Workshops and Events

Unity is an inter-denominational, inclusive, loving spiritual community. We respect and support your personal spiritual path and invite you to join us for these upcoming events.
To register for any of these events, please call 707-542-7729 or email

Sunday, November 26th, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Growing Joy! 

A workshop presented by JoAnn Saccato, MA

JoAnn Saccato

The emerging scientific study around happiness includes the fields of positive psychology (which focuses on enhancing what’s good in life rather than fixing what’s wrong) and intersects with mindfulness, compassion, and neuroscience. In this 90 minute interactive exploration, we’ll learn about the emerging science of happiness; engage in simple mindfulness-based practices that are proven to help us rewire the negativity bias and grow our sense of joy, happiness and contentment; learn why our happiness is so important to ourselves, others and the planet; and commit to actionable steps that move us toward more joy and happiness in the coming days ahead.

Please bring paper and writing instrument.

JoAnn Saccato, MA, is a mindfulness teacher, life-coach, author, inspirational speaker and disaster resiliency consultant living in Cobb Mountain, California. She is the author of Companioning the Sacred Journey: A Guide to Creating a Compassionate Container for Your Spiritual Practice and her forthcoming book, Mindful and Intentional Living: A Path to Peace, Clarity and Freedom. She received her dharma name in the Thich Nhat Hanh Buddhist lineage, Awakened Presence of the Heart, in 2007, and her Tibetan Buddhist dharma name, Joyful Deathless White Tara, from Lama Kunga Rinpoche, in 2014.

JoAnn lived 10 years off grid in a 16×16 foot single room cabin in the remote hills of Lake County, California without automobile access, running water, refrigeration or indoor plumbing. During this time, with her canine companion, Shyla, by her side, she completed her Bachelors and Masters degree (co-creating sustainable futures) and Sonoma State University Hutchins School of Liberal Studies and was the founding inspiration of California’s first cooperatively owned online food distribution system (Lake Co-op).


Writing Group

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Monday, November 20, 2:30-4:30pm. (Generally held on third Mondays.)
Open to writers of all skill levels and genres, including poets, essayists, journal writers, general non-fiction writers and fiction writers, and not limited to Unity congregants. Writers can share their writing with other participants and request feedback, if they choose, within 20-minute sessions. Contact Tye Ellinwood at

First Wednesday Prayer & Meditation Circle

Wednesday, December 6, 5:30-6:15pm. (45 minute drop-in service)
We find answers, assurance, guidance and peace through prayer and meditation. Join us in a monthly prayer and meditation circle, where we can enter the silence together. Cindy Jacobs and Unity Chaplain Meg McConahey take turns leading a 45-minute drop-in service on the first Wednesday of each month. This takes place in the Unity of Santa Rosa sanctuary.

Save The Date!

Holiday Choir Rehearsals  Fridays, Nov. 10th & 17th, Dec. 1st & 22nd at 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays, Nov. 25th, Dec. 9th & 23rd at 10:00 a.m.

Soup and Pie Sunday (catered by your board)  Sunday, November 19th

Thanksgiving,  Thursday, November 23

Workshop: Growing Joy: The Science of Happiness  Sunday, November 26th from 12:30 p.m.—2:00 p.m.

First Sunday of Advent, December 3

Christmas Eve,  Sunday, December 24.  Choir singing, candle lighting, and a potluck after the service (ham will be provided).

New Years Eve,  Sunday, December 31.  Burning Bowl Ceremony.


Please also see our

Unity of Santa Rosa events calendar.

Mission Statement

  • Knowing God
  • Teaching Truth
  • Inspiring Dreams
  • Transforming Lives


  • Unity Teachings
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Prayer
  • Community

  • Service
  • Abundance
  • Positive Living

We are a spiritual Christian community believing in One God, many paths. We actively inspire all people to freely discover and experience their essential goodness. Wherever you are on your journey of faith you are welcome here. More about Unity beliefs…


5 Responses to Workshops and Events

  1. Nancy Caplan says:

    What happened to the Unity picnic? I thought it was in Sept. We had such fun there and everybody came to it.

  2. John Havens says:

    Will there be another Learn to Meditate workshop scheduled. I realize I just missed the workshop last Sunday. Thanks, John Havens.

    • Hi John. Thank you for your interest in the Meditation workshop. This is the second time the workshop has been offered by the wonderful Revs. Jeff & Ann. We will be in contact with them about possible upcoming dates. You are welcome to join our email newsletter list to receive notifications about upcoming offerings. You can find the link to add yourself to the email list on the home page of our website. ~ Blessings

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