At the Root


Books by Carol & Tim Flinders


"Nobody navigates the intersection of the spiritual and political like Carol Lee Flinders." 

– Sue Monk Kidd































































About Us




Carol Lee Flinders received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. She spent fifteen years writing about natural foods, co-authoring the popular Laurel's Kitchen cookbooks and writing a weekly syndicated newspaper column.


In 1990 she wrote Enduring Grace: Living Portraits of Seven Women Mystics. Subsequent books include At the Root of This Longing: Reconciling a Spiritual Hunger and a Feminist Thirst, Rebalancing the World, and Enduring Lives: Living Portraits of Women and Faith in Action. The paperback edition of Enduring Lives was published this fall by Orbis Books. Carol has taught courses in mystical literature at UC, Berkeley, and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. 

Carol is currently teaching courses on mysticism and contemplative spirituality at the Sophia Center in Culture and Spirituality, Holy Names University, Oakland, CA. She is presently writing a book for Orbis Books called Gandhi’s Hand that brings the global women’s movement into conversation with Gandhian non-violence.




Tim Flinders, MA, studied English and Sanskrit literature at the University of California, Berkeley and holds a masters degree in Culture and Spirituality. An educator and writer, he has written about meditation, health and spirituality, and Gandhian nonviolence.


His writings on nonviolence appear in Gandhi the Man and  Nonviolent Soldier of Islam. He is the author of The RISE Response: Illness, Wellness and Spirituality, and Thomas Berry's Sacred Surround: An Introduction to this Thought & Spirituality.


Tim lectures on contemplative spirituality at the Sophia Center, Holy Names University, and is a fellow of the Spirituality and Health Institute, Santa Clara University, where he has taught courses on contemplative spirituality and studied the health benefits of meditation for college students. He has published numerous scientific articles on meditation and health.




About Two Rock


Two Rock

MISTAKENLY TRANSLATED by early settlers as "Two Rock," from the Spanish "Dos Piedras," these twin granite outcroppings mark a real place, north of San Francisco, near where we have lived in community for the past forty years.


THE LOCAL MIWOK INDIANS passed between them on their foraging treks between the coastal lowlands and the Sierra foothills. Today there’s a volunteer fire department where the road passes just below the knoll, and dairy cows graze the hillside.


WE LIKE TO THINK that Two Rock was sacred to the Miwok who inhabited the valley below for more than three millennia, presiding over the grasslands that surround it. We made Two Rock the name of our institute because of this sense of a sacred history – a real place, peopled and loved.


IT'S OUR BELIEF that if everyday life is to become sacred, then the places we inhabit must be lived in with commitment and reverence. Medieval European monastics believed this very thing, and took a vow of stabilitas, to stay put. We take no vows ourselves, but we have indeed stayed put.


THE INSTITUTE EXISTS only here, on the web, a virtual but real interchange between like-minded folks who are working for a more peaceable and sustainable future for their children.


 Thanks for visiting . . . .

 Carol & Tim Flinders




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