The Cenobium (a word which is connected to the early Christian community gatherings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers of Egypt) is an inner level of the Beehive that is appropriate for those who are emerging in positions of spiritual/community leadership, those who have been on pilgrimage to Magdalene sites in France, those who have been immersed in studies of mystical Christianity for several years or those who feel they have received a strong call to follow Mary Magdalene and are ready for a deep commitment to both study and practice. Cenobium members will attend (or watch) the same core curriculum course as the Auditors. In addition, they will be placed in small cohort groups that will meet for in-depth discussion sections on prescribed readings and creative practices. Membership in this tier is limited and requires a more in-depth application, found below. Preference will be given to current members of the Rose Sangha who have either attended one of Mythica's longer online programs (22 Days of Magdalene, Lenten Program of 2022 or 2023) and/or an in-person Mythica pilgrimage to France, though cohort groups may be formed with experienced spiritual leaders who are new to Mythica.
Expectations of Cenobium Participants Completion of assigned readings ( 1-2 books per month, plus supplemental videos and articles) Regular journal practice based on course material Group discussion/check in each week Cultivation of your own unique daily personal contemplative practice Live attendance at both seminars and cohort cell meetings (whenever possible-- we understand that circumstances may require rare exceptions,)
One group of Mother Bees will be formed. This is a group reserved for are established spiritual leaders who will be gathering their own small groups to attend the seminars as auditors. Mother Bees will have a special Cenobium that will address the joys and challenges of leadership and will have an additional individual consultation with Kayleen three times during the program.
Applications for enrollment will be available on November 19 and are due by December 11. Classes will begin as one large colony on Monday, January 15 from 10 am - Noon, and then will split into two "hives" for monthly gatherings, meeting either on Monday mornings or Saturday mornings one day a month from 10 am - Noon (Pacific) for the duration of the year. Cenobium cohort small groups will be formed to meet once a month with Kayleen, and are encouraged ( but not required) to continue to check in with one another via whats app group chat or zoom
Fee Schedule: Cenobium Members: Nine installments of $145 per month ( for Rose Sangha members) or $180 per month (non- members)
Mother Bees: Please write to Mythica if you anticipate gathering a group to attend the class with you, as special arrangements will apply.
A small number of work-study scholarships are available for this program, with partial or full tuition waived for those who can provide technical and /or administrative support for Mythica's Magdalene programs in the coming year. If you are interested in applying for a work-study scholarship, write to us with a proposal at firstname.lastname@example.org describing in details what skills you can offer.
Meeting Dates and Topics:
Core curriculum seminars are in boldface type; Magdalene Contemplative Practice services are in plainface type.
Monday, January 15 (MLK Jr Holiday) : 10 am- 12 noon PST: Magdalene Chapel: Introduction to Aramaic Prayer of Jesus, Visio Divina and Divine Office (Please note that this first gathering is a special two hour session)
January 22, 10 am PST: Core Curriculum Course: Hebrew and Greco Roman Traditions
February 14, 10 am OR 5 pm PST ( choose one): Magdalene Chapel: Ash Wednesday/Gnostic Valentinus Day
Monday February 19 at 10 am PST (President's Day Holiday): Synoptic Gospels
March: The Johannite Tradition
March 27, 5 pm PST: Magdalene Chapel: Service of Tenebrae
April: Gospel of Mary
Monday, April 29: Feast of Catherine of Sienna and the Rosary
*May TBA: Early Christianity in the East
Saturday, May 18, 5 pm PST: Eve of Pentecost
June TBA: French Traditions
June, TBA: Magdalene Chapel: Gnostic Eucharist
July 8: The Gnostic Gospels and Traditions
July: Chapel: Preparation for the Feast of Mary Magdalene
August 12: The Mytho-Poetic Mind and the Myth of Sophia
Thursday, August 15; The Assumption and the Gnostic Sophia
*September, TBA: Desert Fathers and Mothers
Saturday, September 21, 10 am - Non: Autumn Equinox and The Inner Bridal Chamber; Closing Session
* Full core curriculum schedule will be finalized by January 2024