Meet the Tutors

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Ann Morris

I am a retired Anglican Priest, living in the small parish of Minchinhampton, near Stroud.

I am divorced, but have six married children and ten grandchildren. I began life as a Roman Catholic but brought my family up within the village church that happened to be Anglican.

During the second half of my life I was introduced to contemplative prayer and a call to work with the children of my church - and this led to ordination in 2001.

I was trained in the work of Spiritual Direction on the Gloucester Course. I look forward to having a more contemplative life-style, between course days and times spent in hospice chaplaincy.

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Siobhan Smith

Siobhan Smith is a retired GP, married to Ian, mother of 5 young adults and with 2 small grandchildren. Drawn to a training course in spiritual direction in 2006, the transformation of my faith through those 2 years brought a deep joy and a commitment to companioning others. I was surprised to be invited to join the course in Gloucestershire as a facilitator, delivery of which has challenged and delighted me ever since. I am from a Roman Catholic background but am increasingly excited by new discoveries and the integration of an eclectic mix of spiritual understandings. Contemplative practice is an anchor in my life.

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Jo Joy

What a delight and privilege it is for me to join with friends and colleagues for the Gloucestershire Course in Spiritual Direction.

A past participant of this course, I am keen to see this vital ministry flourish to provide refreshment and renewal for those who wish to deepen their prayer life.

I am married with 4 adult offspring and 2 grandchildren. I worked for over 30 years in the NHS as a nurse before undertaking a degree in Acupuncture, and am now in private practice, combining energy medicine techniques with deep listening.

For the past 21 years I have joined with Friends in Cheltenham Quaker Meetings for Worship. Being rooted in Silence and stillness, these meetings have allowed me time in comfort (and discomfort!) to seek ways to pursue peace and presence in that which is Eternal. My daily intention, though not always easy, is to try to follow George Fox's encouragement to "come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone".