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Teresa of Avila and Deepening Intimacy with the Divine

with Claudia Love Mair

Saturday, October 15, 2022

9am-12pm Pacific

12-3pm Eastern

5-8 pm Ireland/UK time

Program Description

This retreat is part of our 10 month series The Mystical Heart: Love as a Creative Force. 

The important thing is not to think much, but love much, and do whatever stirs you to love.” –St. Teresa of Avila

Gather with us on the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila, a 16th century Spanish mystic and wisdom guide for the soul’s journey into intimacy with the divine. Neither a lofty, nor inaccessible saint, Teresa was firmly rooted in her humanity. She teaches us the value of patience and perseverance in the spiritual life, engaging in the practices which support us in simply enjoying God and calling on that holy presence into our daily lives. For her prayer was an intimate sharing between friends.

Teresa also experienced God’s love as a transforming power that shapes and remakes us and invites us to collaborate with God in recreating the world. Join us on October 15th, Teresa’s feast day for our 3-hour mini-retreat. Claudia will provide you with some context for Teresa’s life and teachings and invite you to experience this spirited saint’s prayers through meditation, song, gentle movement, creative writing, visual reflection, time for reflection, and sharing in large and small groups.

Simon de Voil will be providing music for our retreat. 

The retreat will be recorded for those who register and will be made available within 48-72 hours of the program. 

Your Guides for the Journey

Claudia Love Mair (1)

Claudia Love Mair

Claudia Love Mair, MFA is a writer, artist, and Ringmistress of the Beautiful Soul Circus, a private Facebook group for creatives, queers, and tender souls. She’s an Inspirationalista who, when she’s not creating something herself, helps other creatives tap into their deepest intuition and longings through writing and painting. Claudia is the author of the God Alone is Enough, the critically acclaimed novel, Zora and Nicky, and her memoir, Don’t You Fall Now. She is a Certified Intuitive Painting and Expressive Arts Facilitator and the Coordinator for the Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative. Claudia lives in Lexington, with two of her adult children, and three cats, including one who thinks he’s a dog.

Simon de Voil playing guitar

Simon de Voil

Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil is an interfaith-interspiritual minister, sacred musician, spiritual counsellor, and chaplain. His sacred work—both musical and interpersonal—explores themes of the inner landscape of the soul, the enchantment of the natural world, and the healing power of spiritual practice. As a chaplain and counsellor, Simon helps individuals and groups connect sacred presence with everyday life. Simon is also a transgender activist and a luthier in training. Visit Simon’s website.


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