Zoom Recording

The Faces of Mary : An Online Retreat Recording

Facilitated by Rev. Matthew Wright

With additional facilitation and introduction by Heather Ruce

On April 20th 2024, The Contemplative Society (TCS) hosted The Faces of Mary: An Online Retreat with Rev. Matthew Wright. This retreat was facilitated by the TCS Board of Directors and featured and introduction from with Heather Ruce, and teaching by Rev. Matthew Wright. The Zoom recording of this retreat is now being offered as a video recording.


This Zoom video recording includes 2.5 hours of recorded sessions.


We will embark on a journey of contemplation and action inspired by Mary’s role (and our own) as Theotokos–God-bearer.

In this sacred space, we will delve into the profound significance of reclaiming the Marian icon for our own lives, ranging from her historical dimensions as a prophet of God’s fierce compassion, and, in her later years, a contemplative elder or “holy crone,” to her cosmic dimensions as Black Madonna and Womb of Creation.

In this time of ecological collapse, we recognize the urgency of bringing the Divine Mother back into our lives, understanding that her presence is essential for nurturing our devotional hearts and guiding us towards a path of reverence and stewardship for all of creation.

Join us for this time of spiritual practice, teaching, and reflection as we draw on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, the mysticism of Thomas Merton, Holy Scripture, and the writings of early saints, discovering Mary as a face of the God-birthing dimension of our own souls.

Please see Our Team page for more information about our facilitators.


The Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest and gifted retreat leader working to renew the Christian Wisdom tradition within a wider interspiritual context.  A longtime student of Cynthia Bourgeault, he serves as a teacher for Wisdom Waypoints and The Contemplative Society.  Matthew is also a student within the Mevlevi Sufi tradition under the guidance of Shaikh Kabir and Camille Helminski. He lives with his wife and two cats in Woodstock, NY, where he serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church.

Heather Ruce, 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.