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Apr 23-26, 2020

Introductory Wisdom School-cancelled with Bill Redfield

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center — West Hartford, CT

So sorry. Cancelled.

Wisdom describes a foundational lineage of spiritual knowledge that underlies all the world’s specific faith traditions and that outlines a manner of spiritual transformation. Participants will be introduced to the Wisdom Way of Knowing, including three-centered Knowing, Benedictine balanced living, and Heart-centered living. The balance and the rhythm of our time together cultivate and deepen the seedbed of the heart into which the teachings can be sown. A meditation practice is an assumed prerequisite.

Tuition: $250, plus accommodations
Commuter – $75
Private Room, Hall Bath – $225
Private Room, Private Bath – $500
Registration link: https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/calendar/wisdom-school

This retreat is co-sponsored with Copper Beech Institute.

Apr 24-26, 2020

Movement & Georgian Chant with Deborah Rose Longo, Andrew Breitenberg, Nana Mzhavanadze

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church — Raleigh, NC

Join us as we come together to learn two ancient forms of contemplative practice, both of which require community and reify communion – movement and chant. We will learn and practice movement in the form of the Gurdjieff Movements with Deborah Rose Longo and Andrew Breitenberg. We will learn chant in the form of ancient Georgian music with Nana Mzhavanadze, an internationally known teacher of Georgian Polyphonic singing.

The retreat is structured into two complimentary strands – Movements will unfold over 4 sessions, each 90 mins – 2 hours long. Georgian Singing will also be divided into 4 sessions, each 90 mins- 2 hours long. Participants may do EITHER of these strands (Movements but not Chanting, or vice versa), but all are encouraged to do both as they will complement one another energetically.

No prior experience with Movements or Georgian Chant/Singing is required! Participants do not need to be “dancers” – these movements are open and valuable to all who can stand/move! And Nana welcomes all as well – she specifically welcomes those who enjoy singing but don’t think of themselves as “singers.”

We are not providing lodging or meals for the retreat. There are many hotels nearby with reasonable rates, and we are going to try to house as many as possible with friends/church members. There are also restaurants within walking distance of the Chapel for easy lunch/dinners.

To register and for any questions please contact Karla Oakley at onewisdomlife@gmail.com.

There are TWO STRANDS of the retreat – Movement and Georgian Singing. People are encouraged to do both strands, but are welcome to participate in only one.


  • Registration Friday, April 24th from 11:30 – 1:00
  • First movement session 2:00 – 4:00PM Friday
  • Second movement session 8:00 – 10:00 Saturday
  • Third movement session 4:30 – 6:30 Saturday
  • Fourth movement session 8:00 – 9:15 Sunday


  • Registration Friday 4:00 – 6:00PM or Saturday 7:00 – 8:00AM
  • First singing session 10:00 – 12:00PM Saturday
  • Second singing session 2:00 – 4:00 Saturday
  • Third singing session 9:30 – 10:30 Sunday
  • Fourth singing session 12:30 – 2:00 Sunday

Retreat ends for all: Sunday April 26, 2020 by 2:30PM.

The retreat is free to all with a suggested donation of $150 for ONE STRAND or $200 for BOTH STRANDS. Cost DOES NOT include meals or lodging. Limited accommodations are available with friends and supporters in the area – contact Karla for possible contacts.

Deborah Rose Longo has been an instructor of the Gurdjieff Movements for over 40 years, working with groups in the United States, Germany, Australia, England, Chile, Canada, Italy, Greece, India, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea, Egypt and Taiwan. She began her training in the Gurdjieff Work and the Sacred Dances under the direction of Pierre and Vivien Elliott, (students of Gurdjieff), in 1975 at the Claymont Society for Continuous Education in Charles Town, West Virginia (founded by John Bennett), and has continued to be a long time Claymont community member. Deborah’s approach to teaching the Gurdjieff Movements, emphasizes the importance of balancing the Three Lines of Work (Work on oneself, Work with the group and Work for the Greater Good), not only in the movements class, but also in life. Deborah Rose is an artist specializing in mandala making, and conducts mandala-making classes as a tool for helping participants connect positively with creative energy flow. For the past 17 years, she has also enjoyed the challenges of substitute teaching in the public school system as an opportunity to positively influence the lives of many young souls.

Andrew Breitenberg is a lifelong musician and has been actively studying the music of Gurdjieff and de Hartmann for the last four years. His instructor is Melanie Monsour, one of the world’s leading Movements music pianists. He has been practising the Gurdjieff Movements themselves for the last three years under Deborah Rose Longo and brings experiential understanding of their inner exercises to his accompaniment. By day Andrew is a partner at a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning for non-profits. And with the free time left after putting the kids to bed, he is also a translator, in the midst of producing a postchristian translation of the New Testament from the original Koiné Greek called “Pilgrim Bible”.

Nana Mzhavanadze is a renowned teacher (mainly by ear) of Georgian Polyphonic singing. Coming from a line of Master Singers carrying an ancient oral tradition, Nana has worked in Paris, Geneva, Holland and New York and returns to the US this Spring having gained her doctorate in Georgian Ethnomusicology. She works regularly with Gurdjieff groups in the UK and New York. She is a graduate of the Conservatory in Tbilisi (her home). A brief example of Nana working with a retreat group can be found here. More examples of traditional Georgian singing can be found here.

May 6 - Aug 11, 2020

The Divine Exchange e-course with Cynthia Bourgeault


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.

May 15-17, 2020

CONSPIRE Capstone Conference with Cynthia Bourgeault

Albuquerque — Albuquerque, NM

With Richard Rohr, James Finley, Barbara Holmes, and Brian MacLaren

Sold out! Webinar and waiting list still available. For more information

For more information, contact cac.org.

May 30 - Jun 5, 2020

Maine Wisdom InGathering 2020 with Cynthia Bourgeault, Matthew Wright

Stonington, Maine — Stonington, Maine

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 at capacity, and the wait list for registration already is long enough that any new additions are unlikely to be reached as cancellations occur. If you still wish to be placed on the wait list, please email us at ingathering2020@gmail.com with your name and phone number. 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.

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