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The Accidental Hermit

with Tessa Bielecki

Tessa Bielecki is a hermit with a crackling vitality. She prays the Jesus prayer while she’s swimming her daily laps and says that sometimes she talks too much (with a sparkle in her eye). She didn’t set out to be a hermit–but when she met the Carmelite William McNamara, she said she had never met anyone more ALIVE. Together they would begin several communities of hermits in the desert, mountains, and forest. Steeped in the contemplative tradition, they would blend together the spirituality of the Celtics, Carmelites, and Desert Mothers and Fathers. What does a hermit’s life look like? Why would they choose that lifestyle? And what might they teach the rest of us living in the world? Join us on the Spiritual Wanderlust podcast to find out! *** Tessa Bielecki is the co-founder of the Desert Foundation ( She calls Teresa of Avila her best friend, and has written several books on the mystic (including Teresa of Avila: Mystical Writings, Holy

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