About Ani

Publications

 

Who Knows?: On Non-Dualism and Spiritual Direction, Presence Journal, September 2015

 

Jesus, Yoga, and the Way of Happiness:  A Christian Yoga Daily Devotional,

ISBN 1-59879-181-8, 2006

 

Spirituality and Chronic Illness, End-Stage Renal Disease Network 13, Newsletter, 2007

       Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine is a licensed clinical social worker and interfaith minister who companions people in counseling and hypnotherapy at Acadian Counseling LLC in Lafayette, LA and bariatric patients at LGH Bariatrics, also in Lafayette.  She offers spiritual direction at her studio in Church Point, LA, offers continuing education workshops for social workers and counselors, facilitates retreats, officiates at ceremonies, and teaches yoga.  Rev. Ani utilizes a person-centered approach to psychotherapy with an emphasis on mindfulness and somatic awareness.  

 

        As an Interfaith minister, Ani is a community minister “without walls.”  She honors the Truth in each faith tradition and agrees with Mother Teresa’s philosophy about respecting different religions.  When asked about whether she tried to convert people, Mother Teresa answered, “Yes, I convert. I convert you to be a better Hindu, or a better Muslim, or a better Protestant, or a better Catholic, or a better Parsee, or a better Sikh, or a better Buddhist.  And after you have found God, it is for you to do what God wants you to do.” Mother Teresa wanted people to experience a close relationship with God as they understand God, thereby promoting love among people.  This is also Ani’s wish.  Her commitment, which is stated in her vows, is to listen deeply for the Truth in herself and others, to look for the innocence in herself and others, and to show up with an empty cup waiting to be filled by the abundant provision of Divine Love in this present moment, this holy moment.

          Rev. Ani began her spiritual formation at The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C. and graduated from their programs, Spiritual Guidance and Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats.   She subsequently graduated from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and received her ordination as an Interfaith minister.

 

          Rev. Ani earned a master's degree in social work from Louisiana State University and a certificate in natural healthcare science from the New England School of Natural Health Care.   She studied massage therapy and acupressure at the Alabama Oriental Studies Institute in Point Clear, Alabama and gained two teaching certifications in the instruction of yoga.  Rev. Ani is currently a second-year Ph.D. student in Integral & Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. 

 

     Rev. Ani was a licensed massage therapist in private practice for 7 years, has taught yoga since 1997, and has organized and facilitated retreats since 1999.  She has worked in an outpatient psychiatric clinic as a mental health counselor, as a case manager and counselor for dialysis patients, as a counselor for youths on probation, and as a clinical social worker, chaplain, and volunteer coordinator for hospice patients.

      Rev. Ani has provided continuing education for counselors through the Louisiana Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, for dietitians through the Council on Renal Nutrition, and for social workers through the National Association of Social Workers/Louisiana chapter.  

     Rev. Ani has been married to Aaron Hebert for 21 years and has two grown sons, Zack and Joshua.  Hiking at Chicot State Park Arboretum, camping, singing, and sitting on her porch are some of her favorite pastimes.