Genesis School for Contemplative Living

Genesis’ fifth incarnation of the School for Contemplative Living will begin in September 2022. With five residential weekends, and in-person or online group meetings between sessions, the school is a formation program for the contemplative journey, rooted in the Christian wisdom tradition in an emerging, inter-spiritual, ecological, and socially engaged framework. The program will be taught through Christian, Contemplative, Evolutionary, Prophetic, and Inter-spiritual lenses.

Tuition for the nine-month program, materials, and room and board for five weekend sessions is $2,800 if paid in two or more installments, or $2,500 if paid in full by September 1, 2021. Financial aid is available.


Core faculty:

Fr. Norman Comtois, OMI, MA is an ordained Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates.  Fr. Norman Comtois. OMI, MA is an ordained Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates.  His experience in Pastoral Counseling, Intentional Eucharistic Communities, and Renewal programs for women religious continue to inform his ministry as a current retreat director.

Christina Leaño brings over 12 years of experience offering spiritual programs and guidance to diverse audiences. Christina's work is grounded in her Catholic contemplative background, her Buddhist studies and practice of 20 years, training as a mindfulness teacher, and her lifelong commitment to ecological and social justice.  She holds a BA from Yale University and an MA from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

Liz Walz, ASP, Executive Director of Genesis, draws on her experience as a Catholic Worker, Plowshares activist, non-violence trainer, yoga teacher, and massage therapist.  She is trained as a Spiritual Director and BioSpiritual Focusing Facilitator.

Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest, writer, and retreat leader working to renew the Christian Wisdom tradition. He serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY, and is a teacher for Northeast Wisdom and The Contemplative Society, non-profits rooted in the teaching lineage of Cynthia Bourgeault. 

Br. Don Bisson, FMS is, first and foremost, a spiritual director and is widely respected as a specialist in the training, formation, and supervision of spiritual directors. A Marist brother based in Esopus, New York, he has graduate degrees in liturgy, spirituality, and transpersonal psychology, and earned his Doctor of Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion specializing in Spiritual Direction and Jungian Psychology. 

"Contemplative communities are more than ever necessary to counterbalance the deep resistance to maturity and evolution as a species. As Jung said in 1960, 'our technology is outpacing our consciousness'; we are at a crossroads, and coming together for contemplative practice and action is essential." 

~  Brother Don Bisson


Company Name: 
Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center
Contact Information: 

Liz Walz, Executive Director. Email or call 413-562-3627.