Listen to Your Life:
A Sacred Voice Is Calling

A Five-Month Hybrid Program of Bread of Life

Faculty members include Joan Stockbridge, Darlene Carlson and John Ensign.

What do you tell yourself about your life?

You’re not alone if the inner messages which pop up in vulnerable moments are more critical than kind. The human calling is to go beneath the noisy messages of culture to the “still, quiet voice” resident in each of us. This voice is the Source of your irreducible value and life’s purpose. It is the place from which your authentic voice and contribution in the world emanate. And it takes conscious attention and discerning companionship to separate this voice from the layers of louder, competing voices inside and out.

We all have a “life story” that we tell ourselves and others. And yet there is so much more to our story than we can access alone. Stepping into that exploration in the company of others in the same process is eye-opening and can lead us to our own deepest gifts and purpose.

Listen to Your Life will be a foundational experience, discovering new dimensions about who you are and how you can respond to the call of God.

Who would benefit from this program?

  • Those who are at a life passage and know the intentional spiritual journey is part of what’s being invited.

  • Those who sense it’s “time for something more.” An interior “restlessness” or “itchiness” can speak to a life that feels too small or needs fresh focus.

  • Those experiencing a transition in faith. Often experienced as a “loss of faith” it’s most often an invitation to a wider, deeper faith. We call it “losing faith to find God.”

  • Those considering spiritual direction as a way of tending other’s souls. This year is the prerequisite for the Bread of Life Internship in the Art of Spiritual Direction. It is also accepted as equivalent to “Sacred Journey” by Mercy Center (Burlingame) which precedes their 2-year program in the Art & Practice of Spiritual Direction.


The next Listen to Your Life series will begin in March, 2024. It is a 5-month program that includes two in-person overnight retreats at Mercy Center, Auburn. In addition to the retreats, four monthly whole-group sessions and four small-group mentor meetings will be held via Zoom. The cost is $1500. Scholarship funds are available.

For more information, including an application form go to Listen To Your Life. 



Growing in Love
2024 Monthly SoulCollage® Oasis

via ZOOM

3rd Wednesday of the Month
1:00am to 3:00pm PST

(w/optional introduction to SoulCollage® at 12:30:00pm)

$20 per session

Register  with Mercy Center Auburn.

Join our online journeying community as we meet on zoom to make and share Soulcollage® cards inspired by the session’s theme. We use sacred texts, poems, Soulcollage® and other creative processes. Soulcollage® is a profoundly playful and accessible process, usually enjoyed even by “non-artists”.

Our theme for 2024 is Growing in Love. Participants receive a welcome email to warm up to the monthly theme and a follow up email with additional resources. Each session will stand alone; newcomers are always welcome. An optional introduction to Soulcollage® will be offered at 12:30. Come join us on the third Wednesday of the month!

Jan 17  Growing in Compassion

Feb 21 Growing in Wisdom

March 20 Growing in Forgiveness

April 17 Growing in Hospitality

May 15 Growing in Kindness

June 19 Growing in Courage

July 17 Growing in Acceptance

August 21 Growing in Patience

September 18 Growing in Humility

October 16 Growing in Generosity

Nov 20 Growing in Equanimity

December 18 Growing in Love

Joan Stockbridge is a trained Soulcollage® facilitator and spiritual director who regularly leads groups. As a poet and storyteller she  facilitates workshops using sacred stories and texts for transformation and healing. She is also faculty on Bread of Life’s Listen to Your Life program. She follows a path of contemplative Christianity.