Holy Week Wisdom Teachings:
Accompanying Jesus and Mary Magdalene through the Paschal Mystery

with Heather Ruce

From April 3rd to 6th 2023, The Contemplative Society hosted a Holy Week Silent Wisdom Retreat, facilitated by Heather Ruce at Bethlehem Retreat Centre. The video recording of this in-person and online retreat is now being offered as an E-Course.


This E-Course will walk you through the four-day retreat, divided into 2-8 recorded video sessions per day, for a total of over 16 hours of video.


Holy Week is more than a series of events surrounding the final days of Jesus’s earthy life that we are to commemorate. We can enter this sacred week from the inside as a way of mutual accompaniment in which we are concurrently embodying the postures of Jesus and Mary Magdalene through this timeless passage through death. Under the conditions of deep silence—weaving in the transformative currents of surrender, three centered presence, attention, and recollection—we will open ourselves to the intense life giving energy of the Paschal Mystery available to us that we might emerge with the steadfast knowing that ‘Love is as strong as death’ and we too are called to be bearers of that Love.

This retreat E-Course immerses us into a ‘wisdom way of knowing’ through a daily rhythm of mindful walking, centering prayer, teaching, reflection, ritual, Gurdjieff Exercises and Movements, chanting, and contemplative free time embedded in the Great Silence.

Retreat Leader: Heather Ruce

Heather, M.A., is a wisdom spiritual director companioning individuals and facilitating wisdom practice circles, groups, retreats, and wisdom schools focused on learning and practicing the Christian Wisdom Tradition. She offers teaching and guidance in various wisdom and mindfulness practices including Centering Prayer, Christian meditation, sacred chanting, lectio divina, conscious work and embodiment in service of waking up and putting on the mind of Christ. Find out more at heatherruce.com.