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St. Scholastica Monastery
Tongua Williams Soul Care Sanctuary


Tongua, founder of Soul Care Sanctuary, serves as a trauma-informed spiritual director and Ignatian retreat facilitator in Little Rock, Arkansas. Drawing inspiration from monastic communities of the historical church, her prayer is that ALL would experience this space as a safe place to rest, be, and experience the sacred. Tongua and Soul Care Sanctuary are committed to reverence for dignity, equality, gifts, and belovedness of all people.

“Life is this simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time.”

Thomas Merton
St. Scholastica Monastery Fort Smith

Monthly meetings with her own spiritual director and supervisor help Tongua to remain rooted and address any areas of potential unfreedom or personal blocks to release her to effective ministry. She also practices regular rhythms of prayer and directed retreats.

Tongua’s journey includes church ministry leadership (10 years), therapeutic parenting, education in public school, homeschool, and special needs settings, international hosting, and five years as a hospice volunteer. Tongua and her husband of 40 years are the parents of four adult children, adopted and bio. She enjoys hiking, birding, yoga, and spending time with her family and rescue dogs.


St. Scholastica Monastery

In 2022 Tongua received a certificate in Ignatian spiritual direction through a five year formation program offered by St. Scholastica Benedictine monastery in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. She is a trained facilitator of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and has completed trauma-informed and polyvagal training for spiritual directors. For a list of trainings Tongua has completed click here:


With an undergrad degree in education, Tongua is a life-long learner with special interests in trauma recovery, relational neuroscience, contemplative practices, christian spirituality, expressive arts, attachment, and embodiment.

Tongua participates in ongoing continuing education for spiritual directors, including training in supervision, attachment, trauma, and Ignatian spirituality, and is a member of Spiritual Directors International She adheres to this code of ethics for spiritual directors in the link below:


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