Santa Rosa Meditation Group

Experience the life enhancing benefits of a regular meditation practice

Peace in our homes, community, and world begin with a vision of it, faith in it, and the commitment to realize it by working for it. Bring forth the light of peace by first experiencing it directly in meditation, and then transmit that divine peace to others.
— Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian

Jeff Collins and Ann Hayes, a married couple, have been teaching and leading meditation classes and meditation programs for over twelve years.  They have seen and experienced how the regular practice of meditation has enhanced and changed their lives for the better.  They are dedicated to sharing this simple practice with those, in Sonoma County, who are interested in creating a better life for themselves.

Ann is an ordained minister, meditation teacher and spiritual counselor.  She is a retired nurse and former director of AIDS Services and also the Meals on Wheels program for the Health Trust  and former COO for School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County, in San Jose, California. She also is the former executive director and  board of directors member for Carry the Vision, a nonprofit organization providing education, resources and inspiration for the practice of nonviolence in order to support harmony in families, communities and our world.

Jeff is an ordained minister and meditation teacher. He is also the Information Technology Director for Health Metrics Systems.  He was the IT director at Community Health Partnership of Santa Clara County and had a long career at Sun Microsystems.

Ann and Jeff both received a masters of divinity from the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment where they continue to practice and study in the tradition of Kriya Yoga, with the guidance of their teacher, Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian.

The Santa Rosa Meditation Group is affiliated with the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, a meditation center in the spiritual tradition of Kriya Yoga, welcoming people from all backgrounds who are seeking Self- and God-realization—a path to spiritually conscious, fulfilled living. At CSE you’ll find practical support and tools for transforming your life, fulfilling your worthwhile dreams, and living a spiritually conscious life.  Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian is the Spiritual Director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment which has been serving seeking souls since 1981.

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is a western woman who teaches the riches of Indian philosophy in a fully accessible and inspiring way for newcomers and longtime practitioners alike. Yogacharya is the author of The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity Through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, Living for the Sake of the Soul, The Moon Reminded Me and other books and publications.  She’s a yogacharya (an esteemed yoga teacher), a radio host, and an award-winning poet who weaves poetry into her teachings on spiritual matters, pointing to the mystical experience beyond words and thought. Ordained by a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, she has been teaching Kriya Yoga philosophy and practice nationally and internationally for over three decades. Along with her service as a meditation teacher and esteemed Yogacharya, Ellen Grace O’Brian is the founder of Carry the Vision, a community nonviolence educational project bringing meditation instruction to staff and children in schools, the prison population, and other segments of society.

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