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Jan 28 - Jun 23, 2020

Northeast Wisdom Book Discussion Zoom Group

Live Online Book Discussion Group

Wisdom Way of Knowing:
Reclaiming an Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart
by Cynthia Bourgeault (2003)

Once a month starting in 2020 ~ January through June

Note: this class is now full. Please stay tuned for upcoming Northeast Wisdom online groups to be announced!

The Wisdom way of knowing is about using our whole being to see. We can prepare our hearts to awaken–and re-awaken–and perceive using “more of us,” not just “knowing more.” Our heart knows the way.

In our 6 month Tuesday book discussion group we will intentionally cultivate Wisdom knowing through:

  • Supportive group discussions connected with readings in The Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault – 1 chapter a month
  • Mindful attentional practices
  • Meditation
  • Body movements and sacred gesture

This book discussion group experience is designed for seekers who want to cultivate a deeper connection with the Wisdom tradition which lies at the headwaters of all sacred paths. As we come together in community, seeking inspiration and practices for our awakening, we will leave with a felt sense of our deepening presence and how we can be of service in the world.

Contribute: Suggested donation of $60 to Northeast Wisdom, or any amount that is sustainable for you. You may donate to Northeast Wisdom online by following this link, click on the yellow “Donate” button. Please include in the memo line “Wisdom Way of Knowing Book Group”. Thank you.

Platform:  Zoom…so a computer with an eye is needed, along with a free download of zoom. Earbuds are suggested for clarity of hearing.

From The Wisdom Way of Knowing Forward by Thomas Moore:

“Here is where I think this book on the Wisdom tradition has great value. This is not a wishy-washy sermon advocating wisdom in some generic sense. It gets down to the particulars of ancient teachings, the tough and challenging parts, that aim at spiritual intelligence and a carefully examined way of life… I welcome this carefully crafted book and recommend it to any reader looking into an uncertain future, feeling insufficiently prepared for the challenges of a complex culture of the twenty-first century. You don’t need factual knowledge as much as you need the special kind of wisdom described in these pages. Take the vision offered here and create your own path, guided by centuries of sharp, perceptive insight into the spiritual life….”

Sponsored by Northeast Wisdom

 “As one’s level of being increases, receptivity to higher meaning increases.
As one’s being decreases, the old meanings return.”  
~ Maurice Nicoll

Mar 3 - Jun 30, 2020

Wisdom Meditation-Ongoing


Wisdom Zoom Meditation Continues at least through June 30!

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

Mondays at 7:00pm EDT with Susan Cooper

Wednesdays at 10:30am EDT with Marcella Kraybill-Greggo

Wednesdays at 7pm EDT with Al Krema

Fridays at 10:30am EDT with Heather Ruce

Fridays at 7pm EDT with Heather Ruce or Elizabeth Combs


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

Much love, health and light to all,


Mar 4 - Jun 9, 2020

Introductory Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault


Please note: Registration Now Closed

Cynthia Bourgeault is a long-time student of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths and is a core faculty member of the CAC and Living School. Christian Wisdom teachings have been around since the earliest days of Christianity; Cynthia teaches from that ancient perspective in ways that suit today’s world. Arising from a residential Wisdom School that Cynthia led for 200 students, the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) has created an online course that integrates her teachings, small group work and contemplative practice to offer an embodied experience.

Wisdom isn’t something you get from a guru or a reward for performing certain actions. Wisdom is about inner work and transformation. Wisdom isn’t knowing more; it’s knowing more deeply, with more of yourself. Wisdom is caught more than taught. This course explores the Wisdom way of knowing and growing. Cynthia invites us to awaken to our yearning for a different kind of presence and to develop the skills, knowledge, and actions for our own transformation.

No prior experience with Cynthia’s Wisdom Schools is required; however we do recommend some familiarity with Cynthia’s books or talks. This course serves as the prerequisite to any of the advanced Wisdom Schools Cynthia provides.

The course will:

  • Cultivate a Wisdom rhythm in your daily life through reflection and engagement with contemplative practices and teachings.
  • Expand your awareness of the Christian Wisdom path and its relevance to our realities today.
  • Develop contemplative practice(s) to engage and embody these teachings.
  • Connect and learn with others on the journey toward living in a Wisdom way.

Approach: in this unique, 14-week online course, you will have opportunities to:

  • Interact with fellow learners from around the world.
  • Participate in a guided study through videos and readings from Cynthia Bourgeault and others.
  • Engage in personal reflection and contemplative practice.
  • Enjoy 24/7 access to the course material.
  • Explore new material every week (released Wednesday mornings, US Mountain Time).
  • Invest 2-4 hours per week in the reading, online discussion, and personal reflections.

Registration: closes one week before the course opens or as soon as the course fills, whichever comes first. Click here for online registration.

Cost: $195 per person. To apply for financial assistance, please complete the online Financial Assistance Form at least 1 week before registration is scheduled to close. Please do not register for the online course until your request for financial assistance has been processed.

Date: March 4 – June 9, 2020

In support of this course, Northeast Wisdom will post study groups on our Practice Circles page. There, participants will be able to find groups that are gathering together for the course. If you already have a group, please let us know by submitting your Practice Circle information using the form on that page. Thank you!

Please note: for impressions gathered from the 2019 online “Introductory Wisdom School” we encourage you to see the reflections of teaching assistants and participants in the Breaking Ground section of this site. Here are the links:  Field Notes I: Cynthia’s First-Ever Online Wisdom School and Field Notes II.

May 6 - Aug 11, 2020

The Divine Exchange Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault


Please note: Registration Now Closed

On May 6 Cynthia’s Wisdom School, The DIVINE EXCHANGE, is launching as an e-course through CAC. Join Cynthia as she leads you on a path of discovery through The Divine Exchange, her metaphysical framework for the Christian Wisdom tradition. Cynthia teaches on the power of exchange: giving and receiving in a framework that embraces everything—information, goods, energy, sustenance, etc. She weaves that give-and-take into an interdependence of existence that is dynamically and divinely animated.

Course Objectives:

  • Cultivate a Wisdom rhythm in your daily life through reflection and engagement with contemplative practices and teachings.
  • Expand your awareness of the Divine Exchange and its relevance to our realities today.
  • Deepen your contemplative practice(s) to engage and embody these teachings.
  • Connect and learn with others on the journey toward living in a Wisdom way.


In this unique, 14-week online course, you will have opportunities to:

  • Interact with fellow Wisdom students from around the world.
  • Participate in a guided study through videos and readings from Cynthia Bourgeault and other wisdom teachers.
  • Engage in personal reflection and contemplative practice.
  • Enjoy 24/7 access to the course material.
  • Explore new material every week (released Wednesday mornings, US Mountain Time).
  • Invest 2-4 hours per week in the reading, online discussion, and personal reflections.

Note: This course has teachings that are built on Cynthia’s foundational material and would not work well for students new to this path. A prerequisite for this course is the online Introductory Wisdom School course or any of Cynthia’s introductory, in-person Wisdom Schools.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Thanks to Robbin Brent for your visionary video coverage and thanks to Phil Rogacki and CAC for facilitating the course with additional introductory videos and cohort groups with TA’s (Teaching Assistants) for personal integration.

May 30 - Jun 5, 2020

Maine Wisdom InGathering 2020 with Cynthia Bourgeault, Matthew Wright

Stonington, Maine — Stonington, Maine

Please note: Event has been cancelled.

Dear Friends,

Yesterday the Governor of Maine extended to May 15 her previous Executive Order prohibiting all rental lodging, all public gatherings of more than 10 people, and requiring a 14-day self-quarantine for all visitors entering the state. With this development, and with deep regret, we are announcing that the 2020 InGathering cannot go forward, even in the scaled-back version we had hoped might be possible. Although it is way too early to make any decisions now, it is not too early to begin thinking about a future InGathering—perhaps 2021 around our traditional time slot of early June.

Some of you have already let us know that you would not be attending, while others have been waiting for more clarity to emerge. Whichever is your situation, Northeast Wisdom is making available full refunds of all advance deposits—both for registration and for managed housing. As an organization Northeast Wisdom has entered into contracts and made deposits for various facilities in Stonington, which under normal circumstances could not be cancelled and would be non-refundable. It is unclear at this stage what will be the resolution with respect to these matters.

Those of you who choose to do so may leave part or all of your advance deposits with Northeast Wisdom as a tax-deductible contribution to help with this contingency if needed, or if we end up being released from our contractual obligations, as a general donation to our ongoing work in support of the Wisdom community. This suggestion is an option only if your resources easily permit, and you have an inclination to help defray these potential costs.

To request a full refund or partial refund please send an email with your information to us at InGathering2020@gmail.com, as soon as you can, but not later than June 15, when we will be finalizing the refund process. To facilitate the process please put REFUND in the subject line. If your payment was made online through our PayPal account, your refund will be made by credit to the account through which you paid. If you paid by check your refund will be made by check. You need to tell us to whom to write the check and include your mailing address.

As a personal note from the two of us, we want to let you know how very special it has been to serve our Wisdom Community as InGathering coordinators over the last several months. We cherish the interactions and opportunities we have had to get to know so many of you. We hope our paths will cross again, and in the meantime, we are keeping each of you in our hearts and prayers during these unsettling times. We are praying that all of our wisdom practices manifest much fruit.

Peace, Blessings, and Love to All,
Mary Ellen Jernigan and Eileen Clark

Overview. The 2020 InGathering program will begin on Saturday evening, May 30 and conclude on Friday, June 5, with our “Adventure Day.” While we strongly encourage participants to come for the entire week, we can accommodate a limited number of flexible arrangements for those with weekday or weekend commitments. The first session will be on Saturday evening in the Stonington Town Hall. On Sunday there will be a full day of activities including a special celebration of Pentecost. On Monday and continuing through Thursday we will settle into our regular Wisdom rhythms: morning and afternoon teachings, prayer, chant, conscious work, and a simple lunch together in the Odd Fellows Hall just across the street from the Town Hall. Evenings will have time for making connections and fellowship as well as Paulette Meier’s Quaker Chant Concert and Doug Hertler’s Thomas Merton play.

Cost: The program fee is $175 per individual and $225 per family unit, no matter its size. This fee covers our basic operational expenses and lunches on Monday through Thursday, which we will prepare as part of our practical work together. The basic fee applies to all participants, regardless of the number of days in attendance. In addition, you will have your accommodation costs in a variety of price ranges, transportation expenses, breakfast and dinner on your own, and whatever extra you want to plan for tourist adventures.

Registration Wait List. The event is now CANCELLED. Do not send any money at this time. If a space opens up, we will fill on a first-come, first-served basis. If we notify you of an opening prior to April 30, we will send you a registration link; a $75 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space. After April 30 the full program fee is due.

Accommodations. Stonington is a picturesque Maine fishing village with a variety of motel and rental housing options at a range of prices. You can either book your own accommodations or apply for a spot in one of our limited Northeast Wisdom booked houses. If you are booking your own, we recommend that you work with our local partners in Stonington at the Island Agency: http://www.islandrentalsmaine.com, or telephone the office at (207) 367-2828. Christina Carter at the Island Agency has worked to help find accommodations for our previous InGathering participants and knows the various possibilities well. Other internet-based agencies that are also reliable and experienced include http://www.vacationrentals.com and www.rentalsmaine.com, which is locally based in Blue Hill and can also be reached by phone at (207) 354-5444. If you have booked a house and have a room to spare and are looking to connect up with other InGathering participants who might like to join you, please let us know at ingathering2020@gmail.com.

Northeast Wisdom Managed Housing. Northeast Wisdom has rented three large houses in Stonington, where we are able to provide accommodations for twenty-five to thirty people depending on sleeping configurations: Harbor View (21 Seabreeze Ave), Harbor Heights (19 Seabreeze Ave), and Sea Cake (15 Seabreeze Ave). The cost of a room in these houses ranges from $400 to $675 for the entire week. If a room is shared with another person (whether by sharing a double bed or two people with twin beds) the price per person will be more modest. Each of these houses has a kitchen for meal preparation. After you have registered for the InGathering, we will work with you to find the optimal configuration for your requirements and budget. If this option appeals to you, please act quickly to secure a room in one of these houses, by contacting us at ingathering2020@gmail.com. Include your name, a phone # and any helpful details about the accommodations. If needs be, we will look into renting additional space, but at the moment we cannot guarantee Northeast Wisdom sponsored housing beyond these already booked properties.

Payment: Since our contracts require us to pay in advance for these houses, we are asking for a non-refundable deposit of $100 to hold a room in one of these houses with non-refundable full payment due by April 30. This will give us the opportunity to try to find another person to use the room we are holding for you if your need to cancel. If we are able to reassign a cancelled room, we will refund all of the room payments you have made. After you have made tentative arrangements with us, we will send you the link for how to pay online or by mail.

Contact. Questions about the InGathering may be sent to the event managers Eileen Clark and Mary Ellen Jernigan at ingathering2020@gmail.com. If you would like to speak to either of them by phone, use this email address to give your phone number and the best times to call you.

Print out. If you’d like to have a hard copy of all this information, please download this document.

Jun 1-15, 2020

Love of Wisdom and the Wisdom of Love: An introduction to the vision of Raimon Panikkar with John Baker


An online series from the Center for Spiritual Deepening at St. Aidan’s
Three Monday evenings – June 1, 8 & 15, 7:30 pm

The work of theologians and philosophers is to move the conversation about ultimate things, to speculate and craft ideas in fragile words addressing what matters most to humanity. Our thinking about God and reality and what it means to be a living, conscious part of this vast universe changes over time. We experience that change when we find ourselves asking new questions about our faith, or we find that our traditions no longer speak to our situation. In such times we may be open to new voices that can lead us beyond the familiar into new territory.

Raimon Panikkar’s work as a theologian, philosopher, scientist, and priest begins with the understanding that a thinking, rational approach to problem solving, so common in the western world, can not adequately address our ultimate questions. As a leading voice in interreligious dialogue until his death in 2010, Panikkar introduces us to the possibility, common in other religions, of living in an awareness of God that does not require answers and explanations. As a mystic and visionary scholar he foresees a time when the faithful of the world’s religions will draw upon each other’s insights and wisdom in a common quest for deeper grounding in God.

Panikkar brings to his teaching his heart, his insistence on the importance of experience, his humor, and his love of wisdom, in which he encounters the wisdom of love. He imagines our approach to the divine being met by the realization that the object of our seeking is not an object at all, but a loving, responding part of reality with whom we have always been engaged.

Following our usual format of presentation and small group discussion, this series will introduce the writings of Raimon Panikkar and his passion for the divine, human, cosmic dance that includes us all.

John Baker is the Rector of St. Aidan’s parish and a part of the leadership team for the Center for Spiritual Deepening.

For more information, please send an email to info@centerforspiritualdeepening.org to request a link to this online offering.
Visit centerforspiritualdeepening.org for more information about the series and about the Center.

Jun 9-11, 2020

Entering the Bridal Chamber of the Heart: Exploring the Gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip with Matthew Wright


Led By: The Rev. Matthew Wright
Suggested Donation: $90

Tuesday, 9 June – Thursday, 11 June 2020, 10am and 2pm daily on Zoom

This 3 day retreat will explore the Christian Wisdom tradition, focusing on the Gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip.  These Wisdom Gospels came to light in the mid-20th century and give us new insight into the development of early Christianity, the metaphysics undergirding Jesus’ teaching, and the apostolic authority of Mary Magdalene.

Taken together, they offer us a coherent and luminous map of the journey from timelessness into time, and finally into conscious union–a journey that unfolds within what Jesus calls “the bridal chamber” of the human heart.  Come join us on the journey, as we chant, pray, and learn together.

A donation of $15/session ($90 for all six sessions) is suggested for this retreat, which you can offer at www.holycrossmonastery.com/donate or by sending a check payable to Holy Cross Monastery to P.O. Box 99, West Park, NY 12493. Please put “luminous gospels” in the memo line of your donation. No one will be required to donate in order to join the sessions.

Register online: www.holycrossmonastery.com/events/luminous-gospels

Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest, retreat leader, and long-time student of Cynthia Bourgeault.  He serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY and as a teacher for Northeast Wisdom and the Contemplative Society, non-profits dedicated to the renewal of the Christian Wisdom tradition. Matthew and his wife, Yanick, live alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery.