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 a path of personal transformation for a global prayer.
CSS Guiding Principles
(Adopted with gratitude from International Funders for Indigenous Peoples and NAP)
We are committed to the Indigenous culture of reciprocity. We acknowledge and recognize that:
- Giving and receiving is interconnected and organic;
- We are a world family – the north and south hemisphere are connected;
- We are a holistic family that honors and connects with elders and spirituality;
- The natural resources are our family and our time of earth is limited, so healing is our future
We foster dynamic and inclusive relationships. We base our relationships on the indigenous processes of:
- Empowerment and courage
- Transparency; access and open processes
- Risk taking, flexibility and adaptability
- Investing more than money
We are committed, passionate and courageous champions of Indigenous needs:
- We work with the UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights
- We seek organizational indigenous representation
We seek long-term engagement through learning relationships. We seek:
- The meeting points of the “conversation” in livelihood, security, empowerment and rights.
- Organizational indigenous representation.
- Shared relationships based on cultural respect not power.