Dori Baker

Story Coaching | Creative Facilitation | Leading Change

I am a Spy for Hope

My purpose is to heal human division by creating spaces of radical hospitality. I am passionate about spiritual practices that sustain activism for the flourishing of people and our planet.

Blessing a Threshold with Pride

A threshold is not a simple boundary; It is … a real frontier that cannot be crossed without the heart being passionately engaged and woken up. This is one reason such vital crossings were often clothed in ritual. John O”Donahue To Bless the Space Between Us If...


Creative Facilitation

Leading Change

Keynotes & Collaborations

I specialize in…



Creative adaptations of ancient contemplative practices


Rituals that honor the body through nature, movement, food, and storytelling


Designing events that support: racial justice & the dismantling of whiteness; the flourishing of girls, women and LGBTQ+ people; mentoring young leaders


Other topics presented in my published works: Another Way, Girlfriend Theology, The Barefoot Way, Greenhouses of Hope, and Lives to Offer

Recent interactive workshops and keynotes include:

  • Setting the Table: Six Practices for Hosting Hospitable Space

  • Walk into a Better Future: Imagining the World We’d Like to Inhabit

  • Hearing Our New Story in the Midst of the Tragic Gap

Upcoming Facilitation

November 5-7, 2021

Discerning Our Collective Vocation

Faculty and Staff Retreat, St. Ambrose University, November 5-7, 2021


October 25, 2021

Standing at the Crossroads

Board of Ordained Ministry Online Retreat, Southwestern Jurisdiction, UMC





February 18-20, 2021 Designing a Future Worthy of Our Call

San Antonio, TX, Young Adult Retreat, Rio Conference, UMC


Past Events

June 27-29, 2021

Discerning within The Tragic Gap

Faculty and Staff Retreat, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Jubilee Retreat Center, Abingdon, VA


Book an Appointment

Initial Consultation

One-hour phone or video consultation to discuss how we might work together.

Creative Facilitation / Speaking

Do you need help designing a learning event or meaning-making ritual? I can help you create hospitable, life-giving experiences of compassion-based justice-making.

Group or Individual Story/Coaching

I use story-based methods of holy listening to help people discover their meaning and purpose. While this is sometimes a one-on-one journey, it is my joy to lead groups in communal experiences. 

Read & Engage

Another way… 

Another Way was written for, and dedicated to, “a new generation of people—the dreamers, freedom fighters, artists, and warrior-healers—who refuse to accept things as they are as all that there is.” People who desire another way to live and lead change.n

Another Way, written by Stephe Lewis, Matthew Wesley Williams, and Dori Baker, is available wherever books are sold.

To learn more about my most recent collaborative project:

Matthew Wesley Williams, Dori Baker, Stephen Lewis. Photo Courtesy of. Allison Shirreffs

Evolve LYH on Instagram

Creating Ritual Around Nature, Art, & Spirituality

Let’s Connect! 

Contact Dori

I design experiences that welcome the stories, energy and wisdom in the room to come alive. Let’s connect and grow together.

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