New Book Maps Spiritual Landscape of Maine

December 17, 2005

Source: Bangor Daily News

On December 17, 2005 the Bangor Daily News reported, "Ever feel tempted to consult a shaman? Or learn how to be a shaman? Interested in finding out about solstice celebrations conducted by local pagans? Wondering what Swedenborgianism is all about? Curious about the much-persecuted Baha'i Faith? Looking to find a compatible meditation group? Information on these topics and many, many more can be found in Karen Wentworth Batignani's book, a compendium of the history, location and beliefs surrounding spiritual practices in Maine. The reader is bound to be impressed by the diversity and richness of such practices. For example, who would have thought there would be a Hindu ashram in Industry, 20 miles north of Farmington? Everyone knows about the Shakers at Sabbathday Lake and the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield, but probably few know there is an Amish community in Smyrna and Sufi centers in Portland and Brunswick or that you can study kundalini yoga in Island Falls. 'Exploring the Spirit of Maine' deals mostly with lesser-known, mystical and alternative religions."