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John Philip Newell is a poet, a scholar and a teacher. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is currently Writer/Theologian for The Cathedral of the Isles on Cumbrae. He is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, including his best known titles Listening for the Hearbeat of God and his poetic book of prayer Sounds of the Eternal. He is an ordained Church of Scotland minister with a passion for ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. Canadian by birth, he lives in Edinburgh with his family where he undertook his doctoral research in Celtic Christianity. Since then he has played a leading role on both sides of the Atlantic in the re-birthing of a creation spirituality for today. His call is for a future church to return to its basic heritage of finding Christ in Creation.

The Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell is committed to being the resident Companion/Theologian for the Casa del Sol, the Spiritual Retreat House of Ghost Ranch. He continues to help guide Casa del Sol in listening to the deep spiritual longings of those who journey to the high desert. In this process he is helping to lay the foundation stones for a “community” in the high desert.

John Philip’s wife, Ali Newell, is a Church of Scotland minister who works as a spiritual advisor for the Ignatian Center of Spirituality in Glasgow. She and Philip have four children and live in Edinburgh.

You can read more about Philip Newell at His books and CD’s are available at the Ghost Ranch Trading Post.