This session will provide practitioners of Centering Prayer an opportunity for a 20-minute period of morning prayer. For those wishing to participate but unfamiliar with this particular method of prayer, there will be a brief explanation and opportunity to learn this simple format. IEA members from all faith traditions are welcome. The session will begin with a short video developed by Contemplative Outreach, a worldwide spiritual network of individuals who practice Centering Prayer and are committed to living the contemplative dimensions of the Gospel. In its Vision statement, Contemplative Outreach “affirms solidarity with the contemplative dimension of other religious and sacred traditions, with the needs and rights of the whole human family and all of creation.”

Pat Henfling is a certified Enneagram teacher who has presented the Enneagram from a spiritual perspective for the past 10 years. She has had a Centering prayer practice for 8 years and has been commissioned by Contemplative Outreach to present introductory Centering Prayer workshops. Her most recent endeavor is offering Centering Prayer to the inmates at the Women’s Prison outside Richmond, VA. Pat subscribes to the belief that the great spiritual traditions of the world have provided us with tools that will help with the unraveling of the false self, and that Centering Prayer is one of those tools.

Patricia Henfling


2004 IEA Global Conference

Arlington, Virginia, USA