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Contemplative Outreach offers many opportunities to deepen one’s relationship with God and support the process of transformation in Christ. Attending a workshop, retreat, participating in a Centering Prayer group and attending enrichment programs can all help establish a Centering Prayer practice and deepen an established practice. We also offer programs designed to take one's current practice deeper in relationship with God and into the activities and relationships of ordinary life. Both in-person and in-home programs are available, offering varying degrees of instruction, guided practice, study and community support.
After the Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop, participants are encouraged to continue to meet weekly. We recommend the formation of Centering Prayer groups to support growth in this prayer practice. A typical weekly meeting consists of experience, education and sharing. For example, a group meeting might begin with a 20-minute period of Centering Prayer followed by a time for educational enrichment in the conceptual background to Centering Prayer and the Christian contemplative heritage, and end with experience-based sharing on the prayer and its effects in daily life. Some groups may also practice a form of Lectio Divina.
Centering Prayer groups generally remain open to new members, as participants often bring interested friends. If the group has a trained facilitator, the newcomers can be taught the method of Centering Prayer outside of the group meeting, or newcomers can attend the Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop or take the Centering Prayer online course.