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A threshold of dialogue and practice cultivating the depth dimension of our lives through the embodiment of an active contemplative path. Expanding our inner reservoir and widening our ability to respond to life with presence, compassion, and practical wisdom while drawing us deeper towards a centered life of wholeness is the conversation.



Journey Towards Center is an invitation to the shared exploration of incarnational mysticism, aikido, and wholeness. This offering is a full-bodied program for those interested in the study and exploration of human and ecological wholeness and healing. It is a living inter-spiritual dialogue, a contemplative ecumenism of language and movement as an avenue to steward the awakened heart as a wisdom way of living.

Grounded in the Incarnational Mystical tradition together with Aikido, a martial wisdom practice directly exploring harmony in the midst of duality, Journey Towards Center is a passageway into a wider bandwidth of resonance with our self, one another, and the planet. It offers an active contemplative path to explore and expand the totality of our being and perhaps access the invisible inside the visible.

Journey Towards Center is enriched, influenced, and supported by several years of study and mentorship with my teachers in the Incarnational Mystical tradition and Aikido. Specifically Jim Finley, Cynthia Bourgeault, and the direct lineage of Morihei Ueshiba. Finley offers a corpus of wisdom teachings that are both far-reaching and intimate, dedicated to healing trauma and all forms of suffering. Bourgeault’s precise and comprehensive exploration of spiritual transformation is exemplary and inclusive. And, inherent in Aiki principles we find a spiritual path of embodiment wherein heart cognition may be ignited and eventually stabilized through sincere practice.

Travel the path and explore the perennial and elemental wisdom traditions through the study of incarnational mysticism, Aikido, meditation, poetry, chant, and dialogue.

Journey Towards Center is an ongoing exchange offered in a small group format and by application only. If you have an interest in receiving an application, please send us a note with your request.


Leigh is one of 180 people from around the world that made up the first cohort of the Living School, Center for Action and Contemplation, a global community exploring the cultivation of practical contemplative living through the study and application of Wisdom traditions.

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