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.
Roots & Wings of Christian Mysticism – teaching by Cynthia Bourgeault
Based on a study of Olivier Clement’s Roots of Christian Mysticism, Cynthia explores some of the core concepts of our Christian mystical heritage and their relevance for contemplative spiritual practice. Topics include mysticism and visionary seeing, the human vocation, the invisible in the visible, the Trinity, the praxis of prayer, and the heart’s own language.