Brooke Maffia Wang, MA
Spiritual Direction and Supervision
Availability: Monday thru Friday online for direction or supervision between 9am and 2pm. Weekend availability is currently full. You can schedule here.
Training & Experience: Transformed by my own experience of receiving spiritual direction, I've been studying the art since 2003. I completed my MA in Spiritual Formation & Soul Care from The Institute for Spiritual Formation in 2005 and supervisor training with Together In the Mystery in 2015. Having served in the local church for years, I saw and experienced the deep need for time and safe space to care for the inner life. I am Inner Family Systems informed and use parts language in my practice and enjoy continually learning about the contribution neuroscience offers this work.
Affiliation: I'm a bit of a Christian mutt. Picking one denomination doesn't feel right. I was raised Catholic, and Baptist. Survived an almost fatal dose of evangelicalism before finding healing in a small presbyterian church. Church continues to be an unfolding journey for me. I hold deep respect for all faith traditions, and, the Jesus story is what is most familiar to me. I believe how we live our daily life matters and that our smallest contribution within our own circles can change the world.
Specialties: Working with people who ask good hard questions about faith, life and themselves. Especially, those who feel stuck or like the spiritual life/church isn't working for them anymore. I enjoy creating physical and spiritual space to help you attend to what is already going on in your own body and soul. Supervision and professional growth of spiritual directors is an area I’m passionate about. I work with both men and women, pastors and lay people, groups and individuals, but mostly those seeking and wandering in on the spiritual journey.
Style of Direction: My style is grounded in trust that God is in all things. Life is incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking. Frequently, at the same time. I offer my gentle, loving presence and thoughtful questions while attending to the Spirit within both of us. If desired, I suggest possible practices for different seasons of life. If working in person, I encourage my people to use our space at the CCSV (labyrinth, prayer spiral) by coming early and/or staying later to prepare for our time together or continue to process after our session.
Personal Information: On my days off you can find me at one of my many favorite places in Santa Cruz. Growing up in Scotts Valley, I feel most at home at the beach or in redwoods. I enjoy travel, hiking, gardening, running, biking, yoga, a good romcom, research psychology podcasts and, warm Hawaiian ocean water. I'm married to an incredible first generation Chinese man and we have two incredible bi-racial daughters who are a year and a half apart. They frequently serve as my daily training in how to listen, love and live fully.