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.

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Save the date! Join Cynthia for retreats and other events in 2018!

Introductory Wisdom School 2: The Divine Exchange at Kanuga Conference Centre in Kanuga, NC (March 11-16)

Contemplative Outreach Atlanta Conference in Atlanta, GA (March 17)

Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening at Ignatius House in Atlanta, GA (March 18-21)

Cynthia in South Africa: COSA National Conference (April 27-May 1) and Wisdom School (May 3-6)

TENTATIVE: Retreat at Holy Isle in Scotland (June 20-26)

Rule of St. Benedict Retreat at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA (August 3-5)

TENTATIVE: Wisdom School at Te Moata (October 11-15) and retreat (October 17-19) in New Zealand

“From Narrative Self to Witnessing Self: Crossing the Threshold” Retreat at Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY (November 14-18)

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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, hosted by the Wisdom Way of Knowing, 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

17 Mar -
17 Mar
The Heart of Centering Prayer: Christian Nonduality in Theory and Practice one-day conference Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta GA

Hosted by the Cathedral of St. Philip and Contemplative Outreach Atlanta, this day-long conference will feature lectures, discussion and Q&A, and time for practising Centering Prayer. Registration will open in January, so save the date!


Cost: $50 USD

Registration will open in January 2018. For more information and to receive updates, please visit the Cathedral of St. Philip’s website.

18 Mar -
21 Mar
Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, Atlanta GA

Hosted by the Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, Cynthia Bourgeault will go further than offering an introduction to her comprehensive guidebook Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening in this retreat, but will examine how the practice is related to the classic tradition of Christian contemplation, looking at the distinct nuances of its method, and exploring its revolutionary potential to transform Christian life.


Cost: $550 USD

Time: Sunday, March 18 at 6:15 pm to Wednesday, March 21 after Mass and lunch

For more information and to register, see Ignatius House’s registration page. Please contact them for any questions or concerns.

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

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.