Silent Fire


From Augustine to Thomas Merton, Christianity is permeated with mystics as well as those who uphold doctrine and ritual, the exoteric religion. Mystics see reality as a deep but trustworthy mystery. They seek to disclose the deeper structures, reach the hidden ground, find the center, abide at the source. They wish to find the source of their lives in the intoxicating and tantalizing core of silent fire of Life itself  at the heart of all. 

Join us as we sweep through the deeper musings of mystics of the western tradition. We will read brief excerpts and puzzle out their meanings in Zoom sessions twice each month, sharing insights and experiences in a safe circle. 



  1. The Founders

  2. The 12th Century

  3. The Spirit of the Friars

  4. 14th Century England

  5. The Rhineland and the Netherlands

  6. The Italian Mystic Renaissance

  7. The Reformation's New Dimensions

  8. 16th Century Spain

  9. 17th Century France

  10. ​Modern and Contemporary Masters

The next Silent Fire group is coming soon.

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Robert Bowler ("Beau"), group facilitator, founded Halcyon Arts to continue doing what he loves, presenting cultural and educational programs in world music and spirituality. He managed Stone Church Arts, a concert series focusing  on world music inspired by cellist Eugene Friesen, from 2006 - 2020. He was also the Director of Stone Church Center, a retreat and conference center in Bellows Falls, Vermont. ​He majored in Religious Studies at Reed College with a focus on the western mystical tradition. He earned an M.Div. degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California (after a year at Oxford University studying Theology) and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.