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Mar 3 - Jul 31, 2020

Wisdom Meditation-Ongoing


Wisdom Zoom Meditation Continues at least through July 31!

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

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

Much love, health and light to all,


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.

Jun 10 - Jul 29, 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: 958 3087 8540
Password: chant

Jun 16 - Jul 14, 2020

Taoist Practices for Our Emergent Reality: Grounding, Embodying and Extending Our Hearts with Allen Bourque


A Weekly Zoom Course Tuesdays 5-6:15PM
Starts June 16, 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. Since these practices touch on all aspects of our being, they can be particularly helpful during this time of so much uncertainty.

During this 5-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 one hour a week via Zoom for 5 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 $125, or $20 per class. 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.

Aug 4-9, 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 Tuesday, August 4 to 1:30pm Sunday, August 9, 2020
Cost: $475 per person, single rooms only. This group will gather as a small group in person respecting social distancing.
Registration link: https://giving.ncsservices.org/App/Form/ee8560f7-3eaf-496e-9bde-a3133897ef99

Aug 18-20, 2020

Julian of Norwich: A Voice for our Time with Matthew Wright


What does Lady Julian of the 14th century have to offer to the 21st century seeker?

Thomas Merton said, “Julian is without doubt one of the most wonderful of all Christian voices. She gets greater and greater in my eyes as I grow older…”

This online retreat will explore Lady Julian’s teachings on the Divine Feminine, the mercy of God, and contemplative prayer, while dialoguing her with other 14th century voices (including the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing) as well as contemporary mystics.

Join us to find out what this mystic can tell us about self-isolation, physical distancing, food delivery, and loving God and the world!

Date: Tuesday, August 18—Thursday, August 20, 2020
Time: 10am and 2pm daily on Zoom Pacific Time, 1pm and 5pm daily Eastern Time
Registration opens: June 30, 2020
Fee: $100

Go to www.contemplative.org or contact admin@contemplative.org for registration information.

Click here to download the flyer.

Sponsored by The Contemplative Society.

Aug 31 - Sep 25, 2020

Thomas Keating’s “The Secret Embrace” with Cynthia Bourgeault


Father Thomas Keating is widely known as the co-founder of the Centering Prayer movement and a master teacher of contemplative prayer and devotion. In a final of creative energy during early winter 2018 — the last winter of his life — he and his nephew, filmmaker Peter Jones, worked intensely for three months, pooling their respective artistic gifts to create an extraordinary, visually stunning collection of eight small poems, haiku like in their leanness and breathtaking in their wisdom. They are, essentially Thomas’s final will and testament, his spiritual legacy to the world.

These poems electrified the audience when Cynthia Bourgeault first presented them in a three-day live webinar. The interactive course explores these poems in even greater depth. Even if you, like Fr. Keating, do not consider yourself particularly a poetry lover, we trust that you will still find plenty here to fire your imagination and fuel your journey.

This brand new e-course will allow you to glimpse, through their shimmering facets, key aspects of his final journey of transfiguration. The whole course will be set on the foundation of the question “How do we live in this world of pain and uncertainty with the courage and unity that come for turning toward the stillness, the transfiguration?

Cynthia will cover several key themes:

  • the dark night passage
  • divinization
  • unitive life
  • the transfiguration (rather than dismantling) of the false self.

When you sign up for this e-course, you will receive 12 emails, sent to you on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Each will include:

  • a short commentary on the poem of the day (some lasting two days)
  • some questions for reflection
  • a daily practice
  • an invitation to be part of the Practice Circle, a forum open 24-7 for the worldwide community of this e-course to share thoughts and questions, with Cynthia’s guidance.

Included in the course will also be an hour-long Zoom gathering with Cynthia (time and date to be arranged).

Cynthia is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader. She divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths. Cynthia is a core faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation alongside fellow teachers and colleagues James Finley, Richard Rohr, Barbara Holmes, and Brian McLaren. She is profiled in S&P’s Living Spiritual Teachers project, and this will be the 11th e-course she has offered through us.

Please join us to journey deeper with these poems and with the final message Thomas Keating leaves to us through them.

4 CEHs for Chaplains available.

Click here to register on the Spirituality & Practice site.