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SPIRITUALITY, Groups and Gatherings - Sonoma County CALENDAR

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There are lots of people who see the world as you see it - who share you value systems and ideals. Find your common ground among these gatherings...

by Vesta Copestakes

Center for Sacred Studies ~ Groups & Gatherings of people with similar interests and values. Stride with us or near your home. www.centerforsacredstudies.org or 707-604-7362

ECKANKAR: Experience the Light and Sound of God - Santa Rosa ECKANKAR Center - 1301 Farmers Lane Suite 202, Santa Rosa, CA.707-542-2100, http://www.eck-ca.org/ 
For more information about ECKANKAR you can also visit :YouTube.com/EckankarOfficialSite   orSpiritualExperience.org

Ongoing monthly events: All events are free

  • Mar 8  (2nd Wed. of each month ) ~ Service Topic: - "Life After Death How Do We Know? Spiritual Exploration/Discussions2nd Wed. of the month - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, SoCo Coffee - 1015 4th St. Santa Rosa (corner of Brookwood Ave. and 4th st.)Explore. Experience. Share.Explore monthly spiritual topics in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Experience the spiritual exercises of ECK to more fully realize yourself as Soul. Share your spiritual experiences, ask questions, or just listen. 
  • Mar 17 ~ (3rd Fri. of each month) ~ Community HU Songs:  - "Experience the Sacred Sound of HU"  - 7 to 7:30 pm, Finley Community Center - 2060 W. College Ave. Santa Rosa - If you know how to sing HU, you can open yourself to the Holy Spirit. You can open yourself to the help that It's offering you to help you take the next step."Harold Klemp, The Awakening Soul, pg. 67. For a short video about the HU, visit:   Miraclesinyourlife.org

  • Mar 19  (3rd Sun. of the month) ~ ECK Worship Services: - "Replacing Love with Fear" - 11am to 12 noon, Flamingo Resort Hotel - 2777 Fourth St. Santa Rosa - Discover the ECK Worship ServiceEveryone is welcome. This service includes a short reading from the ECK works, singing HU, heart inspiring talks, creative arts, and group discussion of spiritual principles at work in our lives.

Many Rivers Books & Tea 130 S. Main Street, Suite 101 Sebastopol, CA 95472 707-829-8871 www.manyriversbooks.com

ONGOING EVENTS at Many Rivers:To Follow Your Bliss, First Follow Your Dread Tayu Meditation Center staff Tuesdays at 7:30 pm: [December 13th, 27th (no event Dec. 20)] Joseph Campbell famously advised “Follow Your Bliss.”  Inspirational advice—but offered with no clear operating instructions, no means to accomplish the goal.  St. Paul described the inherent difficulty with high aspiration when he admitted that he did not live up his own commitment to do good.  We reach upwards toward bliss, but something pulls us back, as we find ourselves speaking harshly to a loved one, lying to make ourselves look good in comparison to others, or grasping after more than our fair share.  To effectively address this pattern, it is crucial to lay a foundation that can support our ambitions to realize indisputable joy.  Follow Your Dread is the starting direction that points toward a realistic route to bliss.  We need to see the operation of the mechanical habits that structure our experience.  And we need to grasp viscerally that those mechanical habits keep producing the same results in our lives.  That means we must acknowledge the effects that our actions produce, not as an abstraction in the mind, but as something we can taste and smell.  Furthermore, we need to widen our perspective to include the actual effects of our mechanical habits on the lives of others as well.  This can be extraordinarily difficult because we have big investments in fooling ourselves about who we are and what we’re up to.  It is far more comfortable to settle for the excuses we make to ourselves than to admit that we have ultimate responsibility for our actions—even for our actions that are the product of ingrained mechanical habits that we fear to examine.  The difficulty of the undertaking demands help.  The weekly Follow Your Dread group meeting offers substantial practices for self-inquiry, and an ongoing forum for practical mutual assistance.  Only with such tools can we hope to comprehend what we fear, and make Follow Your Dread more than just another slogan.  Take up the challenge if you dare.

Songbird Community Healing Center all events suggested donation $10 to $20. 8297 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotatiwww.songbirdcenter.org. 707-795-2398

ON-GOING:

Weekly sitting meditation practice, Santa Rosa Shambhala Center. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Free meditation instruction available. Open to all. Schedule:santarosa.shambhala.org.

The Daily Daven ~ Monday-Friday at 7:00a, except on Jewish and national holidays, and Sunday-Thursday at 6:30p. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. If you need a minyan to say Kaddish, please call 707-360-3000 as far ahead as possible. www.bethamisr.org

SUNDAY

Ananda Gurukula ~ Group meditation, 5:30-7p. Chanting, Kirtan, spiritual talk and a half hour silent meditation followed by a short discussion of the topic of the evening and tea and snacks for those who want to stay on and visit.  The Ananda Kamalalaya Ashram of Ananda Gurukula is at 4378 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa

Apple Seed Friends Meeting ~ 10am, West County Community Services Building, 477 Petaluma Ave at Walker, Sebastopol ~ 573-6075

Cazadero Community Church ~ 10am, non-denominational Services with Pastor Dave Ramalia. Downtown Cazadero ~ 632-5798 ~ cazchurch.org

Center for Spiritual Living ~ morning services are at 8:30, 10 and 11:30. We have a silent meditation together from 9:35 to 9:50. Evening service at 7pm. www.cslsr.org 2075 Occidental Road Santa Rosa

Congregation Beth Ami ~ Weekday minyan at 8:30am 4676 Mayette Dr., Santa Rosa, followed by light breakfast on 1st and 3rd Sundays. 707-360-3000.http://bethamisr.org.

Contemporary Christian ~ Pastor Jesse Bradley. 10:30 am, Sebastopol Christian Church, 7344 Bodega Ave ~ 823-8242 ~ sebchristian.com

Fishermen’s Chapel ~ All welcome for non-denominational services. 10am, Grange Hall, 1370 Bodega Ave, Bodega Bay ~ 875-3616

Meditation in the Zen (and other) traditions ~ 9-10:30, 425 Morris St. next to Sebastopol Community Center.  ~ OccidentalLagunaSangha.org

Methodist Services ~ 8:30am Contemporary; 10:30am Traditional. Forestville United Methodist Church, 6550 Covey Rd ~ 887-2020 ~ forestvilleumc.org

Metropolitan Community Church ~ 9am Choir practice; 11:00 am, Worship. 16219 First St, Guerneville ~ 869-9882 ~ mccre.org

Occidental Laguna Sangha - 9 - 10:30am Zen mindfulness and practices for the heart. 425 Morris St., Sebastopol, Guiding Teacher Bruce Fortin, $10 donation. INFO: 544-1436 www.occidentallagunasangha.org

Sae Taw Win II Dhamma Foundation ~ Metta Meditation – All welcome. Donation based. 9am Followed by Dhamma Talk led by resident yogi Dr Thynn. 769 Bower Street, Sebastopol/Graton; 824-4456 www.saetawwin2.org

Santa Rosa Meditation Group of Self-Realization Fellowship ~ Kriya Yoga Meditation of Paramahansa Yogananda. 707-523-9555 www.srf-santarosa.org (as scheduled only)

Santa Rosa Shambhala Center ~ open meditation practice Sundays 9am and Wednesdays 7pm. Free meditation instruction available. All are welcome. 709 Davis St santarosa.shambhala.org.

Sebastopol United Methodist Church ~ 10:30 am ~ Morning Worship Services. 500 North Main Street, Sebastopol. 707-823-7971

Shambhala Meditation Center ~ All welcome. 10:00-12:30. 709 Davis St, Santa Rosa ~ 545-4907 ~ santarosa.shambhala.org

St. Andrews-in-the-Redwoods Episcopal Church ~ 10 a.m. Worship20329 CA-116, Monte Rio, CA 95462 ~ (707) 865-0834 ~ http://www.standrews-redwoods.org

Temple of Isis ~ 2-4pm, Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville ~ 857-4747 ~ isisoasis.org

Unitarian Universalist ~ 9:15 & 11am. 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa ~ 568-5381 ~ uusantarosa.org

Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma - Live your sacred, transform through love, act with courage. Worship, Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at the Petaluma Woman's Club, 518 B St. uupetaluma.org

United Church of Christ ~ 9am Christian Education; 10am Worship. Guerneville Community Church, 14520 Armstrong Woods Rd ~ 869-2514 ~ http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/guernevillecommunityca.html

Unity of Santa Rosa ~ An inclusive, loving spiritual community where all are welcome. Service at 10:30am. 4857 Old Redwood Hwy (Larkfield area), Santa Rosa. www.unityofsantarosa.org

1st SUN ~ Meditation Workshop ~ Bring more value to your life!  Free. 10-11am, 341 N Main St, Sebastopol ~ 824-9690 ~ deborahshemesh.com

2nd SUN ~ Lotus Circle ~ Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara. Ages 15+. By donation. 4:30 pm. ~ Bonney, 887-2210 ~ taralotuscircle.org

2nd & 4th Sun ~ DANCES of UNIVERSAL PEACE  (aka SUFI DANCING) ~ Rejuvenate your spirit and open your heart with sacred circle dancing and joyous group singing from the world's spiritual traditions. No previous experience is necessary to experience this experience. 11 am - 1pm at the Youth Annex of the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 425 Morris Street, Sebastopol. sliding scale: $5 - $15. For info call: 707 829 8212

3rd SUN. Taizé inspired prayer service called in • spire. Services are from 4 - 5:30pm in the Homestead. Westminster Woods Camp and Conference Center, 6510 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental

 

MONDAY

Sebastopol Collective Meditation ~ All welcome. 6:00-6:45 pm, St. Stephens Church, 500 Robinson Way, Sebastopol ~ karmendraji@yahoo.com

Through the Ear to the Heart ~ Sing the music of Hildegard von Bingen as contemplative practice. Free. $10 suggested donation. No one turned away. 7PM ~ Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa ~ 707-324-6021 ~http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/ThroughtheEartotheHeart.html.

MON & THU ~ Qigong ~ with Hrieth Anet Pezzi, RN. All welcome. Drop-in. $15 by donation. 6:15-7:30 pm, Center for Inner Health and Stillness, 424 8th St, Ste A, Santa Rosa ~ 829-5676 ~ centerforinnerhealthandstillness.com

1st Mon ~ Eloheim Channeling ~ Veronica Torres channels Eloheim to answer your questions in Sebastopol. Eloheim has been offering tools that are instrumental in transforming people's lives. Experience this unique opportunity in person. 7pm at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street Sebastopol. $15. For more information, visit www.eloheim.com

1st Mon ~ Women’s meditation night ~ Want to find your center?  Meditation is step one. 8297 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati. Upstairs. All traditions welcome. Donation. Sponsored by the Women’s School. www.womensschool.org

4th Mon ~ Community Healing Festival ~ Crystal-Rose is now offering Community Healing Festivals the fourth Monday each month at The Sunflower Center! Come join us from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., for: Hands-on-Healings, Clairvoyant Readings, Aura Healings. This is a drop-in event, first-come, first-serve. 1435 N. McDowell Blvd. , Petaluma. For more information: info@crystal-rose.org or (707) 260-2310.

 

TUESDAY

TUE & WED ~ Meditation Classes ~ Drop-in. $10 by donation. 7:30-8:45 pm, Mahakaruna Buddhist Meditation Center, 304 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma ~ 766-7720 ~ meditationinnorcal.org

7pm ~ Metta Meditation ~ Open to beginning and experienced meditators. $15 per person at the door. At A Positive Light Meditation Center - 6470 Kelsey Creek Dr. Kelseyville. joanie@apositivelight.com for reservations.

1st & 3rd ~ A Course In Miracles ~ Study group with the Center for Sacred Studies. 13550 CHURCH ST. GUERNEVILLE. 707 604- 7362

2nd & 4th Tues ~ The Russian River's Jewish Music & Cultural Show ~ Hosted by DJ Gershom. Airs between 8-10pm on KGGV 95.1 "The Bridge"

 

WEDNESDAY

Change your Mind - Change your Life Meditation ~ By a Tibetan Buddhist nun at the Good Life and Acupuncture, 6544 Front street, Forestville at 6:30 - 8 pm. For more information and registration please go to buddhism.meetup.com/1928/

Santa Rosa Shambhala Center ~ open meditation practice Sundays 9am and Wednesdays 7pm. Free meditation instruction available. All are welcome. 709 Davis St santarosa.shambhala.org.

Sebastopol United Methodist Church ~ 12 Noon, Centering Prayer & Prayer of the Imagination. 500 N Main St, Sebastopol. 707-823-7971

Sacred Yoga ~ Sacred Space ~ 1-hour class in Vinyasa Yoga with Shannon Donovan.  Live music on Solstice & Equinox. Free. Donations accepted. 5:30PM ~ Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa ~ 324-6021 ~ numinacenter.org/SacredYoga.htm.

Exploring the Buddha’s Teaching ~ 7:30-9pm ~ 30 min video, different each week, plus discussion and meditation. In Cotati, free with donations accepted. For more info: www.coachanu.org or 707-260-2301

Veronica Torres Eloheim Channeling ~ Veronica Torres has been channeling Eloheim for over ten years and their weekly group sessions are listened to throughout the world. 7:30 p.m. in Sonoma. Donation requested. $20 suggested. Contact Sue at eloheimandveronica@gmail.com for directions to the event.

 

THURSDAY

Dharma Meditation at Osmosis ~ Weather permitting. No charge. Bring your meditation cushion and warm clothing. 8am Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, 209 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone 707-823-8231, www.osmosis.com

Christian Bible Study ~ The messages of the New Testament. Guided by Pastor Paul. 7:00 pm, Open Door Christian Church, 16 5th St at B, downtown Petaluma ~ 762-3873 ~ opendoorpetaluma.org

iRest Yoga Nidra - Find Peace, Joy and Well-Being through this Guided Meditation. $10. 5:45-6:45 , Songbird Community Healing Center, 8280 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati ~ 795-2398 ~ songbirdcenter.org

Many Rivers Books & Tea ~ Speakers on a topic for self-inquiry. $5 by donation. 7:30 pm, 130 S Main St #101, Sebastopol ~ 829-8871 ~ manyriversbooks.com

THU & SAT ~ Qigong & Daoist Meditation ~ with Daoist Priest Michael Rinaldini. $8. Thu 6:00 pm & Sat 10:00 am. Sebastopol Community Ctr Garzot Building, 7985 Valentine Ave ~ 829-1855 ~ dragongateqigong.com

2nd THU ~ Aramaic Jesus ~ The words of Jesus in the language he spoke. Traditional prayer, chant & contemplative practice. Free. Donations accepted. 7PM, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 500 Robinson Rd., Sebastopol ~ 324-6021 ~ numinacenter.org/AbwoonCircle.htm.

3rd THU ~ Through the Ear to the Heart ~ Sing the music of Hildegard von Bingen as contemplative practice. Free. $10-15 suggested donation. No one turned away. 7PM ~ The Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station ~ 324-6021 ~ numinacenter.org/Hildegard-PtReyes.htm.

 

FRIDAY

Noon Time Meditations ~ 12-1 pm, Compassion Kadampa Buddhist Center, 120 North St, Healdsburg ~ 
293-8096 ~ meditationinhealdsburg.org

Shabbat Services ~ 7:30 pm, Congregation Beth Ami, 46767 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa ~ 707-360-3000 ~ bethamisr.org

1st FRI ~ Silence for Quaker Tradition ~ 7:30pm, Many River Books & Tea, 130 S. Main St., Sebastopol ~ 707-820-8871

3rd FRI ~ Sonoma County Pagan Network ~ Featured speaker & potluck dinner. 7pm, Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa ~ scpagans.org

3rd FRI ~ Taize Service  ~ Practice chant & silence to lead us towards stillness. Free. Donations accepted. Free community dinner after. 7PM, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 500 Robinson Rd, Sebastopol ~ 324-6021 ~ numinacenter.org/TaizeService.htm.

3rd FRI ~ Kiirtan ~ 7:30 to 9 pm on the third Friday. This is a musical evening in the Tradition of Indian Devotional music, chanting the names of God and singing to the Divine both in English and in Sanskrit. Everyone is welcome. The Ananda Kamalalaya Ashram of Ananda Gurukula is at 4378 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa

3rd FRI ~ Shamanic Healing Drum Circle ~ 6:00-9:00PM (with option to leave earlier) Based on Native and South American traditional healing ways, we drum and rattle for Pachamama and world peace, as well as give and receive individual healing energy to support our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. No drum experience necessary. Bring a drum and join us (we have a few extra drums available). $5+ donations accepted. Proceeds benefit Unity of Santa Rosa. Led by Linda (Deer) Domnitz, shamanic practitioner. For more information about this and other programs at Unity, visit http://unityofsantarosa.com/
Unity of Santa Rosa, 4857 Old Redwood Hwy,  Santa Rosa CA 95403. 707-542-7729.

 

SATURDAY

Shabbat Services ~ 9:30am followed by a kosher lunch, Congregation Beth Ami, 46767 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa ~ 707-360-3000

1st & 3rd SAT ~ Healing Rooms ~ Come For Prayer 9-11am. FREE - donations accepted. Santa Rosa Christian Church. 1315 Pacific Ave. Santa Rosa. INFO:.http://srchristianchurch.org/