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Nov 16-17, 2019

The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity with Cynthia Bourgeault

New York Open Center — New York, NY

This weekend program offers a practical hands-on training in the practice of Centering Prayer, a pioneering development within the Christian contemplative tradition. Cynthia will help you dive deeper into the experience by analyzing what actually happens in Centering Prayer: the mind effectively switches to a new operating system that makes open-hearted, nondual perception possible. We will also explore some of the important Christian mystical classics, including The Cloud of Unknowing, one of the earliest Christian explorations of nondual consciousness.

A Two-Day Workshop
Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday, November 17, 2019, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
$395 (Members & Nonmembers) Early Bird rate of $345 expires on 10/4

The New York Open Center, 30th & Madison, offers holistically-based educational programs to create positive transformation in individuals and the world. It was founded in 1984 with the intention of creating a forum for a new generation of seekers. The initial focus of the center was on spiritual values but the mission quickly expanded to include how our values and intentions lead us to participate in the wider world. Since then, the New York Open Center has evolved into an urban destination for holistic learning, personal development, professional advancement and enrichment. Today, the New York Open Center presents more than 300 programs of exceptional depth and integrity to audiences totaling more than 10,000 annually.

This program can be taken individually or as part of the Meditative & Contemplative Studies Training program. To learn more about the event and to register, click here.

Nov 23, 2019

Benedictine Spirituality as a Wisdom Tradition with Cynthia Bourgeault

Glastonbury Benedictine Abbey — Hingham, MA

Cynthia says: It is said that wisdom is not knowing more, but knowing MORE DEEPLY, knowing with more of your being participating. In this day-long teaching retreat, we will explore the Benedictine monastic tradition not only as a “school for the Lord’s service” (as it’s described in the Rule of St Benedict), but as a “school for growing being.”

Anchored in the daily rhythms of Glastonbury Abbey, a living wellspring of this 1500-year-old tradition, we will explore how the conscious interweaving of prayer and work, word and silence, “alone and together,” gradually call forth that elusive quality known as spiritual maturity or WHOLENESS. We will also explore how this time-honored template for transformation can be adapted to the conditions of our own lives to call forth this same quality of joyous wholeness in a world so deeply imperiled by fragmentation and factionalism.

This day long retreat on Benedictine Spirituality as a Wisdom Tradition is part of Glastonbury Abbey’s Days of Reflection 2019-2020. Use this link to learn more about the Glastonbury Abbey Institute.

Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm

Suggested Donation: $120, includes lunch.

Registration is required. Please call 781-749-2155 x300 to register.

Dec 6-8, 2019

Love at the Heart of the Cosmos: Living in Relational Wholeness with Cynthia Bourgeault, Ilia Delio, Ursula King, John Haught, Kathleen Duffy


Conference begins Friday, December 6th, at 5:00pm and ends Sunday, December 8th, at 12:45pm. Onsite attendance is sold out but Livestream tickets are available, including special six month archive access to the recordings.

Join us for the second annual Omega Center conference, in collaboration with the Institute for Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College, as we seek to harness the energies of love and together renew our world.

This event is committed to Teilhard de Chardin’s vision for “a new religion of the Earth for a new planet of life.” Through engaging presentations, centering prayer practice, small discussion groups, and celebration of Teilhard’s Mass on the World, we will together explore a new story of the whole that can inspire, transform, and give us hope. Presenters are Ilia Delio, Ursula King, John F. Haught, Kathleen Duffy and Cynthia Bourgeault.

Teilhard’s vision of “relational wholeness” sees that all dimensions of life are one co-evolving spirit: matter and energy, nature and humanity, faith and culture, science and spirituality, consciousness and contemplation. It is a living wholeness, a dynamic oneness, that deepens in complexity, consciousness, and convergence as the great cosmic epic proceeds.

Our time is a great turning point in this cosmic history, an era of transformation, a paradigm shift into a new planetary life. Teilhard’s vision offers the beginning of a new story of the whole, a renewed spiritual metanarrative that answers the perennial questions: Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? It is a story that can restore faith in our common humanity, locate our home within the natural beauties of our living planet, and inspire new spiritual forms to make religion the most exciting energy of the 21st century.

To see more information about this retreat, use this link to the Omega Center, or you may Register Now for Livestream (On-site attendance was sold out when we checked September 10, 2019).

Online Livestream attendance will include all plenary talks, the centering prayer session, and Teilhard’s Mass on the World. Small discussion groups will not be included. All livestreaming attendants will receive exclusive, six-month archive access to recordings of the event.

Dec 13-15, 2019

Silent, Contemplative Retreat: Introduction to A Wisdom Way of Knowing: What the Christian Path Has to Offer  with Heather Ruce

Mary & Joseph Retreat Center — Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Join us as we explore Wisdom teachings and practices that engage three-centered (body, mind, heart) awareness, bringing about transformation to a truly different mode of perception and quality of being in the world. Heather Ruce is a Wisdom focused spiritual director. She has studied extensively with Cynthia Bourgeault, and works with individuals and groups to awaken the Heart. Check-in and dinner 4-6:30pm on Friday and we’ll be through at 1:30 on Sunday.

Cost: per person/shared $250; single $350; Commuter: $150

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Apr 23-26, 2020

Introductory Wisdom School with Bill Redfield

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center — West Hartford, CT

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.