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Mar 3, 2020 - Feb 1, 2021

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 EST with Elizabeth Combs and Jeanine Siler Jones

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

Wednesdays at 10:30am EST with Marcella Kraybill-Greggo
Meeting ID: 839 2016 5157

Wednesdays at 7pm EST with Al Krema
Meeting ID: 885 7430 8139

Fridays at 10:30am EST with Jonathan Steele
Meeting ID: 861 4891 9062

Fridays at 7pm EST with Kristy Christian
Meeting ID: 345 124 5537

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

Much love, health and light to all,


Dec 2, 2020 - Jan 31, 2021

Hope, Grateful Living and Spiritual Practice in Uncertain Times: Video with Jennifer England



A conversation between Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast and climate change scientist, Dr. John England

In a lively and engaging conversation, two kindred spirits enjoy a surprising reconnection after forty years. Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast and scientist Dr. John England exchange wisdom, between Argentina to Canada, on how to orient ourselves in a time of global warming and polarization.

They offer insight and experience on how to root ourselves in authenticity, aliveness, and interdependence as we wrestle with challenging times. Weaving together science, spirituality, consciousness through story and friendship, Brother David and John England model what a ‘spirit of possibility’ looks and feels like–offering a deep and rich ground to anchor ourselves in the present moment.

We invite you to listen here to Hope, Grateful Living and Spiritual Practice in Uncertain Times: A conversation between Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast and climate change scientist, Dr. John England, hosted by Jennifer England.

Weave: inspiring leadership, hope and social change through stories that bind us together, is a project of Jennifer England. Founder of Spark Coaching and Consulting, Jennifer has been a senior executive and non-profit leader for over two decades who is widely recognized for her ability to influence systems change in the field of gender equality, justice, Indigenous rights, and wellness.

Jennifer is also a long-time student of Cynthia who has recently initiated a Wisdom Practice Circle in the Yukon. For more about Jennifer, visit her website here at Spark Coaching, as well as her Seedlings page here and her Wisdom North Collective Practice Circle in the Yukon here on the Practice Circles page (scroll down, last Circle listed).

Dec 9, 2020 - Apr 21, 2021

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
Password: chant

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Jan 6 - May 23, 2021

“How, Then, Shall We Live?” A Virtual Program with Bill Redfield


Short Summary. So much in our Wisdom work is finding a deeper understanding and appreciation of how things are. What usually is not quite so directly considered, however, is how we shall live. While this implies a mode of being and awareness, it also suggests a sense of agency.

With a weekly recording, weekly scheduled Zoom groups, and suggested spiritual practices—this program will run through the liturgical seasons of Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. Seeking to assist us to integrate deeper Wisdom understandings, it will address these mutually influencing questions—how we might live, how we might die, and how we might be transformed. Bill will be posting one recording a week (posted each Sunday) with two optional Friday Zoom gatherings each week. (During Holy Week, there will be one recording each day.) Despite the schedule, though, you are welcome to move through the program at your own speed.

Longer Explanation. So much in our Wisdom work is finding a deeper understanding and appreciation of how things are. In our work in this lineage stream we seem to pay particular attention to maps and understandings of consciousness, to the predilection of the nondual, to a deeper understanding of such dynamics as mercy and exchange. And this is important work.

What usually is not quite so directly considered, however, is, in and beyond these general understandings, the specific question of how—concretely—we shall live. While this implies a mode of being and awareness, it also suggests a sense of agency because it includes choice, action, and a sense of empowerment. Rather than the usual more philosophical treatise, then, I intend for this program to be eminently pragmatic and practical.

I have wanted to align this work with the liturgical seasons of Epiphany, Lent, and Easter, since this progression suggests a trajectory of manifestation, surrender, dying, and rising to new life. I find a deep coherence and Wisdom in this movement. This work, I hope, will be enhanced and deepened by this liturgical scaffolding. The purpose, however, will not be to study the scaffolding itself but to explore more deeply the levels of being and action that may influence our consideration of the guiding question, “how, then, shall we live?”

As in past programs, I will continue to use the means and methods that seem to work so well—recordings to carry the exploration and the teaching as well as Zoom groups to deepen the integration of the material and to develop a context of community and support for this work.

Because of the varied levels of time and opportunity on the part of participants, I encourage people to participate in this program at their own speed. Stretching over this five-month period, there will be one recording posted each week. These will routinely be about 45 minutes in length. But these will continue to be available beyond the season’s conclusion.

Again, I will utilize the Friday Zoom groups to deepen integration and to foster community. Meeting on Fridays at 9 am (Eastern) or 3 pm (Eastern), these gatherings are completely optional and will commence on Friday, January 15. Usually we will spend most of the hour in small breakout groups of three, addressing specific reflection questions. Participation is always welcomed, but consistent attendance is not required.

I have found the use of audio recordings to convey the teachings to be far more effective than the usual E-course format. There seems to be something about the vibratory resonance that calls forth the heart and the body, and not just the intellectual mind. Music is utilized not to sentimentalize the experience, but to deepen the vibratory intensity.

All of the orienting information and recordings will be available on a password protected page on my website for your continued access. This provides a container for our work that will provide safety and respect.

This program will include an inquiry into the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and will utilize relevant parts of the Gospel of Thomas and the other canonical Gospels. Additionally, specific practices will be introduced along the way.

Fee. This program is by donation. If you would like, I encourage you to donate at the end of the program. 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 its entirety and come at its conclusion. This program is my gift to you; your donation could represent your gift back to me. 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.

Sign Up. Go to my website (https://www.williamredfield.com) and fill out the brief form on the homepage. I will send you the link and password. If you have any questions or concerns, please E-mail me directly (bill@williamredfield.com).

Jan 14 - May 31, 2021

The Roots of Hope Run Deep: Timeless Wisdom to Guide a Perilous Passage with Cynthia Bourgeault


The Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault speaks of the Imaginal Roadmap: offering a much broader perspective on our planetary situation at this point: a map which renews hope while at the same time ratcheting up the demand for personal spiritual transformation.

Cynthia is passionately committed to the recovery of the Christian contemplative and wisdom traditions within an inclusive contemporary framework. She considers herself a “Wisdom Activist,” offering her work as a meeting ground where timeless spiritual wisdom (too often embalmed in esotericism) can powerfully engage the needs of our own times.

Hosted by Maurizio and Zaya Benazzo, this interview was recorded at the Wisdom in Times of Crisis online event through Science and Nonduality. Click here to watch The Roots of Hope Run Deep video.

Jan 19 - Feb 23, 2021

Taoist Wisdom Practices with Allen Bourque


“In turbulent times, Taoist practices can be an island of calmness, regeneration, and empowerment” ~ Don Ethan Miller                      

      A 6-week Zoom course Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 pm EST

Taoist practices (known in the West primarily through tai chi and qigong) have always assumed unity of body, mind and spirit.  They can bring us ever more deeply into what is essential and empower us to bring our deepening integrity out into the world.  The practices we will work with in this course, which is specifically designed for Wisdom students, will support us to: 

  • calm and strengthen our nervous systems, deepen breathing and help develop our overall well being, stamina and aliveness;
  • increase and integrate awareness of our inner and outer environments;
  • are easily incorporated into daily life and can have strong and clear effects when done regularly.

Although most class time is devoted to movement (and standing meditation!), sitting meditation and dialogue are essential components of our time together.

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. Visit Allen’s website at  Contemplative Movement: – Integrating Spiritual Practice with Daily Life

To register: email allen.bourque@gmail.com 

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

Jan 19, 2021

National Moment of Unity and Remembrance with Elizabeth Combs


Tuesday January 19, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 pm PT and 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET

Zoom gathering hosted by Elizabeth Combs

You are invited to join together to observe a National Moment of Unity and Remembrance in honor and memory of those who have died from COVID across our country and around the world.

In Wisdom practice circle style, we will chant, sit and at 5:30 pm ET we will ring bells along with people all over the US and the world, followed by more silence and meditation time. You are welcome to join for the whole hour or attend as your schedule allows. Please feel free to have a candle nearby, and bring your own bells or bowls for ringing if you like. All are welcome!

Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87587205005?pwd=UWxyYWhTLzl6RjdaSVBLeUlYTGhDdz09
Meeting ID: 875 8720 5005
Passcode: wisdomsit