Hello Contemplatives!

Greetings from Vancouver Island on the traditional, unceded territories of the Lekwungen speaking people.

In this part of the world we’re enjoying the bright and verdant energies of summer and appreciating this present moment in our sacred connection to the earth, witnessing God’s regenerative love in land, water, air, and life, and in the depths of our hearts.

As we are looking to the Fall, we’re delighted to welcome Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault back to Vancouver Island in September for a couple of events, described more fully below.

And we have more news to share with you in this, our August newsletter,


Henri Lock
The Contemplative Society


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Attend virtually! Come to the RETREAT on ZOOM!

  • Participate on Zoom in all the teaching and spiritual practice sessions.
  • A detailed schedule with times and activities will be sent to you closer to the date of the Retreat.
  • All sessions will be recorded, and an audio, unedited, will be made available to all registered participants after the event is over.
  • Registration Fee for the Zoom Retreat: $275 CAN
  • Limited scholarships available.

The Contemplative Society is delighted to welcome Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault back to Victoria to lead a day of teaching, practice, and fellowship…
Date: September 30, 2022 Time: 9:45am – 3:00pm 
Place: St George’s Anglican Church – Cadboro Bay  
3909 St. George’s Lane Victoria, BC, Canada V8N 4E3
  • Spaces are limited, so register early to ensure your spot. .
  • Teaching Event by sliding scale – Pay from the heart. Suggested: $100, $50, $25, or $0
  • Please bring a bagged lunch for the noon break. There are places in Cadboro Bay village close by to purchase lunch. Tea and refreshments will be provided at the event.

For all bordering the Salish Sea and able to gather on Southern Vancouver Island,

Join us for a Summer Mini-Retreat with a gentle morning of contemplative silence.
We’ll gather for Chant in the Style of Taize, Centering Prayer, Lectio-Divina, Labyrinth, and Meditation – surrounded by the wondrous summer abundance of the Finnerty Garden.

Summer Silent Mini-Retreat
Saturday, August 27, 2022
9:30am – 1:30pm
UVIC Multifaith Centre (MAP)

We will have refreshments and will end the morning with a light lunch. Contributions of fruit, nuts and baked goods to share will be greatly appreciated.

Hosted by The Contemplative Society and the UVic Multifaith Centre.

Suggested donation at the door $5—$20

See you at the Multifaith Centre!

Henri Lock and Candis Elliott
The Contemplative Society

Former President and founding member of The Contemplative Society Anne Henderson, died peacefully on July 27, 2022, with her husband Doug and sons at her side. In a beautiful tribute to Anne, member and former TCS President Pat Manning spoke at Anne’s funeral held at St John the Divine Anglican Church in Victoria, BC. We share the tribute with you here, celebrating Anne’s time with us, honouring Anne’s generous and gentle spirit, grounded in Divine Love, and remembering a lifetime of compassionate presence to family, friends, and community…

We’re excited about the publication of Practicing Living Presence: Discovering the Mind of Christ Within – Part TWO!”, Cynthia Bourgeault’s exploration of Kabir Helminski’s book “Living Presence: A Sufi Way to Mindfulness & the Essential Self”, and the accompanying Practice Manual by Lynn C Bauman, Living the Presence: A Manual for Contemplative Christian Practice”

The Audio recordings are available as a CD set, MP3 download files and PDF transcripts. Click the button below for a more thorough description and the purchase page:
Thank You for your Support!

It is only with the support of our members and community that we are able to do what Cynthia calls “good planetary work”: providing support and resources for contemplative practitioners around the world and helping to promote the work done by local and international teachers. Our deepest thanks to all who have donated and support this work!

TCS is a non-profit society run by a volunteer Board and a dedicated circle of contemplatives. Formed in Victoria BC Canada in 1997 to serve an emerging contemplative renewal and to support and spread the teachings of Cynthia Bourgeault and other distinguished Wisdom teachers.
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