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.
In the Wake of St. Brendan – Teaching by Cynthia Bourgeault
Cynthia discusses how Brendan’s historically controversial voyage may be seen as an archetype of not just the monastic vocation but also the human vocation of seeking union with the divine by bridging time and the timeless. In particular, she focuses on the key role of lectio divina and psalmody as practiced daily by St. Brendan and his fellow travelers as they explored islands, peoples, and cultures looking for the Land Promised to the Saints. Through her teachings, we come to appreciate these two spiritual practices as “ancient vessels of transformation” that develop the “unitive imagination”. Cynthia presents these practices as “essential to approaching the Christian mystery” and relevant to today’s “new rising” in Christianity. Available as a 4-CD set or MP3 download. More details and audios for purchase on the Audio page.