Spiritual Direction: Sarah completed a three-year training program in spiritual direction In 2004, through the Spiritual Direction Institute (founded and facilitated by the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California). As a spiritual director grounded in the wisdom tradition of anam cara, Sarah meets with individuals and has facilitated in-person and online workshops on such topics as: writing a spiritual autobiography; writing as a spiritual practice; and creativity as a lifelong journey. She currently lives and practices in Washington state.
Teaching and Education: As an adjunct faculty member, Sarah taught online courses in spirituality and literature at the University of San Francisco for eleven years, drawing on her graduate education (MA/ SFSU) and training in adult learning which focused on engaged pedagogy and transformative learning. Prior to teaching, Sarah worked in college admissions and student services at San Francisco State University, helping young students and returning adults navigate the byways of higher education. Sarah holds a certificate from UC Berkeley in Drug and Alcohol Studies with a counseling emphasis. As an editor, Sarah has specialized in personal essays and academic writing, including editing college admissions essays, master’s theses, and EdD and PhD dissertations.
Sarah has also worked as a journalist and essayist, covering topics: parenting, higher education, addiction and recovery, and cultural commentary. Her essays on the spiritual quest have appeared in such venues as Presence: the Journal of Spiritual Directors International, the Chronicle of Higher Education, America Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Sarah also published a collection of essays on becoming a spiritual director in 2004, and A Pen and a Path, writing as a spiritual practice in 2005. A practicing poet, Sarah enjoys the poetry scene locally and on social media, and some of her poems have appeared in print and online.