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Genesis School for Contemplative Living

"Contemplative communities are more than ever necessary to counterbalance the deep resistance to maturity and evolution as a species. As Jung said in 1960, 'our technology is outpacing our consciousness'; we are at a crossroads and the coming together for contemplative practice and action is essential."  ~  Brother Don Bisson


Genesis School for Contemplative Living - 2021-2022 Cohort



Genesis’ fourth incarnation of the School for Contemplative Living will begin in September 2021. With five residential weekends, and in-person or online group meetings between sessions, the school is a formation program for the contemplative journey, rooted in the Christian wisdom tradition in an emerging, interspiritual, ecological and socially-engaged framework. The GSCL qualifies for CEU credits through Our Lady of the Elms College. 


Theological Approach

This program will be taught through Christian, Contemplative, Evolutionary, Prophetic, and Interspiritual lenses.


Core Faculty

Jane Comerford, CSJ

Fr. Norm Comtois, OMI

Christina Leano

Liz Walz, ASP

Rev. Matthew Wright

with Brother Don Bisson, FMS

Learning Outcomes

Develop a daily contemplative practice

Create a Rule of Life

Integrate skillfulness in daily life and dealing with difficult emotions; cultivate embodied spirituality

Aquire an intellectual framework for understanding this moment in history

Understand and apply the School lenses to your life circumstance: Christian, Contemplative, Evolutionary, Interspiritual, Prophetic.

Dates for the On-Site Sessions 

September 23-26, 2021        November 19-21, 2021        January 14-16, 2022        March 18-20, 2022        May 19-22, 2022

During the five residential weekends, learning is both intellectual and experiential, nourishing both the head and the heart for the transformational journey. Each residential weekend will have specific learning outcomes related to the content for that weekend.



Weekends consist of:

  • Communal silent practice
  • Presentations with Question and Response
  • Individual reflection and journaling; small group process; large group gleaning
  • Ritual and liturgy
  • Contemplative movement
  • Opportunity for one-on-one mentoring related to your contemplative practice

Between residential weekends, learning continues through a commitment to daily practice, group meetings or video calls, and study.


Intended Audience

This program is designed for beginner and experienced meditators alike. People from any faith tradition, or none, who are interested in the Christian contemplative tradition.


Fee Structure

Tuition for the nine-month program, materials, and room and board for five weekend sessions is $2,800 if paid in two or more installments, or $2,500 if paid in full by September 1, 2021. Financial aid is available.


The School qualifies for 8 Religious Studies CEUs through Our Lady of the Elms College!



Download the application for the 2021-2022 cohort here.

For more information on the 2021-2022 Genesis Contemplative Living School, please contact JComerford@GenesisSpiritualCenter.org 
413-562-3627 ext. 105


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