The Contemplative Society invites you to gather with our community and guest teacher Ward Bauman for this special online event.

Registration is now closed for this event.

tree and sky by Johannes Plenio

Meister Eckhart’s Practices for Hard Times

To understand truth we must become truth. So taught Meister Eckhart, the 14th century Rhineland mystic whose brilliant, enigmatic theology blossomed in a time of great suffering. Like us, Eckhart witnessed astonishing changes brought on by technological innovation, pandemics, climate change, and political violence. Highly respected but controversial during his own era, Meister Eckhart understood that truth was elusive in periods of social transformation. He used his own prayer life to develop non-dualistic teachings that appear to come closer to Buddhist and Hindu thought than those of any other Western theologian. Meister Eckhart has become a poignant guide for contemplatives of the twenty-first century.


Our retreat leader Ward Bauman will first ground us in Eckhart’s basic ideas on truth, then will turn particularly to his teachings on suffering. How we face hard times, Eckhart believed, reveals the quality of our inner being and spiritual development. Ward Bauman will offer a new practice each day to help us foster an embodied knowledge of Eckhart’s sometimes challenging concepts and intentions. Our week together will be an opportunity to practice, for Meister Eckhart felt that truth can only be understood through a balance of intellect and prayer.



NOTE: all times are listed for Pacific Time Zone

9:15am                       Zoom meeting opens to settle in (all will be muted)

9:30am                     Contemplative sit hosted by TCS leaders (optional)

10:00am                    Ward Bauman begins promptly at 10am

    Short break approximately midway in our session

Noon (approx.)      Retreat time ends with suggested integration practice


ONLINE BY ZOOM: A Zoom link and instructions will be emailed to registrants. The event will be recorded and made available in the week to follow.



Ward Bauman

The Rev. Ward Bauman is an Episcopal priest and former Director of the Episcopal House of Prayer on the grounds of Saint John’s Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Collegeville, Minnesota. He lived in Iran for many years where he studied Sufism and Buddhism. He has published a cookbook, Sacred Food for Soulful Living and a prayer guide, The Anglican Rosary: Meditating with the Mystics, as well as co-authored, The Luminous Gospels: Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip. He considers his spiritual mentor to be the great Christian German mystic Meister Eckhart.



“Ward Bauman is a deeply formed contemplative and person of great integrity.”
 ~ Cynthia Bourgeault 




Fees are listed in Cdn dollars:

Fee for 1 participant: $100
Fee for 2 participating together: $150
Fee for 1 plus scholarship gift for someone in need: $200

Financial assistance available by emailing


Register is now closed for this event.