Brooke Maffia Wang, MA
Spiritual Direction and Supervision
Availability: Monday thru Friday online, phone and in person mid-day on selected dates. Evening and weekends currently full. Schedule a free intro session here.
Training & Experience: Transformed by my own experience of receiving spiritual direction, I've been studying and offering the art since 2003. Completed MA in Spiritual Formation & Soul Care from The Institute for Spiritual Formation in 2005, and supervisor training with Together In the Mystery in 2015. I find the language of parts and Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory extremely helpful and have completed my Level 1 training certificate in September of 2023. Having served in the local church for years, I saw and experienced the deep need for safe space to care for the inner life.
Affiliation: I'm a bit of a Christian mutt. I was raised Catholic, and Baptist. (Yup, you read that right.) 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 and find wisdom in all faith traditions. And, the Jesus story is most familiar in my own experience. 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, spiritual retreats. In a profession/ministry where quality of care is unregulated, supervision and development 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 anyone who wants to explore their experience of that which is bigger than themself.
Style of Direction: My listening style is grounded in an assumption that we live in a benevolent and loving universe. Life is incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking, and everything in between. Frequently, at the same time. I seek to use the language for God/the Holy that you bring into the room. I offer confidentiality and a gentle presence through thoughtful questions while attending to the Spirit within both of us. If desired, I suggest possible practices for different seasons of life that help you connect with yourself and find freedom.
Personal Information: In my free time you can find me at one of my many favorite places in Santa Cruz. I feel most at home at the beach and redwoods. I enjoy travel, hiking, gardening, running, yoga, a good romcom, research psychology podcasts and, warm Hawaiian ocean water. I'm married to an incredible first gen Chinese man and we have two bi-racial daughters who frequently serve as my daily training in how to listen, love and live fully.