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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

" 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 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.


Read our May 12 newsletter, including new offerings by Cynthia Bourgeault

Download PDF copy of May 12 News here.

Read/download our May 26 update here.



CHRISTOPHANY: Experiencing the Fullness of Christianity


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!” Christophany cover

This very popular offering is available in various formats, including a full text transcript to supplement the audio teaching.

Full description and ordering details here >>>


“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


Raimon Panikkar


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.”

Read the full post here > > >

Imaginal Wisdom School

New eCourse 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 front coverNew book by Cynthia Bourgeault!


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.

More about Mystical Courage here >>>

Cynthia Bourgeault – Wisdom Teacher

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.


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 these current and past funders:


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