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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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St. Brendan the Voyager

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.

Upcoming Events

Annual General Meeting of The Contemplative Society

2:30 to 3:30 pm – Saturday, October 26, 2019

Held at the UVic Interfaith Chapel
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC

You are invited to join The Contemplative Society Board and membership at the Annual General Meeting, October 26, 2019.

To participate in our AGM, your membership must be current (having made a donation since October 20, 2018). There will be an opportunity to do so at the meeting. To make a donation now, visit our Support Us page.

AGMs give organizations an opportunity to discuss the past year and to plan for the future. Your presence will help us discern the direction our members wish to go. If you are not able to join us physically on that day, please take a moment to hold the Board and organization in your prayers at that time.

Coming up at the University of Victoria Multifaith Chapel

Learn to Meditate Mini Retreat: The Practice of Centering Prayer

1:30 to 4:30 pm, Sunday, November 3, 2019

Click here for more information and registration link.

Advent Silent Mini Retreat

9:30 am to 1:30 pm, Saturday, November 30, 2019

Click here for more information and registration link.

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.

Thank You to Our Donors

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


Our 2018 Wisdom School with Rev. Matthew Wright was made possible by a grant from the Trust for the Meditation Process, a charitable foundation encouraging meditation, mindfulness, and contemplative prayer.

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