& Renowned Spiritual Pioneer
Participate in readings, chants, and meditations using Julian’s own words — to reframe these tumultuous times, step into her positivity, and look ahead to a more hopeful future.
These uncertain times can feel like one upheaval after another — rapid climate change, social unrest, divisions between us that seem to run deeper than ever. And of course, a global pandemic... and the fear, illness, isolation, and grief that come along with it.
While this sense of heaviness can feel like the result of this unique historical moment, similar challenges were faced long ago by Julian of Norwich, the renowned 14th-century Christian mystic and theologian who lived in a time marked by war, social unrest, and the deadliest pandemic in human history.
These days, more spiritual seekers than ever are turning to the profound wisdom found in Julian’s writings from the 1300s, to navigate our modern culture and climate — and reframe these times, and all of life, as what they truly are: a dance of awakening to the truth.
Though sadness and grief permeated Julian’s life, she was radically optimistic. Throughout her heartbreaking circumstances, she maintained that suffering is not punitive, it is only for a time, and joy endures...
Julian knew that joy is our origin and our destiny in this life, and part of the eternal scheme of everything that happens around us. She is the ideal teacher to show us how we can find joy again, even as we live in times of sorrow and brokenness.
Her timeless wisdom is calling us to roll up our sleeves and change the culture from the inside out... to recover our true sense of goodness, embrace non-dualism, stand up to the patriarchy as we embrace the Mother-God, and more.
Julian knew that every element of creation — even suffering — is infused with a divine spark. It’s time we learn this for ourselves and bring it into our daily lives...
If you’re feeling called to explore this deeply rewarding and challenging journey, you won’t have to walk this path alone — you can be guided through your own transformation by two celebrated spiritual thought leaders who will share their deep knowledge of Julian’s work, help you apply it to your own life, and remind you of the world’s goodness along the way...
Join us for a powerful new 7-part course with mystic scholar Mirabai Starr and spiritual pioneer Matthew Fox as they unveil the spiritual treasures buried within Julian’s profound revelations.
Like so many of us, Julian longed to truly know God, to be “oned” with Him...
In one of their divine encounters, God told her, “All will be well, and all will be well, and every kind of thing will be well...”
How could all be well, Julian wondered, with all the pain and suffering in the world?
Through this encounter with God, Julian learned a powerful truth that often gets overlooked in our modern times — that it all comes down to love... the divine, supreme powerful love that encompasses everything.
With Mirabai and Matthew leading the way, you can allow yourself to become awe-filled, astonished, and grateful — not only for the Earth and Cosmos all around you, but also for your own struggle as a human being... and for both the joy and distress within you and around you.
You’ll come away knowing that despite our past and present sufferings in a turbulent, violent world, Julian’s wisdom resonates across the ages. It’s as true today as it was in 1373...
All shall be well.
In this powerful 7-part course, you’ll discover:
- How Julian of Norwich invites us not to solve the great mystery of life, but to rest in it — and why this is the starting point for any spiritual breakthrough
- The many ways that suffering can be a path to finding joy
- How to see the big picture so you don’t let the circumstances of the moment lead you to despair
- The timeless truth behind Julian’s assertion that “God is the same thing as nature”
- Contemplative prayer as a raft that “ones” us with the Divine
- Ways to recognize your pain as God’s pain, and vice versa
- How to resist dualisms — including wellbeing and distress, victim and perpetrator, soul and body
- The wisdom behind Julian’s conclusion that God had to be female — because only a mother would break herself open and pour herself out for her children
- How to partner with God in the mingling, weaving, and joining in every aspect of your life
- Julian’s teaching that you are unconditionally loved, in the fullness of your humanness, by an endlessly loving Mother-God
- How to recognize love as the response to the good — and since goodness and love are inextricably linked, how important it is to cultivate goodness and recognize it in beings all around us
- Julian’s teaching that love and goodness truly charge us to do the work we are called to do — and that evil can only be overcome with love
What You’ll Discover in These 7 Modules
In this 7-part transformational intensive, Mirabai and Matthew will guide you through the fundamental body-mind-spirit skills and competencies you’ll need to reframe these tumultuous times, step into Julian of Norwich’s positivity, and look ahead to a more hopeful future.
This course will feature teachings, training sessions, and experiential practices with Mirabai and Matthew. Each session 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 open your heart and access your spiritual gifts.
Module 1: Embracing the Sacred Dark — The Beauty of Not Knowing (December 2)
A pandemic is a terrible thing to waste.
— Matthew Fox
Like the great mystics of every tradition, Julian of Norwich points us to the center of the mystery, where she invites us not to solve it but to rest in it...
In this opening class, Matthew and Mirabai will share why this is the starting point for any spiritual breakthrough.
With her clear-eyed gaze into suffering, Julian shows us how to be with what is, whether reality includes “mirth or mourning.” By cultivating open-hearted presence, you’ll be able to discern what is yours to do and be and give in this world.
In this module, you’ll:
- Practice showing up for the truth of what is with open eyes and heart
- Resist the impulse to flee the darkness, and instead become curious about it
- Examine why you are here and how you may contribute
- Explore what the mystics mean when they say “die before you die”
- Do grief work and stay connected to joy
- Embrace the personal and collective transformational power of the dark night of the soul
Module 2: Cultivating Goodness, Joy & Awe — Falling in Love With the World (December 9)
Even though Julian lived through multiple waves of the Black Death — the pandemic that swept through Europe in the Middle Ages, decimating nearly half the population — she ceaselessly celebrated the miracle of life.
During this class, you’ll explore how Julian developed the capacity to perceive and praise the beauty of the created world — not in spite of, but rather as a result of, her own trauma and the suffering around her.
In this module, you’ll:
- See the big picture so you don’t let the circumstances of the moment lead you to despair
- Find ways to drink in the goodness of nature
- Dwell on Julian’s assertion that “God is the same thing as nature”
- Contemplate what Julian means when she says that we’re all born into a “birthright of never-ending joy”
- Connect to your work as a form of prayer
- Value awe in the face of the supreme beauty of the Divine
Module 3: Tasting the Elixir of Oneing — The Non-Duality of Human & Divine (December 16)
Expect to be confused.
— Matthew Fox
Julian recognizes that life is a tapestry of “well and woe” and encourages us not to let either state sweep us away. Instead, she invites us to plunge inward where we may taste the ineffable unity of our souls with the One we love...
During this session, you’ll explore the profound truth that we’ve never been separate — and never will be sundered from that love.
As you’ll discover, this life is a dance of awakening to the truth that every element of creation is infused with the divine spark.
In this module, you’ll:
- Practice the Shema chant from the Jewish tradition and the Shahada from Islam as a path to embodying the truth of Oneness
- Allow yourself to believe Julian’s insistence that “we were created luminous and noble” and that we we’re “known and loved from without beginning”
- Engage contemplative prayer as a raft that “ones” us with the Divine
- Recognize your pain as God’s pain, and vice versa
- Resist dualisms — including wellbeing and distress, victim and perpetrator, soul and body
Module 4: Shifting Toward the Divine Feminine — The Motherhood of God (January 6)
As her visions unfolded, Julian came to the conclusion that God had to be female — because only a mother would break herself open and pour herself out for love of her children, as is the nature of the Incarnation.
“This beautiful word ‘mother’ is so sweet and kind... it cannot be attributed to anyone but God,” Julian once wrote. “Only (s)he who is our true Mother and source of all life may rightfully be called by this name.”
In this class, Julian’s wisdom will invite you to fully rest in the unconditional love of God the Mother as you:
- Nurture a personal and intimate relationship with the Sacred Feminine
- Recognize love as the energy of creation
- Consider the feminine quality of wisdom in the Western traditions
- Generate a list of all the attributes of the feminine, from forgiveness to ferocity
- Ponder the connection between the motherhood of God and the wellbeing of the earth
- Stand up to the patriarchy with its emphasis on vengeance, transcendence, and individual salvation
Module 5: Reclaiming the Roots of Creation Spirituality — The Oneing of God & Nature (January 13)
So much of Western religion, especially since the Black Death, has focused on fear and redemption, and has ignored our profound relationship with the sacred nature around us.
In this session, you’ll discover how our habit of ignoring this relationship gave way to the crisis of climate change — which in turn is primarily responsible for coronavirus and other viruses to come.
You’ll explore how in Julian we have a champion of that lineage of creation — spirituality celebrated in the Hebrew Scriptures as the wisdom tradition (and the prophets also) from which the historical Jesus derives...
It’s found richly developed in Benedict and his descendants, including Hildegard of Bingen. It’s also found in the wisdom of Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Mechtild of Magdeburg, Meister Eckhart — and Julian of Norwich, who says “God and nature are one.”
In this module, you’ll:
- Ground yourself in the archetype of the Cosmic Christ (or “Image of God” in Judaism and “Buddha Nature” in Buddhism) as a lens for recognizing the sacredness of all things — just as Julian did
- Find balance in the “wondrous mixture of well and woe,” “mirth and mourning,” that life offers
- Recognize that, as Julian once said, we’re all accompanied by the “precious oneing” and a “true oneing between the Divine and the human”
- Partner with God in this “mingling, weaving, and joining” in every aspect of your life by finding a rhythm that renders you “peaceful and at ease, harmonious and flexible”
Module 6: Trusting Our Sensuality — The Oneing of Body & Soul (January 20)
Julian understood that difficult things will happen, but she urges us to trust that, as she was assured in her visions, we “will not be overcome.”
During this class, Mirabai and Matthew will explain how this is not blind trust she’s asking of us. Instead, it’s a radical optimism forged in the fire of loss.
You don’t access this knowing beyond the realm of this world, but directly in the heart of it.
Rather than view our bodies and our embodied experience as obstacles to our ultimate liberation, we’re invited to recognize that every particle of being is penetrated by the love of God the Mother.
In this module, you’ll:
- Reclaim the holiness of your body
- Recognize the holiness of the bodies of others
- Engage in regular moral inventory and not dwell on your mistakes
- Enter Julian’s awareness of our “twofold” nature, “sensual and spiritual,” and the coherence of our sensuality with the “Motherhood of God”
- Take refuge in Julian’s teaching that you are unconditionally loved, in the fullness of your humanness, by an endlessly loving Mother-God
- Connect the reverence of our sensual nature with active climate justice
Module 7: Embodying Wellness — The Power of Love Over Evil (January 27)
We were made for Love... God wants to be thought of as our Lover.
— Julian of Norwich
As we know, there is plenty of suffering, injustice, racism, classism, grief, and suffering in the world...
In this class, you’ll discover how the spiritual teaching of Julian instructs us all to contribute — to the spread of love, justice, and compassion in the spirit of a Mothering Godhead.
Mirabai and Matthew will invite you to think through questions like, How do we contribute to the healing of the planet and the whole of creation that is suffering so much in this time of climate change and pandemic and anger and hostility? and Can love truly conquer evil?
Is Julian being overly optimistic when she tells us that in the long run, “all will be well and every manner of thing will be well”? What is this wellness that she promises?
In this closing module, you’ll explore these questions — and think through the answers with Matthew and Mirabai — as you:
- Recognize love as the response to the good — and since goodness and love are inextricably linked, how important it is to cultivate goodness and recognize it in beings all around us
- Stand up to the evils of matricide and misogyny that are occurring today on the planet
- Take a stand against the evils of patriarchy — and the fatalistic self-hatred that goes with it
- Respond to Julian’s teaching that love and goodness truly charge us to do the work we are called to do — and that evil can only be overcome with love
The Julian of Norwich Bonus Collection
In addition to Mirabai and Matthew’s transformative 7-part virtual course, you’ll receive these powerful training sessions with leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions complement the course and promise to take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
Julian of Norwich & the Powerful Wisdom She Brings to Our Challenging Times
Video Dialogue With Matthew Fox and Andrew Harvey
In this video “rendezvous”, Matthew Fox and Andrew Harvey (celebrated author, religious scholar, and teacher of mystic traditions), connect to discuss Julian of Norwich — and how her lessons from a lifetime of surviving pandemics are applicable to us today.
Prayer-Poems to the Divine Feminine
Audio Collection From Mirabai Starr
This special audio collection includes poetry, prayers, and jewels of lyrical prose from an array of women mystics — from Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich to Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Black Madonna — as well as Mirabai’s ecstatic reflections on the wild heart of the Divine Feminine and the call to embody her in our own lives.
Mystical Wisdom for Hard Times: Aquinas & Julian of Norwich on Spirituality of Crisis, Pandemics & Social Injustice
Video Dialogue With Matthew Fox and Michael Stone
In this powerful dialogue, Matthew Fox and Michael Stone (teacher, writer, and co-founder of the Quantum Consulting Group that combines quantum theory with mystical shamanic wisdom), discuss the pre-modern wisdom of Thomas Aquinas and Julian of Norwich, which has much to say to us as we move out of the modern era and into a challenging time of climate change, coronavirus, and protests and awakenings around racial and social injustice.
In this session, you’ll discover: