The Whole Heaven Catalog: A Resource Guide to Products, Services, Arts, Crafts and Festivals of Religious, Spiritual, and Cooperative Communities

The Whole Heaven Catalog: A Resource Guide to Products, Services, Arts, Crafts and Festivals of Religious, Spiritual, and Cooperative Communities

by Jack Kelly, Marcia M. Kelly
     
 

Here is an irresistible compendium of products and services that can be purchased by mail or on-site from more than 250 religious, spiritual, and cooperative communities. Much like the Kellys' ever-popular Sanctuaries guides to lodgings in monasteries, abbeys, and retreats, The Whole Heaven Catalog includes a description of each community, an explanation of why and…  See more details below

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Here is an irresistible compendium of products and services that can be purchased by mail or on-site from more than 250 religious, spiritual, and cooperative communities. Much like the Kellys' ever-popular Sanctuaries guides to lodgings in monasteries, abbeys, and retreats, The Whole Heaven Catalog includes a description of each community, an explanation of why and how it makes what it does, and often an anecdote about its history—together with its address; phone and fax numbers; E-mail address and Web site, if appropriate; plus a listing of all the available products and information on whether there is a gift shop or catalog. With this book you will be able to buy all the wonderful things produced by the artists, writers, cooks, farmers, weavers, potters, and other visionaries who live in these secluded places, in addition to supporting them in their endeavors. And there's also a calendar of events so that you can time your visit to an equinox celebration, a plum blossom festival, or an auction of miniature horses, to name a few.

Here are just some of the treasures you can sample:

  • Strawberry preserves from St. Joseph's Abbey
  • Windbells from Arcosanti
  • Peanut brittle from Subiaco Abbey
  • Healing tea from Sikh Dharma/3HO Foundation
  • Gifts of compassionate action from the Seva Foundation
  • Birdcall tapes from Lichen
  • Handcrafted rosaries from St. Scholastica Priory
  • Bonsai plants, books, and tools from Our Lady of the Holy Spirit
  • Daily 900-number Gospel reflections from the Monastery of St. Gertrude
  • Wildflower seeds from Ion Exchange Village
  • Hammocks from East Wind Community
  • Port Salutfrom the Abbey of Gethsemani
  • An ice-skating rink in an old Shaker barn at the Notre Dame Spiritual Center
  • Lawn maintenance from the Community of Jesus
  • Fruitcake from Assumption Abbey
  • Dog-training from New Skete Communities
  • Christmas trees from St. Paul's Abbey
  • Wooden furniture and toys from Woodcrest Bruderhof
  • Prayer flags from the Lama Foundation
  • Handpainted chinaware from the Monastery of Bethlehem
  • Sheepskin slippers from Mount Saviour Monastery
  • Bicycle trailers from Cerro Gordo Community
  • Llamas from Sacred Heart Monastery
  • Biscotti from Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey
  • Fertilizer from Mepkin Abbey's chickens
  • Honey from the Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity
  • Soap from Community in Rutland New Social Order in Messiah

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Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
Homegrown

Marcia and Jack Kelly, authors of Sanctuaries, have a wide background in the spiritual arts. In their latest book, The Whole Heaven Catalog, the Kellys provide readers with a list of products and services offered by religious, spiritual, and cooperative communities around the country. Broken down by state, the products offered in The Whole Heaven Catalog run the gamut from peanut brittle made in Arkansas's Subiaco Abbey to an ice-skating rink located in the Notre Dame Spiritual Center of Maine.

Since many of the communities profiled offer their services only via mail, The Whole Heaven Catalog acts as a sort of catalogue of catalogues; it details the goods and services offered by each group, delving into their histories and providing a full picture of each business. These outfits also come in many shapes and forms, from universities (such as St. Martin's Abbey in Washington, which also has the distinction of being the only Benedictine college in the western U.S.) to hermitages (like the Nada Hermitage in Colorado, where a small group of people live in adobe huts, and which offers tapes and books of its leader's philosophies).

The Whole Heaven Catalog serves as both a guide to finding products made with care by people who have devoted their lives to a higher power, and a testament to the current power the spiritual world has in United States culture.
— barnesandnoble.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780609801208
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/18/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.39(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Marcia and Jack Kelly are writers who live in New York. Over the years they have chosen monasteries and retreats as their stopping places in their travels, and have now visited more than 250 such places. Their first book, Sanctuaries: The Northeast, was published in 1991. Sanctuaries: The West Coast and Southwest followed in 1993, and Sanctuaries: The Complete United States appeared in 1996. They have also edited One Hundred Graces, a collection of mealtime blessings gathered along the way. Marcia Kelly is also the author of Heavenly Feasts: Memorable Meals from Monasteries, Abbeys, and Retreats.

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