About the Western Christian Mysticism (2023) course
This course is ideal for anyone interested in better understanding mysticism and the historical development of the Western Christian Mystical tradition.
We will identify and analyse key historical figures, movements and text within the tradition, as well as contemporary scholarly debates around Christian Mysticism. Students will have the opportunity to examine both apophatic (perspective shaped by what may not be said about the perfect goodness that is God) and cataphatic (opposite approach: perspective shaped by what the divine is believed to be) strands of Western Mysticism.
Aspects of the English strand of the mystical tradition will be explored as well as that of Continental mystics.
This is a postgraduate course open to ‘auditors’ e.g. those not enrolled for academic credit.
This course would made an excellent addition to a study break, retreat or sabbatical in the beautiful Salisbury Cathedral Close, where residential participants enjoy full board, access to the library and to the pattern of liturgy at Salisbury Cathedral.
Whether it’s cultural events, sightseeing (Stonehenge is nearby for example) or shopping — there’s plenty to do if you’d like to extend your stay the weekend before and after the course. For ideas, visit Salisbury Cathedral Close attraction websites to see what’s on Sarum’s doorstep. Visit the Wiltshire Creative website to view events at nearby Salisbury Playhouse and the Salisbury Arts Centre. The Experience Salisbury website has an excellent city-wide listing of forthcoming events around the city.
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Enrolled students also may attend teaching weeks for modules in addition to the modules which they are studying for credit, by permission of the Programme Leader. Student rates for hospitality costs during a teaching week currently are: £250 (en-suite), £200 (standard) and £60 (non-residential), along with an educational fee of £125 per booking. The audit fee and hospitality prices are reviewed annually with any changes effective from 1 July.