45th Anniversary

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Recent Press Releases

Press release: New Thought Musical Minister Offers Workshop “Living on Purpose” April 27 (PDF)

Press release: Easter at the Center for Spiritual Living Offers an Uplifting Message, Choir and an Egg Hunt April 20 (PDF)

Press release: Jesus Christ Superstar – Palm Sunday Celebration at CSLCV in San Clemente, April 13 (PDF)

Media Files for Download

About CSLCV. The information at right. (PDF)

Biography of Dr. Rev. Heather Dawn Clark (PDF)

Print ready photo: Dr. Rev. Heather Dawn Clark (zip file)

Biography of Rev. Pattie Mercado (PDF)

Print ready photo: Rev Pattie Mercado

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About The Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley

Founded in 1968, the Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley is one of 450 Centers for Spiritual Living organizations worldwide, dedicated to providing spiritual tools to transform personal lives and help make the world a better place.

The Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley offers a community for spiritual seekers who believe that the universe has intelligence, purpose, beauty and order; and integrates spiritual tools, such as affirmative prayer, meditation and visioning, to provide a greater personal relationship with God.

Rev. Heather Dawn Clark leads a congregation of more than 200 faithful members in the exploration of powerful principles originally taught by great thinkers including Ernest Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Troward and many more.

Originally founded in San Clemente in 1968 and later relocated to San Juan Capistrano, the Center recently returned to San Clemente with the purchase of a building in the Talega Business Park, 1201 Puerta Del Sol. Sunday services are held at 10:30 a.m. preceded by a guided meditation at 10 a.m. The Center offers a variety of services, classes, youth programs, and prayer support. The Center’s bookstore and offices are open Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One of more than 450 Centers for Spiritual Living world wide, the Center teaches spiritual principles, such as cause and effect and the law of attraction, initially introduced by mystics thousands of years ago and recently proven by science and physics. This New Thought tradition dates to the 1880s and has its roots in the Transcendentalist Movement of the 1830s. New Thought has a respected and enduring legacy that includes luminaries such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman and Ernest Holmes. Modern day writers and philosophers who echo the New Thought ideas include Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Louise Hay and Eckhart Tolle among many others.

The Center Sunday Services

Wherever you are on your spiritual path, you are welcome at the Center on Sunday morning. At the beginning of each service, one of our ministers leads the congregation in a candle lighting ceremony honoring all the major spiritual traditions of the world and, most importantly, the individual’s unique path.

The Sunday morning service offers live music featuring weekly musical guest artists, a guided meditation, and an inspirational talk designed to provide personal insight for greater growth and expression. Monthly themes include authenticity, connection, finding balance, practice, self-worth, and abundance.

The Center’s inspiring services begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday and are preceded by a 15-minute guided meditation at 10 a.m.

Sunday Youth Program

While adults enjoy an uplifting service in the sanctuary, children fill the youth center and have their own experience on Sunday. The youth center is guided and managed by Rev. Pattie Mercado, Youth Director, and she, along with trained volunteers, provides age-appropriate lessons, inspiration, activities and connection for children, birth to 18 years old.

Our nursery/playroom has two teachers dedicated to caring for our infant through preschool children. The kinder through 3rd grade kids receive an experiential lesson based on God qualities and spiritual principle along with a fun craft and games. Preteens have their own space at the Center. Children, grades 4 through 78, participate in their own candle-lighting ceremony followed by discussion and expression through art or movement.

Lastly, our In-Flight teen group, for kids ages 13 to 18, meets on Sunday for workshops, discussion and connection. Twice a year, our teen group unites with about 500 other Center for Spiritual Living teens from all over the country for winter and summer camp, a life-transforming and enriching experience.

The Center’s Blog

To provide spiritual insight and inspiration online and throughout the week, the Center’s blog features messages, videos and quotes from our ministers and other New Thought luminaries. The blog also offers previews of upcoming speakers and musical guests. See what’s happening on the Center’s blog.

Parent Forum

The Parent Forum is offered the second Wednesday of every month and is facilitated by Rev. Mercado. This discussion group offers friendships, enlightening topics and spiritual tools for parents looking to interact with their kids in a more spiritually centered way. The Parent Forum is free to attend but space is limited. A light lunch and childcare are provided. To reserve your spot at the Parent Forum call 949-240-6463 or email Mercado at pattiem@cslcv.org.

Kids Day Out

On Tuesdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Center’s co-op playgroup, Kids Day Out, offers children, ages 2 to 4, a chance to learn and socialize with other children, experiment with sharing, and, of course learn the most important skill, play through imagination, creativity and spontaneity. The playgroup provides parents, when not volunteering program, a three-hour block of time to be at home alone or go to the market, mall or the beach by yourself! Friendships are made and deepened for the children and adults. The playgroup is $100 per child for a 10-week session. Please contact Mercado at 949-240-6463 or email at pattiem@cslcv.org for more information and to sign up!

Middle School Group

The meaning is found in the relationships; the value in the joy experienced.
Middle schoolers need their own time to play, connect and create, so on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 6th, 7th and 8th graders are invited to the Center for this social group facilitated by Rev. Pattie Mercado. The Middle School group provides a safe place for fun, connection, field trips and the occasional service project. Participation in the group is free and everyone is welcome. Please contact Rev. Pattie at 949-240-6463 or email at pattiem@cslcv.org for more information and to sign up!

The Jewel Tones Choir

For music lovers and singers, the Center offers the Jewel Tone Choir, created to provide beautiful music with New Thought inspiration during the Sunday service on the third Sunday of each month. Led by Diane King Vann, the Jewel Tone choir practices Thursdays, 7 – 9 p.m., in the sanctuary, and all are welcome to participate.