October 28th – 30th

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This fee covers the program, meals, and your choice of basic housing.

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About The Program

Check out Mark Burrows’ articles Seeing the World As If For the First Time and In a Dark Time: I Believe in Night.

This on-site contemplative retreat explores dimensions of the unitive vision of Julian of Norwich and Meister Eckhart, both of whom developed a radical healing vision for healing societies much like our own that were torn apart by intolerant and violent orthodoxies.

A writer, scholar, teacher, and award-winning poet and translator, Mark will introduce you to these two medieval mystics and their inner strategies for finding wholeness in the midst of chaos and fragmentation. Like many of us today, these mystics asked: what is required to stand against the relentless tide of exclusivist ideologies, totalitarian tendencies, and uncomprehending violence?

Added to the mix will be the wisdom of contemporary poets and visionaries (Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, Denise Levertov, Adrienne Rich, Lucille Clifton, and Rainer Maria Rilke), giving space and time to beckon us on their journey into the depths of compassionate love.

Meet the Presenter

Mark S. Burrows

Mark S. Burrows

Mark S. Burrows is a writer, scholar, teacher, and award-winning poet and translator of German poetry. His recent popular works include a collection of poems, The Chance of Home (2018), and two best-selling collections of poems inspired by the writings of the medieval mystic Eckhart: Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart and Meister Eckhart’s Book of Secrets (both co-written with Jon M. Sweeney; 2017 & 2019). His translation of Rilke’s Prayers of a Young Poet marked the first English publication of poems Rilke later gathered as the opening section of The Book of Hours. His poems and translations have appeared in more than 30 journals, internationally, and he currently serves as Poetry Editor for the journals Spiritus and ARTS. Mark is past president of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. His forthcoming book on Rilke, A Wiser Way: Living Your (Deepest) Questions with Rainer Maria Rilke, is forthcoming in 2023, along with a collection of the poems of Hilde Domin. He lives and writes in Camden, ME.