The Contemplative Society




The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault



Cynthia Bourgeault, hermit, christian, meditation, centering prayer, Benedictine

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.

She has been a long-time advocate of the meditative practice of Centering Prayer and has worked closely with fellow teachers and colleagues including Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, and Richard Rohr. Cynthia has actively participated in numerous InterSpiritual dialogues and events with luminaries and leaders such as A.H. Almaas, Kabir Helminski, Swami Atmarupananda, and Rami Shapiro.


Cynthia is a member of the GPIW (Global Peace Initiative for Women) Contemplative Council and recipient of the 2014 Contemplative Voices award from Shalem Institute. She is a founding Director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School. She continues to contribute to The Contemplative Society in her role as Principal Teacher and advisor.

Cynthia is the author of eight books: The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, The Wisdom Jesus, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Mystical Hope, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Chanting the Psalms, and Love is Stronger than Death. She has also authored or contributed to numerous articles and courses on the Christian spiritual life.



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Recorded Teachings of Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

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Books by Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

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Featured Presentations and Interviews with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

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Observations and Reflections on THE FUTURE OF CHURCH

with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

and Christopher Page


"... there exists a possibility for making a new and deeper connection between old and new, inner and outer, in a way that neither trashes tradition nor trashes human beings standing on the outside, yearning to be invited deeper within." - Cynthia Bourgeault


Click HERE for a pdf version of the full 12-part series.


Also of interest:


Click HERE to read a recent interview that Christopher Page conducted with Cynthia discussing her personal spiritual development, and the role that sacraments may play in the spiritual journey.


Selected Writings by Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

For a list of published articles by Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault to 2007 please click HERE





Read Cynthia’s notes on Raimon Panikkar's book Christophany: Fullness of Man:






Other writings by Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault:


Understanding Gnosis and Gnosticism - April 24, 2010



Centering Prayer as Witnessing Presence - Sewanee Theological Review 2010



Passion Sunday Homily Aspen Chapel - April 2, 2006

"In Memory of Frere Roger" a letter from Cynthia - August 22, 2005


The Divine Feminine in Hebrew Scripture and Biblical Wisdom Literature - Cynthia's foreword to Rami Shapiro's book The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature.


Libretto for The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - an opera by Ray Vincent Adams and Cynthia Bourgeault


Homily: Roots of Mysticism - Talk Given by Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault at Aspen Chapel on March 7 2004, marking a month-long focus on mysticism.


Boehme for Beginners - Gnosis Magazine Fall 1997