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Listening to the Voices of the Women Mystics:

Teresa of Avila

An Online Retreat with Colette Lafia

Friday, August 14, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

$20 Registration Fee








This session of Listening to the Voices of the Women Mystics will focus on Teresa of Avila, 16th-century writer of the classic, The Interior Castle, and reformer of the Carmelite Order.

The women mystics give voice to the the sacred feminine pathways to union with the Holy One. They invite us to reclaim our desires and longings, to trust in our experiences of God, and to unite contemplation and action.

During our exploration, we will be accompanied by three strong and compassionate female mystics. The 13th century mystic, Mechtild of Magdeburg, invites us to dive deep into our longings, and to give ourselves wholly and passionately to the One who loves us. The 16th century mystic, Teresa of Avila, guides us into the depth of our souls, where we rest in union with the Divine. The modern-day mystic, Cynthia Bourgeault, gives us a new perspective on Jesus as a wisdom teacher of consciousness.

In this three-part contemplative series we will: Engage in contemplative prayer through guided meditations and breath awareness Listen to the writings of the mystics with Lectio Divina (sacred reading) Reflect upon the teachings using writing prompts and sharing in small groups.

Don't forget to take a look at the other programs in the Listening to the Voices of the Women Mystics Series:

Mechtild of Magdeburg: Friday, August 7, 10:00–11:30 am. Mechtild of Magdeburg, 13th century, writer of the classic text, The Flowing Light of the Godhead, and part of the Beguines – an extraordinary women's movement.

learn more about Mechtild of Magdeburg retreat

Cynthia Bourgeault: Friday, August 21, 10:00-11:30 am. Cynthia Bourgeault, modern-day mystic, writer of The Wisdom Jesus, and teacher with The Living School through the Center for Action and Contemplation.

learn more about Cynthia Bourgeault retreat




Live Online Zoom Video. A computer and camera/microphone is suggested for this retreat.





Colette Lafia is a spiritual director and retreat leader who has a passion for helping people connect more deeply with the presence of the sacred in their hearts and in their daily lives.

She is the author of Comfort & Joy and Seeking Surrender, and the forthcoming The Divine Heart (Spring 2021).

Colette is a graduate of the Living School through the Center of Action and Contemplation.

Colette Lafia





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