Paul Kimmerling is a workshop/retreat leader, spiritual director (certificate 2011, Haden Institute) and ordained minister (American Marriage Ministries). He offers individual and group guidance using a blend of wisdom and practices from several traditions - Christian, 12-Step and Eastern. Though affiliated with the Episcopal Church, he works with those from various faith traditions, and those with none.
Paul is not a travel agent or a tour guide. In the USA, the role of spiritual director has traditionally been filled by priests, brothers and sisters of religious orders, but in the last few decades many lay people have felt called to fill this role. As a spiritual director, Paul helps others attend to their spiritual journeys through regularly scheduled individual conversations and group retreats. For groups in Assisi, he creates and leads workshops and retreats on spiritual topics including the spirituality of Alcoholics Anonymous, photography, and St Francis and St Clare.
Paul created Journeys to Assisi as a way for others to explore the powerful questions he heard on his own pilgrimages to Assisi, in 2008 and 2010. His inaugural retreat in Assisi, “Live the Questions: A Journey with Francis and Clare”, has been offered successfully for 5 different groups from 2013-2018.
Paul is a grateful member of AA. He finds a beautiful complimentarity between the wisdom of St. Francis and that of the 12-steps. Paul has led many recovery retreats including “The Spirituality of Sponsorship”, “Praying the 12-step Prayers”, “Forgiveness” and “Awareness, Acceptance and Action” at locations such as the LGBT Center, NY; Little Portion Friary, Long Island; and the Paramus Men’s Retreat Group, New Jersey.
Paul's photography practice took on new life in 2013 during a particularity difficult transition. Challenging himself to look beyond his usual expectations and habits of seeing, he found new ways to express his creativity. You may read more in this article:http://braidedway.org/living-without-grasping-the-insight-of-gratitude-photography/
Paul has offered photography workshops at various venues including Holy Cross Monastery, Little Portion Friary, Community of St John the Baptist, and the High Line. He conducted an online photography retreat on Facebook.
Paul is Board President of the Companions of Mary the Apostle (CMA), “…an emerging community rooted in the Episcopal Church, spilling beyond its borders”. http://companionsofmarytheapostle.org/