For years, I struggled to understand who I authentically was, what I believed, and how I wanted to show up in the world.
I felt alone, distrustful, and misaligned.
Then something shifted…
I entered into the sacred relationship of Spiritual Direction
…and I began to [re]discover who I was within the tapestry woven from All That Is
In this rediscovery, I found wisdom, wonder, and the way forward.
Within A New EverAfter, I want to share with you the secret that opened up the way forward for me.
That secret is…
The way forward is inward.
Though introspection and contemplation, Integrative Spiritual Direction helps you uncover your unique voice and points the way toward recovered joy.
My name is Bethany Ward and I am an Integrative Spiritual Director who helps Authenticity Seekers satisfy their deepest wants, needs, longings, and desires through the practice of therapeutic listening and the gentle application of sage guidance.
I am your companion to your own unique spiritual journey.
The walk we take together is traveled along the path of A New EverAfter.
A New EverAfter helps spiritual seekers live daily lives of wisdom, healing, and wonder, in order to overcome feelings of meaninglessness and disconnection, and to move them ever further into lives of deeper fulfillment. As a formally-trained Integrative Spiritual Director, an intelligent, grounded approach to the awe-inspiring journey of spiritual discovery is contained within every aspect of the gentle guidance I provide, so your sacred unfolding may be rooted in practical astuteness and alive with transcendent vibrancy.
A New EverAfter also exists to challenge the cultural conception of a “happy ever after” and helps to reframe what it means to be happy, fulfilled, and connected.
By learning to surrender to the process of unfolding within your own sacred story, I help you move toward a life that is radically-accepting and spiritually vibrant.
Through a blended approach of practical mysticism, spiritual counsel, folk traditions, and a vast knowledge of humanity’s collective wisdom, I have oriented many men and women toward profound transformation, ushering them from lives once angst-ridden and devoid of purpose into a vibrant Being-ness filled with greater ease, deeper understanding, and renewed hope.
The breadth of my career has been in helping other better define and creatively interpret their spiritual journeys. Having worked as a Director of Lifespan Faith Development in a congregational setting for well over a decade, I now further live out my work as an Integrative Spiritual Director, Mindfulness Practitioner, End-of-Life Midwife and Funeral Officiant, Herbalist, Intuitive, and owner of A New EverAfter Inspiration Boutique.
My undergraduate work was in Religious Studies and Creative Writing at Hiram College, Hiram, OH, and I received my Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Villa Maria Spirituality and Education Center. I am a certified evidential medium and have similarly trained within other various esoteric schools of thought.
My work with A New EverAfter is a celebration of story, personal growth, and uncovering the Extraordinary from within the Ordinary. Blending the search for spiritual inspiration with an earth-bound essentiality, EverAfter companions you on your journey of self-realization, and helps to facilitate your relationship with the Divine, however you come to define it.
With my love of story and symbol, I help to make the personal search for meaning approachable and accessible
The mission of EverAfter is to help foster a deeper sense of connection with, and meaning within, the mundane. I work to provide material opportunities for you to adjoin with your community, yourself and ultimately, your own sense of the Divine.
A New EverAfter takes an integrated approach to Spiritual Direction by blending the traditional art and practice of therapeutic listening with the tools of earth-centered spirituality (like Archetypal Tarot and Astrology) and intuitive Gifts of the Spirit, to create an intelligent, modern, inter-spiritual, and grounded approach to this ancient form of contemplative spirituality.
EverAfter is rooted in one part spiritual guidance and one part in the knowledge that spiritual vibrancy emerges from the ceaseless contemplation of the Creative Light and Dark
Through the universal language of story, the wisdom found in folklore, the practical arts, consideration of the intersection of conscious living and conscious dying…and a touch of fairy-tale mysticism, EverAfter provides the necessary nurturing for the vitality and vibrancy that brings Spirit home.
EverAfter blends personal narrative with the wonderment of lore to help you restore wonder, renew hope, and rediscover meaning
A New EverAfter sees a world where a deeper communion with the Mystery reveals and redefines how humanity connects to All That Is and helps to develop an all-embracing response to life. I recognize that spirituality is not separate from mundane living and that a full expression of life cultivates an awareness that everything is bonded and related and everything belongs. I facilitate a fearless wrestling with existential questions, allowing seekers to experience the Divine in every aspect of life. Through this process, individuals are made more spiritually vibrant and move into lives of deeper meaning and fulfilling connections.
A New EverAfter maintains a community-centered vision focused on Spiritual Seekers who explore together a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. We tend to ourselves and our village. The diverse members of A New EverAfter gather through the online membership site, inside our unique storefront, and within the private Facebook group to explore a deeper communion with the Mystery, that reveals and redefines how we connect with All That Is.
You may choose to tend your spiritual formation through the one-on-one Spiritual Direction experience, or gain insight from the many other spiritual exploration gateways including my personal intuitive readings, facilitated Workshops and Retreats, the membership portal, inspirational products that deepen reverence for life, and finding deeper presence and meaning at end of life.
No matter where you choose to explore your spiritual self, together we will examine a new type of EverAfter, one that exalts the process and not the destination. This EverAfter is not about a perception of a happy ending but about redefining our present and rediscovering our union with the Mystery; mindfully, holistically, and practically.
Thank you for choosing to spend a few unhurried moments here in EverAfter.