Program & Services

Angela Center sponsors classes and programs
for self exploration and self development in the areas of spirituality, psychology, social responsibility, and creativity
for both men and women.

To make reservations to attend any of the programs sponsored by Angela Center,
please call 707-528-8578.

The following are the current offerings:

“Julian Cell
Every Wednesday Morning
7:30 to 8:30 am

Julian Cell is a weekly meditation group splitting the hour between silent meditation and sharing of the fruits of that meditation.  Participants share in bringing a focus for each week, with a poem, prayer or excerpt as well as a beautiful focal point for the circle.

 

Contemplative Movement

Led by Robin Gatesrobingates
Wednesdays in July and August
10 am-10:45 am
Drop ins welcome
Cost:$5 each day

Contemplative Movement draws from Western and Eastern contemplative traditions. It feels centering like moving meditation as it integrates gentle movements, breathing techniques, focused intention, visualization and interior silence to help connect one with spirit, still the mind, increase somatic awareness, promote healing and cultivate energy.  Each session begins with setting an intention followed by gentle warm-up, stretching then flow movements to bring consciousness into the body and attend to loving presence. Everyone is welcome.  No prior experience is necessary.

Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Robin Gates, M.A. (Depth Psychology) is an educator and writer. In her courses, she weaves together contemplative spirituality with experiential learning.

 

“A Quiet Day Away” Retreat

Ruah BullHosted by Ruah Bull

July 26, 2017
August 23
October 11
November 29 (Advent)
10 am -3:30 pm
Cost $35
Lunch and a private room will be provided.

Would you like to experience a time of rest, away from the demands of your life, to simply enjoy the peaceful and replenishing beauty of Angela Center?

Our retreat will open with thirty minutes of reflection and prayer and end with a brief time of sharing. The rest of the day is yours to do with as you will- take a nap in your assigned bedroom, read or walk, visit the library, meditate or pray in the chapel, enjoy the gardens.  Lunch will also be provided to further make this a relaxing day just for you.

Let this day be one in which you breathe, relax, and reconnect to the One who says, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest awhile.” (Mark 6:1). Let your ‘lonely place’ be the meditative solitude of a quiet retreat at Angela Center.

Hosted by Ruah Bull PhD, Spiritual Director

Spirituality Book Club
Facilitated by Sister DianneSisterDianne
July 18 at 3-4:30 pm
August 30 at 4:30-6
at 404 Angela Drive
No cost

At the July and August meeting we will continue discussing Part II of Adult Faith by Diarmuid O’Murchu.  Everyone is welcome and once we set a schedule, that will be posted here.

 

Writing:
Looking Into The Mystery in Topsy Turvy Times 

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Two Separate Opportunities:

Thursday June 22
10 am – 1:30 pm
Suggested Donation $40.

 

•All writers are welcome (novice & experienced)
•Evocative prompts + timed writing periods
•Supportive, safe setting
•Group agrees to keep confidentiality
•Coffee, Tea & Healthy Snack provided

Looking Into The Mystery writing groups provide an opportunity to experience the singular beauty of each other’s words and stories. A respectful listening environment greets all freshly written work. Comments emphasize what is strong and memorable in the writing.

Rev. Sally Singingtree, facilitator, is an interfaith community minister, spiritual friend/mentor, and writer. She was a chaplain in hospice and healthcare settings for many years. For more information visit: www.singingtreehealingarts.com

A Gathering of Women:
Open Our Hearts to Inner Knowing

Facilitated by Ann Hayes, M DivSierra Exif JPEG
Saturday, July 29, 2017
10 am- 4 pm
Suggested donation: $50
vegetarian lunch will be provided

When we take the time to stop and listen, all of the power of the universe is right there waiting for us. In this day of contemplation, learning, conscious dialog and meditation, we will be reminded of the peace that accessing our inner wisdom can bring.

Ann Hayes has been teaching and leading spiritual programs, including many women’s retreats for over 10 years.  Ann is a registered nurse and holds her Masters of Divinity degree from the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment where she continues to study in the tradition of Kriya Yoga with the guidance of her teacher, Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian.

 

Falling Upward:
Embracing Second Half of Life Spirituality

Ruah BullLed by Ruah Bull
Thursday, Sept. 7, 14, 21 & 28
10:30-noon
Cost: $50

Over four sessions, we will read and discuss together Father Richard Rohr’s classic book on second half of life spirituality, Falling Upward. We’ll be reflecting on our own spiritual journey, and the joys and challenges of responding to the movements of the Holy Spirit as we age. Please read the introduction and pages 1-52 for the first meeting.

PEOPLE ON ALL SPIRITUAL PATHS WELCOME.

Ruah Bull Ph.D. is a spiritual director who works with people on the spiritual journey.  She offers workshops and retreats on contemplative prayer, imaginal creativity, and Incarnational spirituality throughout the Bay Area.

 

Learn to Meditate:
Experience the Life Enhancing Benefits
of a Regular Meditation Practice.

Led by Jeff Collins, M.Divann-and-jeff-new
Ann Hayes, M.Div
Monday September 18, 2017    
6:30 to 8:00pm
Free Will Donation

In this ninety-minute class experience the life-enhancing benefits of regular meditation practice. You will learn about the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of meditation. After this class you will be able to begin a daily practice of this simple and natural form of meditation to calm your mind, relax your body and open your heart. Based on ancient, time-tested yogic teachings, these meditation techniques have helped millions of sincere practitioners from all spiritual traditions and all walks of life to access and live from the innate peace, joy and clarity that indwells us all.

Jeff Collins and Ann Hayes, a married couple, are certified meditation instructors and have taught meditation for over ten years.  They both received a masters of divinity from the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment where they continue to study and practice in the tradition of Kriya Yoga, under the guidance of their spiritual teacher, Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian.

Introduction to Lectio Divina

Ruah BullLed by Ruah Bull
Wednesday, Sept 25th
7-8:30 pm
Cost: $15

Lectio Divina, or Sacred Reading, is a simple and beautiful practice developed by the Benedictines in the 6th century to help us to encounter God in scripture in a deeply meaningful and personal way. Join spiritual director, Ruah Bull, to learn and practice Lectio- in both a traditional and a contemporary form. We will also explore praying with sacred art (Visio Divina/Sacred Seeing). If you have a favorite sacred image with which you would like to practice, bring that along.

Ruah Bull Ph.D. is a spiritual director who works with people on the spiritual journey.  She offers workshops and retreats on contemplative prayer, imaginal creativity, and Incarnational spirituality throughout the Bay Area.

 

Gathering at the Tree:
Letting Images Speak

Led by Lera WelchLer Welch
October 17
10 am- 2 pm
Cost $40
Provide your own bag lunch and
Please bring an image, photo, painting to share

 

 

 

Bread for the World
A Day of Reflection

Led By Sister Dianne Baumunk, osuSisterDianne
Tuesday October 24, 2017
9:30 am to 3 pm
Cost: $20

Every little bit of the universe can be a life lesson for us.  In this day of reflection we will start with yeast and then flour, exploring our lives together.  Mixing ingredients, kneading, rising and baking the bread will further enhance the sharing of our experiences and learnings.  The day will culminate in a celebration of the gift of our lives for the world as we break bread warm from the oven.

Please bring your own lunch, a large bowl for rising dough, a towel for covering the rising dough and 2 loaf pans.  You’ll return home with 2 fresh loaves of bread, knowing that you ARE bread for the world.

Sister Dianne, a long time educator and pastoral minister, has years of experience leading various groups in creative reflection.

 

Looking into the Mystery
During Times of Change


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Thursday November 16, 2017
10-3:30

Cost: $50 (includes a private room)
Please bring your own bag lunch

 

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