Ben Freeman

Who is BFree?

Ben Freeman (he/him/his) is an artist, educator, and interfaith chaplain/spiritual director from the San Francisco Bay Area who believes that nurturing the inner child is key to spiritual well-being and collective growth. His artistic work includes his forthcoming full-length album, Quiet Fury; his graduate school thesis, an interactive, mixed-media text called “The Child You Were and Are: An Interactive Playbook on Spirituality and Justice”; directing the world premiere staged reading of Jude Sylvan’s musical Beloved King; an epistolary book of collages that serve as meditations on sexual ethics; his 2015 EP, Providence; the full-length play, The Shape of the Entire; and the play that he wrote in the fifth grade, SHATTERED: A Drama in Two Acts, which he has facilitated as a performance piece in Providence, New York, Boston, and San Francisco. A founding member of the Glitter Goddess Collective, Ben also works as a freelance facilitator and spiritual director, creating interactive and playful experiential learning programs at the intersection of creative practice, nondenominational spiritual care, and anti-oppression work. Ben is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Divinity School and is completing his training as a Spiritual Director through Still Harbor.

What is spiritual direction/spiritual accompaniment?

Spiritual direction/spiritual accompaniment is a process of listening deeply for what you experience as sacred // divine // liberating // deeply alive and inviting more of that into your life. In monthly sessions, usually 45-60 minutes, we might explore this through conversation, meditation, prayer, silence, creative experiments, and shared experiences. My commitment as a companion is to follow your lead, do my best to create a space that is trustworthy and supports you to bring your full self to the relationship, and to hold what you share in confidence and with care. I strive to work with a proactive awareness of the role of religious trauma and trauma related to oppressive socialization; healing the impact of those realities on our own spiritual wellness and sense of belonging to ourselves and to the sacred is one of the foremost aims of this work. I am particularly passionate about working with artists and teachers and people that identify as religiously fluid and/or not traditionally religious, Jews, and queer people.

If you are interested in setting up a 30-minute consultation to explore the possibility of working together, please email me at ben.r.freeman@gmail.com.

If you are interested in spiritual direction but prefer to work with a spiritual director that identifies as BIPOC, Still Harbor and The Spiritual Directors of Color Network are two places to start.

Listen to my music below (also available on other streaming platforms):

See more samples of my work here:

Ben Freeman - Creative Deck - Master