Public Title
Cynthia Bourgeault: From Narrative Self to Witnessing Self: Crossing the Threshold

Narrative Self to Witnessing Self

This silent, meditation-based teaching retreat will offer both a theoretical and a practical exploration of the gradual transition from a more limited sense of selfhood anchored in personal story-telling and drama to a more spacious and less cognitively constructed selfhood, widely known as “Witnessing Presence.” While the retreat is open to experienced meditators on all paths, it will hold particular interest for advanced practitioners of Centering Prayer, where it will unpack some of the key ideas in Cynthia’s highly acclaimed book—particularly the whole notion of “nondual personhood.”
Please contact our Senior Registrar, Carling Devin, at carling@garrisoninstitute.org for registration options regarding this retreat.

This silent, meditation-based teaching retreat will offer both a theoretical and a practical inquiry into the gradual transition from a more limited sense of selfhood anchored in personal story-telling and drama to a more spacious and less cognitively constructed selfhood, widely known as “The Witness.” While the whole concept of witnessing presence is widely recognized in Eastern spiritual practice, it still presents a stumbling block for many Western Christians, who cannot imagine a “true self” without specifically defining features and a personal narrative. Our retreat, approached from the perspective of Christian nonduality, will attempt to help advancing practitioners approach this threshold with more confidence and ease.

While the retreat is open to experienced meditators on all paths (and an established meditation practice is a prerequisite), it will hold particular interest for advanced practitioners of Centering Prayer, where it will unpack some of the key ideas in Cynthia’s highly acclaimed The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice, particularly the notion of “nondual personhood.” 

This retreat will be held in silence.

Teacher:

Cynthia Bourgeault is an Episcopal priest, writer, and retreat leader, widely acclaimed as one of the leading contemporary teachers of Christian Nonduality. She is the author of eight books, including her most recent, The Heart of Centering Prayer, Christian Nonduality in Theory and Practice, which has been hailed by Fr. Thomas Keating as “a major contribution to the Centering Prayer movement and to interspiritual dialogue.”  In addition to overseeing a growing network of international wisdom schools, she also serves as a core faculty member for the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque. NM, together with Fr. Richard Rohr and James Finley. 







Please contact our Senior Registrar, Carling Devin, at carling@garrisoninstitute.org for registration options regarding this retreat.
When
11/14/2018 3:00 PM - 11/18/2018 2:00 PM
Where
Garrison Institute Route 9D At Glenclyffe Garrison, NY 10524

Pricing Information

Registration OptionFee
Commuter Rate (no bedroom)$590.00
Dorm Room$710.00
Double Room$770.00
Single Room SOLD OUT$850.00
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Late Registration Fee

Online registration for this event will close the day before the start of the retreat. Late registrations may be accepted on a case-by-case basis; there is a $50 late registration fee.

Cancellation Policy

This policy applies only to retreats for which Garrison Institute collected registration fees directly from guests. For cancellations made at least a week in advance of the start of the retreat, we assess a $50 cancellation fee. For cancellations made within a week of the event, in addition to the $50 processing fee, we will assess a fee of $40 per day for the length of the retreat to cover our direct costs for food, which will have already been ordered. We cannot offer refunds for cancellations made after 4pm the day before the start of a retreat.

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