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Luminous Night

A Contemplative Journey With the Mystics

July 13, 2014 – July 18, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Mirabai Starr
SM14-3005-923Mirabai Starr,

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The 16th-century mystic, St. John of the Cross, coined the term “dark night of the soul” to evoke the kind of spiritual crisis that leads us from profound unknowing to radiant transformation.

Through the dismantling that occurs in this dark night, we discover that our own ideas and agendas have no power to assuage our innate longing for the sacred, and that it is only through radical surrender that we find the sweetness of connection we have been searching for.

St. John of the Cross and other mystics from every spiritual tradition claim that their longing for the sacred defies both logic and description. And yet without this experience, life can feel empty and meaningless. The mystics knew this. And in our depths, we do too.

Through contemplative readings, silent meditation, writing exercises, and group sharing, we learn to listen deeply, and to cultivate stillness, humility, and fearlessness. We also harvest the vigor, humor, and tenderness of heart we need to locate and describe our own experience of this timeless journey of awakening.


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Faculty recommends you read the following books in preparation for the course:

  • Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross, translated by Mirabai Starr 
  • Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila, translated by Mirabai Starr
  • Teresa of Avila: The Book of My Life, translated by Mirabai Starr
  • God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Mirabai Starr
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.Welcome & Orientation
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

Mirabai Starr

Mirabai Starr, MA, a former professor of philosophy and world religions at the University of New Mexico, is author of critically acclaimed new translations of the Spanish mystics, including Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross and The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila. She also the author of a new book, God of Love.