bookcover Known to many as a wise conductor of Christian retreats, Pen Eckersley trekked 12,500 feet up into the Himalayas — at age 70 — to spend a month at a Buddhist monastery, in silence.

Her notebook describes a grandmother’s encounter with the mountains, with the Sherpa culture, with Tibetan Buddhism, and with her inner self.

It’s illustrated with 16 colour pages of her own photographs.

"A remarkable, direct, telling experience of what is common in all religions. Her bits of background about her own life give the story real depth. Beautifully written." — Donald Reeves, rector, St James Piccadilly, London

author Somewhat surprisingly, Holding the Silences is Penelope Eckersley’s first book. Her writing began with a journalism diploma from King’s College London and a pre-war stint as a junior reporter on the Kent & Sussex Courier — from the South Downs to the Himalayas, one could say. For many years she worked as a retreat conductor and spiritual director, particularly among the Franciscan and Julian movements and at the Dunamis organization she helped found at St James Piccadilly.

Holding the Silences:
a Nepal notebook

ISBN 0-9533203-0-8
176 pages A5 + 16p colour plates
sewn paperback
8.95 (postage and packing 1.40)
(or hardbound by hand, to order, 20;
marbled 25, p&p 2.50: please enquire)

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