The Mystical Heart - Spiritual Direction in the Light of Contemplation.
August 9-10, 2021

This formation offering will draw on the wisdom of the mystics to assist spiritual directors in entering into the depthless ground of the heart with directees, as they seek to discern the stirrings of Spirit and the infusing of contemplation that is beyond language. Classic mystical texts by mystics such as Julian of Norwich, the Cloud of Unknowing, Meister Eckhart,

Gertrude of Helfta, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Teilhard de Chardin, Beatrice Bruteau, Ilia Delio will be drawn on to shed light on some of the more complex issues that arise in spiritual direction as we journey into the deep inner heart. Emphasis will be on claiming the ontological space of contemplation and the heart wisdom that arises in stillness and silence. Topics will include ways of contemplation, discernment, the knowing of the mystical senses, the grace of darkness and unknowing, the gift of being wounded, sacred sensuality and sexuality, surrender and annihilation, dying
and giving birth, unitive, Christ consciousness, ecological consciousness and an evolutionary vision.

The course will assist directors in being able to go deeper into their own inner journey so that they can support their companions to risk the necessary surrender that this way of love involves.

We will create a confidential, trustworthy, sacred spaciousness, a communion of seekers where participants are safe to explore the depths of the Spirit’s drawing. There will be communal meditation, formal input, group discussion and spiritual direction sessions.

Participants will be encouraged to prayerfully read texts in the way of lectio divina and to keep an ongoing journal including writing, art, dance or drama.
We invite practicing spiritual directors or anyone who is committed to the depths of the inner journey.

It is essential that participants have routine of contemplative prayer, are in ongoing spiritual direction, have some background into the art of spiritual direction and are prepared to take or have taken a 6-day silent retreat.

This course will be offered on line via Zoom.  There will be two days of teaching (14 hours) and 2 follow up zoom sessions (2 hours each – dates to be confirmed).