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Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies

Oakland Based Wellness Temple

Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies is a Temple focused on spiritual and wellness studies. Formerly known as the Shaolin Buddhist Temple and Education Foundation (Originally Founded in 2006 by Monks from the Shaolin Monastery). We have expanded our organization to include a broader spectrum of education. Being enriched and infused with the progressive flow of the bay The Deep Root evolved. We house and support programs including Spiritual Development, Meditation, Kung Fu, Qigong Tai Chi and other wellness arts.

Enriching our community and world with enlightenment studies from the spiritual, martial, and mental wellness arts. Creating a learning environment for the enrichment and healthy transmission of treasured and timeless information.


Sheldon Callahan

Executive Director
Head Instructor

Kelli Pilkinton

Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Board Member

Koren Pilkinton

Board Member


Temple and School

The Deep Root is our Temple and Cultural Community Center curated by the Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies(501c3), which focuses on the deepening and disseminating Spiritual, Martial and Wellness arts. We host a learning environment for the community and teachers of these arts with the healthy transmission of timeless treasured information.


Shaolin Life

Martial Studies program of Shaolin Kung Fu, Meditation, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi.

Pan African Dance Program

Traditional Congolese, Senegalese and African Diaspora Genres.

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