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Women on the Mystical Path

A Retreat for Women
with Veronica Mary Rolf
and Eva Natanya  


August 4-5, 2018
Saturday 10:00 am to
Sunday after lunch






What does it take to follow the mystical path? How can we actively engage the powerful contemplative practices that mystics of the past have promised can inform and radically transform every aspect of our daily lives?


Is it really possible to experience true intimacy with Christ in the silence and stillness of meditation?
How do we make peace between our two minds: the overactive mind of Martha and the contemplative mind of Mary?
How do we deal with distraction, depression, and personal crisis?
How can we develop ever-greater compassion?
How can meditation help to deepen our personal relationships?
Does silent prayer actually benefit our suffering world?
And finally, where might the mystical path lead? Do we dare live—even now—in the hope and joy of resurrection?


These are some of the questions that we, as mother and daughter, have asked throughout our many decades of study and contemplative practice. We will offer teachings and guided meditations based upon millennia of consistent mystical experience in both the Christian and Buddhist traditions.


In order to maintain a particularly intimate atmosphere for meditative inquiry and personal exploration, this retreat will be held exclusively for women.





Veronica Mary Rolf is an independent scholar of medieval studies, a professional actress and playwright, and a Master Teacher of Dramatic Arts in New York, London, Buenos Aires, and Berkeley.

She is the author of the recently published An Explorer's Guide to Julian of Norwich (InterVarsity Press, 2018), and Julian's Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich (Orbis Books, 2013), which won numerous awards, including a First Place Award from the Catholic Press Association, the National Indie Excellence Award for Religion, and the Nautilus Gold Medal for Spirituality.


Eva Natanya is a scholar of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, an academic lecturer, writer, translator, and retreat leader. She earned a Master's Degree in Christian Systematic Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and a PhD. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.

She is the editor of Open Mind: View and Meditation in the Lineage of Lerab Lingpa, a collection of Tibetan texts translated by Dr. B. Alan Wallace (Wisdom Publications, 2018).







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Overnight registration includes:

  •  Single bedrooms; dormitory-style bathrooms; kitchenette on each floor
  •  Locally-sourced fresh produce, soups, salad, vegetarian and meat entrees
  •  Guests are welcome to bring foods to supplement our meal service
  •  We cannot provide all-vegan or special dietary menus



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