About the Journey Center
Welcome! I am Joanna Quintrell, the director of Journey Center Online. When I was the director of the Journey Center located in Santa Rosa, California, I loved to greet the people who came through the door… and now I am delighted to also greet you, as you have found your way to the front door of THIS Journey Center, located right here online.
As you come in and begin to explore the various “rooms” of Journey Center Online, you will discover that we offer sacred space and contemplative resources for your spiritual journey…and even community and companionship, if you desire.
You are welcome here…
Come as you are, encounter the Holy…and see what happens!
How We Began
Who We Are Today
Since 2014, a larger vision has been unfolding as we are contacted by people from all over the world who are being called to birth something similar in their communities. A woman wrote to us and said, “I live on a tiny island off the coast of Scotland; how I wish we had a Journey Center here.” We have never forgotten her wish and today we gratefully offer Journey Center Online so that the spiritually thirsty everywhere can access resources and experiences for that deeper encounter with the Holy.
Our Seven Core Values
We are each on a journey of learning to live in authentic relationship with ourselves, others and the Holy One. The resources we offer to support you on that journey are rooted in our seven core values. Click on each box below to learn more.
Stories of Transformation
Frederick Buechner wrote these beautiful words….
“It is absolutely crucial… to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present.”
Here you will find stories from people who have said “yes” to the invitation to Come as you are, Encounter the Holy and See What Happens! As you read and listen to how God is present in the stories of others, may you be inspired to also say “yes” to this invitation.
Upon reflection I can speak of an experience characterized by a slow undoing over time, an undoing of assumptions, conclusions, attitudes and beliefs established on insufficient grounds long ago and by a gentle cracking open of the heart.
At the Journey Center, I have found deep community with people who are seeking to experience the Holy and to allow the Spirit to transform their lives.
The Journey Center has meant so much to me. Not just the community and fellowship but the practices of the Enneagram, spiritual direction and Lectio Divina have awakened me to God’s healing and loving presence and this experience has been truly transforming.
Spiritual Direction has helped me to recognize the heart of the contemplative living within me and develop spiritual practices that have helped nurture that heart. My directors have given me the tools to view, process and navigate my journey.