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 120 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:
    • Centering Prayer One-Day Retreat- Mar 9th 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, at the Church of Conscious Harmony.  Registration begins at 8:30 pm and the program begins at 9 am. The morning includes two 30 prayer periods, Lectio Divina, the option of a Fr. Keating video or prayer period in the afternoon, several periods of silence and solitude, 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. 
    • Centering Prayer Two-Day In-town Commuter Retreat- Mar 10-11th at the Church of Conscious Harmony.  This can be combined with the one-day retreat on Mar 9th. Retreatants sleep at home and return the next day. it will take place on Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm and on Monday from 8:30am to 4pm. Cost is $100; scholarships may be availablePlease pre-register by contacting the church at 512-347-9673. 
    • Save the Date: United in Prayer Day - March 16 9am - 3pm at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Join us and others around the world for the 27th annual day of prayer. This year's theme is "Celebrating the gifts of the Spiritual Journey, the gift of Fr. Thomas, and the gifts of Centering Prayer". The day will include periods of Centering Prayer, a DVD from Contemplative Outreach, Lectio Divina, and an opportunity to be in community with Centering Prayer practitioners from all over Central Texas. Please pre-register using this link. Don't miss this special day
    • Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop - Sat, Apr 13th 8:30 to 1:30pm - 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 $75 and lunch is included. For more information and to register, please contact The Church of Conscious Harmony at 512-347-9673.
    • For retreats in April and the rest of 2019, please see retreats and introductory workshops.
    • Prison Ministry  A group of Centering Prayer practitioners are currently facilitating a weekly Emotions Anonymous 12-step group at Hobby Prison in Marlin, TX. The weekly meeting includes a period of Centering Prayer which they teach the inmates. Volunteers carpool from Austin and is about a 6-7 hr commitment once or twice a month. The group is looking for people with a daily practice and a desire to serve so they can serve more women at the prison. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
    • 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