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$ Interior Castle (Center for Action and Contemplation)

February 1 All day

An 8-week online course journeying through the seven mansions of St. Teresa of Ávila’s Interior Castle with James Finley and Mirabai Starr as guides. Deepen your awareness of the “inner witness” and experience the Interior Castle an embodied pathway of union with God.

Interior Castle is a spiritual journey through the seven mansions of St. Teresa of Ávila’s Interior Castle. It explores her perspective on progressively deepening states of consciousness as a pathway to union with God. Along the way, practices of prayer, reflection, humility, and self-knowledge turn spiritual insights into experiential and embodied wisdom.

Based on James Finley’s many years of reading, meditating, and leading retreats on this 16th-century mystic, this course also draws from Mirabai Starr’s work translating the original Spanish text to reveal the essence of Teresa and her message. Interior Castle is intended for students already experienced with the spiritual path. This course is presented largely in James Finley’s poetic, creative, non-linear style and is, therefore, best suited to those who have experience learning in a heart-centered way that transcends and includes the intellect.

Learning Objectives

  • Experience Teresa of Ávila’s Interior Castle as an embodied pathway of union with God
  • Deepen awareness of the “inner witness” through life experiences and contemplative practice
  • Be inspired to see God in all things, to find hope and love even amidst suffering
  • Connect and learn with other spiritual seekers