Going Naked Book Launch & Reading

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Volumes Bookcafe

1474 North Milwaukee Avenue

Chicago, IL 60622

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Join The Mystic Soul Press for the launch of GOING NAKED: THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO & LIFE AS PILGRIMAGE by Teresa P Mateus.

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We are excited to launch the first book in a three book release for 2019-2020 and along with it introduce you to The Mystic Soul Press - a publishing house project of The Mystic Soul Project dedicated to publishing POC & QTPOC authors across a variety of genres.


Join us on October 15th at 7:00pm (CT) at Volumes Bookcafe for the release of GOING NAKED: THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO & LIFE AS PILGRIMAGE with author Teresa P Mateus.

RSVP: Please RSVP by going to the eventbrite page and getting your (free) ticket to either the in-person or livestream viewing of the launch - or do the ticket selection process within the FB event below! This will help us to prepare to host our wonderful community locally and at a distance well!


We will be livestreaming this event via YOUTUBE for community viewing beyond the Chicagoland area! There will also be a way to ask questions via the YOUTUBE livestreaming so you can engage fully here or away!

PRE-ORDER YOUR E-BOOK OF GOING NAKED NOW: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Y9WJH55/


This is not your grandma’s pilgrimage book.

Teresa Mateus’ newest book, Going Naked, offers a vulnerable and deeply personal collection of stories which explore pain, loss, grief, transformation and celebration as they are exposed through the pilgrimage of Camino de Santiago and beyond into daily life.

Mateus offers up her own Camino journey from Sarria to Santiago and onward to Avila, Spain as she reconnects with her own ancestry and history along the way. She explores themes of identity, race, gender, ability and socio-political context as they erupt in her walk of Camino de Santiago and onward to the city of her namesake—Teresa of Ávila.

Beyond the Camino itself, Teresa explores the themes that pilgrimage shakes loose as they disrupt her own memory and reflection on her life. The reader is given glimpses of childhood struggles, adolescent trauma, adulthood divorce, and medical mishaps as expressions of the pilgrim’s beckoning into struggle and transformation on the journey of life.

Each and every stumble and fumble in Mateus’ own path are taken on with complete sincerity and brought forward with a side of self-deprecating humor as she carries the reader along in her pack through every raw and authentic step.

In this third book intersecting pain and healing by Mateus she takes her most personal approach to the subject matter, offering up the artifacts of her life and soul. In this stripping away of herself, she truly embraces the ethos of going naked and losing it all to find what is most essential. She does this first in the excavation of her own life, and through doing so she invites the reader to do the same.

Each chapter closes with a guided ritual or practice for the reader to join in and engage their own pilgrim’s process in the context of their own lives.

From the Foreword by Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes:

“In Going Naked, Teresa journeys past one obstacle after another then offers practices at the end of each chapter that invite us to embark on a pilgrimage of the heart. I am grateful for her unveiling of her innermost struggles, so that we can continue to interrogate our own.”

BOOK PAGE @ MYSTIC SOUL PRESS: https://www.mysticsoulpress.com/going-naked-teresa-p-mateus


Teresa P Mateus, LCSW, E-RYT 200 (she/her/hers) is a trauma therapist, meditation & yoga teacher, author and speaker. She is the co-founder and ED of The Mystic Soul Project & co-founder of TRACC4Movements (trauma response and crisis care for movements). Her previous books are Mending Broken: A Journey Through the Stages of Trauma + Recovery & Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing from Spiritual Trauma.

Her current book coming out through Mystic Soul Press is Going Naked: The Camino de Santiago & Life as Pilgrimage set for release in October 15, 2019.

She also has a work in progress titled Micro-Aggressions of My Youth: Life at the Intersection of Ethnic & Cultural Identities as an Indo-Latinx Adoptee (forthcoming 2020/21).

Learn more about Teresa at www.teresamateus.com. Learn more about the book at www.teresamateus.com/goingnaked.


Teresa will be reading excerpts from GOING NAKED and engage a Q&A with the audience after the reading. She will also be available for book signing following the event.

We will be adding the Amazon link shortly where you will be able to pre-order copies of Going Naked. There will also be author copies of the book available on site but these will be limited (50 copies or less).

SNEAK PEAK: THE CHURCHY MYSTIC: There will be a brief excerpt read from THE CHURCHY MYSTIC by Jade T Perry during the event - our book to be released Spring 2020.


Mystic Soul Press is an initiative of the Mystic Soul Project, a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Chicago but engaging with POC (people of color) & QTPOC (queer and trans people of color)-centering at the intersections of spirituality, activism and healing throughout the US & the world.

Mystic Soul Press continues and extends the mission of centering POC at the intersection of spirituality, activism and healing by offering a platform to lift up the voices, works and wisdom of POC who often don't have access to or fit the traditional boxes of the mainstream publishing industry.

Mystic Soul Press is committed to engaging exciting frontiers of literary works and offering a space for folks to share their wisdom and have access to the wisdom of other POC & QTPOC folks.

Mystic Soul Press is committed to publishing at least 2-4 new works a year in addition to the annual Mystic Soul Anthology which will be themed in relationship with the Mystic Soul Conference theme for that year. This year's theme (2020) is SAVOR and we look forward to submissions from the community for this project.

WEBSITE: https://www.mysticsoulpress.com/


This is event is free and open to the public. Also, thanks to Volumes Cafe there will be coffee, tea, beer and wine available for sale on site.

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1474 North Milwaukee Avenue

Chicago, IL 60622

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