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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen to my music below (also available on other streaming platforms):