A Maker’s Pilgrimage

Dear ones,

This is a quick update to let you all know about a piece of writing I’ve just finished.

Next week I leave for Northern Ireland to lead a retreat on craft and contemplation. Friends, guests at the Monastery, and folks who have enjoyed my fiber arts podcast have been encouraging for me a while now to write down my thoughts on craft as contemplative practice. I decided to use the upcoming retreat in Ireland as an excuse to do just that.

This piece is a beginning. I imagine I’ll add to it, edit it, and possibly expand it as my thinking changes. Even if you are not a maker of things, you may appreciate the piece for what it has to say about contemplation, ecology, beauty, and creativity. Fair warning: it is rather long compared to my blog posts.

You can access the piece here: A Maker’s Pilgrimage

If you have thoughts, comments, or suggestions, please do send them my way.

I always love hearing from you.

Wishing you a beautiful fall,



8 Replies to “A Maker’s Pilgrimage”

  1. Dear Aidan,
    It is so good to see your post again. Somehow, I forgot about this blog but enjoyed this article so much . It sounds like a wonderful pilgrimage to one of my favorite places in the world.
    Susan G and I just finished our second year of teaching Servant Leadership together. The Johnson Service Corps continues! Take care, travel safely and know you have love and prayers from NC.


    1. Thank you, Nancy. Yes, I’m looking forward to the trip. I do miss NC and all the wonderful folks there. As it turns out I’ll be headed to the Asheville area six times in the next year for training as a spiritual director. Maybe I can make it back to Chapel Hill during one of those trips.


  2. Aiden, Thanks as always for putting your deep thoughts out there for us to contemplate. Two responses. First, I have noticed for years that when my spiritual life is most alive, my photography is most creative! It is during these times that I feel a special closeness to God. Of course God is always there, and it is us that wanders, but the two seem to travel together. Second, I have been slowly trying to be creative in learning to cook. I have been over to the Culinary Institute for two of their Boot Camps several years ago and hope to get back in about two years when I finally retire from my medical practice. Your “pilgrimage” about creativity and spirituality is bringing new meaning to where my life journey is going as I approach my retirement in less than two years now.

    Thank you




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