TAKE NOTICE, ALL YOU WHO STOP BY! We have posted a new survey form online @
and invite anyone who is interested to fill it out and return it to us. We welcome all folks who are lovers of solitude to add to the information we are collecting so a more complete picture of eremitic life can be assembled for the 21st century, a portrait of where it is now and how this growing phenomenon may be developing. Fear not! No names or identifying circumstances will be disclosed in the Survey Reports. For those who respond, a free subscription to Raven’s Bread Newsletter, is awaiting you!
Whew! Are we ready to follow “Wood Be Hermit” on the path to greater solitude and to meet the unexpected challenges that crop up even when we are forewarned? This calling could be dangerous, even life threatening! Our mental balance will certainly be questioned, even by our nearest and dearest. Once they learn of our attraction to simplicity (traveling lightly); to silence (no unnecessary conversation or even electronic noise); and to solitude (living alone filled with the Holy), they may consider us seriously delusional.
Are we? True, our company on this narrow, twisting road may be as strange as goats, burros, and tight rope walkers – all individuals who are quick on their feet and who depend on their ability to keep to the straight and narrow. Those of us who attempt the climb of Corkscrew Mtn.. ( also known as the eremitical life) are aware that starting out is crucial but the determination to see this through to the end marks the difference between a wannabe and a genuine solitary.
We are opening a new discussion topic and we earnestly invite you to share with our family of hermit bloggers by sharing what initially attracted to you to hermit life and what were the first steps you took. Did they turn out to be wise or did you need to recoup and start over – perhaps more than once!
Just go to the new post: “How I Began … More than once!” and share whatever you wish.
A Rich Posting – April 18 The Order of Watchers
We were profoundly inspired by this name of a hermit group in France and feel it speaks to the heart of eremitic life. Go to it and share YOUR thoughts and comments, please.