Resources for the Contemplative Life

Online: The Institute for Contemplative Living (the ICL) is an online site for discovery, study, exploration, and creative engagement with the contemplative tradition for active and engaged people who yearn for spiritual depth in their day-to-day lives. It is an electronic contemplative community that provides workshops, retreats, and seminars for folks as well as connections to other people exploring their contemplative yearnings.

Online: The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society transforms higher education by supporting and encouraging the use of contemplative practices and perspectives to create active learning and research environments that look deeply into experience and meaning for all in service of a more just and compassionate society. CMind organizes and hosts retreats, conferences, workshops, and webinars on contemplative methods in higher education; identifies and creates resources; and connects individuals and organizations through the ACMHE, a professional association for educators.

Online: Contemplative Outreach is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer.


Take a Walk: The Cathedral Park Meditation Walk and the Pavilion
at the Bishop Jones Center
The 19 acres of natural and reclaimed grounds at the Bishop Jones Center in San Antonio have been sacred ground for thousands of years. Now, using a downloadable, self-guided audio tour, walkers can connect with God’s spirit made palpable through his creation in this place.

The Cathedral Park Meditation Walk is available from the diocesan website at or by downloading a podcast. Instructions for downloading the podcast are at the website.
The written script of the walk can also be printed from the website.
To listen to the tour, walkers need a smart phone or other audio device.

The new Pavilion at Cathedral Park was dedicated October 25 and is now available for use.  The tree-house pavilion is built on pilings and is available via Torcido Road or via a pebbled path on the lower meadow of the Jones Center grounds. To book the space for a small group, call Leigh Saunders at the diocesan office, 210-824-5387 or email her at

If you are at  Cathedral Park, you are welcome to visit the Pavilion as long as it is not already in use. Check availability at the diocesan office.

Sunset Overlook single artTake a retreat: Thomas Merton writes, “Contemplative living is a way of responding to life with intention and awareness, and it leads us to a sense of well-being, profound gratitude, and a clearer understanding of our purpose in life.”

Taking up that theme, the Revs. Mike Chalk and Linda Ricketts will lead a Contemplative Retreat on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at The Bishop Jones Center from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Through meditations, private prayer, and groups discussion, participants will gain a better understanding of how to live a spiritual life every day of the week.


To read more articles from the Fall/Winter issue of Reflections magazine, or to read the entire issue, go to this page.


From The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

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