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The registration for the Ministry Training Program is open! Early Bird Special through July 1st, 2021!

Ministry Training Program – Enrollment Process – The Class of  2023 starts this September 1st, 2021!

We at CSS are excited to welcome in a new class of students for our upcoming Ministry Training Program! So much has been stirring in the world and is inspiring us to look within to find our walking prayer. We are listening intently and hear the call for more ordained ministers to come forth and assist in the co-creation of our new world.  If you have heard “The Mothers” call,  come join our global community of ministers who are making a difference each day by living their walking prayer.

The class of 2023 starts this September 2021! We hope you will join us.

Early Bird rate of $600 off until July 1st!

Questions? Send an email to the registrar  Rev. Jennifer Hensiek at  css.ministrytraining@gmail.com   Phone +1 (916)-215-2007.

 *If you are employed by a company that offers tuition reimbursement, the MTP tuition may be eligible for that program.  Please contact your benefits coordinator.

The Ministry of Prayer training program is a two-year course. Classes begin on September 1st and continue until the end of July the following year. After completion of the modules, the year concludes with a five-day retreat in Northern California, held on-site in August. Students are required to attend two Breathwork sessions per year. Breathworks occur several times throughout the year and are offered at many different locations. We assist you in finding options in your local area.

All Application and Registration Documentation and Deposit must be submitted by September 1st, for your September Orientation call at the end of the month.  Processing of an application requires a non-refundable fee of $45.00, and registration requires a non-refundable deposit of $500.00. Upon acceptance to the program, the application fee and the registration deposit are applied to the remaining tuition balance.

If you are interested in joining this year’s class, please follow the process of enrollment as detailed below.
Should you have any questions, just send us an email to Registrar Rev. Jennifer Hensiek
+1 (916) 215-2007.



Audio Recording Q&A CSS Ministry Training Program with Jyoti Ma & Darlene Hunter,

Recorded on  April 8, 2021



Audio Recording Q&A CSS Ministry Training Program with Jyoti Ma & Darlene Hunter,

Recorded on  March 11, 2021



Have a listen to the Q & A recorded on August 6, 2020, with Grandmother Vision Keeper Jyoti Ma,
Spiritual Director Darlene Hunter, and Facilitator and Spiritual Elder for the Northern River Bear Community Shii Tuii Chadbourne, hosted by Susan Coleman and Jennifer Hensiek.


Have a listen to the Q & A recorded on August 20, 2020, with Grandmother Vision Keeper Jyoti Ma,
Spiritual Director Darlene Hunter, and Facilitator and Spiritual Elder for the Northern River Bear Community Shii Tuii Chadbourne, hosted by Susan Coleman and Jennifer Hensiek.





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The Ministerial Training Program of the Center for Sacred Studies considers all applicants equally and is accessible and inclusive to all interested applicants. Sexual orientation, gender identity, race, culture, disability status, learning differences, or any other factors are welcome. Applicants are encouraged to share their needs for accommodations and their pronoun preference in advance during the application process.

All information you provide is kept confidential.

Application Class 2023

Applications must be completed and submitted along with a non-refundable $45 application fee.

MTP 2023 Application form to submit.

CSS MTP Application 2023.PDF

CSS MTP Application 2023 .DOCX

Download CSS-MTP-Pamphlet 2023.PDF

Please note: There is a $45 non-refundable processing fee for each applicant.  We will process your application when we have received your application fee.

You can use the “Pay Now” button for your $45 application fee using a credit/debit card:

When your application form is completed and the application fee paid, please send your form by email to the registrar Rev. Jennifer Hensiek at  css.ministrytraining@gmail.com with the subject line: “Application Information for ________ (your name)”. Thank you!

Registration Class 2023

2. Upon acceptance to the program, you will then need to complete the registration form and Release of Liability (accessible by clicking the link below), and submit this along with your $500 non-refundable Registration deposit.

MTP 2023 Registration form to submit.



Please note: Attending this training is a significant commitment of time and resources, so do take your time with the decision. We want to be certain students are aware of the many considerations of attending, and make it our priority to be available to assist in this process.

You can use the “Pay Now” button below to pay your $500 registration deposit using a credit/debit card.

When your registration form is completed and deposit paid, please send your form by email to the registrar Rev. Jennifer Hensiek at  css.ministrytraining@gmail.com with the subject line: “Registration Information for ________ (your name)”. Thank you!

Payment information

Tuition and fees for the full two-year course range from $6,395  to $6,995 USD (depending on the date of registration). Classes begin on September 1st of each year.
Per year, the cost is $3,198-$3,498, depending on when you apply. Tuition and fees can be paid yearly, semi-annually, quarterly, or monthly.
Teaching Seminar (Breathwork) fees depend on the facilitator and the location, and average $170-$200. Transportation expenses and study materials are not included.
Upon acceptance, a $500 non-refundable USD deposit fee is required. See “Refund Policy”, below.

Payment options:
Payments can be made yearly, semi-annually, quarterly, or monthly. Your registration deposit and application fee are credited toward your tuition payments once you are fully enrolled.

Refund Policy
Your $500 deposit is non-refundable.
You are registering for a two-year program and tuition commitment. If you decide to leave the program during the first program year, then you are obligated to complete the payment schedule for that year.

For second-year tuition, if you notify us of your decision not to continue the program by September 1st (BEFORE the commencement of the second year classes), then you may withdraw without any further financial obligation. Once the second-year program has begun, your payments remain payable for the remainder of the year following your selected payment option. To receive ordination, all tuition and fees due must be paid by the end of the second year.

We understand that circumstances may arise, which could make it logistically challenging for you to continue the program. Your holistic well-being is an integral part of this program, and therefore it is our policy for withdrawing students to meet with our Educational Program Director before exiting. Our policies are designed to clarify the commitment that you and the Ministerial Training Program have to each other.

Please use this button to pay your tuition:

MTP Class 2023 Tuition Payment


Are there Student Fund for your program?
In 2013 we introduced our MTP Student Fund and have begun working with students to discuss various ways to offer access to students who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend. The MTP Student Fund Fund was created through the generosity of our community, comprised of students, alumni, and in-kind donors aligned with the mission of our training.

Students with interest in this are advised to contact us early in the calendar year, as there are a limited amount of awards granted. We have an application process that students are asked to complete to be considered.
Note: There can also be limitations with awards based on class size and the current economic climate for the organization. We can assist in helping you look at ways to crowd-fund and seek support through social networking to raise your tuition, as many of our students have had success with this.

More Information about the application process for Student fund consideration can be accessed by clicking the link below:

Download Guidelines: CSS-MTP-SF-Request-Guidelines-2023

MTP 2023 Student Fund

How long have you been a school?
The Center for Sacred Studies has been incorporated as a non-profit since 2002; the Ministry School opened officially May 1, 2007, and graduated its first class in April of 2009.

Who is your credentialing body?
The state of California, who named us a 501c3 nonprofit religious institution.

Are you actually accredited and if so with whom?
Yes, a Certificate of Ordination from our school, which is recognized as a California 501c3 non-profit church, entitles our graduates to act as ministers. Graduates of this school have performed weddings, funerals, and other ceremonies. Usually, some paperwork is required with your local or provincial licensing body as the final step in legally recognizing the ministerial function. We are currently working on the Canadian recognition of our Ministers through affiliation with other organizations already recognized in the various provinces.

Exactly what title do we graduate with if going the ordained route?
Minister of Walking Prayer

Are there other requirements beyond this program that would be required to become ordained? 
Complete all modules and reflection papers; attend both retreats; complete 2 breathworks per year; maintain monthly phone contact with a mentor.

How many students sign up each year?
30-35, including full-time students and auditors.

Where do these students come from?
The majority of our students come from North America and Canada, however, we do have some students from other countries.

Is there a way that I can speak with students who have graduated from your program?
Yes – we can arrange for you to make contact with one of our alumni and/or current students and one or more will contact you.

During the retreat weeks…what exactly is taught?
Retreat weekends consist of breathwork, group bonding exercises, and the chance to reflect on and integrate the teachings up to that point. The second retreat weekend is graduation and ordination. The retreats are an important aspect of the training in that they provide the experiential component, and for this reason, greatly enhance the alchemy of the shared process. They are required, and unfortunately cannot be substituted if there are limitations with travel.

Is there a general kind of estimate regarding time commitment?
The biggest time commitment is reading. If you are an avid reader this may not be a consideration. The paper requirement is minimal. The papers are a response to the teaching in the monthly module and are intended to be short and reflective (500 words max). A few hours a week to absorb the teaching and reading. More time allows for deeper immersion.

When are the conference calls?
There are one to two one-hour group conference calls a month – they are typically scheduled on weeknights and generally on a Tuesday through Thursday of the week, at 6 pm PT/7 pm MT/8 pm CT/9 pm ET. They generally fall during the second and third weeks of the month. This is something to consider if you are overseas in Europe or other continents. (It may be middle of the night!) It’s a great way to feel connected to your classmates so you may want to shift your work schedules to be available for the calls. However, we record all the calls and upload them to our school site so you can listen to them when you are able.

Will there be book purchases?
A reading list is provided upon registration. In general, there is one book assigned per month, and some instructors refer to the books as important to the teaching while others use them more loosely. Most of the books can be purchased on Amazon, and some can be found at your local libraries. Do consider this again, if you are attending from another country as not all the books are in PDF or online reader formats. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to assist with book purchases.

If one decides to audit the program, can they go back later and do further work and be ordained?
This is an option, but we’ve realized that those who are auditing miss out a lot on the integration of the teaching via the papers, interactions with mentors, and the retreats. We have had a few students who make this choice part-way through the program. The student who chooses to do this is then required to pay the difference in tuition fees to make this switch.
Note: Anyone considering auditing needs to have a phone/zoom conversation with the Registrar to be sure they understand what will be different about auditing, especially students overseas. Send an email at css.ministrytraining@gmail.com to set up a call.  Thank you!!

Who are the mentors?
Our mentors are selected largely from members of the community who have been through our Ministry Training Program and are very eager to serve students as Mentors. They are matched up with the students based on location and professional/personal interests (as best as possible). Students connect with their mentors once a month for a 45-minute call. Mentors are there to support the student’s process during the two-year training. It’s a very important aspect of our program and greatly enriches the experience.

Are there any other fees other than tuition that I should be aware of?
As for tuition, the breathwork and retreats are at additional cost. The last year’s retreat fee was $810 and this includes tuition, room, and board for a Thursday eve to Monday morning retreat at a Retreat Center located in Guerneville, CA. Its located about 2.5 hours outside the city of San Francisco, so there are expenses for travel to include. Breathworks average between $170-$200 for a day-long workshop and this cost depends on the facilitator, location, and the number of staff, participants, etc. Depending on where you are located, you may have to travel to attend breathwork.


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