“The Agony & Ecstasy of Living with an Aging Body”

Led by Mary Earle 

Friday, April 8, 6:00-8:00pm – Saturday, April 9th, 9:00-3:00pm CDT – Online  Cost is $30

As we age, we discover that these dear bodies of ours remind us of our mortality. We are reminded–sometimes gently, sometimes not–that our bodies wear out. And yet, at the same time, we are brought face to face with the reality of divine Presence sustaining us in every atom, every molecule, every breath, every heartbeat. We are already at home in the divine, abiding here in the body. And upon our dying, we return to that Home we have never left. Our time together will allow us to marvel as we attend to our physicality, and to practice awareness of the loving tenderness. 

Mary Earle is an Episcopal Priest, Author, Poet, Retreat Leader and Spiritual Director.

Until her retirement, she taught classes in spirituality for the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Mary has authored ten books; the subjects include the spirituality of living with illness, rule of life, Celtic Christian spirituality, the Desert Mothers, and Julian of Norwich. Her latest is a book of her poetry.

Mary has offered presentations and retreats in a variety of ecumenical settings, including conferences of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Directors International, the International Thomas Merton Society, Oblate School of Theology and hospice organizations. She has written articles for a variety of journals, including Presence: the Journal of Spiritual Directors International, Radical Grace, Reflections, and The Lutheran. She was included in the Living Spiritual Teachers project of Spirituality and Practice.  

Mary’s books are available at St. Mark’s Bookstore in San Antonio: 


In addition to the workshop topic, the schedule includes times for Centering Prayer, sharing and solitude.


Registration for the retreat is closed.