• Fall Classes, Events & Retreats

    Fall Classes, Events & Retreats

    Check out our fall classes, events and retreats. We have a variety to offer you. Read More
  • The Gospel Of John

    The Gospel Of John

    From the time of its first appearance, the gospel of John has gripped the imagination and hearts of Christians. As you explore the philosophical and theological understanding John inspired, you will find new insights into the gospel’s timeless messages. Encounter the Word of God in the Gospel of John today. Class begins on Wednesday, September 19. Read More
  • Guard of the Heart

    Guard of the Heart

    “One practice to bring the effects of contemplative prayer into daily life is traditionally known as “Guard of the Heart.” This consists of letting go of every emotional disturbance as it arises and before we start thinking about it.” (Fr. Thomas Keating, 2017) This class will teach the practice of “Guard of the Heart” and how it compliments our Centering Prayer, and the practices of the Welcoming Prayer and the Active Prayer Phrase. Join us on Saturday, September 29 Read More
  • Tuning Into The Mundane

    Tuning Into The Mundane

    Ignatius of Loyola suggests that God's presence comes like drops of water on a sponge, not like water crashing on rocks. This workshop will explore Ignatian perspectives on discernment and the contemplative practices that can attune our hearts to subtle invitations of Love in the mundane, routine, and seemingly commonplace of everyday life. Join us on Saturday, October 6 Read More
  • The Divine Milieu

    The Divine Milieu

    “Take an unforgettable retreat with Teilhard de Chardin’s masterpiece: The Divine Milieu. This masterpiece is a spiritual work at once cosmic and personal. You are invited to nurture the “cosmic contemplative,” deepen your Christic life, and serve the world with greater enlightenment and soul.” Class begins on Thursday, October 11 Read More
  • Fall Mini-Retreat: Featuring Susan Rush

    Fall Mini-Retreat: Featuring Susan Rush

    “Embracing Oneness... Renewing our Contemplative Life” Join us on Saturday, October 13 as we journey together to explore how we can nod to consent. Bow to surrender. Release to receptivity and be blessed into effortlessness. Read More
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A Journey of Truth, Transformation & Self-Discovery



The spiritual journey is a journey of self-discovery leading, if we consent, to transformation. It is in the process of self-discovery that we discover who God is and grow in our ability to deepen our relationship with God and with all of life.


Mark Matousek, the author of Writing to Awaken, has helped thousands of people focus on personal awakening through self-inquiry and writing. We will be using exercises from this book to probe our depths, chip away at the ego (false self), explore buried feelings and access our vulnerability – that place where we are most likely to meet the Divine Indwelling.

Some say that we are able to access a higher level of consciousness by writing than we experience in our ordinary daily life. In his teaching on the Human Condition, Father Thomas says that so much of the time our attitudes, emotions, and behavior are driven by the unconscious motivation of the energy centers and are based on our perceptions rather than reality. Out of these unconscious motivations and perceptions we weave our life story, which may or may not be true.


Father Thomas encourages us to participate in the dismantling of our emotional programs for happiness – our false-self system. Looking at our “story” through writing can deepen our experience in Centering Prayer, leading us to live our lives out of our true self.


No writing skills are required; you don’t even have to like to write. Each class will include instruction, writing, and sharing in the manner of group spiritual direction. It’s so important that we tell ourselves the truth in our writing that you will not be sharing what you’ve written unless you want to. Sharing will be primarily around your writing experience and what you are discovering.

Cost:   $130 (included is the book,  
    Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation & Self Discovery)  
When:   Twelve weeks on Tuesday Evenings  
    September 11 - December 4  
    excluding November 20  
 Time:   6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  
Registration:   Register ONLINE  
    Or, you can print the REGISTRATION FORM and mail it, along with your registration, to the Center   
    You may also register by calling the Center at (303) 698-7729  
Place:   3650 Yates St. Denver, CO 80212  
Facilitators:     Bob Albrecht       and        Julie Saad  


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Welcome to the Center

The Center

3650 Yates Denver, CO 80212       (303) 698-7729

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tues, Wednes, Thurs

The Center is open!

Join us for Mass in the chapel at noon on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month  Mass Schedule

* Join us for Intentional     Prayer Time at our new time on Tuesdays at     9:00 - 10:00 a.m. and 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. 

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* Pray with the staff at noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays

Click here for more opportunities to pray in community at the Center.

PURCHASE CDS AND DVDS: To purchase CDs and DVDs from a previous Annual Conference or Mini Retreat     Click Here 



Voices of Grace and Gratitude

Contemplative Outreach - Celebrating 30 Years of Grace & Gratitude

Center for Contemplative Living

“The root of prayer is interior silence.”
Father Thomas Keating,
Open Mind, Open Heart

Our Center for Contemplative Living in Denver offers introductory workshops on Centering Prayer, as well as Father Thomas Keating’s in-depth, five-part Spiritual Journey Series.  Read More...


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