A grass roots organization, Well for the Journey (the Well) was founded in 2002 by Mabeth Hudson and a group of people who felt called to offer an innovative way to tend to the spiritual dimension of life. There is so much coming at us all the time — news, deadlines, emails, phone calls, texts — that we forget about the source of love and wholeness that exists in our core being. We become disconnected from that Source (some may call God, Higher Power, nature, or another name) who exists within us and around us, loving us into wholeness. The Well provides classes and programs to help care for that neglected part of ourselves, wherever you are on your journey. The Well is not associated with a specific religion or church.
The Well has grown the same way we formed: through discernment (listening for and responding to God’s call), cultivating relationships and community, and mustering the courage to go where we are led. This is counter-cultural to the way that most of the world operates.
In terms of size and scope, with the help of our donors, volunteers, and staff, we began by renting a small classroom, offering five programs in the fall of 2002, and have grown to renting a warm, welcoming Victorian house which allows us to offer a wider array of programs – about 47 each year. Over 270 people are participating in our programs.
The Well prioritizes and supports inclusiveness and diversity. All are invited to attend our programs regardless of who they are and where they are on their journey. We have programs for men as well as women, for people who are just starting to explore spirituality and for people who have been at it for years, and for people who can’t afford to pay the full price of our programs. It’s important to remember that while some people’s spirituality is rooted in their religion, many others who come to the Well don’t have a specific religion that they adhere to. People come to the Well’s programs because they seek to live more meaningful, connected, abundant lives.
Each person is encouraged to come to the Well’s programs with a sense of humility, acknowledging that no one person or faith tradition has all the answers. In the community of small groups and classes, people can explore the spiritual journey together.
Well for the Journey relies largely upon volunteers and financial donations for its operations. Even with its ambitious program schedule, the Well has only four part-time employees. Board members and program leaders commit hours of volunteer time and energy to offer innovative small groups, classes, and resources.