Organizer

The Contemplative Society
The Contemplative Society
Email
admin@contemplative.org
Website
https://www.contemplative.org/

Leader

  • Heather Ruce
    Heather Ruce

    Heather Ruce, M. A. is a Wisdom Spiritual Director who offers Wisdom Practice Circles, Retreats, and Wisdom Schools focused on the expansive Christian Wisdom Tradition. She works within the lineage of Wisdom Teacher Cynthia Bourgeault whom she has been a student of for over a decade. Heather weaves her Masters in Marital & Family Therapy and training in Somatic Experiencing, Organic Intelligence & Spiritual Direction into her teaching and guidance in various Wisdom practices, all in service of waking up and putting on the Mind of Christ. Find out more at heatherruce.com.

Location

Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre
Website
https://sorrentocentre.ca

Date

Sunday - Thursday September 08 - 12, 2024

Three Centered Presence and Transformation of Consciousness: A Wisdom School with Heather Ruce

About The Contemplative Society: An inclusive non-profit society that encourages a deepening of contemplative practice based in the Christian Wisdom lineage, while also welcoming and being supportive of other spiritual traditions. The Society is based in Victoria, BC, Canada where their work is conducted by a voluntary Board of Directors and a part-time Administrator. The Contemplative Society offers resources, recordings, and events led by their founding teacher Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault and other distinguished Wisdom teachers and leaders. The Society operates as part of a global Wisdom-focused network with a world-wide membership and following. Learn more about The Contemplative Society at https://www.contemplative.org/.


About the Presenter: Heather Ruce, M. A. is a Wisdom Spiritual Director who offers Wisdom Practice Circles, Retreats, and Wisdom Schools focused on the expansive Christian Wisdom Tradition. She works within the lineage of Wisdom Teacher Cynthia Bourgeault whom she has been a student of for over a decade. Heather weaves her Masters in Marital & Family Therapy and training in Somatic Experiencing, Organic Intelligence & Spiritual Direction into her teaching and guidance in various Wisdom practices, all in service of waking up and putting on the Mind of Christ. Find out more at heatherruce.com.

About this Retreat: From time immemorial Wisdom Schools have emerged in times of global crisis or on the cusp of great leaps in human consciousness in order to help shepherd our planet through the transition. While there is academic teaching that goes on here, that is not the primary business of a Wisdom School; the primary business is to help anchor human wholeness and to work with the core practices that sustain the transformation of consciousness.  — Wisdom Waypoints

 We are indeed in a time of global crisis and amidst a shift in our current structures of consciousness. Drawing on the work of Cynthia Bourgeault, G.I. Gurdjieff, Gebser, and others, this Wisdom School led by Heather Ruce will focus on deepening presence in our three centers – intellectual, emotional, body – and how awakening in them can support us in the transformation of consciousness.  We will also explore the practices of self-observation, self-remembering, conscious labor, and intentional suffering as a way of participating in what is needed for the whole right now.

Please join us in person at the Sorrento Retreat & Conference Centre in the beautiful Shuswap region of British Columbia, Canada.  A ZOOM option will also be available for those who prefer on-line attendance. All participants will be invited to deepen your experience of the ‘wisdom way of knowing’ through a daily rhythm with periods of silence, centering prayer, teaching, conscious conversation, Gurdjieff Exercises and Movements, chanting, mindful work, lectio divina, and contemplative free time.


  • Early Bird Rate is $395.00 and will be in effect until July 15, 2024. This rate does not include meals and accommodations.
  • Regular Rate of $475 will be in effect from July 16 – September 7, 2024. This rate does not include meals and accommodations.
  • Zoom Rate is $250.00.

Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre looks forward to welcoming you and we encourage you to stay with us, or even with other local establishments. Our accommodations and meals are made with love and care by our wonderful, professional, friendly Housekeeping and Kitchen Teams. Accommodations and meals are extra and must be booked in advance. Please choose your meal and accommodation package when you register.


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