Are you thinking about unplugging yourself from today’s tech-heavy overload? Whether you’re looking to make small changes or you want to take the leap into full-fledged hermitage, check out the following resources to learn more about living a hermit’s life.
- Raven’s Bread, a newsletter for an international readership of self-declared hermits: ravensbreadministries.com/news.html
- Consider The Ravens: On Contemporary Hermit Life by Paul A. and Karen Karper Fredette (iUniverse Books)
- Sister Laurel O’Neal’s blog, Notes from Stillsong Hermitage: notesfromstillsong.blogspot.com
- Thoughts In Solitude by Thomas Merton (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux)
Famous American Hermits
Want to know more about the hermits who have gone before you? Get to know these famous hermits who lived the simple life before it was en vogue.
- Robert Voorhis, a former slave, escaped bondage and chose to live in a small, secluded cave for nearly 14 years.
- Dorothy Molter, remembered fondly as “The Root Beer Lady,” has a museum dedicated to her life in the wilderness of Minnesota.
- Richard Proenneke, a woodworking genius, donated his hand-built log cabin to the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Alaska before his death in 2003.
- Daniel Suelo, who lives and travels entirely without money, writes a blog about his alternative lifestyle and updates it from libraries across the U.S. In 2012 Mark Sundeen wrote Suelo’s biography, The Man Who Quit Money (Riverhead Books).