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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:
    • There is a 1-Day Centering Prayer Retreat on Jun 9th, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Church of Conscious Harmony. The day includes a light breakfast and fellowship during registration, 2 thirty minute prayer periods in the morning, Lectio Divina,  either an afternoon Father Keating lecture video or 2 prayer periods, and several periods of silence and solitude and lunch in silence on the beautiful church grounds. Please bring a potluck dish to share for lunch with a suggested love offering of $15.   Please pre-register by contacting the church at 512-347-9673. For additional information and the complete 2018 retreat schedule, please click here.
    • There is an Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop - Sat, Jun 2nd - at the Church of Conscious Harmony. This is a 7-week course in forming a daily Centering Prayer practice. The cost is $75 and lunch is included. Participants will meet for 6 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7:30 - 9pm. For more information and to register, please contact The Church of Conscious Harmony at 512-347-9673.
    • There is an Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop - Sat, Jul 14th - at the Unity Spiritual Center, Pflugerville. This is a 7-week course in forming a daily Centering Prayer practice. The cost is $45 and lunch is included. Participants will meet for 6 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30pm. Sessions will be held at the church home/office, 2880 Donnell Dr, Unit 1103, Round Rock, TX 78664. Please call the church office 512-323-6688 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a place.
    • 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 accomodate 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..
    • 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 2018 Calendar of introductory workshops and retreats is now set. Explore the events for 2018 and sign up for one!

  • Pray in Community: Our list of local Prayer Groups will be continually updated in 2018. 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