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Monthly Archives: January 2004

Grand Canyon hermit

Louis Boucher was a reclusive explorer and prospector in the Grand Canyon who lived as a hermit at the turn of the 19th-20th century. A great many natural objects are named after him: Boucher Creek, Boucher Rapids, Boucher Trail, Hermit’s Basin, Hermit Camp, Hermit Canyon, Hermit Creek, Hermit Rapids, Hermit’s Rest, Hermit Road, Hermit Shale, […]

Solitary practice

A translation of the essay “Solitary Practice” by Zhongfeng Mingben (1262-1323) is available on the Web site of Chan Magazine at

Canonical hermit

The Catholic archdiocese of Philadelphia (USA) gave canonical status to a hermit in 2001. Details at: The article mentions his life in a rundown urban area, his daily routine, and his minimal livelihood. A photo of hermit Richard Withers is on the Images of Eremiticism: Hermits page of Hermitary.


A personalized site for readers of French is “Ermitage” at, which has a religious perspective on the subject of solitude and the eremitical life. Brought to our attention by a USA friend of Hermitary.