Reclaiming the Mystical Heart of Christianity Silent Retreat

  • Copper Beech Institute Copper Beech Institute
  • 303 Tunxis Rd. West Hartford, CT 06107
  • Nov 8 - 14, 2019 (7 days)
  • $1,050.00 - 6-Night Option: Private Room, Hall Bath $950.00 - 6-Night Option: Shared Room, Hall Bath $750.00 - 6-Night Option: Commuter Rate $375.00 - Weekend Option: Private Room, Hall Bath $325.00 - Weekend Option: Shared Room, Hall Bath $275.00 -

About This Event

Co-sponsored by The Christian Contemplative Experience at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center and Copper Beech Institute.

This retreat provides a sacred opportunity for a large Community of Contemplatives to gather as a healing presence to the world and to one another. Individually you’ll deepen your Centering Prayer practice with Cynthia Bourgeault, one of the great contemplative guides of our time. The retreat will unpack some of the key ideas in her highly acclaimed book The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice. Emphasis will be placed on the notion of “nondual personhood,” as well as the method and foundations of the Centering Prayer practice.  Participants will see that Centering Prayer is not simply a Christianized form of other meditation methods, rather a method that has its own specific mechanism to transform consciousness from a narrow to broader perspectives of personhood.

This retreat will be held in silence. Each day will include wisdom teaching with Cynthia, movement practice, Contemplative Eucharist, chanting, and multiple Centering Prayer periods. The retreat is open to contemplative practitioners on all paths. All levels are welcome, though an established centering prayer or meditation practice is helpful. For those who cannot attend the full week, we welcome participants to join us for the weekend of November 8-10.

As part of the Christian Contemplative Experience, Holy Family Retreat Center is providing workshops and retreats to learn more about Centering Prayer and develop a practice in advance of this retreat. It is highly recommended that all attendees new to Centering Prayer attend a Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop prior to this retreat; the more you bring, the more you receive. Please visit to learn more: (contact info blocked).



6 Night Option

Private Room, Private Bath: $1,150

Private Room, Hall Bath: $1,050

Shared Room, Hall Bath: $950

Commuter: $750

Weekend Option

Private Room, Hall Bath: $375

Shared Room, Hall Bath: $325

Commuter: $275

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