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.

New Monasticisms Ireland had the privilege of hosting ‘In the Wake of St Brendan’ A Weekend with Cynthia Bourgeault, Emmaus Centre in July 2014







Cynthia has been a long-time advocate of the meditative practice of Centering Prayer and has worked closely with fellow teachers and colleagues including Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, and Richard Rohr.

Cynthia has actively participated in numerous InterSpiritual dialogues and events with luminaires and leaders such as A.H. Almaas, Kabir Helminski, Swami Atmarupananda, and Rami Shapiro.



Cynthia is a member of the GPIW (Global Peace Initiative for Women) Contemplative Council and recipient of the 2014 Contemplative Voices award from Shalem Institute. She is a founding Director of both The Contemplative Societyand theAspen Wisdom School. She continues to contribute to The Contemplative Society in her role as Principal Teacher and advisor.

Cynthia’s newest book,

Centering Prayer            Knowing without knowing

Can anything new come out about Centering Prayer? The answer is an emphatic “Yes.” After over thirty years of engaging with this contemplative practice, Cynthia Bourgeault has garnered valuable insights into its unique attributes compared to other meditation models – not only in method, but also in effect…

The Contemplative Society

Cynthia Bourgeault is currently one of the core faculty members at The Living School for Action and Contemplation.