Besides creating learning opportunities through retreats and Wisdom Schools, Northeast Wisdom also has encouraged and supported an extensive network of Wisdom Practice Circles where participants 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.
Please see below for news and contact information from around the local networks: both ongoing groups and special projects.
Circles around you
- Annapolis, Maryland
Fourth Tuesday of the month. Our home-based (now on Zoom) 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 Bourgeault’s Wisdom teachings. Time: 9:30-11 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 monthly on Sunday 3-5 pm. We are currently studying the “Eye of the Heart.”
Contact: Rebecca Parker
- Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Our Community Wisdom Way of Knowing Circle gathers the last Friday of the month from 3-5 pm 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
The Boston Contemplative Practice Circle gathers now on Zoom on the second Monday of each month (which can change due to holidays.) We begin at 6 pm with a reading and discussion. The practice circle begins at 6:45 – 7:45 pm. During the Practice Circle time, we read meditative poems, sing chants, participate in Silence and share in Lectio Divina—all to enrich a heart understanding of the reading from the beginning of the meeting. Please contact Bryan for the Zoom link as well as the monthly meditative readings and chants.
Contact: Bryan Vosseler
- Burlington, Vermont
Rock Point Wisdom Circles meet currently on zoom the 1st Thursday of the month, 5-6:30 pm and the 4th Monday of the month, 5-6:30 pm. Explore Wisdom practices such as: centering prayer, teaching/discussion, sacred music/chanting, body movement (dance, tai-chi, yoga, contemplative walking), three-centered knowing practices and lectio divina. Be in touch if you are interested in either weekly Sacred Listening group: heart sharing in a small group within a listening practice with rotating leadership posing a new question each session—tba when new group forms; and/or Liminal Space Centering Prayer & Lectio weekly: we practice in our homes, then share on Skype if moved to do so during the week—tba when new group begins.
Contact: Craig Smith
- Fayetteville, New York
The Nancy Simmons Wisdom House, 113 Chapel Street
We have simplified our offerings during COVID; for current information please contact us.
Contact: Very Rev. Renee Tembeckjian, PhD
- Goshen, Indiana
“Listening Together.” A circle of contemplative practice, we currently meet on zoom (our usual home is at Pathways Retreat), every Monday from 7-8:30 pm.
“A Contemplative Circle.” Sundays, 11 am to 12:30 pm (currently via Zoom). The focus of both groups currently is the Lord’s Prayer through the lens of Jesus’ language, Aramaic. This series runs April 12 through June 2021. Prayers of The Cosmos by Neil Douglas Klotz is our resource. Mary Martha Metzler will share from her decades long study with the author, a Sufi-Christian, bridge building, teacher. Our format is: Music while gathering, Aramaic phrase focus: offer a sentence translations of Aramaic Prayer of Jesus, Breath/Chant/Body Prayer, Centering Prayer, Teaching, Silence and Reflections, Blessing. All are welcome. We connect deeply in the Silence. And we speak into the Silence from the focus for the week as Spirit leads. We draw upon the Christian tradition and teachers such as Cynthia Bourgeault, John Philip Newell, Richard Rohr, and Sufi teacher, Neil Douglas Klotz. We are not focused on dialogue or study mode. Rather each spoken word, text, poem or song is like a pebble dropped into a silent pool. Ripples flow outward and settle before the next voice is heard. Our Wisdom intention is to hear and heed Divine Wisdom for each one, for us as a circle, and for our world.
Contact: Nina B. Lanctot
- Greenfield, Massachusetts
Weekly gatherings for silent prayer, friendship, and book discussion on Thursdays from 9:30-11 am on Zoom, While we are centered in the Gospel of Thomas, our studies have led us to many traditions and spiritual practices. All are welcome.
Contact: Charlene Golonka
- Greensboro, North Carolina
Wisdom School Study Group: We are now meeting on zoom and finishing Jeremy Johnson’s Seeing Through the World in April 2021 when we will consider opening to new members. We meet every other week for chant, lectio and book study. One of our members has formed an additional small Wisdom Circle in the Greensboro area.
Contact: Shelley Miller
- Gulf Coast Region, Texas and Louisiana
Gulf Coast Region practice circle gathers now on zoom on the first Wednesday of each month from 12:30-2pm for guided attention-based contemplative exercise in the 4th Way tradition followed by lectio divina from the Gospel of Thomas. The same group also meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 12:30pm-1:30pm for guided attention-based exercise in the 4th Way tradition and personal sharing from grounded experience in day-to-day wisdom work. This group runs from January-June 2021 and is currently full. New groups will open in September 2021.
Contact: Jonathan Steele
- Kingston, New York
Centering Prayer: A weekly circle on Wednesdays with contemplative music, sitting and reflection. Extended reflection and pizza every 2nd Wednesday.
Contact: Ana Hernandez
- La Mesa, California
Ongoing Gospel of Thomas Lectio Divina Circles and other Wisdom Practice Circles hat intentionally engage in themes, sacred texts, and spiritual practices such as Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer Meditation, Welcoming, Silence, Sacred Chanting, Eucharist, and Movement.
Contact: Heather Ruce
- Nashville, Tennesee
Our practice circle has been meeting for 5 years studying books by Cynthia Bourgeault, either the 3rd or 4th Monday of the month (date decided monthly). We also include sacred chant and movement in our 1 hour gatherings that begin at 11:30 am. We are currently meeting on Zoom, yet hope to return to St. Augustine’s Chapel on Vanderbilt’s campus for in person practice soon.
Contact: Laura Copeland or Debbie Webster.
- Richmond, Virginia
Wisdom Here-Now is a group of Cynthia’s students, or those interested in Cynthia’s work, who have been meeting since 2015. Before the pandemic, we met the second Tuesday of every other month at Richmond Hill Retreat Center for a day retreat from 10 to 2 pm. Our pattern is centering prayer and topic for discussion which may be accompanied by chanting, Lectio Divina, movements or guided mediation. Eleanor and Nan coordinate the facilitation info; we use a format of shared leadership each session which has brought diversity of topics and practices. We started in 2015 studying Teilhard, and moved into Cynthia’s work, Gurdjieff, and shared experiences of various Wisdom Schools—we have spiritually companioned each other. Due to the pandemic, we are now meeting monthly for an hour and half via zoom. We are doing an ongoing book study of Eye of the Heart. I believe we will return to in person meeting in the future.
Contact: Nancy Delach or Eleanor Winsor
- 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.
Meetings are on hiatus due to COVID; hoping to resume in the fall of 2021.
Contact: Debbie Brewin-Wilson
- Tampa, Florida
St. Catherine of Alexandria Wisdom Practice: We meet the 3rd Saturday at 3 pm for gesture prayer, chanting, lectio divina with the Gospel of Thomas and 20 minutes of Centering Prayer. We’ve also been known to dance! Through the miracle of Zoom, the Practice Circle has expanded beyond the physical church and moved down the west coast of Florida. Sadly we aren’t able to dance together however.
Contact: Carol Harlow
- Vista, California
Southern CA Wisdom Practice Circle that includes sacred chant, body prayer and attention exercises from Gurdjieff, silence, and Lectio Divina on The Gospel of Thomas.Two ongoing Wisdom Practice Circles on Zoom – one the third Monday of the month from 6-7:30 PST and one the fourth Monday of the month from 4-5:30 PST. New members welcome, group size kept small.
Contact: Susan J. Latimer
- Woodstock, New York
Wisdom Circle at St. Gregory’s
A weekly Wisdom Circle that includes Gospel of Thomas lectio and meets on zoom. Please check the Wisdom Circle link above for updated information. When we meet in person again our Wisdom Circle includes contemplative Eucharist. Held on Thursdays @ 5:30 pm. All are welcome.
Contact: Matthew Wright
Circles around the world
- Gl. Aaby, Aarthus, Denmark
Contemporary Christian Spirituality – Wisdom Group meets every other Monday afternoon. Chanting Taizé-songs, body prayer, lectio on Gospel of Thomas, centering prayer and exchange of experiences on the Wisdom path.
Contact: Elisabeth Staal Jensen
- Lyseng, Aarhus, Denmark
Contemporary Christian Spirituality – Wisdom Group meets every other Tuesday evening. Chanting Taizé-songs, body prayer, lectio divina on Gospel of Thomas, centering prayer and exchange of experiences on the wisdom path.
Contact: Elisabeth Staal Jensen
- Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Chanting and practicing centering prayer followed by group lectio divina using poetry or texts of mystics like Hz Mevlana Rumi, Hafiz of Shiraz, Meister Eckhard, Teresa of Avila. Also exchanging experiences on the Wisdom path guided by books of Cynthia Bourgeault and Sufi mystic Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. We meet every second Monday of the month. Due to COVID our group has not been able to physically meet, but we are still going strong in sharing inspiring texts and sitting ‘in spirit’ together, holding space with each other for the Light and Love of the Divine to come into this world. Cynthia’s course ‘Spiritual Gifts from the Imaginal Realm’ is a wonderful inspiration.
Contact: Anne Possel
- 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
- Yukon, Canada
“Cultivating the awareness and heart of practice inspired by the mystical Christian tradition.” The Wisdom North Collective meets on the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 – 9 pm (Pacific Daylight Time) on Zoom. The monthly gathering includes Centering Prayer, Chant and Silence. This is your call to practice in community.
Contact: Jennifer England