Welcome to the ‘Pilgrim and Storyteller’ website
This site shares the
journey of Australian peace activist and writer, Donna Mulhearn,
since embarking on a personal pilgrimage in July 2002, which saw her living in
a Buddhist nunnery in
It includes stories
and photos from her three visits to
Donna was part of the human shield movement during
the war in
She is a former journalist and political adviser who is now an independent writer and speaker on non-violence, spirituality and politics.
Donna’s latest trip to the
She is now doing talks around
In order to undertake aid work in
Donna is motivated by the tradition of non-violent
action, and inspired by the radical Christian teaching of non-violence as a
way of life. Donna’s inspiration to join the human shields was the Prayer of St
She has a spirituality of action and contemplation which includes the practice of Christian Meditation. This is an ancient spiritual tradition, also called the prayer of the heart, which has been revived in recent years through the teaching of the late John Main, a British Benedictine monk.
Christian Meditation allows a person to connect with God within, through silence and stillness. It teaches the use of a mantra, or sacred word, to clear the mind of distractions. Meditation allows a person to ‘be’ in the present moment and over time to develop a deeper sense of self-awareness. John Main said: “in meditation you know who you are because you are who you are”.
The contemplative tradition is a mystical spirituality that encounters the divine within, but also in various places and situations. It also respects and draws wisdom from other spiritual traditions. It creates a heightened sense of love, compassion and justice. Contemplation goes hand-in-hand with action.
Featured on ABC Television’s Australian Story
program, Donna is available for speaking engagements (including images) about
the war on