“I want to do extraordinary things,
and help others do them.
I want to feel what the epic heroes felt
Even when they were scared.”
I’m André, your rogue priest. I’m a writer, a philosopher, and a professional adventurer.
For me, adventure is a life practice, a tool for challenging yourself beyond your limit. To adventure is not just to discover who you are, but to re-create what you find.
I’m a polytheist priest. That means I recognize many faces of the divine, and I admit I do not know what the divine is. In fact, I’m on a rather long quest to find out if it exists at all. I do know that there is a powerful, beautiful force that moves many people through their spirituality. But I don’t know what that force is.
Instead of putting my faith in it, I prefer to travel, learn and ask questions. And I like to think that we all have the power to improve our own lives, starting with ourselves, no matter what we believe. I’m traveling across the Americas to help others do that.
Here’s my story:
- At age 14 I began to follow the gods of nature. I never expected I would become their priest.
- At 17 I wanted to learn to fly planes. My dad convinced me to study philosophy instead. He worked at a coal plant and wanted his kids get educated. He’s a smart guy.
- At 20 I had my first adventure. I led a field study of possible stone circles on an island in Lake Michigan. For seven weeks we camped in a swamp, blistered in the sun, and shivered in the rain. We found no stone circles. I learned how to lead, and I knew my life would be one of adventure.
- At 22 I founded Temple of the River in Minneapolis. Together with the encouragement and help of my students we built a large community and, eventually, constructed the first Irish polytheist temple in the United States.
- In 2006 I lived with hunter gatherers. I learned how to exist in the wild. Everything I thought I knew about nature was radically redefined, and I discovered it’s possible to live comfortably with almost nothing.
- I began to question the value of a sedentary life. The freedom and challenge of the open road called to me.
- In 2010, walking on a broken ankle, I went into retreat and rewrote the heart of my teachings. The purpose of spirituality is to challenge and transform the individual. We are all capable of extraordinary things, and I want to do those things and help others do them.
Now I travel, trying to understand the meaning of heroism and determined to meet the gods.
I like hearing from readers. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I take a while to respond, but I will.
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I do not actively use Facebook, but you can get updates there if you like.
I make my living writing and as a priest. If you want to help, you can get my book.