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25 Sep 2022 - 29 Sep 2022
Relearning Trust: Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault -

Bethlehem Center Path

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ZOOM OPTION now taking REGISTRATIONS. 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, payable with Credit Card or PayPal through The Contemplative Society website: Scroll down this page to fill out and submit your registration and to make payment
  • Limited scholarships available. Apply for scholarship HERE>>

Retreat Description – Re-Learning Trust

To our usual psychological way of looking at things, trust must be earned; it is called forth in response to demonstrated trustworthiness. But there is another way of approaching trust, which has always been the way of the great saints and mystics. From this other angle of approach trust is not earned so much as bestowed—from a fathomless strength and freedom which lies latent in every human soul, flowing like a wellspring from the heart of God.

Anchored in strength rather than gullibility, and impervious to manipulation, this trust is itself a transformative force, flowing into a broken world to bring courage, healing, and reconnection. This retreat will be a deep immersion into this other way of working with trust. With the
mystics looking over our shoulders, we will explore not only the spirituality but the actual practices that allow our hearts to access this hidden wellspring and draw on it skillfully to begin to rebuild trust, not only within our own lives, but within our shattered world. Note
that we will be approaching the task from contemplative and esoteric reference points rather than therapeutic ones, so it is recommended that you have an established meditation practice and a willingness to offer yourself on this pathway of conscious service to the whole.

We will also explore contemplative embodiment practices, with a daily session facilitated by supporting guest teacher Heather Ruce.

Our Retreat Leaders:

Cynthia Bourgeault

Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally acclaimed retreat leader. She divides her time between solitude in her seaside hermitage in Maine and a demanding schedule traveling globally to spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths. She is principal teacher for The Contemplative Society and the founding director of an international network of Wisdom schools, uniting classic Christian mystical and monastic teaching with contemporary practices of mindfulness and embodied presence.


Heather Ruce will be supporting our retreat experience through guiding us in a daily embodiment session. Heather is an experienced instructor and leader of the Gurdjief movements. She is a wisdom spiritual director with training in a neurophysiology based approach to understanding the nervous system. Heather loves working with individuals as well as facilitating groups and retreats focused on learning and practicing the Christian Wisdom Tradition. She lives in San Diego, CA with her husband Charlie.


Retreat location:

Bethlehem Centre is a quiet, spacious oasis, nestled in the shadows of Mt Benson, on beautiful Westwood Lake, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Address: 2371 Arbot Road, Nanaimo, BC, Canada. The Zoom will be broadcast from Bethlehem Retreat Centre while the Retreat is in session.




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30 Sep 2022
Exploring a Nondual Christianity of Cosmic Proportions -

Exploring a Nondual Christianity of Cosmic Proportions 

An In-person Teaching Event with Cynthia Bourgeault 

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. 
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.  

Teaching Event by sliding scale – Pay from the heart: 

Suggested: $100, $50, $25, or $0 

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Cynthia BourgeaultCynthia Bourgeault is an internationally-renowned retreat leader, accomplished author, medieval scholar, and avid sailor. She is the inspirational and respected teacher to a world-wide network of spiritual practitioners and seekers, offering her unique blend of thoughtful insight, and practical guidance. The foundations of her theology dynamically weave together a cosmology based in the fourteen-billion-year-old universe story, illuminated through Imaginal seeing from the eye of the heart, and grounded in the contemplative arts as espoused by the world’s great Wisdom traditions. 


“Christianity has simply become trapped in a cosmology and theological superstructure by now far too small to contain the vast life force that still runs through its veins.”  ~ Cynthia Bourgeault 

Cynthia will offer an overview of her principal theological tenants and emergent thinking, drawing from her most recent book The Corner of Fourth and Nondual,  a title inspired by Thomas Merton’s famous moment of revelation ‘at the Corner of Fourth and Walnut.’  


For people familiar with Cynthia’s work, this event will offer an engaging retrospective to the foundational insights that were developed when Cynthia lived here on the Salish Sea 25 years ago. People new to Cynthia’s teaching will find an inspiring and spiritually relevant introduction to the Christian wisdom path, with practical suggestions on how to integrate these spiritual practices into their own lives.   


  • 9:00 am Registrations Open, Coffee and Conversations. St George’s Church 
  • 10:00 Session One with Centering Prayer sit  
  • 12:00 Noon Break – Participants bring bag lunch 
  • 1:00pm Session Two with Centering Prayer sit 
  • 3:00 End

Some books and audios teachings by Cynthia Bourgeault will be available for purchase at the event.  

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