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Ventura Center for Spiritual Living provides spiritual tools to transform our personal lives and help make the world a better place. We welcome all beings as valued expressions of Spirit, regardless of sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic class, disability, creed, size, shape or any other manifestation of the human experience.

Ventura Center for Spiritual Living is a spiritual community that honors all paths to God and can help you experience a personal relationship with God. When God is the focus of our spirituality, then other areas of our lives fall into place, we are happier, we can do more for others, be better stewards of the Earth, and we help bring peace and harmony to the world.

If you are in search of a spiritual community where you are respected and accepted for who you are and want the inspiration and support to grow to your highest potential, please accept our invitation to visit us soon!

Message from Rev. Bonnie Rose

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, an affiliate of the Centers of Spiritual Living. We are delighted that your spiritual journey brought you to our website.

We teach the philosophy of Science of Mind and Spirit, a New Thought philosophy. Simply described, this philosophy teaches that we are part of the creative process of life. Our beliefs and attitudes create our experiences. We can choose to consciously create a better life for ourselves. The only thing against us in this life is ourselves. We awaken to the possibilities of life when we realize that there is nothing against us and everything is for our highest good. We teach people how to be “the way of God,” vs. “in the way of God.” Our philosophy is based on the writings of Dr. Ernest Holmes, a pioneer in metaphysical teachings. Today, many of the same concepts expressed by Dr. Holmes are receiving widespread exposure through the writings of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson and others.

Please visit us and learn about how you, too, can have a great life and help make the world a better place!

Love and Abundant Blessings,
Rev. Bonnie Rose

Our service on

November 23, 2014 - "For Best Results, Breathe Deeply"

Musician

Karen Mitchell

Singer
Photo of Karen Mitchell

Karen Mitchell is one of those rare individuals who is musical at the molecular, sub-atomic level. The creation of melodies and lyrics are as natural to her as breathing. To quote a line from the hit NBC series, "Medium" even among the special, she's special.

Karen entered the world with some serious artistic DNA in the family gene pool. Her mother was a classically trained vocalist, her late grandmother was a poet and journalist; her late uncle, Red Mitchell is regarded as one of the world's foremost jazz bassists, and her father, Gordon Whitey Mitchell is also an important jazz bassist, as well as an Emmy-winning comedy writer.

Karen Louise Mitchell was born in New Jersey (yes, she's a bona-fide Jersey Girl!), but moved west (along with her two siblings) to Los Angeles when she was only three, so that her father could pursue his television writing career. Karen displayed her uncommon musical ability very early. She could (quite literally) sing before she could speak in complete sentences, and was composing fully-realized songs on her tiny ukulele by the age of five. All of the Mitchell kids were encouraged musically, and a typical family game usually involved some sort of ear-training or other honing of essential musical skills.

Throughout her scholastic career, Karen focused on her musical pursuits, and in Junior and Senior High School was consistently the leading light of the choir, being asked to perform numerous solos with all of the performing ensembles available. Some of her early musical influences include artists as diverse as James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Dan Fogelberg and Earth, Wind & Fire. By the age of fifteen, she was already working four to five nights a week with a busy Top 40 cover band, and essentially supporting herself. Her charm, effervescence, stage presence and gorgeous blonde-Celtic good looks made her irresistible to audiences, and she worked with several successful pop bands, functioning as front woman, vocal arranger and musical director.

In addition to her love of performing, Karen also began to develop as a composer and lyricist. As she entered young adulthood, her unique writing style began to emerge, a distinctive and refreshing style and perspective filled with hope, honesty and spirituality. She also quickly developed a love of, and talent for working in the recording studio, and began to be an in-demand Los Angeles studio singer, booking numerous recording sessions for notable film and television producer/composers, such as the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated John Debney.

The release of Karen Mitchell's first solo CD, "In This Moment" has been a true labor of love. She has carefully surrounded herself with first-rate instrumentalists and engineers, and created compositions and arrangements that reflect her positive outlook. Her infectious, charming and melodic style insures that we'll enjoy and be inspired by more of Karen Mitchell's work for many years to come.

In addition to her many live performances in and around the Los Angeles area, she is also currently the Musical Director of the La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, and a member of Neale Donald Walsch's international organization, Humanity's Team as well as the New Thought Music Association and the Positive Music Association.

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