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In This Together

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Our retreat participants are diverse: we serve Christians and SBNRs, young and old, wealthy and financially constrained. You might put yourself in one…

The Gift of Enroulement

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I arrived at the Wisdom School on Lake Cowichan both exhausted and depleted. While I am an advocate for self-care, I have found it very difficult to practice…

A birthday present to the future

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You might not recognise her name, but without her, The Contemplative Society wouldn’t exist. You might not have access to audio teachings, Wisdom Schools,…

Our Wisdom Lineage

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“WHUR WE COME FROM… " ~ Br. Raphael Robin “Teachers of contemplative Christianity, who acknowledged the limitations of human knowledge and…

Is sacred reality really real?

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“Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamagate…” ("Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone utterly beyond…”) We used to chant this ancient Hindu chant in our small…

Christmas 2017 - Letter from President

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Dear Members and Friends, This time of year often propels us into a vast amount of “doing” in an attempt to recreate an atmosphere that might reflect…

Which Enneagram Type is Cynthia?

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For almost thirty years the standing joke has been, "What enneagram type is Cynthia?" Leading teachers in all the various schools have typed me variously…

Mirabai Starr: Blessed Weaver

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In the last week of September, The Contemplative Society welcomed Mirabai Starr to Vancouver Island for a retreat entitled "One Heart: Weaving a Tapestry…

Healing the Elephant in the Womb

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This piece by Cynthia Bourgeault is the seventh in a series beginning with “A Surprising Ecumenism“, her response to “Evangelical Fundamentalism…

Fullness of Life

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This piece by Cynthia Bourgeault is the sixth in a series beginning with “A Surprising Ecumenism“, her response to “Evangelical Fundamentalism…

Teilhard, the Personal, and the Developmental Soul

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This piece by Cynthia Bourgeault is the fifth in a series beginning with “A Surprising Ecumenism", her response to “Evangelical Fundamentalism and…

The Developmental Soul

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This piece by Cynthia Bourgeault is the fourth in a series beginning with “A Surprising Ecumenism", her response to “Evangelical Fundamentalism and…

When does life begin?

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This piece by Cynthia Bourgeault is the third in a series beginning with "A Surprising Ecumenism", her response to “Evangelical Fundamentalism and…

Mary Magdalene in Metchosin

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Liz Vickers, board member of The Contemplative Society, reflects on her recent experience preparing and "post-holding" for the Quiet Day celebrating the…

Abortion, Pro-Life, and the Secular State: A Modest Proposal

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This piece by Cynthia Bourgeault is the second in a series beginning with "A Surprising Ecumenism", her response to “Evangelical Fundamentalism and…

A Surprising Ecumenism...

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This is the first post in a series by Cynthia Bourgeault. The second post, "Abortion, Pro-Life, and the Secular State: A Modest Proposal" was posted July…

Opening to the Eye of the Heart: A Report

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Nancy Van Kirk (cellist, artist, and soon-to-be Scot) offers this report on our recent retreat with the Rev. Matthew Wright, student of Cynthia Bourgeault's…

Substituted Love

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Cynthia Bourgeault has been leading a Lenten e-course from Spirituality & Practice titled, "Becoming Truly Human: Gurdjieff's Obligolnian Strivings".…

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