In recent years, other terms like accompaniment, soul-friend, anam cara have become more popular to describe the ministry of spiritual direction and so the role is often referred to as guide, companion, or mentor.

The director is not a ‘guru’, but rather a seeker him/her self who has, as Marjorie Thompson says, ‘travelled some distance along the path of the Christian life’ and are themselves receiving spiritual direction.

Group of backpackers relaxing near campfire after a hard day, tourist background.