Caprice Applequist

Hi there! I'm Caprice Applequist. Spiritual direction has given me a space to practice deeply listening to people and to walk alongside people in their spiritual journeys. These are things I've always loved to do. Discovering the practice of spiritual direction has felt like coming home. I hope to get to meet you and offer you sacred space where we can both see how God is moving. 

I hold bachelors degrees in Communication and Intercultural Studies. I moved to California to get my Master's of Divinity from Gateway Seminary. The final course of my education has been a two year training program in spiritual direction at The Journey Center Santa Rosa with an emphasis in contemplative retreat leadership. I'm a registered spiritual director with ESDA (Evangelical Spiritual Directors' Association).

I am a committed Christian. My life centers around my faith. Yet one of my favorite things is to spend time with people who believe differently from me. I like to be a bridge between different worlds--traditional and progressive Christians, Muslims and Christians, contemplative and evangelical. I believe the world is richer when we all share life. Spiritual direction has been transformative in my life and I hope it can do the same for you!

Caprice Applequist

Caprice Applequist

Caprice Applequist

Caprice Applequist

Caprice Applequist

Caprice Applequist

Caprice Applequist

Caprice Applequist

I've had a few life changing events in my life. The first was living in Kashmir, India for five months during college. During this time I found a love for sharing life across cultures. Few things have grown my faith more than my relationships with my Muslim friends. I have sought to have these relationships ever since, and I am happy to have been welcomed by that community in San Francisco. As a part of my spiritual direction internship, I saw two Muslim women as their spiritual director. I'd love to have more chances for this! 

The second was moving to California. I grew up in Kansas, so the Bay Area has presented me with many different adventures, from the ever-present struggle to afford to live here (for anyone!), to the many experiences available in such a diverse place! I called the Bay Area home for nearly nine years!

The final one was discovering spiritual direction. Contemplative prayer brought new life to my tired religious life. Offering direction gave me a format for loving people the way Jesus loves them--unconditionally and with a kind listening ear. 

Those who firm up their own edges and identity too quickly without finding their center in God and in themselves will normally be the enemies of ecumenism, forgiveness, vulnerability, and basic human dialogue. Their identity is too insecure to allow any movement in or out and their “Christ” tends to be very small, tribal, and “just like them.”

Richard Rohr

Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer

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