Live and Self-Guided Online Courses for Individuals or Groups

The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of the Centering Prayer

Silence and Centering Prayer: A Self-Guided Online Course

with retreat leaders Fr. Carl J. Arico and Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler

This online retreat assists participants in learning, renewing, and establishing a daily Centering Prayer practice as the foundation for the contemplative life. It consists of a combination of email, video and audio teachings.  It is self-guided and can be taken anytime, anywhere there is internet access.

This retreat also brings together two founding principals of Contemplative Outreach to offer the conceptual background, the method, and insights into Centering Prayer as a way of life. Gail and Fr. Carl draw upon their over 30 years of practiccing the prayer, as well as teaching it to thousands worldwide. They provide practical instruction of value to both new practitioners and even experienced practitioners about this transformative method of prayer.

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Wisdom for Living: The Parables of Jesus

What is the Kingdom of God like?
And to what shall I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed that someone
took and sowed in the garden;
it grew and became a tree,
and the birds of the air made nests
in its branches.
-- Luke 13: 18-19

"When rightly understood, the parables help us to see how extraordinary a wisdom teacher Jesus really was, and how revolutionary, in the best sense of the word, was the content of what he taught and to which he bore witness by his life and death.

"These insights cohere particularly well with the actual experience of people on the spiritual journey. When contemplative prayer is seriously embraced, we come upon [a] lived reality … the reversal of expectations, the gradual and often painful liberation from emotional programs for happiness, and the increasing discovery of the kingdom of God in the ordinary and everyday."
— Thomas Keating in the preface to Meditations on the Parables of Jesus

This online course is based on teaching excerpts from Thomas Keating's book, Meditations on the Parables of Jesus, which he recently picked as his "best book." 

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Forgiveness: A Growth in Love

This online retreat focuses on learning and practicing the Prayer of Forgiveness in various relationships and life events. 
Click here for more information or to register for the Forgiveness on-demand course.

 

Lectio Divina - Introduction

This online retreat focuses on learning the method of Lectio Divina and incorporating this contemplative way of praying the Scriptures into daily practice. Click here for more information or to register for the Lectio Divina on demand course.

 

Lean In, Lighten Up and Let Go: Practices for a Deeper Commitment to the Contemplative

This is an interactive online retreat to encourage a life of prayer and practice, both "on the chair" and in daily life. This course will support you in making a deeper commitment to your relationship with God, and strengthen your ability to live the contemplative life through dedication to prayer and practice, all within the normal routines of everyday life.

This e-course has been designed as a review of contemplative prayer practices for those who already engage in this form of prayer as well as those who would like to begin such a practice.

Led by Mary Dwyer, a long-time practitioner of Centering Prayer and student of Fr. Thomas Keating, this retreat is a four-week practicum based on a series of four questions, inspired by the teachings of Fr. Basil Pennington.

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Contemplative Discernment

A contemplative practice of discernment is not about decision-making, although this may be an eventual outcome. Rather, contemplative discernment is receptive in nature, a process of opening to receive clues about who we are in God. We focus on ever-deepening levels of relationship and trust in God's will for us. We learn how to listen deeply to our motivations and sort through and purify any mixed motivations. As this relationship deepens, we learn to allow the love of God to motivate our actions and manifest through us. We discover what it means to truly pray "not my will, but Thy will."

This online retreat consists of 12 emails, which will focus on teachings and practice; audio segments to enrich and support the practices and teachings; a recorded teleconference with Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Fr. Carl Arico; and mini-practices to guide you through various aspects of the discernment process. A daily Centering Prayer practice is recommended for taking this online retreat.

For more information or to register, visit the Contemplative Discernment e-course page.

 

Practicing the Presence of God

This online retreat explores in depth the contemplative prayer practice of living in the present moment with attention and intention and uses the examples of three Christian contemplative mentors: Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, St. Therese of Lisieux and Jean-Pierre De Caussade. Click here for more information or to register for the Practicing the Presence of God on demand course.

Download the Attention/Intention MP3 excerpt (right-click and save link/target as).

 

Embracing Living: The Welcoming Prayer

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. If Centering Prayer (or another daily prayer) is practiced for one hour of the day, the Welcoming Prayer is for the other 23 hours. It is a "letting go" in the present moment, in the midst of the activity of ordinary life. It helps to dismantle the emotional programs heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored -- in the body.

Practicing the Welcoming Prayer offers us the opportunity to make choices -- responding instead of reacting to the present moment. Through the action of the Holy Spirit, the practice empowers us to take appropriate action as freely and lovingly as possible in any situation that presents itself.

"To welcome and to let go
is one of the most
radically loving, faith-filled
gestures we can make
in each moment of each day.
It is an open-hearted embrace
of all that is in ourselves
and in the world."
-- Mary Mrozowski, creator of the Welcoming Prayer

This retreat includes all new video teachings and a newly updated prayer practice. You can look forward to these components:

  •  12 emails that give the core teachings and practices.
  •  New videos, covering:
    1. The Human Condition
    2. The Method of the Welcoming Prayer
    3. Nuances and Practice
    4. Fruits of the Prayer
  • Step-by-step instructions on the Welcoming Prayer, plus an audio version of the prayer to assist your practice.
  • A one-hour teleconference with the e-course leaders from Contemplative Outreach
  • Mini-practices to root the Welcoming Prayer in your daily life.

Join us to learn or to deepen or renew this practical and profound prayer. The more we experience the Welcoming Prayer, the more we realize that we need to do the Welcoming Prayer. As we continue to consent, we open to God's healing on ever-deepening levels.

4 CEHs for chaplains available.

Partial scholarships are available through Contemplative Outreach. Please inquire at clp@coutreach.org.

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Centering Prayer- Introduction

Offered in partnership with Sounds True, this online self-guided course is available in an on-demand format, which means you can take it anytime, anywhere you have internet access.  For more information, click on the image.  Check the Sounds True website for any upcoming live versions of this course.

This new online course is useful for those who cannot attend an Introduction to Centering Prayer in person, or for those who would like to refresh their prayer practice.  The course includes guidance and teachings on video and audio from Fr. Thomas Keating, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Fr. Carl Arico.  

The boxed set in-home package is available in the store click here. The boxed set is recommended both for individual use to learn the prayer and for local Contemplative Outreach chapters offering the Centering Prayer Introductory Program as a group learning opportunity.