“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
My past experience of working at a Benedictine monastery is coming back to me. It’s less about my work experience there that I’m reminded of, and more about the time spent in walking the land, gardening, meditation, prayer, and service. “Reverence for the land.” was something I remember reading in the literature about the Benedictine order.
My experience there took me beyond the writings of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and exposed me to writers such as Thomas Merton, Thomas Moore, and Kathleen Norris. I found reverence of the land through the eyes of those who have experienced monastic life.
My Cloister Walk is about finding balance between community and seclusion while living and working on a hunting and fishing ranch, dedicated to responsible resource extraction and preservation.