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Malaga - A Sense of Wonder

Exploring the Roots of Wonder in Christian Spirituality

Dates: September 9-14 2019

Retreat Description

Wonder: the word itself conjures a sense of mystery. It gestures toward what it means to open ourselves—mind and heart—to the world around and within us. As a verb, wonder suggests the subtle energies of the imagination: when we wonder, we ready ourselves for what we do not yet know, and dare to imagine that beauty might lure us toward a more creative and faithful life.


During this retreat we will explore the work of poets and theologians, mystics and activists, some of whose works shaped the heart of the Christian tradition, while others gave their witness at the boundaries. All were joined in Socrates’ conviction that wonder is the beginning of wisdom, the impulse that opens our lives to the “more” that is always present among us. All knew, in their ways, that mystery shimmers in an infinite variety of ordinary, earthly forms. Join us as we gather to cultivate a deeper sense of wonder together, knowing that such a witness holds the seeds of hope so needed in times like these.


The programme will follow the Los Olivos rhythm of prayer,  meals, teaching/explorations, and personal space to reflect on the themes of the week. It also includes a guided visit to Malaga’s Pompidou Museum, time by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the Malaga Botanic Garden.

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The price, per person, includes:

  •  6 days / 5 nights full board (en-suite accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, mid-morning refreshments and afternoon tea, except 1 lunch in Malaga).

  •  Retreat sessions: teaching & input.

  •  All visits and entry fees to sites during your stay (see programme).

  •  Wine with dinner.


The price does not include:

  •  Travel insurance.

  •  Flights and transfer to/from venue. (Estimated at €20 from the airport to the venue)

  •  Lunch when out in Malaga.

Retreat Leader

Mark S. Burrows is a scholar of historical theology, poet, and translator. A longtime resident of New England, he currently lives between Bochum, Germany, where teaches religion and literature at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences, and Camden, Maine. His recent publications include Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart. Meditations for the Restless Soul, with Jon M. Sweeney (2017), and a volume of his recent poems, The Chance of Home (2018). He has also published a new translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s early poems, Prayers of a Young Poet (2016) as well as the Iranian-German poet SAID’s 99 psalms (2013). He is an oblate of Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA, and a member of the Bochumer Literaten, a circle of writers in Germany.

Retreat Chaplain


Daniel Muñoz Triviño is a lecturer in History of Christianity at the Faculty of Theology of Madrid (Fliedner Foundation). He has led retreats and courses on the Spanish mystics, and is the author of Transformed by the Beloved: a guide to spiritual formation with John of the Cross (BRF, 2014). Until October of 2018, he was chaplain and programme director at the Los Olivos Retreat Centre in the Sierra Nevada National Park, Granada (Spain). Alongside his husband, Guy, he is the co-founder and co-director of Los Olivos Retreats. 



The venue for this special retreat is the Málaga city diocesan Casa de Espiritualidad (Spirituality House ).


Set on the edge of the city, this former seminary is now a beautifully refurbished and comfortable retreat centre, with en-suite accommodation, terraces and gardens, chapel, lecture halls and individual dining rooms for groups.

You can see more about the house here:

All details correct at time of publishing, but subject to update/change.

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