Steve Tollestrup

         Spiritual Director



























Kia ora mai !

My name is Steve Tollestrup and I work as a Spiritual Director supporting and companioning with individuals, couples and groups to explore and deepen the experience of the sacred in their lives, ministry, work and world. 


Spiritual direction (also known as Spiritual Companioning) offers attentive support in discerning God's presence and the sacred in all of life. Spiritual Direction can help you reflect on your journey, broaden and deepen your spiritual path as you engage life with faith, curiosity, adventure, bravery and compassion.

I use a reflective and supportive style as well as creative and insightful contemplative strategies as a spiritual companion. I believe there is more value in having a lively curiosity with an open mind and adventuring heart, than fixed and unquestioning absolutes or dogma. I am available for anyone wanting to explore further the sacred in their lives.  


.​My charges for Spiritual Direction are based on 'koha' donation rather than a fixed fee. I'm available face to face, or via skype/messenger/ ZOOM for those outside Auckland and internationally. 

​Sound like you? You can contact me using the email below or phone me directly to discuss further and consider whether the Spiritual Direction I offer is valuable for your journey.

Warmly | Nga mihi nui

​Steve Tollestrup

64 (0) 210433686

"Thank you Steve. I find your direction and companioning always insightful. You help me to get and keep a deeper perspective." 

"Your support and practical insight connected with me more than I anticipated."

"Your approach to living in this world with radical purpose and loving-kindness absolutely spoke to me."



A bit more about me:

I have over thirty years’ experience in pastoral care. I studied theology at Laidlaw College receiving a Bth (hons) and later Spiritual Direction through Spiritual Growth Ministries. I am a member of the Association of Christian Spiritual Directors and appointed to its governing body. I also receive Spiritual Direction as well as have a strong commitment to ethical accountability through maintaining professional 


I maintain my own regular spiritual practice through contemplation, meditation and study and stay current and informed of current developments in spirituality and contemporary spiritual direction.

​I was previously the Executive Director of Industrial Chaplaincy for the Auckland Region as well as CEO of TEAR Fund NZ. I have served as an Elected Member of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board of Auckland Council. I attend City-side Baptist Church in Auckland and I am on its leadership team.


I’m married to a wonderful life companion. We have 4 awesome adult kids and 5 grandchildren and live on the bush-covered slopes of the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland.


Programmes , workshops and Events

Discovery is your retreat time; as a church, mission, youth group or community group. Discovery provides time out to explore what God might be saying to you. It's a time to reflect,  spiritually build as team, explore next steps, plan for the future or face a challenge. Working together with you I create your unique retreat experience. If required venue and catering can be arranged.​ Thinking of doing your own personal retreat? I'm available to meet daily with you either in person or through ZOOM. 

The Contemplative Pathways is  a workshop designed to introduce a variety of contemplative practices. Participants will safely have the opportunity to engage in a range of methods including: meditation, Ignatian reflection, mindful movement, centering prayer, creative arts lectio divina,  metta (loving-kindness).  Pathways is also available to individuals who want to develop and deepen  a particular contemplative path of interest

Throughout history, contemplatives, mystics and prophets have had an active concern for the poor and disadvantaged. In this participatory workshop we explore the themes of presence and deep spirituality that can be found in activism and the pursuit of justice, as well as contemplative tools for practice and response. It will be especially useful for those individuals, organisations and churches concerned for social and environmental justice  and who wish to explore further where spirituality and activism meet positively and constructively for tranformation and social change. Enquire by email for times when this workshop is available or contact me about providing this full day workshop for your church mission or organisation. 

Calendar 2021



Contemplative Pathways workshop : Nov 7th Titoki Retreat Centre Whakatane 

(Postponed to 2021 - dates to be advised)

The Contemplative Pathways workshop, is designed to introduce a variety of contemplative practices.

Participants will safely have the opportunity to engage in a range of practices including:

- meditation
- Ignatian reflection
- mindful movement
- centring prayer
- creative arts
- Lectio Divina
- Hesed/Metta (loving kindness)



Phone:07 308 6503

Workshop participant comments

"Thanks so much for your workshop. It was thought-provoking and informative from both an inward

and outward perspective."



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