Vanessa Caruso is a spiritual director and supervisor based on Vancouver Island, Canada. She received a Master's degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership, then was part of CenterQuest's School of Spiritual Direction inaugural cohort, and she is now a mentor for the spiritual directors in training and also facilitates their month-long Introduction to Spiritual Direction course. Vanessa was delighted to complete Lacy Finn Borgo's 2-part Spiritual Direction with Children Course and then receive a few grants in 2021 to launch Little Bouquets: Spiritual Direction with Children & Youth. Vanessa received training in compassionate, contemplative, evocative supervision with Maria Tattu Bowen via Fordham University's stellar Advanced Certificate in Supervision program.
Vanessa meets regularly with a variety of directees and supervisees in both individual and group settings, and is a member of Spiritual Directors International. Two of the most formative books in her life are Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman, and Waiting for God by Simone Weil. She loves cold water and hot tub dips, store-bought cherry pie, and road trips to her hometown of Santa Barbara, California, with her husband of 19 years, Steven, their 9 year old son, Leo, and their dog Willow.