Paul W. Jacob (Jake)

September 2017 - April 2018Jakeonbridge

Jake has dedicated his adult life to his spiritual path and the transformation of consciousness. This path has enabled him to build deep bonds with people from all over the world who represent many different beliefs and practices. His time spent living and working at various monasteries and spiritual retreat centers has helped him to develop a deep understanding of different religious traditions and spiritual philosophies; this discernment has aided his evolution and teaching.

After the completion of his formal education, which includes a M.A. in Writing and Consciousness Studies, he published Modern Nomad magazine for three years. Then, he embarked on an experiential nomadic educational and work journey that took him to 30 countries and 48 states.  During this time Jake lived, worked and volunteered all over the world, including many contemplative periods at Christian, Buddhist, and Zen monasteries, as well as stints working as a chef, writer-in-residence and organic gardener at spiritual retreat centers, and teaching writing to and mentoring at-risk youth in several renowned programs.

BCNFinalFrontCoverJake has taught creative writing and world religions/spiritual classes at various colleges and educational institutions.  However, his true passion in life is leading holistic retreats at spiritual centers throughout North America, such as Ghost Ranch in New Mexico and Cobblestone Springs in New York.

Jake has had several books published by presses in the United States and Canada.  The most notable are Blue Collar Nomad: The Literary Reflections of a Grassroots Pilgrim under his pen name, Jake Kaida, and Nomadic Devotion: A Contemplative Inquiry into the Poetics of Place under his given name. He has also read his work live on several regional NPR programs.NomadicDevotionBook

Some of the journals and magazines where his literary work has been published are: Aji Literary Journal, The Bangalore Review, First Class Literary Magazine, Slow Trains Literary Journal, The Flagler Review, Bywords: Ottawa, Stone Voices Journal, Phage, Inside Out Literary Travel Magazine, Places, Pudding Magazine: The Journal of Applied Poetics, Birmingham magazine, Tuscaloosa magazine, The Tuscaloosa News, The St. Augustine Record, Revolution magazine, Work Literary Magazine, and Modern Nomad magazine.

For more info on Jake's spiritual work and published books, please visit:

Jake is available to teach the following Workshops and Lectures to Stony Point Center guests:

Writing Workshops:

  • Spiritual Writing
  • Poetics of Place
  • Nature Haiku
  • Jazz Poems

Artistic Workshops:

  • Spiritual Shadowboxes
  • Found Nature Paintings
  • Multi-Media Collages
  • Seasonal Masks

Contemplative Lecture Topics:

  • Christian Mystics
  • The Life of Thomas Merton
  • Sacred Gardening
  • Desert Spirituality
  • Mystical Sufi Poets
  • The Peace Pilgrim
  • The Spirit of Place
  • The Music of Place
  • Borders: Real and Imagined
  • The Heart of Christmas
  • Thanksgiving on Land
  • Henri Nouwen and Community

Please email Jake in advance to schedule time with him during your stay at the Stony Point Center (845) 786.5674 or email him with any questions.

If you are a retreat planner, we encourage you to consider how our stunning new 4000 sq ft. Art Space could be used to bring the "creative spirit" into your event while you are here on campus.  We have a large spacious room upstairs, a small pottery studio (four wheels), a woodworking shop, and a fiber arts space downstairs (both floors are accessible). If you would like to use this space for art activities, please contact Mary Romano, our reservations manager. Mary can also help you get in touch with our Artist-in-Residence to see how that person could lead an arts workshop for your group using the theme of your retreat. Rates apply.

Learn more about our Artist-in-Residence program. See below to learn more about the Artist-in-Residence who will be here during your stay.

Learn more about our Art Space.

Ask about Art Programming for your group or for yourself.