Most of us are not living from the fullest expression of ourselves.
Our lives lack spiritual vibrancy.
We are simply existing…not thriving.
Is this you, too?
Maybe you are mired down in the chores and obligations of daily life and your spiritual expression has become relegated to the “I’ll get to it later” category.
Maybe your spiritual expression is just plain ignored.
What you do know is that you hunger.
the nature of this hunger remains elusive and undefined.
You wonder, “what is this hunger I feel?”
Perhaps you sense that your life seems to lack meaning.
You feel disconnected from yourself, others, and your god-understanding.
You may still be healing from your religious past and feel apprehensive on where to go to find your answers.
You just find it difficult to trust life. You live in fear of self-expression. And your life feels inert and fragmented.
You know deep inside you that there is something…more.
You want to live from your spiritual passion but you have no idea where to begin.
I was there, too.
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 the companion to your own unique spiritual journey.
The walk we take together is traveled along the path of A New EverAfter
A New EverAfter 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 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.
Having worked as a Director of Lifespan Faith Development in a congregational setting for well over a decade, I now further live out my ministry as a Spiritual Director and Life Coach, Professional Storyteller and Speaker, Workshop And Retreat Facilitator, End-of-Life Midwife, Herbalist, Artist, Intuitive, and Reiki Master. 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.
The breadth of my career has been in helping others better define and creatively interpret their spiritual journeys.
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.
Renew Spirit, Restore Wonder, Reclaim Your Story
EverAfter blends personal narrative with the wonderment of lore to help you restore wonder, renew hope, and rediscover meaning
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 home, your community, your faith, 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, and grounded approach to this ancient form of contemplative spirituality.
Through the universal language of the 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 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
A New EverAfter maintains a community-centered mission focused on Spiritual Seekers who explore together a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. We tend to ourselves, our homes, and our village. Members of A New EverAfter gather through the online membership site and within the private Facebook group to explore a deeper communion with the Mystery that reveals and redefines how they 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, Spiritual Life Coaching, facilitated Workshops and Retreats, Group Spiritual Direction, public storytellings and speaking, the membership portal, personal and home care products that deepen reverence for life, learning to tend the spiritual home, 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.