About Erin…

Erin Matteson completed certification in the art and practice of spiritual direction through Mercy Center in Burlingame, Ca, May of 2016. She had practiced the art of spiritual formation and spiritual leadership as a pastor for nearly twenty-five years until spring of 2017, having completed a Master of Divinity degree from Bethany Theological Seminary in 1993. Erin is also a musician, having a Bachelor’s of Music degree in vocal performance from Millikin University (1988). She completed Joyce Rupps’, Institute of Compassionate Presence, training in 2012, and Joyce’s facilitator training for Boundless Compassion work fall of 2018.

Erin believes the human experience is embedded with the presence and activity of the sacred. She loves working with individuals and small groups sifting through the soil or walking through the garden of their lives to discover it there. Erin does spiritual direction one on one, has led group spiritual direction and contemplative experiences on a number of topics, evening/morning events and weekend retreats on particular themes, labyrinth walks for groups, and enjoys crafting new spiritual explorations.

Erin is always seeking to deepen her sense of the sacred, self, the world, and the connectedness of all through savoring various books and writings, poetry, the experience of silence, running, gardening, watching the Chicago Cubs play baseball and more. Some of her current favorite writers are Joyce Rupp, Macrina Weiderkehr, Gunilla Norris, John Philip Newell, Richard Rohr, Joan Chittister.

Erin lives in Modesto, Ca, with her life partner of 29 years, Russ. She has two young adult daughters. She finds great beauty in flowers and people unfolding, the sound and vastness of the ocean, the depth and breadth of art, the movement and invitations of music, the holy nourishment that comes from being around table with others.