Events with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

A note about Wisdom Schools:

For information and answers to common questions about Cynthia Bourgeault’s Wisdom School structure and schedule, please refer to her FAQs. This introductory video also serves as a good example.

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Save the date! Cynthia in 2019

All dates and event details are subject to change without notice. Only public events are listed.

  • January 20-25: Introductory Wisdom School at La Casa de Maria in Montecito, CA (with Darlene Franz)
  • February 21-26: “Desert Fathers and Mothers” Wisdom School at Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tuscon, AZ
  • April 2-7: retreat TBD in Victoria, BC
  • May 12-17: “Jesus for Quakers: Rediscovering the Fire at the Center” Wisdom School at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA (with Marcelle Martin and Paulette Meyers)
  • October 21-27: “Teilhard and Gurdjieff” Wisdom School at Claymont Society in Charles Town, WV
  • November 14-18: Centering Prayer Ingathering at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT (sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of New England)

Click the links above for more information if available, or check the Events with Cynthia page for more details again soon. You can also sign up for our newsletter for timely updates, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. See below for all her 2018 and 2019 offerings.

02 Apr -
10 May
E-course - Coping and Thriving with Catastrophe

Hosted by Spirituality & Practice, join Cynthia Bourgeault, Mirabai Starr, Camille and Kabir Helminski, Rami Shapiro, Ed Bastian, and Swami Atmarupananda for a six-week e-course where these respected teachers will share the gifts of resilience, rebirth, and renewal from the spiritual traditions that have shaped their lives. All proceeds will be donated to rebuilding the beloved retreat centre, La Casa de Maria, which was damaged by wild fires and mudslides this winter.

During this special e-course, you will receive two emails per week (12 total) with teachers’ reflections on coping and thriving in catastrophe with instructions for practices, as well as the opportunity to participate in the 24/7 Practice Circle, a community forum to connect with others and receive guidance from the teacher of the week.


Dates: April 2 to May 10, 2018 
$59.95 USD

For more information and to sign-up or give as a gift, visit Spirituality & Practice today! For questions and concerns, please contact them directly.

27 Apr -
01 May
The Heart of Centering Prayer - COSA National Conference Padre Pio Retreat Centre, Rietvalleirand Pretoria

Contemplative Outreach South Africa‘s National Conference this year features Cynthia Bourgeault as their distinguished teacher.

After the conference, Cynthia will also be hosting a Wisdom School from May 3-6.


Full board (single – limited); full board (shared with en suite); or day-visit only attendance options available. Please contact Wendy Maree at 012-993-3525 or 082-339-9969, or by email at for more information. To register, please download this form and follow the enclosed instructions.

03 May -
06 May
South Africa Wisdom School Goedgedacht Farm, Malmesbury Western Cape

Following Contemplative Outreach South Africa’s National Conference, Cynthia Bourgeault will lead a contemplative Wisdom School in the Western Cape. She will be working with meditation, contemplative prayer, lectio divina, the language of sacred gesture, and the daily practices of mindfulness, inner observation, and surrender in a traditional Benedictine context.

Please note that the Wisdom School is now full, but they are taking a waitlist. To add your name, please complete the registration form and send to Penny Joy Day at


Pre-requisites: An established meditation practice and a willingness to participate fully in the program.

Cost: R2000 plus accommodation (includes bedding, towels, and full board) – accommodations range from R2400-R3000. Please see the registration form for more information.

Time: May 3rd at 6:00 pm to May 6th, ending with lunch

For more information, please contact Penny Joy Day at

03 Jun -
10 Jun
Wisdom Ingathering 3 in Stonington, ME with Cynthia Bourgeault Unnamed venue, Stonington ME

Northeast Wisdom invites you to participate in this special family-friendly wisdom event on Cynthia Bourgeault’s home island at Stonington, ME. She will be focusing the teaching on “The Good, the True, and the Beautiful”,  refocusing our attention on wonder, goodness, and truth as opposed to the violence and immorality we’ve become accustomed to on the nightly news. The program will include meditation, teaching (shared with the Rev. Matthew Wright), chanting, music, practical work, a children’s group, as well as time for adventure and exploring the local paradise.


Cost: $150-$200 program fee plus accommodation costs (approximately $500 per room per week); a $50 USD non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space.

Accommodations: Check out The Island Agency and Downeast Maine Vacation Rentals, or stay tuned for Northeast Wisdom-rented properties.

Registration is open! Please visit Northeast Wisdom to register and for more program details. You may also contact them directly for more information.

20 Jun -
25 Jun
Teilhard for our Times Part 2 at Holy Isle Scotland with Cynthia Bourgeault Holy Isle, Lamlash Bay

This retreat is now full, but you can contact Jill Benet to be added to the waitlist:

Hosted by Holy Isle, join Cynthia Bourgeault for a retreat building on last year’s retreat on Teilhard de Chardin’s masterpiece, The Human Phenomenon. This retreat will expand on Cynthia’s more succinct e-course on the same topic, which is recommended as pre-retreat study material.


Cost: not available

Pre-requisites: No pre-reading requires, though if you have a copy of The Human Phenomenon (Sarah Appleton-Weber is the recommended translation), please bring it along. You may also wish to read Ursula King’s Spirit of Fire.

For more information and to register, please visit Holy Isle’s event page or contact Jill Benet at

03 Aug -
05 Aug
Stabilitas: The Forgotten Virtue with Cynthia Bourgeault Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham Massachusetts

At this time, registration is only open to oblates of the monastery. Space will be very limited, so check back here for public registration or visit

Cynthia Bourgeault will spend the weekend at Glastonbury Abbey working with participants to reflect on the core Benedictine value of stability, the intuition that genuine transformation proceeds more powerfully under the conditions of confinement (voluntary self-limitation) than expansion (keeping one’s options open). The retreat will feature teaching by Cynthia based on a close reading of selected chapters from the Rule of St. Benedict, combined with individual and group meditation, as well as the opportunity to join with the community in the monastic liturgy.


Cost: suggested $300 offering.

For registration and enquiries, please contact 781-749-2155 ext. 300 or

10 Oct -
10 Oct
Entering the Gateway: A Day With Cynthia Bourgeault Lyon Room – Home of Compassion Retreat Centre, Wellington

The Contemplative Network is hosting Cynthia in Wellington for a day-long retreat introducing some of the ideas from her latest book, The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice. Cynthia will review Thomas Keating’s teaching on the purification of narrative self, introduce the Witnessing self, and have a closer look at the Welcoming Prayer as a gateway into it. There will also be time for meditation practice, and an opportunity for Q&A.


Cost: $75 (includes a “brown bag” lunch)

For more information and to register, please contact Pip Nicholls at with the names of all attending. This event has limited capacity and registration is require to attend.

11 Oct -
15 Oct
Wisdom School: The Conscious Circle of Humanity Te Moata Retreat Centre, Whenuakite

Join Cynthia Bourgeault for this Wisdom School exploring Peter Spink’s legacy from the context of “The Conscious Circle of Humanity” or, in other words, what his teaching may be calling us to engage in now. 


Cost : $500 (includes meals and accommodations; special diets add another $40)

Time: Thursday, October 11 at 4:00 pm to Monday, October 15 at 1:00 pm

Pre-requisites: open to experienced meditators on all paths, but it will be of special interest to those coming from a Christian context and who practice Centering Prayer.

To register or for more information, email Bev Silvester-Clark at or phone 027-431-6205.

17 Oct -
19 Oct
From Narrative Self to Witnessing Self: The Journey Toward Personhood Vaughan Park, Long Bay, Auckland City

Held at Vaughan Park, join Cynthia Bourgeault for a retreat grounded in meditation and teaching both a theoretical and practical enquiry into the gradual transition from a more limited sense of self anchored in personal story-telling and drama (“narrative self”) to a more spacious and less cognitively constructed self (“witness self”). While a common concept in much Eastern spiritual practice, witnessing presence is often still a stumbling block for many Western Christians. Cynthia will approach this challenge from the perspective of Christian nonduality, attempting to help practitioners root from a place of witnessing with more confidence and ease.


Cost : $300-$460 (depending on accommodations; meals included in all packages)

Time: Thursday, October 11 at 4:00 pm to Monday, October 15 at 1:00 pm

Pre-requisites: open to experienced meditators on all paths, but it will be of special interest to those coming from a Christian context and who practice Centering Prayer. While not mandatory, Cynthia’s latest book The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice is recommended reading.

To register or for more information, email Bev Silvester-Clark at or phone 027-431-6205.

14 Nov -
18 Nov
From Narrative Self to Witnessing Self: Crossing the Threshold Garrison Institue, Garrison New York

Hosted by the Garrison Institute, this silent, meditation-based retreat will combine theoretical and practical learning to cultivate the transition from the sense of self anchored in personal story-telling and drama to one of more spaciousness and equanimity, also known as “The Witness”. Cynthia Bourgeault will help participants confidently navigate the stumbling blocks that arise for many Western Christians by integrating the Christian nondual perspective.

While people who practice all forms of meditation are welcome, Cynthia’s approach will be of particular interest to those practising Centering Prayer. She will be drawing on ideas explored in her book, The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice.


Prerequisite: an established meditation practice

Cost: $590-$850 USD, depending on room type

For more information and to register, see the Garrison Institute.

21 Feb -
26 Feb
Desert Fathers and Mothers Wisdom School 2019 Redemptorist Renewal Center, Tuscon AZ

Wisdom Southwest is hosting another Wisdom School on the Desert Fathers and Mothers. These early Christians living in the desert developed a way of life that has much to teach us in this age. Cynthia Bourgeault brings a rhythm of silence,
contemplation, teaching, and personal time during these desert days at the beautiful Redemptorist Renewal Center in the northwest part of Tucson, AZ. There are no pre-requisites for attendance.


Cost: Full board, single or double occupancy: $1100 to $1610 USD (including $300 non-refundable deposit)
Recommended reading: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers by Benedicta Ward, Listen to the Desert by Gregory Mayers, and The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton.

You might also wish to listen to Cynthia’s Desert Fathers & Mothers audio teaching from the last retreat to familiarise yourself with these concepts.

Please contact Jane Waldron Bearce at 602-725-9260, or by email at for more information. To register, please complete this form and follow the enclosed instructions.