About Carl

Photo by Matt Jones

Photo by Matt Jones

Carl McColman is a Christian contemplative writer, spiritual companion, and retreat leader.

He is the author of several books including Answering the Contemplative Call and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. His writing appears in The Huffington Post, Patheos, Contemplative Journal, as well as www.carlmccolman.com.

Carl regularly speaks about the spiritual life at retreat centers, churches, and academic institutions. An engaging presenter, he is passionate about introducing his audience to Christian contemplative prayer. While rooted in the Catholic tradition, his work is broadly ecumenical and interfaith friendly.

Carl is a life-professed Lay Cistercian — a layperson under formal spiritual guidance of Trappist monks. He first learned the practice of Christian meditation and contemplation with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, and received training as a spiritual director from the Institute for Pastoral Studies. Raised Lutheran and as a young adult an Episcopalian, he became a Catholic in 2005, drawn to the Church for its monastic and contemplative heritage.

Carl is an instructor with Emory University’s certificate program in creative writing, and regularly teaches the craft of nonfiction, as well as writing and journaling as a spiritual practice.

He lives near Atlanta with his wife, daughter, and several well-pampered cats.


To learn more about Carl, visit these links:

An Accident and its Aftermath

Carl’s Books

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Giving a talk on Celtic Spirituality at the Hill of Tara in Ireland.

Giving a talk on Celtic Spirituality at the Hill of Tara in Ireland.