John Philip Newell

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John Philip Newell (born 1953) is a Celtic teacher and author of spirituality and Celtic Christianity.[1]

Canadian by birth, and a citizen also of Scotland, he resides with his family in Edinburgh and works on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2016 he began the School of Earth and Soul (originally called the School of Celtic Consciousness) and teaches regularly in the United States and Canada as well as leading international pilgrimage weeks on Iona in the Western Isles of Scotland.

His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he has authored over fifteen books, including A New Harmony, Sounds of the Eternal, The Rebirthing of God, and his latest books Sacred Earth Sacred Soul.

Newell speaks of himself as ‘a wandering teacher’ following the ancient path of many lone teachers before him in the Celtic world, ‘wandering Scots’ (or scotus vagans as they were called) seeking the wellbeing of the world. He has been described as having ‘the heart of a Celtic bard and the mind of a Celtic scholar’, combining in his teachings the poetic and the intellectual, the head as well as the heart, and spiritual awareness as well as political and ecological concern. In 2020 he relinquished his ordination as a minister of the Church of Scotland as no longer reflecting the heart of his belief in the sacredness of the earth and every human being. He continues, however, to see himself as ‘a grateful son of the Christian household’ seeking to be in relationship with the wisdom of humanity’s other great spiritual traditions.


Title Year Publisher ISBN Subtitles
Each Day and Each Night 1994 Wild Goose Publications 094798853X A Weekly Cycle of Prayers from Iona in the Celtic Tradition; co-author Louise Donaldson
Celtic Prayers from Iona 1997 Paulist Press 0809104888
Listening for the Heartbeat of God 1997 Paulist Press 0809137593 A Celtic Spirituality
The Book of Creation 1999 Paulist Press 0809138999 An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality
One Foot in Eden 1999 Paulist Press 0809138697 A Celtic View of the Stages of Life
Celtic Benediction 2000 William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company 0802839045 Prayers for Morning and Evening
Promptings from Paradise 2000 Paulist Press 0809139359
Sounds of the Eternal 2002 William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company 0802805132 (out of print)
Echo of the Soul 2002 Morehouse Publishing 0819219084 The Sacredness of the Human Body
Shakespeare and the Human Mystery 2005 Paulist Press 080914249X
Celtic Treasure 2005 William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company 080282983X Daily Scriptures and Prayer
Christ of the Celts 2008 Jossey-Bass 0470183502 The Healing of Creation
Praying with the Earth 2011 William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company 0802866530 A Prayerbook for Peace
A New Harmony 2011 Jossey-Bass 0470554673 The Spirit, the Earth, and the Human Soul
The Rebirthing of God 2014 SkyLight Paths 1683364198 Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings
Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul 2021 HarperOne 0063023490 Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to What Our Souls Know and Healing the World


  1. "Earth & Soul". Earth & Soul. Retrieved 2022-05-24.

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