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 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 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
- Catskill, New York
The Magda Circle. Our group is dedicated to study and experience. Our guides on this journey are Jesus and Mary Magdalene. We use chant, meditation, sacrament, and study a sacred text in our time together (currently the gospel of Thomas). Mondays at 6:30pm
Contact: Jennifer Tiernan
- Christiansburg, Virginia
Tuesdays from 9-10:30am we practice Centering Prayer and support one another in their daily practice. We usually “catch up” with one another and share how we are experiencing the movement of the Spirit in our personal lives, then spend about 30 minutes discussing material from a book that we are reading together as a group, currently working through Thomas Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation. We like to keep thing fresh, so sometimes we chant, engage in meditative walking or lectio/visio divina. We aim to be a diverse and inclusive community of faith where all are welcome.
Contact: Dr. Jennifer W. Makin
- 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
- Greenfield, Massachusetts
Our Interspiritual Practice Circle has been meeting at Second Congregational Church in Greenfield for over 9 years. We begin with a reading and music and some embodied prayer followed by 20 min. of centering prayer/meditation. We practice lection divina with a logion from the Gospel of Thomas and then move into a book discussion. Our studies have taken us through Thomas, Mary Magdalene and Phillip, several books by Cynthia, Thomas Keating, Kabir Helminsky, Bruno Barnhart, and Pema Chodron. Every Thursday morning from 9:30-11:00am. All people and all practices are welcome.
Contact: Charlene Golonka
- Greensboro, North Carolina
Wisdom School Study Group: we meet every other week for chant, lectio and book study.
Contact: Shelley Miller
- 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
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
- 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 in 2020 are held quarterly: next are 9/12; and 12/12 from 9:30 am-12:00 pm.
Contact: Debbie Brewin-Wilson
- Tampa, Florida
St. Catherine of Alexandria Wisdom Practice: We meet the 3rd Saturday at 3:00 for gesture prayer, chanting, lectio divina with the Gospel of Thomas and 20 minutes of Centering Prayer. We’ve also been known to dance!
Contact: Carol Harlow
- 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
Wisdom Circle at St. Gregory’s
A weekly Wisdom Circle that includes Gospel of Thomas lectio and a contemplative Eucharist. Held on Thursdays @ 5:30
Contact: Matthew Wright
Circles around the world
- Aarthus, Denmark
Contemporary Christian Spirituality – Wisdom Group meets every other Thursday 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
- 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.
Contact: Anne Possel
- Kelowna, BC, Canada
Interior Wisdom Circle meets every second Tuesday 10:30-12 and every second Wednesday 7:30-9:00pm starting in April 2020.
Contact: Mary Lou Johnson
- 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 – 9:00 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