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Seek the fire

Posted by Simon Parke, 18 Mar 2019

Seek the fire that warms you today

Come in from the cold for a moment

Some people, some places are flames

You can’t always be there, but sometimes you can…

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More bird, less cage

Posted by Simon Parke, 18 Mar 2019

Some are more cage, less bird

Though one day the bird will see

The bird complains and bristles at the cage holding them in, making them prisoner

Though one day the bird will see they are both bird and cage…

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Enneagram and our primary programmes

Posted by Simon Parke, 13 Mar 2019

Next week, I’m hosting an Enneagram retreat at Holland House.

What will we be doing? Here’s one way of describing it.

We develop our primary programmes from our childhood experiences. You’ll have yours as I have mine…

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Towards silence

Posted by Simon Parke, 12 Mar 2019

In the end, words are not real.

The word God is not God; neither is the word light light.

We are not made drunk by speaking of wine or by writing the word often.

Words point… but they do not embody…

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Thriving in the sausage machine?

Posted by Simon Parke, 11 Mar 2019

I recently had the honour of spending a day with some head teachers.

In the afternoon, we were thinking about what gives us uplift in life; what restores our sense of humanity.

No two stories are the same, of course, but one strong theme came through: nature…

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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.


No matter where you are on the Enneagram journey, whether a beginner or some way down the path, here is safe, insightful space for exploration of this deep, disturbing and liberating teaching.

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