Guild Events

We offer Contemplative Groups and Quiet Days regularly around Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. In the past, we have also offered large events with well-known leaders in the greater spiritual community.

 Guild Contemplative Groups welcome everyone who desires to begin or deepen their practice of contemplative silence.

Guild Quiet Days consist of several hours of free silent time and often include an hour of spiritual conversation over a simple soup and bread meal.


Sample of Previous Events


The Heart of the Mycelial Web with Marilyn Hardy

How can we embrace the mycelial web phenomenon, moving it beyond a concept into a living presence and process within our body? Let’s turn to the Heart!
Consider this, the mycelial web, the underground organic network that enables trees to increase their functional root surface so they can take in more water and nutrients, is mirrored by the heart’s neural circuitry! The Heartmath Institute reports that the heart’s electromagnetic field is the most powerful rhythmic field produced by the body. It is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical activity generated by the brain. It envelops every cell of the body and extends out in all directions into the world around us.

A Day of Teaching With Sherri Mitchell, based on the book “Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living a Spirit-Based Change,” Fall 2019 

“Discover ancient, ancestral teachings to heal our collective trauma and reconnect with spiritual sources in this workshop with Sherri Mitchell.

Many indigenous ancestral prophecies predicted our present time of upheaval, but they did more than provide a warning. These ancient teachings also provided us with a map, one that can lead us back into alignment with all that truly matters.”

Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography and Soul Mythology, Fall 2019 

Your personal Spiritual Autobiography is a written compilation of your life’s most important stories and a reflection on how those stories inform your experience of spirituality.

Your personal Soul Mythology is a compilation of the “life-lived myths” that inform your Soul, that shy, yet very curious, part of yourself that seeks and longs for those eternal mysteries that tell you who you were before the “world got ahold of you.”

As a participant in this upcoming Guild workshop, you will be introduced to the process of writing your personal spiritual autobiography and have the opportunity to actually write a small portion based upon one of several offered prompts. You will then be guided in constructing a mythological story based upon that one small portion of your spiritual autobiography.

This process will enable participants to explore the “quiet questions” that stir the Soul when no one is watching, questions like:

  • Who are the loves of my life?
  • What are my passions?
  • How have I discovered my truest longings?

We will explore how one writes a myth that captures a glimpse of who we are becoming, and we will invite you to join others on this very personal journey from the outer stories of our lives into the great mysteries of the truths that lie within us all.

Kathleen Dowling-Singh: The Grace in Living, Recognize It, Trust in It, Abide in It, 2017.


Events centered on Seeds of Contemplation featured the following presenters: Martin Laird, Cynthia Bourgeault, Rami Shapiro, Belton Lane, Chris Pramuk, and Fred Brancato, 2015.

  • Satyagraha: Love-Force in Action with Rajmohan Gandhi, 2014. 
  • Alberto Ambrosio and Amir Vahab, Divine Love in Sufi and Christian Contemplation, 2014. 
  • Rose Mary Dougherty, On Leading Contemplative Retreats, 2014.
  • John Makransky, Awakening Through Love, 2014.
  • Cynthia Bourgeault, Song of Songs, 2014.

Other previous presenters include David Frenette, Richard Rohr, Tessa Bielecki, John Chryssavgis, Kyricacos Markides, Margery Zoet Bankson, and Fr. Thomas Keating.