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.
HOLY WEEK REFLECTIONS
We share with you these honest, poignant reflections offered in a 2-part blog by Paula Pryce from Vancouver, Canada. Paula walks us deep into the misty, mossy forest to contemplate uncertainty, longing, fear, and joy…
Read the 2-Part Reflections by Paula Pryce here >>>
APRIL 17 – Online
Chant The Heart: A Half-Day Retreat
with Elizabeth Combs, Susan Latimer
Chanting is an integral aspect of our transformative wisdom path, having the capacity to open us deeply and immediately into both our own hearts and the One Heart.
Join experienced chant leaders and Wisdom Community members Elizabeth Combs and Susan Latimer for this participatory half-day retreat.
“Chanting is at the heart of all sacred traditions worldwide….. it is fundamentally a deep immersion experience in the creative power of the universe itself.” ~ Cynthia Bourgeault
Audio Teaching with Matthew Wright
In this recording we get to know Julian of Norwich, a 14th century anchoress, as a woman who speaks to all times. Living through pandemics and a series of revelations ranging from intense physical pain and spiritual anguish to unsurpassable sacred love, Julian has a voice that is not one of naïve hopefulness but of deep experiencing.
“Gratitude to Matthew Wright for his exquisite blend of scholarly teaching and heart wisdom.”
~ participant, Julian of Norwich virtual retreat
MEETING THE MOMENT WITH LOVE:
Meister Eckhart’s Practices for Hard Times
with Ward Bauman
Over 100 participated in this profound 5-day event guided by our guest teacher Ward Bauman providing key teachings from Meister Eckhart, the 14th century Rhineland mystic whose brilliant, enigmatic theology blossomed in a time of great suffering.
Our retreat leader Ward Bauman first grounds us in Eckhart’s basic ideas on truth, then turns particularly to his teachings on suffering. How we face hard times, Eckhart believed, reveals the quality of our inner being and spiritual development. For each day of the retreat Ward offers teaching and practices for fostering an embodied knowledge of Eckhart’s concepts and intentions, in balance with a contemplative and prayerful approach to our circumstances.
5 sessions, each starting with a contemplative practice guided by TCS leader, followed by teachings with Ward Bauman for approx 2 hours.
Content includes video and audio recordings, quotes, suggested deepening practices, as well as other useful resource listings.
“The retreat more than met my expectations. It was a deep and meaningful experience for me, one which will help me take the next step in my meditation practice and spiritual journey.” ~ participant, Ward Bauman virtual event
Selected by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2020!
“This book is nothing less than a map to the meeting of the worlds at the crossroads of our own souls, one the mapmaker urges us to abandon the minute our hear sees the way.” ~ Mirabai Starr