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About The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault


Modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader, Cynthia Bourgeault divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine, and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom path.

Cynthia has been a long-time advocate of the meditative practice of Centering Prayer and has worked closely with fellow teachers and colleagues including Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, and Richard Rohr.

Cynthia has actively participated in numerous InterSpiritual dialogues and events with luminaires and leaders such as A.H. Almaas, Kabir Helminski, Swami Atmarupananda, and Rami Shapiro.

Cynthia is a member of the GPIW (Global Peace Initiative for Women) Contemplative Council and recipient of the 2014 Contemplative Voices award from Shalem Institute. She is a founding Director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School. She continues to contribute to The Contemplative Society in her role as Principal Teacher and advisor.

In addition to her latest book, The Heart of Centering Prayer, Cynthia has authored eight other books: The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, The Wisdom Jesus, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Mystical Hope, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Chanting the Psalms, and Love is Stronger than Death. She has also authored or contributed to numerous articles and courses on the Christian spiritual life.

Cynthia Bourgeault is currently one of the core faculty members at The Living School for Action and Contemplation.

See the following resources to learn more about Cynthia’s teaching and offerings:

Books by Cynthia Bourgeault

Cynthia Bourgeault: Information on Cynthia’s Calendar of Events

Cynthia Bourgeault: Audio Recordings for Purchase

Cynthia Bourgeault: Audio Interviews and Presentations

Cynthia Bourgeault: Video Interviews and Presentations

Cynthia Bourgeault: Online E-Courses




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