Back to All Events

Rumi, Benedict, and spiritual (un)becoming

  • Saint John's Abbey Guesthouse Collegeville, MN (map)

(c) A. Furchert

A Cloister Seminar for the lovers of poetry 

"The sweetness of love" that comes from ascending the spiritual path describes a central experience and goal of the 12th century Sufi sage/poet Rumi and the 6th century St Benedict.  For both the seeker runs a path of transformation and training to allow the unspeakable sweetness of love to break in upon us.  On this path, in relating and re-relating to one self the experience of true love of self/others/the infinite increases. 

In this seminar we will explore what Rumi, Benedict, and the modern psychology of religion have to say to each of us about the process of (un)becoming during our journey of selfhood.  We will practice Rumi's poetry, Benedictine chant, and ask how (un)becoming one self and growing in love are interconnected. The weekend will be structured by guided readings and practices for personal reflection, imbedded into the rhythm of the Abbey, shared meals and gatherings.

Our cloister seminar takes place at the beautiful, modern and calming guesthouse  at St. John's Abbey, overlooking a picturesque lake and forest. It starts on Friday with dinner at 6 pm and ends on Sunday 3 pm. Asked Offering is 290$ per person incl. private room and bath, all meals, guided practices and materials; and our Friday evening reception. 

Since this is a small group setting we encourage you to make reservations as soon as possible.


Chuck Huff, PhD. is professor for psychology and computing ethics at St. Olaf College and a practicing Benedictine Oblate at St. Johns Abbey. He loves to study spiritual poetry across faith traditions and will lead us through the readings. His wife Dr. Almut Furchert is a German philosopher of religion, existential practitioner, and workshop leader. Both share their passion for monastic traditions and spiritual practices, thought provoking talks and good wine.