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The Passion of the Mystics: A Contemplative Journey

June 26, 2017 - June 28, 2017

The Passion of the Mystics: A Contemplative Journey

Presented by Mirabai Starr
The mystics of all traditions claim that their love-encounter with the Holy One defies all description and yet their experience of longing and union pours out in the form of ecstatic, luminous and richly descriptive poetry and prose.
     In this workshop, we read short passages from the works of the great Christian mystics, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, Francis and Claire of Assisi, and Hildegard of Bingen, as well as Sufi saint, Rabia, Hindu poet, Mirabai, and others, engaging these evocative words as objects of Lectio Divina (sacred reading).
     Then, grounding our encounter with the mystics in our own experience, we respond to writing prompts to access our unique voice and deepen our personal journey.
     Inter-spiritual chanting and simple body practices support and balance our contemplative readings and writing exercises.
June 26-28, 2017; 10AM-3:30PM
Cost: $295 (tuition only)


School of Applied Theology
5890 Birch Court
Oakland, CA 94618 United States
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