“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 in conversation with David Lorimer on Imaginal Inspirations podcast. FIND LINK HERE
BUILDING SECOND BODY: A New Teaching Series 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!

Building Second Body: A Teaching Series with Cynthia Bourgeault

The recordings provided here were filmed live at a small Wisdom gathering in Stonington Maine in June 2022. This new teaching series has been curated from a selection of those recorded sessions, offering a unique and practical set of instructions for developing the spiritual substances and conscious presence so needed in our world today.

Through the all-important route of steadily enlivening and subtilizing sensation/attention in the first body, one develops the second body as the vessel to hold and enact higher and finer dimensions of consciousness. What you will find here is what Cynthia considers essential, foundational ‘technologies for transformation.”

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.

Upcoming Virtual Retreat

Forest Path

Attend Virtual Retreat on Relearning Trust with Cynthia Bourgeault

September 25 -29, 2022, hosted by The Contemplative Society.

To our usual psychological way of looking at things, trust must be earned; it is called forth in response to demonstrated trustworthiness. But there is another way of approaching trust, which has always been the way of the great saints and mystics. From this other angle of approach trust is not earned so much as bestowed—from a fathomless strength and freedom which lies latent in every human soul, flowing like a wellspring from the heart of God.

Recent Interview

Imaginal Inspirations Podcast Interview

New Interview with Cynthia on the Imaginal Inspirations Podcast

In the podcast series Imaginal Inspirations, David Lorimer talks to Cynthia Bourgeault about the experiences, people, and books that have shaped her life and work.

“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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