About the courses

Our Online Courses are on Christian mystics and masters especially those of the Carmelite tradition and are delivered online either as self-study courses or distance learning courses with an instructor. These courses also aim to open up the rich treasury of the venerable Carmelite tradition with its 800-year history. From this tradition has emerged a host of great saints and writers who have enriched the Church and guided countless pilgrims along the road of prayer and in their quest for deeper intimacy with God. In these courses the key contributions of Carmelite saints and mystics – Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, Thérèse of Lisieux, Elizabeth of the Trinity and Edith Stein – with regard to prayer and growth of the interior life are explored in a way that encourages practical appropriation of the disciplines they illuminate so compellingly in their writings: solitude, silence, community, contemplation, presence, prayer, listening, discernment, hospitality and integration.

  • There will be reflection questions for each session where participants will be able to send their responses to the instruction, who will respond.
  • There will be video content and two 30 minute presentations for each lesson.
  • Course elements will be added weekly but you will be able to work at your own speed.
  • All material will be available for 6 months.

Study the life and spirituality of the Carmelite Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity in this NEW COURSE by the
Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality, Oxford

The Prophetic Spirituality of Elizabeth of the Trinity

In this new 10-week course you’ll learn who Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity was, why her spirituality continues to be relevant for today, and the main themes in her writings. Drawing on Elizabeth’s experience, this course will provide you with a systematic study of the foundational means and principles for an authentic response to Christ’s invitation and calling to deeper conversion and intimacy, as well as participation in his mission.

In this new 10-week course you will learn about…

  • The formative influences on Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth’s life and legacy
  • Elizabeth’s prophetic spirituality and why it’s so powerful
  • The power of the sacraments in Elizabeth’s life and spirituality
  • The transformative power of scripture in Elizabeth’s experience
  • How Elizabeth can help us appreciate silence and contemplative prayer
  • How Elizabeth can help us engage the culture of today
  • Elizabeth’s relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Elizabeth’s Trinitarian spirituality
  • How Elizabeth’s teaching can help us to respond and be perfectly conformed to Christ Crucified
  • Further Reading 
  • Your course Instructor is Heather Ward, OCDS, BA, M.Ed., PhD.
    Heather is a Carmelite with many years of experience in spiritual guidance and serves as a formator for the Secular Order in the UK. She teaches a number of modules on Carmelite spirituality for the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland (CIBI) and is a tutor on the Spiritual Direction Training Programme of CACS.

Start the new course on 2nd February 2021.





Introduction to the whole course:

The course will explore the main themes of Teresa’s life and spiritual teaching. By allowing Teresa to speak to us through her own words, it will provide participants with an insight into her character, her concerns, and the central themes of her mystical theology. While each week will consider a different aspect of Teresa’s life and thought, it is anticipated that themes will re-emerge and develop over the course of the sessions so that a holistic view of the saint emerges.

The course is suitable for those with little or no previous contact with Carmelite spirituality, for those wishing to ‘find a way in’ to Teresa’s writings, and for those who wish to develop further their appreciation of her unique teaching on prayer.

Over 6 weeks, this is a  NEW ONLINE COURSE
by the
Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality, Oxford
From 8th May 2021


Schedule of Sessions

Session One. Teresa: her Life and Times
Session Two. Teresa and tradition: the origins of religious life and the history of Carmel
Session Three. Reading Teresa
Session Four. Teresa and the human person
Session Five. Teresa and prayer: the individual
Session Six. Teresa and prayer: the ecclesial perspective

COST: £150 (Non-refundable Deposit with registration £70)

Your Course co-ordinator:
Sr Jo Robson, OCD

Sr Jo is a member of the Carmelite community in Ware, Hertfordshire. She is currently the joint coordinator of the initial formation programme for Carmelite sisters in the UK and a member of the editorial team for Mount Carmel. She participates in the Beyond Teresa research project based at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and is presently exploring patristic influences on St Teresa’s life and writings.

You may pay the full amount now (which includes the £70 non refundable deposit) by clicking the button below.

You can only pay the balance of the course admission price if you have first paid the deposit.

Letting Teresa Speak – Sr Jo Robson, OCD

Schedule of sessions – to begin at 14:00 hrs UK time (times may vary)

download the poster v 2Letting Teresa Speak

8th May – Session One: Teresa: her life and times
The first session will establish the key events in Teresa’s life as well as filling in some of the background details. We will also take time to consider some of the historical, social and religious aspects of sixteenth-century Spain. This will help us understand how some of the themes in Teresa’s writings emerged from the particular context in which she was living.

15th May – Session Two: Teresa and tradition: the origins of religious life and the history of Carmel
Session two will continue to explore Teresa’s context, this time looking at the trajectory of religious life from its origins to the way of life she encountered when she entered the Monastery of the Incarnation. This will reveal how tradition influenced Teresa and guided her thinking about the new communities she was establishing.

22nd May – Session Three: Reading Teresa
The third session will start to explore Teresa’s texts, looking at how she came to write them and different approaches to reading them. We will also begin to explore Teresa’s teaching on prayer, which is the primary focus of all her writing.

29th May – Session Four: Teresa and the human person
Session Four will explore Teresa’s ‘theological anthropology’ or her understanding of the human person and the process of transformation we undergo as we journey from the first stages of prayer towards the goal of mystical union.

5th June – Session Five: Teresa and prayer: the individual
In this session, we will look at Teresa’s own struggles with prayer, her experience of conversion, and how she came to base her teaching on prayer on the twin ideals of friendship with the human Christ and the journey inwards to the centre of the soul.

12th June – Session Six: Teresa and prayer: the ecclesial perspective
The final session will examine the ecclesial dimension of Teresian prayer; how prayer occurs both within and for the church. In particular, we will explore Teresa’s great insight that prayer concerns something bigger than simply the individual’s relationship to God and is inextricably bound up with our relationships within the human community.