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.
In late June Cynthia offered an important new post with a message to students, sharing her ideas and suggestions for “a worthy project for our Wisdom circle to take on.” Cynthia also presented a riveting keynote address at the American Teilhard Association (ATA) annual meeting.
FEATURED AUDIO TEACHING FOR JULY:
In both Cynthia’s ‘Common Good’ message, and her ATA presentation, she draws squarely upon Teilhard de Chardin’s evolutionary vision. Teilhard’s prophetic writings and ideas offer us essential wisdom to understand our times, and points us toward a more unitive, Integral consciousness to meet the emergent and unfolding future.
The Contemplative Society is featuring Cynthia’s audio teaching set on TEILHARD: A VISIONARY FOR OUR TIME to support your learning and understanding. For the month of JULY we are offering 25% off the MP3 digital download for this featured audio. A full description and ordering details available here:
UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE WISDOM COMMUNITY:
Online Book Study and Practice Circle: Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening. Once a month August 17 – November 16, 2021 Hosted by Northeast Wisdom / Wisdom Waypoints Based on the book Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault. Groups will intentionally cultivate a Wisdom way of knowing through a variety of contemplative practices. Find full details and register here >>>
Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening Wisdom Practice Day Saturday August 28, 2021 – 10am to 4pm ET Hosted by Northeast Wisdom / Wisdom Waypoints. In Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Cynthia delves into both the tradition and method of this contemplative Christian prayer practice. As a group we will learn and practice together. Find event info and registration details here >>>
Introductory Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault
Online – August 11 – November 16
Hosted by Center for Action and Contemplation
Wisdom isn’t knowing more; it’s knowing more deeply, with more of yourself. Cynthia invites us to awaken to our yearning for a different kind of presence and to develop the skills, knowledge, and actions for our own transformation. Wisdom School details and registration here >>>
IMAGINAL WISDOM SCHOOL – Ongoing Online Course with Cynthia Bourgeault! 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. Hosted by Wisdom Way of Knowing. Watch Cynthia’s personal eCourse welcome and get full details here >>>
MYSTICAL COURAGE: 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.