Dante's Divine Comedy has been called the most beautiful poem ever written—but it is much more than that: it is a brilliant work of imagination that weaves together Greek and Roman myth, European history and a pathway of universal spiritual development with deep cross-cultural resonances. Written during Dante's middle years, his own “dark woods,” it is an epic achievement that saved the author's own life. His experience and vision can immeasurably enrich our own, becoming a map for our own inner development and transformation. In this four-day retreat marking the 700th anniversary of The Divine Comedy, we will encounter this epic adventure through storytelling, art, and collage, guided meditation and writing practices, music and ritual.
Retreat leader Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D., a passionate interdisciplinary scholar, musician and writer, is a faculty member of the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Kayleen also serves as the Creative and Artistic Director for the Mythica Foundation for Contemplation and the Arts and teaches regularly for the Osher Life Long Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State University and Dominican University. She leads pilgrimages to sacred sites in Europe every year. Her encounter with and love of Dante’s work shaped her life as a teenager and has inspired much of her work, locally, nationally and internationally. Many find her work “an inspiring synthesis of head and heart,” as well as “fascinating, profoundly moving and truly life-changing.” Visit Kayleen’s website at www.kayleenasbo.com.