Mullen offers ‘spiritual direction’ at Soul’s Sanctuary

Carol Mullen of Farragut has found her calling, as she directs others to spiritual growth with her business, Soul’s Sanctuary Spiritual Direction in Farragut.

Mullen provides spiritual coaching, along with workshops and retreats for individuals, churches and businesses.

“I provide individual sessions at my home, and sometimes we meet out on the back patio,” she said. “It has a stream, so it really creates a serene, reflective environment.

“And sometimes I will even offer mini retreats for women there,” Mullen added.

“Spiritual direction is a sacred space I provide — that is non-judgmental and safe — for individuals to explore their spiritual journeys, their sacred stories.”

For example, “Oftentimes people come to me when they’re in a season of discernment or transition, feeling stuck or would simply like a trained companion to assist and guide them as they process their sacred journey,” Mullen said.

“You will be guided into a clearer awareness of the Divine’s presence and action in your life, allowing you to discern your unique identity and purpose,” she added. “Discovering your soul’s true home and authentic voice can seem complicated and confusing as many voices bombard us today.”

Spiritual direction is “really an ancient practice,” she said. “It’s been around, not just in religious settings, but in all different backgrounds.

“It’s kind of a space to slow down and process, where divine action and experiences are happening in their everyday lives, and they cannot be recognized,” Mullen added. “I can come to them, but generally, they come to me.”

Her own journey with spiritual direction started about 20 years ago when “I started experiencing an identity crisis … I researched and found out more about spiritual direction,” she recalled.

For a while, Mullen had been working with groups and individuals “to help them on their spiritual journey and then finally recognized it was a calling.”

Her training included a two-year spiritual direction program with a third year of training, most recently in Ignatian Accompaniment and Discernment. She has earned a life coach certificate and an art therapy degree, and has received still more training in leading retreats and workshops.

“I’ve been practicing for about eight years now, but I just now decided that it’s a business, not just a hobby,” Mullen said.

She is offering 30-minute Zoom sessions so participants can explore the spiritual direction process.

To book a session or retreat with Mullen, call 865-216-0407, e-mail or visit