John of the Cross: Beyond the Dark Nights

October 21, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Rickey Cotton


John of the Cross is one of the greatest, most influential mystical teachers of the Christian tradition, and he is honored as one of the 36 Doctors or pre-eminent teachers of Catholic Church history. Most famous for his Dark Night of the Soul and often thought of as austere and complex, John was actually a romantic of the Spirit who passionately longed for us to pass beyond the dark nights into full-scale transformative union with God.

In our day together we will emphasize John’s vision of joyful consummation in God beyond the dark nights while also seeking to understand his life and his foundational teachings. In addition to the presentation of biographical and spiritual information, we will have periods of contemplative prayer as well as meditation on key selections from John’s powerful teaching. And of course there will be opportunity for questions, dialogue, and mutual stimulation as we engage this heroic spiritual teacher.

Offering: $65

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Contemplative Experience with Learning format
8:30 - Sign-in opens at meeting space 
9:00 - Welcome and breakfast snacks (30 mins) 
9:30 - Prayer, Community Check-in and Introduction to theme of that day (20 mins)
9:50 - Centering Prayer (30 mins) 
10:20 - Contemplative Walk (Optional) (10 mins) 
10:30 - Centering Prayer (30 mins) 
11:00 - Silent Break (15 mins) 
11:15 - Teaching Conference (1 hour) 
12:15 - Full lunch (with or without conversation) 
1:30 - Teaching Conference (1 hr)
2:30 – Silent Break (15 min)
2:45 - Centering Prayer (30 mins) 
3:15 - Small Group (1 hr) 
4:15 - Community Check-out, Survey and Prayer - ask questions / share closing insights with the large group (15 mins) 
4:30 - Depart

Presenter Profile


Dr. Rickey Cotton

Dr. Rickey Cotton is a commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina and a member of the faculty for Contemplative Outreach’s Living Flame program. From 2003-2010, Rickey served as a member of the Leadership Team of Contemplative Outreach of Tampa Bay. He has presented workshops on contemplative prayer and our contemplative heritage around the country. His home is in Lakeland, FL, where he is Professor of English at Southeastern University and a facilitator of Centering Prayer. He and his wife Anna are the parents of three adult daughters.

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