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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:


Warm Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season!

CSS Executive Director, Darlene J. Hunter

CSS Executive Director, Darlene J. Hunter

Dear Family and Friends,

All of us at the Center for Sacred Studies give great thanks to each of you and wish you the most Wonderful Holy Season! We continue to be in awe of the way Spirit works in all of us as we join together to sustain ways of life based on collaboration and reciprocity with the Earth and all Her beings!

This year was a special year for us, the year of the Shemitah; of  community sharing; of taking care of ourselves; of reflecting and listening to Nature and the Great Divine to see what is to be planted this coming year. It has also brought many challenges to each of us as we navigate life together. Thank you for all your prayers, and for your prayers for our Spiritual Director Jyoti, her family and her health. We are happy to say that her health has improved, you are all good medicine for her.

We have come out of this year with a great sense of encouragement for our work in the world. Growing a field of understanding for our sacred covenant of responsibility, respect, relationship & reciprocity.

Now, we look forward to 2016 with more clarity and hope, enthusiasm and excitement.With gratitude for our renewed focus and commitment, we have been guided to:

~ Open Our doors once again to receive new students through our Ministry Training Program; through the offering of Silent Retreats; through our Wisdom Bridge Teleseminars and affiliate programs; and our Maitri and Stargate Classes in 2017.

~ Offer our third year of the Children’s Stargate Program, our prayer for our next 7 generations!

~ Keep our community Center & Store open to the richness of the sharing and healing that happens there, and our community embracing reciprocity that keeps it all flowing.

~ Continue these FUNdraisers:

• 2nd annual “Strides for Peace” Walk-a-thon
• 3rd annual “Global Breathe Out!”
• 2nd year of the CSS Challenge – monthly donations
• Love in Action offerings for our Kayumari in the Sanctuary, our place of prayer

~ Amazon.smile – make CSS your charity!
~ iGive.com – log into this website to make any online store purchases!

~ Offer sacred herbs and oils as ways our community can take care of themselves, their work & CSS through doTERRA and Young Living oils and products!

~ Continue to support our Earth Initiatives through our Fiscal Sponsorships, Alliances and Affiliate relationships. Check our website for more information.

On behalf of all of the Center for Sacred Studies, we thank you for the work that calls each of you to fully BE in this special time on our Great Mother Earth. Each of you are a very special herb in Her garden, all of your prayers and action are greatly needed at this time!

We continue to be touched by your courage, compassion, and belief in joining together to sustain ways of life based on collaboration and reciprocity with the Earth and all Her beings.

I invite you to keep reading to find out more of these offerings!

With fun and excitement…

With much love and gratitude…

Have a most wonderful and sacred season,

Darlene, Jyoti, Margin, Trish, Valerie, Wendy & All of us at the Center for Sacred Studies!


Global University : Prepare yourself to improve the Quality of Life in the World

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. Children’s Stargate beginning in August 1st, 2016 is now accepting Registrations. 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.

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 9-10-11, 2016 ~ Elk Creek Resort,   Piedmont, South Dakota. On September 13-14th, 2014 and again on August 28-30, 2015, 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 2015 Presentation Video

Camp liberia roundOur Fiscal Sponsorships: Fukushima Solutions – committed to heal the oceans and heal ourselves. Camp for Peace Liberia Education and Rehabilitation Project for marginalized youth in Liberia; Turtle Woman Rising (Sponsorship completed) committed to create one million dollars drums for peace action; mä creative inc.Grandmothers Wisdom: Reverence For All Creation project; The Peace of Tibet Stupa Project (Project completed) – to construct a Stupa in a rural Tibetan village. See the Fiscal Sponsorships Information page.

Alliances: Mauli Ola Festival – The Mauli Ola Festival will bring together a global tribe to celebrate, learn and generate new conversations about coffee, human rights, and earth-friendly practices like permaculture and Leave No Trace. O.N.E (Organization of Nature Evolutionaries) – a co-operative organization of teachers, practitioners, gardeners, earth stewards, spiritual activists, students and community members who have dedicated themselves to a renewal of kinship with Earth and all her beings. 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.


Questions? Call for more information: (209) 533-8809 or send an email to centerforsacredstudies@gmail.com


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