Sacramento Valley Awakening to Spirit Group

Sacramento Valley Awakening to Spirit Group

A Non-Church Based Spiritual Community

Davis and Sacramento, CA

(What is referred to as Spirit is the life force energy that connects all sentient beings, a life force which some call God, the Divine, Source, the Universe, One Mind, the Void, etc.)

  • Do you feel stuck in your habits and harbor a strong desire for meaning, fulfillment, and connection?
  • Do you long to feel more connected with your inner Light and with Spirit?
  • Do you want to learn mindfulness meditation techniques and ways to be more mindful throughout your day?
  • Would you like to have a personalized, ongoing spiritual practice that includes daily meditation and/or prayer, or other ways to disconnect from your ego?
  • Would you enjoy having a local, soul-connected community where you can gather with others of like mind to nurture the practices of self- inquiry and meditation?

The Sacramento Valley Awakening to Spirit (ATS) Group is for adults who do not feel they fit in with an organized religion. The group is a spiritual community of soul-connected people who desire to transcend their egos and wake up to their connection with Spirit.

People attracted to this group are drawn to mystics and spiritual teachers such as: Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Deepak Chopra, Gangaji, Adyashanti, Leslie Temple Thurston, Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat Zinn, and the Dalai Lama.

The Sacramento Valley Awakening to Spirit (ATS) group consists of two monthly, two-hour gatherings on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon.

We meet each month, in Sacramento on the first or second Saturday and in Davis the third Saturday. People are welcome to come as frequently or infrequently as they wish. The group is informal in this way.

Group gatherings begin with a group meditation, followed by a “check-in” of group members about what is currently feeding their spiritual journeys and what is challenging their sense of meaning, greater life purpose, and sense of connection with Self, others and Spirit. Check-ins with the group also offer group support for participants’ spiritual practices.

After the check-ins, the group is led into an experiential exercise, which may consist of a practice or technique aimed at helping group participants get to their deepest truths or shift destructive egoic patterns by learning to transcend their egos. Transcending means to become non-attached from your ego and to be able to witness the ego neutrally and without judgment. (Another way of saying this is to move beyond the limitations of your life’s “story.”) The experiential exercises or practices help participants inquire into who they are in their essence or essential self, and ways to connect with the essential self. The essential self is distinct from the egoic self, which lives in dualistic thinking: mine-yours, good-bad, right-wrong, should-shouldn’t, etc.

The teachings the ATS group works with are non-dual wisdom teachings, taught by non-dual wisdom spiritual teachers and mystics from many spiritual and religious backgrounds.

ATS participants learn practices for connecting with the “neutral witness,” which is outside of our dualistic egoic thinking. They also learn and work with mindfulness practices, that help them alleviate suffering and feel a sustained inner peace. Different kinds of meditations are taught, including vipassana (mindfulness meditation), insight meditation, chakra meditation, toning, and guided visualizations for deep exploration of one’s inner world or essence.

The ATS Group also offers two new, free spiritual book and cinema sub-groups; one in Davis and one in Sacramento.

At the bi-monthly gatherings, there are often guest presenters, most of whom offer their teachings free of charge or for a nominal fee.

ATS gatherings have as few as ten and as many as thirty people who attend.

The average attendance is about fifteen people.

There is a $5.00 fee for each gathering to pay for room rental.

Please check the Blog page for information on upcoming ATS gatherings.

Meeting locations:

First or Second Saturday of the month: Ancient Future sanctuary at 2331 K St., Sacramento, CA 95816.

Third Saturday of the month: the Davis Holistic Health Center, 1403 Fifth St., Davis, 95616.

About ATS Group Facilitator: Deborah Cohen

Deborah has been on a spiritual path for about thirty years. She was a longtime student of a spiritual teacher, Leslie Temple Thurston, and is a longtime student other spiritual teachers, such as Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti, Rupert Spira, Stephan Bodian, and Richard Miller. She is also an ordained Minister for Corelight—the nonprofit that Leslie Temple Thurston founded that is not a church, but rather an organization for the study of enlightenment. Corelight provides a worldwide community for facilitating the awakening of a direct connection to the Divine or Spirit. While Deborah has a heart connection with Corelight, she does not consider herself to be affiliated with any one organization or teaching of Truth.

As an ordained Corelight Minister, Deborah does not run her own congregation, but rather facilitates the ATS Group and conducts acts of service where and when she is able.

Deborah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Davis and Sacramento. You can read about her psychotherapy offerings on her websites:, and You can also follow ATS events on Deborah’s Facebook Page.

Deborah has facilitated support, psychotherapy, and meditation groups for over 25 years. She is a certified group psychotherapist through the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Therapist interns work under her supervision and licensed therapists come to her weekly consult and supervision group to learn how to facilitate psychotherapy groups.


Email: Phone: (916) 491-1216

Please contact Deborah before you show up at an ATS gathering.

See Deborah’s Blog Page for information on upcoming ATS gatherings, including topic focuses, presenters, and background information to read prior to attending the gatherings.

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Ancient Future Sanctuary

Davis Holistic Health Center

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