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Cynthia Bourgeault

Cynthia Bourgeault

A modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, theologian, and retreat leader, Cynthia Bourgeault divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and a demanding schedule traveling globally to promote the rediscovery of the Christian contemplative path. She has been a long-time advocate of Centering Prayer and has worked closely with the community of teachers of that practice, including Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, and Richard Rohr. She is a founding director of both the Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School, and she continues to contribute to the Contemplative Society in her role as principal teacher and advisor. She was the recipient of the 2014 Contemplative Voices award from Shalem Institute. Cynthia’s articles and essays have appeared in many journals and publications, and she is the author of numerous books, including The Wisdom Jesus, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, and The Heart of Centering Prayer.

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About the 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