Besides creating learning opportunities through retreats and Wisdom Schools, Northeast Wisdom also seeks to develop an extensive network of Wisdom practice circles throughout the Northeast, 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 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
- Burlington, Vermont
Rock Point Wisdom Circles meets the first and third Mondays of the month. 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
- Cambridge, Massachusetts
This home-based monthly circle begins with an (optional) silent meal at 5:45 pm. Silent meditation, contemplative movement, sacred chant and lectio divina 6:30-8:00pm.
Contact: Steven Bonsey
- Chesterfield, New Hampshire
An invitation to come together for a week or a weekend of contemplative practice in the Wisdom tradition in a retreat setting; following a rhythm of silence, meditative prayer, conscious work, chanting, Lectio Divina, contemplative movement and sacred conversation. For more information about each retreat, please click on the retreat title below.
June 1-3, 2018. The Embodied Heart: Finding Presence in Daily Life. Download the flyer.
September 12-16, 2018. Living in Remembrance: The Wisdom of Islam
November 1-4, 2018. Wisdom of the Body: Spiritual Contemplation through Movement
- Fayetteville, New York
The Nancy Simmons Wisdom House, 113 Chapel Street
Contemplative Eucharist, Wednesday @ noon
Vital Conversations, first Wednesday of the month @ 7pm
Wisdom of the Body, second Wednesday of the month @ 7pm
Gospel of Thomas, third Wednesday of the month @ 7pm
Open Labyrinth Walk, fourth Wednesday of the month @ 7pm
Centering Prayer Instruction & Sacred Chant, on occasion
For more information see Practice Circle in Fayetteville
Contact: Bill Redfield
- La Mesa, CA
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.
Dates : 4/21/18
Contact: Heather Ruce
- Richmond, Virginia
An informal gathering to explore teachings between Wisdom Schools.
For more details contact: Nancy Delach or Eleanor Winsor
- Woodstock, New York
St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church
A weekly potluck meal, Gospel of Thomas study circle, and Contemplative Eucharist. Held on Thursdays: meal and study begin @ 5:30pm; Contemplative Eucharist @ 7pm
Contact: Matthew Wright