Classes and Education

Happiness your true Nature and your inherent birthright
~Michael Bernard Beckwith

Awakened Heart Spiritual Center's rich education program presents Science of Mind/New Thought/Ancient Wisdom as a philosophy, a faith, and a way of life which recognizes that every aspect of life is spiritual. Awakened Heart classes invite you to know your own unbreakable connection with the One Presence, God, Yahweh, Spirit, Great Mystery, Buddha, Krishna, Allah, from whom we are indivisible. Our classes help you to discover your Divinity and realize your inherent birthright is an abundant, happy life now.

Come experience the Presence and Power that operates in, as, and through you in your daily life for greater and greater good! 


Awakened Heart Spiritual Center is a satellite campus of Emerson Theological Institute in Oakhurst, CA. Emerson is accreditied by the Accrediting Commission International for Schools, Colleges and Theological Seminaries and offers several degree programs. Our Practitioners are credentialed through Emerson and licensed through Awakened Heart.  For more information visit the Emerson website at

Course Catalogue

Core Classes:

Core classes are 10 weeks in duration—one three-hour class per week. The Foundations for Living class is the study of our foundational principles with practical applications for everyday spirituality. Foundations is a prerequisite for all Core classes. The other Core classes focus on areas of study such as practical application of the tools and principles, prayer and meditation and history and philosophy. 

Registration is available 6 weeks prior to the start of a class. Individuals may register by signing up after Sunday Service or emailing us at Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
NOTE: Students who have successfully completed a course previously can audit the same course again at half-price.


Build a spiritual foundation informed by timeless wisdom and new thoughts to create your own new world. The Foundations for Living Class is a transformational entry level class in the study of Science of Mind. The course is designed to be a personal exploration of the Core Concepts of the Science of Mind and their application to the daily process of living. Students will have the opportunity to explore the Universal Principles which govern their experiences as well as deepen their relationship to the Creative Power and Presence inherent in all life. Meditation and Spiritual Mind Treatment are taught as daily practices. The class is experiential, with many guided meditations and exercises to assist students in embracing and incorporating the Principles. Includes a 1-day workshop.
This class is a prerequisite for all core classes.

When: 3-hour class meets for 10 weeks, plus a 1-day workshop 
Tuition: $240 (includes 30 hours of class and the 6 hour workshop) plus books and materials
Books:The Science of Mind: The Complete Text by Ernest Holmes and student workbook (provided at first class)



Learn how our teachings became a system that freely draws from many religions, philosophies, literature, and sciences. Directly experience the power of those teachers and the teachings that inspired Ernest Holmes, the Founder of Science of Mind. This class guides you through the writings of three of the most important influences in Holmes’s development: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Troward, and Emma Curtis Hopkins.

When: 3-hour class meets for 10 weeks - May 26 thru August 8, 2020
Tuition: $200
Prerequisite: Foundations for Living, Self-Mastery and Spiritual Practices Classes (exceptions approved by teacher)
Books: Scientific Christian and Mental Practice by Emma Curtis Hopkins, The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science by Thomas Troward, Emerson’s Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes


Discovering and designing your spiritual practice

Building on the knowledge gained in Foundations, this class focuses on how to have an active daily relationship with Spirit. Various forms of meditation are presented and explored weekly. You will also develop greater skill in verbal and written affirmative prayer, especially for others. The class is designed  so you can choose the perfect spiritual practices that work for you.

When: 3-hour class meets for 10 weeks
Tuition: $200 plus books and materials
Prerequisite: Foundations for Living
Books: Journey of Awakening by Ram Dass and Can We Talk To God by Ernest Holmes


Tuition: $100 (No pre-requisite required)
Materials: Radical Forgiveness Book by Collin Tipping

This five week course is designed to give the student a good introduction or refresher in the principles of the Radical Forgiveness process developed by Collin Tipping. Students will be guided through the reading material and exercised by Jane Bouza, RScP, a long-time teacher of this amazing process. There is no pre-requisite for this class, all are welcome to attend. To register, sign up at AHA table during Sunday Service, or contact us via our Contact Us page and leave a message. Tuition payments are made in class.


Facilitated by Bob Bercaw, RScP & Gretchen Kennedy, RScP

Tuition: $50 (No pre-requisite required)
Quick Start Workbook (provided on Evening #1)

This three-night class offers an introduction to the background and basic principles of the Science of Mind philosophy. Awaken and nurture your own Divine Nature in this class by embracing the principles of “Universal Truth” that arise in all cultures in the form of science, philosophy, & religion.

The specific intentions of the class:
• To experience “Spiritual Community”
• To gain an understanding of the Science of Mind & Spirit philosophy (what it is, where it comes from, and what it teaches) 
• To clarify your own concept of God in relationship to what is taught in this philosophy
• To identify some circumstance or outcome that you would like to create in your life
• To come away with the spiritual tools to begin creating the desired outcome you have identified


The Self Mastery Class focuses on the inward journey exploring feelings, ego, relationships, and the process of personal change with the intention of healing any perceived separation between the personality and Spirit. Through active exploration of the creative nature of thoughts and feelings, beliefs and emotions, students have the opportunity to gain mastery in the art of living as a conscious, intentional being. You will discover new ways to deepen human love, trust, and forgiveness and expand into a life centered on affirmative prayer.

When: 3-hour class meets for 10 weeks
Tuition: $200 (30 credit hours)
Living the Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes
Prerequisite: Foundations For Living Class 


Visioning is a practice of intentional co-creation to expand life's potential. It is "catching" the Divine idea for your life's possibilities. It allows you to transcend limited thinking, to align with Divine Wisdom, and to use that power for Good. It is the natural outgrowth of maturing in God consciousness. Visioning is always about becoming, not about doing - about the "What", not the "How." The difference between Visualization and Visioning is the difference between directing Spirit to have our way and allowing Spirit to have Its way.

The purpose of this course is to awaken to the transformational nature of Visioning, to learn the Visioning process, to understand the organic nature of manifestation and to be aware of its implementation in your life. Visioning is the practice of opening to God as you.

You will learn and experience the Visioning process:

  • For Your Personal Life
  • For a Group or Community

Materials: Student Workbook (available in the bookstore or in class)
When: A 4 week course.
Tuition: $80.00
Prerequisite: None/open to all


Join Jerry Hodge RScP in an exploration of the philosophy of R. W. Emerson and Ernest Holmes.  Learn about the history of these to “founding fathers” of the New Thought movement and how their teachings compare and contrast. How do their teachings apply to us today? How can their lives and metaphysical perspectives inspire us? 

This is a fully credentialed class. Students must attend all four classed to receive full credit. No previous classes are necessary.

Tuition: $80.00
Required Books:

  • Emerson's Essays
  • The Philosophy Of Emerson: A Conversation Between Emerson and Holmes 


This class is designed for anyone (beginner or experienced meditator, as well as those "in-between") who are interested in and committed to learning a mantra-type of meditation. During the first class, you will receive instruction and a mantra to use. I am asking that you commit to meditation twice a day for the next month, twenty minutes in the morning and twenty minutes in the early evening.  In the subsequent three classes, we will be discussing our experience together, taking care of any possible "issues". Then, we will do some "rounding", consisting of group meditation for twenty minutes; some quiet yogic breathing exercises; a couple minutes of stretching; followed by more breathing and another twenty-minute meditation, breathing, stretching, etc.  We will have plenty of time to discuss, but much  of the class will be spent in silent meditation. This is more of a "do-it" class, than a "talk-it" class. There will be other activities to add to the entire experience of going inward.


This 30-week course is the first step on the path to becoming a Religious Science Practitioner. It emphasizes much deeper evolvement on the spiritual and professional levels. The student are immersed in rigorous study and practical application of the principles of Science of Mind. The student is given the opportunity to examine values and dissolve mental conditions that keep him or her from living a dynamic, joyous, and effective life. This study provides the avenue for compassionate understanding of Self and others and develops spiritual awareness for seeing beyond conditions and discerning spiritual Truth.

When:  3-hour class meets for three 10-week sessions
Tuition:  $300 for each 10 week segment.
Prerequisites:  Foundations for Living, Spiritual Practices, Self-Mastery, and Roots of Science of Mind which equal 126 hours. Also required are 36 hours of qualifying electives. Please discuss your electives with the instructors prior to entering Practitioner Studies.

Download the full description of the curriculum, requirements and tuition and the application

Books:  See the complete reading list.

Application: Your completed application is due 2 weeks prior to the start of class (email it to 


The second year of Practitioner Studies is focused on training in one-on-one client work. Students learn the skills necessary for a Practitioner to be proficient in working professionally with a client. These include communication skills, telephone skills, and training in the ability to apply spiritual principles to human situations through Spiritual Mind Treatment in the practitioner-client relationship. Training is also provided in the special functions of the Practitioner, such as funeral/memorial services and Sunday platform duty. In addition, students learn the foundations of setting up a professional practice and continue to deepen Practitioner consciousness. Throughout the year, students investigate the areas of mysticism and expanded consciousness through the study of the teachings of Jesus and other mystics.

Certification and licensing is awarded upon completion of Practitioner Training I and II, followed by a six month internship/practicum, and successful completion of written and oral examinations.

When: 3- hour class meets for three 10-week sessions
Tuition: $300 for each 10 week segment
Prerequisites: Foundations for Living, Spiritual Practices, Self-Mastery, Practical Mysticism, and Roots of Science of Mind
Books: Science of Mind and Living the Science of Mind – Ernest Holmes, other books are required in each term


This course is a loving tribute to Dr. Ernest Holmes and all of the wisdom he brought to our world. The course is based upon What We Believe and each week the student has the opportunity to examine these ideas and uncover ways to make the power of this teaching come alive in her/his life. Each week has a meditation on light that takes the student progressively deeper and deeper into the light to find inner truth. 

Materials: The Essential Ernest Holmes by Jesse Jennings (available in the bookstore or in class)
When: A 6 week course.
Tuition: $120
Prerequisite: None/open to all


  • Discover a solution to a fundamental forgiveness question - How to forgive yourself - as both the "forgiver" and the "forgiven."
  • Explore the "radical" appeal to your Higher Soul Self and leave behind the inner judge or critic.
  • Expand your understanding of the toxins of inappropriate guilt and the low vibration of shame.
  • Learn methods to resolve your hurts and wounds.
  • Learn how your personal shadow is reflected in your projections onto others.
  • Learn reconnection with your lost self and restore Love to your true authentic unique spiritual self.

When: Times and dates to be posted throughout the year.
Prerequisite: None / open to all


The book "Loving What Is " by Byron Katie explains the quick and understandable process of personal inquiry. Byron Katie calls this questioning  "The Work" and there are handy  worksheets and four impacting questions.  These  classes will be  lively, interactive and dynamic exchanges on the use and application of these steps toward clarity and freedom in our beliefs about ourselves and others. 

Required Text: "Loving What Is" by Byron Katie (available in the AHSC bookshop)
No pre-requisites required.
Tuition: $80.00
Certificated class for 8 credits 


The New Member Class is a two-hour orientation held once or twice a year after a Service to familiarize those wishing to become full members about Awakened Heart. In this class, you will learn about Awakened Heart's community-centric structure, the Ecclesiastical arm (comprised of the minister and licensed practitioners), its volunteer teams, and the responsibilities of membership.

After completing the New Member Class, those wishing to deepen their commitment to Awakened Heart through membership will be welcomed at a special ceremony with the congregation and will be eligible to vote at our annual meeting.