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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Silent Advent Retreat at the Garrison Institute with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault will lead an in-person silent retreat, Integral Light Shining in the Dark: Journey to the Heart, from 3 p.m. December 10 through noon December 15 at the Garrison Institute. In this first-of-a-kind immersion retreat, Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest and writer, will take participants on “a deep dive into the profoundly Christian and incarnational mysticism” at the root of Jean Gebser’s Integral Evolutionary theory.

The retreat will explore how some of Gebser’s core ideas, particularly around time, transparency, spiritual generativity and “intensification of the present,” offer new insight on classic advent themes. An established meditation practice is required to attend. Familiarity with the Gebser’s teachings is strongly recommended.

A longtime advocate of the meditative practice of centering prayer, Bourgeault has worked closely with Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart and Richard Rohr and participated in numerous interspiritual dialogues and events. She is a member of the Global Peace Initiative for Women Contemplative Council and a founding director of the Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School.

The Garrison Institute was founded on the belief that action in the world is more compassionate and effective when infused with the wisdom and skill cultivated in contemplative practices. Overlooking the Hudson River in a former Capuchin monastery, the Institute convenes and supports those who are exploring the wisdom, values and insight gained through contemplative practices to catalyze personal and social transformation.

Location: The Garrison Institute, directly off Route 9D in Garrison, NY. For more info, visit or call 845.424.4800.