Author, artist, and counselor, Savitri has been a devotee of Amma for 20 years and lived in Amma's ashram in South India, for months at a time annually, from 1992-2005. From 1973-1980, before Savitri met Amma, she was resident of the Shankaracharya ashram in the Poconos, PA. In 1980's, she opened and directed her own yoga and meditation center in Tucson, AZ. With masters degrees in fiber art and in counseling psychology, Savitri is a recipient of Fulbright and National Endowment for the Arts grants. She continues on her path with Amma while living on Mt. Desert Island in Maine, where she weaves, writes, and offers a private counseling practice.

What People are saying about The Sophia Secrets:


"This work is quietly and splendidly mythic with startlingly apt turns and surprises."
--Author of Wayfaring Traveler


"I absolutely loved your book...!!! It gave me the feeling of actually being out there where you live...Can you write a sequel?"
--Alana Woods,
Music Educator and healer


"I didn't want it to end."
--Rosalie Kell, Graphic Artist


Publications & Editorial Services

Editorial Services
Are you writing a book or a magazine article? A musical? Do you need help with your story-line? Your character development? Would you like a little coaching on creative writing skills? Fiction or creative non-fiction--I'd love to work with you.

Books


The Path of the Mother
Framed by Savitri Bess's own years of devotion to one of the Universal Mother's most famous, contemporary incarnations--the Hindu mystic Ammachi. Interweaving Hindu myths with Savitri's own quest and those of others, she reveals this journey as an exodus from aloneness into integration of spiritual practices with a life grounded in love for all humanity and the environment.


The Archetype of an Elder
Reprinted from The Mountain Astrologer


The Sophia Secrets
A magical realism novel of romance, goddesses, visions, and an elder's search for meaning. A coming of old age story, growing young in old bones. Set in a down-home village on the coast of Downeast, Maine. Featuring a writer, a mysterious old woman, an elderly man and his drug-addicted grandson.


Sophia Secrets Synopsis


When writer Anne Demaree moves from New Mexico to a bungalow by the sea in Southwest Harbor, Maine, she hasn't a clue what is in store for her. After a life-altering experience at a Kali Temple in India, Anne is determined to get her life on track and so she prays to Kali.

However, Anne neglects to take into account that you do not ask for Kaliís help without accepting the consequences. Kali is, after all, the Goddess of Transformation.

A mysterious old woman bearing no resemblance to Kali, shows up while Anne is hiking on a mossy trail in Acadia National Park. The woman tells Anne she must follow her, because Anne is running out of time. Is the old woman real? Anne suspects the old woman is a forest being, kind of like you might find in Ireland.

Whoever she is, the old woman keeps showing up in the most unusual places and times, with all manner of tricks to help pry open Anne's closed mind, even going so far as to call upon a few Indian goddesses. Bizarre sights to see amidst firs and birches while cross-country skiiing on a Carriage Road or rowing to a nearby island on the icy Atlantic.

To complicate her life even further, Anne has found a tender love interest in Adam Waterfield, a retired philosophy professor and Cranberry Island native. A crisis with Adamís drug-troubled grandson soon finds Anne at dead-center of the turmoil.


offer me a flower, a novel
On a search for the enigmatic Mother of her childhood, the Mother who promised she would some day return, luce encounters wolves, coyotes, shamans, desert tricksters, her own inner demons, and more. A story of adventure and romance in the tradition of quest literature


The Adventures of Hickory Stroogle
Hickory Stroogle, a fantasy story set on an island in the Hebrides (long before the islands were known by that name). The story is calligraphed on handmade paper (abaca and cotton linter), illustrated with pulp painting, and put together in chapter book (accordion style and stab stitched). Click "Hickory Stroogle" link for illustrations and excerpt.

The Adventures of Hickory Stroogle, Prologue

Hickory Stroogle, Chapter One



Selected Works

Editorial Services
Are you writing a book or a magazine article? A musical? Do you need help with your story-line? Your character development? Would you like a little coaching on creative writing skills? Fiction or creative non-fiction--I'd love to work with you.
Books
A six-stage journey with the Great Mother, framed by Savitri Bess's own years of devotion to the Hindu mystic Ammachi (Mata Amritanandamayi).
A coming of old age story. A magical realism novel of mystery, romance, goddesses set in the village of Southwest Harbor, on the coast of "Downeast" Maine.
Adventure, romance, in the tradition of quest literature. A fast-paced story set in the Sonoran Desert where coyotes play a magical role.
Magazine Articles
An astrological study using mythology as metaphor
handmade books
Hickory Stroogle, a fantasy story set on an island in the Hebrides (long before the islands were known by that name).

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