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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

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The Contemplative Society

"...as 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

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"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

Welcome


Welcome to The Contemplative Society website. We are an inclusive non-profit society that encourages a deepening of contemplative prayer based in the Christian Wisdom tradition while also welcoming and being supportive of other meditation traditions. We are based in Victoria, BC, Canada and serve a global audience. Our work is conducted by a voluntary Board of Directors and one part-time Administrator.

We offer local retreats, wisdom schools, and workshops led by Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault and other teachers of the Christian contemplative path. In cooperation with other similar organizations, we promote the contemplative Wisdom path and offer events in other geographic locations.

On this website you will find instructional and inspiration materials, in both text and audio format, supportive of the contemplative life.


NEWLY REVISED AND RE-RELEASED!

The Depth of Silence – teaching by Cynthia Bourgeault

Cynthia explores how conscious love flows from our deeper selves, beyond identification, craving, wanting, and needing. We discover that conscious love abides beyond all emotional states and polarities in a place where boundaries are diminished and our egoic perceptions dissolve. By living from this deep and ever present wellspring, we may feel pain, fear, and anxiety, but they will not overcome us. Conscious love exposes the cages that trap us and guides us on the journey of transformation – a journey of out-pouring that comes from an open and relaxed heart. 

Available as an 7-CD set or MP3 download. More details and audios for purchase on the Audio page.

Cynthia Bourgeault


Cynthia Bourgeault

Modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader, Cynthia Bourgeault divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine, and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom path.






NEWS

Our next teaching retreat is with Mirabai Starr! Join us on Vancouver Island September 27 through October 1 for an immersive experience with Mirabai, who is best known for her translation of the mystics and her memoir, Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, teaches around the globe on the mystics, contemplative practice, and the transformational power of grief and loss. Members receive the first opportunity to register, so be sure to become a member today! To receive ongoing updates, be sure to sign up for our newsletter. There will also be a public event with Mirabai on the evening of September 26 in Victoria, TBD.

Thank You to Our Donors

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

 

Our last Wisdom School with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault was made possible by a grant from the Trust for the Meditation Process, a charitable foundation encouraging meditation, mindfulness, and contemplative prayer.