Blessings Contemplative Friends,

As we enter the month of March, we are excited to share several upcoming events to inspire and nurture our contemplative, spiritual journies. Please find details of these wonderful events below!

This evening at 7:00pm, there is a webcast showing of the Sacred Earth: Growing Beloved Community with John Philip Newell, Bishop Marc Andrus, and Dr. Paloma Pavel.

For those of you in Vancouver, on March 10 and 11 there are two events being hosted by The Thomas Merton Society of Canada and at the Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace. As part of these events, facilitator Doug Christie explores themes of loss and “The Desert Within”

At the end of the month, you are invited to join the Monthly Centering Prayer Group to deepen your Centering Prayer practice, online or in person at the St. Dunstan Parish in Aldergrove B.C.

As part of Holy Week, we are excited that Heather Ruce will be leading a Holy Week Silent Wisdom Retreat from April 3 – 6, 2023 at the Bethlehem Centre in Nanaimo B.C. Heather Ruce will also facilitate 2 single day events: one at the Multifaith Centre in Victoria, B.C. on April 1, 2023 and the other at the Centre for Spiritual Renewal in Langley, B.C. on April 8th. Please see below for more details about each event and links to register.

And finally, we are offering a Lenten sale below of Cynthia’s Bourgeault’s MP3 “Through Holy Week with Mary Magdalene”.

Many Blessings for the new month!

Henri Lock
The Contemplative Society

Holy Week Silent Wisdom Retreat in Nanaimo, B.C:

Accompanying Jesus and Mary Magdalene

 through the Paschal Mystery

Bethlehem Centre in Nanaimo BC, Canada
April 3rd at 3:30pm to April 6th at 1:30pm, 2023
Registration Fee: Follow link below
Teacher and Facilitator: Heather Ruce

Lenten Day Event in Victoria:

Preparing to Accompany Jesus and Mary Magdalene through Holy Week

Location: Multifaith Centre in Victoria BC, Canada
April 1st, 2023 from 10:00am — 4:00pm
Registration Fee: Sliding Scale
Retreat Leader: Heather Ruce

Holy Saturday Event in Langley, B.C: Accompanying Jesus and Mary Magdalene 

Location: The Centre for Spiritual Renewal at St. Andrew’s Church, Langley B.C. OR can be joined online
April 8th, 2023 from 10:00am — 4:00pm
Registration Fee: Pay from the Heart Sliding Scale
Retreat Leader: Heather Ruce

Monthly Centering Prayer Group

Time & Date: Monday, March 27, 2023, 7:00- 8:30 pm
St. Dunstan Parish, Aldergrove, BC.
OR Online
Facilitated by Katherine Murray & Elaine Chatwin
The intention for this monthly group (last Monday of each month) is to deepen into our Centering Prayer practice, deepen our living contemplatively, and deepen in community. Each gathering includes a 30-minute practice of Centering Prayer and integration of teachings by contemplative Wisdom teacher, Cynthia Bourgeault.
The Thomas Merton Society of Canada is is co-sponsoring two events in Vancouver with Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace, facilitated by Doug Christie.


Spirituality and Community in a Time of Loss

When: Friday, March 10, 2023 at 7 pm
Where: Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace, 1825 West 16th Ave, Vancouver
Cost: By donation at the door

Doug Christie will examine the place of darkness in our lives and ask what it can mean for us to enter and inhabit this vast space of unknowing and discover there not simply bewilderment but something Thomas Merton called “the hidden ground of love.”


The Desert Within

When: Saturday March 11, 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace, 1825 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Registration: or 604-988-8835
Cost: $60

What does it mean to enter the desert? To seek “the desert within”—that vast open space the Christian mystics experienced at the very ground of the soul where the human person encounters the divine? This retreat will draw upon the image of the desert (long important to both Jewish and Christian religious identities and central to the Christian mystical tradition) to consider what it might mean for us to incorporate silence, stillness, and solitude into our own spiritual practices.

Douglas E. Christie, Ph.D., is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Sacred Earth webcast with John Philip Newell

Growing Beloved Community – Celtic Roots for Justice In Action

When: Wednesday, March 1, 2023 07:00 PM
Where: Online

Join us for the next episode of Sacred Earth: Growing Beloved Community where leading spiritual teacher John Philip Newel in conversation with Bishop Marc Andrus and Dr. M. Paloma Pavel shares how Celtic spirituality—listening to the sacred around us and inside of us—can help us heal the earth, overcome our conflicts, and reconnect with ourselves.


“Through Holy Week with Mary Magdalene”

Now $29.95 – 25% off from the regular $39.95

In this recording, Cynthia Bourgeault restores Mary Magdalene as a central figure in the Paschal mystery. She models that the transformed human heart bridging the finite and the infinite as eros is surmounted and taken to the place where “love is stronger than death.” This is a spiritual path founded on the redeeming love of Jesus and passed on to the disciples by Mary Magdalene. Through Mary Magdalene’s witnessing and “substituted love,” we come to understand how the human heart is the gateway to the transformational mystery.

This set of talks deserves serious consideration by all Christians interested not only in their own spiritual journey, but also in the future of Christianity as the incarnational faith embodying the way of kenotic love – the way to the cosmic Christ spirit.

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