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Contemplative Outreach of DFW

Serving Dallas/Fort Worth & North Texas

The Tree of Life

Featured Speaker

Kess Frey, Lecturer & Author

Saturday, March 23, 2019

9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

(Sign-In Begins at 9:00 AM)

St Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church
6525 Inwood Road
Dallas, Texas 75209

Tree of Life

The Qabalistic Tree of Life comes to us from “the secret wisdom of Israel” that was known to Jesus and the Old Testament prophets.  It is a map of consciousness, God’s creation, and the individual soul.  As such, this mystical Tree may serve as a model of the inner work of healing and transformation the divine presence and action carries out in us through our practice of Centering Prayer and the gift of “resting in God.”

Also the Tree, once understood and internalized, offers perspective on our own shifting choices, views, and values as well as those of others, in terms of the Spheres on the Tree in which individuals are primarily grounded.  In other words, the Tree of Life may serve as a useful psychological model for better understanding one’s self and others.

The Qabalistic Tree of Life was introduced in two of Kess' books, The Will of Divine Love and Centering Prayer and Rebirth in Christ on the Tree of Life (Chapter 1).


Early Registration:

$30 per Person


$20 per Student

Early Registration & Payment must be received by March 15, 2019

After deadline:  $35/Person

Bring a bag lunch for the mid-day break

Morning Refreshments, Coffee & Bottled Water Included

Advance reservations are encouraged. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.   All reservations are subject to confirmation (see add'l info on registration page).

Location of St Thomas the Apostle Church

Partial scholarships available -- please email inquires to Sandy.


Kess Frey, born in 1945, grew up in Eagle Rock, California (North Los Angeles). He graduated in Psychology at the University of California, Irvine, and has studied Eastern and Western philosophy, psychology, and religion since 1965.  He met Thomas Keating in 1989 and has been involved ever since with Centering Prayer and Contemplative Outreach. Kess lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where he is active in the local centering prayer community.  He offers Introductory Centering Prayer workshops, facilitates prayer groups and retreats, and is active in prison ministry.

Kess is a prolific writer and has authored several inspiring books over the last few years.  His most recent book, released in 2017, is entitled Bridge across Troubled Waters: Centering Prayer and the Theological Divide.  He wrote this book to clarify a variety of misperceptions and criticisms regarding Centering Prayer.

    Kess' other Book Titles:
  • Human Ground, Spiritual Ground: Paradise Lost and Found: A Reflection on Centering Prayer's Conceptual Background, (September, 2012).
  • Centering Prayer and Rebirth in Christ on the Tree of Life: The Process of Inner Transformation, (June, 2013).
  • The One Who Loves Us: Centering Prayer and Evolving Consciousness, (July, 2014).
  • The Will of Divine Love:  Centering Prayer and Spiritual Psychology, (2016).

for additional information about this workshop, please Email Sandy


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