Solitaries in Ordinary Life

Living the silence in everyday life.

Who Are Solitaries?

Solitaries are people who choose to live alone in silence and solitude, usually to pursue a deeper religious experience. They are some times called anchorites, hermits or recluses.

Solitaries are committed to silence and solitude, to listening for the truth about God, themselves and others, listening for the voice of wisdom within creation and letting go of those attitudes, behaviours and ideas about themselves and others which hinder them from experiencing an authentic life.

While solitaries purpose is to live alone so as to concentrate on their spiritual journey, they often cannot avoid living and moving among people, especially in modern times.

Who Are 'Solitaries in Ordinary Life'?

'Solitaries in Ordinary Life' aims to support those who desire such a life but are required to live it out in daily life. SOL seeks those who wish to pursue such a life and invites them to accept a broad Rule of Life (or the Eight Commitments) as outlined below. If these are acceptable to you and you want to journey with others then go to. and click on 'Join Us'. There is no cost. This is simply an opportunity to share our passion for silence and solitude in daly life with each other, to gain guidance, support and wisdom from others and to share our experiences.


'Leave me alone with God as much as may be.

As the tide draws the waters close in upon the shore,

Make me an island, set apart,

alone with you, God, holy to you.

Then with the turning of the tide

prepare me to carry your presence to the busy world beyond,

the world that rushes in on me

till the waters come again and fold me back to you.'

-St Aidan

The Rule

"Our Commitment" is to:

1. Be present in my life and it’s journey of discovery.

2. Be present in silence and solitude, even when I am with others.

3. Be humble and other focused at all times

4. Be open to forgiveness.

5. Be available to God and others.

6. Be active in your local church, workplace and community.

7. Be vulnerable to love.

8. Be a participant in the sacraments of the church, particularly the Eucharist.

9. Bea participant in one silent retreat annually.

Who Am I?

Father Glenn Loughrey is an Anglican priest in Australia. He has a Masters in Theology majoring in spirituality and is presently the chaplain to an independent Anglican pre-school to year 12 school. He has implemented stillness, meditation and silent retreats for students across the whole school and is developing a process of spiritual direction for interested students. He is presently doing his research thesis at the University of Newcastle on "Thomas Merton and His Relevance for Modern Youth".