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.
MEETING THE MOMENT WITH LOVE:
Meister Eckhart’s Practices for Hard Times
with WARD BAUMAN
Fourteenth-century mystic Meister Eckhart speaks to us across time and space as we navigate illness, social unrest, and economic challenges reminiscent of his medieval world. This Lenten season, The Contemplative Society hosts an online event with guest teacher Ward Bauman, who will guide us through Meister Eckhart’s contemplative teachings and practices on suffering.
Ward Bauman is the former Director of the Episcopal House of Prayer, an Episcopal priest, and long-time teacher of interreligious contemplative paths. He lived in Iran for many years, where he studied both Sufism and Buddhism. Ward is the author of a cookbook, Sacred Food for Soulful Living, as well as The Anglican Rosary: Meditating with the Mystics, and co-authored The Luminous Gospels: Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip with Cynthia Bourgeault and Lynn Bauman.
DATES: February 15 – 19. Participants of this event will gather online for approximately 2 hours a day for 5 days.
OUR DISCOUNTED MP3 SALE ENDS JANUARY 11TH!
* Special 20% discount on MP3 audio products *
This Christmas season, starting on Dec 22 2020 and lasting for 20 days until Jan 11 2021, we are offering a 20% reduction on our MP3 digital products, using the coupon “gratitude2020“.
: : Light In Advent : :
A Contemplative Quiet Day With David Frenette & the TCS Community
We are so moved by the enthusiastic response to our Advent event that took place online on Dec 12th!
We have decided to make the video recordings available to all. We simply ask of those who were not registered for the event to offer a contribution within their means to help support us in developing future offerings.
IT’S HERE: CYNTHIA’S NEW BOOK!
Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm
by Cynthia Bourgeault
Eye of the Heart available now through Shambhala Publications and other booksellers.