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.
FEATURED AUDIO – RELEASED MAY 2021
CHRISTOPHANY: Experiencing the Fullness of Christianity
AUDIO TEACHING BY CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT
Delving deeply in Raimon Panikkar’s masterful book Christophany: The Fullness of Man, Cynthia Bourgeault deftly illuminates his extraordinary cosmological vision, and boldly asserts “…these are ideas that could change the face of Christianity!”
This very popular offering is available in various formats, including a full text transcript to supplement the audio teaching.
“I am so grateful for this labor of love by The Contemplative Society, which once again makes accessible Raimon Panikkar’s extraordinary teaching on the universal mysticism of Jesus Christ.”
~ Cynthia Bourgeault
CHRISTOPHANY: A QUINTESSENTIAL TEACHING
Read this wholehearted endorsement by our Audio Ministry Coordinator and long-time TCS member Brian Mitchell. Brian has been attending Cynthia’s retreats and reviewing her recordings for a quarter of a century now, and he consistently names this audio offering as “Cynthia’s quintessential teaching.”
New eCourse with Cynthia Bourgeault!
IMAGINAL WISDOM SCHOOL
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.
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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.