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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

" 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


Welcome to The Contemplative Society website. We are an inclusive non-profit association 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 textual and audio format, supportive of the contemplative life.

Conscious-Love-Cynthia-Bourgeault-473x454JUST REVISED AND RE-RELEASED:


In this newly revised teaching, Cynthia Bourgeault 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 it 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 a 4-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.


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.