How do we marry action and contemplation in a way that serves the world and yet nourishes our own hearts? How can we find the inner strength to claim our voice, even when it is at odds with what we have been taught to expect? How can we stand with courage and conviction to speak truth to power and change the world? In this four-day retreat, we focus on the lives and legacies of three of the most important women in history who defied societal expectations to become spiritual leaders and teachers.
We will encounter Mary Magdalene, the First Apostle, revered for her capacity for love and compassion; Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church, whose refusal to be either a married woman or a cloistered nun opened the way for Third Order Dominicans; and Hildegard of Bingen, 12th century Benedictine Abbess, composer, theologian, natural medicine healer and visionary artist. Each one of them lived lives rooted in deep contemplative practice and yet were emboldened to go forth into the world to challenge the prejudices and injustices in their communities.
Join cultural historian, musician and spiritual director Kayleen Asbo for a four-day retreat saturated with art and music that weds contemplative spiritual practices(chant, guided journaling, earth mandala making, lectio divina and visio divina) with the fascinating stories of these revolutionary women who will inspire us to claim our own inner light in service to the world.