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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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The Contemplative Society

"...as 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

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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

"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

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.

Mercy. An old-fashioned word that conjures up so many contrasting images. Mercy is “a bond,” writes Cynthia Bourgeault in Mystical Hope, “an infallible link of love that holds the created and uncreated realms together.”  Far from condescension or political power, the origin of the word mercy points instead to a flow of connectedness, reciprocity, and exchange.
Read our full Advent message here >>

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The Contemplative Society invites you to gather with our community and guest teacher David Frenette for this special online event. Details and registration here >>.

Light In Advent:

A Contemplative Quiet Day With David Frenette

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IT’S HERE: CYNTHIA’S NEW BOOK!

Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm
by Cynthia Bourgeault

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FIND PODCAST CONVERSATIONS WITH CYNTHIA SPEAKING ON EYE OF THE HEART HERE

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Eye of the Heart available now through Shambhala Publications and other booksellers.


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.

SUPPORT THE CONTEMPLATIVE SOCIETY

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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.

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

 

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