Praying with the English Mystics: Contemplative Wisdom for Challenging Times

May 12, 2020 - May 14, 2020
Suggested Donation: $15/session
1615 Route 9W (or Broadway)
West ParkNY12493

Led By: Carl McColman

From the visionary optimism of Julian of Norwich, to the contemplative guidance of The Cloud of Unknowing and the encouraging words of Evelyn Underhill, England has been home to a rich lineage of spiritual teachers. These great mystics have shared their timeless wisdom through a treasury of poetic and inspirational writings that continue to point us to a joyful and prayerful spiritual life.

Our time together will include three conferences where we will explore the life and teachings of the English mystics, with an eye to applying their wisdom to our daily life. We’ll explore their practical instruction for meditation, and contemplation, and reflect together on how their down-to-earth methods of prayer can transform our spiritual practice today.

Please join us on Zoom for any or all of these three sessions, offered at 2pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 12-14. Each session will last about one hour. We’ll post the link here the week of the retreat.

We suggest a donation of $15/session for this retreat, which you can offer at Please put “English mystics retreat” in the memo line of your donation. No one will be required to donate in order to join the sessions.

No preregistration is required for this retreat.


Retreat leader Carl McColman is the author of several books, including Befriending SilenceAnswering the Contemplative Call, and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. He blogs on Christian spirituality and contemplative living at McColman is a life-professed Lay Cistercian (a layperson under formal spiritual guidance of Cistercian monks) affiliated with the Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia. He has been a practitioner of Christian contemplative prayer and meditation for over 30 years.

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