Welcome to The Rewilded Life.
I’m Shannon Evans. I am a writer in the contemplative Catholic tradition, with some spicy kicks of social justice and ecofeminism sprinkled in for good measure. I am also a spiritual retreat leader and sometimes speaker, though I prefer the former to the latter because, well, the introvert force is strong with this one.
My family makes our home on a central Iowa prairie, where you can usually find me traipsing around to see what kind of scat I might find today. (And then writing something metaphorical about it, for better or for worse.) I adore this place that continually unfolds itself before me.
I write books. I mother children. I believe in liberation. I pray in the woods.
For some reason, your spiritual vitality is important to me. Call me crazy, but somewhere along the way I realized that we are too interconnected for it to be otherwise. And so I show up and write for you here, not because I think I have something to teach you, but because I think wondering and wandering together is the closest we come to God.
Shannon is the spirituality and culture editor for National Catholic Reporter, writes and leads retreats for the Jesuit Conference (among other places), and is a regular contributor to Franciscan Media. Her work has also appeared in America, U.S. Catholic, Red Letter Christians, and Geez, among many other places. Her career peaked when she co-led a workshop on anti-racism for Sesame Street in Communities, so now its downhill from here.