Author Archives for Fay Cox

Sharing St Catherine’s hidden texts

February 20, 2017 10:24 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On a recent visit to St Catherine we had the privilege of being taken into the library by Father Justin to observe the ambitious renovation project. When completed, the library will be fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology for conservation and access. This is part... Read more

Uneasy holiness in the Sinai Desert

June 7, 2016 3:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Our guest speaker Sara Maitland has written about the enduring search for peace and serenity in the Sinai desert and how the Orthodox monks of St Catherine’s Monastery have prevailed; it is the oldest continuously inhabited Christian monastery in the world and... Read more

Being in the wilderness

March 1, 2016 1:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Rev Dr Emma Loveridge, who founded Wind Sand & Stars, takes us to her own private wilderness which she has created in Devon to reflect on Jesus’ forty days and forty nights in the wilderness, drawing upon her experiences in... Read more

An A – Z of Ethiopia

February 20, 2016 1:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Our intrepid Ethiopia group returned enriched and inspired by guest speaker John Binns, who led them through its fascinating Orthodox Church and traditions, introducing them to local festivals, food and friends along the way: “It was a privilege to spend time... Read more

Surrendering to Sinai

September 30, 2015 12:04 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We are grateful to Elaine Gisbourne & Jo Love for this article, recently published in the Coracle, the quarterly magazine of the Iona Community . When Jo Love fulfilled a longing for the desert, Elaine Gisbourne caught the spark from Jo’s recollections... Read more

Welcome to our desert home

May 5, 2015 1:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the great pleasures of returning to South Sinai is the warm welcome we receive from our trusted guides of the Muzeina Bedouin tribe, who have been looking after Wind Sand & Stars groups for nearly 25 years. These... Read more

The oldest Bible in the world

March 27, 2015 11:56 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Radio 4 have just repeated an excellent programme which tells the incredible story of the Codex Sinaiticus. Hidden for hundreds of years and preserved by the ideal desert conditions, it was discovered by a German scholar in 1844 at St... Read more

Our friends the Bedu

February 4, 2015 11:13 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The legendary desert explorer Wilfred Thesiger describes his experience of Bedouin culture in this wonderful quote from his book Arabian Sands. This is still the case today in South Sinai, where our Bedouin friends remain true to their tribal lore... Read more