About Gilchrist Coaching…

At Gilchrist Coaching and Adventure, we believe that the adventure of life is lived best when you take time to reflect on who you are, what you want, and where you are going. We desire to create space for you to reflect and to empower you to move forward. One of our greatest joys is to do this work in the beauty of nature, allowing the challenge of a hike or the stillness of a stream to provide a natural catalyst for personal growth. 

For each event, retreat, or opportunity we offer, we bring on board professionals who are passionate about what do and are a good fit for our team.


Jon Gilchrist, Owner + Coach

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Jon grew up under the wide open skies of the Canadian prairies, and experienced the joys (and challenges) of farm life and work in Saskatchewan.  After earning his B.A., he moved to Vancouver to study ethics at Regent College.

For the past decade Jon has lived and worked in Edmonton as a clinical ethicist, a field that allows him to enter others' lives when they are in the crux of difficult decisions. Through this work, he has realized that people are best able to move forward not when someone tells them what to do, but when they feel listened to and empowered to take ownership of their decisions.

Jon loves to be a catalyst to help people discover how their values, goals, and dreams impact their leadership and momentum. Whether clients find themselves in places of transition (leaving a job, starting a new project, retiring, etc.) or simply in a place of wanting to strengthen their leadership and productivity, Jon is privileged to meet them in the crossroads.

In 2017 Jon earned his graduate certificate in executive coaching through Royal Roads University in Victoria. He is a member of the International Coach Federation.

When he’s not working, you can find him sharpening his wilderness survival skills, planning a backcountry trip, or simply enjoying the river valley with his kids.


Julianne Gilchrist, Spiritual Director + Retreat facilitator

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Julianne is a mom to three, a spiritual director, and a blogger. (She’s also married to Jon). She’s an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and spent years working with university students through campus ministry. Julianne earned her MDiv at Regent College in Vancouver, BC and trained to be a spiritual director through The Studion, where she now serves on the leadership team. She writes on life, faith, and doubt at juliannegilchrist.com

I want to thank you for all your time that you spent with me. It has been a very positive experience. You have helped me see situations from different perspectives...I really gained a new insight into ‘team work’. I have also found my voice.
— Regan Auger, Physiotherapist