About Contemplative Presence

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A growing body of people on the planet today are feeling drawn to live as contemplatives in the world, yearning for a deeper understanding and experience of their connection to God, each other, and all of creation. In response to this ‘quickening of desire’ in the hearts of humanity, Contemplative Presence draws on the Christian contemplative heritage to offer support through spiritual direction, the teaching of spiritual practices, and Wisdom School.
— Beth O'Brien

founder


About Beth

 photo by Sandy Weber

photo by Sandy Weber

Seeing. One could say that the whole of life lies in seeing — if not ultimately, at least essentially.
To be more is to be more united — and this sums up and is the very conclusion of the work to follow.
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: The Human Phenomenon

Elizabeth (Beth) O'Brien, founder of Contemplative Presence (March, 2015), is a Benedictine oblate, spiritual director, retreat leader, and meditation teacher.  A long time Centering Prayer practitioner, Beth has been a direct student of Cynthia Bourgeault---and now carries forth the Wisdom lineage in gratitude.

Beth's interests include the rekindling of the Christian contemplative tradition, the mystical tradition at the heart of the world's major religions, interSpiritual dialogue, and carrying compassion out into the world. Inspired by Teilhard de Chardin's writings on human energy and convergence, she continues to seek an ever-deepening knowing within an evolutionary and incarnational (embodied) spirituality.

Living on the outskirts of Madison, WI, Beth is married and the mother of two, young adult daughters.

MA Education, MA Religious Studies