Every year Spirituality & Practice chooses The Best Spiritual Books. Here’s the roundup for 2020 which includes Cynthia’s new book.
In light of our ongoing need to tend our grief and welcome others’ grief in these times, we will gather on the first Tuesday of the month in honor and memory of those who have died from COVID. In Wisdom practice circle style, we will offer a rhythm of chanting, sitting and embodied practice. Please feel free to light a candle, and bring your own bells or bowls for ringing if you like. All are welcome! Here is the link to the Event.
This online course starts Thursday Feb 18: Spiritual Gifts from the Imaginal Realm. Join Cynthia, and others from around the world, to find nourishment in this cosmic intertidal zone and the offerings that flow from there. For all the information, please visit the Event page here.
“The imaginal is a meeting ground, a kind of cosmic intertidal zone—and as in all intertidal zones, nourishment and metamorphosis furnish the principal order or business there. In this realm the fruits of our human striving—both conscious and unconscious—are offered up for the whole.” — Cynthia Bourgeault, Eye of the Heart p. 16
Shared with us by The Contemplative Society, courtesy of Eilen deVerteuil
If you’d like to watch Cynthia’s interview, here’s your chance. She discusses The Imaginal Realm, our important task to become cosmic servants integrated into earthly reality, the Kingdom of Heaven, Creation and many more subjects. Have a look.
By the skin of her teeth (the way she always seems to do things), Cynthia has made it onto the prestigious Watkins List, honoring the hundred most spiritually influential people of 2021. This recognition comes partly on the strength of her acclaimed new book Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm. Here is the link to view the complete list.
This experiential gathering is designed to expand our capacity to be awake to racism in ourselves and systems of racism in our community. For more information about this monthly gathering on Zoom, please visit the Event page.
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 for the Event details.
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. Here is the link to more information.
Cynthia will be offering an online Lenten Course with Spirituality and Practice on her new book Eye of the Heart.
While this course is loosely based on her book Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm, it’s not an online book study or a Reader’s Digest version of the original. Cynthia is very aware that we’re undertaking this work as a collective Lenten offering, and against the backdrop of a global pandemic. These two parameters will frame both her choice of topics and the way she approach them.
Rather than presenting a general overview Cynthia has chosen to stick with just one or two main themes (the ones most immediately relevant to our current planetary crisis.) And she’s paved the pathway with spiritual practice—pairing each lesson with a specific practice that will help you put it into practical application—a “value-added” feature you won’t find in the book itself. You don’t have to buy the book to do this e-course, although she hopes that many of you will find yourself drawn to do so, since we are barely scratching the surface here in this course.
You can sign up here:
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. Here’s the link to more information.
Paulette Meier and Tony Martin are offering an online weekend chanting retreat for Pendle Hill, a Quaker retreat center, Jan. 8-10th. Drawing on chants from Paulette’s latest album, Wellsprings of Life, as well as chants from other sources and traditions, participants will learn, sing, create and explore the rich messages of the chants as well as chanting as a spiritual practice. Go to the Event page for more information.
What a different Christmas this is setting up to be…! For many of us, without family gatherings and without church services to lead or attend—perhaps this is the opportunity to take the explore the mystery of incarnation on a deeper and more internal level. In an effort to assist this possibility, Bill Redfield has put together a guided meditation practice called “Calling All Angels.” It can be found in the practices section of his website here.
Register now for Wisdom Jesus, a live monthly online practice circle and book group held on Zoom as a wisdom circle on the fourth Tuesday of each month, starting January 26, 2021 and ending May 25, 2021.
Please note: this Event is now closed.
Since 1938, Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity has been putting on a pantomime Christmas pageant with live music (the original hailing from St. Martin’s in the Field, London). Instead of cancelling this year, director Susan Watson and team found funding to make a film version, available now for you to watch. Go to the event page for all the details. Enjoy!
May we find shelter as we chant the vibrations of the universe, listen to the words of the poetic universe and discuss the calling of our universal heart! For more information about this new expression of Wisdom, please visit the Event page.
In a lively and engaging conversation, Brother David Steindl-Rast & Dr John England enjoy a surprising reconnection after forty years. They exchange wisdom, between Argentina to Canada, on how to orient ourselves in a time of global warming and polarization. Here’s the link to Jennifer’s fascinating “Breaking Ground” post. To go directly to the video, you may click here.
Cynthia will once again be speaking at this annual event. For more information, please go to the Event page.
Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God, by Cynthia Bourgeault, an audio recording of the entire book….offered for our Wisdom Community with love and a prayer for stabilitas ‘in the midst of’ all!!
A GIFT from the Mystical Hope Wisdom Book Practice Circle facilitator team of Heather Vesey, Eilen DeVerteuil, Jeanine Siler Jones, Heather Ruce, Susan Latimer, Elizabeth Combs, Nan Delach, Susan Cooper, and Marcella Kraybill-Greggo
…with a SPECIAL shout out to Eilen DeVerteuil who had the technical talent to pull this all together so beautifully.
You will find all the audio files at the end of each of the Mystical Hope posts on the home page blog: Mystical Hope, Chapter One: Awakening in the Body on the Journey to the Wellsprings and Mystical Hope Chapters Two & Three: Mercy, Meditation and Hope. ENJOY! Listen for a special TREAT at the end of chapter 5…
An innovative online conference
Friday Night, December 4th, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, December 5th, from 12:45pm to 5:15pm
Sunday December 6th, from from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday, December 7th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm; or,
Tuesday, December 8th, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
For all the links, please go to the Event page.
We are living during a wild time. Humanity is facing impossible challenges, and we are also seeing the emergence of a new human culture. The urgency of our moment calls us to wake up more fully, relate more authentically, and act in new ways that change human systems. A New Republic of the Heart has produced a series of conversations entitled State of Emergence about our global crises and what is required for social transformation. Listen to Cynthia’s episode of by clicking here.
This 6-day silent centering prayer retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault will take place at the Garrison Institute, October 18-24, on Thomas Keating’s “The Sacred Embrace.” Go to the Event page for more information.
A new weekly Zoom course on Thursdays 7:15-8:45 PM starts Sept 10, 2020. Click here for all the details.
A brand new e-course, focusing on the eight poems in Thomas Keating’s THE SECRET EMBRACE, his final spiritual legacy to the world, composed the last winter of his life. For more information, please see the Event page.
Contemplative Chant Online and Ongoing: Thirty Minute Wednesday Chant Sessions Offered Weekly, 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. Go to the Event page to learn more
“Entering the Bridal Chamber of the Heart: Exploring the Gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip”
This 3-day retreat will explore the Christian Wisdom tradition, focusing on the Gospels of Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip. For more information, click here for the Event page.
In this series, Heather invites us to work with a cycle of eight Inner Tasks. These exercises were originally designed to be used sequentially over the course of eight weeks in conjunction with daily life.
At this 7-DAY INTERACTIVE ONLINE GATHERING event, we will create a safe space together where we can meet beyond right and wrong, challenge old beliefs and step into new ways of being. We will reflect on and integrate the learning gained through this unique episode of our life and apply the wisdom we hold in our hearts. To learn more go to the Event page here.
Eileen “Asks Cynthia” for some advice that you might find helpful regarding the Gurdjieff exercises. Here’s the exchange of the question and answer.
A Weekly Zoom Course Tuesdays 5-6:15PM. Classes will include moving practices, meditation practices and dialog. Here are the details.
Divine Exchange Wisdom School e-course starting May 6
There has been an arising among many of us in our Wisdom collective…to FIND A WAY to gather virtually, during this time. Because of the growing interest, need and positive feedback, the meditations will continue. Here is the event page with all the new links for the ongoing Zoom meditations.
There has been an arising among many of us in our Wisdom collective…to FIND A WAY to gather virtually, during this time. Here is the updated link for Bill Redfield’s Friday evening meditations; remember the password is wisdomsit https://zoom.us/j/97085748519?
For complete listings of dates and links, please go to the event page.
Bill Redfield invites you to a virtual seasonal retreat from Easter Sunday, April 12 – Sunday of Pentecost, May 31, 2020. All the details can be found on the Event page here.
There has been an arising among many of us in our Wisdom collective…to FIND A WAY to gather virtually, during this time. Because of the growing interest, need and positive feedback, the meditations will continue. Here is the event page with all the new links for the ongoing Zoom meditations.
To see the exchange, please go to “Ask Cynthia”.
We will be offering a 30 minute collective Wisdom Pause “for Silence and Stillness” on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next two weeks. 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.
While God is always the principle actor in every endeavor, we humans have a crucial role to play. Paula Pryce offers a perspective from attending one of Cynthia’s Wisdom schools where a virus broke out. Have a read from the latest Breaking Ground post; and here’s the link to her Seedlings page.
It is not too late to join. At a time when many of us are looking to stay connected and to engage in meaningful practice for the sake of our planet, this program provides such an opportunity. Even though the program began on Ash Wednesday, there are only two Guided Reflections a week during Lent, and so someone joining now could easily catch up. For those who are signed up, two E-mails a week are sent out with the links to the current recordings. (Daily emails will go out during Holy Week, when there will be recordings each day.) There is no set fee for this program, although donations are accepted. For those who sign up now, all past communications will be sent, and new mailings will come in each coming week.
For more information and to sign up, go to: https://www.williamredfield.com/program/lent-2020
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.
Here is the link to the event page where you’ll find all the details.
Bill Redfield invites you to this innovative Wisdom approach to movement through Lent and preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Participation in this retreat can be done on one’s own schedule and in one’s own home. Click here for the link to the event.
Join us as we come together and experience a practical engagement of the Wisdom lineage through the lens of the Enneagram. Click here for all the details.
Heather’s question prompts us to share the answer with all of you: a video series available from the Aspen Chapel entitled Father Thomas Keating – His InterSpiritual Legacy and a Vision for the Future. See the question and answer on the Ask Cynthia section of this site.
Go to the Maine Wisdom InGathering 2020 Event page for all the information, logistics and wait list registration.
Here’s the link: https://northeastwisdom.org/breaking-ground/contemplating-threeness/
In case you ever wondered where in the world Cynthia might be, you can always go to our site, click on “About“, then click on “Our Teachers“. Once there, you’ll see our teachers, the events they’re teaching and their recent home page blog posts. Here’s the direct link, Cynthia’s calendar and posts are right at the top:
We’re very excited to share with you what Cynthia and Bill have written about our 2019 Annual Appeal. To read a summary of their appeal and to make a donation, please visit our Contribute page. See the Home Page for the complete version of their letters in the November 20, 2019 post, Rounding Five Years: Northeast Wisdom Comes of Age.
No details yet but be sure you on our mailing list. If you are not, please go to the home page and on the right hand column, underneath the Events you will see “Subscribe to Email Updates.” Fill that in and we’ll make sure you get our emails. Thanks!
This is an innovative Wisdom approach to movement through Advent and our preparation for Christmas. 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 Advent—from Sunday, December 1 through Christmas Day, December 25—there is enough variation and flexibility that it shouldn’t preclude anyone’s involvement. Led by Bill Redfield. Go to the Event page for more details.
Because of the overwhelming demand and large wait list for the October Wisdom school, Cynthia and Deborah have agreed to host the same Wisdom School in December. Please go to the event page for all the details.
A day-long retreat at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA where Cynthia 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. All the information is on the event page.
A couple of places just opened up for this event.
How do we awaken the Heart? How do we experience life through the heart center? Our great Wisdom traditions teach that the heart knows through a visceral, resonant connectivity within wholeness and relationship. Click here to go to event page.
The retreat’s goal is to support a deeper alignment of our core selves with God in the very midst of our chaos, allowing this to be the essential foundation of skillful action in our world.
Find out more on the event page, click here.
Love at the Heart of the Cosmos: Living in Relational Wholeness with Cynthia Bourgeault, Ilia Delio, Ursula King, John Haught, Kathleen Duffy
DEC 6-8, 2019. On-Site Attendance Sold Out – Livestream Tickets Still Available
This event is committed to Teilhard de Chardin’s vision for “a new religion of the Earth for a new planet of life.” For more information, use this link to the Omega Center, or you may Register Now for Livestream.
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.
After attending her first Wisdom School, as she relates in this episode of Seedlings, Rebecca felt as if she had touched a life-giving chord in Christianity that allowed her intellect and her longing to occupy the same space. Click here to read more.
“I knew that potent truth. I had a simple and profound experience where freely given love was indeed a ‘tether’ for me.”
Click here for the link to the beautiful and personal writing of Laura.
For more details and registration, please click here to go the Event page.
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 read the article about a program Northeast Wisdom helped bring to the Aspen Chapel
Enjoy Laura Ruth’s post about her reflections, feelings and imagination surrounding this time. Click here to directly to her post.
The mission of the Festival of Faiths is to promote interfaith understanding, cooperation, and action through exploring how different participating faith traditions address a common issue, topic, or theme. The Festival is organized and supported by the Center for Interfaith Relations. This May, in Kentucky, Cynthia shared her passion, ideas and intellect. Here is a video session in which Cynthia talks about Centering Prayer. Enjoy!
“Christian Spiritual Practice with Cynthia Bourgeault – Contemplation as Luminous Seeing”
Beyond the Basics, Our Hearts in Advent: A Southeast Arising Wisdom School With Jeanine Siler-Jones, Laura Copeland and Rebecca Parker by Laura Ruth. Click here to read.
Click here for event details and registration information.
TELL THE TALE: THE WISDOM OF STORY
A talk by biographer Roger Lipsey, joined by special guest, Cynthia Bourgeault. Click here for details.
Jim wonders about centering prayer and how it fits in with his faith. Read the question and response here.
Bill Espinosa writes about his reflections: Reading in The Piedmont; Musings on John and Mary Magdalene.
Here’s the link. Enjoy!
Seedlings are a series of interviews that explore how Wisdom is being planted and expressed in the lives and work/ministries of those who’ve found their way onto this path. Here’s the link to the latest interview with Allen Bourque.
Marcella’s seven-day recognition journey became an inner and outer reunion.
A surprising new arising birthed from this reconnection in sensation on African soil.
Please enjoy her post by clicking here.
What is “Zoom”? Zoom is simplified video conferencing that enables participants to easily see/chat/talk/listen on just about any device. Yes, this sounds modern and techy, but it is really very easy to use.
For information about “Learning to Fall” please go here to the Event page.
For information about “Gospel of Thomas” please go here to the Event page.
Here is the link to “An Ode the Small Hours.”
Laura Ruth writes about her thoughts after the Garrison retreat. “How is it that we sense and participate in the larger movements at work in the world? What is this paradigm shift and how are we moving with it? How are we that?” Take a look.
This 4-night retreat is a rare opportunity to go deeply into silence and solitude within a Wisdom community of support through the practice of silent prayer. Please visit the Event page for all the details.
Bill Redfield, Board Chairman, defines the need and seeks your generous financial support.
Please go to our Contribute page to read his letter.
We are so grateful that Facebook is matching gifts on this Giving Tuesday. If you are not yet a member of the Wisdom Community Facebook page, Giving Tuesday donations may also be given through Cynthia Bourgeault’s FaceBook page. Facebook will be matching funds from 8 am ET (5 am pt) Tuesday morning 11/27 until they give away $7 million or until the clock strikes 11:59 PT Tuesday night. Dollar for dollar, with 100% of the gift going to Northeast Wisdom, your gift will go twice as far and double the impact for the Wisdom community. Click here for the link to the Wisdom Community Facebook page. Thank you!
Open to the public, 4pm. In this talk, Teilhard de Chardin and Ecology, Cynthia Bourgeault reveals how famed paleontologist, priest and mystic, Teilhard de Chardin, describes the relationship between matter and spirit, unveiling a cosmic vision of hope for our unfolding evolution. More info on the event page.
More information on the Event page.
I’ve had a chance now to look at a new book, “How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs” edited by Andrew Davis and Philip Clayton. It’s really, really good! I’m one of about a dozen spiritual teachers contributing a memoir to this volume, including as well Deepak Chopra, Richard Rohr, and Ilia Delio. Here’s the link to amazon if you’d like to check it out.
Cultivating a more fully embodied spirituality has become an important and welcome focus recently. Join us at this event sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of Boston.
For information, click here to go to the event page.
For event details and to add your name on the waiting list for this Wisdom School, please go to the event page or click here.
For event details, go to the event page or click here!
With a heart filled with sadness but also love, I share the news with you that our beloved Frank Evangelho died this past July 12, just shy of 73 years old, surrounded by his beloved wife Jo Ann and their three daughters. Frank was a charter member of our California wisdom network, a vineyard keeper by heritage, and a nurturer by nature. He was with us at the Maine Wisdom Ingathering this June, less than three weeks before he entered the hospital for the final time in his ongoing struggle with congestive heart failure. There he was much moved by Gurdjieff’s Fourth Obligolnian striving, which I will pass on to you all here as a fitting tribute to the generosity and profundity of his heart – that heart in him which will never fail.
“THE FOURTH: THE STRIVING, FROM THE BEGINNING OF ONE’S EXISTENCE, TO PAY AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE FOR ONE’S ARISING AND INDIVIDUALITY, IN ORDER AFTERWARD TO BE FREE TO LIGHTEN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE THE SORROW OF OUR COMMON FATHER.”
Thank you, Frank, and do watch over us all from your new viewing platform in the conscious circle of humanity. I am honored to feel you imaginally tending our wee wisdom vineyard.
In the Contemplating the Enneagram workshop, Cynthia and Russ Hudson explore the original meaning of the Enneagram, the history of the authentic contemplative path in the Western tradition, and how these foundations of inner work can be successfully woven with the Enneagram of personality. For more information, please go to the Event page here.
The Mary Magdalene and Conscious Love Wisdom School will be held at Hallelujah Farm, from Thursday, July 26 (beginning with a light supper at 5:30 pm) to Sunday, July 29 at 1:30 after lunch. The suggested donation for this Wisdom School is $475 which includes a $75 deposit. This training will be led by retreat guides Bill Redfield with Laura Ruth. For event details, go to the event page by clicking here.
The 2018 Maine Ingathering is setting up to be a wonderful week. If you’d like to take a look a the preliminary schedule of events, click here to view or download the document.
The 9-point Enneagram symbol represents nine unique types, or energies, each with specific traits, behavioral patterns, and tendencies — and each with unique gifts. Rooted in multiple wisdom traditions, the Enneagram has inspired transformation of the body, mind, heart, and soul for hundreds of years.
Cynthia will once again join a brilliant group of speakers. The online summit is free, but you need to register. Her first session entitled, “The Asymmetrical Dynamism of the Enneagram: The Mandala That Won’t Stay on the Page” is Wed, June 13 at 1pm EDT. Her second day is Friday, June 15 at 3p EDT where she will join Russ Hudson, Terry Saracino, and host Jessica Dibb to explore the topic “True Integration or Spritual Bypass?: Toward Real Emergent Awakening.”
“Nurturing Faithfulness”, a course by Marcelle Martin, is being offered at Pendle Hill this month. A few days remain to join a wonderful group Sunday April 15-through Thursday April 19, on Pendle Hill’s beautiful campus dedicated to Quaker study, living and retreat. All are welcome for Spirit-led learning and community, located in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. For more information, go to the event page.
Please join Cynthia with 6 other honored teachers who will share the wisdom and practices from their tradition.
In this six-week course, seven dear spiritual friends and respected teachers will share the gifts of resilience, rebirth, and renewal from the spiritual traditions that have shaped their lives. They invite you to open these gifts together in loving community with them. This e-course provides a multifaith and interspiritual guide to “Coping and Thriving with Catastrophe.” Each week will feature a different teacher including: Ed Bastian, Cynthia Bourgeault, Kabir and Camille Helminski, Rami Shapiro, Mirabai Starr, Swami Atmarupananda.
For course details and to register, please go to Spirituality & Practice.
Great timing for this question from Craig about the Resurrection of Jesus. Check it out here
This eight day (7 night) retreat begins on Palm Sunday and ends with a celebration on Easter. For all the details, check out the Event page. For the week end (3 night) retreat , check out this Event page.
Here are the details https://wisdomwayofknowing.org/resource-directory/ws-part-b-divine-exchange/
Find all the event details and registration information here https://northeastwisdom.org/events/maine-wisdom-ingathering-3/
The program this year will feature the usual blend of daily teaching (by Cynthia Bourgeault, shared in the afternoon with Matthew Wright), meditation, chanting, sacred movement, and conscious practical work, as well as some unprogrammed time for exploring the natural paradise here and reconnecting with old friends. Our theme this year will be “The Good, the True, and the Beautiful.” We look forward to seeing you there, June 3-10, 2018.
You may or may not have had this question, but you will find this exchange enlightening.
Check out Craig’s question and Cynthia’s response https://northeastwisdom.org/ask-cynthia/
Registration is officially open if you are going to be in the Atlanta area on March 17. The Cathedral of St. Philip presents a day-long conference with Cynthia. Here are the details.
This retreat has become an annual event at Hallelujah Farm. Offering both a week-end or week-long immersion in Wisdom Practice in the depths of winter, this is an opportunity to delve into the elements that emerge within the container of a silent retreat, a rare treat in the Wisdom tradition. Time will be spent within a rhythm of silent prayer, chanting, lectio divina, conscious work and contemplative movement. For more information and to register contact: Kerstin Lipke – email@example.com. To download the flyer, click here.
In January, 2019 we’ll be exploring Christianity’s beginnings in India through the preaching of St. Thomas the Apostle, the Christian ashram movement, and East-West contemplative dialogue. Spiritual practice and teaching will be woven throughout our time together. Details are still shaping up, but the general plan is to fly into Chennai, where we’ll visit sites associated with St. Thomas, including the place of his martyrdom. From there, we’ll head to Shantivanam, the Christian ashram once led by Fr. Bede Griffiths. We’ll then head to Pondicherry and on to Tiruvannamalai, where we’ll stay at a Hindu ashram associated with the Indian saint Ramana Maharshi. Day trips to temples and holy sites will be interspersed along the way, and the entire pilgrimage will last two weeks.
The trip will require physical fitness and a willingness to “rough it” as we’ll be staying, for the most part, in very spare ashram conditions and not in five-star hotels. If you’re at all interested, please sign up via Br. Aidan’s online interest form, which can be found here: https://groundinginthespirit.wordpress.com/wisdom/pilgrimage/
Once you’re added to the list, you’ll receive updates as more details emerge.
Won’t you join us in expressing your appreciation and gratitude with a manifestation of generosity?
Click here to be taken to our Contribute page.
The Wisdom Way of Knowing announces a virtual Introductory Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault. From now through December 31 they are offering a special discount. Please follow this link to visit the eCourse information page for full details, to sign up, and to start on your way.
Check out the latest questions to Cynthia and her responses. Very helpful!
In anticipation of our upcoming “Wisdom Group Leadership Training” at the end of the month (see event detail), I have put together four posts that might stimulate people’s consideration of “holding a Wisdom post.” Although the event is now filled with a waiting list, I would be very interested to know if anyone would be interested in a similar event sometime in 2018. If so, please contact me to register your interest. Enjoy! ~Bill Redfield
Link to Part I: Skilled Leadership Perspective
Link to Part II: Preferred States? Or Enduring Stages?
Link to Part III: Digesting Experience, Reflection and Understanding
Link to Part IV: Grounding Wisdom’s Deeper Surrender of Self-Giving Love
“Buddah at the Gas Pump” conducts interviews with “ordinary” spiritually awakening people. The website attempts to dispel skepticism and misconceptions by week after week, allowing otherwise ordinary people to relate their experience of spiritual awakenings. Cynthia’s interview will be streamed live on YouTube HERE.
You can submit questions through the form at the bottom of BatGap’s website page HERE, but be sure to read all of the instructions. If you’re not going to be able to watch an interview live, you may submit questions beforehand, but please don’t submit them afterwards.
Live streamed interviews are deleted shortly after being concluded, so it’s advisable to start watching as close to the scheduled time as possible. The permanent version will be uploaded to YouTube a couple of days later.
The Center for Spiritual Deepening in Alexandria, VA fosters spiritual growth by supporting spiritual practice, by encouraging a broad understanding of “spiritual” that includes all aspects of our lives, by inviting reflection on the inner path, and by providing a gathering place for those seeking companions on the journey. We wanted to make you aware of a few “happenings” going on there.
Check out the “Maiden Voyage” of using videos from Kanuga. Marcella Kraybill-Greggo includes her take on the idea as well as helpful learnings and graces. Here’s the link.
Marcella Kraybill-Greggo invites the Wisdom community to join together “virtually” on Tuesdays to pray for the work of Wisdom to bring the world together. Please read her post.
Breaking Ground, a symposium of diverse voices from around the Wisdom community, is now interactive. You can now enter into a conversation and post your comments. Give it a try! https://northeastwisdom.org/breaking-ground/
Laura Copeland writes a new post for Breaking Ground. Please check it out.
Got a question? Want to see what other people are asking? Check out the “Ask Cynthia” section http://northeastwisdom.org/ask-cynthia/
This spring a collective of three Wisdom teachers, Marcella Kraybill-Greggo, Jeanine Siler Jones and Heather Ruce, completed an eight month series of Wisdom Circles in their respective communities. They coordinated and supported one another as a group, working through the steps together from planning to de-briefing, as the cycle unfolded. The interesting thing about this collaboration was that it took place long distance, with the three women holding their posts in their groups on the same day in the northeast, the southeast and on the west coast; the groups working in concert in both time and content. Together, the three have written this piece for Breaking Ground, speaking to their commitment, how it yielded unexpected fruit, and evoked deep noticing. Thank you Marcella, Jeanine and Heather! Stay tuned to Breaking Ground for further conversation about their process. Read more
Cynthia Bourgeault is a guest on “Inside Sacred Texts,” a video discussion that is now airing on PBS throughout the country. For a rare sign of hope and optimism about the healing between different cultures, the program looks into the phenomenal rise of language translation in our times and answers the questions: What makes a text sacred? Have there been biases in the translations of sacred texts? Why are the newly-discovered gospels of Thomas, Philip, Judas and Mary Magdalene so important? Here’s a 30-second trailer. To learn more about the program, find out where to watch on PBS or order a DVD, go to Global Spirit.
Cynthia will direct a weekend retreat August 4-6 next summer at Glastonbury Abbey on Chapter 7 of the Rule of St. Benedict: Humility. She will look at this chapter from the standpoint of humility as non-identification. Click here for more information. This retreat is sure to sell out. If you are interested in attending, please contact Joan at 781-749-2155, x300, or firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation.
Just to let you know, there are presently 10 slots to fill for the Summer Institute Enneagram Retreat the week of July 17th. Here are the details of the event.
Full schedule of events available to those who are registered. Any questions, please email Wendy Johnston.
Sunday, June 4:
(Arrivals throughout the day)
7:30 pm: welcome and orientation; chanting and meditation (town hall)
Monday, June 5
7:15 am: chanting and meditation (town hall)
9:15 morning teaching (town hall) CB: Teilhard for Troubled Times
11:00 practical work in teams
(Darlene leads cooking team, Oddfellows; Cynthia leads morning music group in site at St Mary’s Church. Emphasis on Taize vocals; some Brendan music. )
12:30 Lunch (Oddfellows Hall, followed by time off
2pm: Centering Prayer with Guthrie Sayen , Town Hall
3 pm: Contemplative Movement with Allen Borque, Town Hall
(unscheduled time for small groups and special explorations, individual music lessons)
4:15: PUBLIC TALK by CB at Town Hall: “St Brendan the Navigator: Introducing our Local Celtic Hero”
5:30: chanting and meditation
6:00 Dinner on your own and night off
Tuesday, June 6
7:15 am: chanting and meditation (town hall)
9:15: morning teaching (town hall)
11 am: practical work (Darlene and Wendy work with Taize instrumentalists and vocalists at St. Mary’s Church; will need assistant chef to lead cooking team.
12:30 Lunch (Oddfellows Hall) followed by time off
(unscheduled time for small group and special explorations: music lessons, practical work, drama group, children’s group, recreation and excursions, Centering Prayer with Guthrie at 2, Contemplative Movement with Allen at 3)
4:15: afternoon teaching (town hall): GEOFF WARNER, founder of Owl Furniture:
“HEALTHY ERGONOMICS FOR DAILY LIVING “
5:30: Chanting and meditation
6: dinner (on your own)
7:30 TAIZé JAM at St. Mary’s Church
Wednesday, June 7
7:15 am morning chanting and meditation followed by
Free Day to Explore the Neighborhood: Excursions to Eagle Island, Isle au Haut; Old Quarry kayaking, sightseeing in Acadia National Park; Contemplative Movement continues at 3.
No scheduled evening event.
Thursday, June 8
7:15 am chanting and meditation (town hall)
9:15: morning teaching , Town Hall (Teilhard exploration continues)
11:00 practical work (Darlene in Kitchen; CB leads Troupe for Brendan Scene Study prep)
12:30 Lunch followed by time off (contemplative movement, Centering Prayer, and private lessons continue)
NOTE: Cynthia will be speaking on Global Enneagram Summit at 1 pm today!
4:15 Afternoon Teaching: St Brendan Play, Scenes 1-4
5:30 chanting and meditation (town hall)
6:00 dinner break
7:30 public talk by CB: Teilhard and the Conscious Circle of Humanity (town hall)
Friday, June 9
7:15 am: Chanting and meditation (town hall)
9:15 am morning teaching with CB (Teilhard exploration continues)
11:00 work in teams (CB leads Troupe for Brendan Scene study)
12:30 Lunch followed by time off (DARLENE works at Oddfellows Hall with Musicians to prepare for evening kirtan/zikr; centering prayer (2 pm) and Contemplative Movement (3 pm) continue at Town Hall
4:15: afternoon teaching: St Brendan play, scenes 5-7
5:30 chanting and meditation
7:30 pm: “For our one world: Evening of Sacred Chanting, Prayer, and Movement at Town Hall
Saturday June 10
7:15 am: chanting and meditation
9:15 morning teaching (Teilhard track continues)
11:00 practical work in groups (Darlene with kitchen team; CB with Troupe as needed
12:30 Lunch followed by free time (CP and Contemplative Meditation continue)
4:15 afternoon teaching: Brendan voyage concludes
5:30 meditation and chanting except for kitchen and set-up team
6:00 “Gaudeamus” (beverages and munchies) at Oddfellows; dinner on your own (or make the party your meal)
Sunday, June 11
7:15 morning sitting” followed by departure at your own pace (most houses must be vacated by 10 am)
Join Cynthia on THURSDAY, June 8 at 1:00pm ET for her session: The Finger Pointing to the Moon: Is There Life Beyond Types?
A free LIVE online community conversation with Cynthia Bourgeault facilitated by Vera de Chalambert, April 29 at 3pm EST.
For more information and to register, click here.
The Aspen Chapel invites Northeast Wisdom-ers to join via live stream for Cynthia’s teachings this week in Aspen, both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 MDT (11:30-1:30 EDT). To live stream, go to aspenchapel.org, then click on “watch” in the grey tabs at the top of the page. Details @Survivor’s Guide to the Galaxy: Teilardian Wisdom and aspenchapel.org. All are welcome!
Our second annual Maine Wisdom Ingathering will take place June 4-11, 2017. We have posted all the information you need along with 2 ways to register…by mail or online. Click here for more information.
Watch the new video trailer!
A webcast with Cynthia Bourgeault
LIVE: Thursday, January 5, 2017, 6:30-8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
For more information and to register, please click here to go to the Friends of Silence website.
Cynthia is very excited about this first-ever Quaker Wisdom School for Quakers and Wisdom seekers of all faiths. It will take place May 14-19, 2017 in Wallingford, PA. Space is limited so please check out the details here.
Cynthia Bourgeault’s illumination of the Centering Prayer path provides compelling evidence of how important the practice has become in the half-century since it first arose among American Trappist monks, and of its maturation and refinement over the ensuing years of sincere study and practice. It will resonate with beginners on the Centering Prayer path as well as with seasoned practitioners.
Available wherever books are sold or at Shambhala.com
Cynthia will lead you step by step into the heart of Teilhard de Chardin — both figuratively and literally.
Though email messages sent to you on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for five weeks, you will learn your way around the basic building blocks of “The Teilhardian Synthesis,” his great overarching vision. You’ll catch moving glimpses of his life and the spiritual resources he drew on to keep himself going through long years of struggle and exile. You’ll get to work with some of these resources directly through spiritual practices based directly on Teilhard’s writings. Above all, you’ll have access 24/7 to the online Practice Circle to post your reflections and questions and hear responses from Cynthia and your fellow students. You’ll also find a veritable treasure chest of additional resources to help you dig deeper if you’re so inclined.
For more information and to sign up, click here.
We listened to what you said you wanted: 1) more information about folks who on the Wisdom path, and 2) a way to ask questions and get answers directly from Cynthia. So have a look; here are the links.
This will inaugurate the second round of Teilhard teachings. Click here to go to the Event page for details
Contemplative Journal is offering Cynthia Bourgeault’s popular class on discernment as an “On Demand” course: The Four Voices Method of Discernment. Here’s what they have to say about it:
“Our most popular class ever is getting an upgrade! With a newly made workbook to help you walk through the class and an entirely new class platform that is much more user-friendly and easy to navigate, you won’t want to miss this updated on demand offering.”
If you haven’t had the chance to take this wonderful course, now is your chance! Click here to get started!
Wisdom Christianity: Panikkar, Teilhard, and Thomas
Join us for a weekend of teaching, chanting, and silent meditation, while participating in the rhythms of a Benedictine monastery. Commitment to a regular contemplative practice is a prerequisite for this retreat. Click here for event details and registration form.
Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 12, 2016 and Island Ad-Vantages, May 12, 2016 and The Weekly Packet, May 12, 2016
Click here to see the article about “Internationally acclaimed writer and retreat leader—and Stonington resident—Cynthia Bourgeault will host a pilot “Wisdom Ingathering” during the week of June 5-12.”
Join us during the first, long days of summer to gather for a vibrant weekend of contemplative practices guided by the four-quadrant Benedictine rhythm of ora et labora – praying and working, alone and together. See event link for details.
Cynthia Bourgeault will be gathering with students from all over the world in Stonington, Maine, June 5-12. The following evening events are open to the public; all are welcome!
Contemplative Practice and Wisdom Christianity: Series 2016: This series consists of workshops presenting the renewal of contemplative spiritual practices and the recovery of a way of faith rooted in inward and outward transformation. Dates are April 16, April 23 and April 30.
These workshops are offered for people engaged or interested in contemplative spiritual practices and/or the renewal of the church. No prior experience or knowledge required. Click here for more information or to register.
With Cynthia’s recent prompting, Beth O’Brien announces that Contemplative Presence will be offering four Wisdom School gatherings in southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa, beginning in June 2016. Each of these events will carry forth the Christian Wisdom lineage, bringing contemplatives together for deepening spiritual practice and Wisdom teachings. As a direct student of Cynthia for many years and the founder of Contemplative Presence, Beth trusts that these upcoming Wisdom Schools will serve as ‘widening circles of transmission’ within the Wisdom network–and extends a gentled invitation to all to Come and see . . .
- Placing Our Mind in Our Heart: Introductory Wisdom School, PART A, June 22-25.
- Wisdom School: Mary Magdalene as Unitive Wisdom, August 24-27.
- Seeing With the Eye of the Heart: Introductory Wisdom School, PART B, Oct. 26-29.
- Placing Our Mind in Our Heart: Introductory Wisdom School, PART A, Nov. 26-29.
For more information on these and other contemplative offerings in the Madison, WI, area go to: www.ContemplativePresence.org.
New Year Greetings!
In 2015 Cynthia launched “The Year of Teilhard,” encouraging our community to discover this extraordinary French mystic and begin familiarizing ourselves with his tremendous work. In 2016 the exploration of Teilhard’s theology continues as we approach the first of multiple Teilhard themed Wisdom Schools led by Cynthia, beginning with La Casa de Maria in Santa Barbara next month.
In addition to the upcoming wisdom schools, there is another exciting Teilhardian gathering on the horizon that we would like to bring to your attention:
The 2016 American Teilhard Association Annual meeting on May 14 at Union Theological Seminary in New York city, featuring a lunch followed by a talk by Ilia Delio, OSF titled “Teilhard de Chardin and World Religions: Ultra Catholic or Ultra Human?” Cynthia and I have already purchased our tickets and would like to invite all those in our community who are able to attend to join us in participating in this momentous gathering.
For more information and to purchase tickets simply click on the following link: http://teilharddechardin.org/index.php/event.
Hope to see many of you there!
Gabrielle (Brie) Stoner
I thought some of you might like to see these recent pictures of Thomas Keating and me. He’s nearing 93, would you believe? Merry Christmas to all you contemplatives out there from Cynthia and Thomas.
Okay, dear friends, here’s something I would like to offer to our planet, the small bit I can contribute. I invite ALL of you who belong to my network of the heart in any way – family, friends, students, readers of my books – to pool our energy and sign up for my advent e-course. This hard earned wisdom, garnered once upon a time in the deserts of Egypt and yes, Syria, is sorely needed again to reclaim our world. If we can get 1000 folks working together gathered together around this material in the four weeks preparing for the Prince of Peace, I wager we can shift the energy field. Worth a try, anyway. Here’s the link. Do it TODAY.
We officially announced Northeast Wisdom’s inaugural fundraising campaign on Nov. 4 — wondering if using modern technology was a good idea. Cynthia’s letter was sent to friends and colleagues electronically, she posted a blog, and we configured the site to accept online payments. Within the hour we received a notification from PayPal that our first donation had been received. Thank you! There’s no question that there is something less personal online…but technology sure does make contributing easier and faster. If you missed it, here’s the contribution page.
We thank you again for helping Northeast Wisdom take this first big step.
Do you want to learn more about chanting/singing in different faith traditions? Are you curious to find out what a deeply wise Sufi scholar, a quietly warm Indian Hindu, and a funny-to-the-bone Jewish rabbi have to say about the power of singing and chanting in their spiritual practices? Want to hear about the latest scientific research exploring how the body and mind is affected by each of these practices?
ALTERED STATES 2015 is the place to be!! Dr. Amer Latif, Shital Kinkhabwala, Rebbe Moshe Waldoks, and Dr. Lesley Fishelman will be our guest presenters and teachers on the weekend of November 14-15. Thanks to a generous gift from the Diocese of Vermont, the cost of the weekend is very affordable. For more information, check out our events page.
The Reverend John Ander Runkle, RA, is the Executive Director of St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development in Tennessee. He announced that St. Mary’s Sewanee recently launched a web page named “Teach Us to Pray” where Cynthia is mentioned. This new resource includes reflections on prayer and is intended to provide a form of encouragement to pray and come to know God better. Click here for the link if you’d like to check it out.
Kind of cool! Cynthia’s books were spotted sandwiched right next to those of Teilhard de Chardin in Andrew Breitenberg’s library. Andrew is a student at the Living School.
Hey, all, can I tempt a few more souls out there in the Wisdom network to sign up for a unique and wonderful teaching retreat coming up on September 17-20 at Hallelujah Farm?
This Wisdom workshop/retreat, called “Chanting in the Heart of Sophia,” is the labor of love of senior Wisdom student Laura Ruth and will reunite some of the “old gang” from our Bluestone Farm days as participants gather together under the leadership of Matthew Wright and Sister Helena Marie to explore the wonderful wisdom world of Gregorian Chant and Marian devotion. Click here for the details.
I will be on a pilgrimage (in Uzbekistan!) September 13-24, so I won’t be able to personally attend the retreat. But I want to encourage others in the network to do so, both for the beauty of the topic being explored and for the initiative of Laura, Matthew, and Sr. Helena Marie in putting this opportunity together. ~ Cynthia
We have started a wait list for the Contemplative Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA December 6-11, 2015. This advent contemplative retreat will feature silence, group meditation, participation in the monastic liturgy of the Abbey as well as teaching and readings from Thomas Merton, whose birthday into eternal life we will commemorate on December 10. The only requirement is an established meditation practice. For details, click here.
Check our Events page to learn more the course, but note that there is a pricing advantage for early enrollment.
As many of you know, Cynthia Bourgeault led a 4-day retreat in Auckland, New Zealand in May. The event was fully booked well in advance, so for those of you who could not attend or are just curious about what transpired there, Marty Schmidt has written a wonderful synopsis. Read Marty’s post, learn from his experience and see some photos from the event…you can almost feel as if you were there! Here’s the link to his “Social Conscience and Inner Awakening” blog. Enjoy.
Cynthia is recovering nicely from pacemaker surgery on May 19 and hopes to be fully back in the
saddle in short order. To find out about what happened, follow this link to her letter.
Owen McKenna, husband of our longtime Boston Wisdom student Jane, died on May 30 after a long journey with leukemia, in which Jane closely and beautifully accompanied and supported him. The funeral will be held Friday, June 5 in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Here’s a link to more details and his obituary.
There are still a few spots left for the retreat “Letting Go — Silence, Surrender, and Song” co-led by Cynthia Bourgeault and Paulette Meier. The Northeast Guild for Spiritual Formation presents a weekend devoted to the “core, sacred gesture” of self-emptying or kenosis through the practices of centering prayer and sacred chant in the Quaker tradition.
More information and registration click here.
Northeast Wisdom teachers and board members Cynthia Bourgeault and Matthew Wright shared a special moment at the recent Wisdom Leadership Training School in Valle Crucis, North Carolina (photo courtesy of Robbin Whittington).
Eleanor Winsor announces the first organizational meeting of a Practice Group in Richmond (2209 E. Grace St.) on May 5. This informal gathering is for Wisdom School participants or people who are interested in attending a Wisdom School. The group will Center together from 10am-2pm to discuss Part I of Teilhard de Chardin’s The Divine Milieu. For more information contact: Nancy Delach or Eleanor Winsor
California Wisdom student Faye Cox visited Teilhard de Cardin’s gravesite in March and captured this
For the first time ever, Cynthia teaches her personal method of spiritual discernment. Four Voices welcomes the specific wisdom of each part of our being–even when they’re diametrically opposed, in a way that brings them into harmonious solidarity. This is an online course offered May 11 – June 5, 2015; click here to register.
In January 2015 Cynthia Bourgeault issued the “Year of Teilhard” challenge, inviting Wisdom students worldwide to familiarize themselves with the writings of this great contemporary visionary in preparation for a number of Teilhard Wisdom Schools upcoming in 2016. Schools already “on the books” will be taking place in California, the Pacific Northwest, the Hudson Valley in New York, and North Carolina. Stay tuned to the Upcoming Events page as registration details become available. For a link to the basic Teilhard bibliography, go to the Resources page on this site, under Reading Lists.
Teilhard de Chardin’s star is now rising powerfully on the horizon, heralding the dawn of an entirely new kind of Christian theology. Misunderstood in his own times, silenced and exiled by his Jesuit superiors, he is finally coming into his own as the most extraordinary mystical genius of our century and the linchpin connecting scientific cosmology and Christian mystical experience on a dynamic new evolutionary ground. Let’s declare 2015 the year to take on the collective task of getting to know his work better. Here’s the reading list.