About Us

Contemplative Outreach

Contemplative Outreach is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. The common desire for Divine transformation, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice, unites our community.

Contemplative Outreach UK maintains close links to the monks at Snowmass who began the movement with visits, email and by telephone. We also work with the worldwide organisation.

snow on the roof of the meditation hall
Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith is the Director of Contemplative Outreach UK. She originally learned Centering Prayer from Fr Thomas at Snowmass and has studied the teachings and attended retreats regularly for over 30 years.

She collaborated with the Most Reverend Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm., to produce a book, A Deeper Love, which gives “a synthesis… and which includes all the essential information” of the conceptual background of Centering Prayer.

She founded COUK in 1989 and continues to present workshops, retreats and courses throughout the UK.

Read more about Elizabeth’s formation, education and qualifications here.

Get in touch with us today to start your journey.