The School for Contemplative Living
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Listening in Stillness, Serving in Joy!

Dreams and The Sacred Encounter

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Parker United Methodist Church
Rodger Kamenetz and Marian Gay
Suggested donation: $25 (Register on the link above), or
make checks to Rayne UMC, with "SCL workshop" on the memo line,
and mailed to Rayne UMC, 3900 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70115, Attn: Wm. Thiele
See details on our Calendar link.
The workshop for 12 participants to explore their dreams on Saturday, March 25, 10 am - 4 pm is full. Email us to be on the waiting list. 

2017 Quiet Days at Advent House
March 17
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
1637 Seventh Street at Carondelet
We begin and end with group centering prayer. Feel free to read, rest, journal, make art, eat mindfully, and come and go as needed.
2017 Workshops and Retreats
March 24         Dreams and The Sacred Encounter with Rodger Kamenetz and Marian Gay
April 22            Cultivating Self-Compassion with Lara Naughton
May 20             New Trajectories in Contemplative Practice with Fr. Ephrem Arcement
June 24            Reading is Believing: Bringing Lectio Divina into Daily Life  with Jenny Heil
August 4-9     Centering Prayer Retreat with Susan Rush at Rosaryville
December 1-3 The Divine Dance: The Trinity & You with Fr. Richard Rohr!!!

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Classes

For meditation training with William Thiele, PhD

contact me at 504-899-3431.


Become a member/supporter of the School today!


To support our mission, become a member/supporter for $40 or more.

Checks to Rayne UMC, with "SCL membership" on the memo line

3900 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70115

(Members are invited to deduct $5 from any workshop fee.)


Our Mission

Creating contemplative communities who practice the presence of God for personal transformation and radical engagement with the world.

Our video introducing our calling, "Monks in the World," can be linked here:

To learn more from our stories of contemplative living read this book:
Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic Culture,
published by Wipf & Stock, and available on, (William Thiele, author), and also this blog:
"A Contemplative Path" at
An introductory PBS video with Martin Laird, author of Into the Silent Land, is here:
Listening in Stillness
Cultivating a contemplative presence for God involves daily practice of spiritual disciplines in solitude.
To learn more about our central practice of centering prayer,link to the following:

Because the journey cannot be completed alone, we also practice and learn with a community of supportive friends. This, for us, is the inward journey: "practicing the Presence of God for personal transformation."

Serving in Joy!
Presence for God brings us into God's heart for the world. The result is action - a response of serving by bringing the Presence into our service. We serve through our chosen vocations and through shared missions. We seek radical engagement with the world. This for us is the outward journey.

To connect with a class, practice group, or workshop - link to Our Groups.