John of the Cross was a 16th-century Spanish mystic known for having been utterly transformed by his experience of the dark night of the soul and for counseling others through similar experiences.
In NL terms, the dark night of the soul is in some respect an invitation from God* to connect through detachment.
During this workshop, we will learn a little bit about John of the Cross and what he describes as the dark night of the soul. Then we will explore some ways our relationship with God is cultivated through attachment and detachment. We will take some time to reflect on this personally through brief writing exercises. Finally, we will introduce some contemplative practices that may help us recognize and respond to an invitation to connect with the Divine through detachment. We will discuss ways to support ourselves and others who may be experiencing a dark night journey.
*The dark night experience is not limited to the Judeo-Christian tradition. This workshop is for anybody from any spiritual or faith tradition who resonates with this subject. All are welcome to use their own language and terms for describing the Divine.