“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.

NEWEST BOOK by Cynthia Bourgeault: The Corner of Fourth and Nondual. READ EXCERPT HERE.
Read Cynthia's most recent reflections on her blog HERE
Cynthia in conversation with David Lorimer on Imaginal Inspirations podcast. FIND LINK HERE
REBUILDING TRUST: A New Video Teaching with Cynthia Bourgeault.  LEARN MORE 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?

New Video Teaching!

REBUILDING TRUST: Cosmic Replenishment for a Malnourished World – Video Teaching with Cynthia Bourgeault

At a time when the trust level in our world has fallen to a catastrophic low, Cynthia Bourgeault provides a deep immersion into another way of working with trust. Drawing on the experience of revered mystics and martyrs, she explores not only the spirituality but the actual practices that allow our hearts to access a potent, hidden wellspring of trust. By skillfully tapping into that source we can begin to rebuild trust within our own lives, and also contribute to its cultivation within our shattered world. Cynthia approaches this teaching from contemplative and esoteric reference points rather than the more typical therapeutic perspectives.

Rebuilding Trust includes over 10 hours of video teachings by Cynthia Bourgeault and supporting teacher Matthew Wright. Together they provide an illuminating, expansive approach to both encounter and generate trust, as an essential substance and offering, so needed in our world today.

Online Advent Retreat

For Advent this year, Wisdom Waypoints will host an online, interactive Wisdom retreat based on the Audio Teaching Series:

INTEGRAL LIGHT SHINING IN THE DARK: Exploring Advent through the Eyes of Jean Gebser and G. I. Gurdjieff

Starting November 27 to December 23, 2022

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.

“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

Annual Fundraiser Now in Progress!

Message to the Wisdom Community from Cynthia and Wisdom Waypoints

The challenges our planet is facing can feel destabilizing. Help us do what Wisdom has always done in stormy times: to be a true waypoint: a star to steer by, a sturdy hand on the helm to keep the ship on course.

With that in mind, I encourage your support for my ‘home base’ non-profit organization Wisdom Waypoints as they launch their annual fundraiser. Your contribution will make a difference as their dedicated team serves to expand my teaching reach, and meet the growing interest and need for  resources and practices rooted in our Wisdom lineage. You can find out more in the messages provided below.  Your generosity, with a donation of whatever amount you can offer, will enable our ongoing work and is greatly appreciated!

Read letters from Cynthia the Wisdom Waypoints Council 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.