Sanctuary as Spiritual Companionship in a Time of Hopelessness and Climate Chaos – for Spiritual Directors International (SDI). In this multi-form essay, Bayo Akomolafe weaves together a different understanding of spirituality and the sacred, one he suspects is vital if we are to collectively meet the challenges posed by the Anthropocene. Thinking through the ethics of the ‘relocated god of the Anthropocene’ compels us to reframe our relationships with the planet, and invites another sense of what the familiar practice of spiritual companionship could be about. Bayo’s thesis of the ‘sanctuary’ situates an interdisciplinary, decolonial gesture towards repositioning ourselves in a milieu of collapse. In the first part of the essay, Akomolafe sets the stage with an analysis of negative theology, the mystical traditions of apophasis, and how these reconfigure climate science and the Anthropocene. In the second part, Akomolafe dives into the implications of this treatment of the “world as imbued with god” for spiritual companionship and submits a manuduction in form of a strategy for ‘sanctuary’.