"Helping, fixing, and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.” —Rachel Naomi Remen, from A Time for Listening and Caring
Soul care practitioners provide a compassionate and healing presence to others through spiritual direction, chaplaincy, counseling, pastoring, and others in similar fields of service. This might be full- or part-time, paid or volunteer. The work is viewed as a ministry of service and rooted in a deep spiritual center. It is a response to a call to help heal the world.
Abbey of the Arts is deeply committed to supporting those who care for others be able to continue this essential work in life-giving ways. The Soul Care Institute is a professional development program dedicated to the formation, nourishment, and deep inner work of Soul Care Practitioners through contemplative practice, creative expression and honoring rhythms of nature. This program has emerged out of a desire to meet a pressing and urgent need to support those in services of compassionate presence.
The Soul Care Institute offers a variety of online and live programs including: