The Desert Foundation is an informal circle of friends exploring the spirit of the desert: landscape and soulscape, including the inner desert of loss and grief. We encourage peace and reconciliation between the three Abrahamic traditions, which grow out of the desert: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Sand and Sky is our web site and publishing outreach, Caravans our biannual newsletter. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit founded in June 2005 by Tessa Bielecki and David Denny. Contributions are tax-deductible. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Box 1000, Crestone, CO 81131.
Tessa Bielecki and Fr. Dave Denny have worked together for over forty years. They began as Carmelite monks in the Spiritual Life Institute where they co-edited Desert Call and gave retreats and workshops. At Colorado College they taught a history of Christian Mysticism and Sand and Sky: Desert Spirituality from the Middle East to the American Southwest. They left monastic life in 2005 and created The Desert Foundation and now live in neighboring hermitages in Crestone, Colorado. Tessa is the author of three books on St. Teresa of Avila and recorded Wild at Heart: Radical Teachings of the Christian Mystics for Sounds True. Fr. Dave serves as chaplain for Image Journal’s Glen Workshops and Seattle Pacific University’s writing residencies. He raises funds for Cross Catholic Outreach, a relief ministry for the poorest of the poor. Both authors recently published Season of Glad Songs: A Christmas Anthology and are now writing their memoirs and collaborating on Caravans, an anthology of Desert Foundation newsletter essays, and Fire and Light: The Passion of the Christian Mystics.