Santa Fe Center of Light

“Mother Mary’s love for every person on earth is unfathomably deep.”

Mother Clare Watts



Santa Fe Classes & Services Schedule

Open to the Public





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13 Via Plaza Nueva Santa Fe, NM 87507

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Setup a Google+ Account

You will need a Google+ account to access the Google Hangout classroom. If you already have a Gmail or Google apps account, then you are good to go. If you need one, you can set one up here:


Install Chrome

Google+ works best in Google’s Chrome browser. Install your copy here:


Audio and Video

You will need a webcam to participate in the hangout. Most webcams are supported by Google Hangouts, if yours is not, Logitech makes several nice webcams that will likely work on your computer:


Join the Hangout

When you have the previous steps completed, return to this page and click the “Join the Hangout” link. You will join your the Hangout where your class will meet. The hangout will walk you through the process of configuring your webcam and microphone. Follow the guides and if you get stuck, click on the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner and then click, “Verify Settings” to ensure that your camera, microphone, and speakers are all configured properly.


Need Help?

If you have tried the above steps and cannot join the Google Hangouts listed below, please send an email describing your issue to: support{at}


Offerings for Newcomers


Transform Your Life through the Power of Meditation and Metaphysics – 5 class series

Your heart and mind are incredibly powerful forces for transforming your life. The universe responds to your thoughts, feelings and beliefs in predictable and controllable ways. When you learn to understand and apply the laws of the spiritual and energetic world- your whole life will change. But don’t just believe it-experience it for yourself!

This amazing series will teach you to recognize and apply the fundamental energetic and spiritual laws that govern the world around you. You will leave each class with simple and practical exercises that will change your life. Every exercise will bring you closer to knowing your own creative power. This class is simple enough for beginners and deep enough to provide new insights to long-term practitioners.

Class 1 – Meditation & Metaphysics

You will learn what metaphysics is and how it can transform your life.

Class 2 – Creating Your Life

You will learn how to use metaphysical law of cause-and-effect to create the life you want.

Class 3 – Light

You will learn how to harness the power of Light to heal your body and expand your mind.

Class 4 – Healing Others

You will learn how to use the power of creating to being healing to others.

Class 5 – Soul

You will learn how to begin consciously evolving your soul nature.

Register for class by making your payment

We look forward to having you join us for this transformative learning experience.

Optional lovely printed binder with workbook and follow-up activities will be available for purchase. Cost: $20 – payable at first class

If you are financially challenged at present we offer this adjusted option:

If you are feeling blessed, able to offer more and would like to generate good karma we thank you for your generosity. We are a non-profit and it will be put to good use in support the rich array of spiritual classes, support and services we offer.

Thank you!


Meditation and Healing – 5 class series

This series artfully balances Mindfulness and Spiritual principles. Good for beginners or experienced practitioners of meditation or spirituality.

In this class you will learn how to use mindfulness and meditation practices to wake-up to your life, increase your vital force and open to the deep peace and wisdom that is within you. You will learn how to move through stagnant self-protection patterns and engage deeply with your life, your feelings and the divine within. All faiths and spiritual practices are honored and welcome in this amazing series.

Class 1 – Foundations of Mindfulness

Learn what mindfulness is and how it works.

Class 2 – Mindfulness and Acceptance: Releasing the Vital Force

Learn how you can use meditation to release energy trapped in emotional wounds.

Class 3 – Presence with the Divine Energy

Learn how to harness the mind’s tendency to attach to words and images.

Class 4 – Listening Within

Learn to listen to the wisdom inside your own heart and soul.

Class 5 – Visualization and Healing

Learn how to maximize the gifts you receive from within.

Register for class by making your payment

We look forward to having you join us for this transformative learning experience.

Price includes PDF of workbook chapters and follow-up activities which will be emailed to you after each class session.

If you are financially challenged at present we offer this adjusted option:

If you are feeling blessed, able to offer more and would like to generate good karma we thank you for your generosity. We are a non-profit and it will be put to good use in support the rich array of spiritual classes, support and services we offer.

Thank you!


Meditation & Communion

Monday – Friday • 6:30 am / Saturdays • 8 am / Sundays • 9:30 am

People don’t often put Christianity and meditation together, but meditation is essential to Christian mysticism. Without learning how to still the mind and body, it would be impossible to quiet the outer distractions enough to have a real relationship with God.

What is Christian meditation? There are no special techniques that define Christian meditation, only that it is the practice of getting still and connecting to the source of love within. Often, we guide people to connect to Jesus and Mother Mary in meditation to feel their consciousness, personality and love. In our school, we sometimes say that meditation is the workbench of our spiritual practice. If you’d like to learn how to meditate, Introduction to Meditation & Christian Mysticism is designed for beginning meditators. Read more about Christian Meditation here.


Prayers for Peace

First Tuesday of the Month • 7:00 pm

On the first Tuesday of every month, the members of all of the Centers of Light pray for peace, creating a surge of positive energy for people all over the world. Open to all faiths, it is a chance for hearts and minds to make a real difference in the world. People pray for healing, spiritual awakening, love, solutions to hunger crises, war – anything that the world needs in order to become a place of peace. Join us!


Conscious Movies

Conscious movies at the Centers of Light are an opportunity to connect with others who are looking for ways to positively change the world. These events provide a way for people to talk about inspiring movies on a deeper level and how they affect our lives, our attitudes, our perceptions. It’s also a great opportunity to meet like-minded people! Come see a film at your local Center of Light and join in on the discussion to bring peace and consciousness to our world.  Read more about Conscious Movies at the Centers of Light here.


Spiritual Seminars & Workshops

Mother Clare travels every week to a Center of Light to give spiritual seminars. These are intensive workshop weekends and typically span four days, starting from Thursday night to Sunday noon. Spiritual seminars provide a rare opportunity to be with a Master Teacher, ask all the spiritual questions that you’ve never gotten adequate answers on, and ask for guidance on problems that you are dealing with in your life.  Click here to see a list of upcoming spiritual seminars: Mother Clare Watts Seminars.


Advanced Classes & Offerings

Bible Contemplation Class

Please see Calendar for dates and times

The New Testament teaches us how to be simple and follow two commands – love God first, and love our neighbor as ourself. It teaches us how to take on the light of Christ within ourselves and to become one with God, as Jesus was. We contemplate how Jesus’ teachings, his life events, and other characters in the Bible relate to our personal lives, in order to align our hearts and minds with God’s love and perfect patterns. This way of reflecting allows each person to experience personal insights and transformation that go beyond religious jargon, straight into the soul.

Introduction to Meditation and Christian Mysticism is a prerequisite for this class.

Tree of Life Class

Please see Calendar for dates and times

The Tree of Life lessons are written for the purpose of unfolding the Soul alchemically and for opening up one’s spiritual consciousness to the Wisdom of God. Answers to questions such as “What is light?,” “What is love?,” or “What is the Creator?” will be presented in a simple, practical way that allows students to understand, discuss, and contemplate their meaning. Each class includes a hands-on experience that gives the student a tangible experience of the reality of God’s spirit and power.

Introduction to Meditation and Christian Mysticism is a prerequisite for this class.


The Centers of Light are mystical Christian schools and communities dedicated to consciousness, spiritual growth, and empowerment. Much like the spiritual communities that mystics such as St. Francis of Assisi and Paramahansa Yogananda created, the Centers of Light are shining, warm places for people searching for inner truth, meaning and direct relationship with God. In each of our Centers across the country, we teach, share, and cultivate spirituality through sacraments, meditation, seminars, classes, and practical instruction in order to bring people into real, deep experiences of God.

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The Santa Fe Center of Light is located at 13 Via Plaza Nueva Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507. It is a Mystic Christian Church and spiritual school offering services, classes, seminars and other events on a regular basis. Attending our six-week Introduction to Christian Mysticism and Meditation class is an excellent way to get familiar with what we do. To learn more about the Center of Light Church in Santa Fe, give us a call or look through the resources on our website.




The minister at the Center of Light Church in Santa Fe is Mother Clare Watts. We welcome individuals of all faiths – whether you’re Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu or “New Age”, it doesn’t matter to us as long as you are open to learning and experiencing more. If you have any questions about services, classes or other offerings at the Center of Light Santa Fe Church, feel free to contact us.

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Mother Clare Watts – I am an ordained Priest and Master Teacher in the Order of Christ Sophia. In my earlier years of seeking a spiritual path, I studied and lived in yoga ashrams and a Sufi training school. In the late 1970s, I began my early training in the Mystical Christian tradition. I am the co-founder and director of the Order of Christ Sophia, a non-denominational mystical order that operates seven Centers of Light around the United States and one in Montreal, Canada.

Before my tenure as a Master Teacher, I worked as a Certified Professional Midwife for 18 years, having pioneering midwifery practices in Kentucky and Massachusetts. In 1996, I received a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, followed by three years of postgraduate training in Jungian Analysis at the Boston Jung Institute. I held a private psychotherapy practice alongside my midwifery practice until I ended both in 2001 to devote my full attention to my work as a Master Teacher and director of a growing spiritual order.

I now live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where during my times at home I serve at the Santa Fe Center of Light. I travel nearly every week to cities around the country and sometimes internationally where I offer seminars and services for the public, counseling spiritual direction for the students of the Order, and continuing education and support to the local priests and ministers.

My first book is called Giving Birth To God: A Woman’s Path to Enlightenment, an autobiographical account chronicling my life of spiritual seeking and the process that led to my ordination into spiritual Mastery in the Christian mystical tradition. My most recent book, Mystical Roses of Peace, is a compilation of seminars that I have given over the past decade. Many people asked me for the written versions of my talks to be made available, so this book allows everyone to finally “take the seminar home with them.”

My passion lies in bringing serious students of a spiritual path into direct experience of God within them, and guiding them along the way of transformation into becoming beings of Light, Peace and Love. I am deeply dedicated to helping lead humankind into the next stage of our evolution and to do so in collaboration and cooperation with leaders and followers of the many paths of consciousness and love.

Learn more about Mother Clare Watts here.[/testimonial]

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Eva Ireland – I began taking on-line classes in the fall of 2011. The 12 years before that I had been working as a Board Certified Chaplain in hospital and hospice settings.

There came a point for me as an Inter-faith minister in that role that there was something missing spiritually. It was something that I was not able to name until through the work with OCS II came to have a personal experience of the love and presence of Jesus and Mary in a real way.
It was not about theory or idea but about the experience of their love that I was missing.

I feel so privileged to serve now as a Minister of the Order of Christ Sophia with Jesus and Mary being my Teachers and Masters.

In their Love and Light ,I am being transformed and now desire to be in service in order to assist others here in Santa Fe in coming to know their love that I am so deeply grateful to have been lead to.

I receive joy interacting with friends and family, dancing , making delicious dishes for loved ones to savor, reading, and have loved travel experiencing other cultures.[/testimonial]

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Leah Johnson – I started this spiritual path in the spring of 2008 after attending a dynamic seminar with Mother Clare. That weekend, I knew there was something deep inside my being that was peaceful and loving like I hadn’t known before…and there were teachers and a path that could help me get there! Through the challenges and rewards of spiritual work, I began to have experiences of light, Jesus and Mary, standing on my own feet, and the joy of committing to living a values-driven life. For three years I served as a member of the Order of Mercy before taking initial vows into the ministry in January 2014. I am in awe and gratitude to serve people as they find empowerment in their own beings and open to love.

When I am not serving as a minister, I enjoy my career as an occupational therapist with adults and pediatrics; and I appreciate quality time with my friends in community, good movies, art projects, and physical exercise.[/testimonial]



Christian Mysticism

By Mother Clare Watts

A renewed interest in Christian mysticism is emerging in the Western world, and it comes at a time when church attendance and membership are at all time lows. What are people finding in mysticism that they are not finding in the churches? Mysticism has never been about theological concepts and rules for “good” behavior. It is not about how to earn heaven or avoid hell. Mysticism always is about a soul’s profound and heartrending relationship with God. Why are mystics’ relationships with God always profound, and why does it break their hearts?

When you stumble upon the truth that God is living, in all God’s glory, right inside of you, or when you find God after a long journey of deepening, silencing and opening—and finally enter into the Great Love that is God—it is without exception the deepest and most overpowering experience you can ever have. To experience the presence and reality of God, and to experience that this immense and all-knowing Being has an individual knowing and love for you, will break your heart open and submerge it in the most wonderful new life that in comparison makes all previous knowing and living seem meaningless and dull.

Once you are touched and opened by that warmest and greatest of loves, nothing in the worlds of matter or spirit looks the same. Now everything has the tincture of the divinity and the love, affecting how you understand, relate to and feel about it. Nature looks more magnificent, material pursuits more spurious and human beings can no longer be thought of as anything less than sons and daughters of God in the making. You will see all people in terms of how close or far they are from God and God’s love rather than by any other ways you would have understood them before. And all human love will pale in the face of experiencing the love God has for you.

Christian mysticism is no different from any other mysticism in that its central element is this love relationship with God. However, it is different because of the place that Jesus and Mother Mary hold in the aspirants’ hearts, minds and practices. Christian mystics have found that the help of these two great beings makes it possible for them to move through all the obstacles that previously kept them from having the direct experience of God.

The road toward that union in love is fraught with many diversions, distractions and concepts that must be overcome to arrive at the deepest chambers of this interior life. Forgiveness of self and others is paramount to the journey, as are release of all other attachments that you have held above your desire for God.

Very few people manage to make this journey alone. A strong spiritual community and a loving and wise spiritual teacher greatly enhance the chances of the spiritual seeker finding the gold at the end of the rainbow. The art of prayer and meditation must be developed and the heart and mind purified. It is possible, if you want it, and if you seek it with all your heart, mind, body and soul. May you be blessed on your journey to God.

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The Order of Christ Sophia is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization whose mission is to create peace on earth through developing each individual’s personal inner experience of peace. We achieve this mission of uplifting the world by healing one heart at a time. We know world peace is possible. We empower and assist the unfolding process through a modern, deep, contemplative and prayerful life.

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