Join interspiritual author and teacher, Mirabai Starr, for an exploration of the interconnected wisdom at the heart of all religious and spiritual traditions. Over this week, we will follow the streams of mystical longing and social justice through readings from poetry and sacred texts of the world’s great religions, sitting in contemplative silence, chanting the names of God in an array of languages, and engaging in deep dialog through conversation and writing.
Discover the unifying teachings and experience the heart-opening practices that carry us beyond an intellectual understanding of humanity’s many spiritual paths to the place we are transformed by the love at their common core.
In order to reach this common core, we must reclaim the wisdom of the feminine. We will focus on women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions. These long-buried wisdom teachings and previously ignored women mystics are revealing themselves to be urgently relevant as we pass through a global dark night of the soul and into a radically renewed humanity. With its emphasis on relationality and inclusivity, its tolerance for ambiguity and its intimacy with mystery, the feminine in all genders reclaims the body as holy ground, worships the earth as a cherished relative, and blesses the web of interbeing that sustains us all.
Mirabai Starr shares the fruits of many years of investigating, excavating and lifting up female voices in all the world ’ s religions.
Mirabai Starr is an award-winning author of creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. Her latest book is WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
The Chartres Experience
What better place to feel nurtured than the sacred space of Chartres Cathedral.
We begin on Monday with a reception to meet each other followed by an opening ritual and orientation to the program. Then each day, there is a morning seminar, a small processing group, and an experience of what Chartres has to offer.
On Wednesday, there will be an orientation to the labyrinth and a once in a life-time candlelit labyrinth walk with medieval music on the Chartres Labyrinth. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons bring tours of the Cathedral and the Crypt. The pilgrimage closes Friday with celebratory dinner.
The Cathedral is own as the house of Mary and offers many hours of exploration of its world renown stained glass windows, it's Mary statues, and it's labyrinth. Explore the town of Chartres with it's cobblestone streets, shops, restaurants, and lounge on its river banks. Join us in this ancient place of refuge and renewal!
- Meeting Your Soul on the Labyrinth: SoulCollage® and the Labyrinth as Pathways for Transformation by Catherine Anderson
- Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice by Lauren Artress
- The Universe of Stone by Phillip Ball
- God of Love: A Guide to the heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Mirabai Starr. February 2013
- Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics by Mirabai Starr. April 2019
- or any other of Mirabai's books: https://www.mirabaistarr.com/books
Our block booking at the Hotellerie St. Yves where the programs are held has now been closed. You may still request a room through the reservation system, but all requests require confirmation of availability from the hotel. Alternatively, here is a list of hotels near the Cathedral in Chartres.