Photo by Fran McColman

Photo by Fran McColman

Carl McColman is the author of numerous books on the spiritual life, including

His writing combines a deep love for classic spiritual wisdom —from the great contemplatives and mystics of Christianity as well as other faiths — with a down-to-earth, accessible approach to spirituality today.

Carl first learned the practice of contemplative prayer at the Shalem Institute in Washington, DC. Since 2006 he has been a Lay Cistercian of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit — a layperson under the spiritual guidance of Trappist monks.

Photo by Jessie Stoks

Photo by Jessie Stoks

Carl often leads retreats or teaches classes on spirituality at monasteries, churches and seminaries. He also regularly teaches classes in creative non-fiction writing and journaling as a spiritual practice.

Carl balances his commitment to the Christian faith with a deep love and respect for interfaith dialogue and interspirituality. For a number of years as an adult he studied Celtic and Nature-centered spirituality, and some of his older books are written from that perspective.

Carl lives near Stone Mountain, Georgia, with his wife and stepdaughter.


Giving a talk on Celtic spirituality at the Hill of Tara in Ireland, 2003.

To learn more about Carl, visit these links:

About Carl: An accident and its aftermath

Carl’s Books

Carl’s Upcoming Events

Contact Carl

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