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.

Street Cred

Shannon K. Evans is the author of Feminist Prayers for My Daughter, Rewilding Motherhood, and Luminous: A 30-day Journal.

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.

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Finding our way back to a spirituality of presence, freedom, and mystery.


Shannon K. Evans is a writer and speaker whose work centers the intersection of contemplative spirituality and social change. She is the author of Rewilding Motherhood and Feminist Prayers for My Daughter.