"Gilbert was a hermit who lived deep in the woods along the Penobscot River."

Hermit is a term used to describe someone who chooses to live apart from society – seeking wisdom or spiritual enlightenment from solitude and nature.  It is derived from the Greek eremia for "of the desert," in reference to the desert theology of the Old Testament.  St. John the Baptist, St. Benedict of Nursia, St. Seraphim of Sarov, and Gautma Buddha are some influential early hermits, mystics and holy men.