Required Reading for this Wisdom School

 If you’ve not been to a wisdom school and/or Cynthia’s teachings are new to you, we request that you read The Wisdom Way of Knowing: Reclaiming An Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart by Cynthia Bourgeault, if at all possible, before you attend.

Additional Reading and Preparation Resources

Chants & Hymns

By Paulette Meyer, various chants including:

Surrender to the beauty, become a mighty kindness by Elizabeth Combs

With You is the Well of Life by Susan Latimer

From Psalm 42 – As the Dear Longs by Tony Martin

Also see the Chant and Centering Prayer session in  Day 2 Recordings

Hymn: The Christian Life


Night Prayer for Protection

Visit this place oh Lord. Drive far from it all snares of the enemy. And let your holy angels dwell among us to preserve us in peace. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.  May the Lord grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.  Amen.

Prayer by J. G. Bennett offered by Heather after Movements

All life is one and everything that lives is holy: plants, animals, and humans.
All must eat to live and to nourish one another.
We bless the lives that have died to give us food.
Let us eat consciously, resolving by our work to pay the debt of our existence. Amen.


Practice and Preparation Materials

We encourage you to visit this Practice and Preparation webpage (password: Encounter) created to support the Encounter with Evil Wisdom School, offering group practices facilitated by Heather Ruce. In addition to the readings and resources listed above, there are a number of recordings that highlight key points in the readings, that could be very worthwhile to look over.

Gurdjieff Exercises

You can find an audio recording of Heather guiding the following exercises, about half way down the Practice and Preparation webpage (password: Encounter):

    • Lord Have Mercy
    • Make Strong
    • Atmosphere Exercise
    • The Web Exercise

For more instruction and commentary on these Gurdjieff Exercises, see Mystical Courage by Cynthia Bourgeault