The August Summer Sunset Not Church is on a Tuesday evening and it’s in Rosarito!  TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 5:30 PM at Oceana Grill and Cafe (behind Bonanova Hospital).

Oceana Grill and Cafe is staying open just for us so we encourage you to show appreciation for their hospitality by staying for a drink and dinner.  Prices will range between $150 to 200 pesos per dish and the bar will be open. To expedite service they are offering three main dishes including a vegetarian option.

If you’re planning to stay, please email your choice of dish to:
Carmen Dominguez –
by August 2nd


  1. Grilled fish on garlic and butter accompanied with vegetables and rice
  2. Grilled chicken with a mushroom sauce, vegetables and rice too.
  3. Portobellos hamburger with fries (or choice of veggies and rice instead).

All dishes include a choice of zucchini cream soup or salad.

A big thanks to Carmen Dominguez for making these arrangements!

We hope to see you on the 8th!



July Not Church - Thursday, July 13th 5pm

To quote Molly, “The Definitely NOT in NOT Church.  First and foremost Not Church is NOT on the first Sunday this month.  It’s NOT on any Sunday this month . . . It’s on Thursday! And it’s NOT at 10 AM . . . it’s at 5 PM.

“Plan to stay for dinner, drinks and the sunset after NOT Church . . . if you wish.

“Hope to see you on Thursday, July 13 at 5PM at Poco Cielo.”



Jack Kornfield QuoteA Path With Heart by Jack KornfieldThe Happiness Study Group will start discussing our new book, A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield on Tuesday, July 11th as we continue our exploration of vipassana meditation.  The subject is predominantly the same as our last book, but the approach this time is decidedly western.

Jack Kornfield bio from his website:  “Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. After graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967 he joined the Peace Corps and worked on tropical medicine teams in the Mekong River valley. He met and studied as a monk under the Buddhist master Ven. Ajahn Chah, as well as the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. Returning to the United States, Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with fellow meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein and the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. Over the years, Jack has taught in centers and universities worldwide, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings, and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a father, husband and activist.”

Anyone is welcome to join the study group and no prior readings are required.  We read, study, discuss and meditate and simply ask that you try your best to keep up with the reading, usually only one chapter each week.

The book is available at Amazon in all formats.

Please check the Happiness Study Group  Facebook page for updates and information about our weekly meetings.


June Not Church

The last regular-season Not Church  – We officially welcomed the newest member of the community…Athena Isabella, just weeks old.  Bernie Zimney at 100 + a couple months was also present along with Athena’s mom, Ruthie and Ruthie’s mum visiting from the UK.  Choir-oke was in fine form and even threw back a few shots of tequila…We certainly are NOT church.

July will find us in summer mode and everything is changing.  The first Not Church gathering of summer will be in the same place–Poco Cielo, but it will be on THURSDAY, July 13th and at 5pm.  The theme for July will be Summertime: The Brighter Side of Life.

Salvation in May

Of course we missed Erin, but May’s gathering was of the most powerful Not Church Sundays in a while with personal, moving stories from Steve Wayles and John DiCecco, a beautiful reading by G. Ian Huntington of Mary Oliver’s “The Journey,” and Choir-oke’s “Lusty Month of May.”  Ron touched some hearts with his meditation, but he was most enthralled with the new, lovely Athena Isabelle.

The Journey – Mary Oliver
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.