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

And fear shall have no dominion

Posted by Simon Parke, 21 Jan 2020

Sometimes people say they like to help others; perhaps you do. It seems like a good idea.

But I’m not concerned about what you can do for others, because you cannot do anything for them – except defeat your own fears.

If you were to defeat your own fears…

Read more, share and comment (0)

Peter Ball: a legacy of shame

Posted by Simon Parke, 17 Jan 2020

This blog is a reflection on the BBC’s brilliant documentary, ‘Exposed: The Church’s darkest secret.’

It is the story of the appalling behaviour of Bishop Peter Ball; and the appalling church cover-up which followed.

Which is more appalling – the choice between two sorts of shit, I grant you…

Read more, share and comment (0)

Endings and Beginnings

Posted by Simon Parke, 16 Jan 2020

On our journey home there are many endings and many beginnings.

Were the changes you have lived written down, they would make for many books; so many goodbyes, so many fresh starts; so much sadness and so much discovery.

Endings don’t tend to feel so good…

Read more, share and comment (0)

Home improvements

Posted by Simon Parke, 13 Jan 2020

Let’s be honest, Ronald’s house was rather squalid.

He really had no idea what lived under his sofa or dripped through his roof – and he didn’t much want to, either! Not his thing at all.

So when he was offered some expensive gold curtains to put up in his front window, he leapt at the chance…

Read more, share and comment (0)

Ten terrific attitudes

Posted by Simon Parke, 8 Jan 2020

I was once asked by a magazine to do a ‘Ten things life has taught me’ piece.

It was a while ago, and there’ll be nothing here that is new to you and your experience. So forgive me if they feel a bit musty, like some battered book in the second-hand shop.

But for a beginner like me, as I re-read my answers, they all seem strangely fresh…

Read more, share and comment (0)

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.


Using stories, meditations, interaction and silence, this quiet day at the Medatio Centre in London, based on my book, The Journey Home, will give space for the scars and misdirections, as well as the light, the love and the healing.

More retreats


Listen to songs by Simon for the journey