What do you wish for?

Do you base our choices on what you want, or what you think you're supposed to want? Let yourself feel what you feel and want what you want, THEN engage your mind in the process. The best wishes are born from your heart.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, February 15, 2012

American Sabbats: Valentines Day, Dreaming Beyond Ourselves, Dances of Shakti, Care of She, Goddess/Angelic Healing, Energy Healing for Men, America Who?, Drum Circle at The Mystic Dream, 13 Moon Introductory Series, Queen of the Sun, Astrology: Mars Retrograde, The Ruby Tent, PantheaCon, Family Carnival Ball, ShivRatri, Wake Up Laughing, The Lion In Winter, Mahashivaratri, Sailing on the Soul-Stream, South Bay Pagan Salon, Monthly Dinner at the Dream Institute, Fundamentals of Astrology 4

American Sabbats with Rabbit
Valentine's Day discussion and ceremony
Wednesday, February 15, 7:00-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Rabbit invites believers of all faiths to join her in a series of Round Table discussions and Interfaith ceremonies in celebration of secular American holidays. These holidays drum up a tremendous amount of energy and cross the borders of many different spiritual traditions, but to what purpose? How can we, as Keepers of the Old Ways and Creators of New Traditions, channel this energy toward the highest good for all?

Rabbit will offer a brief presentation on the history of each holiday, its cultural meanings in the US, and then will open a dialogue around how spiritual practitioners might choose to observe these days in sacred ways, engage with them critically and intellectually, and invest them with a deeper personal sense of meaning. The evening will conclude with a ritual to focus the energy around the holiday toward healing and well-being for our nation and our world.”

Dreaming Beyond Ourselves
Wednesday, February 15, 7:00-9:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“Meredith Sabini will be teaching a new series showcasing contemporary research and developments in the fields of Sleep, Dreams, and Dreaming. This first of three meetings highlights Dreaming Beyond Ourselves. It's commonly said that dreams mainly concern the dreamer. But empirical evidence now shows how often we dream about others. Guidelines for identifying these dreams will be offered.

Dr. Sabini is a Licensed Psychologist in the field since 1972 and a state-certified Continuing Education Provider for psychologists and psychotherapists. Her doctoral dissertation was on dreams in nonwestern healing traditions. From 1977 to 1997, she practiced individual psychotherapy. Since 1997, she has been doing individual and group Dream Consultation for both therapists and the general public, teaching Continuing Education seminars on dreams, and doing dream assessment training for interns. Her publications focus on dreams related to a wide range of topics: dreams and illness; creativity, spiritual experience, and reincarnation; the dying process; cultural change; evolution, and our relation with nature. She founded The Dream Institute in 2003.”

Dances of Shakti
A Facilitated Dance Journey of Empowerment for Women
with Veenaa Saynana ‘Laughing Dolphin’
Wednesday, February 15, 7:00-9:00PM, and five 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”

Care of She: Rockin' the Heroine's Journey
(and knowing what to do when it rocks you!).
with Jamie Walters and Katrina Martin Davenport
Thursday, February 16, 10:00AM-12:30PM, and 3 more Thursdays
Tele-Class - register at website below for call details
$149 if registered before February 3, $249 after February 3

“Transformation. Change. Uncertainty. Heightened Sensitivity. And let's not forget the fear that gets stirred up!

Welcome to the Heroine's Journey - not something we're told much about in our culture!

We'll explore this Heroine's Journey more deeply in this Care of She tele-class series - so you can Rock the Heroine's Journey (and know what to do if you feel rocked by it!).

At Ivy Sea, we'll help you clear your head, clarify your authentic vision, and refine your communication, so you can express your unique mojo in the world in heartful ways.

The Feminine Mojo available to each of us includes innate gifts like intuition, vision, imagination, deep listening, delight, and more.

Activating your Feminine Mojo is essential for authentic expression, conscious leadership, and an inspired and well-lived life - particularly in these times of uncertainty and transformation.”

Goddess/Angelic Healing: Having It All
with Chris Beals
Thursday, February 16, 10:30-11:30AM,
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$15 per session
Please pre-register by phone or at the website below

“Women, Money and Love. How to have a career and loving relationship at the same time. How does your relationship with yourself limit your ability to have it all? Chris will incorporate Angel Wisdom/Healing with powerful meditations to assist you in achieving ALL your goals. Come and attune with the loving, caring, prosperous, abundant woman that you truly are!

Chris Beals of Pathways is dedicated to facilitating and nurturing the inner spirit. Chris Beals has been a radio talk show host and meditation teacher in the SF Bay Area for 25 years. Chris also does clairvoyant readings by phone Monday, Tuesday, and Sundays noon-7:00PM! My personal goal is to empower every person I meet. I look forward to meeting you!

Each week the topic and information will vary, attending all of the sessions is encouraged, but not required.”

Energy Healing for Men
with Robert Kandarjian
Thursday, February 16, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View, 650-988-9800
Free, but call to reserve a seat

“The intention of this men's group healing is to assist men in bringing their energy into harmony and balance in all aspects of their lives. In a safe and compassionate healing environment, Dr. Robert Kandarjian DC, Medical Intuitive, and healer to the stars, addresses the issues that men face, employing Intuitive Energy Healing, a shamanic healing modality utilized by healers for thousands of years. Experience your personal healing in a supportive and caring environment, and release the childhood, family, cultural, and work stresses that affect body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Dr. Kandarjian is the author of The Masculine Heart: What Makes Men Tick.”

America Who?
presented by The Ragged Wing Youth Ensemble
Thursday-Saturday, February 16-18,
Thursday 7:00PM, Friday 5:00PM, Saturday 4:00PM and 7:00PM
Envision Academy Theater, 1515 Webster Street, Oakland
Adults $10-$20 sliding scale, Students $5, Children under 10 $2

“If America were standing in front of you, what questions would you ask her?
Would you attack, ignore, congratulate, forgive?
What if you looked up and saw that the person being called America was you?

Using Allen Ginsberg's poem America as inspiration, the Ragged Wing Youth Ensemble makes a direct address to our country in this show.  The story travels from an Oakland high school to a McDonald's to an Elvis-themed chapel in Las Vegas. Along the way we meet a cowboy, an American Idol contestant, a cheeseburger addict, Miss America, and a bunch of kids who are gathering their courage to face the America that awaits them when they graduate from high school.  Using American archetypes and their own inner experience of un-define-ability, these young artists show how each generation creates a new America while also being shaped by their past.

The Ragged Wing Youth Ensemble is a committed group of East Bay Area teens who train in physical theater, design and arts management, write, direct, produce and perform in original plays, and apprentice with Ragged Wing’s professional productions.  In addition to teaching youth about theater, we provide a safe and empowering environment where they learn professionalism, self-expression, collaboration, leadership skills, and how to turn their interests and talents into a sustainable career in the arts or beyond.”

Drum Circle at The Mystic Dream
Friday, February 17, 6:30-8:30PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“The drum circle is for everyone no matter skill level! Bring your drum and a good attitude! Our space is sacred, yet casual.”

13 Moon Introductory Series
Friday, February 17, 7:00-9:00PM (and the third Friday of every month)
Aphrodite’s Closet, 1201 Park Street, Alameda
Please call 510-521-3313 to pay and reserve your space

“Learn more about the 13 archetypes of the Divine Feminine and how to live and be seen as the Goddess you are! Go away with practical ways to connect with your authentic Divine self. This is a bite-sized taste of the 13 Moon Mystery School's journey into the Divine Feminine. Come add YOUR magic to the mix!”  

Queen of the Sun:
What Are the Bees Telling Us?
film screening
Friday, February 17, 7:00PM
The Historic Bal Theatre, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro

“Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of The Real Dirt On Farmer John. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.”
Astrology: Mars Retrograde
with Margaret Cole
Friday, February 17, 7:30-9:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244
$5-$10 sliding scale

“Mars is  retrograde from Jan 23 to April 14. Surgery is usually not recommended at this time. What does it mean for you? How does it affect your horoscope. Bring your horoscope or come early to have one made at Ancient Ways for $5.”

The Ruby Tent
Friday, February 17, 7:30-9:30PM, and one Friday or Saturday evening each month
The Red Tent, 15495 Los Gatos Boulevard, Suite C, Los Gatos, 408-365-4905
an event for teen girls

“This unique opportunity for your teen daughters, happens once a month at The Red Tent. It is a wonderful opportunity for your teen daughters to spend an evening out with their girlfriends or alone, in a safe and sacred place that honors and celebrates womanhood!

The teen years are such a powerful and tender time in a young woman's life... the Ruby Tents are supporting these young women in honoring their truth!

The Red Tent invites Teen Ladies to join us for an evening of information, support and understanding.

The Ruby Tent

An Intimate monthly circle based on the spirit of the Red Tent to discuss Maturing into Womanhood

All circles will include an opening meditation, sharing of stories, fact-based information, chocolate and other decadent goodies, and time for (anonymous) questions-on or off- topic. This is a safe space for teens to come together and share in a group of caring, supportive women.

Facilitated by Jeanna Lurie, Mother, Yoga Teacher specializing in women's yoga, Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Teen Educator.

Due to the sensitive nature of the subject material, mothers are invited to call Jeanna at 408-743-5692 with any questions or concerns.”

Friday-Monday, February 17-20 (President's Day Weekend)
Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose
$75 for the whole weekend,  $35 for a single day, $20 for an evening only (after 5:00)

An enormous, magical, festive and reverent gathering of Pagans from all over the world!

Family Carnival Ball
presented by BrasArte
Saturday, February 18, 5:00-10:00PM
Casa de Cultura, 1901 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, 510-528-1958
$5 children, $10 adults

“Special Children's Activity:
5:00-7:00PM Craft Workshop Making Custom Headpieces
($10 for Kit)

BrasArte is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the traditional dance and music of Brazil and to developing opportunities for cultural exchange between dancers and musicians of all ages from Brazil and the United States.”

Saturday, February 18, 6:00-8:30PM
Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center, 820 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato, 415-884-2314
Free, please RSVP to anubhuti@bkwsu.org or 415-884-2314

“This is one of the most auspicious and revered days in the Indian Calendar - a memorial of the incarnation of God Shiva coming into the world to free it from darkness, sorrow and suffering.
Who is Shankar? Are Shiva and Shankar the same? Then why is it Shivratri, Shivlingam and not Shankar? Who is He? What happens when Shankar opens his third eye?
Lets see and understand through the live replica of Shiva and Shankar to discover the answers of many secrets of the significance of the auspicious day of Mahashivratri, on the birthday of Shiva who is Svayambhu (Self Creator). Let's celebrate a unique, divine birthday, a relationship of unconditional love with the promise of security and happiness.

Program includes:
Cultural Dance - Live Music - Video - Talk - Meditation - Aarti - Vegetarian Dinner”

Wake Up Laughing
with Swami Beyondananda
Friday, February 18, 8:00PM
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Wake Up Laughing - because there’s definitely something funny going on!

Swami Beyonananda in a hilarious comedy act that's guaranteed to keep you laughing at the intelligent wordsmithing the famous Swami offers. $20 pre-sale $25 at the door. Also pre-show dinner available by reservation at the Isis Oasis Sanctuary $20 by reservation only.

Swami Beyondananda can really keep an audience in stitches with his clever play on words. His subjects speak of new ways for humanity to carry in on this new age, politically, metaphysically and metaphorically.

The old adage ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ actually has a wealth of scientiļ¬c research to support it. Many studies have linked laughter to improvements in physical health, relationship, and emotional wellbeing.  Love and Laughter go together so take your Valentine to this delightful
evening at the unique Isis Oasis Sanctuary.

Swami will speak on political affairs and the peace process conveyed with wisdom and wit. He has written a number of books with such titles as Driving Your Own Karma, Duck Soup for the Soul, and many others as well as CDs that will be on hand for you to purchase.

All proceeds go to aid the creatures who live at Isis Oasis Sanctuary!”

The Lion In Winter
Friday-Saturday, February 18-19,
Friday dinner at 6:30PM, show at 7:30PM
Saturday matinee 2:00PM
Final weekend!
The Belrose Theater, 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael
Friday $35 for dinner and show, $25 show only
Saturday $25
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.”

Great Night of Lord Shiva
Sunday, February 19, 7:30PM-7:00AM (all night long)
MA Center, 10200 Crow Canyon Road, Castro Valley, 510-537-9417

“Om Amriteswaryai Namaha

On Sunday evening, February 19 (2/20 in India), we will celebrate Mahashivaratri, the great festival of Lord Shiva. Spiritual practices done on this night are considered to be especially auspicious and beneficial. This will be an all night event from 7:30PM-7:00AM. Staying awake is symbolic of the kind of awareness and oneness of purpose that a spiritual aspirant needs to reach the goal.  You are welcome to join us for any or all of the program.

The schedule will include a puja (ceremonial worship) to Lord Shiva, 1,000 Names of Lord Shiva, group chanting, bhajans (devotional singing), meditative dancing around the lamp and more. Dinner will not be served. However, chai and snacks will be available throughout the night. Proceeds will benefit Amma's charitable activities.

The night will culminate with a Homa (sacred fire ceremony) which will begin at 4:00AM. All are welcome to attend free of charge and receive the spiritual benefit. If you wish to sign up for a special intention to have the Homa done in your name or in the name of a family member or friend, please contact: events@ammachi.org for a list of options and prices.”

Sailing on the Soul-Stream
From Past-Life Illusion to Continuous Soul-Life Reality
with Orion Foxwood
Monday, February 20, 7:30-10:00PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
$35-$55 sliding scale, please call to reserve a space

“Join us! The Monday after Pantheacon for an intimate workshop with Orion Foxwood.

Orion and his spirit wife, Brigh, have found that the concept of past-life regression may not be the best approach to humanity accessing the fullness of its soul-life. The use of such a term suggests a series of starts and stops, aliveness and dead-ness, and does not reflect the continuity of life that sets in our soul's memory. In this workshop Orion will discuss the concept of the soul-stream as a continuity of life that sets at our center. He will lead us in visionary work to access this stream and to remove trauma that prevents the wholeness of our soul and the retrieval of our fullness.”

South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, February 21, 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

Monthly Dinner at the Dream Institute
Wednesday, February 22, 6:00-8:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
Two levels:
$15 for those on limited budgets
$40 for those who can make a donation to help support The Dream Institute

“The dinners we hosted last fall were a great success, so we will have them regularly now. Meet upcoming presenters and enjoy conversation with kindred folks. It's a great way to visit The Dream Institute and learn more about what we do.

Our monthly dinners began last fall and were occasions for spontaneous, informal, soulful conversation among those attending. We will host these regularly throughout the coming year, on the third or fourth Wednesday of the month.
Delicious food is provided by Poulet http://www.pouletdeli.com with vegetarian and vegan options. We can seat comfortably only about 15, so reserve your place early; you can also call a few days before and listen to our outgoing message about space availability.

Upcoming Monthly Dinner dates:
March 21
April 18
May 23
June 20 (Solstice)
July 25

The Dream Institute is an experimental cultural center founded in 2003. It has come into being during this time known as the shift or the great turning. Our offerings include weekend workshops, daylong seminars, evening salons, film series, professional training, art exhibits, retreats, and dream-based performances. We are also the West Coast center for Culture Dreaming. Programs and events are open to the public; continuing education seminars are for professionals in the healing arts. We do not advocate any single philosophical, psychological, spiritual, or religious viewpoint toward dreams or personal growth.

Dreams are a natural resource, democratically available to all, yet vastly underutilized today. Most cultures throughout history have called upon dreams for information and guidance. Dreams are more relevant than ever at this time of upheaval and transition. Our mission is to offer program participants a soulful experience and to restore dreams, as an ancient wisdom source, to a place of respect in contemporary society.”

Fundamentals of Astrology 4:
Insights into Relationships
with astrobarry
Thursdays, February 23, 7:30-9:30PM, and three more Thursdays, March 1, 8 and 15th
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$140 for all 4 classes, registration required - please call 510-444-9355

“In Part Four of astrobarry's 4-part astrology course, we will focus on the different ways to use astrology to interpret the dynamics at play in our interpersonal relationships.  We'll examine which types of relationships likely to be most fulfilling to an individual, based on factors present in the birthchart. We'll also learn how to look at two birthcharts together, analyzing the planetary interaspects between them using synastry.  This allows us to better understand the unique blessings and challenges specific to the relationship.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals 1 , 2 and 3, or the basic ability to understand a birthchart and planetary transits. Contact the store to see if this class is right for you.”

Have a Drumming, Dancing, Healing, Caring Ball this Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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