gunilla norris

Gunilla Norris’ parents were world travelers in the Swedish diplomatic corps and so she grew up essentially in three places: Argentina, Sweden and the United States. As a child she was given a rich exposure to different languages and cultures.

She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.S. from Bridgeport University in the field of human development. She is a mother and a grandmother. She has been a psychotherapist in private practice for more than thirty years and has felt privileged to accompany many people on their journeys to growth and healing. Her special love has been teaching meditation and leading contemplative workshops of many kinds.

As a writer Gunilla has published eleven children’s books, one book of poetry and six books on spirituality including: Being Home, Becoming Bread, Inviting Silence, A Mystic Garden, Simple Ways and Sheltered in the Heart.

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Calling the creatures

978-1953340283 |  Trade paperback | 144pp | List: $18.00

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Gunilla Norris has written a book that spans decades of her life. She invites us to wonder what calls us into recollection. It is always a mystery when an inner voice asks for attention. In a long life, that call can be insistent and want a welcome for a vast array of experiences. Gunilla likens this to the calling of farm animals back to the barn after foraging all day which she witnessed in northern Sweden as a child.

Meaningful experiences, be they losses, loves, queries or epiphanies, want sanctuary. If the doors of the heart are open, the recollections can enter again, come back home so to speak and be recognized as the poems of a life.


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Sheltered in the heart

978-1938846496 |  Trade paperback | 134pp | List: $16.95

  • 2013 Pushcart Prize Nomination
  • Finalist 2013 Foreword Review Book of the Year Award
  • 2014 Nautilus Book Award Silver Medal 
  • Winner 2013 Foreword Review Book of the Year Award Finalist 
  • Winner of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Best Spiritual Title

To have the deep love of a friend is to have the shelter in which to embody more and more of the essence that we each are. In her book Gunilla Norris shows how in holding each other with trust and compassion our shells fall away and we emerge into the world as freer beings. Participating in a true friendship is profound and holy work. This book is a gift for the journey.


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more from gunilla norris

Joy is the Thinnest Layer

by Gunilla Norris 

When the heart is touched it wants to sing songs of recognized experience. Call it poetry for then image, cadence and word melt together as one. This book of poems is about such experiences. That depth of feeling encompasses both desolation and consolation and so brings the reader close to the pulse of life, to joy, the thinnest layer. Read.

Companions on the Way

by Gunilla Norris 

“In Companions on the Way, Gunilla Norris has given us all a magnificent gift: A simple book of wisdom so straightforward, so without jargon, and so comforting to read, that no one will want to be without it on the bedside table. Here is a lifetime of good sense. Here are beautiful sentences. And here is a book that is like Grandmother’s arms: entirely reassuring, safe, full of sweetness, and a deep sense of home.” –Stephen Cope, bestselling author of The Great Work of Your Life


Touched by Blessing

by Gunilla Norris

Sometimes memories return like small caresses, or little feather touches from the past. We smile, remember, savor and perhaps even wince a bit. Then the memories fade and are forgotten. But if the feather touches persist, there is a story that wants to take wing. The recollections accumulate and gather substance. Slowly a time that was touched by blessing and meaning is brought to life again. It has a wingspan and wants to be shared. Read More


by Gunilla Norris

“…Self-improvement readers all too often receive books of admonitions that focus more on end results than the actual nuts and bolts of the process itself. Match is all about firing up a course of action and committing to its enactment: and if 90 days of focused meditations and reflection sounds easy–it’s not. …This is only the beginning of a lifelong journey. …Those ready to undertake such a journey will find no better starting point than Match.” —Midwest Book Review

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