At Rites of Passage, we provide one-on-one confidential spiritual guidance for clients going through life transitions, big or small. With 20 years of experience, Kristabeth is skilled at approaching your situation without judgment or answers but with a willingness to be fully present to you and your life circumstances.
Kristabeth will meet you on your spiritual journey and support you as you discern where your unique journey will lead. Whether you consider yourself very spiritual (or even religious), have been hurt by religion, or are more comfortable with a secular worldview, she can help you address the ‘big’ questions that often arise during life transitions. People of all spiritual and secular worldviews and gender and sexual identities are welcome.
Our Introductory Spiritual Guidance package includes of three 50-minute sessions for $160 (sliding scale available).
Kristabeth works with clients throughout Vermont and in Northern New York, as well as through video chat. Traditionally, spiritual guidance sessions are scheduled monthly but can be more frequent, especially in the beginning as the guidance relationship is formed. Sessions begin with a brief time of silence and meditation followed by conversation utilizing the evocative method. Ritual may be incorporated as appropriate.
Individual spiritual guidance sessions are $55 (sliding scale available).
“As a Spiritual Guide, I help people find their own answers to life’s big questions. It is natural for questions of purpose and meaning to arise during times of transition. If asked, I may offer examples or illustrations from the world’s spiritual traditions or my own life, but it’s not my mission to tell people what to believe. I help people explore the questions and gain a greater understanding of how they find their place in the world.”
~Kristabeth Atwood, Founder, Rites of Passage, LLC
What is Spiritual Guidance?
Spirituality is the search for wholeness, meaning, and purpose in life. It is a broad concept with room for many perspectives and means something different to everyone.
Spiritual guidance is a practice of presence with the intention of helping you embrace your intrinsic worth and face life with courage, grace, and resilience. Different models of spiritual guidance can be found in all cultures and traditions throughout history. The commonalities among these different traditions include:
- being in the moment with whatever questions or emotions arise
- not being focused on change, cure, or fixing
- being open to a connection with something greater than ourselves (whatever that may mean to you)
Spiritual guidance is not professional counseling and does not address mental health or behavioral change issues. Spiritual guidance, as practiced at Rites of Passage, also is not psychic, intuitive, tarot, or medium readings.
We use an evocative approach to spiritual guidance to help you explore life’s big questions, including:
- How do I make sense of changes in my life?
- What gives me comfort and hope?
- Where do I find meaning?
- What is the purpose of my life?
Life transitions that may lead one to seek spiritual guidance include (but are not limited to):
- Death of a loved one
- Divorce or loss of a significant relationship
- Pregnancy loss
- Loss of a job or retirement
- Moving to a new community
- Military deployment or homecoming
- Birth or adoption
- Medical procedure or diagnosis
“When I rise up/ let me rise up joyful/like a bird. When I fall/let me fall without regret /like a leaf.”
~ Wendell Berry