Also known as spiritual direction or spiritual companionship, spiritual guidance is about deepening one’s awareness of the Divine Presence within one’s life. It is a practice that invites a person to pay attention to the movements and invitations of the Spirit that continue to draw the person into greater personal integrity, closer union with the Mystery many name God, and ever expanding compassion for the world.
There are multiple opportunities to engage with spiritual guidance here at Siena Retreat Center, whether it is requesting a single session during a personal retreat, attending a week-long directed retreat during the summer months, or participating in ongoing monthly spiritual direction.
Fees are based on a sliding scale, ranging from $40 to $70 per session. Our experienced spiritual guides are listed below.
To learn more or to schedule a session with any of our guides, please email Nicki Nelson, Director of Spiritual Guidance Initiatives, at [email protected]
Become a Spiritual Guide
Have you considered becoming a spiritual guide? Explore Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program to learn more.
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.
Rita Lui, OP
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
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.
Ruthanne Reed, OP, is a Racine Dominican sister who has a background as an educator, missionary preacher, and parish pastoral minister.
Program Leader and Spiritual Guide
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.
Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie Street
Racine, WI 53402