Live and Self-Guided Online Courses

Live and Self-Guided Online Courses


Lux Divina: A 2020 Advent Journey

Lux Divina: A 2020 Advent Journey
Friday, November 27 – Friday, December 25

Join in global community to affirm and celebrate the Divine Light of Advent and Christmas — with us and within us always. This e-retreat will be reflective and enlivening through the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating, art, music and other contemplative voices. Three live Zoom prayer groups will also be offered each week for practice in community.

For more information and to register with our partner, Spirituality & Practice, please go here.

Partial scholarships to “Lux Divina” are available through Contemplative Outreach. Please go here to fill out an online form.


Embracing Living: The Welcoming Prayer

Embracing Living:  The Welcoming Prayer
October 5 – 30, 2020

Learn, deepen or renew your practice of this practical and profound prayer with this online retreat. 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 is practiced for one hour of the day, the Welcoming Prayer is for the other 23 hours — 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.

This e-course includes email, video and audio teachings, including all-new videos and an updated prayer practice.

For more information and to register with our partner, Spirituality & Practice, please go here.

Partial scholarships are available from Contemplative Outreach by filling out this form.

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Guidelines for Christian Life, Growth and Transformation

Guidelines for Christian Life, Growth and Transformation
Self-guided, On-demand e-course

In the back of Thomas Keating’s seminal book, Open Mind, Open Heart, published in 1986, he lists 42 guidelines which he described as a “tentative effort to restate the Christian spiritual journey in contemporary terms [and] provide a conceptual background for the practice of Centering Prayer.”  He also advised that they be read in the manner of Lectio Divina – in other words, not as information, but as prayer for revelation and inspiration from the Holy Spirit, and as a call to embodiment in daily life. Twenty-four years later, much evolved in the thinking and teaching of Thomas Keating and in the lived experience of the worldwide Centering Prayer community.  The intention of this course is to ponder and pray these guidelines together from a contemporary perspective.  Read more and register here with our partner, Spirituality & Practice.

Partial scholarships are available from Contemplative Outreach by filling out this form.


Centering Prayer as a Way of Life

Centering Prayer as a Way of Life
Self-guided, On-demand e-course

The third offering in the trilogy on Centering Prayer course explores how the practice of Centering Prayer evolves into a surrendered life of inner peace and equanimity despite the busy and often tumultuous circumstances of daily life in the 21st century. As the inner room begins to expand its walls beyond the twice-daily practice of Centering Prayer, the Spirit takes over our life more and more, and we begin to accept ourselves just as we are, God as God is, and all reality as it is. From this disposition of true humility, enlarged under the influence of God’s grace, we live in the Kingdom of God here and now, which is a state of consciousness ever-attentive to the presence of God in the midst of ordinary life. Go here for more information and to register.

4 CEHs for chaplains available.

For more information and to register with our partner, Spirituality & Practice, go here.

Partial scholarships are available from Contemplative Outreach by filling out this form.


 

Lectio Divina: Heart to Heart Listening and Living with God

Lectio Divina: Heart to Heart Listening and Living with God
Self-guided, On-demand e-course

This online retreat focuses on learning the method of Lectio Divina and incorporating this contemplative way of praying the Scriptures into a daily practice. Subscribers to this online retreat will receive a total of 12 emails with step-by-step instructions in the Lectio Divina method and answers to frequently asked questions. Some of the emails will link to audio recordings and guided meditations, as well as pdf slideshows reviewing key concepts covered in the emails.

For more infomation and to register with our partner, Spirituality & Practice, please go here.

Partial scholarships are available from Contemplative Outreach by filling out this form.


A Journey of Discernment

A Journey of Discernment
with the teachings of Mary Margaret Funk and other contemplative voices
Self-guided, On-demand e-course

This e-course explores the contemplative approach to discerning the small and large decisions in life, which comes from cultivating a life practice of unceasing prayer (whatever types of prayer that may encompass for you) and calling on the Holy Spirit for guidance. Discernment means sorting our thoughts and following the impulse of grace given by the Holy Spirit. As Sr. Meg writes, “Since we are not our thoughts, we can observe them rising and follow the ones that are from God.” This is a way of coming more awake and discovering the spark of divinity burning in our hearts. The course combines email and video teachings of Sr. Meg Funk and a recorded interview with her.

For more infomation and to register with our partner, Spirituality & Practice, please go here.

Partial scholarships are available from Contemplative Outreach by filling out this form.


Forgiveness: A Growth in Love

This online retreat focuses on learning and practicing the profound and powerful Prayer of Forgiveness with various relationships and life events.  This course includes 12 emails which link to video and audio teachings, including a guided audio practice.

For more infomation and to register with our partner, Spirituality & Practice, please go here.

Partial scholarships are available from Contemplative Outreach by filling out this form.

 

 


The Transformation of Suffering

“When accepted, suffering leads to wisdom, which is the perception of the divine goodness and purpose in everything that happens. Wisdom, peace and faith — that is to say, perfect trust in God — transform suffering into — I won’t quite say ‘joy’ — but give it a meaning that takes away resistance and one can then see a value in one’s suffering that is … well, God-like.”

– Thomas Keating,
The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living companion book

This e-course will explore the transformation of suffering as an evolutionary and transformative process in and through the divine/human experience — Christ in us, as us. The content will include excerpts from various Thomas Keating videos and writings, the wisdom of numerous contemplative witnesses and the practice of Visio Divina with the crucifix images of artist William Congdon.

Through a combination of email, video and audio teachings, you can expect:

  • A contemplative engagement with Scripture and liturgical themes of suffering
  • The use of music, art and personal stories as evocative invitations to reflect, respond and participate in your own process of understanding and transformation.
  • Mini-practices to support a contemplative life rooted in daily practice, silence, solitude, stillness, solidarity and service.

For information and to register, go here.


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.”

For more information and to register, Click Here.


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).


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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Centering Prayer as Practice and Process

Centering Prayer as Practice and Process
Self-guided, On-demand e-course

If you are new to Centering Prayer or wishing to renew your practice, this retreat will assist you with deepening your relationship with God by focusing on teaching and practicing the method of Centering Prayer.  This course also explores the place of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition, the conceptual background of Centering Prayer, psychological processes, and insights into establishing Centering Prayer as a way of life.

You can expect 12 emails with links to video and audio teachings to support learning and practicing Centering Prayer.

For more infomation and to register with our partner, Spirituality & Practice, please go here.

Partial scholarships are available from Contemplative Outreach by filling out this form.

 


Centering Prayer as Purification, Illumination, Union

Centering Prayer as Purification, Illumination, Union
Self-guided, On-demand e-course

In this, the second offering of the trilogy on Centering Prayer (the first course may be found here), the focus is on how the practice of Centering Prayer serves as a doorway into a process that results in the transformation of our entire being.

The Christian spiritual journey has traditionally been expressed in terms of purification-illumination-union or contemplation, a process wherein the scales fall from our eyes and we experience reality within and without – as it is, rather than through the overlays of our programs for happiness and cultural conditioning. Centering Prayer provides space for these movements to take place, for the Divine Therapist to heal obstacles to the flow of grace through a purification process and to illumine our mind and heart — our whole being — to the Divine Presence, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions.

4 CEHs for chaplains available.

For more information and to register with our partner, Spirituality & Practice, go here.

Partial scholarships are available from Contemplative Outreach by filling out this form.