Encountering God

Led By: Erika Murphy
Suggested Donation: $385

Tuesday, 14 July – Friday, 17 July 2020

The earth inhales God, why should we not do the same?
~ St. Thomas Aquinas

From the Sufi poets such as Rumi and Hafiz to Christian mystics such as Hildegard of Bingen and Meister Eckhart, spiritual adepts over the centuries have drawn our awareness to a state of direct spiritual knowing. Countless mystic writers describe states of complete saturation in delight, love, and peace, which exceeds anything the human mind can imagine. While many see these kinds of encounters as restricted to particular times or people, the mystic tradition invites us to embrace our own state of intimate divine knowing right here and now.

On this four-day experiential retreat, we will embark on a journey of spiritual practice and ask what it means to encounter God directly. How can we cultivate practices that evoke the living presence of the divine? Through prayer, meditation, and contemplative exercises, we will dive into stillness and draw closer to the richness of our inner world. Our time will include instruction on practical methods of integrating the spiritual with the everyday so that we can foster lives that are informed, moment by moment, by our highest intentions. We will also review simple but effective tools that instill calmness, mindfulness, and focus: qualities that set the stage for our vibrant awareness, which always includes the living presence of the divine.


Erika Murphy, M.Div., Ph.D., teaches religious studies in Fairfield, CT, as well as offering classes, retreats, and workshops that focus on meditation and stress-reduction. Her work in theology and spirituality has led her to explore the rich world of the mind-body connection through mindfulness practices. In her academic work, Erika is often drawn to explore the theological resonances between vulnerability, transformation, and spirituality.