Author of twelve books, including "The Big Book of Christian Mysticism" and "The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader." Blogger at www.anamchara.com. Speaker, teacher, and retreat leader, presenting on Christian mysticism, contemplative prayer, writing as a spiritual practice, and Celtic spirituality. Part time employee of the business division of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, where I work in the gift shop and the mail order department.
My goal: to share my passion for contemplative spirituality as a joyous response to the lavish love of God. I am interested in connecting with churches, retreat centers, colleges & seminaries, or other venues where I can speak.
Industry Expertise (2)
Writing and Editing
Areas of Expertise (3)
George Mason University: M.A., Professional Writing and Editing 1984
James Madison University: B.A., English 1982
- Lay-Cistercians of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit
- Spiritual Directors International
Bryna Bozart, Director | Charlotte Spirituality Center, Charlotte, NC
An artful retreat leader, Carl guided us beautifully on a journey into the depths of our souls by way of storytelling, contemplative prayer and silence. Novices and experts alike walked away fully enriched and whole by resting in God and basking in the communal love Carl brought to this gathering.
The Reverend Deedra Rich, Interim Associate Director | Christian Spiritual Formation Program, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
Carl is an authentic and captivating retreat leader and author. The joy and love of God emanates through him, his writing and his teaching as he brings to life some of the deepest secrets of the Christian spiritual tradition.
The Reverend Charles Cooper, Director | Spiritus Abbey
Carl was well received by his audience here in Portland, OR. He demonstrated a broad depth of knowledge of his subject matter which he presents with high energy, scholarship, and good humor in an accessible format. He is attentive and personable with a willingness to spend time in one on one and group conversation in addition to his formal presentations. I heartily recommend him.
— , Institute for
Progressive Spirituality, Portland, OR
Sample Talks (1)
Deepening Your Relationship with God
How can we grow closer to God? This series of informative classes explores the heart of Christian spirituality through the wisdom of the great saints and mystics of the past. Everyone is called to experience the love and healing power of God — and the holy men and women of ages past show us the way. This class includes insights from the Christian tradition and practical suggestions for deepening your spiritual life today.
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