Colette Lafia

Author & Spiritual Director

Colette Lafia

Author & Spiritual Director

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a spiritual companion for the journey

OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE DIVINE IS THE LOVE STORY WE ARE ALL LIVING.

The movement of our hearts towards Divine Love is the essence of our spiritual experience. It is my honor to accompany you on this profound journey into love—to offer you practices, prayers, and spiritual insights that will help you grow love-centered relationships with everyone and everything around you.

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Spiritual Direction

Work one to one with Colette in person or via Skype. Explore your hearts deepest desire for connection and union with the Divine. 

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In Person Retreats

Colette leads local retreats, workshops, and Days of Prayer.

Check upcoming dates and locations.

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Online Retreats

Seasonal online retreats. Topics cover finding comfort & joy in everyday life, living a life overflowing with Divine love, and more.

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BLOG POSTS

Comfort

April 23, 2008 | Comments Off on Comfort

Beginning… It was almost seven years ago that I started pondering the word, Comfort. I liked the word, the way it brought me ease from its simple sound. Comfort, I’d say to myself. That’s what I need. Tired and broken from disappointments and efforts, I began to seek comfort in my daily life. And so…

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Daily Living

April 22, 2008 | 1

Have you ever had enough of a day, but had to keep going? I hit that point at around lunchtime today. I wanted to stop talking, stop interacting with people, stop responding to demands. I wanted to shout: I’ve had enough. But that wasn’t a choice. So what could I do? I had to stretch…

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Listening

April 15, 2008 | Comments Off on Listening

Listen to another person without any pressure to give advice or solve a problem. Allow yourself to lean back, let go, and give the person plenty of room. Listening is enough. Sometimes all another person wants is the comfort of being listened to, without interpretation or interruption.

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Comfort

April 15, 2008 | Comments Off on Comfort

Imagine a thread connecting every human being. Connecting yourself to the web of life can provide comfort. We are not in each other’s way, but we are the way for each other. We are the sources of comfort for one another.

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Love

April 2, 2008 | Comments Off on Love

Are we always learning to love? I would say yes. There are always times when I need to forgive more, listen  more, and open my heart more. The capacity of love is great, and I humbly understand that I’ll never reach it. Love can always expand, always deepen, and always grow. It that way, love…

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Daily Living

March 30, 2008 | Comments Off on Daily Living

I am riding my bicycle through Golden Gate park, feeling my spirit coming alive in my body. There are moments of hesitation as I ride along. Oh, I might fall. I have the desire to ride with the wind, and in that desire for freedom, I meet my fears, of falling, of being hit by…

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BOOKS BY COLETTE

Seeking Surrender: How My Friendship with a Trappist Monk Taught Me to Trust and Embrace Life

Seeking Surrender

How My Friendship with a Trappist Monk Taught Me to Trust and Embrace Life

Published by Ave Maria Press, Spring 2015.

Order on Amazon or from your favorite bookseller today.

"In Seeking Surrender, Colette Lafia challenges our notion of surrender, inviting us to see it as a path of opening to the fullness of life. Her spiritual companion, a Trappist Monk from the Abbey of Gethsemani, encourages and guides her towards deeper trust along her journey in a series of letters shared over years. A beautiful and honest book."  – Fr.Richard Rohr,O.F.M.

Comfort & Joy: Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others

Comfort & Joy

Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others

Purchase the book with new journaling tips included on Amazon or from your favorite bookseller today.

Awarded “One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2008” by spirituality and practice.com

“In her book Comfort and Joy, Lafia’s warm prose knits a cozy tapestry of vignettes, observations, affirmations, and gentle questions covering the simple ways we can care for others and ourselves.” Janet Boyer, author of New Year, New You.

SACRED PRACTICES

I invite you to read some of my recent blog posts on cultivating  Sacred Practices.

TESTIMONIALS

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Victoria

Canada

“Thank you Colette and others for sharing this retreat. I found it a wonderful touchstone through a busy time. It was delivered in such an accessible, sweet way. Having participated in the Living School myself, I found that your summaries and integration of the material was profound for me. Thank you. I was challenged to really create enough space to go as deeply as this deserved. A life-long challenge. I could have spent a day on each session. Please keep sharing your gift Colette.”

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Annie

San Francisco

"This has been a beautiful, personalized, compassionate and meaningful retreat for me! I was able to slow down and get in touch with Christ who is in me! Colette your topics and the pace you set for us led us deeper into ourselves! I thank you! I intend to keep re-reading all of this over and over in order to hopefully keep me in this wonderful, peaceful place!"

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Judith

Berkeley

"I found myself opening again to both receive and give with open arms, knowing that in whom I live and move and have my being. I have regained the habit of prayerful living which allows the Divine. Thank you Colette. This is just what I needed in my life at this time."

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Audrey

England

"Thank you Colette for allowing me to join your Retreat. It has blessed my soul. I found the demonstration on Centering prayer so very helpful & will keep using it. I so enjoyed Thomas Keating's interview, finding him very real. The simplicity of his life and faith was an inspiration. I have ended your Retreat with the words of that lovely Hymn on my heart, ' Love Divine all Loves excelling' It is the prayer I close this Retreat with. Thank you."

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Paula

Minneapolis

"One of the graces I received during this retreat is that of keeping my focus on Divine Love. Receiving this Divine Love deep into my bones, and knowing that in first receiving it as the reality that it is actually more real than anything else, I can then reflect it more easily to all I encounter! Thank you so much Colette for enhancing and expanding my experience of Divine Love through this retreat."

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Laurel

California

"I am grateful for the grace of growing closer to the Beloved as I have experienced how deep, high, long & wide is this divine love. It is expansive, limitless, and eternal love! The Beloved is delighted to place His/Her hands on my heart, to fill me with compassion, to heal my hurts and sorrows, and to share this love between us. Being filled, I am amazed how much divine love flows out! Thanks and Blessings of love to you, Colette, and to all who have shared this retreat."

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Lisa

Anaheim

"Thank you, Colette. I now have more clarity on the difficulty of my transition. I have left this workshop with two symbols to contemplate. Great workshop. Thank you for your facilitation over the the group. You are simply wonderful."

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Krista

California

"Wonderful retreat. Colette is great. I really like the gentle and easy way she led us. Love the art project. Love not having an agenda and her suggestion at the beginning to just relax and go with it. I like that this retreat led us somewhere—had content and worked toward deeper insights and meaning. Really liked Colette’s style of facilitation. Please offer it again! I’d love to bring friends."

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San Francisco, CA

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CONTACT Colette

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LOCATION

San Francisco, CA

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