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Online Education

Discover the transformational wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition.

We believe the task of nurturing contemplative consciousness in the world is more important now than ever before. As Father Richard teaches, people need a new way of being in the world — one that embodies the reality that all life is sacred, precious, and connected.

Our online courses give everyone the opportunity to discover the wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition. Learn to bring these teachings and practices into your own routine and deepen their impact on your life. Meet other spiritual seekers, grow your prayer practice, and strengthen your compassionate engagement with the world.

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey — that’s where God is.

Upcoming Courses

Featuring Cynthia Bourgeault

Discover the Christian Wisdom path and its relevance for us today. Awaken to your yearning for a different kind of presence and to develop the skills, knowledge, and actions for self-transformation.

Registration
January 18 – February 16, 2022
Start Date
February 23, 2022
Length
14 Weeks
Cost
$195
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Featuring Richard Rohr

A spiritual exploration of the True Self based on Richard Rohr’s book, Immortal Diamond. Rediscover your forgotten Self that can never be destroyed—only transformed to live in eternal Love.

Registration
February 14 – March 16, 2022
Start Date
March 23, 2022
Length
10 Weeks
Cost
$120
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Featuring James Finley & Mirabai Starr

A spiritual journey through the seven mansions of St. Teresa of Ávila’s Interior Castle. Practices of prayer, reflection, humility, and self-knowledge will turn spiritual insights into experiential wisdom.

Registration
February 14 – March 16, 2022
Start Date
March 23, 2022
Length
8 weeks
Cost
$120
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FAQs

Is financial assistance available for an online course?

The CAC is able to offer a limited amount of financial assistance for each online course. Please fill out our Financial Assistance Application at least one week before registration is scheduled to close.

How long will I have access to course content?

Students only have access to course content for the duration of their course. Once the course end date has passed you will no longer have access to course content.

Are there live teaching elements in any of the courses?

Courses feature previously recorded teaching content from our faculty. There is no live interaction with any of the teachers.

Will I be able to connect with other participants in an online course?

Yes. Each online course includes a Discussion Forum where participants are encouraged to share with and engage with each other.

Is there a mobile app for online courses?

Canvas offers a mobile app called Canvas Student which will allow you to use Canvas from your phone or tablet (Android and iOS). When prompted to enter your school’s name, please search Center for Action and Contemplation.

What are the technology requirements to take an online course?

All CAC online courses require utilizing Canvas web-based learning management system. Learn more about the browser and computer requirements for Canvas.


Recommended browsers and devices

CAC online courses are available on computers and mobile devices, like tablets and smartphones.

If you’re having problems, you might be able to solve them by making sure you’re using a supported browser or device, and making sure it’s updated.

Supported browsers

Coursera supports the most recent versions of the following browsers on computers:
• Google Chrome (recommended)
• Firefox
• Microsoft Edge
• Safari (Macintosh only)

If you’re using an older browser, updating your browser can help solve problems.

Computer requirements

To access courses, you’ll need a reliable Internet connection and a computer. For best performance, you should access Canvas with a computer that supports the most recent browser versions and have an internet connection that supports the playback of online video.

It is recommended to use a computer five years old or newer with at least 1GB of RAM.

Using Canvas on mobile

The Canvas interface was optimized for desktop displays, so using smaller devices such as phones may not work as intended. For the best user experience, please download the Canvas mobile applications for Android or iOS. The Canvas mobile applications require Android 6.0 or later and iOS 13.0 or later.

How do I reset my password?

To reset your password, visit learn.cac.org and click the Forgot Password? link. Please remember to verify your email address is entered correctly. All passwords are case sensitive.

I’m having trouble accessing Canvas.

If you’re having problems connecting to Canvas, first:

If you’re having problems accessing Canvas using a mobile browser:

Please note that the Canvas interface was optimized for desktop displays, so using smaller devices such as phones may not work as intended. For the best user experience, please download the Canvas mobile applications for Android or iOS. The Canvas mobile applications require Android 6.0 or later and iOS 13.0 or later.

If none of these steps have addressed your issue, please reach out to our Community Engagement team.

Can I receive a refund for an online course?

Students can request a full refund for any online course for up to 14 days from the start of the course. Students can also request to transfer to another course offering of the same course at no extra charge.

To request a refund, please contact our Community Engagement team.

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