Our Common Home, a  church and counseling center

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Our Common Home providing artistic,  religious and psychological services to awaken to the moral and ecologic crisis as an invitation for spiritual growth and creating loving community with all of creation, caring for our common home, Mother Earth.

Counseling Center services include;Short and long term psychotherapy, Group therapy, Dream work, Trauma and addictions.  Pastoral Counseling and care of religious wounding, Spiritual Direction, Aging and Menopause.  Past Life Regression, Pre-marital counseling, Healing Rituals, Visual and performing arts therapies, Women's and eco-feminist issues, Energy Healing………..

Contact Bonnie (858) 248-5123,revtarwater@yahoo.com, ourcommonhomecounselingcenter.com

Co-founders: Dr. Walter Rutherford and Rev. Bonnie Tarwater

Our human family is undergoing a spiritual awakening as we experience  interconnected oneness and the sacredness of all life. 

Bridging head and heart, male and female, science and religion, East and West, right and left brain, body and spirit…. It is time to be innovative, create community and learn how to do inner work for personal and collective healing and transformation.Hope is alive because every crisis offers the invitation for psycho-spiritual growth. Our human family is undergoing a spiritual awakening as we experience interconnected oneness and the sacredness of all life. We will not find solutions to our individual or global crisis with the same means we used to create our crisis. Too often we "disable the fire alarm" in our psyches or souls and go into paralysis and unconsciousness. We are in a psycho-spiritual crisis as a human family with an escalating global ecologic crisis. Our Common Home Counseling Center asks what really matters.

Rev. Bonnie Tarwater 

Celebrating loving relationships as the deepest of all psycho-spiritual practices, Bonnie draws on her relationships with the sacred, the natural world, and as a wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend.   Integrating her vocation as  minister, artist, counselor, and dream worker she honors the divine feminine as an interfaith Spiritual Director and Pastoral Counselor.  Working previously in the professional theater she explores metaphor, symbol, color, dreams, visions, story, music, ritual, and dance for healing and transformation. Becoming a mother was a life changing mystical experience for Bonnie.  Experiences of divorce and domestic violence led to a raising of consciousness. She began an intense religious and spiritual search and went to seminary. Conversion experiences heighten her appreciation for the religious dimension in dreams,  visions and synchronicities. Bonnie is dedicated to a life of the spirit and service.

Ordained as a Unitarian Universalist in 1999, she has served as a parish minister, hospital and hospice chaplain and currently serves a new home church, Church for Our Common Home,

Churchforourcommonhome.com. Look at this web site for videos of sermons, interviews and more.

Honored to work with Dr. John B. Cobb Jr. on the ‘Seizing an Alternative’ ecology conference in 2015, Bonnie is dedicated to, ‘care for our common home’ our Mother Earth. BA, UCSD Visual Art, MFA, ACT Theater, CA Teaching Credential Art and Theater, USIU, Certified Marin Institute of Projective Dream Work M.Div. Claremont School of Theology, International Assoc. for the Study of Dreams SD Rep

Dr. Walt Rutherford

After life changing experiences serving in combat in the Vietnam war, Walt began working for peace. Clinically, he has served veterans and other survivors of violence and abuse including those addicted and suffering from trauma. In 1979 Walt became the Director of one of the first Vet Centers in the nation in Vermont, where he began his study of the phenomena later to be known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) Today he is known as a pioneer in the research and treatment of trauma therapies. In the 1980’s Walt began a study of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and its medical approaches. He has been fortunate to learn from many masters in this field. With a Ph.D. in psychology he has taught Buddhist Psychology in universities and dharma centers.

As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Walt is known for his work with couples, relationship counseling and, multi-generational issues. His approach is driven by the knowledge that warmth, empathy and love are necessary as the forces of healing. He believes in the need to treat the whole person – mind, body, and spirit.  Having been involved in the fields of counseling, consulting, and academic teaching for over forty years, Walt’s interest in positive mental states, optimum health, and innovative forms of healing and growth inform his service to others. Walt credits the many people he has co-created change with, as his teachers in becoming the person and therapist he is today.

After forty years of solo practice Walt is excited to co-create a dynamic center with his wife Bonnie, that models loving relationship.