Sarah Bowen

Explore the intersections of animals and spirituality in Sarah Bowen’s forthcoming book Sacred Sendoffs: An Animal Chaplain’s Advice for Surviving Animal Loss, Making Life Meaningful, & Trying to Heal the Planet. And listen to her podcast with Rabbi Rami.

Bowen is an animal chaplain, multifaith spiritual educator, and award-winning author of Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective & Higher Purpose. As a member of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary’s faculty, Spiritual Directors International, the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, and several recovery communities, she supports all beings regardless of their species or belief system. Bowen is also a co-founder of Compassion Consortium, the first interfaith, interspiritual, and interspecies spiritual community. Connect at or follow her on Instagram @modernreverend.

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A Spiritual Approach to Pest Management

Practice interspecies ethics with humane bug catchers and mousetraps, underhood …

Contemplating the Festively Feathered

This holiday season is for the birds.

Mindful Lessons From Hummingbirds

For one, it’s possible to be slow and fast at the same time.…

Mindful Decisions for Critically Ill Pets

How do we choose on behalf of another being and make sound decisions when we’re …

How Do You Mother Your Mother?

How the divine feminine, car washes, snarky t-shirts, and senior care advisers c…

Sustainable Activism for Animal Lovers

Self-care tools for people who advocate for the more-than-human world.

Becoming Moon-imals

What might we gain from considering ourselves in the same way, affected by both …

Benefits of Catnip … For Humans Too!

Repel mosquitos, chill out, and get a good night’s sleep with catnip.

How Do We Pray for Animals?

Interspecies healing practices include prayer circles and shawls.

Queer Spirituality

Tips From LGBT+ Reverends for Living Out Loud and Proud All Year Long

The Spiritual Meaning of Slow Travel

Is the Universe Telling You to Brake for a Break?

Noah Time Like Today

Sometimes you just need an Egyptian vulture named Bob to lead you in the right d…

Surviving the Pain of Pet Loss

Tips for Tackling Grief From an Animal Chaplain

Iwígara: Embracing the Spirituality of Plants

Thinking of botanical entities as relatives, what might we learn from connecting…

Superpowering Mental Wellness

Wisdom from Sharon Blady, a Proud Geek Grrrl and the Former Health Minister of Manitoba

May the Force Be With You!

Blessing Practices for Aspiring Jedis and Other Spiritual Seekers

What the Cicadas Can Teach Us About Sex & Sacredness

We experience the cicadas’ life cycle as sound, sex, then silence. The coming br…

An Animal Rosary

A new way to pray that combines an ancient tool and a modern perspective.

Delightful and Bear-able Sabbath Practices

Tap into the Sabbath practices of a hibernating bear. Unplug, rest ... and just …

3 Compelling Reasons to Rethink How You Use Eggs

Springtime practices for decreasing health risks and increasing spiritual connec…

Easter for Earth Lovers

Practices for Resurrecting Plant Life and Wild Beings

For the Love of Guinea Pigs

How to Celebrate the First-Ever Guinea Pig Awareness Week

Is Godzilla Your Power Animal?

Reclaiming the Strength of Your So-Called Monsters

Walking the Divine Fido

How Dogs Can Help Us Heal and Inspire Prayerful Practices

Journaling Animalia

A Sacred Writing Practice

Be Squirrely

Giant squirrels, giant lessons? Animal chaplain Sarah Bowen explores what squirr…

Seeking Unity

Three Books to Inspire “Justice for All”

4 Practices to Embrace Blue Spirituality

Water is more than a resource. Water is a life-bringing entity, via aqua. Embrac…

What’s Your Animal Sign?

A Fun Interspecies Approach to Astrology

Is It Time for a Robopet?

How Animatronic Animals are Helping Cure Loneliness

A Playlist For Nervous Cats

Can Music Help Your Pet’s Body/Mind/Spirit Connection?

This New Year’s Eve, Try Årsgång: A Year Walk

A Swedish Ritual for Divining Your Future

3 Must-Try Practices for Book Lovers

Tsundoku, Jólabókaflóð, and Quaestio Divina

Visioning a Re-NEW-able Year

This year, turn to the first known resolution makers—the ancient Babylonians—for…

Embracing Enchantment

Look beyond Santa and enjoy inspiration from elves, the fae, and other not-so-hi…

Reinventing the Season of Advent

A sacred practice for stay-at-home holidays

Planning a Heart-Centered Thanksgiving

Three Ideas for Heart-Centered Gatherings and a Compassionate Thanksgiving

Winter Is Coming: Prepare Your Pandemic Pup

A puppyhood coach and pack therapist explains how to ease the transition from fa…

Praying the Animal Rosary

Find solace in an animal rosary practice that invokes blessings on our furry, fi…

Black Cats: Reclaiming the Sacred Feline

Halloween and the season of black cats is a good time to examine our misplaced b…

Cultivate Your Spiritual Sweet Tooth

Munching through the Halloween and Christmas holidays alone, Americans consume o…

Animal Mystics

How can we live in sacred relationship with the more-than-human world?

A Halloween-Time Practice for Finding Balance

Feeling off-kilter? This simple and powerful practice can bring you out of your …

Dos and Don'ts of Holistic Digestion for Your Animal Companion

Keep your four-legged family members from developing digestive issues by followi…

12 Reasons to Yawn Every Day

Is a yawn simply a silent scream for coffee or is it something more? Understand …

The WTF Prayer

A creative ritual for tackling anger

Roosters Rule: Finding Purpose Through Animal Rescue

Read how a rescued rooster is tackling climate change and spreading kindness, pl…

4 Lessons on Forgiveness From a Rescue Dog

Maggie the Wunderdog was shot, attacked, and left for dead, but, thanks to a res…

Faux Paws: Common Sayings Animal Lovers Should Avoid

Thingifying animals is a thing (Sure! I'll be your guinea pig!)—and words matter…

4 Animal-Inspired Tips for Better Sleep

If you're looking for ways to naturally sleep better at night, where better to l…

Animal Divina

Books We Love: Sarah Bowen

3 Nature-Based Practices for Battling Zoom Fatigue

How greening your space, petting your animal bestie, and taking a break to walk …

Reiki for Stressed-Out Cats

Got a stressed-out cat? Here is everything you need to know about reiki for cats…

What’s Your Doggie’s Dosha?

Ayurvedic Wisdom and Wellness Tips for Dogs (and Their Humans)

The Spiritual Side of S’mores

The S’more You Know

How to Sleep Better in 15 Minutes

A Sacred Norse Practice

LGBTQ+ Animal Pride

"Let’s bring to light the stunning diversity of life on Earth. Welcome to Animal…

Wizard of Paws’ Derrick Campana on Saving Our Pets

Wizard of Paws' Derrick Campana “is proving a healthy and happy life is possible…

Is Your Feline Sending Divine Signs?

“Are cats on their own spiritual paths to enlightenment?” Here are four divine s…

Wild Lovingkindness: Creating Mettā Connections

“That's so meta.” ... From self-reflective to the Buddhist mettā (cultivating be…

The Power of Fierce Singing

“Whether we are singing alone as an outlet for our personal anger or raising our…

Got Gökotta?

This Swedish practice will start your morning on the right note.

5 Spiritual Lessons We Learn From Cats

Cats are spiritual—or at least they can help us be spiritual. Here are five less…

Pets and Coronavirus: What We Need to Know

The news that a tiger in the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19 is raising q…

6 Sustainable Gardening Tips for Animal Lovers

A Truly Organic Garden Pays Careful Attention to all Creatures Who Live Nearby

#MooToo: Why We Should Rethink Drinking Cow’s Milk

Joaquin Phoenix very publicly pointed the spotlight on inter-species entitlement…

How I Became an Animal Chaplain (and Why It Matters)

Sarah Bowen shares ways humans can rebalance their relationship with the rest of…

Roadside Blessings: Conscious Driving Practices for Animal Lovers

“Roadkill breaks my heart because we act as if we have no responsibility. We may…

May the Fork Be With You

My four-legged roommates Buba-ji and Deacon are not happy with me today. They we…

Book Review: Spiritual Rebel

"Bowen is adept at taking complex ideas from a variety of ancient and modern sou…