This retreat with Matthew Wright is made possible by a grant from the Trust for the Meditation Process, a charitable foundation encouraging meditation, mindfulness, and contemplative prayer.

Join The Contemplative Society and the Rev. Matthew Wright for a four-night Wisdom School that will explore the metaphysics undergirding the teachings of Jesus and the early Christian Wisdom tradition, as well as their relationship to a similar stream of teaching that flows through Islamic Sufism. These teachings present us with a coherent and luminous map of the human journey from timelessness into time, and deeper into integration and conscious union. We hope you will sign up and come with us as we seek to “enter the bridal chamber”, what Jesus calls the place of mystical union already present within our own hearts, accompanied on our journey by the Gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip, as well as by the words of Sufi masters from Ibn al-Arabi to Jalaluddin Rumi. Please fill out this form to register (until Wednesday, October 10 at noon).

A public event will also be held in Victoria on the evening of October 15 at UVic’s Interfaith Chapel. Visit the event page for more information.

New to Matthew?  Rob King, a participant in our last Wisdom School on the Gospel of Thomas, had this to say about him: “If you have not had a chance to experience Matthew’s teaching, you will be in for a real treat…He has a unique ability to take what seems like difficult teachings and make them understandable and alive in a way that leads to personal transformation…[The Gospel of Thomas] became a living epistle!”

Register today!


Cost: $900 CAD (private) – a limited number of partial scholarships will be made available. If you are interested in a scholarship, please apply via this form alongside your registration (deadline: Monday, October 8).

Fees include overnight accommodations and vegetarian meals. Check out the Cowichan Lake Research Station website for more information on the venue. For more general information, please contact us by email at or at 250-381-9650.