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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
The Embodied Heart: Finding Presence in Daily Life, Jun 20-23, 2019
Being with Change: Discovering Wisdom in Times of Transition, Sept 26-29, 2019
- 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
- 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
- Richmond, Virginia
An informal gathering to explore teachings between Wisdom Schools.
For more details 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.
Monthly meetings on the second Saturday of each month, 9:30 am-12:00 pm.
Contact: Debbie Brewin-Wilson
- 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