Wisdom of the Christian Mystics

Certificate in Spiritual Formation

April 11–14, 2024AdultContinuing Education
This event is hosted by Columbia Theological Seminary

Christian mystics are seekers 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 our own time (Howard Thurman, Simone Weil). Over the centuries, the mystics have included women and men, 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 Teresa of Ávila 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 introduce you to the great mystics of the past, 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 towards the Certificate in Spiritual Formation program will be given to those who participate fully and complete and post course writing assignments.

Program Fee: Early registration of $380 before December 20, 2023. Full program fee of $410 after December 20, 2023.

Housing & Meals: Information about housing and meals below.


Housing & Meals Rates

Housing and meals must be purchased separately from your conference registration. Rates are per person and include all room and meal charges for the entire conference (Thursday supper to Sunday lunch). No adjustments to package will be made except for extended stay.

Single Occupancy $360.00
Double Occupancy $465.00/total

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

Check in/Check out Times

Housing Check in 3 pm, Thursday, April 11, 2024
Housing Check out 11 am Sunday, April 14, 2024

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 February 28; full refund less $40 If notice of cancellation is received after February 28, but before March 27; no refunds will be given after March 27. All requests for refunds must be in writing and received by Montreat Conference Center via email, fax, or U.S. mail.


The program will begin at 5:30 pm on Thursday, April 11 and conclude Sunday, April 14 at 12 noon. The schedule includes morning and evening prayers, small group conversations and free time to enjoy the beauty of Montreat Conference Center.

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