Besides creating learning opportunities through retreats and Wisdom Schools, Northeast Wisdom also seeks to develop an extensive network of Wisdom practice circles where participants will have a regular opportunity to deepen the foundational practices which support a Wisdom way of knowing (Centering Prayer and other forms of meditation, lectio divina, sacred chanting, and mindful work) and to share in study, conversation, fellowship, and wherever available, interspiritual dialogue. Many of these circles have already been forming locally, and Northeast Wisdom seeks to encourage this growth and to help promote and support networking and local initiatives.
Please see below for news and contact information from around the local networks: both ongoing groups and special projects.
Circles in support of Cynthia’s online Introductory Wisdom School
In support of this course, Northeast Wisdom will post study groups on this Practice Circles page. Here, 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 this page. Thank you!
Circles around you
- Annapolis, Maryland
Fourth Tuesday of the month. Our home-based monthly gatherings include chant, body prayer, Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer and sacred conversation arising out of our prayer. Topics are often based on Gospel of Thomas, Scripture, and Cynthia Beaugeault’s Wisdom teachings. Time: 9:30-11:00 am.
Contact: Carol Leach
- Atlanta, Georgia
Wisdom Circle meets every other week on a Monday 10-12:30. The group has been meeting for five years studying books by Cynthia Bourgeault and listening to CDs of previous Wisdom Schools. Currently using ‘The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three’. A second group called Thresholds meets every three weeks on Sunday afternoon 3-5. Currently using the ‘Holy Trinity and the Law of Three’.
Contact: Rebecca Parker
- Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Our Community Wisdom Way of Knowing Circle gathers the last Friday of the month from 3:00-5:30 for chant, body prayer and a communal Centering Prayer sit. A Wisdom teaching is shared each gathering with discussion, ending with group Lectio Divina on a Gospel of Thomas passage. All are welcome!
Contact: Marcella Kraybill-Greggo
- Boston, Massachusetts
Second Monday of the month (unless a holiday). The Boston Contemplative Practice Circle meets the second Monday of the month at the Episcopal Cathedral in Boston. There optional silent meal is at 5:30 until 6:15 pm. Then, after walking the labyrinth, we do the practice circle from 6:45-7:45pm. The circle consists of poetry, chants, silence, a meditative walk, and lectio divina – which all revolve around the monthly theme of the reading that we do during the silent meal.
Contact: Bryan Vosseler
- Burlington, Vermont
Rock Point Wisdom Circles meet the 1st Thursday of the month, 7-9pm and the 4th Monday of the month, 5-7pm. Explore Wisdom practices such as: centering prayer, teaching/discussion, sacred music/chanting, body movement (dance, tai-chi, yoga, contemplative walking) and lectio divina.
Contact: Craig Smith
- Fayetteville, New York
The Nancy Simmons Wisdom House, 113 Chapel Street
Gospel of Thomas, second Wednesday of the month @ 7pm
For more information see Practice Circle in Fayetteville
Contact: Bill Redfield
- Goshen, Indiana
“Listening Together.” A circle of contemplative practice, we meet at Pathways Retreat every Monday from 7 to 8:30 pm. We always chant and do centering prayer. We often use a book related to Wisdom work as a focus for reflection and formation.
“A Contemplative Circle.” A new and evolving contemplative circle to mine the depth and evolution of the Christian tradition. This is a Sunday option (except the first Sunday of the month) for folks who need a place for new forms of community. We seek the emergence of Wisdom in practice, relationships and life in the world.
Contact: Nina B. Lanctot
- La Mesa, California
Monthly Wisdom Practice Circle on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 12:30. This would be a place to intentionally engage in the Wisdom Practices of the Christian Tradition with others who feel drawn to do the same. It will primarily focus on spiritual practices, themes, and sacred texts in the Wisdom tradition with some discussion. The practice circles could include any of the following practices: Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer Meditation, Welcoming, Silence, Sacred Chanting, Eucharist, Movement.
Contact: Heather Ruce
- Littleton, New Hampshire
A Centering Prayer group that meets at All Saints’ Episcopal on Tuesdays at 11 AM for a half hour, with some discussion/sharing after.
Contact: Curtis Metzger
- Madison, Wisconsin
“Praxis Circle: Hearts on Fire” meets the 3rd Monday of each month from 1-2:30pm to offer communal support for those desiring a contemplative approach to life grounded in the Wisdom tradition. Each gathering begins with sacred chanting and meditation, followed by time for lectio divina and spiritual dialogue around a Gospel of Thomas logion paired with mystical poetry/scripture.
For more information see http://www.ContemplativePresence.org
Contact: Beth O’Brien
- Richmond, Virginia
An informal gathering to explore teachings between Wisdom Schools.
For more details contact: Nancy Delach or Eleanor Winsor
- Toronto, Ontario
I will take on the task of helping the Toronto folks self-organize. If you are in Toronto and you want to start a group, please contact me with your e-mail.
Contact: Denise Gardian
- Sparta, New Jersey
Skylands Wisdom Gathering–Developing wisdom circle in northwestern New Jersey that includes body prayer, chant, Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, teachings about Wisdom practices, and discussion.
Monthly meetings on the second Saturday of each month, 9:30 am-12:00 pm.
Contact: Debbie Brewin-Wilson
- West Hartford, Connecticut
A Christian Contemplative Prayer group focused on Welcoming Prayer, Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer, first and third Thursdays at 7pm at Holy Family Retreat Center, Anam Cara room. Guests and beginners welcome.
Contact: Mike Smoolca
- Woodstock, New York
St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church
A weekly Gospel of Thomas lectio circle and contemplative Eucharist. Held on Thursdays @ 5:30
Contact: Matthew Wright