The Mystical Heart - Spiritual Direction in the Light of Contemplation.
August 15-16, 2022

“Here, indeed is the miracle, continually renewed for the last two thousand years, of a possible Christification of suffering.”

Teilhard de Chardin, “The Spiritual Energy of Suffering,” in Activation of Energy,  249.

About this Formation Offering

This year, this mystic heart formation offering for spiritual directors and those interested in contemplation, assists participants to enter into the silent ground of their heart, and access and integrate the wisdom of the spiritual senses, to bodily knowing.  From this ground of being centered in divine Love and living in the flow of Trinitarian joy, we will be present to personal, ancestral and collective trauma that is arising at this time in our evolutionary oneing into God.  Drawing on a metaphysics of oneing expressed in classical Christian mystical texts, we will integrate this sapiential knowing to contemporary spiritual, anthropological and psychological research on the effects of trauma on the body, soul, mind and heart.  We will be especially attentive to how trauma impacts on our image and relationship with God as well as our contemplative practice.  Compassionately, we will discover ways to cooperate with the touchings of grace healing and enabling us to evolve in wellness and consciousness. Emphasis is on claiming the ontological space of contemplation and nurturing the oneing heart awareness that arises in stillness and silence.   

The presentations and processes will assist participants to sensitively go deeper into their own inner journey, so they can lovingly companion themselves and others into the shadow land of trauma.  Here we will explore how we discover the luminous healing and creativity of the Holy Spirit present within the wounds created by trauma. 

In the light of contemplation, we will cultivate a confidential, trustworthy, and sacred spaciousness.  This includes enhancing contemplative presence to each other and fostering communion consciousness.  We will integrate personal experiences of being held safely in trauma memories, so that participants may live consciously and peacefully in oneness with God and all creation. 

It is essential that participants have a routine of contemplative prayer, are in spiritual direction, and participate in regular retreats.  

This year, Mystical Heart will be offered face to face at the beautiful Santa Casa Retreat Centre, Queenscliff, Victoria and online.  Please see below for further information about both options. 

Course Overview

This course will be offered online as an intensive over two days.  Each day will consist of: 

– three teaching sessions of 90 minutes where, drawing on the original mystical texts within their respective contexts, Kerrie will  guide a meditation and offer a teaching, explaining these texts  in relation to their wisdom and praxis for spiritual directors as well as for deepening in the mystical life.

– morning, afternoon and evening guided meditation developing and practicing ways of prayer that are an expression of this wisdom.

– opportunity for small group sharing in confidential, trustworthy, sacred spaciousness where participants are safe to explore the depths of the Spirit’s drawing.

– guided body prayer through Tai Chi and Qi-gong.  

– two follow up zoom sessions to enable the  integration and stabilising of the learnings. These sessions will be held on Monday 5th September and Monday 24th October, 2022 from 9.00 – 11.00.

About Learning in the Mystical Heart

We will cultivate attention and presence to enable our  community to embrace the online learning environement in an embodied and safe way.  Support will be offered to all participants unfamiliar with the digital spaces we will use.   Foundational to our work online is a loving and intentional participation in what Teilhard de Chardin described as the noosphere, that is, the  emergent new consciousness of oneness and of oneing we are experiencing at this time.  Indeed, we will plunge into the depths of this evolving new consciousness in the wholeness in Christ,  aided by the technology available to us at this time, so as to activate our human energies and stabilise our community of  Mystical Heart in the heart of the Trinity.

Booking and Accomodation Details

The course will begin on Monday 15th August at 9.00am and will conclude on Tuesday 16th August, 2022 at 5.00pm.  This year we are offering the course face to face and online.  

Face to Face 

We have booked the beautiful Santa Casa Retreat Centre, Queenscliff, Victoria for three nights,  from Sunday afternoon 14th August and departure Wednesday morning 17th August. The cost will be $785.00, and will include three nights accomodation   two days of teachings, two follow up zoom sessions, course materials, body prayer, recordings of all sessions in an online private course portal,  and all meals (vegetarian meals prepared fresh onsite). Fourteen rooms are available. 

Online

We will continue to offer this course online from Queenscliff. The cost is $425.00 and includes two days of teaching, two follow up zoom sessions, course materials and recordings of all sessions in an online private course portal.  

Please register your place by paying a non-refundable deposit of $50.00 through the box “Register Here” below.

Final payment will be due 7th July 2022.   Please let us know if this cost is difficult or if you would like to offer more to assist another.  We warmly invite inquiries and questions, which can be made by emailing Robyn Fitzgerald at robfitz65@gmail.com 

This formation course is now full

Please contact Robyn at robfitz65@gmail.com if you would like to be added to a waiting list

Prayer

In the shadows of this dark night

I arouse, tentative,

softly centering,

inner depths quivering.            

Poor and vulnerable.

We are one-in-one another, infusing boundlessly.

One eye, one beholding, one seeing, one being.

 

Infinite Love pours into

   the midst of all suffering.  

Crucified love poured out for all.

In this mid-night,

       in the deep silence of my heart…