Portrait photography by G Walker and Cassidy Hall.

Emma L Wallace

Amma Emma Wallace is an interfaith, self-ordained queer monk, artist and writer.

She is an artist in residence for those who need her, a founder member of the Queer Bloomsbury Group for the Charleston Trust, part of the AlterEgo network of visionaries, influencers and activists in culture and politics, and a founder member of the interfaith and vision groups of the global non-violent climate action movement, Extinction Rebellion. She hosts and supports gatherings, actions and individuals in the holy work of transforming cultures and preserving sacred ways of life.

Emma is the founder and Abbess of a radical new monastic community on land once in the possession of the Abbey of St Michel de Cuxa in the French Pyrenees, close to the birthplace of fellow Hermit-Monk, American peace activist Fr. Louis - Thomas J. Merton.

She is a former defence and security consultant and social technologies futurist turned conscientious earth protector and contemplative activist.

Her early interest in the fountainhead of religious and spiritual life, that of direct experience and mysticism, led her to follow an eclectic interfaith lineage of influential teachers from multiple traditions including : DT Suzuki, Trappist Monk - Thomas Merton, the Desert Mothers and Fathers of the early Christian monastic tradition, and founder of the Shambala Warrior Training - Tertön Chögyam Trungpa, amongst others.

The mission of Refugi is to embody places of stillness, stability, companionship, sanctuary and hospitality. To bring the power of silence, stillness and inner fire to the Great Turning. Refugi lovingly walks alongside the compassionate and powerfully wise individuals who are committed to the work of the Deep Adaptation to relinquish, restore and rediscover the world based on awareness of our union and interconnectivity with the earth, the heavens and all beings.

A hermit mystic and a prophet for the planet, Emma stands for what she stands on.

Emma is currently on pilgrimage in the UK and USA supporting the social and climate justice movements, returning to the mountain for retreat throughout the year. You can track her pilgrimage on Instagram.

Emma offers spiritual companionship and ministry to lost monks, sacred activists and seekers. You can contact her by email or phone.

Learn more about the refugi meditations and sign up to the free emails. Follow @emmalwallace on Twitter.