Services

Specialty Programs:

Music and Spirituality: A circle program that engages the natural healing of spirit through listening to and/or creating music and song with others. Available for hospitals, mental wellness programs, faith communities and more.

Bereavement Support: A facilitated group program providing support and education during the grief and transition periods following loss. This program can be in person or via virtual meeting space. Individual bereavement support is available, also.

Writing and Storytelling: I have had the pleasure of creating and facilitating writing programs for spiritual wellness. These workshops include techniques for writing  and engaging in one’s spiritual growth. My Recovery Narrative, Ink™ programs are designed  as a space to grow and explore with one’s peers-in-recovery, in honest self-expression, and as writers without labels.

Presentations and Workshops: I am happy to provide educational presentations on the topic of spiritual care and growth, such as my six-part series, “Leonard Cohen’s Poetry of the Soul”, or other themes of interest.

Spiritual Growth and Care:

Spiritual Care Counselling: For individuals is provided in a safe and sacred space, allowing reflection and conversation during times of transition, times of spiritual questioning, and periods of deepening one’s spiritual growth and practices.

Clinical Spiritual Consultation is a good choice when you are in transition and/or seeking new meaning and purpose and self-definition.

© Susan J Katz 2019

Together we invite personal exploration through deep listening, perceptive questioning, and compassionate stewardship.

There is no diagnosing or treatment of illnesses, and thus it is not psychotherapy, although sessions may be therapeutic.

As a professionally trained and insured hospital Chaplain, I provide secular as well as faith-based services to people of all genders and abilities. I am a Member of NAJC, the Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains and the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.

**Come prepared to discover and learn what you already know: from the inside–out!**

 

 

Create-Pray-Love

Here’s what oboes can do:   A few weeks ago, I was feeling overwhelmed with too many tasks to manage. You know, those waves of days that are almost nauseatingly filled with appointments to book, appointments to keep, a broken light fixture in a strategic location in my apartment, re-scheduling of broken appointments, friends needing(…)

A Canadian at OHALAH 2013

  A few years ago, as I tentatively began my studies with ALEPH, I was asked, “Are you going to אוהלה Ohalah?” At the time, an ohalah (tent) did not seem a very substantial place for study and meeting, and I did not go. I now understand what an OHALAH is, Renewal style: every year,(…)

In Prayer: Thoughts Astray? It’s Okay!

I am always curious about when to maintain my focus and when to drift… and how to integrate those capacities better in myself.   In his book, Your Word is Fire, Arthur Green examines how the Hasidic Masters explain the meaning, value, and management of stray thoughts during contemplative prayer. It is important to note, first(…)

Judaism, Women and Peace

I was a guest speaker, along with several other women, representing the Sikh, Christian, Muslim, and Aboriginal Peoples, at the Ahmadiyyah Muslim Community’s Women’s World Peace Conference today in Surrey, British Columbia. The Conference was a huge island of hope for World Peace, with 400 women gathered together, childcare provided so they could attend, and(…)

Chesed, Anyway You Like

Today I had a very successful audition for a local orchestra. I am very pleased with myself for the hard work of preparing for it, and also for the promise of good times ahead. In case you may have missed this: I love playing my oboe, and particularly I am in love with the process(…)

Remembering Sandy Hook School

Remember the 60’s? I was recently watching a fundraising telethon on PBS of music from that era. When the music was new, I was an American, and just on the cusp of being old enough to grasp what our country was doing in Viet Nam. The nightly TV news report, the litany of how many(…)

Difficult People

I have always been baffled by the complexity of this week’s Torah reading, Vayetze, the story of Jacob and Laban. I’ve heard the tale a million times, beginning in Jewish nursery school, with the Jacob’s ladder dream. Then, I guess as older kids we heard about the trick of giving Jacob Leah as his first(…)

Miracles Do Happen—

In Medieval times, the mystical language and meaning of Kabbalistic writings were purposely kept inscrutable and shrouded in the language of Torah and Talmud study. Why? Because it was believed that personal mystical experiences as described in the ancient scriptures were particular to Biblical times. Those sorts of engagements with the divine, it was determined,(…)

Seeking Gd’s Face

“Are ya gonna give me some money now?” “I have some plums.” “I don’t like plums, do you have any bananas?” “Sorry, I have plums, and I am happy to give you some.” “No, I only take bananas…or money. Are ya gonna give me some money now?” At that point, I fell from Heaven, the(…)

Are You Prepared?

It was hard to find a good place to write onboard this Alaskan cruise ship. I finally found a spot to sit; it had been empty every time I passed earlier; too dark, too cold, and on the leeward side away from the sunset. Then, boom, thronging guests in formal-night dress converged: the moon has(…)