The Contemplative Society is 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 offer a consistent and balanced path for spiritual growth and transformation rooted in prayer, silence, mindful work, and in the 1500-year-old wisdom of our Benedictine contemplative heritage.

The Society supports the work of Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault in her role of Principal Teacher and Advisor for The Contemplative Society and her vocation as a hermit and writer. We do so by sponsoring retreats, wisdom schools, and workshops led by Cynthia and other distinguished teachers of the Christian contemplative path, and through the sales of instructional and inspiration materials, in both textual and audio format, supportive of the contemplative life.

The Contemplative Society actively nurtures local teachers of the contemplative way and maintains an office to communicate with members and to provide a regular and balanced schedule of retreat, teaching, and workshop opportunities.


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  • Lily-2011

The Last Lily Story – by Cynthia Bourgeault

As many of you know, my old cat Lily, faithful travelling companion of these past fifteen years, died last week on my birthday, which happened to fall this year on Friday the thirteenth. It was a wrenching synchronicity, not only because of the coincidence itself, but because at the time of her passing I was three thousand miles away, teaching on the West Coast.
               Little could I imagine the birthday present that would be awaiting me on my homecoming three days later. […]


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The Contemplative Society is a charitable organization depending largely on the financial contributions of donors and members.

It is through the generosity of our donors that The Contemplative Society can continue to offer services and resources to our global community of fellow contemplatives, and to provide assistance and direct financial support to Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault in her tireless efforts and ministry.

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Our 2014 Wisdom School and Website Update are made possible by a grant from the Trust for the Meditation Process, a charitable foundation encouraging meditation and contemplative prayer: www.trustformeditation.org