Julia Bee is an experienced Spiritual Care provider living in the Oxford area, with clients in the UK and across the world.
The most important thing for me is to remain open to the direction of my own spirit because I know then that I am living my life to the full. Contemplative prayer, meditation and yoga are a daily part of my life as is the important discipline of nurturing a peaceful centre within myself. I also know the life-enhancing power of having a professional listener – a trained spiritual director – in my life.
It is therefore a privilege to be a mentor and guide, enabling others to listen to their own heart language and find their unique path to fulfilment. In the past I have been a professional teacher, a Christian leader and community worker. I worked on the ward of a local hospice and became a volunteer chaplain in a city hospital and Listener at a ‘Drop-In’ for those experiencing life-limiting and terminal illness.
I have experience of over fifteen years as a spiritual director, receiving my training through my local Spiritual Network SPI-DIR and at the London Centre for Spiritual Direction. I am a guide for the Ignation Exercises, and I am on the diocesan lists of spiritual directors for my local network (Oxford, Berks and Bucks) also Gloucestershire Diocese, the London Centre for Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Directors International.
I qualified as a Soul Midwife in 2015. Later that year I was privileged to care for my friend in her last weeks and also my aunt who died in 2016. I am a founder member of the Home Funeral Network and continue to be proud of the growing movement of Soul Midwives, who are trained as non-clinical companions to the dying.
Following further training, I also now specialise in grief recovery work, thereby having the tools to help myself in my own grief as well as others on their unique journey.
As a spiritual health care worker, I make myself accountable to current professional guidelines and safeguarding standards and continually seek to increase and deepen my understanding of what it means for all who seek their true path to live life to the full, with integrity.