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"...things do not lose spirit simply because they inhabit form… the created world is infinitely precious and valuable in its own right." ~ Cynthia Bourgeault, The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three

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The Contemplative Society

" the heart comes alive as an organ of spiritual perception, we are able to perceive the invisible Kingdom of Love that surrounds us - and live it into being." ~ Cynthia Bourgeault


"Split a piece of wood, and there I am. Pick up a stone and you will find me there." ~ Gospel of Thomas, Logion 77

"Only after the terror of one's own diminishment and annihilation, after the last scraps of clinging to life at any cost have been left behind forever, is it possible to truly live in hope." ~ Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope p. 69


Welcome to The Contemplative Society website. We are an inclusive non-profit society that encourages a deepening of contemplative prayer based in the Christian Wisdom tradition while also welcoming and being supportive of other meditation traditions. We are based in Victoria, BC, Canada and serve a global audience. Our work is conducted by a voluntary Board of Directors and one part-time Administrator.

We offer local retreats, wisdom schools, and workshops led by Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault and other teachers of the Christian contemplative path. In cooperation with other similar organizations, we promote the contemplative Wisdom path and offer events in other geographic locations.

On this website you will find instructional and inspiration materials, in both text and audio format, supportive of the contemplative life.


One Heart: Weaving a Tapestry of Interspiritual Community – teaching by Mirabai Starr

Can an interspiritual path lead to a deepening journey and not just flatten out to surface or superficial experiencing? Mirabai Starr responds with a definite “Yes!” While she clearly recognizes the fulfillment offered through dedication to a single spiritual tradition, Mirabai unveils how sincere pursuit of more than one mystical way can provide enriching exchanges and integrations for those drawn to an interspiritual path.

In this recording, she exposes the listener to readings and practices from across the world’s major spiritual traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Her intent is not to convert, but to present an opportunity to explore and experience a range of approaches to the divine. In this time of growing awareness of global interconnectedness, Mirabai’s teachings contribute to the efforts to move from mere tolerance to the honest appreciation and honoring of our differences and diversity. Immersion into the teachings and practices presented here can draw one closer to the One Heart pervading and maintaining all creation.

Available as a 5-CD set or MP3 download. More details and audios for purchase on the Audio page.

Cynthia Bourgeault

Cynthia Bourgeault

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.


Cynthia Bourgeault has a new book, and is part of another! In Love is the Answer – What is the Question? Cynthia engages in direct call and response with the readers, the world, and these tender and tumultuous times to attend to an evolving consciousness that can bear the greatest joy and deepest sorrow, and helps us live our lives fully. Additionally, alongside respected voices such as Deepak Chopra, Richard Rohr, and Matthew Fox, Cynthia contributes to How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs, a volume which addresses the path of spiritual return for a growing number of seeks that shifts away from a God “up there” and “out there” and toward an immanent divine right here.

Visit our Books page to learn more about both of these, and explore Cynthia’s other works. Click the book images to purchase, or follow the publisher’s link.

Thank You to Our Donors

Our work is made possible through the generous support of our donors and the following organizations:


Our last Wisdom School with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault was made possible by a grant from the Trust for the Meditation Process, a charitable foundation encouraging meditation, mindfulness, and contemplative prayer.