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Crédits : Leandro De Carvalho –  Saint-Étienne/France

“The CSS MTP is truly one of the most important choices I have ever made in my Life. From the first moment I heard Jyoti’s video on the CSS site, I knew I had found my tribe, for the language she spoke was the language of my heart.  The program doesn’t just express humility, integrity, reverence for Earth and divine integration, it embodies them as living processes. Over these two years, in the nest of CSS, I have expanded and deepened my capacity as a Spiritual Practitioner and Human Being, developed relationships that will last many lifetimes, been held, seen and supported with radical hospitality, love and kindness in a way I have never before experienced and been inspired to become the vision planted inside my heart so many years ago. I am eternally grateful for being a part of a spiritual community that offers me nourishment at the roots, kinship of the heart and teaches me how to fly.”- Karma Cloud

“Even more than an academic course of study, this training (MTP) was like surfing the current of a prayer, a living, breathing prayer of dedication and reverence to a new way that has deep roots in the old ways. So many of us are bereft, disconnected from the earth and from our own mothers love, but this ministry puts you right into the Mother’s lap, right inside a love so abiding you have no choice but to shake off what no longer serves, and become an instrument in service to some utterly beautiful and humble and kind.  I’m pretty weary about spiritual paths and shopping mall spirituality, and deeply discerning about taking vows, but I did not hesitate with this one.  It’s the real deal, it’s a container in which you learn to walk with reverence on holy ground.” – Naomi Ehrich

“Through the ministry program I was able to pull myself out of the dark hole I was in for the last 7 years. The teachers, mentors and my dear brothers and sisters showed me that there is Heaven on Earth. I am so grateful and full of Love for them. Words can’t even describe enough how thankful I am for all of them! Lots of Love and Blessings!” – Sonja Marcinek

“This Ministerial Program changed my life.  These teachings expanded my consciousness and deepened my relationship with myself, the Earth and all Beings.  I am so grateful!!”- Val Stepien

“The Ministry Training Program provided me with the tools for self-evaluation, spiritual growth, and compassionate deep listening that empowered me to become pastor of an inclusive community in the Roman Catholic liturgical tradition.” Vikki – Reverend Dr. Victoria Marie, Pastor

“After reading the Grandmother’s book, I felt called to learn more to see if I could help. I looked up the Center for Sacred Studies online and called to registrar to ask about the program. My question was, “How do I know if this is the right thing for me?” I was told, “If it is right, you will know.” No pressure or sales pitch. It was then that I knew it was right for me and I joined that spring. What an amazing experience for me coming from a corporate environment that confused me. In the ministry program, I learned mostly about me. The ministry helped give me back to myself. In the community of loving sisters and teachers,  I was given the guidance to trust what I know to be true about me and nature. With that, I was able to go back to the corporate world with greater confidence and ease. I no longer need to prove anything to anyone. I  now approach life with a sense of service instead of grasping for security, and allowing life to unfold instead of planning everything out.” – Baya Beaudry 2011

“Making the decision to do this Ministry Training Program has been the most extraordinary gift I could ever imagine. My life has transformed in the most blessed and sacred ways as I have learned to carry the tools of transformation for myself and others in this time of great planetary shift.” – Rev. Ellen Kittredge, Earthsong Clan, MTP 2015

“The Ministry Training Program at CSS deepened my spiritual path and added a significant level of integrity to my shamanic practice with the additions of providing spiritual guidance, and officiating weddings and other sacred ceremonies.” – Rev. Shaman Sandra Chestnutt

“The most beautiful, life changing gift I gave to myself was saying yes to this beautiful program. I am now surrounded by a community of wise teachers, elders, sisters and brothers who are cheering me on and holding me in a beautiful way. Completing this program was just the beginning. I now have a spiritual family.“ – Jennifer Hensiek

“Why did I join the CSS MTP? When I was studying at ITP Grandmother Flordemayo spoke at a retreat. I was mesmerized. When I told the director of the retreat she said, “Would you like to sit at the feet of 13 Grandmothers?” Then she told me about CSS and my journey to MTP began. How did it benefit my life? It changed my life. My life is fuller and filled with purpose.” – Jamie Reudink

“It was one of those bleak days in the middle of January that pushed that nagging question into my face?  Are you living a meaningful life?  What more is there to do?  At the same time I was browsing the web for a class, or a book, or a program that I could get excited about.  CSS kept coming up!  Indigenous Ways of Prayer.  I kept going back to that website and then Joyti was on  a video saying, “If you have come this far, why not go further?”  I just did, at that moment.  I am now a graduate, a minister of walking prayer, a member of a community of like minded people, and I have a renewed meaning of life!  I have not been bored ever since!  The support of this program is one of the greatest of all gifts!  Total acceptance!  As Jyoti said early on, “We are not going anywhere!”  Never regretted on moment.  The gifts keep coming! “ – Carol Fox

“It (Stargate) gave me the tools to stay open to follow that guidance…to do it despite the fear and know that I’m held in a good place… To have this family to come back to and my teachers who are just incredible spiritual mentors.  I feel so grateful to be able to learn from them and to be able to learn with my peers…and grow into this family…and know it is so safe.  Whatever kind of healing needs to be done this is a safe place to do it.” – JS

“Stargate brought forth in me more of who I am, how I serve the greater good, and what I can do to make a difference in this world. This mystery school offers core personal insights, deep healing and lifelong friendships… I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about growing into wholeness and living in Joy.” – TR

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
This was my experience at our last silent retreat. Life became joyous and simple and it was magical. I sat in stillness, I read, I worked on my sacred art projects wrapped in the warmth of the sanctuary. Can not wait for the next retreat! “– Stacy

“I want to let you all know how grateful I am for the way you held the Beautiful, Sacred container at the Silent Retreat.  I am so honored to have been a part of it with all of you. ” – Lori

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