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Annual Fall One-Day Workshop

Contemplative Outreach Chicago, 7th annual fall workshop. Christian Wisdom as Prophecy: an ongoing conversation between Centering Prayer and the Wisdom Tradition. With Cynthia Bourgeault.

Each year, Chicago-area contemplatives gather on one fall Saturday to share friendship, insight, and the search for spiritual depth and meaning. All are welcome. We sincerely invite you to be part of our seventh annual One-Day Fall Workshop!

Saturday November 3: a special day of awareness and wisdom…

Our seventh annual fall workshop brings renowned author and teacher Cynthia Bourgeault to Benedictine University in Lisle to offer a full day of contemplative wisdom teachings.  Her topic for the conference is Christian Wisdom as Prophecy: an ongoing conversation between Centering Prayer and the Wisdom Tradition.

As taught by Cynthia, the wisdom tradition references practices developed and passed down over many centuries that include recognition and utilization of our entire being and not simply rational thought.  Wisdom teaches that perception and awareness are unitive experiences.

Centering Prayer is a core element of this type of wisdom — it teaches us to release the thinking mind’s dominance over us. The wisdom tradition offers effective means to help us release our thoughts, so that we can simply rest in the presence of the divine nature dwelling in each of us.  Wisdom practices cultivate an openness to presence, gradually enabling deeper levels of contemplation in centering prayer.

Wisdom can also help us move from an individual experience of the divine nature within to an experience that we are all in union with one another and can communally experience our common divine nature embedded within us.

About Cynthia Bourgeault

Photo of Cynthia Bourgeault

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader.

Cynthia 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.  She has been a long-time advocate of the meditative practice of Centering Prayer and has worked closely with Thomas Keating.  For more information about Cynthia’s ideas and her many books, visit her website.

We hope you will join us for this special day of spiritual reflection, learning and growth!

Registration is available now.

NOTE:  Lunch is included in the price of $85. 

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE AND FULL-TIME STUDENTS CAN ATTEND FOR ONLY $20.  For further information, please send an email to

EVENT DETAILS: Saturday, November 3, 2018, Goodwin Hall Auditorium, Benedictine University, Lisle Illinois. This link takes you to a page featuring a campus map that also allows you to get directions from your location to the university.

Space opens at 8:30am / Workshop begins: 9:00am

Lunch provided at mid-day / Workshop ends: 4:00pm


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