Fully Alive with Elizabeth Oldfield

The headlines are grim, and the world feels apocalyptic. It’s time to become the people the world needs right now.

“I don’t know how to fix climate change or geopolitics, but I know what I’m called to do, which is put my roots down deep into love and be growing up, be becoming the kind of person that the world needs.”

Elizabeth Oldfield is the author of the book Fully Alive: Tending to the Soul in Turbulent Times – and turbulent our times are. Climate anxiety, political polarisation, social unrest, and diminishing attention spans haunt our days. Also present, but perhaps less obviously so: our gnawing spiritual hunger and desire for connection with ourselves, each other, and maybe even what Elizabeth calls “the G bomb”: God.

In this interview with Life & Faith, Elizabeth talks about “steadiness of soul” in an increasingly chaotic world and what it means to live in a small, intentional community or “micro monastery” that can fit 18 people around the dinner table. The conversation also covers how Elizabeth has managed to cultivate a space for profound chats across social divides in the podcast The Sacred, and what it meant for Elizabeth to flout careerist dogma and quit her stable, secure job to rest and lean into a different way of life.



Elizabeth Oldfield’s book Fully Alive: Tending to the Soul in Turbulent Times 

Her letter about leaving her job that hit a nerve with people 

Her Substack newsletter Fully Alive 

The Sacred Podcast