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Foundations of Centering Prayer (Introductory Workshop) ONLINE

October 21, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


“Silence is God’s first language,’ says the sixteenth century mystic John of the Cross. And silence is the normal context in which contemplative prayer takes place. But…there is silence and then there is silence. There is an outer silence, and outer stopping of the words and busy-ness, but there is also a much more challenging interior silence…”
– Cynthia Bourgeault

Centering Prayer prepares us to more fully enter the interior silence and receive the gift of God’s presence, beyond thoughts, words and emotions. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer–verbal, mental, or affective prayer–into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

Whether you are new to Centering Prayer, or you would like to deepen your practice, it is helpful to look again at the foundations of the practice.
Please join us for a morning of online instruction, group practice, and opportunity for discussion and questions.

Colette Lafia is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat leader. She is the author of several books including The Divine Heart: Seven Ways to Live in God’s Love, which received a 2022 Nautilus Book Award. As a graduate of the Living School, from the Center for Action and Contemplation, Colette has a passion for sharing the contemplative path and inviting people to see themselves as manifestations of Divine Love. To learn more about Colette, please visit: www.colettelafia.com

Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, dedicated to fostering contemplative practices such as Centering Prayer and others within the Christian Wisdom tradition that help us become aware of God’s ever-present love. As a scientist she sees in the physical world an expression of that love.

Catherine Regan, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, retired psychologist, and adjunct staff member at Mercy Center, primarily serving on the Centering Prayer team. She has a special interest in participating in the reclamation of the Christian Wisdom tradition and fostering the contemplative practices so urgently needed at this time in our world.

$20 donation
Please register at mercy-center.org

Workshop times in Pacific Standard Time.


October 21, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Cristina Esguerra


Mercy Center Burlingame
2300 Adeline Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010 United States
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