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My name is Natasha Burrowes and I am a trained spiritual director, workshop leader, retreat facilitator, educator, and writer. Rooted in a deep belief that Spirit calls each person to a greater purpose to bring about the common good and to be in more alignment with the spiritual path, I journey with individuals, groups, and organizations to connect to a deeper purpose, to elevate consciousness, and to create meaningful and spirit-filled action and expression in the world. I base teaching practices, spiritual direction, and writing on wisdom drawn from the world’s diverse spiritual traditions. I feel called to support individuals and communities in their spiritual growth and development.
With a commitment and dedication to social justice and freedom, I believe that liberation and healing is connected to having a deeper sense of Spirit in our individual and collective lives. My educational, professional, and ministerial pathways have led me to the intersections of spirituality and justice making. I have over 20 years of experience working in nonprofit, higher education, community-based, and faith-based settings. I earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Transforming Spirituality (MATS) with an emphasis in Spiritual Direction from Seattle University’s School for Theology and Ministry and also earned my Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies and African American Studies.
As a Spiritual Director, I am rooted in the Christian tradition and have an expansive sense of spirituality. I incorporate beliefs and spiritual practices from many faith and wisdom traditions to connect with Spirit. I am an Interspiritual/Interfaith Spiritual Director and journey with people of all faiths, spiritualities, and belief systems. I have worked as a mentor and educator for many years and journeyed with many people from diverse backgrounds and spiritual traditions in educational settings, prisons, churches, one-on-one settings, and have even been known to do this on public buses or coffee shops with perfect strangers at times (wherever Spirit calls). I also write through my blog called Mindful Mondays and the content is focused on meditations on wisdom from diverse spiritual traditions.
With 20 years of retreat and workshop facilitation experience, I present on many topics in the areas of social justice, leadership, diversity, and spirituality. Presentations and workshops explore issues through a holistic lens that engage mind, body, and spirit; collective and individual agency; consciousness and concrete action; transformation and healing. I have facilitated spiritual retreats for youth in juvenile detention centers, theology students, and undergraduate students; led interfaith initiatives and dialogues from classrooms to educational institutions to statewide conferences; conducted cultural responsiveness retreats and workshops in higher education setting for students, staff members, and faculty members. Receiving training from the Fellowship of Reconciliation and The Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island, I am a certified Nonviolence trainer. I also received intensive training from the Mandala Center for Change and facilitate some dialogue and discussion through Theater of the Oppressed.