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Cynthia Bourgeault

Cynthia Bourgeault

Cynthia Bourgeault, PhD, is an Episcopal priest, teacher, and retreat and conference leader. She is the author of several books, including Chanting the Psalms and Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening.

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About Author

Modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader, Cynthia Bourgeault divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine, and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom path. She is the founding director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School.


Cynthia is a past fellow of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and an oblate of New Camaldoli Monastery in Big Sur, California. She continues to contribute to The Contemplative Society in her role as principal teacher and adviser. She passionately promotes the practice of Centering Prayer, and has worked closely with Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, Richard Rohr, as well as many other contemplative teachers and leaders within the Christian tradition and other spiritual paths.

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Cynthia Bourgeault talks to Shambhala Publications' senior editor, Dave O'Neal