Sarah Bowen is an animal chaplain, multifaith educator, and award-winning author of Sacred Sendoffs: An Animal Chaplain’s Advice for Surviving Animal Loss, Making Life Meaningful, & Trying to Heal the Planet and other books. She teaches interspecies mindfulness practices, helps humans survive the pain of animal loss, and advocates for exploited and endangered species. You can often find her huddled over wildlife struck by cars, giving them a sacred sendoff.
Bowen is co-founder of Compassion Consortium, the first interfaith, interspiritual, and interspecies spiritual community, where she directs the Animal Chaplaincy Training Program. Also a member of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary’s faculty, the International Society for Anthrozoology, and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, she strives to support all beings regardless of their species or belief system. Follow her on Instagram @modernreverend.
Nature Poetry as Spiritual Practice
My Top 4 Book Recommendations
Attending to Your Pet’s Body After Death
Exploring Cremation and Aquamation
A Pre-Spring Sun Meditation
Combat winter malaise with celestial contemplation—practice this meditation to h…
Ode to a Hollywood Mountain Lion
Our animal chaplain mourns the death of a famous mountain lion, and shares lesso…
Trauma Stewardship Tips for Animal Lovers
How to Maintain Balance in a Heartbreaking World
Sacred Space Crashing
A Reading List for Respectfully Visiting Spiritual Places
Aging With Cats and Dogs
Our resident animal chaplain explores the complexities of mortality as it regard…
Helping At-Risk Cats—and Incarcerated People
Time with our feline friends can be deeply nourishing. Explore how one program i…
Funeral for a Mouse
Our animal chaplain share what it's like to choose compassion for the smallest o…
A Centering Prayer for Cephalopods and Marine Mammals
Bringing Water Creatures Into Our Awareness
Ultra Gratitude: A Thanksgiving Practice for Animal Lovers
Explore more compassionate ways to eat and be this Thanksgiving—starting with wh…
A Silent Yoga for Personal and Planetary Wellness
About That Walrus in My Creche Set …
Our resident animal chaplain offers her musings on an eclectic nativity scene. …
How to Extend Grace to All Creatures
Can Trees Help Us Face Mortality?
Barbara Becker Shares on Living Mindfully With the End in Mind
An Easy Meditation Practice for You and Your Dog
Practicing interspecies mindfulness can help us increase the ability to live in …
A Day in the Life of an Animal Chaplain
A glimpse at what it's like spiritually supporting animals (and the humans who l…
Bee-ing Here Now: Lessons From Honey Bees
What spiritual lessons can we glean from pollinators? Our resident animal chapla…
Instead of traveling to distant spiritual sites, what we if we found such sanctu…
An Ethical Obligation to Ticks?
Ticks are animals, just like us. Is it possible to stay safe while keeping ticks…
The Future of Dogs
Dig deep into “dogness” by asking what would happen to dogs if humans were no lo…
Just Say No Mow
Ten 10 Reasons to Slack on Mowing Your Lawn
Missing Fido or Fluffy? Tips for Helping Kids Survive Pet Loss
Kids can experience psychological distress for up to three years after losing a …
Book Review: Judaism Without Tribalism
With precision derived from decades of immersive experience and devoted thought,…
Self-Care Tips from Slow Animals and Helpful Droids
While animals are good inspiration for self-care ideas, droids are excellent for…
Animal Movement Practices
Movement practices like animal flow, primal play, and yoga asanas teach us to be…
How to Give a Furry Wake
Honoring your pet with friends helps healing begin.
Lessons From an Underwater Monastery
“Each morning I threw on a wetsuit and plunged into a life-filled, underwater mo…
Book Review: Sacred Sendoffs
SARAH BOWEN CREDITS her first pet, a cat named Him, with putting her on the path…
Can Watching Bear Cams Improve Wellbeing?
People expressed improved relaxation & stress reduction after watching bears…
Spiritual Fire: A Candle-Burning Ritual for Happiness
Ignite spiritual fire and attract joy with this revamped spin on an age-old prac…
Groundhog Wisdom for Sleep
Groundhog behavior offers insight on restorative Z’s for busy humans.
I Ching Divination for Tackling Overwhelm
Focus on a dilemma or stressor, then use the ancient text to interpret coin toss…
Enlightened Dog Training Tips
Enlightened dog training offers a peaceful approach to communicating with canine…
It’s Time for Shedding
Sarah Bowen provides some creaturely resolutions and insights for the New Year. …
Last-Minute Gifts for Animal Lovers
Avoid holiday faux paws with earth- and animal-friendly presents.
How Macaques, Birds, and Cats Can Improve Your Meditation
Acknowledging other animals’ capacity for still minds might be a helpful tool fo…
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.
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.
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
A Sacred Writing Practice
Giant squirrels, giant lessons? Animal chaplain Sarah Bowen explores what squirr…
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…
Look beyond Santa and enjoy inspiration from elves, the fae, and other not-so-hi…
3 Wise Men, 3 Wise Gift-Giving Tips
Gift Like the Magi
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…
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…
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)
Ahimsa: How to Practice Nonviolence in Nature
A Lesson From Fungus
The Spiritual Side of S’mores
The S’more You Know
A Norse-Inspired Sleep Hack
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…
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
In creating cultivated backyards, we are removing habitats for wild animals. Her…
#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)
Roadside Blessings: Conscious Driving Practices for Animal Lovers
When it comes to roadkill it can be easy to act as if you have no responsibility…
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…