MP3 Recording

The Web of Life: A Retreat for Contemplative Solidarity

Facilitated by Heather Ruce and Cynthia Bourgeault

With additional facilitation by Lorie Martin, Jesse Burson, Therese DesCamp, Henri Lock.

From November 20 to 23 2023, The Contemplative Society (TCS) hosted The Web of Life: A Retreat for Contemplative Solidariy, at Loon Lake Retreat Centre in Maple Ridge, B.C.. This retreat was facilitated by the TCS Board of Directors and featured sessions with Heather Ruce, and Cynthia Bourgeault. The recording of this retreat is now being offered as an MP3.


This MP3 includes 16.5 hours of recorded sessions.


How do contemplatives engage the world when forest fires, floods, and political uproar are happening in our own backyards? How do we stand in contemplative wisdom and be present in depth to the beauty and suffering inherent to the web of life on this blue-green planet?

With an intention of stabilizing ourselves in compassion, discernment, forbearance, creativity, and spiritual strength and courage, we’ll take a deep dive into contemplative solidarity and imaginal practices, as well as centering prayer, lectio divina, chant, movement, and silence.

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


Cynthia Bourgeault, PhD, is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader. She divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and tending to a global network of students and practitioners.  Cynthia is a founding director and teacher for The Contemplative Society.  Find all her offerings at

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