What is Well for the Journey?
Well for the Journey is a nonprofit organization that encourages and supports spiritual wellness in a community of small groups of men and women. Our goal is to help people explore ways to integrate spirituality into their daily lives in a safe, inclusive space. In all that it does, the Well seeks to raise awareness about the importance of spirituality in helping people live into deeper and more meaningful lives. Our programs help to nourish and renew individuals from the inside out, enabling them to better care for the world around them. We are not associated with a specific religion or faith community.
Read our mission and vision. We are located at 400 W. Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson, MD.
What is spirituality?
At the Well, we define spirituality as the aspect of humanity that refers to the way that people:
- seek and express meaning and purpose,
- experience their connectedness to the significant or the sacred, and
- experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, and to nature
Spirituality generally includes one or more of the following: a belief in a power operating in the universe that is greater than oneself, a sense of interconnectedness with all living creatures, and an awareness of the purpose and meaning of life and the development of personal values. Spirituality is associated with hope, inner peace, compassion, and finding meaning. Spirituality is broader than religion; religion can be part of one’s spirituality, but that is not always so.
What if I'm not sure what I believe?
What types of programs does the Well offer?
Practical issues such as forgiveness, prayer, the busyness of everyday life, listening, compassion, life transitions, nature, suffering, grief, and kindness are all recurring themes in the Well’s programming. There are also programs ranging from mindfulness and meditation, to creative journaling and cosmology. Weekly small groups such as Women at the Well and the Horizons men’s group offer the opportunity to gather together for spiritual nourishment. In Group Spiritual Direction, men and women meet monthly, in groups of five or six, to listen for how God is present and working in their lives. The sharing for all programs stays in the group and remains confidential. See our event calendar for upcoming programs. Registration is required for all programs.
Please note: Participants will discover that Well programs require thoughtful self-examination and an ability to share and reflect within a group context. It is expected that participants will articulate and agree to group norms facilitated at the start of the program by the program leader.
The Well also offers Daily Faith emails during the week, a weekly e-newsletter, and a quarterly print newsletter, as well as a quarterly print program booklet with information on upcoming programs. You can sign up for our mailing list here or call us at 410-296-9355. We have an active Facebook page and we’re also on LinkedIn.
Does the Well offer individual or group therapy?
What is group spiritual direction?
Group spiritual direction is focused on spiritual companioning, meaning a small group develops a deeper sense of community and promises to pray for each other. In the gathering time, we are listeners and not advice givers or problem solvers. Group spiritual direction is a discernment model in that we are listening to how God is at work in our lives and we offer that to each other. As with all of our programs, the sharing stays in the group and remains confidential.
Please call us at 410-296-9355 for information on small groups for spiritual direction or for a list of spiritual directors.