A Community of Sacred Seeking

Five Oaks rocks and streamOne of the pieces of my personal journey over the past two years is working toward becoming a Spiritual Director. Most of that work is done at home with many books and much study but there are also four  “Residency” requirements for the Ontario Jubilee program.  This week I am in the first residency of the second year of study.

We are a small group of eleven learners and a core group of three trainers with some others who float in and out during the week.  We spend large portions of the day and evening in learning and practice sessions.  We eat wonderfully and are housed in the simple, but holy setting at Five Oaks near Paris Ontario.

Our journey together began in the Spring of 2014 and this is the third time this group has met. Unfortunately not all of the same people have continued in the second year but we have been joined by others who had been in the program before and have now picked up the baton to continue the study.

The days are full, sometimes challenging, often emotional and always growth producing.  Consequently the blogs will be short and perhaps a little hurried.

I may share with you some of the spiritual things I learn  or some of the fun we have.  I may go in a completely different direction but I will stay in touch and hope that your life is finding a way to help you feel as challenged and enriched as I do today.

I took these pictures at Five Oaks last fall when I came for a silent retreat.  Please feel free to walk through the forest with me on a day which was much like today, with the warm sun and cool air of autumn.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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One Response to A Community of Sacred Seeking

  1. Sammy D. says:

    This is a very calming message from you. May your journey be fruitful and enriching 💖

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