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.

Work with Colette

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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.

Broken and Whole: Finding Our Way to Compassion, Comfort & Joy
October 5-18th, 2020
Deepening Gratitude: Appreciating the Divine Presence Within All Things
November 9- 15, 2020

Dwelling in the Heart

I invite you to hear God whispering these words to you, "Welcome welcome. Come as you are." Opening the heart. Allowing yourself to be just as you are. Feeling the way the breath inhabits your whole body. A 6-minute Guided Meditation created for you with love.

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Comfort

March 30, 2008 | Comments Off on Comfort

Pillow I place my pillow in the perfect spot under my head and sink into its softness. My pillow is a nightly source of comfort. It is a trusted friend that hears my bedtime whispers as I say goodnight to my husband and quietly say a prayer of gratitude for the day. Ever since I…

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Surrender

March 25, 2008 | Comments Off on Surrender

Some days I have the sensation of pressure slowly boiling inside me. How can I release this feeling? What is it to surrender in subtle ways — to touch my back against the rest of a chair, to relax my arms and give someone a hug, to place a plate on the dinner table with…

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Love

March 22, 2008 | Comments Off on Love

I’m reading a book about caring for plants to a group of second grade students. “What do plants need to live and grow?” I ask them. The students tell me what they know, how plants need water, soil, sunshine. At the end of the discussion, a girl with a cheery round face shoots up her…

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Faithfulness

March 16, 2008 | Comments Off on Faithfulness

The day begins with breakfast. Breakfast can be toast — toast with peanut butter, toast with cheese, toast with butter and strawberry jam. Breakfast can be a soft boiled egg. Breakfast always has fruit — grapefruit, melon, banana. A fruit salad is always an added specialty. Breakfast always has coffee or tea. Faithfulness is my…

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Self Care Reflection

March 15, 2008 |

Lately, the way I am craving self care is to have unstructured time. I like to have an hour, half a day, or even a whole day, in which I have no plans or expectations on myself. It is comforting to deeply listen to myself, and listen to what I am needing right now. The…

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Everyday Spirituality

March 6, 2008 | Comments Off on Everyday Spirituality

Compassion. I am sitting at the table in the kitchen and my husband walks into the room rubbing his eyes. I’m tired today, he moans. I am reading something, but in a split second I make the decision to stop. He’s weary. The day-to-day demands can make us weary. I stand up and give him…

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BOOKS BY COLETTE

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The Divine Heart

Seven Ways to Live In God's Love

Forthcoming April 2021 from Monkfish Book Publishing

Spiritual director Colette Lafia tells us that at the core of our being there is an ever-flowing love relationship with God, and it’s here we find meaning in our lives.

Beautifully expressed, with examples and awakenings from the author’s own journey, The Divine Heart offers seven “invitations,” principles of spiritual practice that awaken us to the ever-abundant flow of Divine love.

"During these turbulent times, we need the steadying voice of feminine wisdom more urgently than ever. In this luminous book, spiritual guide Colette Lafia offers the fruits of her tenderly cultivated inner life to feed people of all genders who thirst for a direct encounter with the embodiment of love, which she recognizes as our own true nature."
--- Mirabai Starr, translator of John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, author of Wild Mercy

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

INVITE COLETTE

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