Wild Mercy

Women’s Wisdom Across the Spiritual Traditions

A three-part course with Mirabai Starr


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The women mystics and goddesses of all spiritual traditions are connected to an aquifer – a deep wellspring of wisdom and vitality – that not only does the world urgently need but for which the world is at last ready. Thirsty. On fire. From these timeless sources we can draw cups of mercy, of healing, of intelligence and humor and hope, and pass them around in a spirit of celebration and inclusiveness.

In this course, we  focus on key issues that people of all genders are carrying in their hearts – matters such as care for the earth, standing with those on the margins, sexuality and relationships, cultivating contemplative life, and longing for the divine. For each topic we explore the wisdom of women mystics and goddesses who serve as way-showers for navigating that particular soul-terrain. We claim our power and courage, yes, and also affirming the holiness of our vulnerability and unknowingness.

Women Mystics and Feminine Wisdom Beings will include:

  • Mary Magdalene
  • Teresa of Avila
  • Hildegard of Bingen
  • Julian of Norwich
  • Rabia of Basra
  • Fatima daughter of Muhammad
  • Lalla Dev
  • the Bhakti poet Mirabai
  • Machig Labdron
  • Kali/Durga
  • Sita
  • Radha
  • Tara
  • Quan Yin
  • Sophia
  • Shekhinah
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe/Tonantzin
  • Pachamama/Gaia
  • Demeter and Persephone

Further Reading:

Mirabai’s new book: WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics (Sounds True 2019)

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A tapestry of:

  • Evocative passages of prose and mystical poetry
  • Mirabai’s reflections on the teachings of the mystics
  • Contemplative Practice
  • Inter-spiritual chanting
  • Writing Prompts
  • Small and full group dialog
  • Rituals from multiple traditions


Mirabai Starr

Mirabai Starr is an award-winning author of creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. Her latest book, WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, was named one of the “Best Books of 2019”. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.

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