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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.


The Center for Sacred Studies – a time of contemplation, a sabbatical year.

Dear Community,

CSS has begun a tradition of taking a year of contemplation, a sabbatical, every seven years to listen to Spirit. This time of stillness and regeneration is inspired by traditions in many different cultures:

  • • The Permaculture principle of Caring for the Earth, resting the land and “growing the soil.”
  • • The Bible speaks that in the 7th year “the fields lie fallow.”
  • • The Jewish tradition honors Shemitah, every 7 years is a holy year. Concentration is on the spiritual mission in life, and less on material pursuits. November 2014 started the beginning of this sacred temple in time, a period of stillness, wholeness and completion, which energizes the period of creativity that follows.wildwood10 kiua Nin status 4

To honor this time of contemplation, CSS will be taking a year off of our Global University Programs, taking time to review and listen to how Spirit is directing us and what Creation is dreaming for us next.

Through these times, our community continues to be global and strong! We have over 184 ministers worldwide; full levels of classes and prayer in our Czech Republic community; and community outreach locations in New York, Cleveland, East Coast and West Coast! Our prayer and work continues through our Earth Initiatives with our Fountain Project, including the Unity Concert & Black Hills Initiatives; our collaboration with Fukushima Solutions, Camp for Peace in Liberia & Turtle Women Rising; and through our Sacred Sites and Sanctuary. We continue to move forward with our dedication to sustaining ways of life based on collaboration and reciprocity for the Earth and all Her beings!

We thank you for your dedicated service to this mission.

We invite you to discover what is whispered in the stillness.

Take an in breath with us!

Darlene Hunter
Executive Director & Founding Member
Center for Sacred Studies

PS: Please continue to visit our website to see what new programs are being offered in 2016 or visit our Center & Store in Guerneville (or online) to see what we are offering in sacred gifts and tools.

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. Online Ministry Training Program beginning in May 2016 is now accepting applications. 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.

Earth Initiatives : What we are doing in the World


Unity Concert roundThe Unity Concert for the Black Hills Initiatives ~ 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 Unity Concert for the Black Hills Initiatives Information page.

video Watch Black Hills Are Not For Sale: The 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 Risingcommitted 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 (completer Project) – to construct a Stupa in a rural Tibetan village. See the Fiscal Sponsorships Information page.

Alliances: 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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