Retreat with Mirabai Starr
March 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for a one-day retreat with the author of Wild Mercy.
A Fierce & Tender Wisdom: Reclaiming the Feminine Across the Spiritual Spectrum
As traditionally male-dominated structures topple across the landscape of the human community, the feminine is rising, carrying cups of mercy and spreading flames of truth-telling. 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 relationship and inclusivity, its tolerance for ambiguity and its intimacy with mystery, the feminine reclaims the body as holy ground and blesses the web of interbeing that sustains us all. The feminine speaks in poetry and song, she worships the earth as cherished relative, she embraces ultimate reality as lover. In this talk, “mystical feminist” Mirabai Starr shares the fruits of many years of investigating, excavating and lifting up female voices in all the world’s religions.
About Mirabai Starr’s latest book, Wild Mercy: The Wisdom of the Feminine
In Wild Mercy, Mirabai Starr inspires you to awaken your own inner mystic as you immerse yourself in the guidance of sages such as Teresa of Ávila, Mary Magdalene, Hildegard of Bingen, the ecstatic poet Mirabai, and the Sufi saint Rabia Basri; join with the archetypal energies of figures like Kuan Yin, Tara, Kali, Sophia, and the Shekinah; and find the light to guide your own journey of spiritual awakening and service in the world.
“Women across cultural boundaries are rising with our echoing yes in response to the collective call to step up and repair the broken world,” writes Mirabai Starr. “We are rooting ourselves in our resounding no in the face of injustice to our fellow human beings and our Mother Earth.”
Books will be available for purchase and signing at this event.
About Mirabai Starr
Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. She has received critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of the mystics, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila and Julian of Norwich. She is the award-winning author of God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation. Her latest book is Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics.
Praise for Mirabai Starr and her book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics
“What I love most about all of Mirabai Starr’s work, including the magical new Wild Mercy, is that she writes with such joyful energy about all facets of spirituality, through a passionately feminine lens. She turns her encyclopedic knowledge of all wisdom traditions and rituals to the women mystics and saints she so loves and lives by, to Mother Earth, to the mothers of all ages and genders who have nourished and guided and comforted us, and given us life, joy, the deepest healing, and a lot of light to see by.” — Anne Lamott, New York Times Bestselling Author
“Mirabai Starr is that rare teacher on the spiritual scene today who discusses growth not only as a process of expanding consciousness but also as a reclaiming of the damaged areas of our hearts and souls. She, with courage and kindness, works to knit together the darkness and the light in ways that integrate, heal and expand those who take her workshops. I see her as both a spiritual teacher and a repair kit for the soul, and I feel blessed to call her my friend. Oh, and by the way, she’s also fun-loving and wonderful. In short, she’s a treasure and a resource not to be missed.” — Dana Sawyer, Author of Huston Smith: Wisdom Keeper
“No one can take us into the fiery and tender depths of the sacred feminine with more skill, humor, clarity, and vibrant naked honesty than Mirabai Starr.” — Andrew Harvey, Author of The Hope and The Return of the Mother
“Wild Mercy is a celebration of wisdom wherever it is found. It is an ongoing and ever-evolving conversation that includes everyone and excludes no one. Above all, it is a celebration of a long litany of courageous women who always had wisdom to share but for too long were ignored. We are all the better for Mirabai’s work.” — Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Real Love
“In Wild Mercy, Mirabai Starr brings us relief like rain in a world parched by politics and angst. I found myself weeping tears of joy to come home to the sisterhood of saints and the many paths of feminine contemplative knowing that are made lovingly accessible here. Starr writes poetically and passionately, all the while toggling the spiritual opposites that trip us up, giving us teaching after teaching to free and nourish our souls. I am so grateful for Wild Mercy; I could not put it down.” — Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Ph.D., author of Woman’s Kabbalah and Wounds Into Wisdom
“Wild Mercy is a visitation, a chance to bask in the presence of feminine mystics, saints, and the spiritual powers from across time and space. And one can’t shake the feeling that they too peer back at us through the pages of this prophetic treatise, steeping us in their friendship and blessing and tilting our hearts entirely towards the Holy One within. On every page Mirabai reminds us that women need no spiritual authority to connect us to our natural wisdom stream, no special permission to embrace the fullness of our humanity with the fullness of our divinity. And she reorients the soul completely towards this birthright.” — Vera de Chalambert, author of Kali Takes America
Six communities have come together to bring Marabai Starr to Maine:
- Unity Center for Spiritual Growth
- Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
- University of Southern Maine/The Bertha Crosley Ball Center for Compassion
- Pax Christi Maine
- Chaplaincy Institute of Maine
- Abbey of Hope
Note: This is one of three events this weekend with Mirabai Starr.
There is also a discussion and book signing on Friday, March 13, and this talk and follow-up session on Sunday, March 15:
Taking Refuge in the Feminine Heart
Mirabai Starr at Unity Center for Spiritual Growth
Sunday Service, March 15, 10 a.m.
A Q&A session will follow, noon-1:30 p.m. Cost: love offering.
Registrants for the retreat will receive information about parking via email.
If you want to apply for a partial scholarship to the retreat, please contact Rev. Pat Bessey.