Simon Parke  
Click here for Abbot Peter Click here for Simon's blog Click here for Simon's books Click here for Simon's consultancy Click here for Simon's retreats
author, speaker and consultant
Read Simon's newsletter Discover Simon's latest book
Photo of Simon Parke
Follow Simon on Twitter


Posted by Simon Parke, 27 Jun 2017

Most believe love is a good idea, something to be applauded and supported… but struggle with the practicalities.

I’m certainly one of those, with love largely dependent on the fluctuations of my ego or a glass of whisky.

And though good to note, this is not good news…

Read more, share and comment (0)

This present and wonderful ignorance

Posted by Simon Parke, 26 Jun 2017

Sometimes we panic because we do know what’s happening.

Perhaps we suddenly lose our job, we lose our phone or a friend is diagnosed with cancer.

But in the end, the root of all our panic is that we don’t know what’s happening – and we wish we did.

So if I lose my job, I’m anxious…

Read more, share and comment (0)

Where's the truth in all this?

Posted by Simon Parke, 26 Jun 2017

What is God’s will? Or to say the same thing differently, where is the truth in all this?

Elijah asks this question and gets taken to the top of the mountain where he is told to stand.

As he waits, he experiences some striking natural phenomena…

Read more, share and comment (0)

Cover of The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and her Lover

My latest novel, The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and her Lover, is published on 17 February by Marylebone House. It is January 30th, 1649. England is not a country that wishes to execute its divinely appointed king. Yet Charles I finds himself shivering on a cold scaffold in Whitehall, an executioner by his side. Charles wonders: how did this happen? Read more and pre-order your copy.

Simon's Mindful Lifebelts app

Mindful Lifebelts is an app to help when life is difficult; or preferably, to prevent it becoming so. The short meditations come in both written and audio form, spoken by Simon.

On this retreat, through teaching, meditation and silence, we’ll ponder the purpose and practice of mindfulness; we’ll consider how we engage with and process our thoughts and feelings and how, through such awareness, we might live more spacious and more present lives.

More retreats