Friday, May 24, 2019 at 4:00 PM MDT
Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 11:30 AM MDT

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Redemptorist Renewal Center 
7101 W. Picture Rocks Road
Tucson, AZ 85743

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Joe Doerfer or Mary Jo Chmielewski 
Contemplative Life Bookstore 

We have added a Saturday only option for $200. The cost for a commuter for this event is $325. The average cost for someone who is going to stay Friday night through Sunday morning is about $680. 

Weaving the Wisdom of the Mystics into our Daily Lives
May 24-26th, 2019

We only have two double-beds and nine twin bed rooms available (each room has two twin beds). We still have room for commuters, and a Saturday only option.

Also, Mirabai Starr will be giving a talk on her new book Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, on Thursday evening at 6:30pm at the Redemptorist Renewal Center. The cost for this event is $30. You may register for this on the registration page.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------Due to family circumstances, James Finley will not be with us in person for this retreat, but he will be joining us for two live streaming sessions with Mirabai Starr. We are thrilled that Jim has highly recommended Mirabai along with himself to do a joint retreat. Mirabai will be here in Tucson while Jim will be joining us via live streaming. By gathering together for this weekend, we can show our support for Jim.

So it gives us great pleasure to invite you to the James Finley and Mirabai Starr Retreat in Tucson, Arizona. This retreat will be held at the beautiful Redemptorist Renewal Center, in Tucson, AZ. Come and revel in God’s amazing nature and beauty while engaging in the wisdom of James Finley and Mirabai Starr.

The topic for this year's retreat will be Weaving the Wisdom of the Mystics into our Daily Lives. During this weekend James Finley (video streaming) along with Mirabai Starr will focus on the women mystics and how to cultivate a mystical life and navigate a mystical journey. Mirabai is well known for her interspiritual work making connections between the essential teachings of love, found at the heart of all the world's great wisdom, and incorporate a special emphasis on the feminine spirit and wisdom.

We will be turning to passages in the writings of Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, and Teresa of Avila along with others whose teachings offer guidance along the mysterious path of spiritual awakening. Attention will also be given to the day-by-day, lifelong process of yielding to ever-deeper realizations of God’s oneness with us in all things.  

During this retreat, time will be given for group meditation, silence and personal reflection. This retreat will be silent until dinner each day.

We have received many inquiries about this retreat. Saturday only option is $200. The commuter cost is $325. To register, click here and you will see the registration button at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions, please email at contemplativewisdom2@gmail.com, or call 800-324-8305.

**We will once again offer a Thursday night talk by Mirabai Starr on the topic of her upcoming book WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics.


James Finley, Ph.D. lived as a monk at the cloistered Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where the world-renowned monk and author, Thomas Merton, was his spiritual director.

James Finley leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and Canada, attracting men and women from all religious traditions who seek to live a contemplative way of life in the midst of today's busy world. He is also a clinical psychologist in private practice with his wife in Santa Monica, California.

James Finley is the author of: Merton's Palace of NowhereThe Contemplative Heart and Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God.


Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. 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 Mother of God Similar to Fire, a collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols, 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, WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, is forthcoming Spring 2019. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.


It’s with great pleasure and delight that I endorse the work of Mirabai Starr, who I find to be a soul companion as well as a professional colleague. In addition to being a gifted author, Mirabai is blessed with the capacity to inspire others with her wisdom and understanding of mystical theology. I referred to her translations of Teresa of Avila’s great masterpiece, The Interior Castle, while writing my own book, Entering the Castle, because of the excellence of her work. Mirabai is a rare jewel. 
— Caroline Myss, Author of Anatomy of the Spiritand Entering the Castle

Mirabai is an authentic mystic, a true teacher, and a wonderful soul. Anyone who comes to her will find their cup will be filled. I recommend her as a person and as a teacher with great confidence and joy. 
— Andrew Harvey, spiritual teacher and mystic scholar

If you need to cancel for any reason, your money is non-refundable if we are unable to fill your spot. If we are able to fill your spot, 50% will be returned to you.

Also, scroll down to the bottom of the registration page to make sure you complete the entire process.

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