The Beloved’s Desire
I am my Beloved’s, the Beloved’s desire is for me. Song of Songs 7:11
Expressing our longing, yearning, thirsting for God is at the heart of what it means to be human. Through immersing ourselves in the extravagant tradition of desire in the Psalms, Song of Songs and in mystical writings, in this silent retreat, we will centre in the eternal yearning of divine love kindling our desire to seek and love our God fully. We will awaken our heart senses and be inspired by the writings of mystics such as Bernard of Clairvaux, Thomas Gallus, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Hadewijch of Brabant, The Cloud of Unknowing, Symeon the New Theologian, Gregory Palamas, Teilhard de Chardin and many others as we explore the energies of love and the evolutionary nature of desire. We will ruminate on how these mystics invite us to live from our oneing in divine desire and inspire us to enjoy living life passionately. Minne – Love’s words to Mechthild encompass the atmosphere of the retreat:
That I love you passionately comes from my nature,
for I am Love itself.
That I love you often comes from my desire,
for I desire to be loved passionately.
That I love you long comes from my being eternal,
for I am without an end and without a beginning.
Mechthild of Magdeburg, Flowing Light of the Godhead, 1.2
Arrival time at Santa Casa is any time after lunch and before a light tea at 5.45pm. Departure time is before 10am