The Golden Sufi Center

Spiritual Ecology: 10 Practices

NEW: May 2017

10 Practices to Reawaken the Sacred in Everyday Life

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
and Hilary Hart

“This small book, exquisite in its luminous simplicity, brings me home to my life. Even in a dark time, its practices center me in a sense of the sacred, our birthright.”

JOANNA MACY, teacher/activist, and author, Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work that Reconnects
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publication date: May 1, 2017
112 pages, paperback$12.95, ebook $9.99
ISBN: 978-1941394182, 7.25 x 5.25 inches
distribution: Independent Publishers Group
Contact: Seana Quinn,, tel: 415-663-0100


Spiritual Ecology: 10 Practices to Reawaken the Sacred in Everyday Life offers inspiring and practical guidance for reconnecting to the sacred in every day life and transforming our relationship with the Earth. Describing the power of simple, daily practices such as Walking, Gardening, Cooking with Love, and Prayer, this small book supports profound changes in how we think about and respond to the ecological crisis of our times.

Spiritual Ecology: 10 Practices to Reawaken the Sacred in Everyday Life follows our groundbreaking Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth, now in its second edition, which included spiritual perspectives on climate change, species loss, deforestation, and other aspects of our present environmental crises from renowned spiritual teachers, scientists, and indigenous leaders. That book drew an overwhelmingly positive reaction from readers, many of whom are asking: “What can I do?”

Spiritual Ecology: 10 Practices to Reawaken the Sacred in Everyday Life answers that question with inspiring, personal anecdotes from the author – Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee – and simple practices we all can do. Rooted in the mystical foundation of the world’s great spiritual traditions, with a particular connection to Sufism, these timeless practices remind readers of our deep connections to life, each other, and the Earth, and invite a return of meaning to our desecrated world.

As Rumi says, “there are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground,” and it is this sacred ground that is calling to us, that needs our living presence, our attentiveness. This small book offers simple ways to reconnect so that we can once again feel the music, the song of our living connection with the Earth.

“Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee's book on practices for Spiritual Ecology in everyday life awakens us to the potential to take small steps towards big transformation. It overcomes the artificial divide between nature and humans, and spirituality and action. No matter who we are, where we live, these are steps each of us can take.” —VANDANA SHIVA, activist and author

“A beautiful book. Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Hilary Hart do a brilliant job sharing simple and powerful practices that help readers connect to the sacredness within nature, the earth, and our own daily lives.”
, author, Walking in Light:
The Everyday Empowerment of Shamanic Life

“In their lovely book Spiritual Ecology: 10 Ways to Awaken the Sacred in Everyday Life, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Hilary Hart offer thoughtful contemplations to help bring our attention back to our mind's most basic capacities of seeing clearly and extending love and warmth to ourselves andothers. Taking time every day to connect with the goodness within ourselves – and the goodwill that wishes to share that with others – has always been the heart of spiritual life. Reminding ourselves to do this all the time is so important. I hope this book helps many people connect with well-being and positive intentions every day of their lives.”
, President of Nalandabodhi,
founder of Nitartha Institute, and author

“Truly wakes you up. Just perusing the practice list—among them, walking, breathing, gardening, planting seeds, cooking, cleaning, simplicity, prayer—you realize 'Hey, I could be doing all this, not just reading a book!' Leaning into what these practices might mean for me caused me to both Remember and Relax . . . . a great book, hand in hand with the authors’ perennial message of Spiritual Ecology.”
, ecologist, co-author,
The Coming Interspiritual Age





1. Walking

2. Breathing

3. Gardening

4. Seeds and Their Stories

5. Cooking with Love

6. Cleaning

7. Simplicity

8. Prayer

9. Death

10. Meaning and the Sacred




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May 3, 2017, New Article: Tablet Magazine has just published the excerpt: "Clean Your Room: Our spiritual ecology is messed up. Time to put things in order."

May 1, 2017, New Article: Parabola has just published an excerpt from chapter 6, The Art of Cleaning.

April, 2017, New Articles: chapter 1: Walking, published in Kosmos;
and chapter 7, Simplicity, published in Common Ground.



Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., was born in London in 1953 and has followed the Sufi path since he was nineteen. In 1991 he moved with his family to Northern California and founded The Golden Sufi Center. Author of several books, he has specialized in the area of dreamwork, integrating the ancient Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of modern psychology. Since 2000 the focus of his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, and an awakening global consciousness of oneness. More recently he has written about the feminine, the Anima Mundi (world soul), and spiritual ecology ( and He has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday, and featured on the Global Spirit series shown on PBS.


Hilary Hart


Hilary Hart is the author of three books about mysticism with a focus on women and feminine consciousness. She has been on the Sufi path since 1998. Originally from New England, Hilary currently lives in Taos, New Mexico. Her previous books include Body of Wisdom: Women's Spiritual Power and How It Serves and The Unknown She: Eight Faces of an Emerging Consciousness. Further information: