Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies
Masters Degree Transpersonal Counseling Psychology
David Frenette began searching for meaning as a young man in the 1970s when he began practicing daily meditation in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. He became a Christian in 1981 and changed his contemplative practice to centering prayer. In 1983, he met Father Thomas Keating, who became his mentor and whom he still considers to be his spiritual father.
David has taught centering prayer since 1985, when he co-created and co-led a contemplative retreat center in upstate New York for ten years under Father Keating’s auspices. He has served in many leadership and consultative roles within Contemplative Outreach, Father Keating’s international organization, including guiding long-term centering prayer practitioners.
He is on the staff of the Center for Contemplative Living in Denver and leads annual retreats at the Garrison Institute in New York and at St. Benedict’s Monastery Retreat House in Snowmass, Colorado. He has an MA in transpersonal counseling psychology, guides clients as a spiritual director, and is an adjunct faculty member in the Religious Studies Department at Naropa University.
Although David still dedicates significant time each day to solitary contemplative prayer, after spending much of the last thirty years in monastic retreat, he increasingly experiences the sacred in the ordinariness of everyday life. He enjoys travel, music, film, mountain walks, coffee shops, and life in Colorado with his wife, Donna.
For more information on David’s work, visit his website: davidfrenette.com.
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