Mary Magdalene stands at the very heart of the Christian contemplative tradition, and also transcends all religious boundaries. Her composite picture from scripture reveals a woman of courage able to witness profound suffering and yet also open new life, joy and hope. For many contemporary seekers, Mary Magdalene represents an archetypal figure who points the way to a deeply embodied spiritual pathway that affirms the goodness of creation and the wisdom that can be found within the depths of each human heart. In this two-day workshop, we will:
- Explore the Mary Magdalene of history, through scripture and her profound and lasting impact on the contemplative tradition, particularly within French Orthodox and Benedictine monastic communities.
- Discover the Mary Magdalene of art, music and myth through a slideshow of over 300 masterworks from across the centuries.
- Celebrate Mary Magdalene as an archetypal figure of anthropos, a fully realized human being of great spiritual power who points the way to integration and wholeness, particularly as revealed in the Gospel of Mary.
- Engage in the ancient contemplative practices that connect us with our own inner wisdom: chanting psalms, Lectio Divina and walking the labyrinth.
7:00 - 8:00pm Opening Lecture
8:00 - 9:00pm Labyrinth walk with live music
9:00 - 10:00am Opening Circle and Prayer
10:00 - 12:00am Mary Magdalene in History and Art
12:00 - 12:30pm Contemplative service of prayer
12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 - 2:00pm Guided image meditation and journaling
2:00 - 3:15pm The Magdalenian Roots of the Contemplative Christian Tradition
3:15 - 3:30pm Break
3:30 - 4:00pm The Gospel of Mary and Lectio Divina
4:00 - 5:00pm Questions, Reflections and Closing Prayer
5:00 - 5:30pm Break
5:30 - 6:30pm Light H'ors D'oeuvres Reception