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Wild Mercy: An Evening with Mirabai Starr

April 2, 2019




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Mirabai Starr is one of the world’s foremost writers on what many are calling "The Divine Feminine." On April 2, 2019, in Bellevue, Washington, she will officially launch her new book, Wild Mercy - Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics.

This is your invitation to be there.

This new book is the fruit of many years of study and contemplation for Mirabai, who is the acclaimed translator of several works by the mystic Santa Teresa de Ávila. In it, Mirabai calls for a paradigm shift to feminine leadership in all walks of life, especially spirituality.

If you heard Mirabai speak at Seeking Connection 2018 in St. Louis, you know she has an uncanny ability to be relaxed, welcoming and full of spiritual fire. Her approach is intimate and conversational even though she addresses issues that are global and universal. She has a knack for bringing the transcendent into the everyday, for witnessing beauty and tenderness while she encourages us to stand strong - "fierce" she would say - with our deepest connection inspiring us to compassionate action.

The video below is a short excerpt from Seeking Connection, where Mirabai outlines the role spiritual companions can take in the evolution of spirituality. Please have a look.


Please discern to see if you would like to be present for this extraordinary event. Mirabai will be welcoming the mystic energy of the feminine - honoring great women who have opened the gates of mystery so that we may enter and be whole. This is more than an opportunity to hear a great author and speaker talk about her new work, it is a chance to share in contemplative community and re-animate ancient wisdom in your own life.

Why not join us?



90 minute talk (including question and response period) by Mirabai Starr. Mirabai will sign books after her presentation.


April 2, 2019. 7 PM


Meydenbauer Center

11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004


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Tickets will be sold for $49.


The ticket price includes a free copy of Mirabai's new book, Wild Mercy.


Please follow this link to apply for scholarship help if you are in financial need.



Workshop Presenter

Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. She has received critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of the mystics, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila and Julian of Norwich. She is the award-winning author of GOD OF LOVE: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, CARAVAN OF NO DESPAIR: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, and Mother of God Similar to Fire, a collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols.  Her latest book, WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, is being launched in Bellevue, Washington in April, with SDI as proud host of the launch event. Mirabai lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.


Book Description


Mirabai Starr's latest book, WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, is a journey of awakening. She invokes and chronicles the feminine mystic, one who gathers the pain of the world into her arms and transmutes it with “wild mercy”—a merging of fierce courage with the unstoppable forces of forgiveness, compassion, and love.

“Women across cultural boundaries are rising with our echoing yes in response to the collective call to step up and repair the broken world,” writes Mirabai Starr. “We are rooting ourselves in our resounding no in the face of injustice to our fellow human beings and our Mother Earth.”

With Wild Mercy, Starr inspires us to awaken our own inner mystic as we immerse ourselves in the guidance of sages such as Teresa of Ávila, Mary Magdalene, Hildegard of Bingen, the ecstatic poet Mirabai, and the Sufi saint Rabia Basri. The book also invites us to join with the archetypal energies of figures like Kuan Yin, Tara, Kali, Sophia, and the Shekinah.  All these mystics are presented so that we may find the light to guide our own journey of spiritual awakening and service in the world.

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