118: Coffee with Teresa Pasquale Mateus

Teresa Pasquale Mateus lives in Chicago, IL where she is a student at Chicago Theological Seminary. She is a a trauma specialist, a contemplative, a speaker, hails from Bogotá, Columbia, and is the author the books Sacred Wounds and Mending Broken. Her third book is forthcoming with the working title, Going Naked: The Art of Spiritual Shedding.

Teresa Pasquale Mateus is a trauma specialist, integrative psychotherapist, contemplative practice and contemplative action educator, and a writer. She is a graduate of NYU’s School of Clinical Social Work and The Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation. She is also a trained yoga teacher through the Sivananda tradition and a provider of equine-facilitated psychotherapy. She teaches, speaks, leads workshops and retreats in the areas of trauma, spirituality and justice – often at the intersection points between those areas and paths to healing.

As a trauma survivor herself, Teresa is fascinated with the resiliency of the soul. It is no surprise, therefore, that her full book titles are: Sacred Wounds: A Path To Healing From Spiritual TraumaMending Broken: A Personal Journey Through the Stages of Trauma + Recovery, and Going Naked: The Art of Spiritual Shedding (working title).

Teresa Pasquale Mateus’ birthday is October 15th, which is the feast day of St. Teresa of Ávila. While much less exciting, this episode is being published on – wait for it – Teresa’s half birthday (and, therefore, the half feast day of St. Teresa)! Happy halves, to both Teresa’s.

To my own (poor) recollection, Teresa and I were not introduced prior to the podcast even though I believe we had been at the Wild Goose Festival together, probably more than once. She is familiar to me from her leadership roles there. I do my best to take in the wonderful and wide-ranging teachers and leaders at the Wild Goose Festival but, as one might imagine, it is an impossible task. Fortunately it was enough of an introduction to rightly convince me to follow up with her and ask if she’d talk with us here. I’ve been grateful for her roles at the Goose and now I know a fair bit more to appreciate. Thank you, Teresa, for the courage to heal, share that journey, and just fully be you. It’s inspiring and permission-giving.

Links:

Sponsor: United Faith Leaders

Sponsor: United Church of Christ (UCC)

Sacred Wounds: A Path To Healing From Spiritual Trauma

Mending Broken: A Personal Journey Through the Stages of Trauma + Recovery

Going Naked: The Art of Spiritual Shedding (working title) by Teresa Pasquale Mateus

The Grey Nuns

Chicago Theological Seminary

NYU’s School of Clinical Social Work

The Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation

The Way with Martin Sheen

Camp Hanover

Wild Goose Festival