I’m delighted to announce that I have launched a new Patreon campaign for the Hermitage! Please give it a look, and if you enjoy my writings on dark ambient music, playlists, shrine photos, Black Tent Temple design, devotional dance, etc., please consider becoming a patron! I have many exciting plans in store for the future of the Hermitage, and I’d love to devote more time to writing and community service work.
Queries I’ve now answered in depth include:
* What is sacred endarkenment?
* What do I need to know if I want to visit the Hermitage in Portland?
* Could you put together a dark ambient playlist for my yoga class/ritual/event?
* You do lamentation dance for ecological and ancestral grief?
* You’re writing a book about dark ambient music?
* You interviewed a bunch of dark ambient musicians? Where can I read more?
* When will your new (book, essay, article on underrated dark ambient albums) be published?
* Where’s your bio/photo/background information?
…and of course there are devotional pages for Skaði, Móðguðr (Mordgud), and the conifers I love so much.
If you are interested in visiting the Hermitage in person, I am making new offerings available to you: Paths of Sacred Endarkenment retreats and access to the in-house library of over 900 books by appointment.
I offer several pay-what-you-want and gift services as well as hourly rate services.
And if you are a polytheist/animist who is also on Patreon, take a look at the BIG (basic income guarantee) Polytheist Patreon Creator Pledge Network. If you’d like to take the pledge to limit your own final patronage goal in support of basic income for everyone, contact me and I will add your name to the list. Here’s to building strong and resilient mutual aid networks for polytheists, and increased visibility for the basic income movement!
The new site is a landing page with info on all of my current projects. You can find links to almost everything I’ve published online in the past 20 years.
I have ambitious writing plans for the future, and will be posting updates on Patreon. Patrons will always hear the latest news first!
From my new Patreon page:
“I have a religious mission of service: to help make inroads toward organized monastic life for would-be polytheist nuns and monks through creating space for leisure and sacred endarkenment.
“The Black Stone Hermitage is my home, where I live, work, and serve. It’s also a concept that I am developing and extending to others through artistic and devotional use of my living space as a host. With time, I hope the Hermitage will become a retreat space and house of worship that will outlive me, and continue on to serve future polytheists who feel called to monastic life and seek solitude and endarkenment for contemplative reasons.
“After 20+ years as a Pagan, and 13 years of dedicated solitary service to Skaði, it’s time for me to reach out and expand my community service offerings – and to do that, I need your help! The need for polytheist monastic hospitality and fellowship is growing. 2016 saw the founding of Pagan and Polytheist Monasticism, a new discussion group on Facebook which has attracted more than 175 people, and a new entity called LANMIPP (Loosely Affiliated Network of Monastically Inclined Polytheist Pagans). I am closely involved with both, in administrative roles.
“As things currently stand, there are few options for polytheist Heathens and Pagans called to monastic life. The need for them is there, but it remains unmet. With your support, I hope to use my creative work, centered around the concept of sacred endarkenment, to help build a foundation for future contemplative monastic endeavors in our communities – and eventually, when the right space is found, to relocate the Hermitage to a permaculture co-housing community or ecovillage with a religious mission.”
I would greatly appreciate your help in publicizing my work. If you like what I do here, please share these links widely.
Thank you so much, and I wish you many blessings!