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Spiritual Guidance

Spiritual guidance, also called spiritual direction, is an age-old process of listening to the heart of another as he or she seeks the intention of the Spirit within the deep recesses of the self. 

Spiritual guidance can be a single session or a multi-session commitment, depending on the need or desire.  Meetings are usually scheduled every four to six weeks, but frequency depends on what works best for each person.

The goal is not dependency on another, but a closer union with the Divine that invites wholeness, integrity, inner unity and growth.

Fees are based on a sliding scale, ranging from $40 to $70 per session.  Our experienced spiritual guides on staff are listed below.  Other directors are available as needed.

For more information, call 262-898-2590 or email [email protected].

Have you considered becoming a spiritual guide?  Explore Siena Retreat Center's Spiritual Guidance Training Program.

Meet Our Spiritual Directors

Spiritual Guide and Supervisor

Kathleen Bohn, OP

Spiritual Guide and Supervisor
(262) 898-2590


Kathleen Bohn, OP, a Racine Dominican, is a spiritual guide, retreat leader, labyrinth facilitator, and weaver and is deeply committed to Earth.  Kathleen has a master’s degree in counseling, is trained in spiritual direction, has taken the labyrinth facilitator training from Lauren Artress, and has done work in Jungian psychology and dream work.  She helped initiate—and lives at—the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center.  Sr. Kathleen is also a spiritual guidance supervisor.

Miriam Brown, OP

Spiritual Guide
(262) 898-2590


Miriam Brown, OP, a Sinsinawa Dominican, is a spiritual guide, retreat facilitator, and presenter on current spirituality themes. She has an eye for the Spirit’s movement in the world and the graced unfoldings of each person’s deep and precious life.


Rita Lui Spiritual Guidance

Rita Lui, OP

Spiritual Guide
(262) 898-2583

Racine Dominican Sister Rita Lui, OP, is the co-founder of Siena Retreat Center's Spiritual Guidance Training Program and currently serves as the Program’s On-Site Coordinator.  With a background in education and spirituality, Rita served as the Director of Siena Retreat Center for 20 years.

Nicki Steinmetz Nelson

Spiritual Guide


Nicki Steinmetz Nelson believes that being attentive to the presence of the Sacred within your life can bring greater meaning and interior freedom, allowing you to be a presence of love and justice in the world. She has a MA in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and a MA in Clinical Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. She is a graduate of the Spiritual Guidance Training Program offered by Siena, and is the Director of Spiritual Guidance Initiatives here at the Retreat Center.

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Ruthanne Reed

Spiritual Guide
(262) 898-2590

Ruthanne Reed, OP, is a Racine Dominican sister who has a background as an educator, missionary preacher, and parish pastoral minister.

Pat Shutts

Program Leader and Spiritual Guide
(262) 898-2590


Pat Shutts has a BA in Theology and an MA in Pastoral Studies, and received certification in spiritual guidance from Creighton University. Pat brings her gift of compassionate listening and openness to the Spirit, and companions seekers as they acknowledge and discover God's presence in all of life's journey. She loves art, play, and prayer. Please note: Pat has retired from Siena Retreat Center and is enjoying the first weeks of retirement. To inquire about Pat's availability, please email Claire Anderson or call (262) 898-2588.