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Centering prayer Summit

Open to your True Self through the path of contemplation.

Open to your True Self and the Divine Presence within.

Join this Summit to learn from Centering Prayer Thought Leaders & practice with a global community

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Join this 2-day Virtual Summit to learn and practice with Centering Prayer leaders from around the world.




Teaching Topics


Centering Prayer Sessions

Keynote Speakers

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Cynthia Bourgeault

Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally acclaimed retreat leader. She divides her time between solitude in her seaside hermitage in Maine and a demanding schedule traveling globally to spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths.

She is the founding director of an international network of Wisdom schools, uniting classic Christian mystical and monastic teaching with contemporary practices of mindfulness and embodied presence. She has been honored as one of the 100 most spiritually influential living people in 2021.

Ted Jones

TED Jones

Ted Jones is the nephew of the late Father Thomas Keating, and he was present at Father Thomas's bedside for much of the last month of his life.

Ted is a teacher of Buddhist Insight Meditation.

Keynote Topic: The Evolving Consciousness of Thomas Keating

Featured Speakers

David Frenette

Mary Dwyer

Mary Dwyer is a long-time student of Fr. Thomas Keating & has been practicing Centering Prayer since the 1980s. She now devotes her time between private practice & giving retreats & workshops throughout the US & internationally.

David Frenette

David Frenette

David Frenette, author of The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God, is a contemplative spiritual director, mentor for other spiritual directors, and spiritual writer.

Colleen Mae

Colleen Mae

Colleen Thomas is a Spiritual Director and Television Producer with an MA in Theology and Art from Fuller Theological Seminary. Based in Los Angeles, she is founder & curator of Soul Care LA.

Jana Rentzel

Dr. Jana Rentzel

Dr. Jana Rentzel is a psychologist, meditation teacher, and trained spiritual director. She has a Master’s degree in PsychoSpiritual Counseling and a PhD in Spiritual Psychology.

Jana Rentzel

Fr. Carl Arico

Fr. Carl J. Arico is a founding member of Contemplative Outreach, and honored to have known Fr. Keating since 1969. He was present for the first intensive Centering Prayer retreat that Fr. Keating offered in 1983. Fr. Carl is author of A Taste of Silence.

Jana Rentzel

Rich Lewis

Rich Lewis is an author, speaker and coach who focuses on centering prayer as a means of inner transformation. He teaches centering prayer in both his local and virtual community and offers one-on-one coaching. Rich is author of Sitting with God: A Journey to Your True Self Through Centering Prayer.

Nhien Voung

Nhien Vu0ng

Founder of Evolving Enneagram, Reverend Nhien Vuong, J.D., M.Div., (she/her/hers) is a contemplative Enneagram counselor, consultant, and global community builder.

Tia Norman

Tia Norman

Tia Norman honors the contemplative aspects of life as a meditation guide and teacher who pulls from the lineage of Christian contemplative spirituality. She serves as Pastor of The Awakenings Movement based in Houston, TX where she lives nearby with her two children.

Nhien Voung

Jill Benet

Jill Benet has been an active member of the Centering Prayer community for over 20 years, training presenters and facilitators while leading multiple retreats and groups. She is well versed in the teachings of Advaita & is a lifelong meditator. Jill is currently completing certification as a teacher and guide as an Inner Relationship Focusing Professional.

Hosted By

Closer Than Breath

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Keith Kristich

Founder of Closer Than Breath

Dates & Times

January 15-16, 2022


Come Live - or - watch the Recordings

You won't miss a thing


Schedule of Events

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How it Works:

By registering below, you will recieve access to the entire Summit on January 15th. You can participate LIVE or by watching the recordings.

This Summit offers the wisdom of some of Centering Prayer's greatest teachers as a way of deepening your own sense of presence to Presence.

Keynote by Cynthia Bourgeault and Ted Jones

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Sunday, January 16th, 2:00-3:30pm EST.

The Evolving Consciousness of Thomas Keating

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At Closer Than Breath we firmly believe that:

*There should be no financial barrier to spiritual formation.*

Scholarships Available

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What if I can’t attend the whole Summit?

That's completely fine- we actually suggest you DON’T stare at your screen a full 8 hours a day! All workshops are recorded and shared with those who register for the event. You will have lifetime access to the talks!

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