“When the field of vision has been unified, the inner being comes to rest, and that inner peaceableness flows into the outer world as harmony and compassion.”

The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind

Meet Cynthia

Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally acclaimed retreat leader. She divides her time between solitude in her seaside hermitage in Maine and a demanding schedule traveling globally to spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths. She is a faculty member emeritus of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the founding director of an international network of Wisdom schools, uniting classic Christian mystical and monastic teaching with contemporary practices of mindfulness and embodied presence. She has been honored as one of the 100 most spiritually influential living people in 2021.

“Contemplation is not a pious lifestyle.”
“We meet at the depths where the great traditions embrace each other.”
“Contemplation is engaged and evolutionary.”

“Wisdom isn’t knowing more.
It’s knowing with more of you.


Cynthia’s published articles cover a breadth of topics that take us on a journey toward a deeper embrace of our human frailty, messiness, and limitations as the very path and locus of transformation. Read up on Cynthia’s theological insights on the cutting edge between contemplation and “ordinary” life.


E-courses provide an easy way to dive in deeper to some of Cynthia’s most powerful teachings without having to leave home! There are numerous opportunities to participate in a variety of online formats, as offered by partnering organizations and course providers.

Videos & Podcasts

Here you’ll find Cynthia in lively conversation with some leading-edge spiritual commentators on topics of both perennial and current interest…

What’s New With Cynthia?

Unless you happen to spot Cynthia on the high seas, here are some opportunities to tune into Cynthia’s activities and catch some of her upcoming appearances:

Read Cynthia's most recent reflections on her blog HERE
Cynthia Bourgeault shares her personal decision-making method in a this unique online course with live video conference - Find details here: FOUR VOICES OF CONTEMPLATIVE DISCERNMENT ONLINE COURSE
NEW BOOK by Cynthia Bourgeault: The Corner of Fourth and Nondual - FIND INFO AND EXCERPT HERE
Online spaces still available for Cynthia's upcoming retreat on Rebuilding Trust - FIND DETAILS HERE

New Book!

Corner of Fourth and Nondual by Cynthia Boureault - Book CoverThe Corner of Fourth and Nondual

by Cynthia Bourgeault

Adopting a title inspired by Thomas Merton’s moment of revelation ‘at the Corner of Fourth and Walnut’ Cynthia Bourgeault describes the foundations of her theology: a cosmological seeing with the eye of the heart, and classic Benedictine daily rule informed and enlightened by wisdom from the Asian traditions.

This book is part of the My Theology series, featuring the world’s leading Christian thinkers explaining some of the principal tenets of their theological beliefs in concise, pocket-sized books.

Featured Course

Four Voices of Contemplative Discernment

Registration extended. Still time to join this course….

Cynthia Bourgeault shares her personal decision-making method in a four-week online course plus live video conference January 2-29, 2022. This new edition of the Four Voices course will help you access your own inner wisdom.

You’ll receive weekly video teachings punctuated with real-life examples, contemplative practices, and access to a 24/7 online community, concluding with a live Zoom session with Cynthia.


“As we enter the path of transformation, the most valuable thing we have working in our favor is our yearning.”

The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind

Wisdom Community Connections

Visit Wisdom Waypoints!

This dynamic home base for Cynthia’s world-wide Wisdom community has recently launched a fresh new website and a vastly enhanced capacity for networking and resource sharing.  Read about their many offerings, practice opportunities, and ways to contribute.   Visit Wisdom Waypoints here >>>

“Meaning is not explanation, it’s resonance…”

~ Cynthia Bourgeault


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Cynthia’s network is made up of thoughtful organizations that support her work and the contemplative community. Click the above logos to explore.