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January 27, 2023

First Friday: World Spirituality Service & Celebration – Oct. 7th


Growing up to the New Enlightenment

Friday, October 7th • 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Rudramandir • 830 Bancroft Way • Berkeley, CA

$20 online/at the door • 2 for $30 • Directions

We’re back from summer hiatus and have been working hard behind the scenes to offer you a new and improved First Friday experience that includes an all new event format, guest teacher line-up, WE-Space experientials, and a Second Wave after-party in the Bay Area. Join us Friday, October 7th, at Rudramandir in Berkeley, California as we collectively Grow Up to the New Enlightenment.

To phrase it in the language of the mystics: To live is to evolve. To evolve is to grow. To grow is the deepest joy and highest purpose of our human life.

Those of us on the cutting edge of spiritual development have heard a lot of about the the momentous leap forward that happens when we radically evolve or “grow” our level of consciousness. And we’re here to tell you that you don’t need to take this momentous leap alone.

We’re committed to taking this next momentous leap forward together, with you, at First Friday: World Spirituality Service and Celebration with Dr. Marc Gafni, Dustin DiPerna, Kelly Sosan Bearer, David DiLullo, & Marcy Baruch.

Said simply, the more you Grow-Up, the more your Evolutionary God-Self comes online. And indeed, realizing your Evolutionary God-Self is what it means to Grow Up to the New Enlightenment.

On Friday, October 7th, we welcome you to a vision and a reality…

… To the church you never went to when you were growing up because it didn’t exist.

… To the synagogue you never even dreamed was possible.

…To the monastery where you can talk, celebrate, and play.

…To the ashram that is fully relational, contemporary, and evolutionary.

…To the dance party where you can learn, grow, and transform spiritually.

…To the kirtan that also exercises the mind and interpersonal relationships.

…To a place where single people can openly and fearlessly meet potential life partners.

…To the conscious community where you can raise your babies, children, and teens with spiritual values and practice.

…To the place where the disenfranchised become re-enfranchised, and the believers can dream into the future.

…To a place where the lover is you, and you meet the beloved in your own body.

…To a center of evolutionary activism.

…To a place where the special guest is you, and what you bring to it effects the evolution of what we create together, and perhaps even the evolution of consciousness itself.

Welcome to Our Shared Center for World Spirituality.

Featured Contributors

Dr. Marc Gafni holds his doctorate from Oxford University and has direct lineage in Kabbalah. He is a Rabbi, spiritual artist, teacher, and a leading visionary in the emerging World Spirituality movement. He is a co-founder of the Center for World Spirituality, a scholar at the Integral Institute, as well as a lecturer at John F. Kennedy University. The author of seven books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints and Mystery of Love, Gafni’s teaching is marked by a deep transmission of open heart, love and leading edge provocative wisdom. Gafni is considered by many to be a visionary voice in the founding of a new World Spirituality and one of the great mind/heart teachers of the generation.

Dustin DiPerna serves as Educational Director of the Center for World Spirituality in San Francisco. He is author of two books: Developmental Religious Pluralism: An Introduction to Integral Religious Studies and The Heart of Conscious Evolution: Toward a Model of Spiritual Development for an Integral Age. Both books, to be released in late 2011, hold an important place in the newly emerging World Spirituality Library. Dustin has been a close student of Integral Philosopher Ken Wilber since 2004 and currently practices in the lineage streams of Mahamudra and Dzogchen under the guidance Daniel P. Brown. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and is currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts Degree in Religion through Harvard University.

Kelly Sosan Bearer (aka DJ Sosan) is a social entrepreneur specializing in multi-media platform development to disseminate integral spiritual teachings both online and off. She serves as the Executive Producer for the Center for World Spirituality and Curator for the Integral Spiritual Experience. She is also the Executive Producer, Founder, and Host of Integral Chicks: Practical Wisdom from the Next Generation. You can find her djing integral parties and events in San Francisco, California and around the Bay Area.

Marcy Baruch is a lifelong lover of the question, What is it to perceive, embody, and unfold the divine? Her work as a musical artist invites listeners into spaces of communion and grace. As a vocal coach of ten years, she brings a highly skilled awareness of the body’s sound-making mechanisms to her support of speakers and singers who wish to merge with, and emerge as, the full, life-affirming resonance of their unique voices.

David DiLullo is the founder of Global Drum Circles (, the largest activity of its kind. Marianne Williamson calls Dave’s drum circles “the perfect way to get out of your head and into your heart.” Dave was the percussionist on Ann Licater’s “Doorway to a Dream,” awarded Native American Album of the year and one of Amazon’s Best Albums of 2010. He brought world percussion to “No Place Like Home,” winner of the Billboard World Song Contest. David is the music director at Center for Spiritual Living in San Jose.