Welcome to Conversations of the Heart

A thousand miles would you run to speak with another who you knew really felt it and yet when you got there, find yourself speechless!
And yet your only joy would be to speak of it….words fruitful, and filled with fire.

– Unknown Author, Cloud of Unknowing

The Author of the Cloud of Unknowing knew of our desire for spiritual conversation and of our joy in finding such a person with whom we can speak of the Divine Beloved dwelling, awakening and shining in the Silence in the ground of our heart. Conversations of the Heart has been established by Robyn Fitzgerald to provide a contemplative space to embrace and deepen into these such beautiful conversations, through spiritual direction, retreats and spiritual companionship.

Upcoming Silent Retreats

Oneness in Luminous Presence: Five-day Silent Retreat

7-11 June, 2021

I will place my spirit in the midst of you. Ex 36:26

Taught by Dr Kerrie Hide, and guided and directed by Dr Kerrie Hide, Catherine Hefferan rsm and Robyn Fitzgerald. This retreat will be offered online.

In an atmosphere of prayerful silence, we will withdraw into the depths of our heart to create a communion consciousness in the noosphere. Together, we will continue to ponder the contemplative seeing from oneness in Luminous Presence. We will focus on the oneing of the Luminous Energies of love, drawing on a number of mystics including Mechthild of Magdeburg, Hadewijch of Brabant, The Cloud of Unknowing, Swāmī Abhishiktānanda and Beatrice Bruteau. Ever attentive to the stirrings of the Holy Spirit enflaming our hearts, we will draw out implications for creation’s evolutionary flow into Oneness in Love. For more information and to register please click on the table below

Blossoming in the Desert: Five-day Silent Retreat

5-10 Dec, 2021

Guided and directed by Catherine Hefferan rsm and Robyn Fitzgerald online. 

God loves nothing better than the desert, where the seeker goes to give birth to God and participate in the joy of birth, the joy of preexilic birth.

David Applebaum 

This Advent, we will walk the path taught to us by John the Baptist who had learned to empty himself so completely, to be “empty and bare as the desert”  in which he lived, and where he discovered God’s birthing within himself.   In the subtle beauty and the colourful hues of the silence of the desert, we will create the necessary quiet to support each other, as we cry out in the wilderness, not just our own cry, but as well, the cry of the earth, preparing our hearts for the blossoming of the ever-deepening birthing of the One we love, personally and communally.   Over five days, we will soak in the wisdom of the mystics, including Hildegard of Bingen, Gertrude of Helfta, Teresa of Avila, Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Thomas Merton, Beatrice Bruteau, Kerrie Hide and Martin Laird who know this blossoming place in the soul, and are deeply versed in the hidden wisdom of awakened, unitive consciousness.

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight the paths of our God.  Isaiah 40:3

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