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The wounded healer

Posted by Simon Parke, 10 Aug 2018

Life breaks us all.

But there are some who so enter their own suffering that - somehow - they become a help to others in theirs.

This is not their intention or their desire; they would prefer anything to this pain.

Yet these people, so weak, in some strange transaction make others strong…

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Brexit: a letter to myself

Posted by Simon Parke, 7 Aug 2018

I write this letter to myself.

You’re welcome to read it, of course; though whether it will make any sense, I don’t know.

It’s just that I’ve noticed I’m struggling to look at the news at present, which is sad; and this is largely due to the Brexit narrative.

No asylum built has ever contained such insanity…

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Does your job fit?

Posted by Simon Parke, 7 Aug 2018

Understanding who you are and what you have to offer is an important aspect of growing up.

Some of us come to this awareness late, if we have no one help us.

Only trial and error brings this understanding, as we reflect on our experiences, good and difficult…

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The Space Man

Posted by Simon Parke, 6 Aug 2018

When the space man arrives in the busy city, there are problems.

He is a strong man, and needs to be, as he carries this wonderful space from town to town across the land.

He likes to offer it to the busiest places, knowing if they lack space, they will also lack tenderness…

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The Secret Testament of Julian

Posted by Simon Parke, 1 Aug 2018

The Secret Testament of Julian, my new novel, is now available.

It’s historical fiction… and both those words are important, because there’s a lot of both within.

I imagine the life of Julian of Norwich, who you may be familiar with – the first woman to write a book in English…

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Cover of The Secret Testament of Julian

Julian of Norwich, contemporary of both Chaucer and Langland, was the first woman to write a book in English. Yet remarkably, she disappeared from view for 600 years, before her rediscovery in the 20th century. My new novel is Julian’s own telling of her life.

Cover of Another Bloody Retreat

In the first of my Abbot Peter mysteries, in a prequel to the Abbot’s Stormhaven adventures, Peter takes us back to the monastery of St James-the-Less. There in the shadows of Mt Sinai, Abbot Peter faces a discomforting cocktail of deception, delusion and death.


The Beautiful Life retreat offers a contemplative experience, including input from Simon, meditation, sharing, silence and time for yourself. Here you will find community and solitude, rest and inner search, based on material in Simon’s book The Journey Home (originally published as The Beautiful Life). In a climate of safety and acceptance, we dare to contemplate the truth of ourselves, the mess and the magic, the place to which our journey has brought us.

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