Listening Together

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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This half-day event is for budding and seasoned spiritual directors who practice deep listening as spiritual companions…who listen others into Life.

Through a plenary session, two break-out sessions discussing practical topics related to spiritual direction, and a closing conversation with a panel of seasoned spiritual directors, we hope participants will:
•    Experience an emerging, supportive community of companions in the practice of spiritual direction
•    Engage in practical conversations related to forming or enriching a one-on-one practice of spiritual direction
•    Glean and share insights to deepen our purpose as spiritual directors
•    Discern the start or adjustment of a spiritual direction practice

“Living into a vocation of spiritual direction, especially in these days, it is imperative to pause on a regular basis, connect with other listening companions, rehearse essentials and find enrichment to sustain the journey.”       
                                                                     -John Kiemele, Spiritual Director & Rolling Ridge Program Director

Although there is no fee for this event, please consider a donation of at least $40 to help us cover our costs. Thank you for your support.

This will be an online Zoom event.  A Zoom link for participation will be emailed upon registration.

For more information contact John Kiemele ( or Rolling Ridge (

About the leader(s)

Gayle Kerr

Gayle Kerr has been involved in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Ministry since 1990.  She is a graduate of Trenton (NJ) State College and Chestnut Hill College (PA) and holds degrees in education and Holistic Spirituality and Certificates in Spiritual Direction and the Supervision of Spiritual Directors.
 She has worked as a teacher, a Director of Christian Education and as a Spiritual Director at the Middleton Center for Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA.  From 2000-2007 she worked at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ with a team of Spiritual Directors who were invited to help create a program for Spiritual Formation at the Seminary. 
 Gayle and her husband moved to Cape Cod in 2007 where she continues to provide individual and group Spiritual Direction as well as Retreat Leadership from her home on the Cape as well as from the Shepherd of the Valley United Methodist Church  in Hope, RI. She also teaches classes in Spiritual Gifts at the RISEM District Lay Academy of the New England Conference of the UMC.   She is a member of the Northside UMC in Brewster, MA  where she serves in various capacities.

John Kiemele

John Kiemele is a wellbeing educator and spiritual director who currently companions individuals, teaches various seminars and lifestyle classes, leads contemplative retreats, and also serves as Program Director at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center.  With a focus on contemplative soul care, John gratefully walks alongside individuals, small groups, classrooms and congregations.  Recognizing how intentional pausing and listening unlocks life, John strives to engage the whole person – body, mind, soul – in the lifelong process of living well.  John received his PhD in education/spirituality from Talbot School of Theology, with post-doctoral emphases in Spiritual Direction, Mindful Self-Compassion, the Enneagram Spectrum, and Wellness Coaching.

Heidi Miller

Through her teaching and ministry, Dr. Heidi Miller focuses on bridge-building between academia and the church, the church and the world. A graduate of Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and The Catholic University of America, she served as Assistant Professor of Christian Worship at Perkins School of Theology until 2017 when she became the Director of Neighborhood Seminary at Duke Divinity School. She was licensed as minister of the Virginia Mennonite Conference and has served as a spiritual director and supervisor for twenty years.