Category: Monk Manifesto


Abbey of the Arts has a new website! ~ A love note from your online abbess.

Dearest monks, artists, and pilgrims, This love note is more of an update on what is happening around the Abbey as we are celebrating many good things! First, we have a brand new website up, thanks to the stellar work of Lacy Clark Ellman who is a Wisdom Council member and spiritual director, along with star graphic designer. Stop by our new site, and take a look to see what you think. The feedback has already been great about how fresh, spacious, and easy to navigate it is. If you find any broken links or odd formatting on pages we would be most

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New Monk Buttons to Share!

Fellow dancing monk, spiritual director, and graphic designer Lacy Clark Ellman of A Sacred Journey has recently helped Abbey of the Arts create a new website. In addition, she created these wonderful buttons you can share with the world to express your commitment! Also stop by the Monk Manifesto page where we have a beautiful new graphic version of those principles you can print out and post as a reminder! Options to Download: Right click on the image you would like, then choose “download image as” or “save image as.” You can also drag and drop the image to your

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Becoming a Monk in the World: Monk Manifesto

We are delighted to announce that our Monk in the World online course is now in a full-color booklet format including the wonderful illustrations from Kristin Noelle and reflections by Christine. You can order your copies directly through Blurb for $20 each, in a 7×7 inch format they make great companions for times of retreat and great gifts to help nourish the inner monk of someone you love. The $3.41 profit from the sale of each booklet goes directly to support our scholarship fund and Earth Monastery Project. We also plan to make a booklet with the dancing monk icon series (along

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Munkemanifestet (Monk Manifesto) now in Norwegian!

One of the things I love most about having a global community is the intersection of languages and cultures. It was my great joy last November to visit Norway for the first time, at the invitation to lead a retreat. I fell in love with the country and the people and am even planning another return trip to do more teaching. Thea Elisabeth Haavet, who coordinated my retreat there last fall, was gracious enough to translate the Monk Manifesto into the Norwegian language.  Now we have Spanish, German, and Norwegian translations. If you speak another language and would like to

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September Theme: Silence

Here at the Abbey, we work to offer you resources to support you in contemplative practice and creative arts.  One of the core expressions of what we believe is important to nurture life as a monk in the world is the Monk Manifesto. Each month for the next seven months, we will take one of the Monk Manifesto themes for the entire month and it will shape our Poetry Parties, (the return of) Photo Parties, and other reflections. Monk Manifesto Principle #1: I commit to finding moments each day for silence and solitude, to make space for another voice to be

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Monk Manifesto now available in Spanish

I am very grateful to Nicolás Crespo for translating the Monk Manifesto into Spanish! Click here for a PDF version of the Manifiesto del Monje.  Please feel free to pass it along to friends who might appreciate this. Manifiesto del Monje ¿Quieres unirte a mí para comenzar la revolución del monje? ¡Difundamos un compromiso con la contemplación, la compasión y la creatividad a lo largo y ancho del mundo! Monje: Del griego monachos, que significa solo o solitario, un monje en el mundo no vive apartado, sino inmerso en la vida diaria con una presencia plena y sin reservas, esforzándose siempre

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Monk Manifesto – Reflections and Musings

The idea for the Monk Manifesto emerged several months ago while I was away on a retreat.  Last spring was a very full season of my life and I was claiming a few days of silence to listen.  I was in a threshold space, moving into my own work more fully, and I knew my call was to spread ways of being a Monk in the World to as many people as I could. Many of you who signed indicated that having so many others to join with in a public declaration is supportive and hope-filled. Indeed that was part of my motivation

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