Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard

This classic won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 and has been republished recently by Canterbury Press. Describing her observations and reflections over a year in Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains, it is a poetic journal that includes fascinating science and questioning theology.

The creeks are an active mystery, fresh every minute. Theirs is the mystery of the continuous creation and all that providence implies: the uncertainty of vision, the horror of the fixed, the dissolution of the present, the intricacy of beauty, the pressure of fecundity, the elusiveness of the free, and the flawed nature of perfection. The mountains are a passive mystery, the oldest of all. Theirs is the one simple mystery of creation from nothing, of matter itself, anything at all, the given. Mountains are giant, restful, absorbent. You can heave your spirit into a mountain and the mountain will keep it, folded, and not throw it back as some creeks will. The creeks are the world with all its stimulus and beauty; I live there. But the mountains are home.

Othona, West Dorset

Othona is a community near Burton Bradstock that is founded on the principle “Rooted in the Christian heritage, open to the widening future”.

Tess Ward

Tess “poetically and imaginatively holds the interface between our Christian and pre-Christian heritage, writing and leading prayers, liturgies and celebrations that link us with an earthy spirituality. As a modern-day envoy of the Celtic tradition, she honours the influence of seasons, of the natural world, of our bodies and within them all the immanence of God.”

Eat, Pray, Love

This book is now well-known and loved but if you haven’t read it yet I do recommend it.

Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artist’s Way”, not only supported my creativity but encouraged a sense of adventure and of life opening up to new possibilities when it had felt as if it was going down hill and closing down around me. It is a book for artists of any description, but as she says, we are all artists, and creativity is a spiritual experience.