...Be an instrument of peace



  Sangha Shantivanam welcomes people of all spiritual traditions interested in deepening their contemplative life.

We invite you to join us for our meetings, we meet on Sundays at 4 pm.  The Sangha room is located at 210 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA.  We enter on the left side of the building near the cul de sac.

Our meetings include Sanskrit chant, readings from Universal Wisdom and Christian traditions, chant of psalms, dharma talk, meditation, intercessory and closing prayer followed by a light potluck supper.




Coming Up!


Pico Iyer

Cyprian Consiglio


Sign up here: https://www.sfzc.org/calendar/events/online/west-and-east-poetry-and-song-evening-pico-iyer-and-father-cyprian-consiglio

Application form: https://www.tfaforms.com/4624533




Tea Under the Tent of Abraham

Sunday September 6, 2020, 2:00 - 3:30pm




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Tent of Abraham,

August 16, 2020



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Tent of Abraham

March 31, 2020, 2:00 pm, a ZOOM meeting

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Sangha Update:

The coronavirus outbreak has forced our sangha community to put our -in person- meetings, events on hold, but we are still here.

The qualities of our Sangha, community, friendship, love define us, even as we adjust to this temporary physical distancing from sangha meetings.  

We invite you to share our warmth of community by joining us for Sangha videoconference meetings using ZOOM.  We want to stay connected.

If you would like to join our Sangha ZOOM meeting, please let us know by sending us an email to add your name to the ‘invite’ list for the Sangha Zoom videoconference meetings: 

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Tent of Abraham

March 1, 2020, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

"One Earth, Many Peoples, One Family


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Past Events:

New Year's Eve Vigil  -  12/31/2019



PDF   For photos 




 "Caring for the Planet, Peace on Earth"

New Year's Eve Interfaith Vigil for Peace


Focus on Youth 

Response to Climate Change 

Representing All The World's Spiritual Traditions


December 31

Holy Cross Community Hall





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Our relationship with the environment can never be isolated from our relationship with others and with God                                                                -Pope Francis,  Laudato Si, 119


A quick overview of Sangha Shantivanam:   (PDF version)







The Contemplative Christian and Universal Wisdom 


Are you looking for a small community in which to delve more deeply into “Universal Wisdom”?

Sangha Shantivanam is a Christian community that welcomes people of all spiritual traditions interested in deepening their contemplative practice as taught through many of the world’s great traditions.

Our sangha was launched 14 years ago by Fr. Cyprian Consiglio who is currently prior at New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur. We share their charism of Solitude, Community and Self-Giving. Our gatherings include Sanskrit chant, readings from universal wisdom, chanting the psalms, teachings and meditatio as well as intercessory prayer.

We gather twice a month on Sundays from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Pastoral Center, Holy Cross Church, 210 High St.

On October 20, we begin our study of “Prayer in the Cave of the Heart”, The Universal Call to Contemplation” written by our founder Fr. Cyprian.

If you would like to come check us out, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will be contacted RE more information and directions to our sangha room.

All are welcome. Ziggy Rendler-Bregman




Tent of Abraham

Event III, April 7, 2019, 2 pm to 5 pm

"Become Allies in Learning"

At the Center For Spiritual Living, 1818 Felt Street, Santa Cruz





Tent of Abraham, Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2 - 5 pm

Topic: "Building Understanding: What our Sacred Texts say to us about Conflict"

This is the second in this year's 3-part series, hosted by Chadeish Yameinu in Santa Cruz. We're going to discuss and reflect on how different faith traditions deal with conflict.

Our panel includes Rabbi Paula Marcus,  Imam Thabet Anani, and Reverand Matt Broadbent, who will each share a relevant teaching from Judaism, Islam, and Christianity respectively.

We'll have plenty of time for the small group discussions you've enjoyed at prior Tent of Abraham events, and we'll end the day by planting an olive tree for the hosting congregation. 

Please, please register so we can get an accurate count, provide printed name badges, and speed the entrance process!

(There's a spot to let us know names of others coming with you--kids are welcome, and there will be activities for those over 5.) That link, again, is:




15th Annual New Year's Eve Interfaith Vigil for Peace


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Please help us publicize what will be a memorable evening by sharing the attached PDF (above) with your friends, family and neighbors.  We are hoping to fill the Hall!




The Tent of Abraham, May 6, 2018, at Holy Cross Parish Hall, 210 High Street, SC

Part 3 Christianity & Religious Prejudice, PDF

 • May 11, 2018 Update:

To hear Fr Cyprian's recorded talk, photos & videos, please click the following URLs: 

Recorded Talk: https://www.dropbox.com/s/b8kwfpf147pjb65/Fr.%20Cyprian%20Consiglio%2C%20Tent%20Of%20Abraham%205-6-18.m4a?dl=0

 Photos, Videos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/QXypugUTCjxt4bpWA

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You might enjoy this cool article on the cool monks at New Camaldoli Hermitage!




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Sangha Shantivanam:  210 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Upcoming Events

27 Sep 2020n04:00PM - 05:00PMnSangha Meeting in Mission Plaza Park
04 Oct 2020n04:00PM - 05:15PMnSangha Meeting via videoconference
11 Oct 2020n08:00AM - 05:00PMnSangha Meeting via videoconference
18 Oct 2020n04:00PM - 05:15PMnSangha Meeting via videoconference
25 Oct 2020n04:00PM - 05:00PMnSangha Meeting Tai Chi at the park
01 Nov 2020n04:00PM - 05:00PMnSangha Meeting & Service Committee Meeting