Reframing: Meister Eckhart’s Wisdom and the Contemplative integration of our lives (Prof Mark Burrows)

This event is online only, in English.

“The eye with which I see God is exactly the same eye with which God sees me. My eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowledge, one love.”
Meister Eckhart

Claims like this, found throughout Eckhart’s writings, draw us to the heart of paradox, and the reframing they suggest are the wellsprings of an integrated life. This online retreat offers an opportunity to drink deeply from the source of this wisdom, engaging it through focused readings from Eckhart accompanied by meditative poems inspired by these texts. Bold, courageous and at times outrageous, Eckhart’s writings continue to be a beacon of light to those seeking to live with greater freedom and authenticity. This retreat, led by Eckhart scholar and poet Mark S. Burrows, explores this wisdom through the lens of two recent books that “translate” Eckhart’s thought in ways described by a recent critic as “brimming with passion, originality, and depth”. Attend these online talks for an immersion in startlement and wonder.

Daily Schedule (French Time)

  • 10:00  Presentation (pre-recorded, available from 10AM)  
  • 12:15 Meditation and midday prayer live online at Bonnevaux
  • 15:30 – 16:30  Talk live online daily (recorded webinar).
    • 20-min break
  • 16:50 – 18:00  Q&A live online daily (recorded webinar).

To reap the full benefits the retreat offers, we recommend that you meditate 2-3 times per day.

Note: please do not miss the 10AM talk on Wednesday morning as this talk introduces the retreat.

How to Create Your Own Retreat

This online retreat is designed to be flexible around your daily life and time zone. Please visit here where we provide support on creating a rhythm and structure to your retreat: how much silence you would like, meditation times, reading of sacred texts, practicing yoga and more, plus other suggestions to help you embody the retreat and stay off-line as much as possible.

Registrations for this retreat are closed.
If you are registered and need assistance please contact us

This retreat is free – please consider making a contribution

Bonnevaux is offering these events free for the time being while we explore putting some of our Programme online. Please consider donating to help us continue sharing the gift of meditation at Bonnevaux and worldwide. We recommend a donation of €40 – 120 (€10 – 30 per day for this event).

Prof Mark Burrows

Mark S. Burrows is well-known and much in demand as a retreat leader and lecturer in Europe, Australia, and the United States. A poet, scholar of historical theology with a keen interest in mystical literature, and award-winning translator of modern German literature, he currently lives between Bochum, Germany, where he teaches theology and literature at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences, and Camden, Maine. His recent publications, which accompany this retreat, include Meister Eckhart’s Book of Secrets: Meditations on Letting Go and Finding True Freedom (2019) and Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart: Meditations for the Restless Soul (2017), both with Jon M. Sweeney. He has also published a recent collection of poems, The Chance of Home (2018). Widely acclaimed as an interpreter and translator of Rainer Maria Rilke, he is the recent recipient of the Witter Bynner Prize in Poetry and is a member of the “Bochumer Literaten,” a circle of professional writers in the Ruhr Region of Germany. www.msburrows.com


Jun 10 - 13 2020


This event is free. Please consider making a contribution €40-120 (€10 - 30 per day) for this retreat.
Mark Burrows


Mark Burrows