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 8-Day Lenten Retreat Mar 8th, 6:00pm – Mar 15th 11 am CST – offered by the Church of Conscious Harmony at Cedarbrake Renewal Center in Belton, TX. This retreat will be led by Fr. Carl Arico and will include extensive blocks of time for silence and solitude on the beautiful grounds of Cedarbrake. Private room, bedding and vegetarian meals included. Early registration is encouraged. This retreat often fills quickly. The cost is $1100; for more details and to register, see this link.
    • 2024 United in Prayer Day – Remembering and Reconnecting – a HoTCO In-Person Gathering March 9, 8:00am – 12:30pm at the Seminary of the Southwest. A time to participate with the Global Community of Contemplative Outreach in Centering Prayer, in Contemplative Sharing and Reflection, and in Honoring our Beloved Thomas Keating. More information and registration is available here.    
    • Join in the Global United in Prayer Day vigil via Zoom, March 8-9 with practitioners from all over the world. More information may be found here. No registration is necessary.
    • Introduction to Centering Prayer 3-day Commuter – Class & Retreat – Mar 21 – Mar 23 – offered by the Church of Conscious Harmony. This is an opportunity to take an Introduction to Centering Prayer class and immediately participate in a 3-day commuter retreat. A personal copy of Open Mind, Open Heart by Fr. Keating will be included with the class. The Introduction to Centering Prayer class will run concurrent with a 3-day Centering Prayer retreat. All will commute to CCH and home daily. Three vegetarian meals will be served daily. The cost is $150; more information and registration is available here.
    • 3-4 Day Lenten Centering Prayer Commuter Retreat – Mar 20 – Mar 23 – offered by the Church of Conscious Harmony. There will be a 3-day commuter retreat Thursday-Saturday, with the option of adding a personal retreat experience on Wednesday. To view the retreat schedule and a suggested schedule for a self-guided retreat on Wednesday select HERE. Housing with a member of the Church of Conscious Harmony may be available. Three vegetarian meals per day will be served Thursday-Saturday. The cost is $150; more information and registration is available here.
    • Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop – Mar 23rd, 10am – 3pm CDT – offered by the Metanoia Journey at First Presbyterian Church of Austin. The cost is $35; for more details 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