beverly-lanzetta

Beverly Lanzetta is a theologian and spiritual teacher of new traditions of contemplative wisdom.

Her extensive career began almost forty years ago with her study of emerging religious paradigms, and their relationship to mystical theology, spiritual healing, energy medicine, and soul guidance in the world’s religions. She was a respected spiritual teacher before receiving her doctor of philosophy degree in theology and contemporary religious thought from Fordham University. Subsequently, she joined the faculties of Villanova University, Prescott College, and Grinnell College, offering courses that honored the rich heritage of the world’s mystical religions and new interfaith, interspiritual traditions emerging in our time.

Beverly also is the author of seven books on global spirituality and new monasticism, which have won praise for their wisdom, eloquence, and mystical insight. She recently formed Blue Sapphire Books to publish works that deepen the contemplative life and bring practical relevance to people exploring an integral, embodied spirituality.

Dedicated to a vision of theological openness and spiritual nonviolence, Beverly has worked and taught widely, founding a number of religious and monastic initiatives, including the Interfaith Theological Seminary and the Community of a New Monastic Way. She is actively involved in teaching, writing, sacred art, and the formation of (new) clergy, spiritual directors, and monks.

St. Francis and Birds, Beverly LanzettaI don’t comfortably wear the label of monk, because I am now convinced that the first way to be a decent monk is to be a non-monk and an anti-monk, as far as the “image” goes.Thomas Merton

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Beverly offers retreats, workshops, and lectures on deepening the contemplative life and opening one’s heart to the monk within.

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  • Nine Jewels of Night: One Soul’s Journey into God. San Diego, CA: Blue Sapphire Books, 2014.
  • Path of the Heart: A Spiritual Guide to Divine Union, Expanded Edition with Commentary. San Diego, CA: Blue Sapphire Books, 2014.
  • Foundations in Spiritual Direction: Sharing the Sacred Across Traditions, Santa Fe, NM: Inner Monastery Imprint, 2009.
  • Emerging Heart: Global Spirituality and the Sacred. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2007.
  • Forty Day Journey with Joan Chittister. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2007.
  • Radical Wisdom: A Feminist Mystical Theology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2005.
  • The Other Side of Nothingness: Toward a Theology of Radical Openness. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2001.
  • Path of the Heart. New York: Paragon House, 1986.
  • “Embracing Solitude: Taking (New) Monastic Vows,” St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN, July 21 – July 29, 2015.
  • “Cultivating A New Monasticism,” San Diego, CA, January 8-11, 2015.
  • “The Contemplative Foundation of Monastic Consciousness,” St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN, July 28 – August 10, 2014.
  • “Mysticism of Silence: Cultivating a New Monasticism,” San Diego, CA, January 9-12, 2014.
  • “The Mystical Soul & Spiritual Direction Retreat,” Sangre de Cristo Center, Santa Fe, NM, July 19-22, 2012.
  • “Born of Divine Love Retreat,” Lectures on Energy Medicine, Soul Suffering and Principles of Inner Healing. Schola Divina Contemplative Retreat, Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, NM, January 14-21, 2011.
  • “Mystical Path of Benevolence,” “Nine Jewels of Night,” “The Mystic Soul and Spiritual Direction,” “Transforming the Spiritual Imaginary.” Schola Divina Contemplative Retreat, Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, NM, February 12-15, 2010.
  • “Called by God,” “The Monastic Personality,” Integration of a New Monastic Way I-III,” Schola Divina Contemplative Retreat, Sangre de Cristo Center, Santa Fe, NM, July 28-August 4, 2008.
  • “New Monasticism,” “Embodied Monasticism,” “Transformation of Soul,” “Descent of the Great Mother,” “Rule of Life in Multireligious Practice.” Schola Divina Contemplative Retreat, Sangre de Cristo Center, Santa Fe, NM, August 9-14, 2007.
  • “In the Beginning,” “Blessed Solitude,” “Wound of Love,” “Days of Awe,” Contemplation & Loving God.” Schola Divina Contemplative Retreat, Sangre de Cristo Center, Santa Fe, NM, August 5-11, 2006.
  • “The Longing Heart: Journey with the Mystics,” 10 Conferences, St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, MN, June 6–10, 2005.
  • “Engaged Contemplation: An Integration of the Spiritual Life,” four seminars, Tucson, AZ, October 11-December 20, 2005.
  • “Medicine, Healing, and the Spiritual Traditions,” IHM Conference and Retreat Center, Santa Fe, NM. July 14-17, 2005.
  • “Via Feminina: The Mystical Path of the Feminine,” Franciscan Renewal Center, Phoenix, AZ. March 17-21, 2005; Picture Rocks Retreat Center, Tucson, AZ. November 8-12, 2004.
  • “Energy, Healing, and Spirituality,” Hesychia School for Spiritual Directors, Picture Rocks Retreat Center, Tucson, AZ. January 15, 2004.
  • “The Role of Spiritual Practices in Soul Development,” St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, MN. March 12, 2004.
  • “Spiritual Healing in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity,” Picture Rocks Retreat Center, May 3-4, 2004.
  • “The Inner Way: Spiritual Direction and Religious Experience,” Hesychia School for Spiritual Directors, Picture Rocks Retreat Center, Tucson, AZ. January 21, 2003.
  • “Cloud of Unknowing and Contemplative Prayer,” Hesychia School for Spiritual Directors, Picture Rocks Retreat Center, Tucson, AZ. January 6, 2003.
  • “Spiritual Direction in St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila,” Hesychia School for Spiritual Directors, Picture Rocks Retreat Center, Tucson, AZ. April 25, 2002.
  • “The Monastic Heart: Interfaith Spirituality and Spiritual Direction,” Workshop for Arizona Spiritual Directors, Tucson, AZ. January 28, 2002.
  • “Ministry and Spiritual Direction in Pastoral Care,” St. Philips in the Hills, Tucson, AZ. April 9, 2002.
  • “Intentio: The Desert Fathers’ Understanding of Spiritual Discernment,” Redemptorist Retreat and Renewal Center, Tucson, AZ. April 10, 2002.
  • “Feminism, Mysticism, and the Journey toward God,” Cornerstone Center, Phoenix, AZ. April 12, 2002.
  • Meister Eckhart as Spiritual Guide,” Hesychia School for Spiritual Directors, Picture Rocks Retreat Center, Tucson, AZ. April 15, 2002.
  • “Contemplation and Healing: Silence and Health,” Canyon Ranch, Program in Spirituality, Tucson, Arizona. September 12, 2000.
  • “Purity of Heart: A Mystical Approach to Mind-Body Integration.” and “Themes in Women’s Monastic Life,” St. Phillips in the Hills Forum, Tucson, Arizona. Sept.-Nov. 2000.
  • “Spiritual Direction and the Mystical Life,” Studium, St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota, June 15, 2000.
  • “Buddhist influences on Western Mysticism.” St. Phillips in the Hills Forum, Tucson, Arizona. September 26, 1999.
  • “Hindu and Buddhist Spirituality: A Resource for Christian Contemplatives.” St. Thomas Apostle Church, Tucson, Arizona. October 1997.
  • “The Contemplative in Action – An Application of Classical Mystical Texts from the World’s Religions to Modern Life.” Westport, CT. August to December 1995.
  • “The Crossroads of Unity–A Personal Pilgrimage in Interfaith Dialogue.” Mercy Center, Madison, CT. June 1992.
  • “The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Vision.” Conference on Contemplative Studies, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, November 21, 2014.
  • “New Monasticism, A Dialogue of Committed Religious.” St. Benedict’s Spirituality Center, St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, MN, June 29, 2013.
  • “The Way of Love: Wisdom from The Cloud of Unknowing.” St. Benedict’s Spirituality Center, St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, MN, June 28, 2013.
  • “Darkness & Light: Writing Spiritual Autobiography.” St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, MN, June 28, 2013.
  • “Slow Knowledge: Theorizing Contemplative Practice in a Digital Age.” Chair. American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL, November 17, 2012.
  • “The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies.” American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, GA, October 31, 2010.
  • “Medicine for the Soul: An Integrative Approach to Spiritual Suffering & Healing.” Workshop Sponsored by Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment. UNM School of Medicine. Albuquerque, NM, October 10, 2010.
  • “Prayer, Healing and the Soul: Fact, Faith or Fiction?” Panel Sponsored by Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment. UNM School of Medicine. Albuquerque, NM, October 11, 2010.
  • “Global Spirituality: The Unity of the Mystic Heart.” Sponsored by Norbertine Community Library Series. Albuquerque, NM, October 9, 2010.
  • “New Conversations in Spiritual Direction: Global Spirituality and the Dark Night of the Feminine.” Three lectures sponsored by All Ireland Spiritual Guidance Association. Dublin, Ireland, June 4, 2010.
  • “Tracking the Wilderness: Contemplation of a New Monastic Way.” Three lectures sponsored by New Monasticism-Ireland. Dublin, Ireland, June 5, 2010.
  • “The Emerging Heart of Faith in a Multi-Religious World.” Co-Sponsored by Institute for Progressive Spirituality and Office of the Chaplain, Willamette University. Salem and Portland, Oregon, October 9-11, 2009.
  • “The Emerging Heart of Faith in a Multi-Religious World.” Sponsored by The Chicago Center for Global Ministries, Spirituality, Meditation, and Mission. Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, March 26 – 27, 2009.
  • “Spiritual Journey and Integrative Oncology.” Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, January 29, 2009.
  • “The Role of the Divine Feminine in an Emerging Global Spirituality.” Sponsored by The Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch, Santa Fe, October 31, 2008.
  • “Imagining a New Global Spirituality: Mysticism, Faith and Ethics in the 21stCentury.” Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi; Sponsored by the D.L. Dykes, Jr. Foundation. Series of three talks, October 3-4, 2008.
  • “Mystical Union in the Global Community: Thomas Merton’s Radical Interiority,” American Benedictine Academy Conference, Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, South Dakota, August 8, 2008.
  • “Intercontemplative Dialogue: Spiritual Pilgrimage and Global Theosis in Thomas Merton and Bede Griffiths,” American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 19, 2007.
  • “Emerging Images of God: Intimacy and Via Feminina,” Emerging Images of God Conference, sponsored by Raimon Panikkar, Costa Brava, Spain, Sept. 24-29, 2007.
  • “Mysticism and Politics: Emerging Consciousness of Engaged Action,” University of Arizona, SIROW Scholars, Tucson, April 16, 2006.
  • “The Deconstructive Movement in the Dark Night of St. John of the Cross,” Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, November 18, 2005.
  • “Via Feminina: The Mystical Path of the Feminine,” Haverford College, Bi-college Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, November 17, 2005.
  • “The Longing Heart: Journey with the Mystics,” St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota. Ten lectures and retreat. June 11-17, 2005.
  • “Communion that Surpasses Words: Pluralism, Oppression, and Intercontemplative Dialogue,” AAR Western Region (WESTCOR), Arizona State University, March 14, 2005.
  • “Julian and Teresa as Cartographers of the Soul: A Contemplative Feminist Hermeneutic,” AAR Annual Meeting, Atlanta Georgia, November 25, 2003.
  • “Spiritual Nonviolence in the Social Mystics,” Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, August 1, 2003.
  • “Contemplative Ethics: Intimacy, Amor Mundi, and Dignification in Julian of Norwich and Teresa of Avila,” Princeton University, May 17, 2003. An Interdisciplinary Colloquium on the Moral Implications of Mysticism in the World’s Religions.
  • “The Soul of Woman and the Dark Night of the Feminine in St. Teresa of Avila,” AAR Western Region (WESCOR), UC Davis, March 23, 2003.
  • “Spirituality, Medicine, and Healing: A Mystical Perspective,” Program in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. January 26, February 19, and March 4, 2002.
  • “Spiritual Oppression: The Religious Roots of Violence Against Women,” Weaving a Web of Hope: Domestic Violence Awareness Conference. Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commission, Tucson Arizona October 17, 2001
  • “The Hermeneutics of Suffering and the Language of the Heart,” University of Arizona, Lecture Series, November 22, 2001.
  • “Theology as Deconstruction: Meister Eckhart and a Heretical God,” University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. January 27, 2001.
  • “The Soul of Woman and the Dark Night of the Feminine,” St. Benedict’s College, St. Joseph, Minnesota. October 18, 2000.
  • “The Dignification and Empowerment of Women in St. Teresa of Avila,” St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. October 25, 2000.
  • “The Role of Spirituality in Physician Care and Patient Health,” Program in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson. September 17, 2000.
  • “Women and Contemplation: The Symbol of the Enclosure.” St. Benedict’s College, St. Joseph, Minnesota. July 16, 2000.
  • “Religion and Pluralism: Education as Transformation.” Maricopa Community Colleges, Phoenix, Arizona. June 5-9, 2000.
  • “Spiritual Transformation and Stages of the Journey.” Spirituality, Healing, and Health: A Transformative Vision, University of Arizona. April 12, 1999.
  • “Training for Ministry in a Religiously Plural World.” Education as Transformation Conference, Wellesley College. September 26 – 28, 1998.
  • “Interfaith Spiritual Direction: Searching for Common Ground.” Benedictine Monastery, Tucson, Arizona. September 16, 1998.
  • Series of lectures on Liberation Theologies and Peace. New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Raleigh, Seattle, Tampa, Portland, Maine. January 1997 – August 1998.
  • “Liberating God: Spirituality for the Third Millenium.” Prescott College, Master of Arts Program lecture series, Tucson, Arizona. February 1998.
  • “Radical Pedagogies: Education as Transformation.” Prescott College, MAP lecture series. June 1998.• “Human Rights and Spiritual Oppression.” Workshop and lecture, Iowa Peace Institute, Grinnell, Iowa. April 1996.
  • “Theologies of Nonviolence: The Legacies of Gandhi, King, & Day.” University Lecture Series, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa. February 1996.
  • “Mysticism as a Subversion of Ultimate Truth Claims.” Ancient and Medieval Philosophy Conference. SUNY: Binghampton. October 20-22, 1995.
  • “World Spirituality: New Directions.” Global Spirituality Conference, Fordham University, Bronx, New York. June 23, 1990.
  • Presented summary of contemporary debates and chaired the panel, “The Future of Mysticism in Light of The Problem of Pure Consciousness.” American Academy of Religion, New Orleans. November 18, 1990.
  • “Three Categories of Nothingness in Meister Eckhart.” Department of Philosophy Lecture Series, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania. October 14, 1990.
  • “Emptiness and Spiritual Traditions.” Assembly of World Religions, San Francisco, California. August 10, 1990.
  • Co-Chair, “Religion and Spirituality” for an 8-part series of lectures by Thomas Berry on his books, The New Cosmology and The Dream of the Earth. Wainright House, Rye, NY. February 16 – June 23, 1989.
  • “Contemporary Testimony to Embracing Solitude,” in Embracing Solitude, Bernadette Flanagan. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2013.
  • “Women, Soul Wounds, and Integrative Medicine,” in Women and Integrative Medicine, eds. Victoria Maizes and Tieraona Low Dog. New York: Oxford University Press, Spring 2010; second edition, 2015.
  • “Spirituality: Women, Soul Wounds and Integrative Medicine,” in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Jan/Feb 2010, vol. 16, no. 1: 20-25.
  • “Wound of Love: Feminine Theosis and Embodied Mysticism in Teresa of Avila,” in The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, and Religious Studies, eds. Jorge Ferrer & Jacob Sherman. Albany NY: State University of New York Press, 2008.
  • “Wisdom” in Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, Daniel Patte, ed. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2009.
  • “Love in Women Mystics,” in Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, Yudit Kornberg Greenberg, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, November 2007.
  • “Introduction,” St. Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle. New York: Barnes & Noble, June 2005.
  • “Contemplative Ethics: Intimacy, Amor Mundi, and Dignification in Julian of Norwich and Teresa of Avila.” Spiritus: The Journal of Christian Spirituality5, (Spring 2005) 1: 1-18; and in: Archiv für Religionsgeschichte 9 (2007), pp. 51–72. (Publisher: Walter de Gruyter, Berlin – New York)
  • “The Mystical Element in Panikkar’s Cosmotheandrism,” in The Intercultural Challenge of Raimon Panikkar, Joseph Prahbu, ed. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1996.
  • “Sacred Art: Byzantine Iconography,” Metanoia; The Journal of Global Spirituality 2, no.2 (Spring 1994): 10-16.
  • “Three Categories of Nothingness in Eckhart.” The Journal of Religion 72., no. 2 (April 1992): 248-268.
  • “Mystics: What They Can Teach Us About God, Prayer, and Our Hard-to-Read Hearts.”Manuscript Review, Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • “A Monk in the World: Cultivating a Spiritual Life,” by Wayne Teasdale. Book review for Religions in Dialogue, 2003.
  • “The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart: The Man From Whom God Hid Nothing,” by Bernard McGinn. Book review for The Catholic Historical Review, 2002.
  • “The Community of Religions,” Wayne Teasdale and George Cairns, eds. Book Review for Shofar, 1997.
  • “Mysticism: Forgetting or Remembering?” Manuscript review, SUNY Press, October 1995.
  • “The Impurity of Christian Mysticism.” Article review for Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society, September 1993.
  • “Mysticism: East and West.” Manuscript review for SUNY Press, November 1990.
  • “Meister Eckhart and Art.” Article review for Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society, August 1990.
  • “Beyond the Masks of God.” Manuscript review for SUNY Press, April 1989.
  • “God Within: The Mystical Tradition of Northern Europe,” by Oliver Davies. Reviewed for Horizons, October 1989.
  • University of New Mexico. Religious Studies/Feminist Research Institute. Albuquerque, NM. Research Scholar, 2007 –
  • University of Arizona. Southwest Institute for Research on Women. Tucson, Arizona. Research Scholar, 1996 – 2007.
  • Picture Rocks Retreat Center, Associate Director. Tucson, Arizona. 2001-2004.
  • Grinnell College, Prescott College, Villanova University. Religious Studies Professor. 1988—2006.
  • Northern Arizona University, Master of Liberal Studies Program; Loyola Marymount University, Department of Theology. Adjunct Faculty. 2000 – 2005.
  • Constructive Theologies/New Religious Paradigms
  • Feminist, Third World, Ecotheologies
  • Postmodernism and Religion
  • Nonviolence and Human Rights
  • Philosophy & Practice of Interreligious Dialogue
  • Contemplative Ethics & Social Justice
  • Spanish Mystics: John, Teresa, & Ignatius
  • Mysticism: East and West
  • Contemplation and Monastic Spirituality
  • Comparative Religions, Pastoral Theologies
  • Spirituality and Medicine
  • Physician as Healer
  • Spiritual Direction Training
  • Spiritual Formation for Ministry
  • Theology of Prayer
  • 2001-2004 – Associate Director, Picture Rocks Retreat Center (currently, Redemptorist Renewal Center), Tucson AZ. Founder and Director, Hesychia School for Spiritual Directors.
  • 2001-2009 –Adjunct lecturer and consultant on issues of spirituality and medicine, and training of physicians, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • 1997 – Founding Director and Faculty, Prescott College-Interfaith Theological Seminary Joint Program. Director of program, selected and hired faculty, and proposed, designed and developed full curriculum for two-year program that combines academic study with contemplative practice and social justice/pastoral internships, leading to master’s of arts degree in religion and ordination as interfaith chaplains.
  • 1995- Rosenthal Center for International Affairs, Grinnell College. Worked with the Department of Religious Studies and the Rosenthal Center to develop programs in human rights, nonviolence, and religion.
  • 1995- Iowa Peace Institute, Grinnell, Iowa. Part of a team that developed an internship program between the Iowa Peace Institute and Grinnell College students.
  • 1993- Steering and Admissions Committees, Master of Arts Program (MAP), Prescott College. Graduate faculty involved with the academic mission and development of program.
  • 1992- Founding Faculty, Master of Arts Program, Prescott College. Involved with curricular development, academic integrity, and overall mission of the program.
  • 1991- Founding Faculty, Religious Studies Concentration, Prescott College. Designed curricular offerings in an interdisciplinary context, developed educational materials and brochures, recruited students, wrote mission statements and academic requirements for concentration; interviewed and hired adjunct faculty.
  • 1990- Peace and Justice Program, Villlanova University. Mandate to increase university participation in the program, redesign course offerings and overall academic integrity, and build a strong component in peace and justice.
  • Advisory Board, Monastic Interreligious Dialogue
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Parliament of World Religions
  • Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
  • Spiritual Directors International
  • Amnesty International
  • Author’s Guild