>> BRIAN BARD,
LIFE COACH & SPIRITUAL GUIDE
I help clients live lives of purpose.
I'm Brian Bard (he/him), a Life Coach and Spiritual Guide with services in Minneapolis, St. Paul, the greater Twin Cities MN area, and online.
I'm a companion to clients as they connect with their true selves and their own inner wise guidance. I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups of all beliefs, bodies, and backgrounds in a wide variety of issues - see common ones below. Each person has a unique, individualized process of finding meaning in life, and I offer steady presence and fresh insight on the journey. From the beginning to the end of our process together, we focus on you growing in freedom and wholeness.
Phone: (952) 856-7321
Location: appointments are currently online,
but I can discuss other location options in the initial consult
WHAT I WORK ON WITH CLIENTS
Clients come to me with many kinds of spiritual and life concerns, but here are some common ones, including links to blog posts with more info:
In general, connecting with your soul, getting un-lost in life, and finding your sacred purpose
Seeking after your true calling and vocation
Navigating difficult decisions and life transitions, healing, and grief: loss of career, community, or partnership; loss of a loved one; mental/physical health, sobriety, burnout, or aging challenges; a wholesale falling apart of the life you’ve known; etc.
Religious deconstruction and spiritual reconstruction – moving away from a religious community, toward a different one or the unknown, and redefining or questioning your beliefs
Seeking hope amidst despair about the planet and the future
Men/male-identified spirituality and personal growth, holistic masculinity
>> WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO WORK WITH ME
Deep Soul accompaniment
We'll encounter the truest, deepest, wisest version of you.
Accompaniment is the art of holding maximum space for a client’s heart experience. Here I rely on open-ended questions, poetic observations, and sheer soulful presence to invite people to hear the quiet voice within.
I draw from my training in the Soul Friend (Anam Cara) Program through the Celtic Center of Seattle, where I obtained my certification as a Spiritual Director. I also draw on Depth (Jungian) and Existential (Franklian) Psychology.
We'll get you swept up in the exciting, risky, wild adventure that is your life.
Coaching is the art of tapping into the power of a client's mind and body to create the life they were meant to live. Here I lend helpful creative structure to a client’s growth process.
I draw on a variety of tried-and-true frameworks, illuminating the recurring touchstones we all encounter on life’s spiritual path. I help clients keep commitments to changes they want to make, and help them pursue the next horizon of self-discovery.
I am an ethics-abiding member of Spiritual Directors International, and carry insurance through American Professional Agency, Inc.
"Brian has been a true "anam cara" (soul friend) on my spiritual journey, walking with me patiently and insightfully through seasons of transition, grief, flourishing, and difficulty. His capacity to hold the width and breadth of my story while offering me fresh encouragements, heartfelt resonance, and illuminating questions along the way has been a quite literal godsend."
"Brian helped me structure and execute a solo Vision Quest in the Arizona desert. He was a beautiful advisor who centered his advice on my experience, and offered guidance according to the lessons and questions I was seeking. I felt so lucky to have him as a mentor for this journey I pursued; When I completed three days of fasting and praying, he was my first call."
"Brian provided a safe, non-judgmental space for me to explore my doubts, fears, and biggest questions, while offering spiritual context that allowed me to hold all of those things with compassion and redirect my focus to cultivate a greater, multi-layered perspective. He suggested practices that helped me zoom out and get out of the way, which deepened my connection to the present moment, the more-than-human world, the mysterious forces at play.
I appreciated having the time set aside with Brian to keep me accountable in my commitment to discovering more about my soul's purpose. His questions helped bring more clues to light and maintain a stronger curiosity beyond our conversations. Instead of watching TV or scrolling on my phone, our sessions got me excited to read books about mythology, do dreamwork with friends, meditate, or journal — at first so that I would have something to discuss with Brian, and then because it became routine.
Brian has a way of reaching people where they are and making gentle suggestions that invite you to see things differently. The biggest thing I got was not new knowledge, but continuous reminders of the truth I already knew that so often gets buried by everyday life. The spiritual path takes courage so it's immensely helpful to have a partner encouraging you to stay the course. I'm grateful to have Brian along with me on my journey.