A 65-acre, three-hermitage site in the high desert of Crestone, Colorado, in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, co-directed by Tessa Bielecki and Father Dave Denny, Carmelite new monastic hermits. Tessa Bielecki, formerly mother abbess of the Spiritual Life Institute, founded four ecumenical Carmelite monasteries over four decades before co-founding The Desert Foundation in 2005 with Fr. Dave Denny, also formerly of the Spiritual Life Institute.
Tessa Bielecki and Fr. Dave Denny are affiliated partners of the foundation, lending their 40-years of monastic experience to foundation program development, and opening the Desert Foundation property and hermitages for use by the Foundation for New Monasticism & InterSpirituality.
We are pleased to be partnering with Osage: Forest of Peace in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, who will host our next FRIS dialogue-retreat seeking the wisdom of our elders on "Spiritual Formation."
We are also pleased to be partnering with Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, who will host "The New Monastery," exploring ways in which we can re-envision monasteries in today's world.
We are also honored to be receiving support for our initiatives from the beautiful souls at Kalliopeia Foundation in San Rafael, California.