VortexHealing Group Healing, Wicca Wednesdays, Beginning Ritual Creation, Hoofers Heathens and Hope Warriors, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Eco-Resiliency: A Gathering For Earth Change Awareness, An Evening with Barbara Higbie and Teresa Trull, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Winter’s Flame, Wavy Gravy, Park Champions Volunteer Workday at China Camp, A Celebration of Women Life and Liberty, Planting Money Seeds Workshop, Her Rising Dance Flash Mob, My Sinful Angel, Year of the Water Snake 2013, Monthly Temple Service with Ile Orunmila Oshun, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Tea and Tarot, Liturgy of the Lady, Tim Rayborn: The Far Famed Ones, Lake Merritt Pagans, Thomas Paine’s 276th Birthday Celebration, FIERCE PLAY, Lighten Up About Growing Older!
VortexHealing Group Healing
with Dragonfly Adularia
Wednesday, January 23, 7:00PM
Solas Brigid Studio, 403 Burk Street, Oakland
$20 suggested donation or pay what you can
for more information, please contact Dragonfly at Dragonfly@ArunaBliss.com
“Through VortexHealing Divine Energy Healing and help from the Angelic healing realm. Dragonfly, Wizard of the Merlin lineage will facilitate a dynamic session for unfolding magical transformation. This is your chance to learn more about this amazing and very powerful form of energy work, designed to transform the roots of emotional consciousness, heal the physical body, and awaken spirit within the human heart.
This group healing will have a focus on clearing blockages. If you have emotional stress, living in an intolerable situation or an issue you can't solve, ask the Angels for help. We will be using this time together to release fear-based emotions, let go of all limits and ask for guidance from the Divine.
Angelic Heart VortexHealing bridges you deeply into the angelic realm allowing an angel help to facilitate the session. During the healing, you may feel, sense, see, know angels communicating with you in the way that is most helpful in unfolding your natural gifts. Angelic presence will infuse your system to create new energy and clarity.
Old emotional patterns and blocks will fall away to open the way for new possibilities and the joy of creation to unfold. It is through inner improvement that we are able to cultivate the skills,wisdom and knowledge that will aid us in creating the Age of Light upon the Earth.”
Wednesday, January 23, 7:30-8:30PM,
and nine more Wednesdays through March 27
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
$28 per class module or $300 for the series ($65 savings with advance registration)
for more information or to register, please call 831-423-5477 or e-mail email@example.com
“I am very excited to share my knowledge and experience with you.
The series is structured as a 13 week course, culminating with a Full Moon ritual on the 13th week.
Wicca 101 with Didi
Module 4: Elements - Honoring the elements and working with elemental power.
Module 5: Magickal Tools and Altars - What are Magickal tools? How to consecrate and use them. Basic altar construction.
Module 6: What is Ritual? Creating your own ritual - intention and focus.
Module 7: Ritual Construction - creation and cleansing of sacred space, grounding and centering, circle casting, calling the quarters.
Module 8: Ritual Construction continued - calling/invoking Deity, raising energy and doing the work, cakes and ale, thanking and releasing Deity and the quarters, opening the circle.
Module 9: Connecting with Deity - a discussion about pantheons, honoring, invoking and working with Deity.
Module 10: The Wheel of the Year - Sabbats and Esbats
Module 11: Spellcasting - constructing intention, doing work on behalf of others, corresponding days, lunar influences.
Module 12: Circle Etiquette - Perfect Love and Perfect Trust - What it means to create Magick with others.
Module 13: Esbat Ritual - Honoring the first Full Moon of spring.”
Beginning Ritual Creation
with Lezlie Kinyon
Thursday, January 24, 7:00-9:00PM,
and four more Thursdays, January 31, and February 8, 21, and 28
Garden Gate Center, 2911 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley
$5-$25 sliding scale per class, text $7
http://www.gardengatecreate.com (site plays music)
“What makes ritual different in different religions, spiritual paths, and civic events? How is a ritual created? What are the kinds of rituals?
We will cover these questions and more once per week in a salon-style course looking at rituals of Familia, Thalia, and Rites-of-Passage.
Text: Elements of Beginning Ritual Construction by Blacksun of Elvenhearth (provided, please bring $7 to cover the cost of this text.)
We will cover: The differences between and uses for a ceremony, a service, and a ritual. The purpose of ritual; ritual use in personal, public, and ongoing circles; creating sacred space; our tools: making and acquiring, symbolic meanings and use; purpose, intent, and intentionality; What is an altered state of consciousness? Guided meditation and guided fantasy and trance induction; music and dance; litanies, liturgies, spells, songs and chants; using all the senses: food, art, sound, scent, movement; raising, using and directing flow and energy; using folklore, folkways, myth, symbol, allegory, allusion and story.”
Hoofers, Heathens and Hope Warriors:
A Benefit for Gina Dawson, hosted by Rhodessa Jones and the Medea Project
Friday, January 25, 7:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
Sliding Scale $25-$100
“Gina Dawson, a core ensemble member and choreographer for the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women for the last twenty years, is battling late stages of myleoma cancer and the artists of the Bay Area are coming together to show our support.
Specifically, on Friday January 25, the top Bay Area performing artists will be putting on an amazing show at Brava Theater, hosted by Rhodessa Jones and the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women.
There will be actors, dancers, musicians and poets. Food, drinks and a raffle with great prizes.
It will be an amazing time and we hope you will join us! All proceeds will go to help Gina.
Note: If you would like to help support Gina, but are unable to attend the benefit, you can do so here: http://www.gofundme.com/weloveginadawson”
East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, January 25, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
“Come and join other witches, warlocks, and pagans as we come together in community to some food, and maybe a few laughs. Come and meet some of the other magically minded people in the East Bay area. Coffee and tea will be served. Feel free to bring a small food item to share.”
Eco-Resiliency: A Gathering For Earth Change Awareness
Friday, January 25, 7:00-9:00PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
Holos Institute, 310 Third Avenue, San Francisco, 415-666-2560
Free, RSVP required
“In response to increased environmental disasters and a deep concern for the ecology of our earth we are now holding an ongoing group with the intention of creating a supportive and healing community space.
This supportive group is co-facilitated by Holos interns and reflects the intention of restoring balance to the mind, body, and spirit and generating kindness toward ourselves, our communities, and the earth. Although groups will be holistic in nature, each will embrace a particular focus to reflect four aspects of our being: spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. Each one will be co-facilitated by two interns, one of whom will join the following week’s group.
Whether you want to process these events, learn tools for coping, explore somatic responses, or create healing ceremonies for our collective well-being, we will have something for you.
You may attend any or all groups, yet we require your RSVP by 7:00PM the previous
Thursday to make sure we have enough space and material.
Please call 415-666-2560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested and we will add you to our email list.
Holos Institute is a non-profit, community counseling center and training institute providing services throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
We offer a range of affordable, highly skilled, professional counseling services to the community.”
An Evening with Barbara Higbie and Teresa Trull
Friday, January 25, 8:00PM
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley
$20-$30 sliding scale
RSVP at email@example.com or 415-333-1434
“Please join us for a very special event with Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist, Barbara Higbie and Women's Music icon and vocal dynamo, Teresa Trull. This is the ONLY Bay Area performance for this Glama Award winning duo. Filled with humor, excellent musicianship, fine songwriting and incredible energy, this is a show you won't want to miss!”
Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, January 25, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street, Suite 106, Martinez
“Take the 90 minute guided walking tour through Historic Downtown Martinez to discover the hidden past, little known facts and tales of days-gone-by.
Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.
Tours are limited to 25 people. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. No children under 12 years allowed. Teens 12-17 years must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes. Bring jacket and wear comfortable clothing”
Friday-Sunday, January 25-27
see website for detailed schedule
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
sliding scale $96-$166
“Winter’s Flame - light up the night!
Drum! Dance! Sing! Celebrate!
Winter’s Flame is a new event in an old tradition. People have been dancing and drumming in the dark of night since the dawn of time. In recent years, there’s been a revival of this practice that consciously directs the experience toward personal transformation.
Light up the night and enliven your spirit. Build community and travel deep inside yourself. Come celebrate life at the darkest time of the year.
With a series of magical workshops, delightful rituals, communal meals, and a sweet, sweet slumber party, Winter’s Flame is an entire weekend of awesome. The event is committed to being affordable and accessible, so it will be held right here in Oakland - and the sliding scale allows people of different means to attend. Come dance with the Flame!”
Thanks to Heather King for letting me know about this event!
Wavy Gravy's Hippy Icon, Flower Geezer, and Temple of Accumulated Error
Friday-Sunday, January 25-27,
Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 5:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
playing through February 10
The Marsh San Francisco, 1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco
$15-$35 sliding scale
“Wavy Gravy recounts his life and times, spilling proverbial beans. Not to be missed!
Best known to millions as the inspiration for a Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavor ‘I am an activist clown and former frozen dessert,’ says Wavy - it is through his good work on behalf of the planet and its least fortunate residents that Wavy Gravy has achieved his own brand of sainthood.
His friend and satirist Paul Krassner has called him ‘the illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Teresa.’ Wavy says, ‘Some people tell me I'm a saint, I tell them I'm Saint Misbehavin'.’ (which is also the name of Michelle Estrick’s critically-acclaimed documentary on Wavy). All performances will benefit Seva Foundation and Camp Winnarainbow.”
Park Champions Volunteer Workday at China Camp
Saturday, January 26, 9:00AM-1:00PM
China Camp State Park, 101 Peacock Gap Trail, San Rafael
Free, please register at the website below
“The California State Parks Foundation is seeking volunteers at China Camp State Park. This workday will focus on trail clearance and erosion control on the Shoreline Trail. This work is appropriate for ages 14 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. The day is planned
Through our Park Champions program, we hold multiple volunteer workdays at underfunded parks across the state. Our volunteer projects are selected to help with parks’ unmet needs. Volunteering at a Park Champions workday is a fun way to meet other like-minded park supporters and to make tangible improvements to your favorite parks.
The need has never been more urgent for our precious California state park system. Budget cuts over the years have reduced staff and financial resources to the breaking point, and volunteerism has become increasingly vital to parks’ survival. Even though many parks have received a temporary reprieve from closure and will stay open for the next year, resources still remain at an all-time low. Your help has never been more meaningful.
Hope to see you there!”
Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!
A Celebration of Women, Life, and Liberty
part of Trust Women Week
Saturday, January 26, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market Street, San Francisco
Free, please RSVP at the website below
Men and Children welcome
“Saturday, January 26, 2013 honors the 40th Anniversary of Roe VS Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. The San Francisco Bay Area proudly values diversity and inclusion. We have the courage to come together and stand up visibly and publicly for the rights we exercise every day. In a time when there are the most state abortion restrictions and unintended pregnancy has become increasingly concentrated among poor and low-income women, we need to come together to recognize and celebrate our rights!
All are welcome at this fun and free event!”
Her Rising Dance Flash Mob
Celebrating Women, Life and Liberty - 40th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade
Saturday, January 26, 10:00AM-3:00PM,
The performance will take place at 11:30AM, rain or shine.
Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market Street, San Francsico
“The time has come to reclaim the power of dance and community healing arts to midwife a new civilization for the common good.
If you are a dance-lover, a healer or an inspired citizen ripe to share your gifts and spirit in community, you are at the right place. Our work stands at the intersection of transformative participatory art, personal and social transformation, community weaving and sacred activism.”
Planting Money Seeds Workshop
with Sara Bronson and Iris RedRaven
Saturday, January 26, 3:00-5:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$20 suggested donation
“Start the New Year by clarifying your intention and gaining new skills and tools that help you create a stronger, healthier relationship with money. Through fun exercises you'll gain new insights about how to work with and manage money in both a practical and spiritual way to harvest financial success in 2013.
Sara Bronson is a certified Integral Coach and professional bookkeeper who has been bringing calm to money chaos since 1991. Her passion is helping entrepreneurs and individuals gain control of their finances by creating healthier relationships with money and implementing practical financial management tools.”
My Sinful Angel
Saturday, January 26, 5:00-7:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700
“My Sinful Angel, melodrama. Kazakhfilm Studios named after Shaken Aimanov along with Centaur Production. Almaty, 2012.
The plot is based on the love triangle. It's about the hardships and challenges of Aisha Abroyeva, a young, beautiful and talented Kazakh singer whose dream is to perform in Paris. Her sponsor is rather well-founded banker, Ashat Babaevich, a married man. The unexpected meeting with young, poor and soulful veterinarian Azamat, who is going through his own problems, changes everything.
Film depicts Almaty with its extraordinary suburbs, and Paris. Gerard Depardieu (as a French producer of Aisha) is performing in this romance, now a drama, now a fairly tale. For shooting in Paris, Gerard Depardieu gave to Temenov his elite restaurant free of charge.
Running time: 88 min. In Kazakh with English subtitles.
The screening will be introduced and commented on by Alma Kunanbaeva.
Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.”
Year of the Water Snake 2013
Saturday, January 26, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View, 650-988-9800
$10 in advance, $12 on the day
“Join Susan Levitt, San Francisco astrologer and feng shui consultant, for her annual Chinese New Year talk. In 2013, the year of the Water Snake, rewards are found in the inner world of spirit. Snake is a yin, reflective sign of wisdom, deep experiences, and breakthroughs. This year is a time to shed your old skin and transform. Susan is the author of five books including Taoist Astrology and Taoist Feng Shui.”
Monthly Temple Service with Ile Orunmila Oshun
Sunday, January 27, 11:00AM (and the last Sunday of every month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$10-$15 suggested donations
Please be 5 minutes early as we start the Temple Service promptly at 11:00AM
“This Yoruba-based house of worship, founded by Luisah Teish (author of Jambalaya), hosts a monthly ritual, teaching and celebration for members of the Bay Area community. Services are led by the Initiated Elders of the Ile on a revolving basis.
Topics involve aspects of Orisha worship and Ancestor reverence. Ritual elements include prayers, songs and teaching.
A $10-$25 donation/offering to Eshu from each participant, is requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.”
Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, January 27, 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!”
Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, January 27, 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, January 27, 5:00PM
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations gratefully accepted
“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.”
Tim Rayborn: The Far Famed Ones - Poetry and Music of the Vikings
presented by MusicSources
Sunday, January 27, 7:00PM
Parish Hall, St. Alban’s Church, 1501 Washington, Albany
$25, reservations recommended, please call (510) 528-1685
“Tim Rayborn presents an astonishing program of myth, poetry, ritual, and music, as he delves deeply into the ancient spiritual and cultural traditions of Northern Europe to present both reconstructed works and surviving pieces from the Viking Age (the 8th through the 12th centuries). Featuring several exotic instruments (including shamanic drum, overtone flute, Nordic lyre, bone flute, Shetlandic bowed lyre) and unique vocals, he will bring to life this heroic era in a stunning one-man performance. Works from Iceland, Norway, Shetland, the Orkneys, and more. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening!”
Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, January 27, 7:30-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
“Lake Merritt Pagans is a group for Pagans of all stripes who live near Lake Merritt to socialize and touch base about life on the lake in all its aspects, practical and spiritual.
Activities include: full moon lake walks, altar building, volunteering at the city's regular lake clean-ups, and other good ideas you bring!”
Thomas Paine’s 276th Birthday Celebration
with Vic Sadot in concert
Tuesday, January 29, 7:30-10:00PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
$10-$20 suggested donations
“Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, was America's famous revolutionary writer. We will celebrate his 276th birthday with spirited singer/songwriter Vic Sadot and his musical friends! Vic will sing his Ballad of Tom Paine, which tells Tom Paine's life story in a style inspired by Phil Ochs' Ballad of Joe Hill and Woody Guthrie's Ballad of Tom Joad. Quotations from key writings of Tom Paine will also be featured - short readings from Common Sense, The Crisis Papers, The Rights of Man, The Age of Reason, and letters to friends. Tom Paine's writings remain acutely relevant, particularly to the Occupy Wall Street and ongoing truth and justice movements.”
presented by Ragged Wing Ensemble
Friday-Sunday, February 1-3, 7:00PM (2nd series)
Envision Academy, 1515 Webster Street, Oakland
$15-$30 sliding scale, available at the door
a series of original performances by members of the core ensemble
What makes a play FIERCE? Bursts of creative genius and wild exploration! Working at the collision of DARING and DISCIPLINE! PLAY, RIGOUR, MYSTERY and the spirit of YES!NOW!
The FIERCE PLAY Performance Series is an invitation to practice the power of GO. To bang the words: RAW and POLISHED together and make the sparks fly. This work raises the energy and creates crackling, electric performances. Members of Ragged Wing’s Core Company will lead the creation of FIERCE PLAYS in a condensed time-frame of fourteen days. Why work under the gun? It’s theatrical athleticism! The artists work at the edge of possibility and the wild mind alights! What holds it together? Our season theme: It’s About Time.
The FIERCE PLAY Performance Series is a giant LEAP into the creative YES. We’re taking it. Come with us.
Now! Now? Now.
by Cecilia Palmtag
In an endless stream of Past and Future what is the window into experience? Now! Do your expectations meet up with Now? Structured episodically, this piece will examine the unique filter we each have that colors our world, and consider what experience would be like if we could step into Now.
In the Blink
by David Stein
When a young narcoleptic on her graduation day steps into a wrinkle in the fabric of space and time called the Blink, a stop gap world where time stands still, a father-daughter bond is put to the test, and very nature of reality is questioned.
Moment to Moment
by Adam Sussman
A playwright, condemned to death by an authoritarian regime, tries to finish his play about a prose writer who is visited by murderous conspirators. A prose writer tries to finish a short story about a playwright condemned to death by an authoritarian regime, but is interrupted by visitors whom he fears want to kill him. A heady Moebius strip of a play inspired by a Borges story that tackles dreams, fate, time, and the limits of knowledge.”
Lighten Up About Growing Older!
A Laughter Yoga Event with Annie Goglia and Amos Lans
Saturday, February 2, 1:00-4:00PM
Interplayce, 2273 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Sliding scale, $35-$60 if registered and paid by January 26,
$45-$70 paid on day of. please RSVP to Annie at 510-655-1433 by January 31
“Dear Laughter Lovers,
Be honest - don't most of us in middle age and older worry about about getting older? Will we be healthy? Attractive? Have enought money? Have a good quality of life? I know I do!
Help is here! Join us for this playful workshop. You'll learn both fun and useful tools to help you embrace aging through:
Annie Goglia, Laughter Yoga Teacher, InterPlay Leader, peer counselor
and Life Coach Amos Lans, teacher for 20 years, peer counselor, Laughter Yoga Leader
Contact Annie to register and pay: 510-655-1433 or email me through Meetup.
Look forward to laughing with you soon!
Warmly, Annie and Amos”
Have a Lightened, Livened, Liberated Week!
Molly Blue Dawn