The Grand Celtic Adventure

The Grand Celtic Adventure – blog post by Cynthia Bourgeault

From my running “missing bag” saga, some of you may have gotten the impression that my recent teaching adventure in Scotland and Ireland was a bit arduous. Not in the least! It was in fact it was one of the most stunning high points of my entire teaching career, if not of my entire life. The missing bag was merely the “outer and visible sign” of the inner baggage simultaneously dropping away. I felt free, clear, “home,” supported, and supremely on my native soul ground in a way I haven’t felt for decades. Maybe even lifetimes. Read more

Letting the Enneagram Speak

This post is based on a paper first presented at the Enneagram Conference with Helen Palmer in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 5-6, 2013




From my many years in the Gurdjieff Work, I knew that the enneagram is primarily about lines of force (much more than about personality typing), and specifically, about the subtle but profound interaction of the Law of Seven and the Law of Three. I had long suspected that its secrets were more kinesthetic than cognitive, and as I prepared this past July for our inaugural Nine Gates Advanced Mystery School in Esoteric Christianity, I wanted our students to be able to taste this dimension directly. Read more

GUEST POSTING – Daily Rhythm in the Corn Fields of North Carolina with Cynthia Bourgeault

This blog post comes to us from Robbin Whittington who shares her reflections on attending a recent Wisdom School led by Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault.

The Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault was an experience I will be integrating for the rest of my life. While I can’t begin to articulate the full scope of the spiritual terrain traversed during the week spent with her and others from around the country, I do want to share the framework for the week that proved so valuable. We learned about and began to practice how to meaningfully cycle through the four quadrants of a daily Benedictine rhythm of prayer (alone and together) and work (alone and together). According to Cynthia, this balanced approach to living offers us a Wisdom template, a filter through which to look at our lives. (The simple diagram shows the quadrants. If you’d like to learn more about the St. Benedict Rule of life, Cynthia recommends the book, RB 1980: The Rule of St. Benedict in English.) Read more


Hello friends,

I thought you might be interested in this unique link, which will lead you to Marty Schmidt’s blog account of our Assisi teaching. Marty was one of our three Hong Kong delegates, and this is an amazingly thorough and thoughtful account of the work done in Assisi last week….plus some super photographs as well.