Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshops

 

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We recommend you begin by attending an Introduction to Centering Prayer workshop (see calendar below), and by reading Fr. Keating's book, Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel.

Most workshops are an all-day session on a Saturday, and then six weekly evening sessions which give greater depth and dimension to the prayer. However, some other formats may be offered. All workshops are led by presenters trained by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.

During the follow-up sessions, you will see a video of Fr. Keating which will deepen your understanding of the Christian contemplative heritage, have a period of Centering Prayer with the others who attended your workshop, and have an opportunity for a discussion about the prayer which includes questions and answers.

 

2018 Introductory Workshops

 Workshop

Evening follow-up sessions

Location Contact
Cost*
 WS Time

Mar 10th

Mondays 7:30pm

The Church of Conscious Harmony

512-347-9673

$75

8:30am

June 2nd

Tuesdays 7:30pm

The Church of Conscious Harmony

512-347-9673

$75

8:30am

Oct 13th

Mondays 7:30pm

The Church of Conscious Harmony

512-347-9673

$75

8:30am

* Scholarships are always available for all Centering Prayer events. Lunch is included for Saturday.


 

Open Mind, Open Heart

The book Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel is one of the foundations for the Contemplative Outreach program. This book is designed to initiate the reader into a deep, living relationship with God. Written by Thomas Keating, the book moves beyond “discursive meditation and particular acts to the intuitive level of contemplation.”

Fr. Thomas gives an overview of the history of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition and step-by-step guidance in the method of Centering Prayer. Special attention is paid to the role of the Sacred Word, Christian growth and transformation, and active prayer. The book ends with an explicit treatment of the contemplative dimension of the gospel. Open Mind, Open Heart will take you into a world where God can do anything, into a realm of the greatest adventure – “Where one is open to Infinite and hence to infinite possibilities.”