The Evolution of Divine Ecstasy

Friday, January 26 to Sunday, January 28, 2024
Facilitator(s): Paula Hirschboeck


Evolution Website


Each of us is a unique way for the Cosmos to see and know itself—to be, as St. Irenaeus says, “the glory of God fully alive.” An ecstatic evolutionary Cosmos calls us to be at home in the hearts of everyone, everywhere, all at once and realize there is no single privileged point
of view.

In this retreat we explore contemplation’s transformative power in an evolving Universe. The cosmic contemplative discovers the whole Universe arising within. Contemplative cosmology aligns with both Christian and Buddhist teachings. It offers Christians universal incarnational vision. Deep, wide incarnation is the whole Mystical Body of reality. The Christian “magnifies” the cosmos. In Zen Buddhism the Cosmos is awakening; it is Buddha. All beings are potentially realized Buddha’s. The Buddhist “Bodhisattva” serves all beings with wise compassion.

Presentations will include dialogue, meditation and practices such as art making and journaling. Silence will be honored. The retreat concludes with a “Council of All Beings,” a ritual celebrating the myriad expressions of the Cosmos who share the Earth.

Friday, January 26, to Sunday, 28, 2024
The retreat begins on Friday at 7:30pm and concludes with the noon meal on Sunday.
Cost: $345 (includes overnight accommodations and meals)

You can register and pay online by clicking the register button above, by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 with a credit card number, or by mailing a check made out to “Siena Retreat Center.” Payment must be received to complete registration.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for our cancellation policies and other helpful information.

About the Facilitators

Paula HirschboeckPaula Hirschboeck

Paula Hirschboeck is the founder and guiding teacher of Sophia Zen Women's Sangha in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a retired professor of Philosophy at Edgewood College in Madison and co-founded the College's Environmental Studies Program and a Madison interfaith spirituality center called "Wisdom's Well." In the mid-1990s, she began formal Zen training with Sojun Diane Martin, founder of Udumbara Zen Center. Paula was ordained in 2010 and received Dharma transmission in 2016. Paula is the author of Turning and Being Turned: A Zen Circle of Practice Realization and teaches Soto Zen Buddhism in the context of cosmology described by Brian Swimme