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September 17, 2017 - "A Currency of Paradox"


Rev. Bonnie Rose

Senior Minister
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Rev. Bonnie is the Senior Minister of the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living. She was born in New York, graduated from Duke University with a degree in Nursing, and then received a degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts in Vocal Performance.

Rev. Bonnie worked in New York for several years as a Nurse, Opera Singer, and Actress. In 1992-93, she performed in the National Tour of a Broadway Show and then decided to move to Southern California. She attended the North Hollywood Church of Religious Science, became a practitioner there, and then received a Master of Divinity from Holmes Institute.

Rev. Bonnie served as a staff minister at NHCRS for two years, prior to being led to Ventura Center for Spiritual Living. A gifted speaker and visionary, Rev. Bonnie offers dynamic leadership to transform lives and helps make the world a better place. Rev. Bonnie is dedicated to calling forth the best in all beings and working together to create a culture of kindness. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living is a journey church, where participants engage in an ongoing discovery of how to live fully and abundantly in the Infinite.

Rev. Bonnie currently lives in Santa Paula with her husband Hugh, and a large menagerie. You may contact Rev. Bonnie at either revbonnierose@venturacsl.org or office@venturacsl.org.


Larisa Stow and Shakti Tribe

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Shakti Noun; Sanskrit.
1) active, dynamic principles of feminine power;
2) force, power or energy.

As winner of Los Angeles Music Awards Singer/Songwriter of the Year, Larisa Stow is known for her thought-provoking, soul-searching lyrics and haunting melodies. Her passion to integrate the sounds of popular music, world-based rhythms and melodies with the ancient form of kirtan, devotional call and response music, has driven her to collaborate with Grammy award-winning producer and songwriter, Rick Hahn (Celine Dion). The magic of that union resulted in "Reaching In", a compilation of engaging kirtans that are a seamless blend of east meets west. Her previous collaborations include working with legendary producer David Tickle (U2, The Police, Peter Gabriel) to create the critically acclaimed "Moment by Moment" the first original album for 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, and working with top-selling author Thomas Ashley-Farrand (Healing Mantras).

Performing live is Larisa's favorite part of being an artist. Anyone who has seen her with her band, Shakti Tribe, knows the magical musical odyssey they unfold. They are ushering in a new era in the way the world views what is sacred, devotional and divine in music. Their authenticity, dynamic style and empowering messages of peace have continued to catapult the band's rise in popularity. They have performed at a wide variety of venues and locales including numerous festivals, colleges, the LA Convention Center, The House of Blues, John Ford Amphitheater, many Borders, Books & Music stores, yoga studios, spiritual retreat centers and interfaith and non-denominational churches. They've been the opening act for several internationally known acts including Berlin, Sheila E., Steve Young of The Eagles and Joan Jett. They have also performed for many spiritual leaders and teachers including Ram Dass and Deepak Chopra.

Larisa & Shakti Tribe's 2007 performance on the main stage at the Earthdance Festival in N. California ushered in the Global Peace Prayer for thousands, and they performed at Harmony Festival 2008 which saw attendance of over 50,000. Their 1st album "Reaching In" was the highest ranking mantra/kirtan album in 2007, was nominated for "Album of the Year" and "Best Vocal Album" by New Age Reporter and their RJ Lanna states, "This album is a celebration for the spirit no matter what path you travel. The music has rhythm, passion and reverence.

"Amba Amba" off of their album "Reaching In" received widespread airplay on XM, Sirius Satellite and Dish Network as well as college and internet airplay. "Amma," also off of "Reaching In," was selected from 100s of submissions for the Elevate Film Festival and that music video won several awards including "Best Director," "Best Editing," and "Best Cinematography." Amma is available for viewing on YouTube along with several other professionally produced and live concert videos (keyword search "Larisa Stow"). "Claire's Prayer" and "Heaven" off of Larisa's 2 solo projects "Reaching Out" and "Moment by Moment" were featured in the critically acclaimed 2-time nominated Prism Award film "Purgatory House." Their latest release, "The Shakti Sessions," was co-produced by Counting Crows founding member Matt Malley and their ability to really rock shines through.

2007 marked the beginning of their work in the prison, jail and juvenile systems. Bringing their music's messages of peace, hope and love in order to empower, transform and educate not only inmates but our communities is some of Shakti Tribe's most powerful work to date. Teaching the concepts of Oneness, ”that we are all connected by the invisible threads of our humanity beyond race, religion, etc.” is a pivotal piece in shaping and re-shaping people's lives, their sense of personal value and higher responsibility.

Witnessing the transformational power of their work and having the desire to continue it became so pivotally important that they formed their own non-profit organization in the summer of 2007 to help expand and grow this work. They continue to expand their peace program work by adding workshops in addition to their peace concerts and by adding renowned Sacred World artists, empowering speakers and performers to make appearances with them as they expand the Shakti Tribe Foundation peace program work in 2009.

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