“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.

NEW BOOK by Cynthia Bourgeault: The Corner of Fourth and Nondual. READ EXCERPT HERE.
Read Cynthia's most recent reflections on her blog HERE
Cynthia's Mystical Courage book on S&P list for The Best Spiritual Books of 2021. See HERE.  


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?

Newest 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.

  • Check out the Spring issue of PARABOLA magazine focusing on the theme of Wonder and featuring an excerpt from Cynthia’s latest book, THE CORNER OF FOURTH AND NONDUAL. Read online here>>>

Recent Interview

Cynthia Bourgeault on The Common Good – Interview Recording

In this video interview Cynthia Bourgeault joins Garrison Institute founder Jonathan F.P. Rose for a conversation on the common good.  Cynthia has worked extensively on understanding the common good and its importance within the fabric of our communities, and how each of us can act towards it.

“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 >>>

Meet Cynthia’s other principal teaching networks 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.