Contemplative Outreach Northwest


Through the practices of Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, and Welcoming Prayer, we bring the contemplative dimension of the Gospel into everyday life.

Centering Prayer, as developed by Thomas Keating, William Menninger, and Basil Pennington, is a receptive form of silent prayer or meditation. Centering Prayer is the heart of what we do.

Lectio Divina (“divine reading”) and Welcoming Prayer (a method of consent to God’s presence) are companion practices that help to enrich our connection to the Divine.

Contemplative Outreach Northwest nourishes Centering Prayer in the Northwest by providing workshops, retreats, and ongoing support for individuals and prayer groups.

Featured Event

The celebration of the 30th anniversary of Contemplative Outreach Northwest was held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. Joseph Church in Seattle. Thanks to all who joined in prayer and recollection and made it such a joyous occasion. See Father Keating’s message to the gathering,

The retreat booklet from the 1987 Centering Prayer intensive retreat with Father Thomas Keating that was held at Indianola, Washington, from September 11 – 18, 1987 can be viewed here.   It was presented to the retreat by Paul Peterhans, the first Coordinator of Contemplative Outreach Northwest and contains excerpts and readings from: Psalms, Gospels, Literature, Poetry, Physics, Psychology, Sacred Traditions, and Christian Contemplative Spirituality.

More to come including Father Keating’s video, photos and observations on the day.