The Way of the Hermit An online three day retreat offered through Abbey of the Arts January 22- 24, 2021
lThroughout human history during times of upheaval and social collapse, a surge of contemplatives have been drawn to following a path of the heart where they discovered a life of inner awakening, beauty and balance despite outer confinement and austerity. Cultural historian, mythologist and spiritual director Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D will illuminate the commonalities of the “hermetic path” of wisdom traditions across the centuries that can help inspire and empower us to transform the experience of “lockdown” to “breakthrough.” We will follow the Hermetic Thread through historical examples of Pythagoras, Mary Magdalene, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, Hildegard of Bingen, Francis of Assisi and Julian of Norwich as well as feasting on mythological and film examples that can help illuminate a pathway through our dark times. Our three day retreat will feature daily presentations saturated with the art, music and photography of stunning hermetic sites followed by question and answer period, small breakout groups and contemplative practices
Friday, January 22: The Archetype of the Hermit From Pythagoras to Parsifal and Jedi Knights
Saturday, January 23: From Egypt to France and Ireland: Mary Magdalene and The Hermetic Roots of Christian Contemplation; the Desert Fathers and Mothers; th Celtic tradition of Hermits.
Saturday, January 30: The Wisdom of the Anchorites and the Need for Hermetic Withdrawal: Hildegard of Bingen, Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich.
SLiding Scale Enrollment:
$125.00: Full Tuition $150.00: Scholarship Donor $75.00 Scholarship student
Recommended Reading: How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill The Desert Fathers and Mothers, Christine Vaulters Paintner Lectio Divina, Christine Vaulters Paintner Wisdom of the Desert, Alan Jones The Speech of the Grail, Linda Sussman
Watching: Into the Great Silence, documentary about La Grande Chartreuse Monastery in France