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Category Archives: Canada

Charles Brandt update

93-year old hermit-priest Charles Brandt, who lives on Vancouver Island, Canada, seeks lessons of nature in his avocation as avid photographer. Writes the Globe and Mail: Father Brandt describes being a hermit priest as “a life of prayer, of meditation, of simple contemplation,” spent in search of a deeper connection with God through solitude. “It’s […]

Charles Brandt, Canada hermit-priest

Short piece from the Vancouver, BC media site North Island Midweek, about Charles Brandt, a Catholic “hermit-priest.” Fr. Brandt is an 88-year old book conservator and photographer who lives in a hermitage off the Oyster River in a Vancouver wilderness. He was originally a Trappist. Writer Stephen Hume, who features Brandt in a chapter of […]

“How to be alone” video

Canadian poet/singer/songwriter Tanya Davis and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman created this reflective 4+ minute video titled “How To Be Alone.” At the YouTube site, click the caption to read the poem. URL:

Cynthia Bourgeault, hermit teacher

Brief newspaper item from The Gazette (Montreal) about Cynthia Bourgeault, “author, lecturer, workshop leader, Episcopal (Anglican) priest, grandmother … and a hermit.” Bourgeault lives on an island off the coast of Maine. The article notes her home, surroundings, and the role of solitude and silence in her teaching and books. URL: Other websites about […]

Canadian hermits

“Famous Hermits in Canadian History” is a recent blog maintained by Chris McKinnon.  URL: