Santa Sabina Center

Contemplative Concert Series

Enter into the hidden beauty of Santa Sabina’s inner cloister garden and neo-Gothic chapel for a unique musical and artistic experience. The contemplative concert series is designed to feature the intersection of the arts in service of celebrating beauty and the sacred. The series features Bay Area musicians who are nationally or internationally recognized.

Every concert is followed by a garden reception providing an opportunity to meet the musicians. The Center is fully handicap accessible and parking is available. Concerts begin at 3 pm and the suggested offering is $20.

February 12, 2017 – Earthly Delights

Featuring MusicAEterna

MusicAEterna’s Earthly Delights includes Darius Milhaud’s joyous Suite and Peter Schickele’s jazzy and lyrical Quartet with guest artist, Tom Rose, clarinet and Michelle Kwon, cello. The collaborative world premier entitled Earthly Delights, by Aenea Keyes is inspired by Hieronymus Bosch's famous painting—Garden of Earthly Delights—and also celebrates the work's fifth centenary anniversary. MusicAEterna is Santa Sabina's Ensemble-in-Residence, featuring Aenea Keyes, violin, and Miles Graber, piano.

May 21, 2017 – Music of the Spheres: Celestial Harmonies and Earthly Overtones of the Early Baroque

Featuring Amy Michele White & Dominic Schaner

Music of the Spheres celebrates the connection between heaven and earth with songs from 17th century Italy, England and France, solos from Vincenzo and Michelagnolo Galilei (father and brother to Galileo), and readings from Robert Fludd and Johannes Kepler.

The philosopher/artist/musician Robert Fludd (1574-1637) developed a mathematical system to relate the Copernican movement of the planets to the measurements of strings on the lute. Fludd's system, like the Greek philosophers he admired, supposed that the orbits of the spheres corresponded to earthly overtones. Fludd saw the universe as a musical instrument played by the soul or spirit of the world.  Music became a reflection of the divine.  

Amy Michele White and Dominic Schaner delight in bringing early medieval music to modern audiences. White and Schaner commonly explore themes of contemplation, inward reflection, mysticism and poetic vision. Their music seeks to divine a glimpse of poetry and mysticism through fleeting and free spirited improvisation, contemplative solos and dramatic songs interspersed with quiet instrumental meditations and select recitations.


Art-Meditation Retreats

By appointment

Saturdays 10:30 am-2:30 pm

The Way of Hand Papermaking

“Where self and nature reconnect…”
…in shared silence
A contemplative day of hand papermaking from natural fibers with papermaker Harriet Hope. Space for each session is limited.

Please contact Harriet at 415.259.9440 or hhope24@gmail.com.

Fee: $60, includes materials and Japanese bento box lunch.