Mary Magdalene has emerged as a powerful figure of fascination for our troubled age. Her image throughout the centuries has inspired hope in the darkest of days, and she has served as an icon of how to turn towards the inner life for strength and renewal -- something we desperately need in our world today. In this one day workshop, we will trace the evolving image of Mary Magdalene through the centuries in art, music and literature and reveal how the development of Western Monasticism is intimately intertwined with her mythology. As a model of courage and healing, Mary Magdalene was a profound inspiration for such diverse figure as St. Patrick, St. Francis, the Desert Fathers and Mothers of Egypt, Teresa of Avila, Rodin and Rilke. We will discover ways that her story can offer contemplative tools for your own spiritual path in a day of surprising connections and deep beauty that affirms our universal journey to become "fully human".
Workshop leader Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D, is a historian, musician, spiritual director and mythologist whose dissertation was on Mary Magdalene in art and music throughout the centuries. She is on the faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA and has taught courses and workshops on Mary Magdalene at the Lifelong Learning Institutes of UC Berkeley and Dominican University, the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, Chartres Cathedral, the Assisi Institute of Depth Psychology in Italy and churches and psychological associations throughout the world. She leads pilgrimages to sacred sites in Europe every year that draw on contemplative traditions and early Christian practices. You can read more about her work at www.kayleenasbo.com