Women’s voices are rising as they never have before — rising above dominant religious, social, and political paradigms. Rising above the panic of current events and intense polarization...
“Rising out of the ashes, where the Feminine has been buried alive for millenia,” says world-renowned interspiritual teacher and feminine mysticism scholar Mirabai Starr.
This is a powerful, transformative, and inspiring time...
However, if you’re answering the call to step up to be of service in the world, you may also feel overwhelmed or discouraged, or struggling with what it means to “own your power” outside the traditional hierarchy.
Mirroring the changes and challenges of the world, your own life may be in transition, too. Perhaps you’ve recently lost a loved one, let go of a significant relationship, realized your career is not aligned with your calling, or you’re facing a chronic illness.
Your intuition is confirming that “fixing” won’t work this time... something more is needed.
Becoming “empowered” or overcoming obstacles can still be actions that arise inside the framework of the hierarchical power structure (in you and in the world).
There’s a more feminine approach to transforming suffering — a way of being the world urgently needs — and the women mystics and goddesses show us the way.
The Feminine doesn’t ask us to fix our brokenness, it calls us to embrace it.
Mirabai invites you deeper into a “sanctuary”... into a refuge where you can lay your burdens down and allow solutions to arise organically out of the brokenness and the wisdom and love of the Feminine.
She encourages us to yield to a compassionate deconstructing — in which we let go of other people’s imprints and energy, religious dogma, preconceived notions of service, and ideas of personal power.
You’re invited to enter the sanctuary of the Beloved. Here, you’ll discover renewal and draw on the feminine energies of profound mercy, guiding wisdom, and creative expression.
Mirabai knows intimately the path into this sanctuary...
Mirabai’s interspiritual teachings evoke wisdom, grace and compassion in her students. Yet, her mere presence can be healing. She has been transformed by going to the depths of grief and loss — including the death of her 14-year-old daughter in a car accident — and through her intimate connection with the Beloved and the feminine mystics and goddesses.
And now, in this unique sanctuary and virtual community, Mirabai will guide YOU to surrender to your own heartaches (big and small) and recognize your struggles as a sacred call to your full humanity.
As you enter this timeless sanctuary, you’ll discover that the beautiful energies of the female goddesses and mystics are already embodied within you.
Mary Magdalene risked everything to stand beside the Beloved and spoke with the voice of feminine power and wisdom. She models the sacred power of grief and loss as a bridge to greater love.
Kwan Yin, Chinese bodhisattva of compassion, pours mercy from the palms of her hands onto our broken hearts.
Gaia is both our nurturing Mother and our traumatized sister... as well as bountiful and connected to all things.
Teresa of Avila will help you recognize and begin to embody sacred in all you do. Her life and teaching can guide you to cultivate the inner life with rigor and courage, and then to offer the fruits of the journey to the world in service.
The Shekinah, the indwelling feminine face of the Divine in Jewish mysticism, is the essence of the Sabbath, and invites a true integration with the Divine Masculine.
When an experience shatters you emotionally and spiritually, the beloved Hindu Goddess Kali burns her fire into your soul to liberate and transform you… empowering you to bring forth her fierce love in your work in the world.
The Mayan Goddess Ixchel represents the mystery and joy of female sexuality, mother of earth and all life. She wears a serpent on her head, representing the stages of life, from death to renewal.
Mirabai, the Bhakti poet from the Hindu tradition, chronicled her impassioned union with the Beloved in her ecstatic writings. An activist and a prophet who left a life of privilege, she lived among the poorest of the poor.
The eighth century Sufi saint, Rabia al-Adawiyya, was the embodiment of fierce devotion, of uncompromising spiritual discipline and all-consuming spiritual fire. She was not afraid to speak truth to power.
The women mystics and goddesses of all spiritual traditions are connected to a deep wellspring of wisdom and vitality, which not does the world urgently need but for which the world is at last ready. From these timeless sources and with Mirabai’s guidance, you’ll tend to the matters in your heart...
You may have deep concern about the earth and how you can help care for Her. Or you want to stand courageously with those on the margins. Or you’re feeling the need to heal your sexuality and your relationships.
You may also be yearning to cultivate a more contemplative life and for a deeper union with the Beloved...
In this 7-week virtual sanctuary, you’ll explore each of these matters through the wisdom of a woman mystic and a goddess who serve as way-showers.
So you can better connect with Mirabai and her teachings, all of her sessions will be live streamed on video. This video connection will be easy to use and will enhance the impact of Mirabai’s teaching. Or, you can easily connect via audio, either through the Internet or your phone.
Course sessions are on Wednesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.
In this 7-week transformational program, Mirabai will guide you through the fundamental spiritual skills and competencies you’ll need to access and draw upon the wisdom of the female mystics and goddesses of different spiritual traditions.
This course will feature live video teachings, recitations of mystical poetry, guided contemplative practices and more — in a global community of spiritual seekers. Each session with Mirabai will build harmoniously upon the previous ones, so you’ll develop a complete holistic understanding of the practices, tools, and principles you’ll need to sustain your connection with the healing wisdom you receive.
You begin by taking refuge in stillness. Just as the desert looks barren at first glance and then reveals the life teeming just beyond the edges of your gaze, so too does a silent sitting practice become a space of extravagant wonder.
When you show up for what is, with curiosity and courage, you carry that presence into your daily life, rendering everything sacred. The Shekinah, the indwelling feminine presence of the Divine in the Jewish tradition, and Teresa of Avila in the Christian tradition, illuminate a radiant path to the center of your own being and show you the way to carry that light into the shadowed world.
In this module, you’ll:
Miriam followed her baby brother’s basket as it flowed down the Nile to safety, and then finagled to get the Pharaoh’s daughter to adopt him and hire his own mother as wet nurse. Mother Mary agreed to be the vessel for the incarnation of the Divine and then to bear loving witness to his execution.
Mary Magdalene risked everything to stand beside her beloved and speak the voice of feminine power and wisdom. In this session, you’ll look at each of these three great prophets through the lens of peaceful resistance and compassion in action.
In this module, you’ll:
Kwan Yin, the Chinese bodhisattva of compassion, is known as “She Who Hears the Cries of the World.” She pours mercy from the palms of her hands onto your broken heart and offers sanctuary.
The medieval English mystic, Julian of Norwich, promised that, “All will be well and all will be well and every kind of thing shall be well.” For Julian, God is an unconditionally loving mother who adores you exactly as you are. During these times of intensifying polarization and rampant “otherizing,” these wisdom beings generate a space of safety, forgiveness, and deep rest.
In this module, you’ll:
In light of the popularity of nondual teachings, you may have felt pressured to reject the yearning that burns in your heart for union with the Divine. The great secret of the mystical journey is that devotion is the catalyst for connection, and the duality of lover and Beloved melts into an undifferentiated experience of pure love.
The poetry of the mystics not only describes this ecstatic love dance with the Divine; it evokes it. Union with the Beloved is your birthright. Reclaim love-longing.
In this module, you’ll:
The Earth is both our nurturing Mother and our traumatized sister. You can let yourself down into her arms, feel the roots that extend from the soles of your own feet and entwine with hers, and rest in the safety and connection she offers. You must also lean close to listen to her moans of pain, and activate to protect and care for her.
As Indigenous wisdom has long proclaimed, the Gaia Theory postulates that everything is interconnected and mutually dependent. The Earth is a living being, and what touches one part affects the entire system. Ix Chel, the fertility goddess of the ancient Maya, is an artist who weaves the world into being. She heals and protects all of life with creativity and beauty. This is our task, too. Art is medicine.
In this module, you’ll:
In different ways, both women and men are conditioned to fear our anger. Religions reinforce our mistrust by judging anger as a spiritually inferior state to equanimity, and evidence of moral corruption. The earth is in peril. The water and the air are poisoned. Governments collude for profits at the expense of those on the margins, who grow increasingly more vulnerable. Anger is the appropriate response to these widespread abuses.
Like the Hindu goddess, Kali, and the courageous Beguine, Marguerite Porete, you’re called now to transmute the lead of your outrage to the gold of sacred rage, to raise your voice together with a roar of resistance and sing the song of love loud enough to be heard above the deafening silence of complacency.
In this module, you’ll:
True transformation requires some degree of annihilation. You do not choose the difficult things that happen to you, but if you show up for them and yield to the shamanic descent into the dark mystery, your soul is remade and you carry both the fruits and the scars back into your life where they empower you to be of service to other suffering beings.
When Demeter’s beloved daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades, she made the journey to the Underworld to negotiate her release, changing not only her own life and the life of her child, but of the Earth herself.
Machig Labdrön, the 11th century Tibetan Buddhist master and wise dakini, initiated the powerful practice of Chöd in which the seeker of truth visualizes demons consuming her body and liberating her from the illusion of separation. By surrendering to the transforming fires of the human experience, you become more fully human and available to step up as an instrument of peace.
In this module, you’ll:
In addition to Mirabai’s transformative 7-week live online training, you’ll receive these powerful program sessions with some of the world’s leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions are being offered to complement what you’ll discover in the course — and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
In this dialogue between dharma friends, Cynthia describes her unique expression of spiritual activism. Inspired by an ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project brings healing and protection to the Earth by filling consecrated clay vessels with prayers and offerings, and ceremonially burying them in the Earth in collaboration with Indigenous elders, young activists and grassroots leaders in places where healing and protection are most needed around the planet.
Cynthia Jurs is a Buddhist teacher in the Order of Interbeing who received Dharmacharya transmission to teach from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994. Also a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, she has studied with many great masters and spent much time in retreat practicing in both the Vajrayana and Zen Buddhist traditions for 30 years. She is the guiding teacher at the Open Way Sangha in Santa Fe, New Mexico, leading meditation groups and teaching retreats in a unique blend of engaged buddhism and sacred activism.
Mirabai met Asha, the co-founder of Lama Foundation, the world’s original interspiritual community, when she was a teenager and she counts Asha as one of her most important mentors. In this dialogue, the two women explore the significance of an interspiritual approach to the world’s great wisdom traditions, especially in these times of social strife and environmental devastation.
Asha Greer is often intoxicated with awe, fascination, or bafflement about the nature of reality. Her “herstory” includes a lifelong interest in comparative religion and its influence on the brain, thought and behavior. She was a co-founder of the Lama Foundation, an ecumenical spiritual community which has been thriving more than 40 years in the mountains of New Mexico. Her teaching focuses on awakening to the awesome nature of reality both inside and out and through the process integrating the inner and outer life.
In her iconic book about St. Teresa of Avila, Entering the Castle, Caroline used Mirabai’s translation of The Interior Castle. This launched a profound spiritual companionship that unfolds to this day. Join these two lovers of La Madre for a teaching about navigating the path of contemplative prayer, that leads us home to the center of our soul.
Caroline Myss is a 5-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition.
In this warm and evocative piece, Mirabai shares her spirited and unorthodox view of the feminine face of the Divine, inviting us into an intimate relationship with love itself.
Mirabai made so many links between the goddesses of many of the world’s wisdom traditions that I was unaware of and so I learned so much. I love this breaking down of barriers, this decomparmentalization, and I now feel more empowered to share those links with friends and family. Also, I feel much more connected to the Divine Feminine than I did before taking this course. Thank you, Mirabai.
— John, Garberville, California
For me, the overall experience of this course has been so richly worthwhile... I feel opened and curious to go further. I love that I can further digest the material and re-attend via the videos, transcripts, and images — this is definitely a value added. I was very moved by Mirabai... her genuine, kind spirit and her intelligence and familiarity with which she graciously delivered the material was very apparent. The tone of the course seemed more like a personal and intimate gathering among like minds instead of the usual electronic presentation.
— Risa, Laguna Niguel, California
The biggest benefit I’ve enjoyed from this course is meeting with the same group of friends each week to learn interesting and challenging subject matter, and later to be able to reconnect on our community page to discuss in depth anything we had on our minds... The fellowship and trust built from that style of relationship, in my estimation, made the whole course very worthwhile for stimulating thoughts and feelings and reactions and responses. The foundations for community building were built upon hard rock rather than soft sand, I believe, and I look forward to sharing other such get-togethers again, and often, in time to come with Mirabai Starr at the helm of the ship under full sail. She’s a great captain, I think.
— Barbara Miley, Camden, South Carolina
I want to write a testimonial because I am so deeply touched and profoundly moved, and spiritually enriched in our circle together... Mirabai was beautiful, graceful, knowledgeable and humble while open to Great Mystery in our midst, and funny too! the course was a gift of inspiration and call to deeply reflect personally with each of the aspects of Divine Feminine, and how that resonates with my gifts and call to service. I am fortified in my knowing and passion of the importance of circling up and sharing together.
— Arianna Husband, Half Moon Bay, California
This was an opportunity to reconnect with the Divine Feminine that has nourished my soul. I now know I need to be more attentive to spiritual practice that fosters integration of this relationship in the everyday rather than allowing the busyness of life to sabotage my relationship with the Divine Feminine.
With good humor, sweetness, conscientiousness, intelligence, and deep wisdom, Mirabai Starr created a multilayered experience of practices, teachings, portraits, resources, conversation, chant, and music in a gently-held sacred space that not only supported the Divine Feminine but invoked Her very presence in numerous forms. The world is starving to re-member these teachings. It has been wonderful to meet so many of Her figures in one course.
— CrowStar, Iowa City, Iowa
I felt such a deeper trust and acceptance of my own divinity through really opening my heart to the glory of me! This has allowed me to go deeper with my own personal connection to the feminine... feel this beautiful accepting mother in my blood pulsing, flowing, receiving, and I lay my head into her and weep.
— Wendy Langille, New Brunswick, Canada
My attunement to myself is more keen and loving. I am more peaceful and trusting that there is indeed divine intervention in our third world realities. I look forward to any courses Mirabai will teach.
— Michelle Jurika, Piedmont, California
The course enriched me very much. It’s heartwarming to know the fact we are all called to union with the Divine no matter what our faith tradition is. We are just one. This is a celebration of unity among us.
— Maria Eulalia Banawis, Quezon City, Philippines
“I feel grounded and incredibly grateful...”
Breathtaking! (read awestruck). I am here to Be – Love – Belong in service and heal our world... even if that service morphs into a form I never envisioned. I feel grounded and incredibly grateful to be part of an inclusive, worldwide interspiritual community.
— Kathleen Gibbons Schuck, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Mirabai Starr has the unique ability to create and hold sacred space for others no matter what aspect of the journey they were on. I leave it feeling blessed to have had such a rich experience of myself and and grateful for having Mirabai as a guide.
— Laura, Ontario, Canada
Wild Goddesses & Mystics of Mercy offers some of the most advanced online teachings currently available, in a thriving global community of learning and practice.
Join your fellow students and practitioners from across the world in the live interactive conference calls or in our online community to support and learn from each other while you discover how to open your mind and expand your paradigm of reality.
This international community is at the leading edge of a global movement of people who are committed to manifesting a better world for all beings. This emerging planetary movement is rooted in an open heart and stands for the principles of mutual support, cooperation, harmony, and reverence for all of life.
Seven 90-minute Class Sessions With Mirabai Starr
Experience a rare opportunity to be mentored and learn with mystic-scholar and interspiritual teacher Mirabai Starr — from the comfort of your own home. Each class session includes a live streaming video option and guides you to discover the specific skills and abilities to understand the interconnected wisdom at the heart of the teachings of the goddesses and mystics. Course sessions are on Wednesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.
Seven Video Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the video will be available for you to download or stream in high-quality format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can watch anytime and anywhere — on any connected device and at your convenience.
Seven Audio Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the audio will be available for you to download in high-quality MP3 format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere — on any connected device and at your convenience.
Seven PDF Transcripts of Class Sessions
In addition to the high-quality videos and MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session is completed. You can then review, print, and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.
Seven 30-minute Interactive Group Practice Sessions
With live class attendance, there will be a 30-minute optional interactive practice session directly following each class. You’ll be placed in an intimate group with several other participants on the conference call to interact, share, and do additional practices to help further integrate the weekly lessons. If you’re unable to attend the calls live, the Online Community group allows you to connect with each other to find alternative times to interact.
Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
After each lesson, you’ll have the option of completing related exercises, practicing new tools, and answering questions to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.
Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your discovery process after each class. Here, you can continue the discussion about your course materials and interact with your fellow students to take your exploration to an even deeper level.
The Goddesses & Mystics Bonus Collection
We feel honored Mirabai Starr has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive LIVE online training. This is a rare opportunity to interact directly with an internationally renowned mystic-scholar and interspiritual teacher whose powerful insights and pioneering work are helping us heal and awaken the Divine within us, and our world.
Through this powerful online format, you’ll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations, and meals — which would cost thousands of dollars), you’ll be able to benefit from Mirabai’s incredible teachings and exercises from the comfort of your home — and at your own pace!
Among Mirabai’s many gifts are her own interspiritual practices and authentic embodiment of the teachings of the ancient traditions. She lives a life grounded in love and creates a teaching environment in which you’ll feel truly held in a safe and compassionate container as you experience this profound inner journey.
If you’re serious about experiencing the Oneness and deep unconditional love at the core of the teachings of the goddesses and mystics and opening to a life of wholeness, service, and sacred balance, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones, and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training.
If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.
Ever since I met her when she was a teenager at the Lama Foundation, Mirabai Starr has been absorbed in the teachings of the great mystic saints, especially the women. Like her namesake, the poet-saint Mirabai, she brings to her work an intense love of God and a passion for the Beloved. My Guru said, “Love is the best medicine.” Mirabai will help open up your heart to love.
— Ram Dass
Mirabai is an authentic mystic, a true teacher and a wonderful soul. Anyone who comes to her will find their cup will be filled. I recommend her as a person and as a teacher with great confidence and joy.
— Andrew Harvey, spiritual teacher and mystic scholar
It’s with great pleasure and delight that I endorse the work of Mirabai Starr, who I find to be a soul companion as well as a professional colleague. In addition to being a gifted author, Mirabai is blessed with the capacity to inspire others with her wisdom and understanding of mystical theology. I referred to her translations of Teresa of Avila’s great masterpiece, The Interior Castle, while writing my own book, Entering the Castle, because of the excellence of her work. Mirabai is a rare jewel.
— Caroline Myss, Author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Entering the Castle
What makes [Mirabai’s] teaching so powerful is that her vast spiritual knowledge is rooted in the real experience of being human. Her genius lies in the profoundly humble way she opens her life as a guide to ours. In making this connection, she shows us the deep and mysterious spiritual truths that hold all our lives together. A truly gifted teacher, she points us at once to and beyond ourselves. She does all of this with a spirit so light that all who share her presence are also lifted. Oh, did I say that she’s also a lot of fun?
— Rev. Bob Thompson, senior pastor, Lake Street Church, Evanston, Illinois
I have been present during Mirabai Starr’s classes at the University of New Mexico in Taos, on both philosophy and the theologies of the major world religions... One would expect from such a background that she has gathered and synthesized a dazzling amount of knowledge, but in addition she brings understanding, and especially compassionate wisdom. These are godsent gifts that are simply given to her. Her life experiences of suffering and love pour into the cup of different levels of understanding which she offers so generously as a teacher, lecturer, writer, and guest speaker. I’m enriched and honored by her friendship.
— Fr. William Hart McNichols, Iconographer and Roman Catholic priest
World-renowned interspiritual teacher Mirabai Starr is an award-winning author of creative nonfiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She received critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of John of the Cross’ Dark Night of the Soul and Teresa of Avila’s The Interior Castle.
Mirabai is also the author of the poetry collection, Mother of God Similar to Fire, a collaboration with iconographer William Hart McNichols; and God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Her book, Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, received the Spirituality & Practice Best Books of 2015 award.
Mirabai taught philosophy and world religions at the University of New Mexico, Taos for 20 years. She now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and interspiritual dialogue.
Mirabai’s latest book, Wild Mercy, is forthcoming from Sounds True.
She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
Q: What is a virtual course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is a computer, mobile device or telephone. If there is more than one person in your household taking the course, you will each need your own connection. We use Zoom videoconferencing to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions and deepen your exploration of the course themes.
There is no additional charge for connecting to Zoom with your computer or mobile device. Please note that dialing Zoom from your telephone is a toll call; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. International access numbers are available.
I have never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon to participate. I haven’t seen a course so well put together ever — not in all the years of taking college classes — and I had my doubts about doing an online course. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.
– Claudia F., Medford, MA
Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private community website.
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A: We will have a private community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, completing homework assignments and exchanging information about events and other activities that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects and growth throughout the Course.
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