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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dances of Shakti, Fundamentals of Astrology, Tune Up for Your Soul, Co-Creation: Fifty Years in the Making, Serpent’s Kiss Meet and Greet, Deepening Into Sacred Love Through Tantra, Sacred Stream Center Open House, The DulciMates, Yemanja Arts Festival, A Witchy Class, Gaskell Ball, Music for Celtic Harp and Voice, Harps Galore!, No Ile service in February, Litha Faire Mid-Winter Psychic and Craft Faire, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Foundations of F(a)eri(e), The Medicine of Enchantment, Tea and Tarot, Liturgy of the Lady, Tea and Chanting with Rabbit

Dances of Shakti
A Facilitated Dance Journey of Empowerment for Women
with Veenaa Saynana ‘Laughing Dolphin’
Wednesday, February 22, 7:00-9:00PM, and four 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”

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.”

Tune Up for Your Soul
a Woman’s Sacred Circle
with Soul Coach Lis-Lotte Mariscal
Friday, February 24, 10:00AM-12:30PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation: $20-$40.  
Please RSVP to Lis-Lotte at 510-507-1907 or info@tuneupforyoursoul.com

“Start the New Year Off with Inner and Outer Clutter Clearing

Let's gather in sacred ceremony around a precious pot of Julie's herbal tea to cleanse our bodies, soothe our minds and talk about how Clutter Clearing - both inner and outer - truly can shift stagnant energies and create miracles in your life.  

I am a certified Soul Coach and creator of sacred space.  With my presence, playfulness, wisdom and love I gently and powerfully support Women to Step into the Light and again dare to Trust, Live and Express their True Intuitive Wisdom Powers of Creation - For the healing of The Earth, Themselves and Their Relationships.

In this powerful ceremony you will:
Learn about how Clutter Clearing as Modern Day Alchemy can have a profound effect on you and your life.
Learn how your inner clutter might be in the way of seeing yourself and others through loving eyes.
Get simple tips on how to get started without being overwhelmed.
Be guided on a Soul Journey to "he realm of inner and outer clarity and gain a new sense of who you truly are.
Believe me: YOU are SO MUCH MORE than your CLUTTER

I look forward to sitting in ceremony with you.

We all have glorious gifts to offer this beautiful Universe. - Show up and delight us with your presence.”

Co-Creation: Fifty Years in the Making
with Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, February 24, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Reading And Reception

In the course of their fifty years of marriage, Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller have collaborated as performers, playwrights, radio producers and puppeteers in bringing hundreds of stories to thousands of audiences. Now they wrestle with telling their own story - a chronicle of parenting, uprootings, successes and failures, paganism, polyamory, spiritual searching, dancing naked around bonfires, strict accounting practices, and perpetual improvisation.

There will be a book sale and signing by the authors.

*Note: the date of this month's meeting has been changed in response to the Pantheacon Conference scheduled on our usual 3rd Friday meeting time.

Potluck   Feast

Since our gathering is at the dinner hour, we ask that you bring a potluck dish and/or non-alcoholic brew to share that serves 4-6 people. Let’s treat ourselves to a good meal. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.

We ask non-members to make a donation of $5-$3 to help us cover operating costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.”

Serpent’s Kiss Meet and Greet
with Orion Foxwood and Susan Diamond
featuring Sharon Knight in concert
Friday, February 24, 7:30-10:30PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477

“Susan Diamond and Orion Foxwood will be hosting a Meet and Greet Party with a Concert by our special guests Sharon Knight and Winter. Serpent's Kiss will be providing light snacks, wine, and soft drinks. Please feel free to bring snacks and drinks to share if you'd like.
Hope to see you there!”

Deepening Into Sacred Love Through Tantra
Exploring Sacred Sexuality and Romantic Arts
for Men
guided by Evalena Rose
Saturday, February 25, 10:00AM-6:00PM
RSVP for exact location in San Francisco
see website for registration details

A LoveJourney Event specifically for men who love men:
“Enjoy LoveJourney's deeply honoring style of awakening your sensuality:

Learn energy-moving breathwork, enjoy a sexual healing meditation that deepens your connection with self, and explore open-hearted, sacred interactions with others. Discover the nature of this amazing sacred path that opens you to more sexual aliveness and the ecstatic life.

Evalena guides the practice of erotic arts and heart-centered exchanges, that create joyous openings and profoundly pleasurable interactions. Enjoy a deeply-embodied and soulful exploration of presence, all held in a container of boundaries and unconditional love.

Enjoy Tantric breath practices that prepare the body for full body orgasm and the heart for sacred love
Learn techniques that activate vital energy centers and create ecstatic states
Open to your deep sensual nature
Deepen your connection to self, one another, and to Spirit

Bring a bag lunch and water.
Work exchange, scholarships are available.”

Sacred Stream Center Open House
Saturday, February 25, 12:00-4:00PM
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley

“Join us for a fun afternoon of socializing. Learn about our classes and training programs. Meet teachers, students and practitioners.

1:00PM: Dr. Isa Gucciardi gives a talk on Depth Hypnosis and answers your questions on Buddhist Psychology, Applied Shamanism, Depth Hypnosis, Integrated Energy Medicine and Transpersonal Psychology.

3:00PM: Panel discussion on Depth Hypnosis.”

The DulciMates
in concert
Saturday, February 25, 6:00-8:30PM
Hippie Gypsy Cafe, 1797-A Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
no entrance fee - tipping and cafe patronage encouraged!

“Post PantheaCon and Pre-Kickstarter Party!
The DulciMates, aka Deborah J. Hamouris and Buffalo, play two sets in their Dulcimers Without Borders style. Traditional and contemporary folk, with a smattering of Swing tunes and originals.
Pledge to the Snapshots Kickstarter campaign while at the cafe and receive a free download card of the first four cuts!
For more info about the recording project and Kickstarter go to: http://kck.st/AjzgMq

Yemanja Arts Festival
presented by BrasArte
Saturday, February 25, 7:00PM
Casa de Cultura, 1901 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, 510-528-1958
$18 in advance, $20 at the door

“BrasArte presents the Seventh Annual Yemanja Arts Festival

Featuring a music, dance and singing performance in honor of the Yoruba Goddess Yemanja.

Please join us for this traditional Afro Brazilian and Cuban celebration of music singing and dancing

Special guests:
Renni flores
Luiz Badaro
Ana Carla Laidley
Susana Arenas
Las Que Son Son
Tika Morgan and Beleza Dancers
Jorge Alabe
Abel Damasceno
Mark "Bateria" Rendon

Bahian food by Sabor do Brasil
beer, wine and caipirinhas for sale

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.”

A Witchy Class
Saturday, February 25, 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!

Gaskell Ball
Saturday, February 25, 7:30PM
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

"Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society has been sponsoring Victorian Ballroom dances for over 20 years. We currently sponsor 6 balls a year at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland.
We have live music played by the Brassworks of San Francisco, a group of 5 brass horns and a
drummer led by Frank Davis. The dances feature Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna.

The general format of the dance is three 40 minute and one 30 minute sessions of live music, with three 20 minute breaks. We also occasionally have other entertainment during the breaks such as Morris dancing. The first set starts at 8:30 PM, with the last set ending at Midnight. Starting at 7:45 PM is a dance workshop where members of the Society quickly cover the basics of waltzing, polkas and the schottische.

Of course, the usual 19th, 20th and 21st century formal wear is always welcome.

Dress is 19th, 20th, or 21st Century Formalwear
Admission may be refused for those inappropriately dressed.

Refreshments are potluck finger food with the Society providing both fruit punch and ice water.

Upcoming dates:
April 28, 2012
August 4, 2012
October 27, 2012
December 15, 2012"

Music for Celtic Harp and Voice
with Diana Rowan and soprano Jennifer Paulino
Saturday, February 25, 7:30PM
7th Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 7th Avenue, San Francisco

“A favorite of Seventh Avenue Performances audiences, Celtic harper Diana Rowan is joined by the ethereal voice of soprano Jennifer Paulino as they share tales of love that transcend the boundaries of time, culture, and language.  Stories of scorned hearts, secret lovers, and jealous rivals are told through renaissance, baroque, and folk music.  Some tunes you may recognize, and some may charm and captivate you for the first time.  Don't miss this unique collaboration!”   ______________________________________

Harps Galore!
An Enchanted Evening with Celtic Harps and More
with Patrice Haan, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter
Saturday, February 25, 8:00PM
Wisteria Ways, 383 61st Street, Oakland
Donations, $15-$20 (sliding scale) cash only, given  at the door.  
All funds go to the musicians
Reservations strongly recommended.  Please RSVP to info@WisteriaWays.org
This is an INSIDE concert. Wheelchair inaccessible.

“Northern California House Concert series with both indoor and outdoor settings, Wisteria Ways, extends a welcome mat to you and your friends.
My lovely older Rockridge home has already been the host to several cultural events in the past few years. Now I'm moving forward, inviting a wide variety of acoustic music groups to share their artistry with the East Bay community.

To care for the members of our community with asthma, migraines, or Environmental Illness,
please consider using fragrance-free body, hair and laundry products to this venue so that
the concert is accessible to as many people as  possible

About the program and artists:

Best known for her sultry and seductive vocal performances with Tony Marcus in the Oakland-based jazz ensemble Leftover Dreams, Patrice Haan is increasingly being recognized for her songwriting.  Her tunes are often described as beautiful, gorgeous, poetic and evocative, healing our souls and our heartache with the palpable love and the poetry of the music. She has just completed a second album entitled Bluest Blue. Suffused with lakes and the sea, half of the collection of song-paintings features harp and voice, and half showcases piano and voice.  Intuitive and poetic, Bluest Blue represents a broad spectrum of styles from meditative tone poems to jazzy blues and swing, featuring some of the West Coast of best jazz instrumentalists.

Aryeh Frankfurter has been delighting audiences around the globe with his passionate, enduring and evocative music since 1994. His uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and Swedish Nyckelharpa, his multi-instrumentalist abilities and his numerous critically and commercially successful albums have earned him credit as a musician, recording and performance artist of extraordinary talents and abilities.

Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She specializes in Traditional acoustic folk instruments and is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies that transcend category and genre. Lisa is a Windham Hill recording and performing artist that has placed in the Top 10 Billboard Music Charts and surpassed one million in CD sales. Lisa also created and oversees Therapeutic music programs in several California hospitals.

These three musicians met late at night in a dark crowded hotel room at a music conference where there were at least 100 strings in the same room and the magic was strong. This is their first opportunity to meet again and share their music.”

No Ile service in February

The next Ile Orunmila Oshun service at The Sacred Well will be on Sunday, March 25.

Litha Faire Mid-Winter Psychic and Craft Faire
Sunday, February 26, 11:30AM-6:00PM
Los Gatos Opera House, 140 W Main Street, Los Gatos
$7, children 12 and under free

“The Litha Faire Group is a coalition of local artisans, psychics, healers, performers, and people who care about healing the planet.
The Litha Faire project was borne out of a need to unite people of like mind in a positive way. The economic downturn in our country has had negative repercussions for all of us. Many of us are feeling downtrodden due to the recent cycle of events.
Our group has chosen to approach these challenging times from a positive perspective and view it as an opportunity for a spiritual renaissance!
Although it feels as if Pandora’s box has been opened and unleashed in the world once again, Litha Faire is here to remind all of us of the one thing left in the box after all the calamity had passed… and that was…

We may not be able to change the world instantaneously, but we can change the way we live in it.”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, February 26, 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!”

Foundations of F(a)eri(e):
The Iron Pentacle
with Storm Faerywolf
Sunday, February 26, 1:00-3:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Please pre-register by phone at 925-933-2342

“The Iron Pentacle is one of the most important tools of self-transformation that the Feri tradition has to offer. In this class we will delve into each of the five points of Sex, Pride, Self, Power, and Passion, to see how they play out in our lives, as well as invoke this symbol in ritual to see how and where we are in or out of balance so that we may then begin to reclaim our lost power.

Storm Faerywolf is a practicing warlock and priest in the Feri tradition of witchcraft where he holds the Black Wand. He has studied various forms of magic and spiritual practice for almost 25 years and has taught classes for over 17.”

The Medicine of Enchantment
with Meredith Sabini
Sunday, February 26, 3:00PM
Point Reyes Books, 11315 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station, 415-663-1542

“Meredith Sabini, Ph.D., director of The Dream Institute of Northern California, widely published author, popular public speaker, and Jungian scholar, will present a 30-minute performance, The Medicine of Enchantment: C. G. Jung as Culture Shaman, which she created all in Jung’s own words to showcases his prophetic observations and inspired remedies for the plight of our times. The performance is based on her book, The Earth Has a Soul: Jung on Nature, Technology, and Modern Life, a compilation from his letters, interviews, speeches, seminars, and memoir. Discussion follows.”

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, February 26, 4:00-6:00PM, and the fourth Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Donations accepted to cover cost of tea

“Tarot lovers of every skill level will enjoy Tea and Tarot. Each month we will explore a new facet of working with the cards, examining multiple meanings, layouts, and learning how to express our insights with others.”

The Fellowship of the Spiral Path welcomes you to attend….
Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of The Maiden
Sunday, February 26, 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.

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, March 25. Please share this invitation with your friends.”

Tea and Chanting with Rabbit
Tuesday, February 28, (and the fourth Tuesday of each month)
Meet for tea at 7:30PM, chanting begins at 8:00PM for 30 minutes
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

“Join Rabbit for an evening of "the herbal and the verbal." After sharing information about this month's unique, delicious herbal tea, and explaining this month's mantra, we will chant for approximately 30-50 minutes.  

Beginners are always welcome at every class. Join us to drop in, center, and recharge your batteries!”

Have a Tuneful, Harmonious Week that’s just your Cup of Tea!

Molly Blue Dawn

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