CTS Spiritual Formation

Wisdom of the Christian Mystics

October 15–18, 2020AdultContinuing Education
A Columbia Theological Seminary Spiritual Formation Program

Christian mystics are men and women of every generation who enjoyed a profound sense of God’s presence — even “union” with God — in their lives. The first Christian mystics appear in the New Testament (John the Evangelist) and the most recent ones lived in recent times (Howard Thurman, Simone Weil). Over the centuries, the mystics have included men and women, clergy and lay, Catholic and Protestant, rich and poor, educated and ordinary. What they share in common is their love of God and whole-hearted approach to living the Gospel in their daily lives.

What can we learn from these heroes of the faith? What do the great mystics have to say to us today?

Our program draws from the wisdom of some of the greatest Christian mystics, from renowned figures like John of the Cross and Julian of Norwich, to lesser known (but important) individuals like Evelyn Underhill and John Ruusbroec. We’ll look at some of their key ideas, reflect on the major themes and principles of Christian mysticism, explore how their teachings on prayer can be applied in our lives today, and seek ways to apply their wisdom to Christian discipleship here in the third millennium. While this course will give you a historical overview of who the great mystics were and when they lived, our emphasis will be on their timeless wisdom (how it helps us to live today) as much as on their fascinating stories.

This course is open to everyone. Credit toward the Certificate in Spiritual Formation will be given to those completing the pre-and post-course writing assignments. We ask that all participate fully in the program.



The program begins at 5:30 pm Thursday evening and concludes at noon on Sunday.

Daily Schedule

8:30 am Morning Prayer
9:00 am–12:30 pm Morning Session
12:30 pm Lunch and free time
3:30–5:00 pm Afternoon Session
7:30 pm Evening Prayers


This program is offered as part of the Certificate in Spiritual Formation Program at Columbia Theological Seminary and serves as course credit. Anyone interested in the course is welcome, but must also register through Columbia Seminary.

Rates below include conference fee only. Housing and meals are not included.

  • Program fee: $390 per person

Questions regarding conference registration? Please contact lifelonglearning@ctsnet.edu.

Refund Policy

Refunds for program fee are subject to the policies of the Spiritual Formation Program at Columbia Theological Seminary.


Rates are per person and include all room and meal charges for the entire conference (Sunday supper to Wednesday lunch). No adjustments to package will be made except for extended stay.

  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $409.50
  • Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $252.00 per person ($504.00 Total)
Check-in/Check-out Times
  • Housing Check-in: Thursday, October 15, 2020 AFTER 3:00 pm
  • Housing Check-out: Sunday, October 18, 2020 BEFORE 11:00 am
Refund Policy

Refunds for housing in Assembly Inn will be awarded in the following ways: Full refund if notice of cancellation is received on or before August 31; full refund less $40 if notice of cancellation is received after August 31, but before September 15; no refunds will be given after September 15; all requests for refunds must be in writing and received by Montreat Conference Center via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Questions about Housing and Meals?

If you have any questions about housing and meal reservations, please email SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

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NOTICE: In accordance with North Carolina Governor Cooper's executive order, all Montreat Conference Center recreation facilities will be closed to the public until Wednesday, April 29, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • all Montreat Trails
  • Robert Lake Park and park pavilion
  • Welch Field
  • Moore Center Field
  • Dowd Green
  • Patricia Cornwell Tennis Center
Please note that there are NO public restrooms open in Montreat at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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