About 15 years ago Valerie experienced a sense of her prayer and faith life changing. It was as though being drawn somewhere, but not really knowing more. During this time she began to meet with a Spiritual Director. In the years that followed, her life of consistency and stability began to slowly dismantle. It was through a series of life losses that she rediscovered a part of herself and new life blessings began to emerge.
In 2010 Valerie began training as a Director of the Spiritual Exercises at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos. Shortly after, she trained as a volunteer chaplain and then in 2016 completed 2 years training for Spiritual Direction and Contemplative Retreat Leadership from Journey Center Santa Rosa. She offers both individual and group spiritual direction, and the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. Valerie has served as a spiritual director at Journey Center Santa Rosa and currently serves at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality in Sacramento. She has received advanced training in Group spiritual direction, training in Engaging the Arts as Pilgrimage, and attends related workshops.
Now retired from healthcare service, she enjoys spending time with her grand kids, family and friends. Contemplative prayer, nature walks, art and music are some of her favorite practices. While it is her great joy to contemplate God’s self-revelation in the world around her, and to accompany others in their own unfolding life mystery.