This Beautiful Wound: The Mystics And Grief
Led by Mirabai Starr
Tuesday, May 3 – Friday, May 6
The sixteenth century Spanish saint, Teresa of Avila, speaks of “the beautiful wound” of longing for God, describing this depth of suffering as a doorway to union with her Beloved. John of the Cross, Teresa’s contemporary, coined the term “dark night of the soul” and developed a teaching that shows us how to surrender to radical unknowing and allow ourselves to be stripped of all that stands between our souls and the Divine. These and other mystics see deep sorrow as a great spiritual blessing, rather than as a problem requiring a solution.
In this gathering, we will engage in contemplative reading, deep dialog, writing exercises and guided meditation to cultivate the tenderness and courage required to explore the places where our losses invite us into deeper aliveness and radiant joy.
Mirabai Starr writes, speaks and leads retreats on the inter-spiritual teachings of the mystics.
Known for her revolutionary translations of John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Julian of Norwich, Mirabai renders mystical masterpieces accessible, beautiful, and relevant to a contemporary circle of seekers. Her commentaries on the interconnected wisdom of all traditions are lyrical and evocative.
Mirabai builds bridges not only between religious traditions, but also between contemplative life and compassionate service, between cultivating an inner relationship with the Beloved and expressing that intimacy in community, between the transformational power of loss and longing for the sacred.
Cost: $415, deposit: $80