Joanna Tulloch

Joanna Tulloch was brought up in an Anglican home in Essex and her early memories of going to the local church (St Mary’s) are of its beauty and the wonderful choral music, but she also recalls a sense of fear; of a judgemental God rather than a loving one. This changed when she went to a Methodist boarding school.

Early experiences  2.22′

After training as a local preacher, Joanna gained her accreditation in 1986 and did a lot of preaching particularly during the summer months when there was a shortage of preachers. In her professional life, Joanna was a librarian and after having a family, she joined OED, Oxford English Dictionaries, at the Oxford University Press.

First Impressions, fellowship and preaching 2.25′

After training as a local preacher, Joanna gained her accreditation in 1986 and did a lot of preaching particularly during the summer months when there was a shortage of preachers. In her professional life, Joanna was a librarian and after having a family, she joined OED, Oxford English Dictionaries, at the Oxford University Press.

In the 1990s Joanna had a break down which led to her spending several periods in hospital. During these years, Joanna had what she describes as ‘a conversion experience’. This linked back to an incident in her childhood, as she explains in this extract.

Illness and Faith  4.10′

This image and words increasingly helped Joanna during the dark times of her illness, and each time she had the vision, she gained ‘a life lesson’, helping her move forward. She also started going on retreats, often at Glastonbury and sometimes based on a Benedictine lifestyle.

Joanna became involved in ‘visual prayer’, particularly seeing things in nature that became symbols of her spiritual growth. She started painting, often creating images of her visions, and writing poetry to go with the paintings. In 2018 Joanna published a book called The Invitation to the Garden: A Mystical Journey’, which was based on her experiences.

In this last extract, Joanna reads one of her poems ‘Grey Green’.

Poem Grey Green  0.53′

Examples of Joanna’s pictures

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