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Welcome to the Center for Sacred Studies


The Center for Sacred Studies is dedicated to sustaining ways of life based on collaboration and reciprocity with the Earth and all Her beings.

The seeds of the Center for Sacred Studies were first planted in 1995 in our intentional community, Kayumari. We joined together at that time to live together, to raise our children, to create a safe place for prayer while nurturing our relation to the Divine and to this wondrous creation.

Our non-profit root, the Center for Sacred Studies, took hold in 2001 to protect our ways of prayer. This created a collaboration with the Global Community to serve our Earth-Based Initiatives, to honor our ceremonies in our Sanctuary, and to inspire with our Global University through our Ministry and Educational programs.

We continue, through the decades, to unite with people in many countries around the world  growing our prayer for the next seven generations!

Join us on this sacred journey as a walking prayer for Mother Earth.

Click below to watch an introductory video from CSS Spiritual Director Jyoti:


Message from Jyoti and Darlene – October 18, 2017!!

Dear Relatives and Community,

We wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the calls, emails, texts and prayers many have sent during this critical time. As you have heard, a fire storm hit near us and it is still raging. 4500 homes and businesses gone. Over 180,000 acres of land burnt and still it rages. 40 lives lost and up to 200 still missing. We lost internet and phone and are now online in our area. Our community center and community members  and their homes are all safe! Some have had to be evacuated, but are safe. We stood ready to leave should the winds shift the direction, and the fires come closer. And now, the winds are slowing and those on the ground putting out the fire say they are beginning to contain it. And for this, we give thanks! That rain is on the forecast, we give thanks! Your prayers are very powerful!! And when we join those prayers, healing happens and miracles make themselves visible. And for this, we give thanks.

Please join your prayers and light your candles, so that we can focus Creator’s Grace on the first responders in the north bay area who are in full service helping in so many ways:  fighting fires, feeding and housing those who lost their homes and businesses, getting electricity and water to whole communities, attending the elderly and ill and so much more. Our communities are in shock and still the fire is not contained. So we need your focused prayers. And as the fires are contained, then our communities will be starting the work of rebuilding. And as we have seen in other communities that have survived a catastrophe, we pray for our consciousness to awaken and bring us solutions that will help us rebuild in ways that are more sustainable, eco friendly, and give thought to the next generations to come.

As Mahatma Gandhi said:
Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.

What we have seen through this moment of crisis, is the humanity and heart that lives in us all. And that humanity knew no false boundary of age, race, culture or economic class. We have been responding as a family saving lives, opening homes, volunteering and helping to hold those who have lost so much.
As one elder said, “ It is only material things lost. We have our lives. We can rebuild.”

And as Mother Teresa said:

None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.

Let us walk on this good road together carried by our prayers and driven by our vision. As we light our candles, let us ignite the fires within. And let us feed those fires within through global and personal prayer. For the world can be what we dream it! That is when this moment of tragedy is transformed into possibility!! This is how we have begun to birth a new world.

With great humility and love,
Jyoti and Darlene
Community of Kayumari
Center for Sacred Studies

In the October 2017 Center for Sacred Studies News

Hello everyone,

UPDATED RETREAT INFORMATION: October 26-29 Spiritual Retreat at The Lodge at Cedar Springs in Sedro Woolley, WA 

While planning for the Silent Retreat scheduled for October 26-29 at The Lodge at Cedar Springs, it became clear that energy was pulling the retreat in a different direction. Spirit has guided us to make changes to the format in order to offer a more flexible and less expensive options. The retreat has now been re-envisioned and reshaped.  We hope you can join us! An exciting team of Healers are coming together to offer a Spiritual Clearing and Healing Retreat at the Cedar Springs Lodge in Sedro Woolley, WA.

The Spiritual Retreat will begin at on the evening of Thursday, October, 26 and will conclude at noon on Sunday October 29. There are options to attend the entire 3 night retreat or to attend on Saturday only. The basic schedule is described below.

The retreat will begin on Thursday with a family style salmon dinner and Welcoming Fire Circle hosted by the Indigenous Mind group and Swinomish Elder Ray SquiQui Williams. Guests are welcome to arrive by 5PM to get settled in and visit before dinner which starts at 6PM.

Depending on the weather, Friday morning may start with an early optional Spiritual Bath at Day Creek. Hopefully we will also see the elk herds grazing across the meadow. After breakfast we will gather in a sacred circle while we listen deeply to spirit and to each other so that we can co-create our day. The day may include silent time for contemplation and reflection, energy clearing and releasing, healing work, and an Elemental Mothers ceremony at the creek. We will end the day with a family style dinner and closing circle. This will be a great opportunity to share what came up during the work of the day and to talk about future visioning. Be sure to bring your drum, rattle, bells, etc. as we are sure to have some singing!

Saturday will be a full Maitri breathwork. Each person will have the opportunity to sit and to breathe. The work will be facilitated by Jyoti, Darlene, Hanayo, and Margin. We are so fortunate! Please read below about the option for a one day Breathwork for those who are not able to attend the entire weekend.

Sunday we will share breakfast together as we build community with each other. We will close the retreat with a practice of Seva and be prepared to leave at noon.

The full retreat from Thursday, October 26 at 6PM through Sunday October 29 at noon including meals, lodging, ceremonies, and breathwork is now being offered at $475.

Breathwork Only Option: Recent events have created challenging emotional experiences, and we as individuals and a collective are needing to move this energy.  In support of this important work, and in order to provide more flexible retreat options, we have come together to offer a full day healing Maitri Breathwork for Saturday October 28, 2017, with a minimal cost for an optional overnight stay.

Facilitators: Jyoti! ~ Darlene Hunter! ~ Rev Hanayo! ~ Margin Broux!
Date: Saturday October 28, 17
Time: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Full day of Breathwork including meals: $205
Optional overnight stay accommodations: $60 per night
Breakfast $10
(Total cost including an overnight and breakfast $275)

Please register by October 25, 2017 and let us know you are interested.
If you are interested in attending the full weekend Spiritual Retreat 10/26-29 please contact Lisa Sterling (425-290-2999, lisawsterling@gmail.com).
Or, if you would like to register for the one day Breathwork on 10/28 please contact Margin (css.marginbroux@gmail.com). Margin is also happy to answer any questions you may have about the Breathwork offering. More information, see Maitri Breatwork WA page.

We will accept payment via check or cash on site at the beginning of the event. 

Please contact Lisa with any dietary or environmental restrictions. For information about the Lodge please visit: lodgeatcedarsprings.com.

This is a powerful time to come together to participate in the landing of this community. With great gratitude for all the love and energy that is flowing in support of this new node for sacred collaboration in the Pacific Northwest.

Abundant Blessings,
Jyoti, Darlene Hunter and Rev. Lisa Sterling


If you are interested to attend the SILENT RETREAT with Jyoti and Darlene Hunter –   –  Nov 16-19, 2017 in Guerneville, CA. See the Silent Retreat page. 


FULL! WAITING LIST! Maitri Breatwork  in Grass Valley, CA  with Trish Noble & Margin Broux – Sunday, November 12, 2017 , form 9:30am – to 8pm. Tuition : $195 . For information and registration, contact Trish  at css.trish@yahoo.com or Margin at css.marginbroux@gmail.com.  10% of the proceeds from this breathwork will be donated  to the Center for Sacred Studies. More information, see Maitri Breatwork Grass Valley page


STARGATE MYSTERY SCHOOL, starting in December 2017, will be located in Northern CA, Guerneville Area, in Wildwood Conservation Foundation & Retreat Center. 5 extended Week-Ends, from Thursday to Sunday. Each week-end will focus on the step it takes to bring vision into reality. It is going to be an alchemical process! See the Stargate Mystery School page.

On-Line MINISTRY TRAINING and Elder Wisdom. Are you a natural mentor? Do you love to be of service? You can become a Minister of Prayer. The next Ministry Training program will begin in May 2018.  See the Ministry Training Program page.

Center for Sacred Studies Co-Sponsorship with The Shift Network. See FREE Online Events.

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MTP LOGO ROUND The Online Ministry Training Program – a 2-year online program with two tracks, Auditing or Ordination. See the Ministry Training Program Information page

videoWatch the Center for Sacred Studies Ministerial Training Program Intro VIDEO

logo.bgd.SMS.300ppi.print.roundThe  Stargate Mystery School – a five-weekend residential program in Guerneville, California that explores non-ordinary states of consciousness.  See the Stargate Information page.

Tlogo.bgd.CSMS.300ppi.print.roundhe Children’s Stargate – four-days retreat in Guerneville, California – Our Elders tell us that those closest to Creator are the children and the elders. See the Children’s Stargate Information page.
Maitri Breathwork Certification Training – a 2-year program (instructional and practicum) in the techniques of Maitri breathwork. See the Maitri Breathwork Information page.
The Online Wisdom Bridge is an international educational initiative that, through the wonderful technology of tele-seminars, makes far-reaching wisdom accessible to people around the world.  See the Wisdom Bridge Information page.

“This program (CSS) is changing my life. So grateful!!! ”  – Elaine McCall

“The Center for Sacred Studies and all beings involved have helped me remember the divinity within me and how to embrace my spirituality with love. Thank you for all the selfless time of service you spend helping to awaken humans and heal our beautiful Mother Earth! Much love, gratitude and many Blessings!” – Margie

“CSS changed my life. I am grateful for their love and care.” – Jamie

Earth Initiatives : What we are doing in the World



The Fountain – For The Natural Order of Our Existence. Restoring a global economy of Reciprocity inspired by Nature and the Sacred. See The Fountain For The Natural Order of Our Existence Information page.

THE BLACK HILLS UNITY CONCERT ~ September 8-10, 2017 –  Elk Creek Resort,   Piedmont, South Dakota. On September 13-14th, 2014 and again on August 28-30, 2015 & September 9-10-11, 2016, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, thousands of people converged for a UNITY CONCERT — bringing together Native American tribes with those on the right side of justice to return the guardianship of the Black Hills to the Great Sioux Nation. the Black Hills Unity Concert Information page.

video Watch Black Hills Are Not For Sale: The Black Hills Unity Concert Presentation Video

Camp liberia roundOur Fiscal Sponsorships: Awakened Connections supporting the first Akha Children’s Dream Home, Akha Orphanage initiated & directed children’s home in Thailand. Fukushima Solutions – committed to heal the oceans and heal ourselves. Camp for Peace Liberia Education and Rehabilitation Project for marginalized youth in Liberia; See the Fiscal Sponsorships Information page.

Alliances:  Pua Case –  “I stand with Sacred Stone and Standing Rock and all other movements I am committed to support because of the upright action and purpose set forth.” – Pua Case.  Satya Lightworks a group of revolutionaries, writers, teachers, healers and Earth activists who share a common vision of awakening oneness consciousness through re-kindling ancient wisdom in human hearts. Finca Sagrada (Sacred Land Farm) – Intercultural Biodynamic self-supporting farm family on 15 lower acres with a mountain above, located near Vilcabamba, which is a destination in southern Ecuador, drawing travelers from around the world. WaterSongLine Council founded through the coming forth of a vision of an international bringing together of all those souls and spirits praying for the healing of our Mother Waters, and working towards a healed earth; 4 Elements Earth Education a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, was founded by Rick Berry to bring the timeless teachings of Grandfather “Stalking Wolf” to children, their families, and communities. See the Alliances Information page.

Seeds for Peace and Unity: The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. See the Seeds for Peace and Unity Information page.


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