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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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"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

About St. Brendan

St. Brendan the Voyager

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

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


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

We offer resources, retreats and events led by Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault and other teachers, and operate as part of a global Wisdom-focused network.

On this website you will find instructional and inspirational materials,  supportive of the contemplative life.


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UPDATES FROM CYNTHIA: Teilhardian Vision and Evolving Toward the Common Good

In late June Cynthia offered an important new post with a message to students, sharing her ideas and suggestions for “a worthy project for our Wisdom circle to take on.”  Cynthia also presented a riveting keynote address at the American Teilhard Association (ATA) annual meeting.

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FIND UPDATE AND links to Cynthia’s Post and Video HERE >>>




TEILHARD: A VISIONARY FOR OUR TIME – Audio Teaching by Cynthia Bourgeault – MP3 SALE!

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In both Cynthia’s ‘Common Good’ message, and her ATA presentation, she draws squarely upon Teilhard de Chardin’s evolutionary vision. Teilhard’s prophetic writings and ideas offer us essential wisdom to understand our times, and points us toward a more unitive, Integral consciousness to meet the emergent and unfolding future.

The Contemplative Society is featuring Cynthia’s audio teaching set on TEILHARD: A VISIONARY FOR OUR TIME to support your learning and understanding. For the month of JULY we are offering 25% off the MP3 digital download for this featured audio. A full description and ordering details available here:

TEILHARD: A VISIONARY FOR OUR TIME – Audio Teaching by Cynthia Bourgeault


In recognition of Cynthia Bourgeault’s profound teachings on the significance of Mary Magdalene, we are offering the following two MP3 teaching audios at a 25% discount until the end of July.


Online Book Study and Practice Circle: Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening. Once a month August 17 – November 16, 2021 Book: Centering Prayer and Inner AwakeningHosted by Northeast Wisdom / Wisdom Waypoints Based on the book Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault. Groups will intentionally cultivate a Wisdom way of knowing through a variety of contemplative practices.  Find full details and register here >>>


Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening Wisdom Practice Day Saturday August 28, 2021 – 10am to 4pm ET Hosted by Northeast Wisdom / Wisdom Waypoints. In Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Cynthia delves into both the tradition and method of this contemplative Christian prayer practice. As a group we will learn and practice together. Find event info and registration details here >>>

Introductory Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault
 Online – August 11 – November 16
Hosted by Center for Action and Contemplation

Wisdom isn’t knowing more; it’s knowing more deeply, with more of yourself.  Cynthia invites us to awaken to our yearning for a different kind of presence and to develop the skills, knowledge, and actions for our own transformation.  Wisdom School details and registration here >>>

Imaginal Wisdom School IMAGINAL WISDOM SCHOOL – Ongoing Online Course with Cynthia Bourgeault! Drawing from her groundbreaking book EYE OF THE HEART, Cynthia Bourgeault illuminates the particular qualities and gifts of the Imaginal realm as an accessible world just beyond our own, and available to us for spiritual nurturance and exchange. Hosted by Wisdom Way of Knowing. Watch Cynthia’s personal eCourse welcome and get full details here >>>

Mystical Courage front coverNewest book by Cynthia Bourgeault!

MYSTICAL COURAGE: Commentaries on Selected Contemplative Exercises by G.I. Gurdjieff, as Compiled by Joseph Azize

When the pandemic struck in 2020, Cynthia turned to Joseph Azize’s newly published collection of spiritual exercises from the Gurdjieff teaching, exercises that for decades had been kept apart from the general public. She invited others to join her in a rigorous practice. What emerged over a six-week collective journey was a remarkable series of revelations and reflections encompassing not only the Gurdjieff tradition but her own deep insights into the Christian mystical and wisdom traditions. Here is a profoundly renewed vision of Mystical Courage, a hope and strength emerging from beyond our own making that is available right now to guide our way.

More about Mystical Courage here >>>


Cynthia Bourgeault – Wisdom Teacher

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.


Through the generosity of our donors, The Contemplative Society is able to offer resources and audio recordings, events, and other learning opportunities that support contemplative living and practice. We also provide scholarships to youth and others in need.

Our work is made possible through the generous support of our donors and these current and past funders:


We thank Alpenglow Foundation and the John Hobby Catto Family for their generous donation to the Margaret Haines Scholarship Fund.