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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Frere Antoine, French hermit

Brother Antoine spent years in various abbeys, interspersed with work and travel, and became aware of humanitarian work in India. Then he spent thirty years alone in a cave in Dieulefit,  small village in Haute Provence, France, though punctuated by several trips to India. He had learned of a jungle school founded on Gandhian principles […]

Everglades hermits

The Butler and Bagman Chronicles is a blog by Mark Cowell about his personal interests. But he is also the son of Al Seely, an Everglades hermit mentioned in our 2004 article on the Florida Everglades hermits. In a set of entries with keyword “hermit”, Cowell notes that Al Seely was an alcoholic, and that […]

Siberian hermit Agafya Lykova

From RIA Novosti, another update on the Siberian taiga hermit Agafya Lykova, 63, whose Old Believer family moved to Siberia in 1937. Their lives are described in the 1992 book Lost in the Taiga: One Russian Family’s Fifty-year Struggle for Survival and Religious Freedom in the Siberian Wilderness, by Vassily Peskov, reviewed here. URL:

French hermit Adalbert De Vogue interviewed

Adalbert De Vogue (born 1924) has been a Benedictine monk at the Abbey of Pierre-qui-Vire, France, since 1944. In 1974 he entered a hermitage on the abbey grounds and has remained a hermit since, researching and writing histories of monasticism and the monks of antiquity and the early Middle Ages. A rare half-hour video interview […]