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.
Exploring the Divine Feminine with
Fr. Matthew Wright
September 24 to September 27, 2019
Cowichan Lake Forestry Research Station, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Cost: $775 single room/$650 shared
Registration opens June 21, 2019 – contact us for registration link.
Some scholarships are available to assist with costs: contact us for application information.
Join us for three days of chant, teaching, and contemplative practices to nourish the spiritual heart. Together we will explore devotion to the Divine Feminine in the Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions, particularly under the guises of Sophia, or Wisdom, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Attention will be given to insights from pioneering Christian mystics Thomas Merton and Teilhard de Chardin, as well as from non-Christian sources.
Our time will be held within a contemplative rhythm of silence, chanting, meditation, and embodiment practices. People of all spiritual traditions (or none) are welcome.
For more teaching and resources from Fr. Matthew Wright, see our Audio page.