The Passion of the Mystics: A Contemplative Journey
Led by Mirabai Starr
Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Church of Our Saviour | 535 West Roses Road, San Gabriel, CA
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Price| $48 (lunch included)
$38 (without lunch)
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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.
Mirabai Starr is a scholar and mystic who brings a completely unique background to her spiritual life and journey. She was raised in a secular Jewish household and is a translator of the Christian mystics, a lover of the Sufi mystical tradition, and a Buddhist meditation practitioner since the age of sixteen. Her books include God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam ; Teresa of Avila: The Book of My Life ; Mother of God: Similar to Fire ; and many other titles. Starr is also adjunct professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of New Mexico.