Fundamentally, Wisdom describes a lineage of spiritual knowledge and practice that is principally concerned with the alchemy of transformation. It is not about knowing more, but about knowing more deeply, and can be recognized by an alert, present-moment awareness and a compassionate intelligence. The spiritual practices of attention and surrender are the banks between which Wisdom flows. In the Christian lineage, Wisdom teaching builds on a strong foundation of traditional mystical teaching and contemplative practice but approaches them through the contemporary lenses of mindfulness and nondual awakening. We engage with the other great sacred Wisdom traditions of humankind through interspiritual dialogue, shared practice, and worship, but cognizant of our deep rootedness in the Christian tradition.
As an international Wisdom network continues to grow organically, every region has its own unique character and priorities. Ours is shaped by the fact that we’re relatively compact geographically (New England and the Mid-Atlantic states) and that founding teacher Cynthia Bourgeault resides in our midst. This naturally directs our emphasis toward local practice circles and smaller residential retreats led by Cynthia and an emerging crop of Wisdom teachers, particularly among the younger generation. We consider this shaping of the next generation of Wisdom transmission to be one of our top priorities.
Our practice centers
Through the generous bequest of founding member Helen Daly, Northeast Wisdom has available to us a beautiful and gracious center for our Wisdom work, Hallelujah Farm. Located in Chesterfield, NH, just across the river from Brattleboro, Vermont, this spacious and secluded compound, consisting of two traditional New England farmhouses meticulously restored with Wisdom work in mind, offers a wonderful and centrally located venue for our regional and local gatherings and is home for our quarterly practice circles. For larger events, we partner with a number of monasteries and retreat centers in the areas.
The backbone of our work, of course, are the local practice circles which meet in churches and private homes throughout the region. For a closer look at what’s going on where, click on the link to our Practice Circles page.
Our mission statement
TRANSMIT the Christian Wisdom tradition through teaching retreats, Wisdom Schools, conferences, online courses, and other delivery formats, as deemed appropriate.
NURTURE the Wisdom community across the country and around the world through an active communications network and regular opportunities for online exchange, fellowship and practice.
PREPARE an emerging crop of Wisdom leaders, particularly among the younger generation.
ENGAGE with the other great sacred Wisdom traditions of humankind through interSpiritual dialogue, shared practice, and worship, always cognizant of our deep rootedness in the Christian tradition.