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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 inspirational materials, in both text and audio format, supportive of the contemplative life.




Dear Contemplative Friends,

This has been a year of momentous change and uncertainty!

Here at The Contemplative Society, we have been prayerfully discerning our future path through the challenges and opportunities during this tumultuous time.

The Board has made some difficult decisions to reduce administrative costs and bring expenses into alignment with income. We’ve had to change our usual way of operating and are exploring alternative and creative means to support the Contemplative Wisdom community seeded by Cynthia, shifting to on-line meditation gatherings and our first online retreat. We are looking at what is before us now and listening deeply to what the Spirit is calling us to live into.

NAVIGATING CHANGES….    >>> continue reading here >>>


Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm
by Cynthia Bourgeault

Eye of the Heart book cover
Available now through Shambhala Publications and other booksellers.

Matthew Wright retreat

Thank you to Matthew Wright and all who recently participated in our inaugural virtual retreat!

Sign up below if you are not yet on our contact list and would like to be notified when the recording of Matthew’s event will be available.


Matthew will also be the keynote speaker for the Annual Gathering of the Spiritual Life Center, providing reflections on the “Knowing Heart” on Sunday, September 20th 2020 (Virtual event).  More information available HERE

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.


Participate in the joy and transformative impact of giving and receiving!

Through the generosity of our donors, The Contemplative Society is able to offer scholarships and sponsorships for youth and others to attend retreats, produce audio recordings of retreats, provide financial contributions to Cynthia Bourgeault for her writing and teaching, and support our contemplative network.

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


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