Numina comes from the Latin root numen: in ancient Rome an indwelling of guiding spirit. Numina connotes the presence of spirit and of creativity, especially in the material world. It is closely related to the word numinous, “having a deeply spiritual or mystical effect.” Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts is dedicated to the celebration of the artistic expression of spirit. Our mission is to offer fine musical and artistic performances, as well as experiences in the expressive arts and spiritual practice. We offer a downtown venue for the arts and invite others to join us. Numina is a ministry of the Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa.
Our programs planned for the coming months include weekly contemplative gatherings to sing the music of St. Hildegard of Bingen and Taizé chant on the fourth Friday of every month.
Through the Ear to the Heart
Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen
A contemplative practice in the medieval oral tradition
Open to everyone who enjoys singing
– led by Devi Mathieu
Monday evenings 7-8:30 p.m.
We meet every Monday evening except these dates in 2018:
July 2; December 17, 24, 31
St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a Benedictine Abbess, visionary, healer, naturalist, poet, playwright, and counselor. She was also a brilliant composer. Her songs are beautiful, inspiring, and encoded with mystical wisdom and insight. Experience Hildegard’s music the way she shared it with the women and men who sang with her, in a restful, nourishing process of listening and singing together “through the ear to the heart.”
No experience or musical training required. Drop-ins and newcomers are always welcome to join the circle. Free will donation suggested, $15-20, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Join us on the fourth Friday of the month from 7-8 p.m.
In the spirit of the Taizé community we come together to deepen our prayer with simple chanting and silent meditation.
Newcomers and seasoned Taizé enthusiasts: we welcome you!
Free will offerings accepted.
Feel free to email Robin O’Brien with any questions.
Listen to a recent Taizé service: