COSD will be hosting a day-long workshop entitled “Centering Prayer as the 11th Step Practice”, on December 9, 2017 from 9 am to 5 pm, at St. Brigid Parish in Pacific Beach.  The workshop will be led by two people with long experience in both the 12 step programs and the practice of Centering Prayer.

The event is open to all interested people; there will be no fee, but in keeping with the 7th tradition free will donations will be accepted.

To register: email

For more information, please click on this flyer.    11TH STEP

Tuesday December 5, 2017 Taize Prayer Service 


Fr. Justin Langille and the St. Theresa Musicians

St. Therese Church, Del Cerro, 6016 Camino Rico

San Diego, California 92120

 A Taize worship served involves sung and chanted prayers meditation, a period of silence and liturgical readings.  During this Advent season come away for a time to rest in God, to  let the words listened to and sung penetrate one’s being.  All are welcome.



When:  April 6 through 8, 2017

Where:  Prince of Peace Abbey, Oceanside

What to do:  The cost of the retreat is $200 per person.  A deposit of $50 is requested by December  1 to secure a place.  If interested please send your deposit to:  COSD,  4461 Robbins Street, San Diego, 92122



HALF DAY OF PRAYER, ENTITLED “What’s in the way IS the way.”

         When:  November 11:  9: am to 12:30 pm,

        Where:     San Diagito United Methodist Church, Encinitas

         To PreRegister;  email sue at

Extended information on Retreats and Workshops.

For 30 years Contemplative Outreach has been dedicated to transmitting the living tradition of the Contemplative Christian Heritage through the teachings of Father Thomas Keating and through programs and offerings that support the contemplative life. The primary purpose of Contemplative Outreach of San Diego is to teach the method of Centering Prayer and its immediate conceptual background. If you are interested in having a Centering Prayer workshop at your church, community, or organization, contact Karen Downs, We are available weekends and weekdays.

Half-Day of Prayer

The purpose of the Half-Day of Prayer is to provide spiritual and moral support to members of the COSD community who have attended a Centering Prayer introductory workshop and are actively practicing this prayer form. This activity is generally sponsored by a COSD prayer group and is provided in a facility during a three hour period on Saturday mornings. The format includes two periods of Centering Prayer and a spiritual presentation with group discussion.


Retreats provide an environment conducive to spiritual growth for persons who have attended an introductory workshop on Centering Prayer. Generally the retreats are three days of silence with five to seven periods of Centering Prayer each day. Personal spiritual direction is provided and a group dialogue is held on the final day.

In a retreat setting the length of the periods of Centering Prayer can be extended. Lengthening or multiplying periods of Centering Prayer can help to deepen the experience of interior silence and promote the grow in intimacy with God.  There are 3-day, 5- day and 8-day retreats offered locally and nationally.