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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Art of the Silk Road, Dances of Shakti, Beyond the Well, Introduction to Runes, A Winter's Evening Under the Night Sky, A Fool’s Errand, New Fire, Dances with Wings, Diavolo Dance Theatre, A Witchy Class, Persephone in the Underworld, An Evening of SAKI, Bones Quigley, Introduction to the Shamanic Journey, The Lion In Winter, Ile Orunmila Oshun, CAYA Sprouts Imbolc, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Lycanthropos, South Bay Pagan Salon, Body Therapy Demonstration, Honoring Relationships, Write a Love Letter to Yourself from Spirit

Art of the Silk Road
Wednesday, January 25, 6:30-8:00PMPM
Stafford Meeting Room, Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda

“LauraBeth Nelson, a docent from the Asian Art Museum will present a program on the Art of the Silk Road.

The lecture discusses the world’s oldest international highway, on a voyage that spans six centuries (AD 600-1200). Using works of art from the Asian Art Museum, the program showcases four representative cities: Xi’an, China’s Tang Dynasty capital; Turfan, a bustling oasis; Samarakand, home of prosperous merchants; and Baghdad, a meeting place for scholars, scientists, and philosophers.”

Dances of Shakti
A Facilitated Dance Journey of Empowerment for Women
with Veenaa Saynana ‘Laughing Dolphin’
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00-9:00PM, and eight more Wednesdays through March 21
Seventh Heaven Yoga Body Awareness Center, 2820 Seventh Street, Berkeley
$230 for the whole series, drop-in price $25
please register in advance at website below
Women only
for more information, contact Veenaa Saynana at veenaasaynana@gmail.com

“Dances of Shakti include improvisation, dance, and authentic movement and opens doorways into the realms of endless possibilities. We start off with a theme that everyone is invited to explore and delve deeper if they choose. Each class starts with a short warm-up that includes breathing and gentle yoga stretches. The pace then picks up with up-tempo music. Each participant is encouraged to move at her own pace. A safe container is provided for each woman to explore her creative expression of her sensuality and sexuality, thereby allowing for her full expression of her feminine self. Participants will be guided to explore the creativity and wisdom within their bodies through facilitated paired dancing and group work that may include improvisation and authentic movement.
The class ends with a meditative piece which may include deep journeying, visualization, sound healing and more.

Provide an avenue for women to heal their femininity
Provide a safe container for women to express their sensuality freely
To help women get in touch with the wisdom of their bodies and their intuitive gifts
To teach powerful yet easy to learn tools to build confidence, self-esteem and trust”

Beyond the Well: the Importance of Water to the Maasai
with Maasai Warrior and Elder Sabore Ole Oyie
Thursday, January 26, 6:30-8:30PM
Learning Lodge, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose
$10, reservations required, please call 408-794-6404

“Come join Maasai Warrior and Elder Sabore Ole Oyie as he describes to you what growing up amongst the wild animals was like, being lucky enough to attend school, becoming a warrior and realizing the value of maintaining your  culture.
He will also discuss the importance of a clean water source for his community and his pursuit in making this a reality.

$5 will go towards the efforts to build a well in Sabore’s village and $5 towards Happy Hollow’s conservation efforts.”

Introduction to Runes
with Allie Thompson-Ray
Friday, January 27, 7:00-9:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244
$5-$10 sliding scale

“Come and spend an evening learning about one of the oldest forms of divination. Runes are an alphabet used by the Ancient Norse, and have theirown magical associations. In this class, we will study the meanings behind each rune, as well as a very brief history of the Elder Futhark. You do not need to have your own set of runes, but do bring a notebook and pen in case you wish to take notes. A handout will be provided.”

A Winter's Evening Under the Night Sky
with Stargazer Li
Friday, January 27, 8:00-10:30PM
RSVP to info@stargazerli.com for exact location in Sebastopol
$20, adults only, limited to 20 people

“By popular demand, this is my first ever (and possibly only this year) Winter Stargazing Evening...

Bundle up and come join us for an evening out in a field under the stars, guided by a green laser wand, learning to find your way around the night sky and the names of the stars and constellations, while hearing stories from many different times and cultures. We’ll see Jupiter and Orion, and the Dog Star, and Taurus, the Sacred Hoop, and so much more...
Limited space is available, only room for 20 cars, so register soon!
To sign up, email me with the number of adults that will be attending (and in how many cars). I’ll email back to confirm you're on the list and then I'll email you details on the location and what to bring later in the week before the event.”

Stars in the Sacred Hoop, aka the Winter Hexagon:

Stargazer Li talking about the Sacred Hoop in December 2010:

A Fool’s Errand
presented by Ragged Wing Ensemble
Friday-Sunday, January 27-29, Friday and Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
Envision Academy, 1515 Webster Street , Oakland

“The Fortune Project Chapter 1: A Fool’s Errand, created by the Ensemble and directed by Ragged Wing core artist David Stein, is an experiential journey into the nature of doubt, shame, and desire. Using mask performance, circus arts, live music, and site specific performances, the ensemble creates a unique experience for the audience throughout a historic Julia Morgan-designed building in the heart of Oakland's downtown.

Ragged Wing Ensemble opens 2012 with a series of interactive performance events exploring the theme of Fortune.

We investigate how the universe speaks to us through our daily interactions: road signs, dreams, messages and images that find us when we most need them or warn us from going down the wrong path.

How can we take responsibility for our own destiny, while also accepting the cards we are dealt?

Each of the four chapters explores an aspect of this question from a different perspective. This 6 month project will culminate in an evening of pieces in late May directed by various ensemble members.

Upcoming performances:
Chapter 2: Atomic Intuition, March 9-11
Chapter 3: Dangerous Curves Ahead, April 23-May 13
Chapter 4: The Fortune Project: The Complete Works, May 23-27

Ragged Wing Ensemble is a collective of artists who create innovative work for the theater, drawing our theatrical vocabulary from physical theater, dance, clowning, mask work and puppetry. We seek to redefine classic stories, folktales and myths by creating original interpretations and placing them in new contexts. Our process is collaborative - from the  management of the company to the creation of our pieces, from our educational programs to our commitment to low ticket prices and audience involvement.”

New Fire
a play by Cherrie Moraga
Friday-Sunday, January 27-29, Friday - Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
final week
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

“In celebration of Brava's 25th anniversary, Brava is thrilled to have Cherrie Moraga, one of Brava's founding members, back for this inspiring tale. Theater and ceremony at once, New Fire follows the sacred geography of indigenous American ancestors to tell a post-modern story of rupture and return.”

Dances with Wings
with Heaven of SpiritDancing
Saturday, January 28, 2:00-4:30PM
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
$35 in advance, $45 at the door

“Dances with Wings!  and Other Things... An Ecstatic Playshop

Movement is medicine for body, mind and soul.  
No dance experience required... All are welcome!”

Diavolo Dance Theatre
Saturday, January 28, 3:00PM and 8:00PM
Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford University, Palo Alto
see website for ticket prices

“Don’t try this at home. Imagine: an enormous cube, center stage, splitting into columns and platforms and evoking a cityscape. Enter: Dancers, gymnasts, actors, athletes—above all, teammates… who work with and against the imposing structure. Aptly described by the Los Angeles Times for “acts of collective and individual heroism fused with the music in ways at once startling and uplifting,” Diavolo returns to Lively Arts with a special accent on music by local luminary John Adams.”

There will also be a free open rehearsal on Friday, January 27 at 2:00PM.
Details here: http://livelyarts.stanford.edu/event.php?code=DIAV-X2

A Witchy Class
Saturday, January 28, 7:00PM (and the fourth Saturday of every month)
Antioch Public Library, 501 W 18th Street, Antioch
Please RSVP - see Meetup page for more information

“Join us for a series of classes about the craft.
You will find a bit of everything; working within ritual space, energy workings, history, ethics,
And there's more, there's always more!”

Thanks to Ardys for letting me know about this event!

Persephone in the Underworld
an event for women
with Maya Spector
Saturday, January 28, 7:30PM
private home, 7225 Palm Avenue, Sebastopol
$25 ($20 for students and elders), no one turned away for lack of funds
Pre-registration required as space is limited.
Please call 650-329-1415, or email: mayaspector@hotmail.com

“Maya Spector Presents: The Persephone Cycle
Persephone in the Underworld

The first in a cycle of four seasonal events for women exploring the myth of Persephone
The story of Persephone and Demeter is the only major Greek myth centering on women’s experience.  Through storytelling, ritual, poetry, and conversation, we will consider the relevance of this ancient story to women today.  In this winter season, we will look at what the myth has to tell us about the dark of the year and our own underworld journeys.

Women are welcome to attend single events.”

An Evening of SAKI: The Short Stories of H. H. Munro
A Reader's Theater
adapted for Butterfield 8 by Donald L. Hardy
Saturday, January 28, 8:00-10:00PM
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Join us at Cue Productions Live for an evening celebrating the mischievous, witty, and sometimes macabre short stories of Saki. This master of the short story frequently satirized Edwardian culture and society, and influenced such writers as Noel Coward and P.G. Wodehouse.

This one night fund-raising event features our popular tea table setting, where you can enjoy a complimentary cup of tea while listening to The Open Window, Tobermory, and more. Additional beverages and appetizers will also be available. And, as always, the evening includes our ever-popular prize drawing (Peet's coffee, wine, and tickets to the upcoming B8 show of your choice)!

Tickets are only $20 in advance - available online through Brown Paper Tickets or by phone at 1-800-838-3006 (payment by debit/credit card only). Don't want to pay by credit card? Just call Butterfield 8 Co-Artistic Director Maureen Williams at 925-708-5074 to make a reservation. Payment at the door by cash, check, or debit/credit card will be cheerfully accepted, and you'll still receive the pre-sale rate!

Day-of-event tickets will also be available at the door beginning at 7:30 for $25. (we hope you'll buy  tickets in advance so we know how many people to plan for!)”

Bones Quigley in concert
featuring Albert Robles
Saturday, January 28, 8:00-10:00PM
Panama Red’s Coffee Company, 2115 1st Street , Livermore, 925-245-1700

This band features Albert Robles, the gifted drummer who livens up many CAYA rituals!

Introduction to the Shamanic Journey
Saturday-Sunday, January 28-29, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley, 415-333-1434
For more information, e-mail info@sacredstream.org

“Visioning your life through the Journey

The journey brings us into the liminal state of consciousness from which all creative inspiration springs. It is one of the oldest technologies for understanding the world of spirit and energy. It has been used by shamans, mystics, prophets and spiritual leaders for thousands of years as a vehicle for accessing inner guidance.

This method of accessing inner wisdom is available to us today. The emphasis in the teaching of the journey through the Foundation of the Sacred Stream’s classes is on helping you understand and interpret the language of the journey. We show you how to develop a journey practice that will support and sustain all areas of your spiritual inquiry. And we will show you how to use the vehicle of the journey to help you step into a more informed and dynamic approach to problem solving, into relating to yourself and into relating to those around you.

Although this class is a prerequisite for many of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream’s programs, it stands alone as one of the primary methods of transforming consciousness. With our inspired teaching of the journey, you will learn how to develop a new understanding of your life’s journey and you will be provided with tools that will help you achieve a greater understanding of your life’s purpose.”

The Lion In Winter
Friday-Saturday, January 28-29, dinner at 6:30PM, show at 7:30PM
(plays through February 19)
The Belrose Theater, 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael
$35 for dinner and show, $25 show only
for reservations, please call 415-454-6422

“Set during Christmas 1183 at Henry II of England’s chateau in Chinon, Anjou, Angevin Empire, the play opens with the arrival of Henry’s wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, whom he has had imprisoned since 1173. The story concerns the gamesmanship between Henry, Eleanor, their sons Richard, Geoffrey, and John, their guest, Philip II of France (the son of Eleanor’s ex-husband, Louis VII of France), and Philip’s half-sister, Alais, who has been at court since she was betrothed to Richard at age 8, but has since become Henry’s mistress.

The Lion in Winter is fictional; none of the dialogue and actions are historical, although the outcomes and the events leading up to the story are accurate.

Dinner Includes:
A wonderful Caesar Salad
Vegetarian (Artichoke) Lasagna
And we finish dinner off with a Delightful Strawberry and Cream Desert.
Beer and Wine Bar, coffee, tea, and soft drinks available.

The Belrose is a non-profit California Corporation, and has been in its current location, a historical landmark, since 1962.

The Dinner Theater is Marin County’s original.  A vast assortment of quality productions have been produced over the years including: Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, The Lion in Winter, just to name a few.  Many original productions have been presented over the years as well.  It was also voted Best Live Theater by The Pacific Sun.”

Monthly Temple Service with Ile Orunmila Oshun
Sunday, January 29, 11:00AM (and the last Sunday of every month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$10 donation requested
Please be 5 minutes early as we start the Temple Service promptly at 11:00AM

“Ile Orunmila Oshun, the Yoruba-based house of worship founded by Luisah Teish (author of Jambalaya), hosts its monthly Temple Service at The Sacred Well.

Join us at 11:00AM on the last Sunday of every month to explore the mysteries of the Orishas with Initiated members of the Ile's clergy. The powerful, ancient wisdom of Ifa is readily applied to modern situations, and each ceremony is a life lesson. At the end of the service, donations are gratefully accepted.”

CAYA Sprouts Imbolc
Sunday, January 29, 3:00PM
Berkeley - exact location given upon RSVP
Please RSVP to  hvnwalker@yahoo.com

“Imbolc translates from Gaelic to mean "ewe's milk." This is the Sabbat that announces the first promise of spring, as Mother Earth awakens from Her winter sleep and begins to stir. During this time we celebrate new beginnings and creativity. We also honor the Goddess Brigid/Brigantia the source of healing, song, and art. We will be planting seeds of intention for the spring and reading poetry to celebrate art and creativity. Please bring your favorite poem or short story to read and a snack to share.

Sprouts offers Sabbat rituals that are specifically designed for children up to age ten.
However, all self-identified families are welcome to attend.
Come and celebrate the Wheel of the Year with us!”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, January 29, 12:00-4:00PM, (and the last Sunday of every month)
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
$85 includes up to five people, advance registration required - see website

“On the last Sunday of each month, Sienna Ranch will open its doors for a special family and community day.  Come enjoy the activities, good company, healthy food, and the wholesome environment at Sienna Ranch.  Family Day is fun for all ages.  

Horse and pony rides, sustainability education and projects, archery, hayrides, survival skills activities, and more.  Bring your own picnic lunch or buy from one of our healthy food vendors.  

Family Days are on Sundays, 12:00-4:00PM.  
Family Day Pass is $85.

With the purchase of a family pass, you will get
admission to Sienna Ranch family day for up to 5 people
3 horse ride tickets
3 archery tickets
5 hayride tickets
participation in the featured hands-on sustainability or survival skill activity
unlimited animal visits to goats, sheep, chickens
special demonstrations, entertainment, or hands-on projects (vary from month to month)

Note: Food and special services offered at an additional cost.  For additional archery and horse ride tickets, please purchase a second family pass.

Family Days are limited to 40 families, so register soon!”

The Fellowship of the Spiral Path welcomes you to attend….
Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Brigid
Sunday, January 29, 5:00PM (and the last Sunday of every month)
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted
More information or special requests: LiturgyoftheLady@gmail.com

“The Liturgy of the Lady is an open celebration of the Goddess in Her many forms. She is the Maiden of youth, the Mother of culture, the Crone of wisdom, and She is mirrored in all life, death and rebirth. We honor Her with reverent and joyful singing, ritual activities, and opportunities to learn. Now in our fourth decade of offering this sacred service, we invite you to join us.

This month’s Liturgy is in honor of Brigid.

Objects may be charged on the altar during the rite. Wheel-chair accessible (let us know if you need someone to hold the door for you.) Family and child-friendly. Incense will be used in this ritual, unless requested in advance. Mark your calendar for the next Liturgy of the Lady, February 26. Please share this invitation with your friends.”

Lycanthropos: The Werewolf in Story and Song
with Tim Rayborn
presented by MusicSources
Sunday, January 29, 7:00 PM
Parish Hall, Saint Alban's Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Avenue, Albany
$30 - to reserve tickets, call 510-528-1685 or e-mail info@musicsources.org

“Tim Rayborn presents an eerie look into the enduring legend of werewolves, a belief which evoked fear and wonder from the Middle East, to the Balkans, to Ireland. These shape-shifters were feared in the Classical world, objects of pity during the Middle Ages, and feared again in the Renaissance.

Using spoken voice, song, and instruments, he will perform ancient, medieval, and Renaissance tales, from the tragic and noble werewolf of the Lai of Bisclaveret by Marie de France (late 12th c.), to the fierce man-wolves of the Icelandic Volsunga Saga (13th-c.). The program will begin with an invocation by Dionysian Maenads from ancient Greece, and the curse of King Lykaon from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and will close with a recounting of the terrifying true stories of Peter Stumpf in 16th-century Germany, and the mysterious account of 18th-century Beast of Gevaudan in the Haute-Loire of south-central France.

Tim will bring his arsenal of exotic instruments to this concert, including such rarities as lyres from ancient Greece, Scandinavia, and medieval Ireland, Pictish and medieval harps, the sistrum rattle, and other delights.

With special guest, Shirley Hunt, cello, and a gathering of surprise vocalists!

Come and experience a unique music and story-telling event!”

South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, January 31, 7:30PM (and the first and third Tuesday of every month)
Cafe at Books, Inc, 301 Castro Street, Mountain View
for more information, contact Jason Mankey at panmankey@gmail.com

Jason says:
“We'd like to formally invite you to join us the first and third Tuesdays of every month for the South Bay Pagan Salon. The SBPS is a discussion and networking group, dedicated to talking about "Pagan Things" and networking in the Bay Area. Generally we'll start each meeting with a specific topic to get the discussion rolling along, but after we get started it'll be rather open ended with the participants dictating where the discussion will go.

We hope you'll join us.

No donations required, heck, if you show up I just might buy you a cup of coffee.

If you've got questions, I might have answers. Email me (Jason) at panmankey@gmail.com

Body Therapy Demonstration
with Catherine MacGuiness, R.N.
Tuesday, January 31, 7:30-8:30PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
Free, please RSVP to Catherine at catherinemacg@sbcglobal.net or 925-324-7337

“Free Introduction and Demonstration of Cranio Sacral Therapy, Lymph Drainage Therapy
and Rosen Method Therapy with Catherine Mac Guinness R.N.

Come to learn more and to experience this amazing work and how it can be used .
Pain, Stress, Trauma of any kind, Lymph Drainage problems, Migraines and Headaches, Chronic neck and back pain, Chronic Fatigue, and Central Nervous System Disorders can all be treated and managed very successfully with this work.

Catherine is a registered nurse who practices:
Rosen Method
Swedish and Esalen Massage
Cranio Sacral Therapy
Lymph Drainage Therapy and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Integrated Energy Therapy
Biogenesis Healing

Her work combines a wide knowledge of the body with intuition and compassion to assist others in their healing process. She is conscious of the body, mind & soul connection.
Catherine came to the Bay Area following 17 years working as a nurse and midwife in West Africa. Her contact with native people and healers, with their groundedness and earth-based spirituality together with their natural connection to the spirit world has greatly influenced her healing work today.”

Honoring Relationships
with Sobonfu Some
Saturday-Sunday, February 4-5
Commonweal Garden, Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas, 415-868-9681
(exact location given with registration)
See website for pricing and registration details

“Join the Regenerative Design Institute in welcoming Sobonfu Some, author of The Spirit of Intimacy and Welcoming Spirit Home for this two-day, experiential workshop.
Are your relationships nurturing and celebrating your gifts?
Are you honoring the gifts in others?
We all struggle now and then with our closest relationships - marriage,partnership, friendship and community. In those times we need tools and processes that help deepen our connection to each other, to ourselves, and to nature. Our closest relationships require tending in order to thrive.
In this workshop, through practical advice, ritual and ceremony, Sobonfu will share the ancient knowledge of her West African culture, offering ways to make our intimate lives more fulfilling and secure, as well as, giving powerful insights into the illusion of romance, divorce, and loss.”

Sobonfu Some says:
"In Burkina Faso, a relationship is considered good if it makes it easier for both people to contribute their gifts to the community.”  

Write a Love Letter to Yourself from Spirit
a teleclass with Sue Kearney of Magnolias West
Monday, Ferbuary 13, 1:30-2:30PM
by phone, call details will be provided upon your RSVP
Cost: Open contribution - see details below
Women only
for more information, contact Sue at Sue@MagnoliasWest.com

Sue says:
“Beautiful woman...

In celebration of International Self-Love Day on February 13, let’s get together in a teleclass to celebrate the love you can feel for yourself so strongly when you’re connected to Spirit, to Source.

This is a love that will hold you in its soft embrace as you envision and act on all the audacious goals you’ve set for yourself in this new year. (Don’t worry if you haven’t set or completed your goals yet, on this call I will be guiding you to your own clear vision of what’s next for you, in all areas of your life.)

In the class you will write a love letter to yourself from Spirit (the Goddess, God, nature…) congratulating you on all the awesome actions you will have taken and goals you will have achieved by the time 2012 comes to a close.

Bonus! Your love letter will be mailed back to you. As a special bonus for attending this class, if you send me your love letter with a stamped and self-addressed envelope by March 20th, I'll hold it in a sacred place in my house until December 21st, when I'll send it back to you. You’ll get your very own love letter from Spirit in the mail! How fun—and powerful—is that?

Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
, Time: 1:30-2:30PM Pacific, 10:30–11:30AM Eastern. Can’t make the call live? No worries, there will be a recording that I can email to you.

To get your call-in details for the Love Letter from Spirit teleclass, all you need to do is RSVP on my Facebook event page (see link above). If you’re not on Facebook, send me a note (at the email address above), or a message on Twitter (www.twitter.com/MagnoliasWest), or send smoke signals. We’ll get you on the call!

Cost: Open contribution. That’s right! I want to fully share this work with you, from my own loving heart, and if you feel full and complete and grateful, and want to give back at the end, then I will invite you to make a contribution to me and my work, so that I can continue doing what I am meant to do. Please relax into this open contribution idea. Toward the end of the call, I will help you work out the right amount for you to donate. For now, please enjoy this beautiful self-loving process we will be sharing together.

Last thing: If you know a woman or two who would resonate with this working, please spread the word! Thanks...

Blessings and love,

Sue Kearney is also know as Raven of the Redwoods, Amazon High Priestess of Rhythmic Transformation!

Have a Week of Starry Love and Foolish Dancing,

Molly Blue Dawn

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