Mark your calendars for:
Wellness Essentials For Women
Wednesday, April 3, 6:00-9:00PM, and each Wednesday in April
Berkeley location given upon registration
$240 for all four sessions
“Bay Area Women: Build Your Wellness Tool-Kit!
Four deep-dive sessions taught by world-class women’s health practitioners bringing you practical tools you can use to boost your health now and for the long term.
Join us Wednesday evenings in April for all this wisdom:
We’ll meet from 6:00-9:00PM on Wednesdays in April, at a beautiful venue in central Berkeley.
April 3: Chinese Medicine for Fertility and Reproductive Health
with Amy Taylor Mitchell, M.S., L.Ac.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is known worldwide as a highly effective, safe treatment to enhance fertility and support menstrual cycle health and regularity. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs treat women’s reproductive imbalances holistically, by alleviating stress and re-balancing the whole person. Amy will provide a Chinese medical perspective on supporting women’s reproductive health at every age, with a focus on optimal fertility. She’ll also offer a range of practices, tools, and lifestyle modifications to support reproductive wellness.
April 10: Ayurvedic Tools for Breast and Lymphatic Health
with DeAnna Batdorff of the dhyana Center
The lymphatic system brings nutrients to all tissues, enables endocrine function, and supports immunity. The breasts are surrounded by a high concentration of lymph nodes and vessels, and lymphatic blockage can impede breast health. DeAnna will provide an overview of Ayurvedic approaches to lymphatic and breast health, teach you how to assess and care for the condition of your breast tissue, and share lifestyle tools to support overall lymphatic health.
April 17: Integrative Medicine for Hormonal Health
with Dr. Sara Gottfried
Your hormones are probably working against you, and you may not know it. We’re culturally conditioned as women to overprovide and this causes a chain reaction of feeling stressed out, irritable, and fat – not to mention a libido that is missing in action – all due to changes in your brain, brain chemicals, and hormones. Dr. Sara has identified the top 5 imbalances affecting your hormones and brain chemicals. Using cutting edge science, such as the serotonin gene, and ancient wisdom, such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Sara will show you how to reset your system naturally.
April 24: Western Herbs for Healthy Digestion
with Kami McBride
The old saying, ‘you are what you eat’ is only partially true. ‘You are what you digest!’ Healthy digestion supports the entire body - no matter what you are dealing with, improving your digestion will enhance your health. Kami will guide you to increase the digestibility of your food with herbal remedies, tea blends and delicious herbal condiments. You will learn tools to assess your own digestive health and leave with lots of easy and tasty recipes to support your optimum digestive wellness.”
Spirit Of A Fully Lived Life
Network for a New Culture Spring Camp 2013
Thursday-Tuesday, April 4-9, all day
Lupin Lodge, 20600 Aldercroft Heights Road, Los Gatos
$290 plus lodging and meal rates
“Spring Camp is co-creating the transformation of our Culture and Ourselves through Universal Earthy Love in the deepest sense. By Universal Love we mean deep intimacy, transparency, honesty, spirituality, genuine equality, compassion, ultimate respect for autonomy and conscious responsible sexual awareness all through the context of community.
Experience The Presence of focused group energy playfully pulling the authentic YOU forward, beyond your box, into your clearer, stronger voice and choice. We are creating a field, The Sacred Matrix where, when one person succeeds in personal transformation, all people in the connected group will benefit, by observing that person’s work in a safe, loving container.
The Zegg Forum authentic self expression
Compassionate Nonviolent Communication
7 Minute Connections and Transparency Games
Tantra / Puja Ritual with Francoise Ginsberg PhD
Gender Circles and Goddess Gatherings
Next Culture self mastery thoughtware
DJ Juicy Dancing
Theater Games / Improv
Creativity Sharing Cabaret night
There will also be opportunity for working together to integrate shadow, reclaim power, voice, sacred conscious responsible sexuality and trust for each other.”
Lumen Obscura III
Dark Fusion and Theatrical Bellydance Event
Friday-Sunday, April 5-7
Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose
see website for detailed schedule and ticket information
“Lumen Obscura endeavors to bring together not only familiar names in dance innovation but new and up-and-coming artists who have exciting ideas and genre-shaking skills. We broaden students' horizons in dance by not just offering the same workshops and performances they can find at their local studios or videos but by bringing together national and international talent in one location for intensive, exciting workshops that challenge and inspire students to seek out new ways to grow and evolve their dance.”
Healing and Empowering Your Relationship with the Spirit of Money
with Anne Hatfield and Stuart Dole
Tuesday, April 9, 7:00-9:30PM,
and three more Tuesdays, April 16, 23, and 30
$135 if registered by April 1, $145 after April 1
“Do you feel challenged about money, finances, and abundance? Never feel like you have quite enough? Done affirmations about money until you're blue in the face but nothing seems to change? Believe that wanting money isn't ‘spiritual’?
In the shamanic view, everything is alive and everything has a spirit - including money!
What would it be like to develop a conscious relationship with the spirit of money and relate to it as the sacred being that it is? To dance with this powerful spirit with creativity, joy, and integrity?
Have you ever wished you had a trusted financial adviser you could contact at any time? There are trustworthy spirits that can help with decisions around money, investment, business, finance, and livelihood - in this workshop you will have the opportunity to begin this partnership.
Meet and dance with the spirit of money
Meet a trustworthy spirit financial adviser
Learn how to have a more full, rich relationship with money that is filled with joy
Discover what right livelihood means for you
Become inspired by the spirits to shine your light in the world
To consciously engage with the spirit of money and work in a whole new way, join us on the four Tuesday nights in April for The Spirit of Money and Right Livelihood, part of our Personal Empowerment series. (Journey skills are NOT required.)”
Queer Contra Dance Camp
Friday-Sunday, April 12-14
Monte Toyon, 220 Cloister Lane, Aptos
See website for detailed schedule and registration information
“The San Francisco Bay Queer Contra Dance is hosting its sixth annual dance camp within the lush redwood forest of Monte Toyon, a beautiful camp facility near Santa Cruz, 79 miles south of San Francisco, where you'll be housed and fed and offered a weekend of gender-role-free dancing. Beginners are welcome. Contra is an exuberant, friendly, easy-to-learn American barn dance with roots in English folk dance. While many of our dancers are LGBT, we cheerfully welcome folks of any and all persuasions! Take a weekend away to dance, relax, make friends, and enjoy the lovely California redwoods.”
Sonoma County Maker Kids Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, April 13, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa
“The Sonoma County Maker Kids Mini Maker Faire was first held in 2010. Now in its third year, the event was the first of its kind to focus specifically on youth makers. This youth-oriented DIY festival encourages attendees to roll up their sleeves and take part in a wide-range of hands-on activities, all aimed at promoting invention, creativity, and a sense of wonder.”
San Jose Fantasy Festival
Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14,
Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Guadalupe River Park, 494 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose
Adults $12, ages 13-17, seniors and military $10, ages 6-12 $7, under 6 free
Parking $5 at HP Pavilion
“The San Jose Fantasy Faire offers visitors the opportunity to step into an enchanting fantasyland, where you will have more fun than you can shake a wand at.
The event is a family-friendly festival, a blending of myth and popular fantasy. You will find yourself a part of a wondrous gathering of knights and princesses, as they stand side-by-side with hobbits, fairies and pirates, on a weekend filled with performances that will enchant children and grown-ups alike. Some of the characters you'll meet include Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, Troll and Goblin Kings, Viking Gods, Rumpelstiltskin, Satyrs, Pirates, Mermaids, Witches and Fairy Godmothers from various fairy tales and many more. This year we're adding more of a steampunk feel to the show.”
World Book Night
Tuesday, April 23
“World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. go out into their communities and give a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.
Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.
After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.
Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night. On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or access.”
Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition
Friday-Sunday, April 26-28
Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
see website for registration information
“Get Your Gear On!
Your Interplanetary Exploration Gear, that is…
The time has come to explore new, uncharted lands, to seek your fortune and adventure in the vast expanses of our known and unknown universe… to trip the light fandango on the dusty red surface of Mars, join a safari in the swamps of Venus, hunt leviathan on Jupiter and race your aerial chariot around the wild rings of Saturn… the possibilities are limitless, as Nova Albion presents:
Steampunks in Space!
The Grand Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition returns to the decadent Hyatt Regency Santa Clara in 2013 for three glorious days, April the 26th, 27th and 28th. Come rub elbows with preeminent scientists and planetary ambassadors, hob-nob with famous airship captains and explorers, and of course imbibe a proper cuppa with the crème-de-la-crème of Victorian society.
We shall present the Foremost Authorities to enlighten and enrich you, provide Grand Entertainments for your amusement and edification, and fill our market stalls with Fine Purveyors of exotic artifacts, rich clothing and jewels, the newest ingenious gadgets, sturdy exploration gear and more.
Saturday, April 27, 8:20PM
Candlestick Park, 490 Jamestown Avenue, San Francisco
see below for registration information
“A 5k run/walk that is as much show as it is run.
Electric Run is a 5k run, a show, participation art, and celebration of life. Incredibly talented artists and lighting technicians with experience creating beautiful art and light at Coachella, Dreamworks Animations, Disney, and some of Vegas’ hottest shows have come together to create a world that will fill you with wonder.
Participation Art / What to wear
The Electric Run is a show; the course is the set and the participants are the cast! Come let your light shine and your creative juices flow. Add your own creative spark by dressing up in otherworldy costumes that glow, shine, blink, and dazzle. Show us all what you’ve got!
Each course will have 5-10 distinct lighting experiences which will include different artistic elements and different moods. Some will be very energetic others will be more etherial. Our in-house DJs will be working with our Art and Lighting Directors to create custom mixes that work with the visual mood in each world.”
Be a part of Team CAYA at the Electric Run with CAYA Fun For Everyone!
Cross Sidhe says
“Team Caya - Electric Run (Walk/Wheel) - Candlestick Park In Sf - April 27Th!!!!
Jenny Wilde (Rowan) and Cross Sidhe have formed TEAM CAYA!!!
We invite all of CAYA, Family of CAYA, and Friends of CAYA to this night of fun, dance, walk/run/wheel, and most of all... LIGHTS AND GLOW!!! This is both a walk and Wheelchair friendly event!!!
We will be holding and EL WIRE soldering workshop at Cross's place. The time and date will be TBA but soon. We will also be offering low budget glow solutions so not one will come as a darkwad.
The Electric Run is a charitable event. The charity will be announced on the Electric Run official website. The charity is usually a well known charity.
How to Register:
1. Register at the Official Electric Run website:
2. Select "Team"
3. Look for "Team CAYA (Wilde)".
4. Use the Promo Code of "SFVIP" for a $5 discount.
5. After registering with the Electric Run. Please send me an e-mail at:
This way we can keep track who is officially in our team.
6. Join TEAM CAYA FB Page for info, planning, workshops, etc:
For questions and information please contact either Jenny Wilde or Cross Sidhe.
For more CAYA fun and excitement please join the CAYA Fun For Everyone FB Page:
Love and Lights!!!
Cross and Rowan”
Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28, Tea sittings at 12:00PM and 3:00PM
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, 415-485-3328
$27.50 for adults, $22.50 for children.
reservations required - please call 800-838-3006
ages 3 and up
"Make a date for tea with Alice, the March Hare, Dormouse and Mad Hatter for a decidedly unique and unorthodox tea complete with tea sandwiches, hot chocolate, and desserts. Enjoy the theatrical company of characters in original costumes from the Stark Ravens Historical Players, as they entertain and cause smiles and giggles in Falkirk's elegant Victorian setting.
This event sells out; please make your reservations early! Includes goodie bag for child. Bring your camera for great photos!"
Friday-Sunday, April 27-29
The Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
see website for detailed schedule and registration information
“The second annual ConjureCon will be held on April 27-29th, 2013.
Registration is now OPEN!
This year's lineup promises to be even more exciting than last year, with a focus on hands-on tools and experiences.
Check out this year's classes:
Love Letters and Petition Papers with Auntie Sindy Todo
Writing petitions, letters, prayers and intentions in Conjure is one of the oldest and most important tools a good conjurer can utilize. These practices are ways we get our desires out of us and into the creative body of Spirit (God, Goddess, etc.).
Powering Up in Prayer with Orion Foxwood
The concept of ‘prayer’ means many things to many people across many traditions, religions and practices. But, regardless of the language we use, prayer is the means by which we humans can access and direct the flow of creative-life-force.
Undercover Work : Sneaky Tricks with Auntie Sindy Todo
How can you get some work done without it being obvious? Where do you hide work in or around the home or office? How do you keep others from messing with your work. The answer to these questions is simple...be sneaky. How do you get your hands on personal items covertly?
Drawing and Holding Your Money in your Pocket with Momma Starr Casas
All of us want to have a prosperous life that both provides for our needs and enhances the joy of our life. This aspect of our life requires a constant and unhindered flow of cash and other forms or prosperity. Honestly, do you never seem to have enough cash?
Unleashing Your Psychic Powers with Susan Diamond
Too often, what we call ‘psychic’ is actually natural inner knowing. We over-mystify this ancient and accessible part of how we work. It is a source of wisdom that is accessible to anyone who seeks it and all we need to do is ‘unleash its power’ into our goals and our lives.
River Magic with Orion Foxwood
Conjure and root-work, at its foundations, is about ‘tapping the root’ or core power, set forth into and through the worlds by the creator (in its many forms). One of the old methods for doing this is to work with the banks, on-coming and out-going tides, banks and bottom of rivers and streams. This kind of work is African, European and Native American at its roots and offers a power to be accessed and which is always accessible.
Calling on Your Holy Household: Engaging the Ancestors with Momma Starr Casas
Each one of us has an ‘invisible team’ of partnering, informing and empowering spirits that walk with us and join us in our work leveraging that which is unseen to that which is seen. Stop, look and listen to the spirits this spirit-family that walk with you. The most intimate of these is your blood and spiritual ancestors...those who have walked and paved the way before you arrived in this world.
Conjure Cuisine: Edible Spells with Susan Diamond
What we take inside of us becomes us! This concept and truth is the basis for conjure cuisine. In this work, We become the living mojo-bag for our work. As conjure-workers, we can create foods that have magic based on the recipe and the timing of its creation that produces visible effects on love, power, peace, healing and a host of other outcomes.”
Maitri Breathwork One Day Workshop
with Trish Noble and Courtney Courtney
Wednesday, May 1, 9:15AM-8:00PM
Wildwood Retreat Center, 20111 Old Cazadero Road, Guerneville
$175 includes lunch and dinner
Space is limited, pre-registration required with a non-refundable deposit of $100 by April 8.
For more information or to register,
please contact Trish Noble at 209-352-0753 email@example.com
or Courtney Courtney at 650-529-1162 firstname.lastname@example.org
“Developed by Jyoti and Russell Park, PhD, Maitri Breathwork is a transformative experience and healing modality that combines the power of breath, cross-cultural music, healing herbs, and hands-on bodywork in a sacred, supportive setting.
Individuals use a simple breathing technique to enter a non-ordinary state, allowing access to healing states of consciousness to explore inner realms and support healing for mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of being. Release, re-patterning, and receiving allow one to navigate daily life with more fluidity, ease, and personal power.
Following the Breathwork process, Breathers may create a mandala to capture images, sensations, archetypal symbols, and meanings from the experience.
Our day will consist of an opening circle; we will then work with a partner and have the first breathing session, then a light lunch, followed by another breathing session, dinner, and a closing circle. Each person experiences Breathwork as both a Breather and a Sitter.
We invite you to join us in discovering a world within, accessible by breath, to lead the way to freedom of expression, personal empowerment, and health. This Breathwork is facilitated by Trish Noble and Courtney Courtney, certified Maitri Breathworkers, and supported by trained Maitri Breathwork assistants.
$175 - Breathwork with light lunch and dinner provided.
Optional lodging (dorm style) for 4/30 and 5/1 with two light breakfasts for an additional $150.
Space is limited, pre-registration required with a non-refundable deposit of $100 by April 8th.
Bring water bottle, journal (optional), pillow, blankets or sleeping bag. Wear comfortable, loose, layered clothing. Eat a light breakfast (or none at all) and drink plenty of water. Avoid citrus.”
Beltane Festival: A Gathering of Pagan Folk
Weekend Family Camp Out
presented by Moon n Star Tarot and Metaphysical Boutique
Friday-Sunday, May 3-5
Blue Mountain Event Center, 7250 Mitchell Mill Road, Wilseyville
Adults $20, Children $10, Family package $50
“Please join us for the Second Annual Beltane Camping Weekend to be held on Friday through Sunday, May 3-5, 2013 in Wilseyville, California, approximately 2 hours away from Sacramento. We will be celebrating at the privately owned 200+ acre Blue Mountain Event Center, 7250 Mitchell Mill Road, Wilseyville, California 95257.
The campout will take place in green meadow surroundings, amid towering trees and pure mountain streams. Children are welcome. Dogs must be kept on leash at all times. There will be drumming, dancing, belly dancing, fire dancing, crafting for children and adults, nature walks, rituals, workshops, vendors, and other activities. Several food vendors will be present if you decide not to bring your own food.
Bring a tent, sleeping bag, food, drinks, and any other personal essentials that you will need for the weekend. There are several running-water outhouses with showers, plus parking is available for RVs. No firearms are allowed. Help us make this the best event of the year! Price: $20 per person for the whole weekend.”
Norway Day Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Buchanan Avenue and Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
(parking available at the Marina Middle School, 3500 Fillmore Street, San Francisco)
“The Norway Day Festival, celebrated every year in San Francisco, is the largest and most prestigious festival of its kind in the United States with more than 5,000 visitors!
Take a trip to Norway without ever leaving the Bay Area!”
The 10th Annual Renaissance Workshops and Symposium
Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5
Folsom City Lions Park, 403 Stafford Street, Folsom
see website for detailed schedule and registration information
“It’s time to come together to learn from each other and share ideas to help make for a better Renaissance Faire experience. To be held at the same park as the annual Folsom Renaissance Faire on May 4th-5th, a weekend long workshop & symposium geared toward faire participants, vendors, and playtrons. Basically for anyone interested in learning about fitting into the Renaissance atmosphere.
The principal aim of the Renaissance Symposium is to encourage discussions of the Renaissance period and improvisational theater, in a congenial and fairly informal environment, in hopes of bringing to life much more entertaining and exciting shows. If you have experience and knowledge in related informational areas, you are encouraged to participate as both speakers and discussants. Class submissions are being accepted now and will be vetted before they’re posted to make sure that the classes offered are of quality and on point.”
Inanna: Knowing Ourselves, Knowing Power, In All of Our Parts
a weekend intensive workshop
with Cypress Fey, Irisanya and Inanna Hazel of Reclaiming
Friday-Sunday, May 10-12
The Yurt, Sebastopol - exact address given upon registration
Sliding scale $90-$240
for more information or to register, please contact Irisanya at email@example.com
“This mystery of power, how we hold it, how we share it, how we grab onto it, how we are called into it and changed by it. Inanna collects the Huluppu tree, ripped from the ground by a storm, planting it in her holy garden and nurturing it until the tree is tall and thick. But then, something happens…
In our personal journey and in the collective journey, we ask the question: what are the gifts
that arrive when we are willing to step into our power? Has fear ever led us to interpret gifts as threats? Have we sought to banish gifts before finding out what they held for us?
Inanna brings the gifts of wisdom to her people, and in her time and place, out of her heart, more are revealed. Following her journey, what arises from of our hearts to bring to human culture? What more do we bring for our time and place?”
Bay Area Storytelling Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 17-19
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
see website for detailed schedule and registration information
Oral storytelling is an art for all ages, from the cutest kids and the hippest adults through the wisest grandparents. Every year, the festival offers a school study trip and a professional storytelling workshop on Friday. Saturday and Sunday we offer several performances for adults, a family program and more workshops. In 2013, we are hosting an invitational spoken word slam for local high school students.
We are pleased to announce the tellers for the 2013 Bay Area Storytelling Festival! Award-winning storyteller and NPR commentator Kevin Kling tells hilarious, often tender stories. Megan Wells seeks the story eclipse when the ordinary world gives way to the light of the imagination. When Len Cabral tells stories, coyotes turn into ducks and we travel from Ethiopia to New England cranberry bogs. Yvette Brandy weaves stories and songs, and Will Hornyakpromises to captivate, surprise and intrigue.
The Bay Area Storytelling Festival promotes the timeless, contemporary art of storytelling by presenting todays finest talents. The festival showcases the power of stories to bridge generations, celebrate diverse cultures, and build and connect communities.
Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, Saturday 10:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM- 5:30PM
Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
$5 donation includes raffle ticket
“Under the towering oaks and redwood trees in the midst of a quaint Berkeley neighborhood, Live Oak Park becomes a vast marketplace with over 100 privately owned shops, free live music and several food vendors including Momos freshly made by the Tibetan Community, Nepalese and Indian foods. We do not accept any commercial vendors or commercial support at the fair so to keep the experience authentic and specifically Himalayan in nature. The Himalayan Fair offers a rare occasion to experience a unique Himalayan festival without leaving the Bay Area.”
Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium
Session 1: Friday - Monday, May 24-27
Session 2: Friday - Monday, August 30-September 2
Black Oak Ranch, 50350 Highway 101, Laytonville
see website for detailed schedule and registration details
“PlantWomen gather! The Tribe comes together!
Now, two times a year, women from many backgrounds of life gather together in great celebration for four full days of inspiring Herbal and Sustainability classes, gourmet vegetarian meals, talented campfire capers, amazing handcrafted marketplace items, Rites-of-Passage Ceremonies, powerful campfire drumming and dancing, refreshing swimming hole dips, and conversations with remarkable and inspiring women!
We meet together under the ancient oaks, douglas firs, and bay trees of Northern California. Our main gathering area is encircled by sixteen tipis with a large firepit in the center. All classes are held sitting on the ground under these majestic trees, or under shade tarps that we have set-up. At night we camp together, either in the tipis or in tents that we each bring.
During the days we are a gathering of women and children studying, teaching, learning, networking, and talking about plants, healing, and healthy lifestyles. When the sun goes down we become a playful and celebratory group, chatting, chanting, singing, showing off our talents, drumming and dancing into the night around the campfire.
We are a group of 350-400 women and children and we gather to learn from each other, to nurture and nourish each other, to take a break from our daily lives, to regenerate, refresh, dance, frolic, talk plants, and most of all, to have a REALLY GOOD THYME together!
Each session is a separate event. Do join us for one or both sessions!”
Valhalla Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, June 1-2 and June 8-9,
10:00AM-6:00PM Saturdays, 10:00AM-5:00PM Sundays
Camp Richardson’s Wood, 1900 Jameson Beach Road, South Lake Tahoe
Adults $18, ages 13-17, seniors and military $13, ages 6-12 $8, under 6 free
“Two weekends of fun and excitement for the whole family.
Rub elbows with nobility, immerse yourself in the Renaissance village, enjoy continuous entertainment in the streets provided by close to 900 costumed actors, action packed stage shows, music, dancing, jesters, Shakespearean vignettes, expertly staged battles, storytelling, archery tournaments and much more.
First Weekend, June 1-2:
Scottish invasion! The first weekend is geared more toward younger audiences with tons of shows, dancing, theater plays, and music for your whole family.
Second Weekend, June 8-9:
Pirate and Barbarian Hordes invade the festivities. Let loose and have a jolly good time while you participate in Scavenger Hunts, Costume contests, and a Talk Like a Pirate Competitions.”
Saturday-Sunday, June 15-16, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Vallejo Waterfront, next to Vallejo Ferry Terminal, 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo
"The Northern California Pirate Festival has one goal:
To create an entertaining event where everyone who loves pirates will have a great time and feel welcome!
Whether you love nautical music, swordfighting, sailing, cannon-battles, theater, maritime crafts, food and drink, or just shopping fer' pirate booty... there's something here for YOU!
Fun For ALL AGES: Children, Adults, Teens and Whole Families!
We encourage coming out in costume... whether you dress as an historical era pirate from the Golden Age of Sail or a bejeweled Mardi-Gras Krewmate from New Orleans... whether your taste runs towards Hollywood Swashbucklers or Foreign Buccaneers from international waters! Dress up and share in the experience...
You certainly don't need to come out in costume, but when you leave you're sure to feel like a pirate!
Sail out to the PirateFest and join us for a great time!"
CAYA Fun For Everyone and CAYA Sprouts at The Pirate Festival
Join your CAYA Crewmates at The Pirate Festival on Saturday, June 15!
Afterwards, we will meet at Pizza Pirate, 72 Solano Square, Benicia:
Thursday-Sunday, June 20-23
Earth Matters Retreat Center, 11629 Love Creek Road, Ben Lomond
see website for detailed schedule and registration information
“Hello Nature Lovers. Mark your calendars for the weekend of June 20-23 and get the days off work now: Solaris is back for another long, leisurely weekend of Spiritual Renewal.
This year we will again be having two-track of playshops: A more meditative track and a more energetic one.
Our Grand Poobah this year will be the lovely Karen.
New this year! Thursday Tea Party!
Also new this year: Sliding Scale Pricing!
Registration before May 5th is just $100-$130 for 3 nights and 4 days of camping, rituals, playshops and fun!
For Friday arrival (2 nights and 3 days), we will set you back a mere $80-$110.00
Some things never change:
Clothing Optional camping.
Rituals and Activities every evening.
Morning gourmet pancakes from the Chef Without Pants.
A community ritual presented on the day we all write it as a group.
The entertaining and moving evening Bardic.
Snaps. Hundreds and hundreds of Snaps.
The wood-fired hot tub.
Jigsaw puzzling, dancing, lounging, laughing and on and on.”
Nature and Soul Retreat for Autumn Equinox
with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Friday, June 21, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, 415-383-3134
$122 early registration up to ten days before the event, $140 within ten days 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.
Summer Solstice: Sensing into the fullness of our lives with deep gratitude and joy.”
California Witchcamp 2013
Sunday-Sunday, June 23-30
Mendocino Woodlands, exact address given upon registration
Please see website for detailed schedule and registration information
“The story this year is the Descent of Inanna.
The Theme this year is Hope and Inspiration.
This is an extraordinary event for extraordinary people.
Share in a week of Reclaiming style, earth based spirituality and magic. Come and study magic and ritual in a week long Intensive. Witchcamp is offered to all genders at all levels of experience. Newcomers can learn the basic skills of magic and ritual, working with the elements, movement, sound and the mythological and historical framework of the Goddess Tradition.
Advanced classes offer the chance to apply the tools of ritual to personal healing and empowerment, or a focus on taking the Craft out into the world, creating public ritual, ongoing groups, and healing issues surrounding leadership and power. This event is a deeply moving, life changing week and also a constant experiment in temporary village life. We will also look at ways of bringing this work and inspiration into our everyday lives, creating powerful, joyful times.
This year, Witchcamp will be held at the Mendocino Woodlands, located just far enough outside the town of Mendocino to avoid coastal fog. The camp is set among a mature Redwood/Douglas Fir forest, creating a beautiful, peaceful setting. The cabins are rustic, but pretty. Camping is also an option. A small river runs through the camp, which is actually the home of steelhead trout. To request a brochure, please send us an email with your mailing address.
What is an Intensive?
Seven days of ritual and magic. Designed for people who are dedicated to powerful spiritual learning experiences and personal growth. This intensive is not a festival. It will expand your unconscious awareness, push your edges and likely change your life. The intensive is sequestered for the entire 7 days. Please plan to attend the entire week. Also, we don't allow children due to the intensity of the week.
How Much Does Witchcamp Cost?
Full details on costs and timelines are available on the registration page. We do offer partial scholarships if you require financial aid. Please email for the application.
What does this fee include?
It includes all meals (vegetarian), workshops, rituals and accommodation for the week. You might want to bring a little extra cash in US currency only for our pagan market place, and for the scholarship fundraising raffle and auctions.
All food is vegetarian, we can cater for some special needs i.e.: vegan, no wheat. We will make every effort to assure that you have an alternative selection. The kitchen staff, however will not be able to prepare special meals. If your needs are highly individual you might want to consider bringing your own snacks etc.
All of the camp is rustic dirt paths and wooden bridges, not wheelchair accessible. Most of the bathroom blocks are up 40 foot slopes, which can be difficult if you have mobility problems. People have gotten around with walking sticks and crutches at previous camps. We will do our best to support your need. You will need to notify us well in advance (months) if you have special needs so we can discuss them with you. We do our best to accommodate special needs, and sometimes it is just impossible. We also expect you to be the initiator and take responsibility for yourself and getting the help you need.
Due to the limited amount of parking space available, we need to carpool. Cars with 3 or more people will get to park in the closest lot, all others will be required to park further along the road. We do need you and your car space for others. Carpool information will be included in your registration packet.
Pagan Flea Market
We invite all crafts people and anyone who has a service to share to participate in our flea market. You need to provide your own table and everything you will need. Please note 10% of the final sales will go to next year's scholarship fund.”
Honeyroot Women’s Embodiment Retreat
Thursday-Sunday, June 27-30
Shady Creek Event Center, 18601 Pathfinder Way, Nevada City
“HoneyRoot Women’s Retreat is an annual celebration of Fem-bodiment, Sisterhood, and Intergenerational Collaboration - a place to explore, expand, and truly inhabit ourselves as women; a (re)treat for the Feminine Soul.
Brought to you by Devorah Bry and Shelly Smith, and located among the pines, oaks, and maples of Shady Creek Retreat Center near Nevada City, CA, HoneyRoot provides opportunities for us to open our bodies to the wisdom that lives inside each of us and the love that inhabits our collective heart. Through an array of dance, voice, and movement workshops, healing ceremonies, performances, playtime, down time, and up time, we will taste the Yes that lives in our bodies and our interconnectedness.
We, HoneyRoot organizers and facilitators, will do our best to create a strong container, a safe playground, and a loving womb for the sake of the realization of our feminine embodiment. We hope you’ll join us.
When we bend our knees, release our jaws
and pelvic muscles, rest into our weight,
stay connected to our bellies, and bring attention
to the constant support of Mother Earth,
we find ourselves, and each other, with ease, grace,
and an at-home-ness that is innately ours.
– Dev and Shelly”
Fairy and Human Relations Congress
Communication and Co-Creation with Devas, Nature Spirits and the Faery Realms
Friday - Sunday, June 28-30
Skalitude Retreat, Twisp, Washington
See website for registration details
"The Fairy and Human Relations Congress affects the planet by joining with the nature, devic and other higher realms to bring more peace, love and understanding into the world. Our goal is not to escape the outer world but to positively affect it. At this time of multiple crises affecting humanity we feel it is very important to seek alliances with as many light forces as possible in other realms. Mother Earth and the fairy realms ARE big players in what is transpiring on the planet. Though many deny their existence, the numbers of people who are tuning into the spiritual realms and to the nature spirit/fairy/devic realms is increasing by leaps and bounds. The Congress is one of the vanguard events bringing these people together. We are not a frivolous event although we do have lots of fun and costume up. Our intent is communication and cooperation, not only for our personal selves, but for all of humanity. We are allying ourselves with Mother Earth and with the forces for peace and love on planet Earth.
The 2013 Congress: Igniting Forces of Connection and Manifestation
The time has come for us to consciously unite with our non-physical cohorts and create the reality we want here on Planet Earth! This year we bring our fully human selves into loving relationship with the fairy and devic realms to strengthen our powers of manifestation in joyful union!”
Saturday, July 20, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Steamer Landing Park, 6 Copeland Street, Petaluma
“Like you, we love Sonoma County and all of the bounty that it has to offer. For this reason, and many more, we’ve celebrating the 4th year of this local, arts-based, community festival that highlights the Petaluma River and all of the amazing artists who call our county home. The event includes an art boat race and parade, floating art barges and an all-day festival, which includes local music, art, food and drink and over 40 fabulous local vendors. The Rivertown Revival is sure to be 2013′s most unique and creative summer festival!”
CAYA Fun For Everyone: FaerieWorlds 2013
Friday-Monday, July 26-29
To be part of the CFE rideshare, please contact Cross Sidhe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cross Sidhe says:
“Hello everyone! This will be the second year that CFE will be offering an adventure to FaerieWorlds in Eugene, Oregon. For those who are new to FaerieWorlds, it is a three-day Lammas, Faerie, and Music Festival and camp out.
We will be leaving Crockett at 5:00AM PROMPT!!! Sleep over is welcomed. We will arrive at FaerieWorlds about 1:00PM, in time for the opening Lammas celebration.
The drive home will be a TWO DAY trip. We will leave FaerieWorlds sometime around noon on July 28 and do an overnight stopover a at a place TBA. We will arrive home sometime on the 29th. The trip home will be a leisure trip with stops at all eye candy and shinies.
CFE will be officially camping in the Outer Grove. However, you may came with us or join your friends. If you do decide to camp with CFE then lets plan to food, shade structure, mess kits, etc.
Everyone must buy their own ticket. The earlier you get your ticket the cheaper it is. I am asking for $50 to help pay for gas round trip. Low income gas options are available. Please contact me for info.
As of right now, I have 2 to 3 seats open.
If you are interested please contact me.
San Jose Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, August 3-4, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Guadalupe River Park, 494 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose
Adults $17, ages 13-17, seniors and military $12, ages 6-12 $7, under 6 free
Parking $5.00 at HP Pavilion
“If you love Renaissance Faires, this full-scale, interactive experience is not to be missed. San Jose Renaissance Faire offers you a chance to visit the days of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I. See brave and bold knights competing for the favor of the Her Majesty's Court and for their lady's affection during full-contact jousts held in the Queen's Tiltyard each day. 700 costumed performers will bring Shakespeare's England to life with parades, pageants, and fun townsfolke, offering continuous entertainment of spectacular variety. You'll enjoy musicians, jugglers, and the ribaldry of actors drawing you even deeper into the Renaissance.”
Bay Area Tarot Symposium
Saturday-Sunday, August 17-18
Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose
see website for detailed schedule and registration information
“The first, the original, the only... There is NOTHING like a BATS!
Two days of Tarot-drenched fun and frolic including workshops, presentations, readings in the Pagan Science Reading Room, fabulous schmoozery, and the legendary Tarot Bazaar, featuring Tarot Garden (your source for all things Tarot) and the Millard Fillmore Memorial Spiritualist Temple Garage Sale (the retail arm of the DoD)
Plus! the Raffle of Fabulous Prizes!
The BATS in the Belfry Magickal, Mystical Mixer on Saturday night will feature the Michael Kenny jazz combo and special guest performers.”
DR E.P. Kitty’s Wunderkammer Festival
featuring the Great Sonoma County Handcar Races
Sunday, August 25
Historic Railroad Square, 9 4th Street, Santa Rosa
$8 in advance through April 15, $10 after April 15,
children 12 and under free
“Wunderkammer blends art and science into one gigantic feat of moving parts, sounds, and people.
Wunderkammer, featuring The Great Sonoma County Handcar Races, represents a public celebration of Mechanical Handcar Races, Visual, Culinary, and Costumed Performing Arts combined with an inclusive concept of Community Participation and Human Ingenuity embracing sustainability, alternative transportation, and good old fashioned fun.
The Luther Burbank Food Circus
The Luther Burbank Food Circus
Live Music and other Performers
and, of course, the Handcar Races!”