Tag archives: Unity of Santa Barbara

Mining the “Real Wealth”
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 20, 2020

Unity of Santa Barbara six-month engagement with Rev. Phil Smedstad – who was ordained as a Unity minister in 1976 and has founded churches in Hawaii and Texas and led others in Florida, New Mexico, and North Carolina, and now serves as a consultant – ended late last year. But his monthly weekend workshops proved […]

Spirituality Matters
By Steven Libowitz   |   December 26, 2019

A Burning Bowl Bye-bye to ’19 Despite the fact that its ministry is in transition, Unity of Santa Barbara will again offer its popular annual releasing ritual known as the Burning Bowl Ceremony on New Year’s Eve in the sanctuary. Burning Bowl is an ancient fire ritual that serves as a symbolic way for people […]

I of the Storm
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 20, 2019

The Q Process was taught periodically at Unity of Santa Barbara by Rev. Denese Schellink when her husband Larry served as the lead minister at the space. In the wake of Rev. Larry’s recent resignation, Unity has engaged the veteran Unity Rev. Phil Smedstad – who has led hundreds of transformative workshops over the past […]

Claiming Heritage for Healing
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 23, 2019

Over of the last several years, Unity of Santa Barbara has become a hub for non-church related spiritual and personal growth lectures, workshops, gatherings and more as well as ongoing meditation groups, “A Course in Miracles” study sessions and sound healing, among other offerings. Now that Unity is in search of replacement for its popular […]

A Month of Sundays: New Meditation Series at DiviniTree
By Steven Libowitz   |   December 27, 2018

DiviniTree Santa Barbara, which is entering its first New Year since undergoing a change in ownership, is launching right into 2019 with a new meditation sampler series. “A Year of Centering,” which takes place over four consecutive Sundays, January 6-27, is designed to offer a wide-ranging set of essential tools and insights to integrate into […]

“Grandmother Dharma” Teacher Dagmola Returns
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 12, 2018

H.E. Sakya Dagmola returns to Santa Barbara for a weekend retreat “The Essential Meaning of Ngondro, Preliminary Practices in Tibetan Buddhism”, this weekend April 14-15. Dagmola, who is a senior teacher and acting head Lama of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle – which was one of the first dharma centers in the West […]