Aspen Chapel Wisdom School

Founded by Cynthia Bourgeault

We aim to provide an educational format through which participants can explore the nature of wisdom. In this context our definition of Wisdom is 'Knowledge informed Cynthia Borgeaultby love', and the purpose of that wisdom is to help us live our lives more skillfully.  While our roots are in the Christian tradition, we aim to spread our branches very widely to include wisdom from all traditions of life. To that end we explore wisdom from all the religious traditions, and some wisdom from no religious traditions at all.

Speaker Program

As a part of the school we have a speaker program. The aim is to bring world class speakers from all over the world to share their learning with us here in Aspen, as well as all over the world via our Broadcast Network through which we 'Live Stream' these events. Please click here to learn more about our Speaker Program.

Aspen Chapel Wisdom School Study Group

The school also hosts study groups throughout the year. The groups meet periodically and specifically look at the Christian Contemplative tradition. The aim of the study groups is to go deeper into the contemplative tradition and use the practice of meditation and contemplation in conjunction with the writings of spiritual masters to create greater wisdom and understanding.

The Aspen Wisdom School is an independently funded program of the Aspen Chapel that is supported by Wisdom School underwriters, annual subscriptions and speaker ticket sales.  These funds allow us to host nationally known speakers at reduced prices, ongoing study groups for the Wisdom School community and "Pay What You Can" attendance at all of our Wisdom School and Speaker Series events. 

If you would like to become an Aspen Wisdom School underwriter, please click here or use the donate button below.


About: Cynthia Bourgeault

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault is the founder and principal teacher for the Aspen Chapel Wisdom School as well as a founding director and the principal teacher for the Contemplative Society. She also serves on the core faculty of the Spiritual Paths Institute in Aspen, Colorado. An Episcopal priest and international retreat and conference leader, Cynthia is passionately committed to recovering the Christian contemplative path and has worked closely with Fr. Thomas Keating, Fr. Bruno Barnhart, and other Christian contemplative masters, as well as in Sufism and the Christian inner traditions

Cynthia is the author of five books: Chanting the Psalms, Mystical Hope (2001), The Wisdom Way of Knowing (2003, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Mystical Hope : Trusting in the Mercy of God and Love is Stronger Than Death. She is also responsible for many articles and audiotapes on the Christian Spiritual Life, including a 6 CD set, Encountering the Wisdom Jesus, (Sounds True).

In 2001 she was invited to become a charter participant in the “Deepening the American Dream Project,” sponsored by the Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, MI, joining a select group of other American spiritual writers including Kathleen Norris, Jacob Needleman, Elaine Pagels, Huston Smith, and Parker Palmer (Cynthia's third book is a revision and expansion of that original essay).  She is a past Fellow of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural research at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN, and an oblate of New Camaldoli Monastery in Big Sur, California.