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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for October 2012 and beyond - Mark Your Calendars!

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for October 2012 and beyond - Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for:

Bioneers Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 19-21
Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
See website for registration details

“Bioneers Conference 2012 - Emergence

As a community of leadership, Bioneers has influenced and connected numerous leaders and catalyzed emerging leaders, while providing a vital connection point for engaged citizens. The effects ripple out widely. In this time, we’re all called upon to be leaders.

Now in its 23rd year, the Bioneers Conference (c. 3,000 people annually) has served as a perennial wellspring of cutting-edge content and dynamic, diverse voices that supply the primary source for our public education and media outreach. The main conference and Beaming Bioneers local community conferences further serve as a focal point to build community, connection and collaboration.”

Earth Medicine Alliance's Annual Conference
Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21
Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco
$90 - early registration is encouraged
see website for registration and detailed schedule

“2012 Conference: Celebrating Ancestral Wisdom

Celebrating Ancestral Wisdom recognizes that the collective human dead (both family and spiritual ancestors) are one critical component of earth-honoring ways of life and a source of tremendous support for navigating a conscious future.

Similar to our previous two conferences, we’ll be exploring this theme from an interfaith/multicultural perspective that includes dynamic interactive sessions and embodied ceremonies (October 20th) and inclusive, earth-honoring rituals on the land in and around San Francisco (October 21st).  We hope you can join us!”

Folsom Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Folsom City Lions Park, 50 Natoma Street, Folsom
$14.00 adults, $9.00 students, seniors (55+) and children 6-12, under six free

“Experience the Magic and The Merriment of The Renaissance in Folsom!

The rising young star of London's theater scene, Will Shakespeare, faces a scourge like no other: a paralyzing bout of writers block while the great Elizabethan age of entertainment unfolds around him. Will is without inspiration on material. What Will needs is a muse and in an extraordinary town whilst on progress with Her Most Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, he finds himself surrounded by numerous quirky characters who draw him into an amazing, dramatic adventure of action and love. Their stories make their way into his plays and into our hearts. The theme of the Faire is Shakespeare's Muse.

Over October 20-21, the Folsom City Lions Park will be transformed to a delightful Elizabethan town filled with myriad characters and vignettes resembling those of Shakespeare's plays we so dearly love. In addition, over 900 costumed entertainers and over 100 shopkeepers and artisans will add to the ambiance of the Faire.The Festival will be the ultimate Renaissance bash, a lively Dionysian party, where the guests enjoy turkey legs, exotic food, and drink as they banter with the myriad performers filling the streets. The event sports one-of-a-kind shows, music, and comedy.

The Joust!
The Weekends highlight will be a full contact joust. Men and horse collide and do battle right before your eyes.Say hello to Imperial Knights!

Proceeds of the Faire, and from some of the booths, goes to benefit:

The Folsom CAVE Teen Centers
Located at each of the middle schools in Folsom, they provide over 700 students a week with a supervised drop-in after school program that is free to the participants.

The Friends of the Folsom Public Library
A nonprofit, volunteer organization that supports the Folsom Library and literacy programs for adults and children in the Folsom area.

The Folsom Rotary Club.

Support the Community!  Bring a can of food and get $2.00 off adult admission.”

Science and Nonduality Conference
Wednesday-Sunday, October 24-28
Embassy Suites, 101 MacInnis Parkway, San Rafael
See website for schedule and registration details

“The Nature Of The Self

Mystics in all ages and cultures describe the self as infinite, stable and ever-present phenomena. Modern physics describe the world as a self-moving, self-designing pattern, an undivided wholeness, a dance. We, as a society, relate to the self mostly as an individual, unique, time bound form. Our common sense, as individuals and society, hasn't caught up with this picture and it still based on long-held biases and stories. The Earth is clearly round but we still act as if it was flat…

We live at the dawn of a scientific revolution, every day brings new findings from a wide range of scientific disciplines about what it means to be human. Modern science now gives us the detailed descriptions of the mechanisms our brain needs to construct what we call the self.

Could it be this illusionary image of ourselves as separate beings that is keeping us in this perpetual state of anxiety, scarcity, fear, dissatisfaction and leading us, as a society, at this very delicate point in evolution?”

Living In The Wisdom Of Ancestral Healing
A Sacred Gathering For Women Of All Ages
with Mbali Creazzo and Mahealani Uchiyama
Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 9:30AM-6:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
for more information, contact Iya Mahea at 510-827-3997 or iyamahea@thesacredforest.org

“Mbali Creazzo - voice for the ancestors,  Medicine Woman, Ceremonial and Ritual leader joins with Mahealani Uchiyama - priestess of Ifa, dancer and musician, in a unique and exciting collaboration that will draw from the healing wisdom of Africa, with dance, ritual drumming and song, and ceremony as we answer the earth’s call for us to reawaken ancient aspects of ourselves…

In a safe space, of mutual consent we will:
Reconnect to the wisdom of the Ancestors
Gain insight into the transformational life force of Fire
Understand Water as an agent of healing, reconciliation and empowerment
Through community, drumming, movement and ritual we will reawaken the ancient aspects of ourselves
There will be an opportunity to browse our open market filled with a rich and diverse selection of ceremonial jewelry, traditional crafts and music.

What to bring:
Bring Percussion instruments, Rattles, drums.  1 Red and 1 Blue candle.  Photos of Ancestors (or a red stone). Waters from a natural source (Optional). Lunch for both days, and water.
(Light snacks such as tea and coffee will be provided.)

What to wear:
Loose casual clothing”

throughout the month of November
between your nose and your mouth

“During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Once registered at www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.”  

You don’t have to grow one - you can make one!

Wise Traditions Conference: Nutrition and Behavior
Thursday-Monday, November 8-12
Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
see website for registration and schedule details

“America’s Premier Nutrition Conference

Life-changing Lectures
Cooking Lessons
Traditional Nutrient-Dense Meals
WAPF-Friendly Vendors
Wise Kids Child Care

For anyone interested in health, nutrition and food, including parents, health professionals, seniors and students.”0\

San Francisco Green Festival
Saturday-Sunday, November 10-11
SF Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street, San Francisco

“This is the first and original ‘Party with a Purpose’; don't miss the celebration, education and rejuvenation, all yours for the taking at San Francisco Green Festival 2012. As a city winning awards for inspiring green living and alternative power programs, it's no surprise that San Francisco is the home of the original Green Festival. Celebrated in San Francisco since 2002, it is the largest Green Festival of the five cities. The San Francisco Green Festival captures the mood and festivities as a ‘Party with a Purpose.’ Expect both inspiring and pragmatic programming reflecting the Bay Area’s diversity of interests with over 125 informative workshops, sessions, demonstrations and talks. Great live music, all-weekend film installation, a fun and engaging Green Kids' Zone, mouthwatering vegan, raw and vegetarian food vendors, top local organic beer makers and wine vintners and the best responsible shopping found anywhere.”

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
Friday-Sunday, November 23-25, and every weekend through December 23, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City
$25.00 - various discounts may apply, and season tickets are available - see website for details
Parking fees are $10.00 per car charged by the Cow Palace
Free shuttle available from Glen Park BART Station

"Celebrate the Holiday Season in Victorian London!

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2011 garnered splendid reviews! New guests, as well as regular patrons, flocked to the Fair in record numbers. The spirit and good feeling in the streets of our Victorian London was inspiring! We look forward to an even more spectacular Fair this year.

2012 marks the 200th Anniversary of the birth of our progenitor Charles Dickens. Our celebration at the 34th annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair is part of a world-wide recognition of his life and works. Join the party each and every day of this year's Fair! Begin your preparations here.

The bustling streets of London, immortalized for all time by the mighty pen of Charles Dickens, form the living backdrop of your excursion into Christmas Past. You are a living part of a Victorian Christmas card come to life!

A Bay Area tradition since 1970, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair returns to the San Francisco Cow Palace Exhibition Halls for five weekends in 2012, including the Friday after Thanksgiving, from Friday, November 23 through Sunday, December 23, from 10 am 'til 7 pm.

Created by Ron and Phyllis Patterson, the fair is now produced by Kevin and Leslie Patterson and Red Barn Productions, who continue the family tradition of theatrical excellence through authenticity, participation, and playfulness.

Come wander the lanes of Victorian London, as the glow of twilight settles upon the city, with the scent of pine boughs and freshly baked scones floating in the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll.

London is larger - over 120,000 square feet to explore!
Visit shops bedecked with Christmastime finery and filled with unique treasures.
Stop in for a hot toddy or a pint of Lagunitas at Mad Sal's Dockside Ale House, where the low-life hang out and the high-born drop in.
Raise a champagne toast to the holidays at Fezziwig's Warehouse, the most cheerful spot in London.
Enjoy rollicking entertainments on six stages and in the streets.
Feast on fine foods from the British Empire and beyond.
Rest a spell in Cuthbert's Tea House, for a sip of hot tea and cucumber sandwiches or scones.

Experience the joys of Christmas past at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair!”

Elder Gathering and Celebration
December 18-23
Sacred sites in Guatemala
For more information, please e-mail HeddiL@gmail.com or call 530-459-3471

“We would like to cordially invite you to a great celebration in the heart of the Maya: A pilgrimage to Guatemala in December, a spiritual event that many of the Maya and other indigenous nations are hosting to celebrate a galactic and planetary alignment written and spoken in the Mayan oral tradition as a time of prophesy.  Our peoples of the land of the Feathered Serpent have been preparing for this transition for many generations, and our people the Maya are preparing to connect to this spiritual and cosmic vibration of this universe and to send a message to the peoples of the world that it is time for the great transition of our times- a transition that invites all peoples of all colors, all religions, and all backgrounds to come to a spiritual unifying vision of the 6th Sun, a New Era of Life. It is a galactic and a planetary new season with the vibrations and the frequencies to give humanity an opportunity to once again realign ourselves with the natural and spiritual vibrations of our world.

Through this gathering we are enacting prophecies given to us thousands of years ago of the setting sun of the old world, taking with it humanity’s dysfunctions. Then the new era and the new dawn arise of the Oxlajuj Baktun.

We will be at one of the last Mayan cities that was inhabited at the time of contact, a sacred site. We will be on the pyramid of one of the AjPops or great leaders, of the Maya, and will be in ceremonies from the mid day on the 20th to the next day at noon, letting go of the last sunset of the era and being in an all-night long vigil in to the new dawn and the new era of the 13 Baktun. We will make spiritual offerings and prayers, share our chanupas, our dances, our ceremonies to all our relations the Mother Earth and our universe. Through our fire ceremonies we will be realigning and focusing our prayers so that we can all create a communiqué to the world so that we can help it evolve from the dark ages from which it lives.

These ceremonies are being shared by the many nations and people that have kept the sacred fire alive. They have kept the direct connection through their medicines and their ceremonies to the natural, spiritual, and supernatural worlds. And through their sacred ways, they will be guiding us on the new path of realigning ourselves will all the natural ways.

This is a ceremony that is gathering humanity’s spiritual beings and leaders. For all of us who are participating in these ceremonies, we will bring natural spiritual offerings, songs, dances and ceremonies.  Please refer to http://2012mayansummit.com/  for more in-depth information about the Oxlajuj Baktun.”

Thanks to Gina for letting me know about this event!

Nature and Soul Retreat for Winter Solstice
with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Friday, December 21, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, 415-383-3134
$118 early registration up to two weeks before the event, $140 within two weeks of the event

“Nature and Soul: A day of retreat where nature mirrors our inner landscape

This seasonally offered retreat is a day of renewal and rediscovery, as we open ourselves to the land around us in addition to the landscapes within us.  This is a deeply experiential daylong retreat for restoration of health, psyche and spirit, offering a renewal of the soul's intention and a re-connection with the elements of nature that support us.  We will slow down and take in the beauty that surrounds us and let nature reflect the shapes and patterns that are held in the psyche.

The day is a combination of indoor experiences that involves guided meditation and inner journey process and outdoor, land-based contemplative practices. The experience as a whole is an embodied example of eco-therapy.  Each retreat day reflects themes of the season in the meditations, journeys and our approach to the elements we discover in nature.
No previous experience is necessary.

The retreat takes place in the beautiful setting of Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, with its splendid coastal range flora, meandering gardens, Japanese architecture, and easy walk to the beach.  An organic, vegetarian lunch (included in registration fee)  is offered to the group in the dining hall.  Retreat fees include lunch and refreshments.

Details on how to prepare for the day an a confirmation of registration will be sent one week before the event.

Retreat leader, Jan Edl Stein MFT, is the director of Holos Institute and a licensed psychotherapist with many years of experience in guiding people into deep explorations in their own psyche as they open to deeper levels of perception in the natural world.

Winter Solstice: Honoring the still point within and finding ease with darkness. In this darkest day of the year, we will seek out a place of wisdom that resides in stillness and shadow.”

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