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, March 20, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sacred Feminine Yoga, Monthly Dinner at the Dream Institute, New Moon Red Tent, Manifesting Abundance and Self-Love through Affirmations, Dances of Shakti, Group Vortex Healing, World Water Day, Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, Hot Greeks: The Cockettes Musical, Ostara 2012, The King of Masks, Organic Poultry Management, The Tempest, Becoming the Oracle, Sacred Stream Open House, Spring Equinox Celebration in the Sibley Labyrinth, Discover Your Core Values, The DulciMates, Celebrating World Water Day, A Witchy Class, Divine Play: Recreation for the Soul, The Legend of Hercules, Tree Walk, Ile Orunmila Oshun, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Let Your Light Shine, What Women Can Do, Sonic Alchemy: Transformational Song-Ritual, The Tarot and The Self, Family Square Dance, Tea and Tarot, Liturgy of the Lady in Honor of Eris and Murphy, Goddess Empowerment Dance, 101 Uses for a Tarot Deck, Tea and Chanting with Rabbit, Spring Fling at Filoli, CAYA’s Ball for the Bees, Spring into Elderflower

Sacred Feminine Yoga
Wednesday, March 21, 11:00AM-12:30PM, and one more Wednesday, March 28
The Goddess Garden Sanctuary, 211 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael
$15 per session
for more information, please contact Le’ema Kathleen Graham
at leema@dancingpriestess.com or 415-479-3892

“Receive a gentle restorative yoga practice to renew yourself for spring!
Easy poses to rejuvenate you, eliminating stress and habitually held tension in the body.
Personal attention assured in the supportive environment of my elegant home temple.

Le'ema Kathleen Graham is a visionary sacred dancer, ordained temple priestess, yogini and master teacher with over 30 years experience in the field of Somatics. Her work is featured in the book Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance. Her memoir Dancing the Inner Serpent: Memoirs of a Suburban Snake Priestess received a rave review in Conscious Dancer magazine. Her Snake Yoga: Sacred Feminine Wisdom instructional DVD was highlighted in the What's Hot section of Yoga Magazine.”

Monthly Dinner at the Dream Institute
Wednesday, March 21, 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:
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.”

New Moon Red Tent
at Terra’s Temple
Wednesday, March 21, gather at 6:45PM, circle 7:00-9:00PM
Terra's Temple, 654 Oakland Avenue, Oakland
$10 suggested donation
please RSVP to April at magikal1act@gmail.com

“With Spring in the air we will gather again in our women's circle. The monthly Red Tent Ceremonies at Terra's Temple are growing; let's keep the momentum building. These circles are a wonderful way to commune, celebrate, witness and explore all the varied issues and topics associated with our women's nature, bodies, and experiences.

This month's circle will focus on herbs and other remedies for our moon time. Facilitated by Temple Priestesses Makenna Berry Newton and April C. Taylor. We will explore in sacred space how to nurture ourselves.

Please bring easy snacks to share following our circle.  Wear red to embody the frequency of the Moon time.  All women welcome, mooning or not!”

Manifesting Abundance and Self-Love through Affirmations
with Lady Jesamyn Angelica
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00PM
private home in Hayward, RSVP for exact address
$25 in advance; $30 at the door
Contact SisterhoodoftheMoon@gmail.com for more information or to sign up

“The root of true abundance is Self-Love.  Learn how to sweep negative self-talk out of your life, using affirmations to create abundance and prosperity.  This class is a concise, hands-on, beginning exploration of manifesting prosperity in our own lives conducted within the supportive structure of Sisterhood and spirituality.  We will learn to open ourselves to releasing self-criticism, replacing those old thought patterns with self-love and connection.  Each woman will create at least one grounded affirmation to bring home into her daily life.

Lady Jesamyn is the High Priestess of Sisterhood of the Moon and the founder of the Matriotism Foundation.  She is an ordained Dianic Priestess, certified Herbalist and Holistic Health Practitioner.  Lady Jesamyn has been leading group ritual for women since 1998, and has been formally teaching magickal technique since 2007.

Contact SisterhoodoftheMoon@gmail.com for more information or to sign up.  Class size is limited to eight women.  We do not offer refunds.”

Dances of Shakti
A Facilitated Dance Journey of Empowerment for Women
with Veenaa Saynana ‘Laughing Dolphin’
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00-9:00PM, final week
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”

Group Vortex Healing
with Dragonfly
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00PM
Body Energy Center, 2939 Summit Street, Suite 301, Oakland, 510-467-8841
$20 Donation or pay what you can!
Please RSVP to Dragonfly at 510-467-8841 or Exlibrys13@yahoo.com

Dragonfly says:
“This week’s Vortex Group Healing, we will be focusing on Transforming Creative blocks and Strengthening the Energy system. We will work on how to ground yourself and your creative goals into the physical world. This healing can increase one's overall level of energy and vitality, as well as enhanced capacity for actualizing the desires one formulates as a result of inspiration from the spiritual realms.

This is a Merlin's Omega Level Healing that will deeply Nurture the Emotional and Physical body. So, come learn, share your magic and plant seeds of peace among all creatures.”

World Water Day
Thursday, March 22
see website for local events

“International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater.

Theme for 2012: Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry”

Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards
Thursday, March 22, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Redwood City Council Chambers, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
Free, please RSVP at the website below

“Recognizing the primacy of water to the health and economic vitality of our region and to the environment, the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards are presented to organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals whose programs and leadership have advanced water conservation in Silicon Valley (San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and Alameda County from Hayward south). Our coalition of 19 member organizations represents a diverse cross-section of respected parties concerned about water conservation and the need for a strategic response, both to the droughts and to a new era of water scarcity. The goal of the Awards is to raise awareness and celebrate outstanding achievements in water conservation through best practices, efficiency and innovation.”

Thanks to Elizabeth for letting me know about this event!

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, March 22, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$20 suggested donation

“Join a lively astrology discussion led by astrobarry in this informal interactive group experience. Topics covered in each Astrology Salon will vary, based on who attends and what's going on in the sky. The Salon is intended to provide burgeoning astrologers with a chance to practice their chart interpretation skills in a safe, fun environment. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of the astrological language. Please bring 5-10 copies of any astrology chart you'd like us to discuss (free charts available at http://www.astro.com ).”

Hot Greeks: The Cockettes Musical
Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24, 8:00PM, plays through May 5
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco

“Thrillpeddlers are proud to announce our Spring Season 2012 production of Hot Greeks, A New Full-Length, Fully Restored Version of The Cockettes’ 1972 Musical Extravaganza, an original musical by Martin Worman and Scrumbly Koldewyn. This is the 40th Anniversary of the original production. Originally produced as a Nocturnal Dream Show and performed in 1972 at midnight at the Palace Theatre in Chinatown in SF, Hot Greeks was the fabled and fabulous Cockettes’ only other scripted book musical besides Pearls Over Shanghai. The Cockettes were a gender-bending theatrical troupe who not only originated these two shows, but also exerted a profound influence on the culture of our times, from the phenomenon of midnight movies to glitter rock stars and their outrageous fashions. In 2010 The Thrillpeddlers mounted a condensed 70-minute version of Hot Greeks and it was an instant, sold-out hit. This new 2012 production expands the show to a full-length version and restores 3 songs from the original 1972 production.

In Hot Greeks, college rhythm meets the Peloponnesian War as Athens University takes on Sparta State for their annual pigskin showdown. This musical, loosely based on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata features the Tri Thigh Sorority girls and their hunky footballer sweethearts jiving to the big-band hit parade sounds of the 1940s. The kids sing and dance through the ruins of ancient Greece, on their way to consult the Oracle of Delphi in their pursuit of victory on the gridiron. Dancing columns, vestal virgins, country cousins, and even a pig, all join Lysistrata on her journey to save the day for the Gods and Greece.”

Ostara 2012
presented by The Order Of The Sacred Wheel
Friday, March 23, 6:30-8:30PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Free - donations accepted

“The Order of the Sacred Wheel is dedicated to fostering community and spiritual growth. Through open rituals, the creation of safe and sacred space, the Solitary and the Seeker will be able to find community within the diversity of belief, paths and practices.”

The King of Masks  
film and discussion
Friday, March 23, 7:00-9:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“The Chinese folk art tradition of  change-face bian lian street opera is celebrated in this rarely seen film that moves from misty landscapes to the ecstatic Dragon festival, from the official Opera Palace to the black market. Winning Best Director and Actor in China and 37 awards at American film festivals, The King of Masks marks the return of filmmaker Wu Tianming, who had been exiled for previous controversial works.

Set in the 1930s, this play-within-a-play unfolds around the aging street performer Wang, the king of masks, who laments not having an heir; the famous gay actor Master Liang encourages him to find a protege. When Wang walks through the black market, a charming child calls out to him; he brings the child to live aboard his riverboat and soon discovers it is a girl masquerading as a boy. Demoted from protege to servant, the child attempts to redeem herself by finding Wang a replacement, but Wang gets arrested for kidnapping in the process. The denouement comes as Liang, revered for his female role as Living Boddhisattva, and the girl join together to save Wang, risking their lives in a stunning acrobatic feat performed as a challenge to the ruling general. The humanness of the characters, the emotional authenticity of how they fail each other and help each other, and the elegant beauty of the scenery make this both a thrilling, memorable film as well as a morality tale with relevance for our times.  (90 min.) Discussion follows. Children over 7 welcome.”

Organic Poultry Management
with Mark Trease of DunMor Permaculture
Friday, March 23, 7:30-9:00PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244

“Learn the basics of keeping home poultry (chickens mainly), the symbiosis and the organic methods that work effectively. Nature always farms with livestock: when we mimic this we gain a yield in both production and health.  Keeping domestic beneficial animals is among the most ancient of ancestral practices. You may be able to use a chicken around the house!”

The Tempest
adapted for Butterfield 8 by Maureen-Theresa Williams
Friday-Sunday, March 23-25, Friday and Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through April 7
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord

“Shakespeare's tale of betrayal, justice, and magic, adapted for Butterfield 8 by Maureen-Theresa Williams and directed by company Artistic Director John Butterfield.

Believed by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone, The Tempest is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, lives with his daughter Miranda. When those responsible for Prospero's exile pass nearby on a ship bound from Tunis, Prospero conjures up a storm to force them onto the island. There, his machinations try to bring about the restoration of his lost title and status while revealing the plots conspired against him.

The cast features Donald L. Hardy as Prospero, Becky Potter as Miranda, and Alexander Murphy as Ariel, the island spirit who assists Prospero with his plans.  Also in the cast are Nathalie Archangel, John Butterfield, Beth Chastain, Terry Downward, David Hardie, Edwin Peabody, Molly Kate Taylor, Daniela Quinones, and Maureen-Theresa Williams. Liz Martin, resident costume designer for Butterfield 8 (Hamlet, Lady Windermere's Fan, Pride and Prejudice) provides the fantastical costumes.

The Mission of Butterfield 8 Theatre Company is to provide audiences a fresh take on classic plays, and foster the creation of new works.

Our Vision is to present audiences with examples of both ends of the theatrical spectrum: new productions of classic works, focusing in particular on text-driven plays (such as the works of Shakespeare), and new works devised by the company or written by local playwrights.  Our work often examines perceptions of gender, both within the context of the play and the larger context of society as a whole.  We strive to create an immersive environment, believing the audience’s experience starts when they buy the ticket, and shouldn't end when they leave the theatre. We honor that the audience has come for a live theatre experience to engage with a story or an idea; to be taken on a journey. This is our responsibility, and our craft.”

Becoming the Oracle:
Unlocking Your Intuitive Potential with the Tarot
presented by The Order of the Sacred Grove
Saturday, March 24, 12:00-3:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek
Free, to register please email osgmentors@gmail.com

“Join us for a highly interactive workshop for Tarot enthusiasts of all experience levels. We will explore fresh and vibrant techniques to awaken your own natural gifts and take your readings to new and unexpected places. You will both give and receive dozens of readings, deepening your relationship with the cards and yourself.

The Order of the Sacred Grove is a Modern American Witchcraft Tradition dedicated to the practice of the Old Religion and to the establishment of the Temple of the Goddess. We are open to all who seek training and initiation into the Ways of the Wise. We are devoted to the Goddess in all of Her forms. OSG consists of independent but cooperative covens or groves within the larger order. Each coven develops its own Patron Gods and may follow an independent, but harmonious magickal current. We believe that witchcraft must remain a living tradition, and although traditional structure is essential, we also allow for a free expression of dynamic and fluid energy to express itself through a working group.”

Sacred Stream Open House
Saturday, March 24, 12:00-4:00PM
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley

“Find out more about our classes and events. Meet teachers and practitioners. Isa Gucciardi, PhD will give a talk and there will be a panel discussion on Depth Hypnosis with three Depth Hypnosis Practitioners. We hope you will join us for an informative and social afternoon. Everyone is welcome.”

Spring Equinox Celebration in the Sibley Labyrinth
with Labyrinth Circle
Saturday, March 24, 12:00-5:00PM
Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, 6800 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
please RSVP on the Facebook page or e-mail Lezlie at doclezlie@gmail.com

Labyrinth Circle invites you to celebrate Spring Equinox in the labyrinth!

Discover Your Core Values
with Nancy Knuth
Saturday, March 24, 2:00-4:00PM  
The Red Tent, 15495 Los Gatos Boulevard, Suite C, Los Gatos, 408-365-4905
Please RSVP/register at the website below

“Your personal core values are already a part of who you are.  They are the values that drive us.  They are things like family, integrity, wealth, love, and recognition.

What happens though if we do not seek these values in our relationships, or in our careers?   What happens if we accept others’ values as our own?

Come and discover your personal core values, and what they mean to you and your life and business success.  In this 90 minute workshop you will discover many things about you, and how to apply them to your daily life and  how to allow them to give you the courage and clarity to lead you down new career paths, and to  new opportunities that will allow you to thrive!

Trust me, you will know when you are living your life in alignment with your core values.   Your passionate, content, inspired, growing!   

In the workshop we will also create a poster for you to display to remind you daily.  Come have fun, and enjoy this life changing workshop!

Don’t let another year go by living someone else’s dreams.

Nancy Knuth, Business and Mindset Coach works with entrepreneurs and independent contractors in accelerating their business success.  She has been a coach and leader for the real estate industry for over 13 years.  She has coached hundreds of individuals to actualize their potential and reach their desired goals.”

The DulciMates
in concert
Saturday, March 24, 6:00-8:30PM
Hippie Gypsy Cafe, 1797-A Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
no entrance fee - tipping and cafe patronage encouraged!

“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. A terrific opportunity for students to hear and see dulcimers in concert (there's not enough of that around here).”

Celebrating World Water Day
A Mindful Peacebuilding Event
featuring Betsy Rose
Saturday, March 24, 7:00-9:30PM
Interplayce, 2273 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Donations requested. This is a fragrance-free event.
for more information, please e-mail mindfulpeacebuilding@gmail.com

“Celebrating World Water Day and Mindful Peacebuilding with an evening of song, ritual, interplay, and information about cherishing and protecting our planet’s water supply.  

A fundraising event for water protection projects in drought-affected areas of California.”

A Witchy Class
Saturday, March 24, 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!

Divine Play: Recreation for the Soul
with Jude Alexander
Saturday, March 24, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View, 650-988-9800 or 800-909-6161
Free but call to reserve a seat 650-988-9800 or 800-909-6161

“Learn how playful interaction, direct questions, and heartfelt participation can create an illuminating Tarot reading. The Tarot Game provides a cooperative environment in which to practice intuitive Tarot and strengthen your soul connection. The elements of the game are rooted in creator Jude Alexander's 25-year Tarot journey. Jude guides divine play for individuals, small groups, and celebrations of all kinds, with the hope of enlivening souls worldwide.”

The Legend of Hercules:
Concert from the Court of Ferrariae

Saturday, March 24, 7:30PM
Seventh Avenue Performances, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco

Sunday, March 25, 4:00PM
All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

“The demigod Hercules, son of the great god Jupiter and the mortal woman Alcmena, and his legendary strength have inspired countless stories, artworks and music was also the name given to the Duke of Ferrariae whose court employed the best musicians of the day.  Join us for this Concert from the Court of Ferrariae including music by Johannes Martini  (c1440-c1497), Jacob Obrecht (c1457-1505),Heinrich Isaac (c1450-1517), and Josquin des Prez (c1450-1521).  Featured is Martini's Magnificat Tertii Toni and listen for a musical surprise or two throughout the concert!”

Tree Walk
with Tree Girl Julianne Skai Arbor and Damien McAnany of Abundant Earth Landscaping
Sunday, March 25, 10:15AM-12:30PM, and the last Sunday of every month
Annadel State Park, 6201 Channel Drive, Santa Rosa
Please RSVP to skaiarbor@treegirl.org

“WHERE: Each time in a different location in the North Bay!  

The First Hike will be in Annadel State Park, in Santa Rosa. We will meet at the Cobblestone Trail Parking Lot on Channel Drive (that's the free dirt lot past the turn off for the Spring Lake paid entrance and before the end of the road paid entrance for Annadel. See map attached.)

Sometimes it will be a state or county park, and other times in other locations. It may even be a 'urban' tree walk identifying landscape trees and their disastrous pruning jobs.

With demand, we'll venture out further. Let us know if you are interested.

Look for me holding up an open umbrella!

We'll always park and meet where we can enter a park for Free!

Learn to identify trees, shrubs, plants and wildflowers!
Get your Tree Questions answered!
Spend time outside in Nature!
Enjoy some mild to moderate exercise!
We'll spend at least 15 minutes of every walk just sitting in silence with a tree!
Meet other treegirls, treeboys and plant geeks!
Although you can bring your camera, this is not a TreeGirl photoshoot. Everyone, please, keep your clothes on!

Layers of clothing
Rain gear or umbrella if chance of rain, just in case (we'll cancel if there is a good chance of rain)
Water, water, water
Snacks (we'll end in time for those who want to stay for a picnic can get it out of your vehicles)
Field guides (we'll have some too)
Good walking shoes
Notebook or journal and pen
Little budding treegirls and treeboys
Dogs? (we'll find out for each hike if we can have dogs where we're going. It will vary hike to hike)
Something to sit on to avoid possible poison oak.

Please join us!
Please reply to this email and we'll put you on a mailing list to remind you of upcoming Tree Walks including their locations, where to meet, what to bring, and let you know if we're cancelling due to rain. We are planning to have these events posted on our websites.

We'd love you to RSVP by email, so we don't leave without you! If you are late or can't find us, please call Julianne at 707-332-9925 or Damien at 707-360-5231.

Feel Free to forward this message to interested Tree People.

TreeGirl (Julianne Skai Arbor) and husband Damien McAnany are not only Tree geeks, but plant geeks too, certified arborists with the International Society of Arboriculture, as well as passionate and experienced educators and nature guides. Together they are owners of Abundant Earth Landscaping and TreeCare in the north Santa Rosa area, and are both Certified Permaculture Designers and Teachers.
We Love trees!!”

Monthly Temple Service with Ile Orunmila Oshun
Sunday, March 25, 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.”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, March 25, 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!”

Let Your Light Shine
with Kelly Cornell
Sunday, March 25, 2:00-4:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek

“Let Your Light Shine: How to reveal your inner light so you can have greater peace and joy, freedom from dis-ease and the healthiest body you ever imagined.

In this class participants will understand the connection between body, mind and spirit as it relates to health and weight loss.
They will also discover:
Why most people decide to dim their light
The many ways they keep themselves hidden and “in the dark”
The physical, mental and emotional consequences of dampening their vibration
How they can begin starting today to reveal their inner light and uncover the slim, healthy body they desire

Kelly is a holistic nutrition coach, founder of Kelly Cornell Wellness and motivational speaker on the subject of health and nutrition. She helps women improve their health, lose weight permanently without dieting, boost their energy and live life on purpose. Kelly’s clients learn how to make time for self-care, manage stress, honor their body and get slim and healthy. Credentials: B.S. degree in Nutrition from SJSU, Certification by Institute for Integrative Nutrition.”

What Women Can Do... and How Men Can Help!
Sunday, March 25, 2:00-5:00PM
NUMI Tea Garden, 2230 Livingston Street, Oakland
$25 donation requested

“Sunday, March 25, 2012, the Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc. (AHC) will celebrate International Women’s Month. This is an Eco Friendly Event and fundraiser for ArtEsteem, an art, social justice and emotional literacy program of the Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc. The event starts at 2:00PM with performances by Destiney Knuckles, Nubia Bowe, Taiwo and Kehinde Kujichagulia-Seitu of Lyric Dance and Vocal Ensemble, Naomi, Dawn P. and more.

Our panel speakers include:
Amana Harris, MAT, Professor at California College of the Arts, Associate Director (AHC)
Sonia Gaemi, EdD., R.D., Integrative Preventive Registered Dietician and Gigong Master
Elnora T. Webb, Ph.D., President, Laney College
Lily Smith, Executive Director, West Oakland Alliance Foundation
Jumoke Hinton-Hodge, Oakland Unified School District, Trustee
Anita Siegel, RN, MPH, Director, Alameda County Public Health Department

This will be an inspiring and engaging event that will demonstrate the can-do-ness of women to save the academic, social, and emotional lives of children.

What is the Attitudinal Healing Connection? Founded in Oakland, California in 1989, Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc. (AHC) works to eliminate violence by supporting creative and educational programs - for adults, children and youth that transform the spirit in order to build peaceful and loving communities for all humanity.”

Sonic Alchemy: Transformational Song-Ritual
with Sharon Knight  
Sunday, March 25, 2:00-5:00PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
$35-$55 sliding scale.
Limited spaces, pre-registration is required. Please call Serpent’s Kiss to register.

“Sonic Alchemy: Transformational Song-Ritual

Because Songs Can Change The World

What makes me come alive? What changes do I wish to see in the world? How can I craft a life of joy, adventure and purpose?

Sonic Alchemy engages the power of song to delve into these questions. Using music and sound, voice and drumming, symbol and story, creative ritual, deep visioning, audacious imagining, and lots of singing, we endeavor to stir, awaken, and inspire that deeply vibrant, free-flowing fount of unstoppable life force that is each of us unbound.

We start with the premise that we, like musical instruments, can go out of tune.  When we do, we lose our sense of connection and purpose, and life loses its glimmer. Sonic Alchemy strives to rekindle our song, that we may regain a sense of harmony in our lives and our world.

Sound and song can be powerful catalysts for shifting deep-seated energy patterns. We will sing our hopes, our fears, our dreams. We will wash ourselves clean in the Well of Song, and pull from the pool that which we most need. We can transform our lives with song. Sing with a professional singer and experienced ritualist, and experience the power of song to open your heart and change your life. Ready to sing the world of your dreams into being?”

The Tarot and The Self
A Series of Workshops Using the Major Arcana of the Tarot
Sunday, March 25, 2:30-4:30PM
The Sacred Stream Center, 2159 Byron Street, Berkeley
$35 - register at the website below:

“This first workshop we will work with The Fool card, and explore what this archetype and imagery might say about you and your journey.  This is a workshop designed for self-discovery through discussions and writing.  There is no need to have any experience with the Tarot or readings.  

Bring yourself and something to write on.  If you have your own Tarot deck and wish to bring it, you can do so, but a variety of color copies of different types of The Fool card will be available at the workshop as well.”

Family Square Dance
with The Skillet Licorice and caller Evie Ladin
part of the Soggy Sundays Kids’ Series
Sunday, March 25, 3:00-4:30PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
$4 children, $6 adults

“The Family Square Dance concludes Soggy Sundays, Ashkenaz’s winter series of kids’ shows. The series’ wide array of top family-oriented artists have provided engaging entertainment for young children and parents, playing music from around the world for dancing, jumping, and spinning on the best dance floor in the East Bay!

Family dance is a way for the whole gang to have a great time dancing together - no experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome! All dances are taught from scratch and prompted all the way through. Square dance caller Evie Ladin has a knack for getting people moving to the music without thinking too much or worrying about what they’re doing. Live music is provided by Skillet Licorice.

Evie Ladin grew up around old-time music in the eastern U.S. Along with her square dance calling talents, she’s known for her flatfoot clogging, banjo playing, and singing with the Stairwell Sisters and with famed body musician Keith Terry and his world music ensemble Crosspulse, plus co-producing with Terry the International Body Music Festival. She recently released her debut solo CD, Float Downstream, which features her original music.

Skillet Licorice is the duo project of longtime old-time musical partners Elise Engelberg and Matt Knoth. They are also founding members of the Mercury Dimes and Black Crown Stringband. In Skillet Licorice, Elise plays fiddle, banjo, and guitar and Knoth sings and plays banjo and guitar, as they explore the more melodic and intricate forms of rags and stomps, in the style made famous by historic bands like the East Texas Serenaders and current bands like Thompson’s String Ticklers.”

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, March 25, 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 Eris and Murphy
Sunday, March 25, 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.

with her symbol of the sacred chao, Eris brings us peace, hilarity and understanding of the great etherial lasagna in the sky, and the cosmic balance of the hodge and the podge.

everyone is invited to attend and get your pineal gland squeegeed clean.

be prepared to sing sacred songs and commune with the hostess.

no hotdogs, its sunday.

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, April 29. Please share this invitation with your friends.”

Goddess Empowerment Dance
with Le’ema Kathleen Graham
Monday, March 26, 6:30-8:30PM - final week
The Goddess Garden Sanctuary, 211 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael
$20 per session
for more information, please contact Le’ema Kathleen Graham
at leema@dancingpriestess.com or 415-479-3892

“You will learn a beautiful body alignment technique, how to flow with your inner Goddess and how to channel Sacred Female Deities though spiritual belly dance.
Come connect with like-minded sisters. This class is yummy!

Le'ema Kathleen Graham is a visionary sacred dancer, ordained temple priestess, yogini and master teacher with over 30 years experience in the field of Somatics. Her work is featured in the book Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance. Her memoir Dancing the Inner Serpent: Memoirs of a Suburban Snake Priestess received a rave review in Conscious Dancer magazine. Her Snake Yoga: Sacred Feminine Wisdom instructional DVD was highlighted in the What's Hot section of Yoga Magazine.”

101 Uses for a Tarot Deck
with Thalassa
Tuesday, March 27, 7:00-8:30PM
Ancient Ways, 4075 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-3244

“A lively exploration of ways to creatively use the Tarot for readings, problem solving, inner reconnaissance, and magic! Some experience with the Tarot is advisable for this class.

Bring a deck, if you have one. All levels of interest and experience are welcome.

Visit www.dodivination.com for more information or to preregister.”

Tea and Chanting with Rabbit
Tuesday, March 27, (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!”

Spring Fling at Filoli
Saturday, March 31, 10:00AM-3:30PM
Filoli Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside
Adults $25, children 5-17 $5, 4 and younger free
reservations can be made at the website below:

“Springtime has begun at Filoli and the Gardens are starting to come alive: buds opening, flowers blooming and fragrance in the air.
Please join us for the day - take a stroll on the paths and enjoy a riot of color with hundreds of tulips, beautiful camellias and sweet–smelling magnolias. Every plant will delight the senses.

Bring the Entire Family for Fun
The Bubblesmith is back to amuse young and old alike. The Fortis Agility Sports Training Group will put their adorable, talented dogs through their paces on the north side of the House. Nearby, we’ll have alpacas for viewing and a miniature horse for petting. Puppies in training to become Guide Dogs for the Blind will also return.

In the Front Courtyard, children can have their face painted or try their creativity at the craft tables. Inside the House, you will be amazed by the stunning floral displays created by Filoli volunteers. In the Ballroom, Heather Rodgers will perform magic and Nick Barone will fascinate the audience with a puppet show.
In the Garden Shop Courtyard, you will be able to sample Filoli products (honey, herb mixes and vinegars) as well as other tasty treats. The Filoli staff has gathered an assortment of goodies and treasures in the Garden Shop. Freshly-made popcorn is complimentary; lemonade, cookies and other beverages will be for sale.
For your musical pleasure, the Shorebirds Band will entertain near the Sunken Garden and Joe’s Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Tennis Court while you relax and enjoy your boxed lunches. Please note: the boxed lunches must be ordered and purchased by 4:00 pm on Monday, March 26. The Filoli CafĂ© is another option for lunch with a selection of choices to tempt the taste buds.
Garden Docents will be on hand to answer questions about the plants, trees and flowers planted on the grounds. Or, you may opt to learn about the Gentleme’s Orchard by visiting the Information Table that will be located inside the Visitor and Education Center. During Spring Fling, you will have a rare opportunity for a behind–the–scenes peek at the Filoli Greenhouses. Children can try their green thumbs by potting a spring plant in a pot, that they decorate to take home. In the Visitor and Education Center, view Filoli’s 14th annual Botanical Art exhibit.

Please make your reservations as soon as possible because space is limited.

Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource.”

CAYA’s Ball for the Bees
Saturday, March 31, 7:00-11:00PM
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

“Come As You Are Coven is proud to present The Ball for the Bees, a fundraiser to support local beekeepers and bee advocacy organizations. Honey bees are essential to our ecosystem and the sudden, unexplained disappearance of bees is an alarming warning bell to our society. We believe that with greater advocacy and local initiates, bee populations can be healthily restored and our mutual stewardship of the Earth’s resources can be brought back into balance. To that end, we are hosting this fundraiser.

The ball will be held at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists at 1924 Cedar Street in Berkeley. Begin the evening with a beginner lesson in rotary waltz taught by Persephone, then dance the night away!  Enjoy a night of fun, fanciness (costumes admired but not required) and enchantment, all while benefitting efforts to support the bees and the development of sustainable resources for their care. There will be a raffle, tarot readers, light refreshments, and more.

7 pm: Vintage waltz lesson with vintage dance mistress Persephone
8 pm-11pm: Dancing and revelry

Light refreshments will be available
Cash bar with beer and wine

CAYA Coven’s current co-sponsors for this event are The Sacred Well, the Temple of Aphrodite and the Pagan Alliance.”

Spring into Elderflower
Sunday, April 8, 11:00AM-10:00PM, ritual starts at 7:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street , Oakland
all day $15, evening ritual only $10

Artemis Passionfire, Coordinator for Spring into Elderflower, says:
“Thanks for announcing Spring Into Elderflower, an event all the women in your groups are welcome to attend.

The theme will be: Amazons, Maidens and Wildwomyn Bring in the Spring.  There will also be acknowledgement of Crones in the ritual, and if there are womyn you know that would like to vend (especially) or do workshops(we're starting to get full, but will try to accommodate) we will be having both workshops and vending going on. Max Dashu will also be doing a slide presentation, and there will be other workshops too.”

“A taste of the 2012 Elderflower Womenspirit Festival

Enjoy a day of food, workshops, entertainment, craftswomen vendors, drumming circle, building community and an evening ritual.

Please bring a potluck dish to share.  There will be soup to share.”

Women who would like to vend or do a presentation at this event can contact Artemis Passionfire at FeistyAmazon@hotmail.com  Attn: Artemis/Spring Into Elderflower.

Have an Abundant, Oracular, Watery Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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