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Mar 3 - Nov 30, 2020

Wisdom Meditation-Ongoing


Wisdom Zoom Meditation Continues!

There has been an arising among many of us in our Wisdom collective…to FIND A WAY to gather virtually, during this time. This crisis offers us the opportunity to gather prayers and intentions from all around the world. Our technical ability to CONNECT ACROSS THE GLOBE has ‘prepared us well’ for such a moment as this and RISES TO MEET US as we engage in NEW ways of CONNECTING as a Wisdom community.

To that end….

We will continue to offer a 30 minute collective Wisdom Pause “for Silence and Stillness” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These PAUSES (Virtual Wisdom Practice Opportunities) will be offered twice a day at 10:30am EDT (7:30 am PDT) and 7pm EDT (4:00pm PDT), on M/W/F.

Wisdom members of our collective will be leading each sit, with a time for chant, and meditation/stillness in each Zoom gathering. If you have never worked with zoom before, all you need to do is download the free ZOOM App, and then CLICK on the highlighted ZOOM address below, during the scheduled time of each gathering.

Below are the zoom links:

Important: all zoom Wisdom Sits will now be PASSWORD PROTECTED. The PASSWORD for ALL sits is: wisdomsit


Mondays at 10:30am EDT with Elizabeth Combs and Jeanine Siler Jones

Mondays at 7:00pm EDT with Jennifer England, on behalf of The Contemplative Society, British Columbia, Canada
Meeting ID: 839 9253 0859

Wednesdays at 10:30am EDT with Kristy Christian
Meeting ID: 345 124 5537

Wednesdays at 7pm EDT with Beth O’Neil from Australia

Fridays at 10:30am EDT with Heather Ruce

Fridays at 7pm EDT with Bill and Sarah Britten

STAYING CONNECTED is part of our health as well as our OFFERING for our world!

Much love, health and light to all,


Jun 10 - Dec 9, 2020

Contemplative Chant Online and Ongoing: Thirty Minute Chant Sessions with Susan Latimer, Elizabeth Combs


Contemplative Chant Online and Ongoing: Thirty Minute Wednesday Chant Sessions Offered Weekly

Chanting is a wonderful practice for bringing both the Moving Center (body, breath, tone) and the Emotional Center (open heart) online. It is a spiritual practice that opens our hearts, nourishes our nervous systems, prepares us for prayer and meditation as a bridge into stillness, and connects us to our innate joy, courage, steadfastness, peace, beauty, truth and goodness.

In times of great uncertainty and change, we find chant to be one of the things that most grounds us. These sessions draw chants from Wisdom Schools, various spiritual and religious traditions, sacred texts, old hymns and poetry.

Because of the limitations of synching sound on Zoom, all participants are muted except for the one leading. This allows everyone to chant along in their own space. (Great if you are shy about sharing your voice! Fun if you like to try harmonies!) To join, just click on the zoom link below.

ALL are welcome.


From Susan Latimer:
Chanting is my go-to practice for grounding, centering, heart-opening, healing. When I was unable to do Centering prayer during my 8 months of treatment for stage 3 breast cancer (2017) I chanted. I am a singer, pianist, Episcopal priest, and mom of two grown sons. Last summer I moved back home to Southern CA after 35 years on the East Coast. I have been blessed by connections in this Wisdom community since 2015, and started writing Wisdom chants soon after. I have learned much about the spirituality of the voice from my work with Therese Schroeder-Sheker. This March I felt called to offer a chance for folks to gather on Zoom and chant together. Soon afterwards my friend Elizabeth Combs joined me.

From Elizabeth Combs:
I have been chanting and singing my whole life, and it is the practice that most grounds me in my heart. I remember singing Southern Baptist hymns as my first prayer of breath and vibration. I found my way to Wisdom chant through Cynthia’s Wisdom schools, after many years chanting Sanskrit mantras in the yogic tradition. I enjoy creating chants and like to play my crystal bowls and shruti box outside in the trees. At other times, I can be found caring for clients in my energy balancing practice, crafting herbal remedies or hanging out with my son Jack.

Come to sing with Susan and Elizabeth as they lead thirty minutes of Contemplative Chant via Zoom every Wednesday at 3 PM PT/6 PM ET.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 835 2145 7734
Password: chant

If you’d like to download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system, here’s the link

Oct 29 - Dec 3, 2020

Embodying Our Hearts: Ancient and Modern Taoist Wisdom Practices with Allen Bourque


A 6-week Zoom course Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 pm
Starts October 29, 2020

Since ancient times, the foundation of Taoist practices is the unity of body, mind, spirit and, yes, heart: and, indeed, the core includes the relational. This course is designed specifically to introduce Taoist practices to Wisdom students. A focus this session will be developing, strengthening and consciously living within our energy fields.

During this 6-week online course, we will learn practices that:

  • calm and strengthen our nervous systems to assist in diminishing the pull to hyperarousal (or depression), and in drawing us toward greater availability to Spirit.
  • deepen breathing to strengthen our lungs and immune systems.
  • increase awareness through practices to integrate our inner and outer experience.
  • are easily incorporated into daily life and can have strong and clear effects when done regularly.  

Classes will include moving practices, meditation practices and dialog.

We will meet for 1 1/2 hours a week via Zoom for 6 weeks.  By the end of the course, you will have sufficient familiarity with the practices to continue on your own.

No previous tai chi or qigong experience is required. An intention to practice at least 10 minutes a day (preferably 20) for the duration of the course will make your participation most beneficial. The course will be interactive and is limited to 8 participants.

Allen Bourque is a long time Centering Prayer practitioner. He has been studying tai chi and other Taoist practices for nearly 30 years, and with Cynthia Bourgeault since 2013.  He’s been studying the intersection of Taoism and Wisdom Christianity for several years and is now delving into the Gurdjieff exercises from Joseph Azize’s new book Gurdjieff: Mysticism, Contemplation & Exercises. Visit Allen’s website at Contemplative Movement: – Integrating Spiritual Practice with Daily Life

To register: email me: allen.bourque@gmail.com 

Suggested contribution is $150. If this is a hardship for you, please let me know.
If you can pay more, the additional contribution will support those who couldn’t otherwise join the course.

Dec 2-6, 2020

Introductory Wisdom School with Heather Ruce

Mary & Joseph Retreat Center — Rancho Palos Verdes, CA


This Introductory Wisdom School will use Cynthia Bourgeault’s e-course teachings to explore our three centers of intelligence, the Rule of St. Benedict, and the Wisdom tradition as the Way of the Heart so that we might show up in the world as more conscious planetary servants. Heather Ruce will facilitate the integration of Cynthia’s transmissions and invite a ‘wisdom way of knowing’ through a daily rhythm of periods of video teaching from Cynthia, centering prayer, chanting, mindful work, mindful movement, sharing, and contemplative free time.

Time: 6:00pm Wednesday, December 2 to 1:30pm Sunday, December 6, 2020
Cost: $475 per person, single rooms only. This group will gather as a small group in person respecting social distancing (permitting) or online.
Registration link: https://giving.ncsservices.org/App/Form/ee8560f7-3eaf-496e-9bde-a3133897ef99

Dec 4-8, 2020

The Infinite Within: Who We Are and What We Are Called To Be with Cynthia Bourgeault, Ilia Delio, Rami Shapiro, B. B.Taylor, Catherine Keller


An innovative online conference committed to the infinite potential of divine energy pervading cosmos, ecology, and culture—an overabundance of creative love within, capable of saving ourselves and our planet from our many 21st century challenges. The schedule takes in consideration “video fatigue” and never exceeds four hours per day and includes breaks. 

The Center for Christogenesis’s third annual Conference 2020 will offer a combination of recorded and live online programming, including plenary presentations, speaker panels, contemplative prayer practice, discussion rooms, and workshops. The conference will take place over four days (Friday – Tuesday) with the longest days being limited to four hours. Most programming will take place Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon, with optional workshops then available for signup on either Monday or Tuesday, based on registrant preference.

For more information, please follow this link.

Dec 7-11, 2020

Enneagram Global Summit with Cynthia Bourgeault


Embrace a compassionate lens to repair personal, interpersonal & global wounds; a free online event. Cynthia will be one of many speakers who will discuss ways to heal personal and relationship wounds through 9 essential pathways for transformation.

One distinct aspect of the Enneagram as a map to more compassionate living and heightened consciousness is that it can guide you to be the best version of your unique, multi-layered type.

It invites you to move beyond the limits of personality to awaken all nine aspects of being as a whole — sharing the gifts and healing abilities only you can bring to a world in distress.

Whether you’re relatively new to the Enneagram… a long-time Enneagram enthusiast already well-versed in the system’s profound opportunities… or you use it in a professional context, you’ll discover life-enhancing insights from the most renowned teachers in the field today.

You’ll reap the benefits of the long-earned wisdom from our experts on a wide array of topics relevant to our times. And you’ll receive invaluable insights about how to repair wounds not only in your own relationships, but also in the global community.

Click here for more information and to register.

Dec 10-15, 2020

Ground Luminosity Silent Teaching and Meditation Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault

Garrison Institute — Garrison, NY

This silent, Centering Prayer-based retreat will prepare practitioners enter more deeply into the Christian season of Advent, that mysterious liturgical “thin place” where light and darkness, birth and death, heaven and earth, apocalyptic rumblings and tender new birth all draw very close together. The mystically attuned heart can approach this cosmic wellspring—or wormhole— and begin to read here “the signs of the times,” drawing from it both the strength and lucidity to live courageously in a world apparently adrift. 

The purpose of this retreat will be to attune our hearts, both individually and collectively. Grounded in the rhythm of the classic Centering Prayer immersion retreat, our time together will include three daily periods of formal meditation, sacred chanting and body prayer, and teaching by Cynthia Bourgeault drawing particularly on Thomas Merton and Rumi, whose respective deaths (on December 10 and December 17) bookend this week and. anchor us in the cosmic heart from which all else flows.

Check in time is 3-6pm; departure after lunch.

Pricing Information

Commuter Rate (no bedroom)
Dorm Room
Double Room
Single Room
Total Fees by Room Choice.

This link will lead you to Garrison Institute’s page for registration.