Classes with Ella Rozett:

1. Ongoing Interfaith Meditation Groups

2. Presentations and Workshops

1. Ongoing Meditation Groups in Sonoma County, California

• Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:10 Interfaith meditation at St. Rose church, in the round chapel next to the church, 398 10th St. Santa Rosa, corner of B St., parking access from Morgan St. only.

• Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Mindfulness meditation and book discussion at the Unitarian Universalist Church in the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA.

Fridays, 9:15 a.m. Centering Prayer (Christian meditation) at St. Philip’s Catholic church in Occidental, 3730 Bohemian Hwy. The red church on the main street, across from the hardware store.

Every first Sunday of the month 3-5:00 p.m. interfaith Black Madonna meditation at private home in Occidental. For directions call Ella at (510) 410-1181

• Thursdays and Friday, interfaith meditation at the Sonoma County jail and Turning Point drug rehab center. Hope to see you "outside" rather than there!

2. Presentaions and Workshops

*Befriending Darkness: a day of retreat with Black Madonnas

Come to be nourished and enlightened in darkness. See what the Dark Mother archetype wants to do for you. You will contemplate, share, write and hear about Black Madonnas.

time: Saturday November 17th, 2012, 10am - 3pm

place: St. Philip the Apostle Catholic church,

3730 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental, CA

cost: 35.-

register by sending a check made out to Ella Rozett to

P.O. Box 646, Graton, CA 95444


*Befriending Darkness:

an Evening with Black Madonnas, Kali, Isis, Gaia and other Dark Mothers

Come to be nourished and enlightened in darkness. We'll contemplate, share, and hear about how the Dark Mother archetype shows up in different cultures and times.

organizer: Sonoma County Pagan Network

time: Friday, September 21st 2012

7 p.m. potluck dinner, 8 - 9:30 p.m. presentation

place: Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center

2050 Yulupa Ave, between Hoen and Sacramento Ave., Santa Rosa

cost: free


*The Solstice and Christmas, Baptized Paganism:

a Talk and Celebration

On Wednesday, 12/21/2011, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

At St. Philip the Apostle in Occidental in the parish hall, 3730 Bohemian Hwy.

* A talk about some of the Pagan elements that helped shape Christianity from the very start. (held by Father Loren Allen, Catholic priest of Occidental and Bodega)

* A short meditation on Black Madonnas and divine darkness that holds and nurtures us like a womb. (Led by interfaith meditation teacher Ella Rozett)

* Easy movement and dance on the theme of rising from darkness into light. (Led by sacred dance facilitator Kathleen Robbiano, sfo)

People of all traditions are welcomed: Pagans, Christians, Jews, Sufis, and others…

Suggested donation: $ 10.- (No one will be turned away for lack of funds.)

* Interfaith Meditation and Contemplation

We will spend the day chanting, meditating, contemplating sacred readings, journaling, sharing, and praying with the body. Members of all religions, churches, and persuasions are welcomed. Which songs, readings, and meditation methods I choose will depend on you.

Presenter: Ella Rozett

Place: Thanksgiving Lutheran Church
1225 Fulton Road, on the corner of West College
Santa Rosa, CA 95436

Bring a bag lunch.

Time: Saturday, March 26th 2011, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: suggested donation of 20.- - 35.- No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To register: Mail a check, payable to Ella Rozett, to her, at P.O. Box 646, Graton, Ca. 95444 or call her at (510) 410-1181.
For more information you can also call Jan at 836-7773.


* Christian Prayer and Contemplation: A One Day Retreat

"Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)

The Hebrew word jada, to know, also means to understand, to notice, to experience, to realize through direct perception or reflection, to have intimate relations with. Neither being still nor knowing God is easy. But there are ancient methods for practicing intimacy and stillness with God. We will chant, be open and honest with God in the depths of our souls, meditate on the Word of God, and silently rest in God's presence.

Presenters: Ella Rozett and Carl Irons. Carl got out of prison last May after doing 25 years. It's an inspiration to see how God has turned his life around. Anyone who can meditate in a prison dorm with hundreds of guys screaming around him and then leave prison a peaceful, loving man, is a serious and good meditator and we have a lot to learn from him.

Place: Saint Rose Chapel, 322 10th St., Santa Rosa. It's the round building next to the church on the corner of B and 10th Street. No access from B Street, approach parking lot from Morgan and 10th Street.

Bring a bag lunch.

Time: Saturday, December 5th 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: suggested donation of 25.- No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To register: Mail a check, payable to Ella Rozett, to her, at P.O. Box 646, Graton, Ca. 95444 or call her at (510) 410-1181.


* Contemplating with the Black Madonna

Black Madonnas are ancient statues of the Virgin Mary as a black woman found throughout Europe . Many Christians have found that praying with these images as inspiration has helped them enter into the 'sacred darkness' of the contemplative journey. In this presentation, Interfaith Meditation teacher, Ella Rozett, will share many of these images, speak about their history, and their spiritual and psycholical significance for contemplatives. She will also share several related prayer/meditation practices.

Place: The Journey Center
1601, 4th St Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4019 (707) 578-2121

Time: Friday, July 10, 2009, 7-9 p.m.

Cost: suggested donation of 15.-

* ”Positive and Proactive Coexistence”
an Interfaith Event at Knox Presbyterian Church

Ella Rozett, moderator
Mohammed Aly, Santa Rosa Islamic Society
Rabbi George Gittleman, Congregation Shomrei Torah
Reverend Kate Clayton, Presbyterian Church of the Roses

Place: 1650 West 3rd Street at Stony Point Road Santa Rosa, California

Time: Sunday, January 20, 2008, 5 pm

Sliding scale donation. For further information call 707-824-5611 or visit

* Mysteries of Mary Magdalene Workshop

This will be a workshop presented by Jan Cercone and Randy Masters. Ella will show her "Mary Magdalene and Black Madonnas in France" slides in the evening.

Place and Registration: to find out details, call Jan at (707) 526-9852 and visit:

Time: August 18th, 10a.m.-10p.m.

Cost: 125.-


* Mary Magdalene and the Human Need for the Divine Feminine

Place: University of San Francisco North Bay Campus, corner of 5th and B St. across from Macy's in the mall, Santa Rosa, California

Time: Friday, June 15th, 2007, noon to 1:30 p.m.


* An Interfaith Easter Celebration

Place: Private home in Occidental, California, for directions call Ella at 874-3397

Time: Sunday, April 8th, 3:00-7:00 p.m.


* "Priesthood of the Laity"
A Day of Challenge and Contemplation

Place: Star of the Valley Catholic Church, 545 White Oak Dr., Santa Rosa, California

Time: Saturday, January 20th, 2007, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


* Mary Magdalene and Black Madonnas in France: A slide show

Place: Cardinal Newman Retreat Center, 24A Ursuline Rd., Santa Rosa, near the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Going North on Old Redwood Hwy. pass Cardinal Newman High School, take your first right onto Ursuline (Willi's Wine Bar is on the corner.) 24A is the first building on the right.

Time: Thursday, October 12th, 2006, 7-9:00 p.m.


* Mary Magdalene and Black Madonnas in France: A slide show

Place: Art Bridge, School of the Five Arts, 100 Brook Rd., Shelbourne, MA

Time: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006, 7-9:00 p.m.


* Mary Magdalene and Black Madonnas in France: A slide show

Place: At private home in Sebastopol, CA, for directions call Ella Rozett at 874-3397

Time: Saturday, September 9th, 2006,


Presenter: Ella Rozett teaches interfaith meditation in churches, jails, and drug rehab centers. She taught Buddhist Studies, Christian-Buddhist Comparative Studies, as well as classes on women in the Bible and in Buddhism through the Santa Rosa Junior College and now leads pilgrimages to Mary’s holy sites in Europe.

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