Jun
26
Jun 28

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)

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Jun
19
Jun 21

Thresholds to Prayer

Presented by Clare Ronzani and Bruce Lescher, Ph.D
Opening to the holy in prayer happens in ways both unique and universal.  At different times in our lives our prayer forms change and present us with new “thresholds” to a deeper relationship with the Divine.  This week will engage us in ancient and ever-new forms of prayer in the context of our lives and our world.  The process will include some historical background on types of prayer, engaging in practice, and group reflection.  A contemplative approach will open possibilities for prayer through images, nature, scripture, poetry, and silence.
June 19-21, 2017; 10AM-3:30PM
Cost: $295 (tuition only)

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Jun
12
Jun 14

The Intercultural Church and the Arts

Presented by Eduardo Fernandez, SJ, STD

From the very beginning of Christianity, the arts have played a key role in both enabling worship and also serving as a vehicle for translating the Gospel message to diverse cultures.  This workshop explores the various functions of religious art in general, together with some specific examples from various parts of the globe towards a greater appreciation of how these embody the mystery and reveal to us the grandeur of a God who is not only one but three.  Participants will be invited to reflect and share the role of the arts throughout their spiritual journey.
June 12-14, 2017; 10AM-3:30PM
Cost: $295 (tuition only)

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Jun
5
Jun 7

Heart Speaks to Heart: the Art of Spiritual Friendship

Presented by Wendy M. Wright, Ph.D.
Our presenter, a scholar in the Salesian tradition and author of fifteen books, including The Essential Spirituality Handbook, will focus on friendship – the form of love some have deemed the most Christian of loves – as a spiritual path. Together we will explore together its history, contours, graces and challenges and its place in contemporary spiritual practice. 
June 5-7, 2017, 10AM-3:30PM
Cost: $295 (tuition only)

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