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.