Wisdom of the Seasons: An Interspiritual Retreat
Tessa Bielecki and Fr. Dave Denny
May 23–25, 2014
Celebrate late spring in the mountains and awaken to the divine nuances of all the seasons, both in the outer landscape and in our inner soulscape. Rejoice in how the burgeoning green of springtime reflects our own burgeoning vitality. During this interspiritual retreat, we will draw on the wisdom traditions of the Abrahamic peoples who emerged from the desert—Jews, Christians, and Muslims—and weave together lecture and discussion, silent meditation, personal sharing, hiking, journaling, and enjoy a Saturday evening session in the Great Stupa sharing the presenters’ rich experience of Buddhist-Christian dialogue. Join us as we explore the sacred in the ordinary, the role of poetry, and the diverse weather we encounter throughout the mystical seasons of our lives.
Tessa Bielecki co-founded the Spiritual Life Institute and live there as monk and Mother Abbess for almost 40 years. In 2005, she co-founded The Desert Foundation with Fr. Dave Denny, an informal circle of friends who explore the wisdom of the world’s deserts, focusing on peace and understanding between the three Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Tessa was one of the first teachers at Naropa University’s Buddhist-Christian dialogue in the 1980s, an experience that she calls pivotal in her life. Tessa is the the author of several books and CDs on St. Teresa of Avila, and recently recorded Wild at Heart for Sounds True. She teaches at Colorado College, gives lectures and retreats, participates in East-West dialogues, and writes.
Tessa Bielecki and Fr. Dave Denny have worked together for over forty years, first as Carmelite monks in the Spiritual Life Institute where they co-edited Desert Call. At Colorado College, they taught Fire and Light, a history of Christian Mysticism. After leaving monastic life in 2005, they created the Desert Foundation (see www.desertfound.org), published Season of Glad Songs: A Christmas Anthology, and now live in neighboring hermitages in Crestone, Colorado. Tessa is also the author of three books on St. Teresa of Avila and recorded Wild at Heart for Sounds True.