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The Anchorhold

Part of being human is that innate but almost indefinable sense of experiencing something which is both other and beyond ourselves.

After qualifying in medicine, exploring this sense took me to live within a religious community for 23 years, and more recently to live as a solitary religious.

The pattern of life that I lead is a modern day interpretation of that of the anchorite.  The anchorhold was the term used for the dwelling of an anchorite.


I live under life vows, according to a Rule of Life and at present, the guardian of my vows is Rt. Rev. Jack Nicholls. It is to him that I am accountable for maintaining the life and Rule that I have professed.



Although I spend time in silence and solitude, I also generate income by working in the areas of spiritual direction, leading retreats and quiet days and spirituality training.  If you would like to explore working with me, then please see the page on Work.

I have also been training as an iconographer for the last four years.


Sr Rachel Overton

I am a solitary religious and offer spiritual direction, retreats and quiet days and I paint icons.


From 2012 until 2021, I was the Bishop's advisor for spirituality for the Diocese of Peterborough and in 2019 received the Dunstan award for the Renewal of prayer and religious life.

I currently live in North Lincolnshire.

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