Hi there! I’m Tongua (Pronounced Tonja). Soul Care Sanctuary was born out of my personal experience as a church ministry leader searching for rest and deepening intimacy with God. My prayer is that you experience this space as a safe place to rest, be, and experience the Holy. You are welcome here.
My journey into the ancient practices of spiritual direction and spiritual practices allowed me to encounter God in a real and intimate way that continues to bring growing healing and freedom. Out of the gift of spiritual direction in my life emerged a strong calling from God to provide that gift of holy listening and companioning to others.
I am a certificate candidate in Ignatian spiritual direction, a five-year program, from St. Scholastica Benedictine Monastery in Fort Smith, Arkansas. I am currently in the last two years of my training, the supervised practicum stage, and am in ongoing supervision with an experienced supervisor in spiritual direction. I also meet monthly with my spiritual director. I seek to live and be present to others in a trauma-sensitive way.
I have completed the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and am a member of Spiritual Directors International (https://www.sdiworld.org/) and ESDA (https://www.graftedlife.org/spiritual-direction/esda). I have experience as a church ministry leader (8+ years), mentor to young moms, public school educator, preschool special needs educator, homeschool educator, International host family, therapy dog handler (5 years), and hospice volunteer (5 years). I am happily married to Grey, my high school sweetheart, and we are the parents of four adult children, two of whom were adopted with complex trauma.