About Anne Richardson

Anne Richardson, M.A. is a Board Certified Chaplain, Certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator, Certified Spiritual Director and poet based in Portland Oregon. Since 2009 she has worked in home hospice, coming alongside those at the end of life and their families and friends, creating space for them to weave their stores and listen to their own narratives with sacred intention. 

       Image by Doug Richardson

       Image by Doug Richardson

Anne earned a Masters of Art in Christian Education and her Certificate in Spiritual Direction from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Her chaplain certification is through the Association of Professional Chaplains. She has a certificate in Palliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty from CSU Institute of Palliative Care @ California San Marcos. Anne received her labyrinth facilitator training and certification through Veriditas, home of the labyrinth movement. Additional training includes two years at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center with one year as a fellow focusing on veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the deep loss that accompanies those who have been in combat or suffered other traumatic events.

Anne regularly participates in writing workshops, including through Portland Women Writers, where she is also a guest workshop facilitator. Her current project is compiling her own poetry for publication.

 

I am amazed by the stories entrusted to me by those in times of transition, whether that be the end of life journey, major life changes (death or illness of loved ones, exploring new concepts of the Holy, empty nest, divorce, retirement, etc.) or even gently uncovering and manifesting dreams and hopes.

My intention is to offer sacred space for others to nurture their voice, heal wounded places deep inside and create a non-judgmental and open environment to explore the life path unfolding before them. I offer this in both individual and group settings.

Because of my work in hospice, I also have a deep interest in grief and loss as it unfolds at all times in our lives, from birth to death, and reflecting on healthy ways to journey through grief.

My own transformational journey has led me to the power of poetry as a source of healing. I have had the honor of sitting in circles with those who “never wrote before,” but in safe space poured onto the paper words from the soul. Often as the writer shared them out loud, they were startled at what flowed onto the page. For some, it was the first time they had heard their “inner” voice. Though I draw on many tools in my work, use of poetry as a healing balm is one of my favorites. Through poetry I found my voice and I have heard the voice of others. It has forever changed me.
— anne