can I distinguish between the demands of my ego and the call of my soul, and if so, can I act accordingly?
  • Can I transform my personal, spiritual journey into a life of service to the greater good, no matter what my profession, calling or life circumstance?

At this time in our history, we are all being called upon to ask and answer theses soul-searching questions. As a Spiritual Director I am prepared to accompany you as a guide on the journey of discovery that will inevitably unfold as you begin your inquiry. I help will help you to look honestly at the beliefs that define your life experience as well as at the emotions that hold you captive. Ultimately I will help you to bring your vision to reality in accordance with your own spiritual guidance.


  • Newfield Network Certified Coach,
  • Caroline Myss Contemporary Mysticism Program (Entering the Castle)


  • Spiritual Directors International
  • International Coach Federation


Awakening the Intuitive Heart, First Word Press, 1994


The Emergence of the Feminine, (Fetzer Institute 1998) Ontological Coaching, (On-Line Journal Article, 2000)
Managing Illness in the Workplace. (On-line Journal Article - Executive Update, 2002)
Trust: a Workbook/CD with Julio Olalla, on building trust in organizations. (Newfield Network, 2003)
Building Trust on your Team (on-line journal article, 2004)


BA in Speech & Communication,
MA in Complementary Medicine.
Professional Certified Coach

Jane Guyton

Vienna, VA
Direct (703) 281 9667
Cell (571) 239 2376

Spiritual Advisor City Email Telephone Comments

Andre Antao

A multi-disciplinary education qualifications
International/cross-cultural work experience
his poet, priest, and psychologist is a powerful retreat/workshop leader and spiritual director/mentor.

Leah Rampy

McLean Email
ILLUMINE offers executive coaching, team coaching and executive retreats that help individuals and teams acheive breakthrough results both personally and professionally.Life Questions Retreats offer a chance to reflect and refine your thinking and to renew your spirit.

Rev Carrie H. Carter

BethEl Retreat Center & House of Study

Richmond Email
I am an ordained Minister who has done retreats with groups and individuals for many years. I've been in the ministry for 25 years. I have served as Religious educator of churches for the last 15 years and have pastored for five years. I have recently began my own ministry and would like to serve as an Advisor in different retreat centers as well as do individual retreats. I am presently teaching Religion at John Tyler Community College.


Winchester Email
A am a certified life coach and have 20 years experience and study into self improvement and spiritual growth. My specialties are:emotional releasing, teaching how to get in touch with one's own inner guidance and finding one's own purpose.

Rev. Cay Marsh

Harrisonburg Email
An MDiv serving churches for 14 years with an emphasis on Spiritual Formation. Lead retreats on Healing, Spiritual Disciplines; Biblical coaching and Spiritual Director working with seminary students.
Rev. Sally Perry - Spirit Medicine

Richmond Email 804-749-4679 Rev. Sally Perry-Spirit Medicine, of Cherokee lineage, is a visionary, spiritual healer and teacher. She has a unique gift to see the soul and to embrace the all pervading energy of the universe. She is the author of Chronicles of a Healer: She Who Dances and A Master's Teaching to an American Healer, Immortality. She leads sweat lodges, spirit medicine wheels, vision quests and world peace dances worldwide for groups and private gatherings.
April Swofford

Richmond Email 804-262-1451 April Swofford is currently the Richmond, VA area coordinator and a commissioned presenter for Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. She holds a Masters degree in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and a graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction from the RUAH School at Richmond Hill. On a regular basis, April leads centering prayer workshops, day retreats and weekend retreats. She has also co-led a number of longer silent centering prayer retreats (seven-day, ten-day.) April has a daily practice of centering prayer and is committed to being a peaceful presence in the world and seeking ways of living the contemplative dimension of the gospel in the routine of each day.

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