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Aug 14 - Nov 19, 2019

Introductory Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault with Cynthia Bourgeault

Online —

Cynthia Bourgeault is a long-time student of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths and is a core faculty member of the CAC and Living School. Christian Wisdom teachings have been around since the earliest days of Christianity; Cynthia teaches from that ancient perspective in ways that suit today’s world. Arising from an in-person Wisdom School that Cynthia led for 200 students, this online course integrates her teachings and contemplative practice to offer an embodied experience.

Wisdom isn’t something you get from a guru or a reward for performing certain actions. Wisdom is about inner work and transformation. Wisdom isn’t knowing more; it’s knowing more deeply, with more of yourself. Wisdom is caught more than taught. This course explores the Wisdom way of knowing and growing. Cynthia invites us to awaken to our yearning for a different kind of presence and to develop the skills, knowledge, and actions for our own transformation.

No prior experience with Cynthia’s Wisdom Schools is required; however we do recommend some familiarity with Cynthia’s books or talks. This course serves as the prerequisite to any of the advanced Wisdom Schools Cynthia provides.

The course will:

  • Cultivate a Wisdom rhythm in your daily life through reflection and engagement with contemplative practices and teachings.
  • Expand your awareness of the Christian Wisdom path and its relevance to our realities today.
  • Develop contemplative practice(s) to engage and embody these teachings.
  • Connect and learn with others on the journey toward living in a Wisdom way.

Approach: in this unique, 14-week online course, you will have opportunities to:

  • Interact with fellow learners from around the world.
  • Participate in a guided study through videos and readings from Cynthia Bourgeault and others.
  • Engage in personal reflection and contemplative practice.
  • Enjoy 24/7 access to the course material.
  • Explore new material every week (released Wednesday mornings, US Mountain Time).
  • Invest 2-4 hours per week in the reading, online discussion, and personal reflections.

Registration: closes one week before the course opens or as soon as the course fills, whichever comes first. Click here for online registration.

Cost: $195 per person. To apply for financial assistance, please complete the online Financial Assistance Form at least 1 week before registration is scheduled to close. Please do not register for the online course until your request for financial assistance has been processed.

Date: August 14 – November 19, 2019

In support of this course, Northeast Wisdom will post study groups on our Practice Circles page. There, 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 that page. Thank you!

Please note: CAC did not implement group pricing this time around, and in lieu of that are asking groups to have a number equal to 25 percent of the students in the group register for the course.

CAC will have group pricing in place for the 2020 dates listed below.

March 4 – June 9, 2020
August 12 – November 17, 2020

March 3 – June 8, 2021
August 11 – November 16, 2021

March 2 – June 7, 2022
August 10 – November 15, 2022

Dec 1-6, 2019

Mr. Gurdjieff, meet Mr. Teilhard! December Gathering with Cynthia Bourgeault

Claymont Society for Continuous Education — Charles Town, WV

A practical and intensive exploration of the convergence between two wisdom streams

Because of the overwhelming demand and large wait list for the October wisdom school, Cynthia and Deborah have agreed to host the same Wisdom School in December. The December 2019 Wisdom School at Claymont is a special 5-day intensive immersion and exploration of the convergence between the teachings of Gurdjieff and Teilhard led by Cynthia Bourgeault with daily movements by Deborah Rose Longo. held December 1 – 6, 2019 at Claymont Society for Continuous Education, 667 Huyett Rd., Charles Town, WV 25414.

Those of you who have been working with Cynthia know how much the Fourth Way Gurdjieff wisdom tradition and the Teilhardian wisdom stream have influenced her thinking.  She is writing a new book on the points of commonality and tension between these two wisdom streams.  She will be exploring some of her work during this time: Teilhard and Gurdjieff in conversation.

Date: December 1 – 6, 2019 

Time: Sunday dinner – Monday lunch 

Location: Claymont Society for Continuous Education, 667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, West Virginia 25414.

Those of you who have been working with Cynthia know how much the Fourth Way Gurdjieff Wisdom tradition and the Teilhardian Wisdom stream have influenced her thinking.  She is writing a new book on the points of commonality and tension between these two Wisdom streams.  She will be exploring some of her work during this time: Teilhard and Gurdjieff in conversation.

Points of Commonality

  • The Scale of Things (both men envision a cosmos at its actual size, depth, and vast interplanetary scale, not the “flat earth” or “spiritualized realms” of classical metaphysics.
  • Materiality and Embodiment: Moving beyond the Matter/Spirit divide
  • Cosmology: A comparative Look at the Two Cosmological Maps
  • Reciprocal Feeding: The whole system is a seamless whole, ecologically interdependence
  • Dynamism: Gurdjieff’s Law of Three and Law of Sevem Teilhard’s Omega Point and movement toward a future
  • The Collective: Anticipation of a Second Axial Spirituality based on Teilhard’s “Complexification/Consciousness” and Gurdjieff’s Obligolnian Strivings.

Points of Tension

  • Consciousness: Are human beings Conscious or Unconscious?
  • Human Nature: Teilhardian Optimism and Gurdjieffian Pessimism
  • Devotion: active power of transformation, or merely self-delusion

Making a New World

  • Ternary Metaphysics
  • Love

The daily schedule will include morning exercise and/or silent meditation (alternating), morning and afternoon teaching sessions by Cynthia, late afternoon movements led by Deborah Rose Longo; practical work (mostly around getting lunch together, some gardening and work on the land), and evening discussion, reflection, observations, concluding with short silent meditation. 

The total cost of the school is $695, and includes lodging and meals for five days at the Claymont Society in Charles Town, West Virginia. If you arrange your own local lodging, total cost of the school is $595. Registration for the school is by application only. Please fill out the Wisdom School application form. Payment in full is due upon acceptance if possible. A minimum nonrefundable deposit of $100 is required to confirm your acceptance and hold your place in the school. The rest of the cost is fully refundable up to two weeks before the beginning of the school. 

For more information e-mail Bob Sabath or phone him at 202-531-7572. Make out checks to Friends of Silence and send to Friends of Silence, c/o Wisdom School 2019, 120 Jubilee Lane, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. 

We want to make this event available to all those interested regardless of their financial means. Scholarships and payment plans are available. Contact Friends of Silence or Bob Sabath for more details.

PLEASE NOTE: Enrollment for the October Wisdom School is completely full and we will be unable to take anyone on that waiting list. If you were accepted into the October Wisdom School at Claymont with Cynthia and are on the wait list, you do not need to fill out this online application again.  Just make an online payment using the link below to confirm your place in the December 2019 Wisdom School at Claymont.

Apr 23-26, 2020

Introductory Wisdom School with Bill Redfield

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center — West Hartford, CT

Wisdom describes a foundational lineage of spiritual knowledge that underlies all the world’s specific faith traditions and that outlines a manner of spiritual transformation. Participants will be introduced to the Wisdom Way of Knowing, including three-centered Knowing, Benedictine balanced living, and Heart-centered living. The balance and the rhythm of our time together cultivate and deepen the seedbed of the heart into which the teachings can be sown. A meditation practice is an assumed prerequisite.

Tuition: $250, plus accommodations
Commuter – $75
Private Room, Hall Bath – $225
Private Room, Private Bath – $500
Registration link: https://www.holyfamilyretreat.org/calendar/wisdom-school

This retreat is co-sponsored with Copper Beech Institute.