Story of Heather Makowicz
I warmly invite you to learn a little bit about me…
One of my deepest privileges over the years has been to accompany individuals and small groups integrating a life of faith with our natural human experiences, both broken and blessed.
Being in Spiritual Direction for over 15 years has been one of the most transformative experiences in my life, both with my relationship with God as well as others. In 2011, together with my Spiritual Director and others close to me, I was led to discern a vocation as a Spiritual Director myself. It has been a privilege to offer Spiritual Direction and Contemplative Retreats within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and extending to the Mid-North Atlantic Regions.
Later In 2018, with the support of many, I was blessed to have founded Peak Encounter Ministries, a non-profit, Catholic- Christian organization under the approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Beginning with radical hospitality, we offer outdoor adventure and contemplative retreats integrating Scripture, prayer, and fellowship through the wisdom of the saints.
I am a member of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association (ESDA) through Grafted Life Ministries and Seek Direction. In October 2022 I completed training to be a Spiritual Direction Supervisor through The Lanteri Center of Ignatian Spirituality and now offer this training.
On a personal note, I have been joyfully married for 29 years and am mother of two young adult sons and a high school daughter. They are the joy of my life and a gift for which I am truly grateful to God. My oldest son, born at 23 weeks gestational age, was born with multiple special needs, so I am no stranger to complex, challenging situations. Though the journey has not been easy, I can honestly say the Lord’s hand has been in our lives through and through. I have witnessed miracles of both physical and deep, inner healing with my family, community, and within myself.
I look forward to connecting with you, wherever you are in your faith journey!
May our God bless you always,
Heather Makowicz CSD, LSW, MSW
The Lanteri Center of Ignatian Spirituality, Spiritual Direction Supervision Course
The Lanteri Center, Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Specialization in Ignatian Spirituality
Neumann University, Certificate in Spiritual Direction
LSW ( Licensed Social Worker) SW-011847-L
Norfolk State University, Master’s in Social Work, Clinical Concentration
Towson University, BS in Psychology, Clinical Concentration
Additional Specialized Training
Basic Training - HeartSync Ministries
EMDR Trained – River’s Edge Institute
Theology of the Body – Theology of the Body Institute
Physical Healing & Inner Healing I Certificates - Global School of Supernatural Healing
School of Healing Prayer - Levels 1, 2, 3 - Christian Healing Ministries
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
General Christian Spiritual Growth
Ignatian Spirituality - The Spiritual Exercises
Discernment and Decision-making
Connecting with and Building a Deeper Relationship with Jesus
Inner Healing and Freedom with/in Jesus Christ
Heather Makowicz, a Certified Spiritual Director and Therapist, is committed to protecting the privacy of her directees/clients and site visitors. She does not sell, trade, or rent your personal information or email addresses to others. The information collected from her directees/clients is used only for the purpose of keeping them informed about her services.
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