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As Christian solitaries we look first to the Desert Fathers and Mothers of the early Christian Church, St. Isaac the Syrian, and the Hesychast tradition of stillness, to mention a few.  Fathers Thomas Merton, Bede Griffiths, Henri Le Saux (Abhishiktananda)and Br. David Steindl-Rast guide and inspire our exploration of the monastic and eremitic charism and integration of the wisdom from the East in the form of Christian Sannyasa.


We seek to know God through silence and stillness, and to open ourselves to the fulness of Truth and Life. Since this Divine Presence pervades all existence, we, though alone, are ever in this Presence, thus gratitude and reverence are cultivated at all times.

In the Church our life is hidden but we hope, in the words of Psalm 19 that though: "No speech, no word, no voice is heard yet their message goes out to all the earth." Jesus promises that He is with us always and his desire for unity underlies our efforts to understand other spiritual traditions.

"In the last analysis truth is not a thing we possess, but a person by whom we must allow ourselves to be possessed."

Vatican Document-Dialoque and Proclamation  June 1991




Raven's Bread -Food for those in Solitude-

The Bede Griffith's Trust and Blog.

NCR A 3-part series on New Monasticism

DIM/MID have archived some MID Newsletters

Article on Fr Bede


Intentional Communities

We often receive inquiries asking about Intentional Communities by fellow seekers and offer a few websites that might assist this search.


  • Open Sky Hermitage - A Hermitage with great resources for walking pilgrimages to sacred sites.
  • Monk's Way Blog   Walk with a fellow monk on the way--insightful, brillant and sane.
  • Julian of Norwich - A Blog that flows from the Book Julian's Gospel by Veronica Rolf.


A listing of some of our favorite books. A good resource for Orthodox books on Monasticism and the Hesycast life is at

A portion of each purchase will be donated to Sky Farm Hermitage.

The Desert Fathers and Mothers

The Philokalia and Hesychast Writings

Ascetical Homilies of St. Isaac the Syrian - Finally reprinted 2011!


Books by Bede Griffiths

Books by or on Abhishiktananda


Books by Br. David Steindl-Rast

Books by Thomas Merton

Julian of Norwich 

Favorites by other authors


Retreat for Spiritual Nourishment


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