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, January 8, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Ifa Way, Expanding Your Voice, Wicca Wednesdays, Beginning Ritual Creation, In Her Name Circle: Great Goddess Rising, Fundamentals of Astrology 3, Roy Zimmerman's Wake Up Call, Glacier Stories, Hot Couture, Community Seed’s Open Circle, High Magic: How to Turn Your Lead into Gold, East Bay Waltz, Bob Reid and Margaret Miles In Concert, Pandemonaeon In Concert, American Folk Heroes Weekend, Women's Visioning Circle, Temple of Aphrodite, Adocentyn Library Cataloguing Day, Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft, South Bay Pagan Salon, Women’s Sacred Circle, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, Writing My Memoir

The Ifa Way: Discussions on the Yoruba Spiritual Path
Wednesday, January 9, 7:00-9:00PM,
and the second Wednesday of each month
Bay Area location provided upon RSVP
to RSVP, please e-mail iyamahea@thescaredforest.org

“Curious about the Yoruba spiritual tradition? Interested in exploring our relationship with Nature energy and the Ancestors? The Ifa Way recognizes the sacredness of life as revealed through an indigenous African perspective.

Join us for a series of gatherings in which we will learn about Ifa and its unique world view.

Teachings will include:
Understanding the Orisa
Finding Your Song
Ritual and ceremony
Creating altars and sacred space

Our first gathering: Introduction To Ifa

Subsequent meetings will occur on the second Wednesday of (most) months.
Location of the meeting is at a private home and will be provided upon your RSVP.

There will be a limited number of attendees.  Please contact us to reserve your place.”

Expanding Your Voice: A Four-Week Singing Workshop
with Mark Growden
$75-$125 sliding scale for the series

Wednesday, January 9, 7:30-9:30PM,
and three more Wednesdays, January 16, 23, and 30
A.Muse Gallery, 614 Alabama Street, San Francisco

Thursday, January 10, 7:30-9:30PM,
and three more Thursdays, January 17, 24, and 31
Wildcat Studio, 2547 8th Street, #15, Berkeley

“Come play, sing, and expand your vocal abilities in this inclusive four-week workshop with composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Mark Growden.

We will sing songs from various folk traditions from around the world, including gospel songs from the American South, Irish ballads, and South African part-songs, as well as songs composed by Growden and other contemporary composers specifically to be sung by groups. We will get into our bodies, learn breathing techniques, and experience singing in duo and larger group settings.

This class works on the ‘safety in numbers’ principle. No one will have to sing solo in front of the class.

All levels of experience are welcome. People who may be hesitant about singing are particularly encouraged to attend.

Dress comfortably, as we will be moving.

Space is limited. Please register in advance.

There are a limited number of scholarships available.
markgrowden@gmail.com for more info.”

Thanks to Lorelei for letting me know about this event!

Wicca Wednesdays
with Didi
Wednesday, January 9, 7:30-8:30PM,
and twelve 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 mail@serpents-kiss.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 2: Getting started - the art of honoring your own energy. We will discuss techniques of creating sacred space, grounding, centering, visualization and meditation.

Module 3: Magick and Intention - Tapping into our personal power. Focus and the power of words - written, spoken and thought.

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 10, 7:00-9:00PM,
and six more Thursdays, January 17, 24, and 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.”

In Her Name Circle: Great Goddess Rising
with Joy Reichard
Thursday, January 10, 7:00-8:30PM (and the second Friday of every month)
Ann Benner Room, UU San Mateo, 300 E Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, 650-342-5946
$10-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The voice of the Divine Feminine is re-emerging in human consciousness, bringing us a new vision of the sacredness and unity of life.
Her mythology from diverse cultures around the globe illustrates her many representations and rich symbolism offering role models and guidance to modern women and men. Her message is one of peace, compassion, and respect for all life.
If you are seeking to learn more about the Divine Feminine, then please join us on the second Friday of each month as devotees of the Goddess gather to celebrate her many manifestations with ritual, movement, myth, song, divination and guided visualization. A $10-20 donation is appreciated.

This month’s circle features Sherri Rose-Walker, Poet and Convener or the Pacifica Poetry Forum, accompanied by Patricia Haan, Celtic Harper.

Upcoming dates:
February 7     
March 7
April 11
May 9
June 6”

Fundamentals of Astrology 3: Forecasting Techniques
with astrobarry
Thursday, January 10, 7:30-9:30PM,
and three more Thursdays, January 17, 24, and 31
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$140 for all 4 classes, registration required

“In Part Three of astrobarry's 4-part astrology course, we will examine different astrological methods for understanding what to expect from specific time-periods. By observing the planets' continuous movements through zodiac signs and in aspect to one another, we can gain greater insight into the archetypal qualities of a given moment. This helps us put past events into perspective, while preparing us for what the future holds in store. In this class, we'll learn how to apply transits, progressions, and solar returns to any birthchart.

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

Roy Zimmerman's Wake Up Call Concert

Thursday, January 10, 7:30PM   
142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley
$18 in advance, $20 at the door

Friday, January 11, 7:30PM
With special guest Red Steppes
UU Fellowship of Los Gatos, 15980 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos
$18 or pay what you can

“What's funny about war, poverty, ignorance, bigotry, neo-conservatism, homophobia, greed, lust and fear? Ask Roy Zimmerman. He's been writing satirical songs for twenty years.”

Roy Zimmerman is one of my favourite local musicians!

Glacier Stories art reception
by Zsuzsanna Laszlo
Friday, January 11, 7:00-9:00PM
exhibit runs January 9-March 5
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385

“My series Memories of a Glacier tries to analyze the notion of ‘disappearance’ in nature and especially glaciers. We know that glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, yet we either do not acknowledge it or we don't do enough. Experimenting with different textures and materials gives me the freedom to present my ideas more clearly. My work is less painterly and more sculptural which enables me to build up my pieces layer by layer. The materials of choice are heavy paste, oil and wire or wax and sand. -Zsuzsanna Laszlo”

Hot Couture: A Fusion of Fashion and Fire
Friday-Saturday, January 11-12, 7:00PM
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland
Friday $30, Saturday $40

“In celebration of The Crucible's 14th Anniversary, we are excited to present Hot Couture: A Fusion of Fashion and Fire on January 11 and 12, 2013. Melding high fashion with industrial art, Hot Couture features world-class fire demonstrations, aerial artistry and a blazing showcase of wearable art from Bay Area designers.

Hot Couture will showcase creations from 13 artist and fashion designers teams producing over 40 design concepts that illustrate the intersection between fashion, traditional industrial materials and fabrication. Pieces will include a stained glass couture gown, custom corsetry embellished with interactive LED sensors and embedded 3D imagery, and warrior couture with welded steel and embossed leather.

The evening includes a special performance on a fire-breathing violin by Heather Katz constructed by Peter Kropf, accompanied by the dynamic aerial artistry of Rose Nisker.”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, January 12, 2:00PM (and the second Saturday of each month)
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$5-$10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gather at 2:00PM, begin ritual at 2:30PM. The intention of this circle is to provide a regular meeting place for Earth-Spirit, Pagan worship in Santa Cruz. Newcomers are welcome! Let us meet together in sacred trust to create closer spiritual bonds of love and understanding within our community and within our tribes. There is only one love. Following ritual will be a simple feast, and the opening of circle. (No potluck except on occasion). After circle has been opened, we invite you to stay to socialize, and perhaps have some tea and snacks.

What to bring?
Yourself, your open heart and mind. We ask for a small sliding scale donation to cover the costs of the hall rental ($5-$10 dollars). No one will ever be turned away for lack of money.

This month, Willow and Rich will lead our Monthly circle with a meditation to enjoy the cool, quiet, spaciousness of the time of beginnings. A time to feel like a seed in the earth.”

High Magic: How to Turn Your Lead into Gold
book signing with Arisa Victor
Saturday, January 12, 3:00-5:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

The event is free. Books will be for sale.

“High Magic is about using metaphysical science to progress on the Path of Light towards ever-greater Self-realization. The Ageless Wisdom of the West is distilled into clear, concise language. Illustrations and How-To suggestions help awaken one's inner truth.

Arisa Victor, author of High School Astrology and compiler of The Spoken Cabala will present her new book on alchemy. Arisa has removed many layers of obfuscation, so that the heart of alchemy is revealed as one's True Self.”

East Bay Waltz
Saturday, January 12, Lessons: 7:00-9:00PM, Dancing: 9:00PM-Midnight
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12 for lesson and dancing, $8 for dancing only

“East Bay Waltz is a monthly casual social dance featuring mostly waltz and cross-step waltz, with polka, swing, schottische, and latin dances thrown in to mix things up.

Every month, there is a class for beginners and a class for more experienced dancers, from 7:00-9:00PM. Then, there's DJ'd social dancing and fun times from 9-midnight. $12 gets you the lesson and dance, or $8 for just the dance.

Come by yourself, or with a friend, or a crowd. People of all ages are welcome. Dress in jeans and a t-shirt, or dress up all fancy-like if you'd like.”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

Bob Reid and Margaret Miles in concert
Saturday, January 12, 8:00PM
private home in Piedmont, address and directions given upon RSVP

“Want to be deeply moved?
This is your chance to see Bob Reid and Margaret Miles making a rare appearance at a house concert in Piedmont, hosted by Vicki and Shelby Solomon.  They will present a collection of intimate songs from old and new sources, form Malvina Reynolds to Lisa Acshmann, as well as several original songs.

The  performance will feature gorgeous vocal harmonies accompanied on guitar, autoharp and pennywhistle.

E-mail bloomingbooks@gmail.com or call 415-987-0502 to rsvp and for address/directions.”

Pandemonaeon in concert
with Arcane Dimension
Saturday, January 12, 9:00PM
Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, 707-795-7868
$10-$20 sliding scale

“Pandemonaeon is velvet and leather, blade and bone, the scent of jasmine and rose crushed with blood.  Blooming forth from the realms of dark fantasy and fierce magic, these blossoms of song speak to the fragile balance of celebration and melancholy that is divine nature enduring the trials of mortal flesh.

May our lives be an intoxication of beauty.”

American Folk Heroes Weekend
at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach
Saturday-Sunday, January 12-13, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details

“Celebrate the rich tradition of American folklore through its larger-than-life heroes. In our special treasure hunt, you'll be searching for such legends as Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyon and his big blue ox, Babe.

Magician Scott Alcalay performs Saturday, January 12, 1:00PM and 3:00PM
Scott Alcalay was the very first magician to perform at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach - way back at our Sneak Peek event in 2005. Ironically that day he created exquisite balloon animals for our many guests. We did not learn until later of his magical powers. He is also the president of the Oakland Magic Circle.

Magician Mike Della Penna performs Sunday, January 13, 1:00PM and 3:00PM
Mike Della Penna is a transplanted New England illusionist who also teaches second grade in the Berkeley School System. Mike perfected his entertainment skills as a standup comic in Boston but developed an early love for children's magic. His live shows are extraordinary as he involves make believe and interactivity which embraces every child's dream of what just might be possible. His assistant is Clara the Clarevoyant Duck who has amazing powers even when blindfolded. Mike taught Playland's 2010, 2011, and 2012 sold out Magic Camps (where he got raves from his students). Don't miss this amazing performer.”

Playland at the Beach is a fun part of San Francisco history,
now being kept alive by people in El Cerrito who are obsessed with fun and history!

Women's Visioning Circle
Two Days of Visioning and Manifesting
with Evalena Rose and Afia Walking Tree
Saturday-Sunday, January 12-13, Saturday 10:00AM-9:30PM, Sunday 10:30AM-5:30PM
$295 for whole weekend, Saturday only $185  
Sebastopol - RSVP for exact location

“Join us for enchanting rituals designed to manifest new realities in your life, using the magic inherent in a circle of powerful women to call them into being.

Women's Visioning Circle
Saturday, 10:00AM-9:30PM
Inspiring, delightful, and empowering, our first day of ritual creates a safe and sacred space in which we:
Dive deep to discover what blocks treasured goals from coming true.  Drum and chant as each woman releases her blocks to the fire.  Explore life purpose.  Share the pleasures of creating colorful Treasure Maps as you develop goals in nine areas of your life.  Experience the depth and awe of a circle in which peers and colleagues witness each woman breathing life and power into her fondest visions.  Co-create magic for ourselves and for the planet in sacred celebration.
Women report dreams coming true all year from this empowerment ritual!  Many return year after year, telling us the miracles of goals being realized in their lives. Some laminate their goals and post them to bring the visions into every day.

Moving Visions Into Reality
Sunday, 10:30AM-5:30PM
Building on Saturday's goals, Sunday focuses on:
Utilizing practical strategies and planning tools to move treasured goals toward effective action plans and time lines.  Translating goals into accomplishments through the use of mind maps and flow charts.  Releasing old patterns and fears of success.  Discovering tools to ground your plans in time and space so they truly support achievement of your fondest visions.  Energizing new ways of being as you enjoy the compassionate support of this powerful circle of women affirming your new steps with you.
This day deepens our commitment to letting our goals guide our actions.”

Temple of Aphrodite
Sunday, January 13, 11:00AM-12:00PM, (and the second Sunday of each month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“Men and women of all backgrounds are invited to participate in monthly rituals and activities dedicated to the benevolent Lady of Love.

Theme for January: 2013 planning session

These services help you tap into the ever-flowing fountain of love within, and to connect that love with your personal practices, work, relationships, and activities in the world.”

Adocentyn Library Cataloguing Day
Sunday, January 13, 11:00AM-6:00PM, and the second Sunday of each month
Adocentyn Library, 1029 A Solano Avenue, Albany
please RSVP to Don Frew at DHF3@aol.com

Don Frew says:
“Dear Friends of the Adocentyn Research Library,

Thank you for expressing interest in helping us get the Library ready for opening. The main bottleneck has been getting the collection catalogued.

To try to move things along, the ARL Board has decided that we will have a cataloguing day at the Library every month on the Second Sunday.  We hope that Second Sunday will be easy to remember and become a regular pattern.

We'll be starting at 11:00AM and going (ideally) to 6:00PM, with a lunch break somewhere in the middle. (Anna says ‘this will be like an old-fashioned quilting bee.’)

The location is 1029 A Solano Avenue (just west of San Pablo Avenue), Albany CA. The phone number on-site is 510-280-3911, but you can reach me at home at 510-524-2078 or cell 510-919-1077.

If you can join us, you'll need to bring your own laptop with wifi capability and power cord. We'll teach you to use LibraryThing (our database), if you don't already know how to use it. (Or you can go to www.librarything.com in advance and poke around.)

We don't have a fridge or a stove on site, but if you would like a cold or hot beverage there is a cafe on our block (The Four Corners Cafe) at Solano and San Pablo - a few steps away.

Also, you should know that the restrooms are upstairs, but if you have any mobility issues the above-mentioned cafe has nice facilities and is very accommodating.

Please let me know if you can join us as space is limited (as are power outlets).

As a small token of our appreciation, everyone who joins us for this will receive a coupon for a free day-pass for use of the Library after we open (which otherwise would cost something like $10).

Thank you and Blessed Be,

Way of the Rabbit Witchcraft
with Rabbit
Sunday, January 13, 3:00-5:00PM,
and the second Sunday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$400 for all 12 classes, $35 per class
to register, call 510-444-9355

“Theme for January 13: Introduction: discovering the witch you have always been.

Standing under the moon, staring up into infinity... how many times have you paused here... dreaming... transfixed, gazing at the beauty of the heavens and contemplating the mysteries of the Universe? Life is such a sacred journey, and each person much find their own path. This class is an exploration of my philosophies and practices of witchcraft: a brew of science, spell craft, cosmology, fate, free will, and wonder. The methods I share in this class come from my 20 years of experience in making magic that works for my own purposes, and for the greater good.

This class is a ‘year and a day’ training in building, bringing forth, and discovering your own witchcraft. I share my methods as an example, but you are ultimately the visionary behind your own personal religion. Suitable for beginners on the path, but also satisfying for advanced practitioners who are curious about new perspectives and practices. Be prepared to laugh, to
explore your own magic with affection and humor, to wield your power mindfully, and to open to the adventure of life as a witch.”

South Bay Pagan Salon
Tuesday, January 15, 7:30PM (and the first and third Tuesday of every month)
Cafe at Books Inc, 301 Castro Street, Mountain View
for more information, contact Jason Mankey at panmankey@gmail.com

Jason says:
“We'd like to formally invite you to join us the first and third Tuesdays of every month for the South Bay Pagan Salon. The SBPS is a discussion and networking group, dedicated to talking about ‘Pagan Things’ and networking in the Bay Area. Generally we'll start each meeting with a specific topic to get the discussion rolling along, but after we get started it'll be rather open ended with the participants dictating where the discussion will go.

We hope you'll join us.

No donations required, heck, if you show up I just might buy you a cup of coffee.

If you've got questions, I might have answers. Email me (Jason) at panmankey@gmail.com

Women’s Sacred Circle
with Soul Coach Lis-Lotte Mariscal
Wednesday, January 16, 10:00AM-12:30PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation: $25.  
Please RSVP to Lis-Lotte at 510-507-1907 or answers@lis-lotte.com

“Let's gather in Sacred Circle over a Pot of Tea to talk about how Clutter Clearing - inner AND outer - truly can shift stagnant energies and create miracles in your life and relationships.

I am a certiļ¬ed 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 dare to Trust, Live and Express their True Intuitive Wisdom Powers.  For the Healing of The Earth, Themselves and Their Relationships.

SHOW UP to gain a new sense of ‘Who You Truly Are’: YOU are SO MUCH MORE than your CLUTTER!

In this powerful ceremony you will Learn:
How Clutter Clearing can have a profound effect on you and your life.
How Inner Clutter is in the way of seeing yourself and others through loving eyes.
Simple tips to get started - without being overwhelmed.
To let go on a guided SOUL JOURNEY: Living Life Lightly.”

Bernice Bobs Her Hair staged reading
by F. Scott Fitzgerald, adapted for B8 by Jean Butterfield
Friday, January 18, 8:00PM
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord

“Bernice Bobs Her Hair

Join Butterfield 8 for a roaring night set in the roaring 20s!

F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story Bernice Bobs Her Hair takes the audience to rural Wisconsin in the heat of summer. Visiting her beautiful, alluring cousin Marjorie, Bernice wants to find a way to launch herself into adulthood. Marjorie suggests something outrageous and unheard of: bobbing her hair.

Butterfield 8 brings back their beloved staged-reading style to bring audiences this tongue-in-cheek coming of age story.

Featuring: Beth Chastain, Jeremy Tribe Gallardo, Kerry Gudjohnsen, Donald L. Hardy, Peter J. McArthur, and Becky Potter.

Performing one night only!

Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served.”

Writing My Memoir: A Journey of Discovery and Cathartic Self-Expression
A 10 week Writing Workshop/Retreat Series (Part 1)
with Veenaa Saynana
Saturday, January 19, 1.30-5.30PM
and 9 more Saturdays through March 23
Bay Area location given upon registration.

“I am thrilled to present this 10 week workshop/retreat series, and I invite you to immerse yourself in a joyful writing experience that will be unlike any other. Once a week, we will escape far from the madding, perhaps maddening, crowd, to a retreat haven that is within a 30 minute drive from downtown Berkeley and Oakland, set up in the hills, close to greenery and open spaces, where our minds can actually come to stillness and be inspired; where our creative juices can flow like honeyed nectar.

Consider these questions:
Is there a story buried deep inside of you, a tale of an awesome journey of ups and downs that has shaped you into the person that you are? Has that story been yearning, burning, simply waiting to be told?
Have the skeletons in your closet been grinning ghoulishly, taunting you with insider secrets that never let up in the eternal quest for healing, pushing you to put pen to paper, in pursuit of a cathartic release?
Have you thought of writing your memoir, leaving behind a powerful written legacy to inspire, educate or illuminate the lives of others with the wisdom you have gleaned in the course of your life?
Have you been stymied by technical details or perhaps lack the necessary motivation and perseverance required of such an endeavor?

Here is the help you need.
This course is offered to a small, powerful group of individuals united in the common goal of writing a memoir, in a nurturing and supportive space, receiving the technical expertise of story crafting, peer evaluation, group support and the added incentive of accountability.
We will cover a wide range of topics - from intention setting and purpose of writing to clearing away any writers’ blocks, to crafting your message, creating a narrative arc, research and planning, editing and rewriting, peer evaluation and more.

This course is held over a 10 week period. Participants are asked to commit to the entire period, even if they are unable to attend every session. You will have access to a digitally recorded session if you are unable to be present.

The workshops are divided into segments with a teaching component, 2 writing slots, sharing and peer evaluation. There will be a support network created through which participants are encouraged to post their pieces for critique and to receive support should they need it. There will be time given to ceremony and healing to clear blocks when and where appropriate.
By committing to a 10 week writing series, you are making a powerful statement of commitment towards writing your memoir. If you have been receiving a powerful push to write, to putting down on paper your own powerful journey, the story of your life, your incredible life - then I invite you to take this first step now.

The Gift
You will be held in a creative cradle, nurtured and supported by a wise, compassionate, experienced facilitator and a support group of powerful writers, all united in a common goal. You will set a list of practical intentions to which you will be held accountable by the group. You will receive motivation, peer support and evaluation to help you with crafting your story. You can give yourself the gift of retreat out into nature, which in itself is such a gift, to allow your creativity to blossom. You believe behind a lasting legacy, the gift of the story of your life, for your children and your children’s children. And should you decide not to publish, if that is not your goal, then the experience, the catharsis of writing is a gift in and of itself.
What a priceless gift!

Veenaa Saynana started teaching writing skills in 1982 in Singapore elementary schools. She then went on to teach creative writing to people of all ages. She has also taught auto-writing workshops in Singapore, New York, Oregon, Canada and Bali. She is the author of Mary Magdalene Speaks- Pathway to Empowerment, a channeled book that she wrote on a spiritual journey down the Pacific Northwest. She is a multi-faceted performer who created ‘Christmas Nipples’, a comedic one-woman show that had Berkeley in titters (pun intended) for 2 years! She has a successful international healing and coaching practice through which she empowers others to live more fulfilling and abundant lives by following their authentic passion. She has been strongly drawn to put her life-story in memoir form and invites those with a similar calling to join her in her exuberant endeavor.

Registration Details: A $100 deposit is required to confirm your place. The balance must be paid one week before the start of the course.
Paypal the amount to veenaasaynana@gmail.com, or mail a check to Veenaa Saynana with your details including email and phone number to: 1034, 61st St, Oakland, CA 94608.
Details about Part 2 will be announced later.
Venue: A haven with a natural setting, a 20 to 30 minute drive from downtown Berkeley/Oakland

If you have any questions, please email Veenaa at veenaasaynana@gmail.com

Have an Expanding, Awake, Visionary Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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