Welcome

Welcome to the Heart of Texas chapter of Contemplative Outreach (HoTCO). We are an ecumenical group of women and men serving together to support those who want to deepen their relationship with God through the practice of Centering Prayer.

Centering Prayer is an ancient method of Christian prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence, traditionally called contemplative prayer.

HoTCO is one of more than 90 active chapters in 39 countries formed by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., a worldwide spiritual network that provides support and resources for Centering Prayer practitioners.

We offer Introduction to Centering Prayer workshops and retreats ranging from one to ten days in length.

We support Centering Prayer groups that meet daily, weekly and monthly in various churches, homes and institutions, as well as contemplative church services throughout the area.


Latest news…

  • You are invited:
    • Centering Prayer 1-Day Enrichment – Art of Moving Meditation- Sat, Jun 15th, 8:30 am – 4 pm CDT – offered in-person by the Church of Conscious Harmony. This time of Centering Prayer and enrichment will be an introduction into the beauty and balance of directed motion, designed to integrate body, mind and spirit. Beginning aspects of Qi Gong breathing practices will be introduced along with basic concise movements from the Ip Seon tradition of Tai Chi. These will be presented in a way to accommodate all participant levels of physical balance in three, 25-35 minute sessions offered throughout the day. Please bring a brown bag lunch. The cost is $30; please bring a brown bag lunch. For more details and to register, see this link.
    • Centering Prayer 1/2-Day In-person Retreat – Sun, Jun 23rd, 12:00 pm  – 4:00 pm CDT – offered by the Church of Conscious Harmony. This special Sunday afternoon retreat will be held at CCH and led by Stewart Johnson. A light vegetarian lunch of soup, salad and bread will be served. Donations are gratefully accepted; for more info and to register, see this link.
    • Centering Prayer 1-Day Retreat – Song and Silence- Jul 13th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm CDT – offered in-person by the Church of Conscious Harmony. This retreat will cultivate interior silence through the combination of chanting, Centering Prayer, and reflective time in nature. The singing of simple chants is a beautiful threshold into Centering Prayer and can deepen the experience of the silence. The wish is to create a vibratory vessel through which Spirit can bless us, our community, and the world. L:unch will be provided and light snacks will be available. The cost is $35; for more details and to register, see this link.
    • Centering Prayer 1/2-Day Online Retreat – Sat, Jul 27th, 1:00 pm  – 4:00 pm CDT – offered by the Church of Conscious Harmony. This Saturday afternoon online retreat will be led by LeAnn Billups. Donations are gratefully accepted; for more info and to register, see this link.
  • For retreats and introduction to Centering Prayer workshops in the year of 2024, please see retreats and introductory workshops. Retreats and workshops for 2024 will be updated as changes become available.


  • Pray in Community: Our list of local Prayer Groups will be continually updated in 2024. There are also several contemplative church services around town that we’re aware of. Information on these can be found on the Contemplative Worship page and will be updated as we receive new information.
  • The Meditation Chapel currently offers many online opportunities each week to join others in Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina. These are a wonderful way to pray with others in community, while remaining at home. When looking at their calendar, note that the Centering Prayer groups meet in the ‘Thomas Keating Chapel.
  • Consider supporting our Centering Prayer community by joining one of our Service Teams. We would love to hear from you regarding your interest in serving our chapter by mailing Lynne Roy or Kristi Michener. Your involvement in our Centering Prayer community is vital!

…when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
~ Matthew 6:6

Contemplative Prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions, whom we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, thinking, feeling and choosing; even closer than consciousness itself.
~ Fr. Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart