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.
Registration for Matthew Wright’s retreat now open.
Each session will run about 2 hours and include a meditation/sit, teaching, and a question and answer period.
Once you have registered, an invoice will be emailed to you. You can pay through the secure site PayPal with a credit card or PayPal account.
Margaret Haines Scholarships are available.
Fr. Thomas Keating’s The Secret Embrace e-course through Spirituality & Practice with Cynthia Bourgeault
Aug 31, 2020 – Sep 25, 2020
Welcoming Silence Weekend Silent Retreat
led by Heather and Christopher Page
October 2-4, 2020
at the Cowichan Lake Research Station Conference Centre
Cost: $245 — need-based financial help is available from the Diocese
Participate in the joy and transformative impact of giving and receiving!
Through the generosity of our donors, The Contemplative Society is able to offer scholarships and sponsorships for youth and others to attend retreats, produce audio recordings of retreats, provide financial contributions to Cynthia Bourgeault for her writing and teaching, and support our contemplative network.