Events with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

A note about Wisdom Schools:

For information and answers to common questions about Cynthia Bourgeault’s Wisdom School structure and schedule, please refer to her FAQs. This introductory video also serves as a good example.

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12 May -
17 May
The Wisdom of Jesus and the Light of Christ: A Quaker Wisdom School Pendle Hill, Wallingford PA

Cynthia Bourgeault, along with Marcelle Martin and Paulette Meier, invite you to join them at this Quaker Wisdom School at Pendle Hill, open to Quakers and Wisdom Seekers of all faiths. Cynthia will draw from classical and enduring mystical principles to guide your exploration of Jesus as a Wisdom teacher who invited his followers to a radical transformation of consciousness. Marcelle will enhance these teachings through the Quaker lens, helping you examine the Quaker experience of the Light of Christ within, and Paulette will deepen your learning by leading you in chants based on the words of passionate Quakers who experienced this living presence of Christ. The canonical gospels and the Gospel of Thomas will supplement these teachings, as well as communal worship, prayer, personal study, and work.


Cost: $540 to $985 (financial aid may be available)

For more information and to register, please visit or call 610-566-4507, ext. 137.

19 May -
19 May
Tell the Tale: The Wisdom of Story Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge MA

A talk by biographer Roger Lipsey,
Joined by special guest, Cynthia Bourgeault

GURDJIEFF RECONSIDERED: The Life, The Teachings, The Legacy

Written by Roger Lipsey

Foreword by Cynthia Bourgeault

Published by Shambhala / Random House

Dr. Lipsey will give a talk on the role of story-telling in the teachings of G. I. Gurdjieff and in other traditions on Sunday, May 19th at 2:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge 02138. He will be joined by Cynthia Bourgeault, the noted author, retreat leader, and Episcopal priest, who contributed an invaluable foreword to the new book. In the course of the talk, there will be ample time for Q&A with Dr. Lipsey and Rev. Bourgeault about the new book and its central figure, G. I. Gurdjieff.

Refreshments will be served. The lecture is free and open to the public. 

For more information visit www. or email:

08 Nov -
14 Nov
Reclaiming the Mystical Heart of Christianity Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford CT

Hosted by the Holy Family Retreat Center and co-sponsored by Copper Beech Institute, this silent retreat (with teaching) is your sacred opportunity to gather with a large group of fellow contemplative as a healing presence to the world and one another. The retreat will help deepen your Centering Prayer practice by exploring key ideas in The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice, especially on the notion of “nondual personhood”. Additionally, teachers Rev. Matthew Wright, Rev. Bill Redfield, Fr. Michael Holleran, Fr. Bill Sheehan, Allen Bourque, Miranda Chapman, and Deborah Welsh will be assisting and supporting Cynthia’s leadership.

While people who practice all forms of meditation are welcome, Cynthia’s approach will be of particular interest to those practising Centering Prayer. For those who cannot attend the full week, participants are welcome to join for the weekend of November 8-10.


Prerequisite: an established meditation practice

Cost: $275-$1150 USD, depending on length of stay and room type (commuter option available)

For more information and to register, please visit the Holy Family Retreat Center event page.