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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

Feb 26 - Apr 12, 2020

Lent/Holy Week 2020 – An Invitation To a Virtual Retreat with Bill Redfield


I would like to invite you to this Virtual Lent and Holy Week Retreat. This is an innovative Wisdom approach to movement through Lent and our preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Participation in this retreat can be done on one’s own schedule and in one’s own home. While it will provide a certain structure to the duration of this sacred period—from Ash Wednesday, February 26, through Easter Sunday, April 12—there is enough variation and flexibility that it is for people with “full time lives.”

While other brief practices may be suggested along the way, this retreat will be comprised by two basic components:
1. Every Wednesday and Sunday during Lent participants will be given a link to a Guided Reflection. These recordings will be about 20-25 minutes in length and can be listened to at any point throughout this period. These reflections will be the main connecting threads that will weave the themes of the whole retreat together. Then, starting on Palm Sunday, April 5, and continuing throughout Holy Week, right up to Easter Sunday, April 12, there will be one Guided Reflection each day.

2. There will be two scheduled Zoom gatherings each week during Lent. These one hour gatherings will take place on Mondays at 7 am (EST) and 7 pm (EST). Because of peoples’ other commitments as well as the difficulties with time zones, not everyone will be able to participate in these. That’s OK; they are completely optional. These are, however, opportunities to process and integrate the material as well as connect with other Wisdom students across the country and the globe.

I want this Lent and Holy Week Retreat to be available to all, regardless of ability to pay. It is my gift to you, but your donation could represent your gift back to me. Rather than regarding this as a “fee” or “price” for the program “up front,” I would much prefer your donation be part of your response to the entirety of the program and come at its conclusion. There is a PayPal button (“Support through donation”) on my website. If you would prefer to send a check, my address is: 234 Cushing Road, Newmarket, NH 03857.)

Access to this retreat’s website page is password protected in order to preserve a container of trust and safety. It is necessary, therefore, that you specifically sign up. This sign up will trigger the regular E-mails being sent to you. The first will give you the link and password to access the Lent and Holy Week Retreat. This format will also allow me to send materials, instructions, and any changes directly to you.

To register please go to: 

To download a flyer for the event, click here.

Mar 4 - Jun 9, 2020

Introductory Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault


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.

Mar 10, 2020

Wisdom Way of Knowing with Marcella Kraybill-Greggo

The Urban Well at St. James — Lancaster, PA

For a better relationship with yourself, your God and your community

Join Marcella Kraybill-Greggo for this second of three gatherings on how to use the rhythm and tools of Cynthia Bourgeault’s classic The Wisdom Way of Knowing—an integral way of knowing that engages and harmonizes our three intelligence centers: heart, body and mind. Together we will explore ways to weave the different components of Wisdom into our daily life and spiritual practice with a balance of centering, teaching, lectio divina and gentle body prayer. Each session has a unique focus. No required reading or prior experience necessary, nor is one session a prerequisite for the next session.

Marcella will be at Saint James on March 10 and April 21:

Tuesday, March 10, 9:30 AM – 4 PM  Registration deadline: March 6
Focusing on the movement and body centers

9:30 AM: Check-in with tea/coffee in the Narthex
10 AM: Session 1
12 – 1:30 PM: Lunch on your own (bring a bagged lunch to eat in the Parish House Forum Room or dine at a local restaurant)
1:30 – 3:15 PM: Session 2
3:15 – 4 PM: Closing session

COST: March 10 – $65

Click here to register for March 10

Tuesday, April 21, 9:30 AM – 4 PM  Registration deadline April 17
Focusing on the mind and intellectual centers and how to fully integrate all three centers


9:30 AM: Check-in with tea/coffee in the Narthex
10 AM: Session 1
12 – 1:30 PM: Lunch on your own (bring a bagged lunch to eat in the Parish House Forum Room or dine at a local restaurant)
1:30 – 3:15 PM: Session 2
3:15 – 4 PM: Closing session

COST: April 21- $65

Click here to register for April 21

Click here for The Urban Well site listing of the events.

For more information, contact Nancy LeVasseur.

Click here for The Urban Well flyer.

Marcella Kraybill-Greggo
Lancaster County native Marcella Kraybill-Greggo is a teacher, spiritual director, and dynamic participant in the wisdom school community. She lives in Bethlehem, PA with her husband and 11 year old daughter, and spent her early years in Tanzania, Africa as a child of medical missionaries. Marcella is co-director of the Spiritual Direction Graduate Certificate Program at Moravian Theological Seminary as well as the Clinical Director for Moravian’s MA in Clinical Counseling. Marcella holds a Master’s in Social Work along with a certificate in Spiritual Direction. Marcella is a student of Wisdom, serves as VP of Cynthia Bourgeault’s Northeast Wisdom Board, leads 8 month trainings in the Practices of Wisdom classes, and facilitates local Wisdom Schools.

Mar 12-15, 2020

Engaging the Enneagram as Wisdom Practice with Jeanine Siler Jones

Rock Point Retreat Center — Burlington, VT

Know your conditioning so your heart can be a more faithful instrument.
     ~ Cynthia Bourgeault

Join us as we come together and experience a practical engagement of the Wisdom lineage through the lens of the Enneagram. How can this map illuminate our habitual patterns so that we might soften our identification and participate in life more directly and authentically? How might it guide us in tracking all three centers of knowing so that we bring more of ourselves into Presence? How might we surrender more fully our attachments and habits as we shift the quality of our attention and open into the possibility of a more immediate and reciprocal relationship with the Divine in our lives?

With alert observation and surrendered mind, find the moment when thought arises before it gets attached to emotions/habits.

We will follow a Wisdom School rhythm with meditation, sacred chanting, Lectio Divina, movement and mindful work. We will engage somatic and attention practices, exploring the Wisdom roots of the Enneagram, and tracking what jams the signals around our hearts. Together we will create a walking Enneagram and let this ancient symbol teach us. We will play with listening, silence and sharing, and there will be free time to integrate, rest and explore the beauty of Rock Point.

For more information please see the flyer here.

To register and for any questions please contact Craig at csmith@diovermont.org or at 802-863-3431 by February 15, 2020 (online registration is temporarily unavailable).

Retreat begins: Thursday March 12 with registration 3:30 ~ 5:30. Our first gathering will be at 5:30.

Retreat ends: Sunday March 15, 2020 after lunch (about 1:30).

The cost of the retreat is $420 for a single room, $330 for a shared room and $250 for commuters. Cost includes all meals and lodging. Limited scholarship help is available.

Jeanine Siler Jones, LCSW, is a therapist at Siler Jones Counseling in Asheville, North Carolina and has been an Enneagram teacher for 15 years. In 2009 she dove deeply into Wisdom work, playing with the Wisdom roots of the Enneagram as Gurdjieff brought it to the West. Jeanine works with people interested in spiritually integrated therapy, is a primary igniter of Wisdom School Southeast, a contemplative group and Wisdom School retreat leader in the lineage of Cynthia Bourgeault. Jeanine holds a Master’s degree in Social Work, a Certificate in Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is trained as a Wisdom infused Spiritual Director from Moravian Theological Seminary. Read more about her in Northeast Wisdom’s Seedlings.

In collaboration with the Rockpoint Wisdom Community. For venue information see The Rock Point Center and The Rock Point Intentional Community.

Mar 29 - Apr 3, 2020

Imaginal Wisdom School 2020 with Cynthia Bourgeault

Valle Crucis Conference Center — Banner Elk, NC

Join Cynthia at Valle Crucis Conference Center—a lovely, rustic retreat setting in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina—where Cynthia has offered Wisdom Schools since 2012.

When: Sunday evening, March 29 – Friday lunch April 3, 2020
Where: Valle Crucis Conference Center, Valle Crucis, North Carolina
Cost*: Non-refundable Deposit: $300, Double Occupancy: $1,100, Single Occupancy: $1,400
Register and pay by filling out the form at the bottom of this page, or register HERE.
*We have a limited number of scholarships available. See the registration form for more information.

Questions? E-mail Robbin Brent

Following is an excerpt from a three-part exploration of the Imaginal Realm, written by Cynthia.

The term “imaginal realm” has its immediate provenance in Islamic mysticism, but the idea itself—if truth be told, an archetype more than an idea—is common to all the great sacred traditions. It is traditionally understood to be a boundary realm between two worlds, each structured according to its own governing conventions and unfolding according to its own causality. In traditional metaphysical language, it is the realm separating the denser corporeality of our earth plane from the progressively finer causalities which lie “above” us in the noetic and logoic realms. Put more simply, it separates the visible world from realms invisible but still perceivable through the eye of the heart. In fact, this is what the word “imagination” specifically implies to in its original Islamic context: direct perception through this inner eye, not mental reflection or fantasy.

I say “boundary,” but the imaginal world is actually more of a confluence, for the word “boundary” suggests a separation while what is really at stake in this realm is an active flowing together. “Where the two seas meet” is a beautiful Sufi metaphor to convey the essence of what actually happens here. The imaginal realm is a meeting ground, a place of active exchange between two bandwidths of reality. That is how its cosmic purpose is fulfilled and—I will attempt to demonstrate shortly—the way in which it can be most fruitfully understood.

Following are links to Cynthia’s three-part exploration series on the Imaginal, offered on the Northeast Wisdom website:

Part 1 of 3: Introducing the Imaginal
Part 2 of 3: Where is the Imaginal Realm Located?
Part 3 of 3: Is the Imaginal Realm Real?

Apr 14-18, 2020

Second Year Intensive Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault

Glastonbury Benedictine Abbey — Hingham, MA

Closed group, open only to second year students in the Living School.

To find out more about the Living School please contact CAC, https://cac.org/