Cynthia Bourgeault

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault is the founder and principal teacher for the Aspen Wisdom School as well as a founding director and the principal teacher for the Contemplative Society.  She also serves on the core faculty of the spiritual paths Institute in Aspen, Colorado.  An Episcopal priest and international retreat and conference leader, Cynthia is passionately committed to recovering the Christian contemplative path and has worked closely with Fr. Thomas Keating, Fr. Bruno Barnhart, and other Christian contemplative masters, as well as in Sufism and the Christian inner traditions.

She is the author of five books: Chanting the Psalms, Mystical Hope, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God and Love is Stronger Than Death. She is also responsible for many articles and audiotapes on the Christian Spiritual Life, including a 6 CD set, Encountering the Wisdom Jesus, published by Sounds True.

In 2001 she was invited to become a charter participant in the “Deepening the American Dream Project,” sponsored by the Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, MI, joining a select group of other American spiritual writers including Kathleen Norris, Jacob Needleman, Elaine Pagels, Huston Smith, and Parker Palmer; Her third book is a revision and expansion of that original essay. She is a past Fellow of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural research at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN, and an oblate of New Camaldoli Monastery in Big Sur, California.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

In this very special video interview, Father Thomas Keating offers a detailed account of the conditions that catalyzed a massive reawakening of Christian contemplative practice in the late 20th century.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Discover the transformative wisdom embodied in this mysterious, often misunderstood feminine figure at the heart of Christianity.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

In this latest installation of our Exploring the Future of Christianity series, Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault talks to Ken Wilber about her latest book, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault is a leading teacher and a provocative voice in the progressive Christian movement through her work with the Aspen Wisdom School and the Contemplative Society. Her participation in interfaith exchanges around the world (as well as her extraordinary books like The Wisdom Jesus and her upcoming work on Mary Magdalene) makes her the ideal teacher to help us continue our exploration of the Future of Christianity. You won’t want to miss her unique perspectives.

In this interview we examine her current work and its implications in the world, the stages of development of her personal spiritual path, her perspectives on healing the Christian church, and the contribution Christianity can make to our personal and cultural awareness.