Nancy Benben has been a Seeker her entire life, exploring many spiritual paths along the way. She believes that the desire to be in relationship with the Divine is the essence of spirituality, and that when we follow that desire, we are led to encounter the multifaceted heart of the Holy. Nancy has been a Spiritual Companion and teacher for many years at the Spiritual Life Center in West Hartford, CT. She has extensive training in using the Enneagram and Bio Spiritual Focusing as tools for spiritual direction and personal growth. A graduate of Northwestern University and Hartford Seminary's Women's Leadership Institute, Nancy leads workshops and retreats in the Enneagram and Spiritual Companioning. Nancy and her husband David live in Eastham, MA.
I am one of the Co-founders of Center for the Spiritual Journey, an Interspiritual Life Center of Cape Cod. I am a person who longs to deepen my connection with the Divine Presence and who values the companionship with others in a beloved community—a community who also yearns for a less violent, more loving, and compassionate world. I believe this is the urgent work of our times. Indeed, it is our mission.
I love to travel and helped to lead our Pilgrimages to Iona and Santa Fe. I find that the outward physical journey of a pilgrimage encourages the unfolding of our inner landscapes. I love to study and explore the larger questions that live inside of me—questions that have sent me to Seminary and a Master of Divinity Degree, on to Ordination and into Christian Ministry. I love the Labyrinth. In 2012, I partnered with Dawn Tolley and Kathe Rhinesmith and the local Clergy Association in building and gifting the town of Chatham with a labyrinth for its 300th Anniversary! I am an Advanced Veriditas Trained Labyrinth Facilitator and am currently serving as a Faculty member and a Board member of Veriditas, the non-profit spiritual and educational organization for the Labyrinth. Through Center for the Spiritual Journey and Veriditas I am so grateful to have an opportunity to teach others, and to be able to express these passions that light up my life. I am blessed with glimpses of the deeper Divine connection my spirit seeks, that the world seeks, —a Love that we so desperately need, a Love that unifies all paths and affirms our essential oneness.
Amanda MacGruer Davis spent her business career in marketing, advertising and publishing. Before retiring, she was publisher of Living in Stamford magazine. A Greenwich, CT native, Amanda has been actively involved as a volunteer in non-profits for over 35 years. A long-standing member of the Junior League of Greenwich, Amanda served in many leadership roles as well as serving as League President from 1992-1993. Amanda first joined the Board of Directors of the Greenwich Chapter of the American Red Cross in 1989, returned to them again in 2001 and served as Chairman of the Board 2003-06.
She has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Association of Human Services, YWCA of Greenwich, the Breast Cancer Alliance, and the United Way of Greenwich, where she and her husband, Bob, co-chaired the United Way Campaign for three years. Amanda and Bob retired to Chatham in 2018. Amanda is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Chatham Historical Society, a member of the Chatham Garden Club, the Women’s Club and the League Club of Cape Cod.
Rich Hunt has always been interested in the mind: how it works, how it shapes our experience, and how we can use it to diminish suffering. This led him to study psychology in school, and to read books about spirituality and metaphysics outside of school. Following these paths, Rich obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and practiced as a psychotherapist for 30+ years; he also moved from a rather intellectual interest in spirituality to practicing meditation and engaging in inquiry as a means to actualize some of the things that he had been reading about for many years. Rich retired from the practice of psychotherapy in 2011; he still aspires to help people find greater peace, greater contentment, and greater wisdom within themselves. “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” – Voltaire
Sue serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. She also currently works as a consultant and coach whose primary focus has been with individuals and organizations in transition.
She has held various leadership roles for both profit and non-profit organizations having served as the Chief Operating Officer for Community Connections serving developmentally disabled adults throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, National Sales Manager for TECA instruments (a division of Vickers Medical), a Marketing Manager for Beckman Instruments and the Director of the Neurophysiology Lab at the University of Colorado.
She was a founding member of the Bridgespan Non-Profit COO Network, a Professional Associate at Gestalt International Study Center, Chairperson of the GALE Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation and Unsung Heroine from the Mass Commission on the Status of Women. She majored in Physical Therapy at Boston University and received her business degree at Pepperdine University.
Tricia Kibbe serves on the Board of Directors as Board Chair. Tricia has spent her professional career in office management and administration. After finding the sacred meditation path of the labyrinth and becoming a Veriditas facilitator, her life journey dramatically changed. In 2001 she became a Founder and the Director of the Labyrinth Guild of New England, a small non-profit organization created to teach the history of the labyrinth and its uses now and in the past. From 1999 to 2019 she led a yearly Women’s pilgrimage to Chartres, France to visit the Cathedral, walk its labyrinth and experience being in a group of women in a sacred circle of sharing. She is now devoted to the mission of the Center for the Spiritual Journey, its community of Soul Friends and the call to transform ourselves and transform our world.
I am originally from Orchard Park New York. We have moved around quite a bit including seven years in England and the Netherlands. I have been an Episcopal Priest for 25+ years. Currently I am retired and working as Assisting Priest at Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans. I was on the Chatham Clergy group that gifted the town with our wonderful Labyrinth. I am also a Veriditas trained facilitator. I also have received training as a MBTI facilitator. I have been a member of the Thursday morning Meditation and book group since it began. I have also been a swim instructor for all ages, a swim coach, a Church librarian, ran and taught Sunday School, a church youth group leader, an Education for Ministry facilitator, helped design and run women’s retreats. I write poetry, love to sing, and bake. I quilt, weave Nantucket Baskets, and paint in oil and watercolor. They along with daily contemplation prayer/meditation are all a part of my spiritual practice and life. I am married with two married children and five grandchildren. I am honored to be a part of the Center for the Spiritual Journey and to serve on the board. This is my soul place and soul friends.
Dawn Tolley is a co-founder of the Center for the Spiritual Journey, and currently serves on the Board of Directors as Clerk. She spent over 20 years as a leader of a local non-profit, community activist and volunteer. She is also a certified professional coach. Dawn’s passion is experiencing life as a spiritual journey – a sacred journey, and a sacred responsibility. All the great spiritual and wisdom traditions teach us, as well as science, that all of life is interconnected. To invite people into this space to explore their inner and outer world; to become more self-aware, to heal and to take that out into our community, is a sacred privilege and responsibility. It is said, ‘The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.’ Now more than ever, we are being called forth to do the work of transforming ourselves… transforming our world”. Please join us, we need you, the world needs you!