“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 known 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. Her roots are firmly planted in the Benedictine monastic tradition, her wings soar in the Christian mystical lineage, and her wisdom is tempered by daily mindfulness and embodiment practice learned through more than thirty years of participation in the Gurdjieff Work. An emeritus core faculty member at The Center for Action and Contemplation, 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:

Cynthia offers a series of 'Civics for Wisdom Students' posts and an exploration of the Common Good on her blog.
An online component added for Cynthia's Mystery of Death retreat Sept 27 - Oct 1. 
Cynthia and Ted Jones explore Thomas Keating’s final book of poetry at Glastonbury Abbey on Nov 20.

Conversations & Blogs

BACK ON THE GROUND: New Podcast with Cynthia

Recorded September 10, 2021: In this engaging podcast conversation with Len Edgerly, host of the Kindle Chronicles, Cynthia Bourgeault shares what she has been doing and considering through the Pandemic shutdown period, and what is on her heart and mind as the opportunities for on-the-ground gatherings return.  Listen here >>>

Interview with Cynthia:

Chalice Magazine, a German publisher dedicated to sharing the works of English author and mystic Reshad Feild, recently engaged Cynthia to share her perspectives on a number of timely and thought-provoking topics. In this short excerpt she responds to a question about loyalty and reciprocity in the spiritual teacher and student relationship:

“A true teacher is a finger pointing to the moon – through the purity of that pointing, the student is able to see the moon, and by the light of that moon, the student sees the beauty and purity of the teacher. Thus, loyalty is never demanded, but only patience to trust the process and trust the teacher until the eye of the needle has been navigated. And even here, the student’s personal integrity is never violated, even for the most sincere of reasons. Reciprocity grows out of mutual respect, humility, and trust, as binding on the teacher as on the student.”

Cynthia’s Blog Series and Reflections

In a special series of blog posts Cynthia introduces the theme of “Civics for Wisdom Students” through her exploration of the common good and the potential of an emerging Integral structure of consciousness.  The series starts here:  EVOLUTIONARY THEORY AND THE COMMON GOOD: The Beginnings of a Wisdom Inquiry

Events With Cynthia

Integral Light Shining in the Dark: A Journey to the Heart of Advent with Jean Gebser

Teaching Retreat with Cynthia, December 10 – 15, 2021 at Garrison Institute NY

In this first-of-a-kind immersion retreat, Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault will take us on a deep dive into the profoundly Christian and incarnational mysticism at the root of Jean Gebser’s Integral Evolutionary theory. Find full details here.

For Cynthia’s complete calendar listings refer to her EVENT SCHEDULE >>>

Wisdom Community Connections

Visit Wisdom Waypoints!

This dynamic home-base for Cynthia’s world-wide Wisdom community has a newly launched website and a vastly enhanced capacity for networking and resource sharing.  Read about their many offerings, including the recent Wisdom Practice Day where Cynthia offered a special message to community members.  Visit Wisdom Waypoints here >>>

Wisdom Community Connections

Paulette Meier and Scott Brubaker-Zehr, both students in Cynthia’s worldwide Wisdom community, teamed up to produce this stunning video based on the chant “Art Thou in the Darkness.”  The chant lyrics are drawn from 17 c. Quaker leader James Naylor, set to melody and sung by Paulette Meier.  You can find this chant on Paulette’s album Timeless Quaker Wisdom in Plainsong. Enjoy!

“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