Practice Groups



Integrating Spiritual Practice and Daily Life

 “When you practice half an hour of meditation ... it [is] for the benefit of the whole day.
We must practice in a way that removes the barrier between practice and nonpractice.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh

This weekly meditation group is intended to support our individual practice and meditation during the week, to deepen our spiritual awareness, and to help transform our relationships with the people and circumstances in our everyday life. Over the year, we will experience practices that foster equanimity, compassion, and deep understanding.

Each session includes context and instruction, ample practice time, and opportunities to share and learn from one another as we discover the integration of our practice into our daily lives. All levels of experience are welcome.

DATES AND TIME:   Tuesdays, 7:30–8:45 AM. Arrive between 7:15 and 7:30 AM to enjoy music from various traditions and cultures (our meditation session begins right at 7:30 AM).

Fall:         September 11 – December 18, 2018

Winter:    January 8 – March 26, 2019

Spring:    April 2 – June 11, 2019

PLACE:    Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Avenue, Los Altos, CA

COST:    Free. All are welcome. Pacific Center for Spiritual Formation has modest expenses related to this group, so donations in any amount are greatly appreciated (donation information is provided at the beginning of each season). 

LEADERS:   Susan Murphy and Joyce Harris


Mental Health Prayer Group

A support group for those who live with mental health issues. Please come join us for discussion and prayer. For more information, please contact Jan Reynolds at

DAYS AND TIME: First Sundays, 3:30 – 5:00 PM (beginning October 2, 2016)

PLACE: First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, San Rafael, CA

COST: Everyone is welcome to attend free of charge.

LEADERSharon LeClaire (M.Div., M.A.T.S.), chaplain and candidate for ministry



Centering Prayer Group  

This contemplative evening includes sacred music and chanting, centering prayer, walking meditation, lectio divina, and a time of faith journey sharing. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Richard Flout at 415-499-1420 or

DAYS AND TIME:   Second and Fourth Sundays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

PLACE:    St. Paul's Episcopal Church, San Rafael, CA

COST:    Everyone is welcome to attend free of charge. PCSF welcomes donations to cover our modest expenses.

LEADER:   Richard Flout


Spiritual Literacy  

From a collage of wisdom from the world's religions and from spiritual teachers of all eras, authors Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat created "an alphabet of spiritual literacy" that we will draw on each session, learning to read the sacred in everyday life.

In this contemplative weekly gathering, you are invited to join others who have found that Spirit is found in the ordinary and the everyday "… for when we are spiritually literate, we discover that the whole world is charged with sacred meaning." Each session, we will learn about and reflect on a specific spiritual practice, and we will observe silence for meditation, reflection, and journaling.  

For more information, contact Jan Reynolds, 415-456-6760 x. 13 or

DAYS AND TIME:   First Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:45 PM

PLACE:   First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, San Rafael, CA

COST:    Everyone is welcome to attend free of charge. 

LEADERS:   Jan Reynolds and Lorna Wuertz


Weekly Centering Prayer Group

Come taste the Silence with other companions who seek a conscious connection with the Loving Inner Presence. Each meeting includes teaching on the theory and method of Centering Prayer, a reading, 20 minutes of Silence, and time for conversation. All are welcome. There are no experts in prayer, only seekers.

For more information, contact Kay Collette at

DAY AND TIME: Wednesdays, 9:00 – 9:45 AM (beginning September 14, 2016)

PLACE: Geneva Room at First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, San Rafael, CA

COST: Everyone is welcome to attend free of charge.

LEADERKay Collette