Pythia Peay got her start as a writer in 1968, when her weekly column “Wildflowers” ran in the Oak Grove, Missouri High School newspaper. After a decade in the San Francisco area at the height of the spiritual renaissance, where she studied with the Sufi teacher Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, she began her career writing about spiritual and psychological themes.
Her trademark down-to-earth articles about matters of the soul – whether the soul of the city, the messages in our nightly dreams, deep politics, or finding our calling – have appeared in media such as Washingtonian, The Huffington Post, Washington Post On Faith, Beliefnet, George, New Woman, Common Boundary, Ode, and Utne magazine.
Her columns for Religion News Service have appeared in newspapers around the country, from The Cleveland Plain Dealer, to The Kansas City Star and The Salt Lake Tribune. The author of Soul Sisters: The Five Sacred Qualities of a Woman's Soul, Peay also lectures and offers workshops on women's spirituality.
For the last six years, she has worked to complete a psychological memoir, American Icarus, a deeply researched book into the life and times of her father, and their turbulent father-daughter relationship. She makes her home in the Washington, D.C. area.