Our Story

Field Guides for the Way was born out of a shared love for spiritual practice. Here’s a little bit about who we are. We’d be honored to journey with you on your way.


Kristen Kludt

Kristen Leigh Kludt is a Christian writer and contemplative adventurer. Author of A Good Way Through and creator of Field Guides for the Way, Kristen is a gifted story-teller and teacher. She is growing daily toward a life of integrity and love and invites others to do the same. She lives, works, and plays in San Francisco's East Bay with her husband and two young sons.


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Stephanie Jenkins

Stephanie Jenkins is co-creator of Field Guides for the Way. As a creative contemplative, she brings her passion for embodied spiritual practice, nature, and art to curating our kits. A lover of stories, poetry, and writing, Stephanie teaches literature to middle schoolers in Los Angeles, where she and her husband live.

It all started when…

One summer we each found ourselves in a season of deep sorrow.  Our regular practices of quiet prayer and Bible reading were feeling a bit thin. In a time of struggle, we needed new ways of opening our hearts to God.

Kristen came up with the idea of doing a small watercolor each day in response to a poem. Stephanie decided to join her. What ensued transformed us both.

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Through art, nature, poetry, and God’s grace, healing found us. That summer marked the beginning of a decade of exploration into creative spiritual practice. We had tasted something our souls were craving, and ever since we’ve been discovering together fresh ways to encounter God in the everyday. We still pray and read our Bibles, but we’ve discovered creative ways of doing so, through which God gives both solace and delight.

We are excited for the opportunity to offer some of the good gifts we've discovered here, with the hope that others might also, through the power of God’s Spirit, experience transformation. There are so many beautiful ways to open ourselves and enter into God’s love, and when we do, we are made new! 

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