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Center for Spiritual Wisdom

Living a Vibrant Spiritual Life

We teach spiritual practices as tools of transformation for the common good. We strive to align our work with God’s loving presence and action in the world.



Center for Spiritual Wisdom offers workshops, conferences, group learning, retreats, and pilgrimages to promote Vibrant Spiritual Life. During the pandemic, most of our offerings take place online. Click here to discover our current programs.

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Our Inspiration page features enouraging words and good-for-your-soul reflections by our staff and associates. Center for Spiritual Wisdom is here to support you and your spiritual journey. This section will serve as a good resource.

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The Center is a young non-profit organization. We rely on individual donations to help sustain our operating costs. From our very beginning, donations have been our largest source of funding. Please partner with us!


Center for Spiritual Wisdom serves all seekers — whoever you are and wherever you are in your spiritual journey.

The mission of Center for Spiritual Wisdom is to help people learn about spiritual practices in the interest of spiritual growth and transformation. Anyone may participate in the Center’s events, whether or not they are members of a faith community.

The Center strives to integrate the active and contemplative dimensions of life: soul work & justice work, science & spirituality, faith & reason, individual needs & the public good.

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Center for Spiritual Wisdom promotes compassionate action and transformative growth in relation to God, neighbor, self, creation, and cosmos through the integration of practice, learning, engagement, and reflection.

We emphasize experiential learning through spiritual practices, real-world engagement, peer teaching, and other learning methods.

At CSW, spiritual practices are defined broadly to include traditional disciplines such as lectio divina and contemplative prayer, personal learning tools such as the Enneagram, and contemporary approaches such as eco-spirituality, social justice engagement, and the creative arts.

We offer multiple learning opportunities: one-day workshops, multi-day retreats, ongoing spiritual practice groups, and multi-week courses of study. Center offerings are held in a variety of settings, including colleges, faith communities, conference & retreat centers, etc. During the coronavirus pandemic, most of our events are held online.


Love Thy Nature – A Virtual Workshop

Love Thy Nature – A Virtual Workshop

Love Thy Nature How Nature Enhances Our Well-Being A 2-part workshop conducted by Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D. Thursdays Aug. 26 & Sept. 2, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.   Join psychologist, author, and teacher Paula Hartman-Stein for a 2-part workshop exploring the...

Contemplation on the Cooper: Journey to Mepkin Abbey

Contemplation on the Cooper: Journey to Mepkin Abbey

Contemplation On the Cooper: Journey to Mepkin Abbey Monastic Spirituality Learning Series + Retreat * POSTPONED DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS * The "Contemplation On the Cooper" series and retreat has been postponed due to concerns regarding the resurgence of the...

The Enneagram for Spiritual Growth

The Enneagram for Spiritual Growth

Beyond Personality Type You've had a basic introduction to the Enneagram, and you've got "your number." Now what? We suggest learning to use it as a tool for spiritual growth. Join Paula Benton and Rob Field for an online group learning series that will show you how...