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Wisdom School: The Imaginal Realm

August 19, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - August 23, 2021 @ 4:00 pm


“The imaginal is a meeting ground, a kind of cosmic intertidal zone … In this realm, the fruits of our human strivings — both conscious and unconscious — are offered up to the whole. From this realm, in turn, we receive blessing, inspiration, guidance, and vivifying force, which are ours to share and bestow here below.”

―Cynthia Bourgeault


The Mercy Center Centering Prayer Program presents:
Wisdom School: The Imaginal Realm

You are invited to join us at Mercy Center in Burlingame. Rest, reflect, and explore the imaginal realm during this special summertime retreat experience.

This ‘Wisdom School’ will use Cynthia Bourgeault’s e-course video teachings to explore the Imaginal Realm so that we might learn to open ourselves to this world that surrounds and sustains us and to give back, participating in this divine exchange as conscious planetary servants.

The teachings draw from her book Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm in which she offers us a new cosmic map and perspective of how an attuned and open heart may approach the current challenges we face and receive the assistance necessary for navigation.

There will be an integration of Cynthia’s transmissions and an invitation to a ‘wisdom way of knowing’ through a daily rhythm of periods of video teaching from Cynthia, Centering Prayer, chanting, mindful work, mindful movement, sharing, and contemplative free time.

*In addition to the registration fee, this wisdom school requires extra material costs of $137. Please bring a check with you, made out to Way of Wisdom Knowing. Included in this fee is access to the video teachings to review afterward.

Retreat Leaders:

Heather Ruce, M.A. is a wisdom spiritual director with a background as a therapist and training in a neurophysiology-based approach to trauma resolution. She loves working with individuals as well as facilitating groups and retreats focused on learning and practicing the Wisdom Tradition.

Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director and Centering Prayer coordinator at Mercy Center. Joy is dedicated to fostering contemplative practices such as Centering Prayer and others within the Christian Wisdom tradition that help us become aware of God’s ever-present love. As a scientist, she sees in the physical world an expression of that love.

Catherine Regan, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, retired psychologist, and adjunct staff member at Mercy Center, primarily serving on the Centering Prayer team. She has a special interest in participating in the reclamation of the Christian Wisdom tradition and fostering the contemplative practices so urgently needed at this time in our world.

Future Centering Prayer Dates at Mercy Center in Burlingame CA:
Fall Triduum Prayer Morning (Online): October 30
Centering Prayer Wisdom Retreat : Dec 3-5
Centering Prayer retreat: Feb 18-20, 2022
Centering Prayer Spring Triduum (Online): April 14-16, 2022
Centering Prayer retreat: May 22-29, 2022


For further assistance, contact us at (650) 340-7474. For more information visit: www.mercy-center.org
These are unprecedented times. If finances are an issue, please email us at registration@mercywmw.org for a learning grant discount code. We want to make sure our offerings are available to everyone.

This event is organized by
Mercy Center Burlingame
A ministry of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. We provide opportunities for people to become more attentive to the presence of the Divine in their lives and in the world, and then respond with care for the Earth and service to others. http://www.mercy-center.org/


August 19, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
August 23, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
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Cristina Esguerra


Mercy Center Burlingame
2300 Adeline Drive
Burlingame,CA94010United States
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