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October 18, 2020—October 24, 2020

In Person: The Secret Embrace Silent Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault

This will be a silent Centering Prayer immersion retreat, most suitable to those with an established Centering Prayer practice and prior familiarity with Thomas Keating’s teachings on The Human Condition and The Divine Therapy. Experienced practitioners on other meditational paths are also warmly invited to join this deep dive into Thomas Keating’s final teachings on unity consciousness and nondual awakening.

This retreat will feature three daily periods of meditation, morning and afternoon teaching by Cynthia Bourgeault based on an in-depth exploration of Father Thomas’s final work, The Secret Embrace, and daily time for group reflection and synthesis. We will be particularly alert to the prophetic and collective implications of this unitive awakening for our own shattered times.

If attendees are able to, they should purchase the book, The Secret Embrace, prior to the retreat if they don’t own it already. It can be purchased here.


The Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault is an internationally known teacher, writer, and retreat leader with roots in the Christian contemplative tradition and wings in the mystical unity of all beings. A student of Fr. Thomas Keating for more than thirty years, she is the founding director of The Contemplative Society in British Columbia (1997), The Aspen Wisdom School in Colorado (2004), and most recently of Northeast Wisdom (2014), which serves as the principal home base for her Wisdom teaching worldwide. She is also as a core faculty member for the Albuquerque-based Center for Action and Contemplation (together with Richard Rohr and James Finley) and the author of nine books, including her most recent: Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm (Shambhala, 2020.)  When not on the road teaching or on the water adventuring, she makes her home in Stonington, Maine.


Registration Options

Commuter Rate (no Bedroom)
Dorm Room
Double Room
Single Room
Total Fees by Room Choice.
NOTE: Dorm and Double Room options are only available to those within the same household or traveling personally together to the GI (Dorm rooms are for groups of 3 or 4). Roommate(s) must be specified when registering.