Susannah Crolius, M. Div. (she/her/hers) is a spiritual director/companion, workshop and retreat leader, and creative practitioner (artist, writer, cook, program developer and ritual shaper). For nine years, she was the founder of art + soul, a local, physical incubator space intersecting the creative process and spiritual inquiry. art + soul has now been retired, and in early 2023, the Bone and Seed virtual community will launch.
An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ for over 25 years serving congregations, and Hospices as Chaplain, Bereavement Coordinator and Death Educator, Susannah chose to step away from denominational identity and institutional ministry to explore more generative forms of spiritual community and practice. In 2013, she received a grant to cultivate an innovative two-year project exploring the intersection of spirituality and creativity to expand the language of the spiritual life, deepen the practice of one’s faith and build authentic community. This project unfolded into the art + soul community, a virtual and in-person gathering place for seekers and creatives to be curious, questioning and imaginative together about our deepest stories.
Susannah leads workshops and retreats, and delivers programs for social service and community organizations, faith communities, educational institutions and national online events. Susannah is a member of Spiritual Directors International, the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and is completing an 18-month program with the organization Spirituality and Practice to be a Spiritual Literacy facilitator.
Susannah’s own spiritual practice is creating altars and shrines from found objects and making contemporary icons. She lives in Western Massachusetts in a house from 1812 with her partner Thom and their rescue dog Lucy.