The Winter Solstice is my favorite holiday. It’s the perfect time to announce that the Hermitage is hatching a plan to move to Sweden! In November, while I was in Sweden, I made a pact with my longtime correspondents and dear friends Birka and Räv Skogsberg to relocate the Hermitage to the beautiful village of
Tag: pagan monasticism
[Edited in 2018 to add: Unfortunately I’ve had to halt my writings on the Pagan Bloggers portal. After my first two articles for the site were published in 2017, I took a full time freelance writing job, so I no longer had sufficient writing time available. I’m leaving the original entry here for reference.] I’m
If you’re on Facebook and interested in Pagan and Polytheist monasticism, there’s a brand new discussion group that I can highly recommend, for which I am a co-admin. The group is turning out to be so fantastic – so full of brilliant and prolific writers, and so supportive and community-driven – that it has consumed
This piece started out as a list of my contemplative practices, but then expanded into a contribution to the My Polytheism project, which was recently launched by Jolene Dawe to celebrate diversity in polytheism. Yay! If you haven’t seen the blog yet, I recommend you go check it out! I love this whole project, but
Five years have now passed since I received the original vision of the Hermitage in 2011 and started this blog to chronicle the development of the vision. Now, the time has come to take the leap of faith. I’ve committed myself to a full-time path of creative self-employment, contemplative solitude, and service work as a
[Ed. note: This is archived material from the old blog; links and other info may be out of date. It will remain here as-is for reference.] A few weeks ago, I received a lovely postcard with an appreciative personal note from one of my house cleaning clients. She wrote that “a single mom’s most precious
As things stand today, there is no organized monastic tradition in Paganism or Heathenry, and polytheists interested in monastic life seem to be few and far between. There is only one legally recognized Pagan polytheist convent in the USA (The Maetreum of Cybele), although there are a handful of folks making inroads in similar directions.