Welcome to the Heart of Texas chapter of Contemplative Outreach (HoTCO). We are an ecumenical group of women and men serving together to support those who want to deepen their relationship with God through the practice of Centering Prayer.

Centering Prayer is an ancient method of Christian prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God's presence, traditionally called contemplative prayer.

HoTCO is one of more than 90 active chapters in 39 countries formed by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., a worldwide spiritual network that provides support and resources for Centering Prayer practitioners.

We offer Introduction to Centering Prayer workshops and retreats ranging from one to ten days in length.

We support Centering Prayer groups that meet daily, weekly and monthly in various churches, homes and institutions, as well as contemplative church services throughout the area.

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  • You are invited:
    • Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop - Sat, Oct 12th, 8:30 to 12:00pm - at the Church of Conscious Harmony. This is a 7-week course in forming a daily Centering Prayer practice. The class will meet on Saturday and then 6 consecutive Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9pm; the cost is $35 and Fr. Keating's book- Open Mind, Open Heart- is included. For more information and to register, please contact The Church of Conscious Harmony at 512-347-9673.
    • Centering Prayer 1-Day Retreat with Jim Reale- Oct 19th, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, at the Church of Conscious Harmony. Doors open at 8:30am for check in and refreshments, and the retreat will start promptly at 9am. This is a unique one-day workshop with Jim Reale who will introduce vestibules as preparation to Centering Prayer. Simple body movements, sacred chant and conscious breathing will allow one to wader deeper into contemplative waters where God’s presence and action reside. Participants will be given handouts enabling them to continue with the vestibules at home. Jim has been teaching contemplative practice for 20 years.  He created The Five Dimensional Approach to prayer incorporating movement, breath, and chant. He has taught with Fr. Thomas Keating and Fr. Richard Rohr. The cost is $50 and space is limited to 26 participants. Please bring your own lunch. Please pre-register by contacting the church at 512-347-9673.
    • Centering Prayer 1-Day Retreat- Nov 16th, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, at the Church of Conscious Harmony. Check-in begins at 8:30 am and the program begins at 9 am. The morning includes two 30 min prayer periods and Lectio Divina, the option of a Fr. Keating video or prayer period in the afternoon, several periods of silence and solitude on the beautiful church grounds, and faith sharing. Please bring your own lunch. There is a suggested love offering of $20. Please pre-register by contacting the church at 512-347-9673.
    • For retreats later in the year of 2019, please see retreats and introductory workshops.
    • The 12-Step Outreach service team will by led by Emily Haeussler and will have presenters for 2018. If you are interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    • Pamela Begeman is interested in offering Welcoming Prayer workshops to the HoTCO community. The workshops can be 1-day or a series of evening meetings to accommodate your church or community. If you are interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • The 2019 Calendar of introductory workshops and retreats is now set. Explore the events for 2019 and sign up for one!

  • Pray in Community: Our list of local Prayer Groups will be continually updated in 2019. There are also several contemplative church services around town that we're aware of. Information on these can be found on the Other Events page and will be updated as we receive new information.

  • Consider supporting our Centering Prayer community by joining one of our Service Teams. We would love to hear from you regarding "A Call to Serve" our chapter by completing this form and returning it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your involvement in our Centering Prayer community is vital!


…when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
~ Matthew 6:6

Contemplative Prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions, whom we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, thinking, feeling and choosing; even closer than consciousness itself.
~ Fr. Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart