As Phileena often reminds us, “to the degree that we are transformed, the world is transformed.” Spiritual direction is such an important component to the process of awakening and transformation that we have made it a central part of Gravity’s services.
Spiritual direction helps you live into your best self and offer your truest self in service to others. And so we work hard to make spiritual direction available and affordable for anyone who desires it.
Following are a few leading certified spiritual directors who are available by appointment. Each director has their own training and specializations, and we would love to connect you with the spiritual director who can best support you on your spiritual journey.
Read more about each of our certified spiritual directors below.
Click here to inquire about scheduling an appointment with one of Gravity’s spiritual directors.
Specializations: Deconstruction & Reconstruction of Faith, Multi-faith & Spirituality, Sacred Feminine, Midlife Transitions, 12-Step Recovery, Divorce, LGBTQIA+ & Equality Issues, Multicultural & Bilingual (English + Spanish)
Availability: By appointment
A seeker since early childhood, Cristina born Catholic, followed the call to missions for 12 years in Colombia with a fundamentalist church. She has spent the last 15 years exploring in and beyond the walls of religious institutions. Drawn to the sacred and liminal spaces, Cristina seeks truth in inter-faith contemplative practices that heal and unify, creating social change. She discovered Truth while sifting through her own life experiences and asking the difficult questions that allow her to accompany other seekers wishing to explore their stories of faith, doubt, transformation, and personal experiences with the sacred.
Cristina has 30+ years of experience in the design industry after obtaining her BFA in Communication Arts after studying at Virginia Commonwealth and Harvard University. Her experience has been in international editorial design for commercial organizations such as ELLE and General Mills- to social organizations such as the National Immigration Forum and National Organization for Women.
In December 2019 she will officially be a board member with the National Organization of Women of the Palm Beaches, FL, an Activist and Designer for POAST (Partner Organizations Against Sex Trafficking), the CEO of True Indigo Textiles in Sopó, Colombia (empowering women in remote villages), and she is honored to be part of the team at Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism. Cristina is a certified Spiritual Director from the Hesychia School, a member of Spiritual Directors International, and focuses on the evocative method in her practice.
Click here to inquire about scheduling an appointment with Cristina.
Specializations: Enneagram, Vocational Discernment, LGBTQIA individuals, city-dwellers, Spiritual Practices, Self-Care for Ministry and Social Service Practitioners
Availability: By appointment
Oreon is a long-time resident of Chicago, where she currently lives and serves with Jesus People USA in the city’s Uptown neighborhood. She recently retired from serving as the Associate Pastor of Congregational Life at LaSalle Street Church, where her ministry areas included working with homeless individuals, young adults, facilitating spiritual formation groups, and leading Benedictine Spirituality classes geared toward Millennials who live in the city. Oreon received her Spiritual Direction certification from North Park Theological Seminary and is a Professional Member of Spiritual Directors International as well as an Accredited Enneagram Professional with the International Enneagram Association. She received her Enneagram Certification through trainings with Dr. Jerome Wagner and is also a certified ©️iEnneagram Motions of the Soul Practitioner. Oreon serves on the board of the IEA Great Lakes Chapter, is a member of the ECC Central Conference Spiritual Directors’ Network, and is part of the Red Letter Christians movement.
Specializations: Trauma Care, Creative Care, Support of Leaders & Care Practitioners, Processes of Discernment
Availability: Wednesdays and Thursdays
Spanning seventeen years of practice within the professional arenas of theatre, film, television, performance, and the non-profit artistic and educational sector, Naisa’s continuing mission is to support and guide individuals and groups towards discovering and living out their most creative and authentic selves. She has her graduate training in spiritual direction and certifications in trauma care. For the past six years, Naisa has embarked on developing an integrative service of soul care that allows individuals and groups to examine their life and vocational stories using creative and contemplative tools to discern potential, growth, transitions, communal reconciliation, and individual restoration.
Most recently, Naisa has had the great honor of supporting several organizations using her creative care skills. Naisa also works with several independent groups, retreats and personal clients in soul care on an ongoing basis. For her work in the arts, Naisa has partnered with many noteworthy theaters, film companies, and companies. She is a recipient of an ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation and a Producing award from The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
She is a proud member of Spiritual Directors of Color, the Director’s Guild of America, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She holds a Graduate Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary as well as multiple certifications in trauma-informed care. Naisa is honored to be joining the care team of Gravity.
Phileena’s client load is currently full. To be added to the waitlist please connect with us here.
Specializations: Integration of Essential Self with Life’s Challenges and Opportunities, Establishing Contemplative Practice, Navigating the Spiritual Journey
Availability: Mondays – Thursdays at 1, 2, 3, or 4pm CST
Phileena spent the first part of her adult life in social justice work among the world’s poor. A member of the New Friar movement, for nearly 20 years she and her husband Chris served with Word Made Flesh in more than 70 countries building community among victims of human trafficking, survivors of HIV and AIDS, abandoned children and child soldiers and war brides.
Phileena founded Gravity with her husband Chris in 2012 to support the development of consciousness by making contemplative practice accessible to individuals, communities and organizations who engage the challenging social justice perils of our time. Phileena’s work is spiritual direction expressed through public speaking, teaching and writing on contemplative spirituality, facilitation of contemplative retreats, yoga classes, and private client sessions. Phileena believes that contemplative spirituality is crucial to authentic, creative, liberating social change.
In addition to a masters in Christian spirituality, Phileena holds a three-year certification in the Ignatian contemplative evocative method of spiritual direction. Ignatius is one of the renowned 16th century Christian Spanish mystics and founder of the Society of the Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. He was a master in discernment and his spirituality has been likened to St. Francis of Assisi.
Phileena is a member of the Red Letter Christians, is featured on The Work of the People and Q Ideas and known for her provocative theological narrative, Pilgrimage of a Soul (IVP 2010, 2017 revised). She is a board member emeritus for Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation and board member for Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation.
Eric’s client load is currently full. He is not taking new directees at this time.
Specializations: Life Transitions, Dark Dry and Arid Seasons of Faith, Meditation Practices, Spiritual Dramaturgy for Artists, Leader/Activist Soul Care
Eric Wilson serves as the Associate Chaplain at Pepperdine University in Malibu California. Wilson is a certified Spiritual Director, Executive Coach and is a religion blogger for the HuffPost. He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director. His work has been published and performed around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Eric’s work attempts to leverage contemplative practice, the arts, and soul care for the purpose of fostering social justice in the world. Wilson’s book, Faith: The First Seven Lessons was released Fall of 2016.