The Seven Mansions of the Interior Castle Teresa of Avila – presented by Susan Komis

Event details

  • Friday | March 11, 2022 to Sunday | March 13, 2022
  • All Day
  • 703-231-8259

A Lenten Virtual Centering Prayer Retreat via Zoom
co-sponsored by

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans
and the School for Contemplative Living

The Seven Mansions of the Interior Castle
Teresa of Avila
Presented by Susan Komis


       Susan is a gifted presenter and has served the contemplative network for over
25 years. She offers programs on contemplative spirituality and leads retreats.

March 11th – March 13th, 2022

    Friday     4:00 pm — 8:15 pm CDT

  Saturday    9:00 am – 6:45 pm CDT

    Sunday     9:00 am – 11:15 am CDT

       There are numerous breaks each day.


Cost $75.00

Partial Scholarships are available.


Join us in exploring the Seven Mansions of Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle.
Teresa is one of Christianity’s great mystics and teachers.  The Interior Castle is her final work and one of the most profound literary works on contemplation

and experiential mysticism.  St. Teresa wrote The Interior Castle to describe seven mansions of the inner life with God. Prayer stood at the center of her teaching.  Her fidelity to prayer was a means of deepening her intimate relationship with God.  She considered a life of prayer in terms of love.  Together we will reflect on the light of St. Teresa’s timeless insights into the human soul, its journey towards intimate relationship with God, and how Teresa’s teaching is relevant to our personal contemporary spiritual journey today. There will be Centering Prayer sessions, the presentations, Q & A opportunities, and small group gatherings via breakout rooms.



OR CONTACT:   Maggie Dawson at  [email protected]  or  703-231-8259


Who is Teresa of Avila?

Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada (28 March 1515 – 4 October 1582), was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun and author during the Counter Reformation, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer.

From the Teresa of Ávila’s “Interior Castle”

“God calls to us in countless little ways all the time. Through illnesses and suffering and through sorrow he calls to us. Through a truth glimpsed fleetingly in a state of prayer he calls to us. No matter how halfhearted such insights may be, God rejoices whenever we learn what he is trying to teach us.”

“Union is as if in a room there were two large windows through which the light streamed in it enters in different places but it all becomes one.”

“True perfection consists in the love of God and our neighbor. “

THE INTERIOR CASTLE is one of the most celebrated books on mystical theology in existence.

 Suggested reading for this special event is “The Interior Castle”, (from the Collected Works of Teresa, Vol. II, Translation by Kavanaugh & Rodriguez.)  (Note:  Some participants found reading The Interior Castle was most helpful after attending this conference)


Susan Komis

Susan is the former Programs & Services of Contemplative Outreach and continues to serve as a commissioned presenter and retreat director.  She is a Pastoral Minister and has been active in adult faith development, spiritual direction and interspiritual dialogue.  Susan previously worked in Human Resources for two corporations.

The Interior Castle is one of her favorite topics in the contemplative dimension and has offered this weekend event throughout the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic. She resides in a suburb of St Louis, Missouri, is married and the mother of adult children and grandchildren.

Susan will help us understand our own inner journey through information and group practice of centering prayer as a means of growing our own spiritual transformation.  Small group discussion and Q&A times of this live-stream retreat will help participants engage in three days of spiritual deepening.