Kardia Formation

Strengthening Spirit – Releasing Potential

Kardia Spirituality Team


Natalie Houlihan IBVM (Associate Spiritual Director)

Formed as spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition Natalie is a Loreto sister who enjoys people, nature and the opportunity to work across cultures.  In more recent times Natalie has lived and worked in Timor Leste and is now involved in the spiritual formation and leadership development of tertiary students at St Mary’s College, University of Melbourne.


Colleen JColleen Johnson (Associate Spiritual Director)

Having completed the Arrupe Program in Melbourne, Colleen is a spiritual director, formed in the Ignatian tradition. She is interested in creating an on-line spiritual community, with widespread access to spiritual direction, retreats and nurturing for the soul.

Colleen’s formation as a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition places a strong emphasis on discernment – a way of choosing your highest good. As you pay attention to what draws you to the fullness of life and what moves you away from it, what frees you to be the most authentic version of yourself and what inhibits you, what empowers you to live your own truth and what disempowers you; you can begin to make choices that are in alignment with your soul.


Marlene5Dr Marlene Marburg 

Marlene is a poet and a spiritual director and was formed as a spiritual director in the Arrupe Program, Melbourne, Australia. Marlene has twelve years experience engaging with the Spiritual Exercises, spiritual direction and the formation of spiritual directors at Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality, and as a Senior Lecturer and Director of Student Formation at Sentir Graduate College of Spiritual Formation, and now at Kardia Formation.


RachelRachel McLoughlin

Rachel is a Loreto Sister living in Melbourne originally from South Australia.  She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy, a Masters in theology (from YTU) and is a graduate of the Arrupe program being a giver of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius with a Graduate Diploma in Spiritual direction (YTU) and qualifications in supervision of Ignatian spiritual directors.

She is passionate about spiritual direction with a particular focus on leadership formation in the Catholic Health network.  She is very involved in the preparation for the 2020 Plenary Council of the Australian Catholic Church as a member of the discernment and writing group for a ‘Healing, Humble and Merciful Church’.

Rachel is currently offering spiritual direction and supervision online to various leaders on the front line in our catholic hospital networks.

Dr JuliMitchelle Mitchell (Associate Spiritual Director)

Julie is a spiritual director and educator. She was formed as a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition in the Heart Wisdom Program at Kardia Formation, Melbourne. She has worked as a secondary teacher in Victorian schools, a curriculum writer and consultant nationally and a teacher educator at the University of Melbourne. Julie has a passion for poetry, photography and music and seeks to integrate these into spiritual direction and retreat spaces.


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Dr Bernadette Miles

Bernie trained in spiritual direction and theology after twenty years of computer consulting and business management and has a special interest in formation of apostolic leadership and applying the concepts of Ignatian Spirituality to organisational development.