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.

01 Jan -
31 Dec
27 Feb -
12 Apr
E-course - Becoming Truly Human: Gurdjieff's Obligolnian Strivings

Hosted by Spirituality & Practice, Cynthia Bourgeault invites you to explore with her whether Gurdjieff’s “Obligolnian Strivings” might serve as a dynamic and transformative basis for Lent this year sans the usual speculation and secrecy sometimes associated with his teachings.

During this special Lenten e-course, you will receive 20 emails which include a thoughtful orientation, Cynthia’s commentaries unpacking Gurdjieff’s five strivings, “audio divina”, a 24/7 online forum Practice Circle, and much more!


Cost: $75.00 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.

24 Mar -
29 Mar
Centering Prayer and Nondual Awakening Garrison Institue, Garrison New York

Hosted by the Garrison Institute, this retreat will continue a pattern of annual “deep immersion” in Centering Prayer. During this retreat, Cynthia Bourgeault’s teachings will draw from her most recent book The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice. She will focus particularly on the heart as an organ of nondual perception and how Centering Prayer helps “put the mind in the heart”.

Composed of three daily group sittings with meditative walking, silence, teaching, and time for individual reflection and spiritual guidance.


Cost: $600-$925, depending on room type

Time: Friday, March 24 at 6:00 pm to Wednesday, March 29 at 2:00 pm

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

03 Apr -
08 Apr
Spirituality Beyond Borders: Education for Transformation Bethlehem Centre, Nanaimo BC

The Bethlehem Center, in partnership with The Contemplative Society, invites you to join them for an immersive, dynamic, and interactive educational opportunity. Combining gathered community, popular presenters, embodied spiritual practices, and contemplative space, this two-part retreat will help you make a difference in your daily life and your global community. See (and share!) the brochure for more details.

Part 1: The Conference (April 3 – April 6, 2017)
Facilitators include Andrew Twiddy, Pearl Gervais, Remi de Roo, Selinde Krayenoff, Joanne Sales, Mark Desvaux, and Ron Klusmeir.

Part 2: Trinity: The Soul of Creation webcast-in-community (April 6 – April 8, 2017)
All presentations and sessions of the Center for Action and Contemplation Annual Conference featuring Cynthia Bourgeault, Richard Rohr, and William Paul Young.


Cost: $170 to $1150 (early-bird rates!)

For full program details and to register, please visit or call 250-754-3254.

06 Apr -
09 Apr
Trinity: The Soul of Creation - webcast or in-person Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque NM

Hosted by CAC, join Cynthia Bourgeault, Richard Rohr, and Wm Paul Young for a special webcast. Taking a three-dimensional view of the mystery, they examine the Trinity as the foundation and template for the entire universe, and a metaphor for the nature of reality. If Trinity is the model for Creation, then it is a relational, benevolent universe. Join either in person or via webcast.


Cost: $59 (webcast only) to $375 (conference + post-conference videos). Scholarships are available.

For more information and to register, please visit

19 Apr -
22 Apr
Festival of Faiths Center for Interfaith Relations, Louisville KY

Cynthia Bourgeault is part of the 22nd annual Festival of Faiths, an interfaith event of music, poetry, film, art, and dialogue with internationally renowned spiritual leaders, thinkers, and practitioners. This year’s subject is “Compassion: Shining like the Sun”, shining a bright light on the compassionate work in Louisville, KY and continuing to honour the union between thinking globally and acting locally.

Tickets will be available soon. For more information, visit Festival of Faiths’ website where you can sign up to receive email announcements about tickets, etc. and view the incredible speaker lineup. You can also contact them directly at or 502-583-3100.

14 May -
19 May
Our Life is Love: A Quaker Wisdom School Pendle Hill, Wallingford PA

Cynthia Bourgeault hosts this first-time Quaker Wisdom School at Pendle Hill, open to Quakers and Wisdom Seekers of all faiths. Teaming up with Marcelle Martin (Quaker retreat leader and teacher) and Paulette Meier (singer/songwriter), they will attempt to more deeply weave these threads of the Christian contemplative tradition. The Benedictine pattern of ora et labora (prayer and work) will be complemented by the Quaker traditions of silent worship, voluntary simplicity, and attunement toward the Light within.


Cost: $540 to $985

For more information and to register, please visit or call 610-566-4507, ext. 137.

04 Jun -
11 Jun
Wisdom Ingathering 2 at Stonington 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 “Wisdom Perspectives in Turbulent Times”, while also exploring spiritual voyage narratives, particularly St. Brendan, in music and drama. The program will include meditation, teaching, 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)

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. You may also contact them directly for more information.

21 Jun -
26 Jun
Teilhard for our Times 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 an exploration of 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: £340-£455

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

04 Aug -
06 Aug
Humility: Chapter 7 of the Rule of St. Benedict with Cynthia Bourgeault Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham Massachusetts

Cynthia Bourgeault will spend the weekend at Glastonbury Abbey directing a retreat that looks at this chapter of the Rule of St. Benedict from the viewpoint of humility as non-identification. This retreat only has room for 23 people, so sign up today!


Cost: suggested $300 (single rooms only); $100 non-refundable deposit required to reserve

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

10 Sep -
15 Sep
The Survivor’s Guide to the Galaxy: Teilhardian Wisdom for Troubled Times La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara California

La Casa de Maria is hosting a Wisdom School retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault where she will continue her groundbreaking exploration of Teilhard de Chardin. Focusing on the insights and tools he brings forth for a more skillful and hopeful passage through the social upheavals of our present era, she will address questions like “How do we live in deep hope and in tune with the ever-evolving universe, and where do we need to shift our perspective of the spiritual journey to do so?”


Cost: $795-$995 USD (including $200 non-refundable deposit)
Pre-requisite: an established meditation practice. Preference will be given to those who have completed an Introductory Wisdom School and at least one other Wisdom School.

The retreat will consist of contemplation, prayer, teachings, and mindful work.

Please visit their website for more information and to register. Questions can be directed to or phone 1-805-969-5031.

18 Oct -
22 Oct
Science & Nonduality Conference 2017 Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose CA

Science & Nonduality is an annual conference where leading scientists, philosophers, and spiritual teachers gather to explore a new understanding of who we really are, both as individuals and a society. This year’s theme is “The Emergent Universe”: when the many parts of a system interact, behaviors appear in the whole system that weren’t present in the parts themselves. These surprising “emergent” behaviors are what our universe appears to be made of, from the Big Bang, to the unfathomable complexity of Life, to the unimaginable future yet to come. Cynthia Bourgeault is a featured speaker at this conference, lending her Christian nondual perspective to this expanding understanding of who we are as individuals, as societies, as humanity, and as cosmos.


Pre-conference workshops: October 18 and 19
Early rate (available in June): $50-$60 USD

Main conference: October 20 to 22
Early rate (through July 15): $499 USD

Day passes are also available. For more information and to register, visit Science & Nonduality’s website. You may also contact them directly at 707-999-7263 or via their contact form.

11 Mar -
16 Mar
Introductory Wisdom School Part B: The Divine Exchange with Cynthia Bourgeault Kanuga Conference Center, NC, Hendersonville NC

Following the very successful Introductory Wisdom School Part A in 2015 at Kanuga, NC, Cynthia Bourgeault invites you to learn The Divine Exchange with her and another “mega” group of students. Cover the Wisdom metaphysical map, the Divine Exchange, the Vertical Exchange, Reciprocal Feeding, and the Jesus teachings based in exchange, as well as an introduction to Trinitarian Metaphysics. You will also get the chance to work more with selected logia from the Gospel of Thomas.


Cost: $1100-$1400

Pre-requisite: an established Centering Prayer or meditation practice

For more information and to register, please visit