Carl McColman


Ireland Pilgrimage in September 2023!!! Informational Meeting on Zoom — August 4, 2022!


Friends, I am thrilled to announce that my good friends at Zeitgeist Atlanta are hosting a Pilgrimage in Ireland, September 20-27, 2023 — and they have asked me to be the spiritual guide for this pilgrimage! This will be a very special week, as we will be keeping the size of the group very small: this will not be some big corporate “tour” — it will be a sacred pilgrimage, visiting...

Online Retreat Day: At the Edge of Waiting: Centering Prayer and Celtic Spirituality (October 30, 2021)


In celebration of the Christian feast days of All Saints and All Souls — and the ancient Celtic New Year, which happened at this same time — you are invited to a special day-retreat combining Centering Prayer with contemplative insights from the wisdom of the Celtic tradition, facilitated by Carl McColman and sponsored by Contemplative Outreach Atlanta. To register for this online retreat, click...

The Wisdom of the Heart (the Eternal Heart Book Launch Celebration!)


Friends, in case you missed it, here is a recording of the Eternal Heart book launch celebration! We gathered on the evening of June 29 — if you missed it, or want to view it again, watch the video below. The theme of the evening was “the Wisdom of the Heart.” To explore that topic, authors Lerita Coleman Brown and Colette Lafia and folksinger Caroline Herring joined in the...

Spirit of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses: A New Edition for an “Old Friend”


If you are interested in Celtic mythology — and curious about how to integrate the ancient wisdom from the Celtic people into your spiritual life today — then The Spirit of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses might be for you. I co-authored this book with a good friend, Kathryn Hinds; the first edition was published in 2005. It’s been out of print for a while, and Kathryn passed away after a...

Thanks for Stopping By


I’m glad you’re visiting my website. I’m Carl — and here’s a little bit about me. I am a writer, blogger, podcaster, spiritual director, and speaker. While I work with words for a living, I love to explore what ultimately cannot be put into words: topics like silence and love — and God. On my blog I write about whatever captures my attention, but there are four topics I...

Books by Carl McColman


What Richard Foster and Dallas Willard were to my generation – prime tour guides to the spiritual life – I hope and believe Carl McColman will be for the next generation. If you don’t know about him and his work, you should. — Brian D. McLaren, author of A Generous Orthodoxy and other books   Carl McColman leads us to the brink of lessons no book can teach, then frees us to...

How Mysticism is Unique — and Universal


How, exactly, does Christian mysticism relate to all the other “mysticisms” of the world (Kabbalah, Sufism, Taoism, Vedanta, Zen, etc.)? A reader of this blog writes: I have been reading your Big Book of Christian Mysticism: on page 64 you say that “Ultimately … no absolutely clear distinction can be drawn between Christian and non-Christian mysticism.” This concerns...

A Word of Welcome


Author’s Note: The following post was created as a “Welcome” page for an earlier version of this website. I’m archiving this text here, but some of the references in it are obsolete as it refers to an outdated version of this website. Welcome to my website. I am Carl McColman. I’m a writer and speaker based just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I am fascinated by...

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality is now available! Ask for it at your neighborhood bookstore, or order it online by clicking here.



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