A derivative of numen, the word numinous is used to describe the active presence and mysterious aspects of something that is holy, usually a guiding spirit within. A numinous experience has a personal quality. It often leads to an encounter with something larger than our personal selves.
The Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts dedicates itself to beauty, imagination, and the experience of the sacred. We bring a wide variety of events to Santa Rosa, as well as to other parts of Sonoma County. Our mission is to offer quality musical and artistic performances, as well as experiences in the expressive arts, and the arts of spiritual practice. We are grounded in our delight of the imagination, engagement of all the senses, the joy of color and sound, and the deep pleasure of literature, drama and poetry.
Nourishing the Human Soul
We intend to care for the soul of our community and creation, to celebrate art for art’s sake, and to nourish the individual human soul as it develops integrity and depth. We find congruence between artistic and spiritual practice, and believe the arts offer rich possibilities for connection to the truly sacred in our lives.
Founded in 2005, in keeping with the long tradition of church patronage of the arts, the Numina Center is located at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa, California. Almost all of our Santa Rosa events are at this location, an old wooden church built by shipbuilders in 1880.
We Are Your Guide Through a Numinous Experience
We are convinced that anything, any aspect of creation, points beyond itself, to the immanent Divine. The spirit can be found wherever the dimensions of life are fully lived, and where they are being explored. We are dedicated to exploration through the Arts.
For both the practitioner and the beholder ~ Art offers a path to an awareness of what is True.