On June 25, 2013, I had the great pleasure of interviewing writer, traveling teacher and activist Parker Palmer. Parker is the author of numerous books such as The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Towards an Undivided Life and his most recent one, Healing the Heart of Democracy. His work with the Circles of Trust process led to the founding of the Center for Courage & Renewal, an organization that has trained thousands of people in how to cultivate their inner capacity to lead a more authentic, meaningful and engaged life. Or, as Parker puts in, “to meld soul and role”.

Our discussion formed an integral part of the development of content for my article about his work which was published in the January 2014 issue of Science of Mind magazine.  Yet, I was always struck by the richness of our conversation and wished that more of it could have made it into the pages of the magazine. Print periodicals always face such space limitations. Recently I contacted Parker and received his permission to share the recording of our discussion here at Conscious Bridge.  I have edited our conversation into three parts which I know you will find interesting.

In this first part of our interview, Parker discusses the evolution of his work, the impact of his time living at the Quaker community Pendle Hill, the concept of “ethical mysticism” and the spiritual practice of creative writing.

For more information on Parker’s books, click here.


Mark Gilbert

NOTE:  Click here to go to Part 2 of this interview.  Click here to go to Part 3.


Check out all of Mark Gilbert’s books—available at Amazon. Click here to visit his Author Page. This includes his very latest one Becoming a Spiritual Change Agent. Check it out!