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"...things do not lose spirit simply because they inhabit form… the created world is infinitely precious and valuable in its own right." ~ Cynthia Bourgeault, The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three


About St. Brendan

St. Brendan the Voyager

The Contemplative Society

" the heart comes alive as an organ of spiritual perception, we are able to perceive the invisible Kingdom of Love that surrounds us - and live it into being." ~ Cynthia Bourgeault


"Split a piece of wood, and there I am. Pick up a stone and you will find me there." ~ Gospel of Thomas, Logion 77


"Only after the terror of one's own diminishment and annihilation, after the last scraps of clinging to life at any cost have been left behind forever, is it possible to truly live in hope." ~ Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope p. 69


We have a new administrator! Miranda Harvey is now working behind the scenes to help connect and enrich the contemplative community. She has a BA in history and religious studies from the University of Victoria, where she focused on medieval Christianity and was introduced to the practice of meditation. Serving as a board member of The Contemplative Society since early 2013, Miranda recently took Eileen deVerteuil’s place and is working diligently to fill those competent shoes. She is looking forward to responding to your enquiries and enhancing your relationship with TCS. She can be reached at or 250-381-9650.

Looking for Cynthia’s letter about her pacemaker surgery? Read the blog post.

Thank You to Our Donors

Our work is made possible through the generous support of our donors and the following organizations:


Our upcoming retreat with the Rev. Matthew Wright, M.Div. is made possible by a grant from the Trust for the Meditation Process, a charitable foundation encouraging meditation, mindfulness, and contemplative prayer.

We want you! Notice of our Annual General Meeting: Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 10 am - 1 pm PST at St. John the Divine Church (Denson Lounge), 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria BC. Public is welcome; current members have voting privileges. Become a member today, and help direct the future of TCS: