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Many people on the contemplative spiritual journey benefit from attending formal programs offered by the Portland chapter of Contemplative Outreach and other chapters around the country.

Below is a listing of the programs we offer. Click on the links to read a short description of each. Our newsletter contains specific information about current offerings in our chapter. Programs are open to all people on a spiritual path regardless of denomination. As our ninth Theological Principle states, “…we are united in our common search for God and our experience of Christ through Centering Prayer.”

Introduction to Centering Prayer

Introduction to Lectio Divina

Centering Prayer Retreats

Welcoming Prayer Practice

If you have questions about any of the program offerings, please e-mail us at or leave a message on our phone line at (971) CENTER2.

If you’re new to Centering Prayer or would like to know more about the Contemplative Outreach community in Portland, we suggest the following:

  • Read Fr. Thomas Keating’s book on Centering Prayer entitled Open MindOpen Heart. You may also be interested in his books Invitation to Love and Intimacy with God.