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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

"...as 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

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 one part-time Administrator.

We offer resources, local retreats, wisdom schools, and workshops 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, in both text and audio format, supportive of the contemplative life.


tree and sky by Johannes PlenioSave-the-date – special online event FEB 15-19!

MEETING THE MOMENT WITH LOVE:
Meister Eckhart’s Practices for Hard Times
with WARD BAUMAN

Fourteenth-century mystic Meister Eckhart speaks to us across time and space as we navigate illness, social unrest, and economic challenges reminiscent of his medieval world. This Lenten season, The Contemplative Society hosts an online event with guest teacher Ward Bauman, who will guide us through Meister Eckhart’s contemplative teachings and practices on suffering.

Ward Bauman is the former Director of the Episcopal House of Prayer, an Episcopal priest, and long-time teacher of interreligious contemplative paths. He lived in Iran for many years, where he studied both Sufism and Buddhism. Ward is the author of a cookbook, Sacred Food for Soulful Living, as well as The Anglican Rosary: Meditating with the Mystics, and co-authored The Luminous Gospels: Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip with Cynthia Bourgeault and Lynn Bauman.

DATES: February 15 – 19. Participants of this event will gather online for approximately 2 hours a day for 5 days.

More details and event registration coming on January 25.

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OUR DISCOUNTED MP3 SALE ENDS JANUARY 11TH!

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* Special 20% discount on MP3 audio products *

This Christmas season, starting on Dec 22 2020 and lasting for 20 days until Jan 11 2021, we are offering a 20% reduction on our MP3 digital products, using the coupon “gratitude2020“.

See our full selection of audio teachings here >>

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: : Light In Advent : :

A Contemplative Quiet Day With David Frenette & the TCS Community

We are so moved by the enthusiastic response to our Advent event that took place online on Dec 12th!

We have decided to make the video recordings available to all.  We simply ask of those who were not registered for the event to offer a contribution within their means to help support us in developing future offerings.

Find the Advent recordings and full details here >>

 

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IT’S HERE: CYNTHIA’S NEW BOOK!

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

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FIND PODCAST CONVERSATIONS AND VIDEOS WITH CYNTHIA SPEAKING ON EYE OF THE HEART HERE

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Eye of the Heart available now through Shambhala Publications and other booksellers.

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.

SUPPORT THE CONTEMPLATIVE SOCIETY

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

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 the following organizations:

 

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