Sibyl Dana Reynolds is a Spiritual Director, award-winning Author, Visual Artist and founder of the Sisters of Belle Coeur, a contemplative spiritual community. Sibyl nurtures connections between soul work and creative expression. For the past twenty years, she has been a facilitator for the feminine spiritual/creative process. She is passionate about the importance of themes drawn from her study and research of the lives of medieval women including; pilgrimage, monasticism, art, craft, and mysticism.
Sibyl encourages creative expression through journal-keeping and writing. She is the author of the historical novel, Ink and Honey, (Chandelles Press, 2012), named the 2013 Independent Publishers Illuminations Book Award, Gold Medal Winner for General Fiction. Her companion guidebook for Ink and Honey, The Way of Belle Coeur: A Woman’s Vade Mecum, offers spiritual practices and creative inspiration, as well as, iconotypal wisdom f rom the women of Ink and Honey. She is also the author of Be An Angel, (Simon & Schuster, 1994). Her essay Visual Prayers is included in the anthology, Our Turn, Our Time: Women Truly Coming of Age, (Beyond Words Publishing, 2000).
Ordained as the first woman bishop in North America (Roman Catholic Women Priests), Sibyl offers methods to enrich spirituality and daily life through prayer, journaling, contemplative devotion, and sacred ritual. She is featured in director, Jules Hart’s, recent documentary, Pink Smoke Over the Vatican, a film about the ordination of women in the Catholic Church.
A Masters Degree of Theology in Pastoral Ministry, training as a Spiritual Director, and background in Religious Studies and Visual Arts are foundational for her Sacred Life-Artisan online classes. The importance of pilgrimage as a theme for the spiritual journey has inspired Sibyl to lead groups to Chartres Cathedral and sacred places in the natural world.
A sensuist, Sibyl, incorporates an appreciation for the six senses into her teaching and spiritual direction practice. She believes taste, touch, smell, hearing, sight, and intuition are conduits to the Divine and portals to the sacred imagination. The three varying facets of her passion and experience; the value of ancient mystical wisdom, the merging of spirituality with everyday life, and the importance of creative expression, yield inspiration for the human spirit throughout her work.
A mother and a grandmother, Sibyl’s interests include photography, needlearts, and the study of iconography. She lives with her husband in Texas.