The Abbey Church and The Contemplative Society present:

An in-person experience – Zoom Retreat with unique in-person activities:

Holding our Planet – Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault

With Centring Prayer Teachers: Heather Ruce, M. A., Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D., and Catherine Regan, Ph.D.

When: Saturday, May 25th to Thursday, May 30th, 2024

Where: The Abbey Church, Victoria, B.C., Canada (formerly, First Metropolitan United Church)

Event Description:

The Abbey Church and The Contemplative Society present an in-person retreat gathering to intimately participate in the Holding our Planet: Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault, hosted at the Mercy Centre in California and accessed in Victoria, B.C. via Zoom. This Wisdom School is aimed at contemplatives of all spiritual pathways who share concern about global cultural and ecological challenges impacting human and other life on earth. Join us as we come together to deepen our capacity to bring “skillful means” to the situation: forbearance, strength, compassion, right timing, spiritual generativity, and personal mettle. Jesse Burson and Tom Esakin will be the in-person hosts for this retreat. 

Retreat Information:

Retreat Dates: Saturday, May 25th to Thursday, May 30th, 2024

Retreat Times: 

Saturday May 25: 6:00pm- 9:00pm (Registration by 6:00pm);
Sunday May 26 to Wednesday May 29: 8:00am-5:30pm;
Thursday May 30: 8:00am to 12:00 noon.

Location: The Abbey Church, Victoria, B.C., Canada (formerly, First Metropolitan United Church)

Registration Fee:

  • $395 CAD for Adults
  • $250 CAD for Young Adults (aged 19-25)
  • Scholarship: There are a limited number of Learning Scholarships available to cover up to 50% of the retreat registration fee, offered through the TCS Margaret Haines Scholarship Fund. Please email admin@thecontemplative.org for more information on how to apply.

Registration includes:

  • Participation in the “Live Zoom” of Cynthia Bourgeault’s Wisdom School Retreat.
  • In-person gathering in Victoria at Abbey Church, alongside other retreat participants.
  • In-person retreat in Victoria facilitated by The Contemplative Society.
  • Unique in-person activities in Victoria designed by retreat co-leader, Heather Ruce
  • Includes daily sandwich lunch (with vegetarian options), coffee/tea, and snack breaks.

REGISTER HERE