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Core Faculty

The Living School core faculty, headed by Richard Rohr, OFM, lead the theological strength and integrity of the school. Opening Christianity to a broader and more inclusive theological vision, they teach deep and grounded practices in contemplative prayer, chanting, and lived kenosis expressing itself in prophetic witness and radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.

In the joined presence of these faculty, this School is at its heart a Mystical Christian Living School, an “underground seminary” whose primary objective is to form three-dimensional, 21st-century people in the very best that Christianity has to offer. Students will have opportunities to study directly with these individuals during a total of 4 on-site sessions in Albuquerque (3 symposia and 1 intensive session) over the course of the Living School’s 2-year program. Symposia last 4 days, and the on-site intensive is 5 days.

Core Faculty

Richard Rohr in Napa Valley, CARichard Rohr is a Franciscan of the New Mexico Province and the Founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard serves as Academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. An internationally recognized author and spiritual teacher, Fr. Richard teaches primarily on Incarnational Mysticism, non-dual consciousness and contemplation. He is the author of numerous books, including The Naked Now, Everything Belongs, Eager to Love, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, and Immortal Diamond.


Cynthia BourgeaultCynthia Bourgeault is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader. Cynthia divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and global teaching to spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and wisdom path. She is the founding Director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School. She is the author of eight books: The Holy Trinity and the Law of ThreeThe Meaning of Mary Magdalene, The Wisdom Jesus, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Mystical Hope, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Chanting the Psalms, and Love is Stronger Than Death.


James Finley lived as a monk at the cloistered Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where the world-renowned monk and author, Thomas Merton, was his spiritual director. He leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and Canada, attracting men and women from all religious traditions who seek to live a contemplative way of life in the midst of today’s busy world. He is also a clinical psychologist in private practice with his wife in Santa Monica, California. He is the author of Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart, and Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God.