Mirabai Starr is a writer, translator, speaker and teacher.
"God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Mirabai Starr (Monkfish Book Publishing Company) celebrates the common wisdom streams of the three monotheistic traditions."
Video Interview with Mirabai Starr on her book "God of Love," produced at UNM-Taos
June 1 & 2, 2013
CEU's available, Sagebrush Conference Center, Taos
Sponsored by Golden Willow Retreat
September 29 - October 4, 2013
Mt. Vernon, Washington
The 'Snowmass conference' is one of longest running inter-religious experiments ever conducted, founded by Cistercian monk Thomas Keating.
More than 100 invitees including 30 spiritual leaders from ten major world religions gathered over a period of three decades for deep dialogue and spiritual fellowship. Together they discovered striking points of profound agreement across their diverse religious traditions.
Dawn of InterSpirituality
(list of presenters below)
- Galvanize the rapidly emerging field of interspirituality;
- Meet key religious and interspiritual leaders from the USA, South Africa, India, UK, Canada, etc.;
- Explore multiple religious belonging, and inspiring breakthroughs where two or more traditions intersect;
- Meet young interspiritual pioneers who are quenching the spiritual thirst of younger generations;
- Share contemplative practices, prayer, and worship across the faith traditions;
- Discover spirituality beyond religion, and the rapidly growing "spiritual but not religious" movement;
- Explore disciplined interspiritual pathways that draw on the strengths of diverse traditions while avoiding the pitfalls of shallow pluralism;
- Engage in open space, dialogue, and deep connection with seekers of all ages;
- Learn about "new monasticism" and pioneering forms of spiritual community;
- Harvest unique lessons from the 30-year 'Snowmass conference' (see side bar);
- Discover the beautiful Cascadian Center, founded to foster inter-religious harmony and interspiritual training, retreat, and community.
(more to come)
- Rev. Mads Christoffersen, Secretary General
National Council of Churches, Denmark
- Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian, Board of Trustees
Council for a Parliament of the World Religions and Center for Spiritual Enlightenment
- Imam Jamal Rahman, Sufi Muslim Minister, Interfaith Community Sanctuary, co-author, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith and When Religions Go Astray
- Rabbi Rami Shapiro, award winning author,
The Divine Feminine and The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness
- Rev. John Oliver, Founder, Cape Town Interfaith Initiative and Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum,
Cape Town, South Africa
- Sr. Lucy Kurien, Founder, Maher interfaith ashram, Pune, India
- Prof. Celia Kourie, leading scholar of Meister Eckhart and inter-religious mysticism, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
- Prof. Mirabai Starr, professor of comparative religion, Univ. of New Mexico, author, God of Love
- Jan Serfontein, Sediba interspiritual retreat center, near Johannesburg, South Africa
- Kurt Johnson, PhD, co-author, The Coming Interspiritual Age
- Prof. Kathleen Noble, Professor of Consciousness Studies, University of Washington
- Ed Bastian, PhD founder, Spiritual Paths Institute, author, Interspiritual Meditation
- Janet Quinn, PhD, Interspiritual direction
- Rev. Matthew Wright, Multiple religious belonging
- Fr. William Treacy, co-founder, Cascadian Center
Author of critically acclaimed new translations of the Spanish mystics, and reflections on the unifying teachings at the heart of all spiritual paths. Mirabai Starr uses fresh, lyrical language to help make timeless wisdom accessible to a contemporary circle of seekers.
Daughter of the counter-culture, Mirabai was born in New York in 1961 to secular Jewish parents who rejected the patriarchy of institutionalized religion. Intellectual artists and social justice activists, they were active in the anti-war protest movement of the Vietnam era.
In 1972, Mirabai’s mother, father, and her younger brother and sister uprooted from their suburban life and embarked on an extended road trip that led them through the jungles of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where they lived for many months on an isolated Caribbean beach, and ended in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico. There, the family embraced an alternative, “back-to-the-land” lifestyle, in a communal effort to live simply and sustainably, values that remain important to Mirabai to this day.
As a teenager, Mirabai lived at the Lama Foundation, an intentional spiritual community that has honored all the world’s faith traditions since its inception in 1967. This ecumenical experience became formative in the universal quality that has infused Mirabai’s work ever since.
Mirabai has been an adjunct professor of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos since 1993. Her emphasis is on making connections between the perennial teachings found at the heart of all the world’s spiritual paths, in an effort to promote peace and justice.
Mirabai speaks and teaches nationally and internationally on the teachings of the mystics and contemplative practice, and is a certified bereavement counselor. She is available for interviews, speaking engagements, workshops and contemplative retreats.
She lives in the mountains of Northern New Mexico with her husband, Jeff Little (Ganga Das). Between them, Mirabai and Jeff have four grown daughters and six grandchildren. Mirabai’s youngest daughter, Jenny, was killed in a car accident in 2001 at the age of fourteen. On that same day, Mirabai’s first book, a translation of Dark Night of the Soul, was released. She considers this experience, and the connection between profound loss and longing for God, the ground of her own spiritual life.