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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for May 2013 and beyond - Mark Your Calendars!

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for May 2013 and beyond - Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for:

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.

Kayumari in the Redwoods 18th Anniversary Celebration
Friday-Sunday, May 17-19
Wildwood Retreat Center, 20111 Old Cazadero Road, Guerneville
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“The Kayumari in the Redwoods Sanctuary has been opened in our new location at Wildwood Conservation Foundation in Sonoma County. It is located in Guerneville, California, and sits on 200 acres of beautiful Redwoods. Wildwood has served as a retreat space for over 27 years. Their land is established as a conservation area protecting several rare species of plants that are being protected.  In Wildwood we have found a place that is cultivating with us a great collaborative relationship, which will prove to benefit both of our communities. We all see this as the next step in our evolution, blessed by the Divine and guided by Our Lady.  It is dedicated to creating a safe place for you to pray and play!

Sanctuary activities include providing prayer services, ceremonies and a variety of gatherings for worship according to various spiritual traditions. The purpose of the offerings is to invite individuals, families and the community to strengthen their relationship to the divine.”

Death, Dying, and Meditation
Thursday, May 18, 9:00AM-5:00PM
United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave‎nue, Alameda
donations accepted

“This daylong workshop will be held at the United Methodist Church on Thursday from 9:00AM  to 5:00PM on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

We will explore The Five Contemplations offered to us by the Buddha.

The Five Contemplations
I am subject to aging. Aging is unavoidable.
I am subject to illness. Illness is unavoidable.
I am subject to death. Death is unavoidable.
I will grow different, separate from all that is dear and appealing to me.
I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions and live dependent on my actions. Whatever I do, for good or for ill, to that will I fall heir.

The course is offered by Baruch Golden and Pauletta Chanco.

Courses are offered on a donation basis to encourage the ancient practice of ‘dana’ or generosity.”

Santa Cruz Rejuvenation Festival
Saturday, May 18, 10:00AM-8:00PM
San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Street, Santa Cruz

“3rd annual Santa Cruz Rejuvenation Festival features continuous, world-class music, drumming, dance, and children's entertainment on 3 stages, huge Eco-Faire, healing village, all-day yoga classes, and organic food. Admission is free. After an inspiring opening ceremony by Coyote Woman, an Ohlone medicine woman and artist, the main stage will bump good vibration music all day. Headlining is legendary Jamaican Reggae artist. Born in the hills of Jamaica, Prezident Brown has performed at venues around the world including Reggae on the River, the premiere reggae festival in the U.S. and the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. He most recently toured the U.S. in 2012 after producing the album I Sound Is From Creation. The Kids' Stage features Zoo to You, guaranteed to be an exciting, up-close educational adventure for your children. Linda Arnold, the Mary Poppins of Children's Music, combines her pure soprano voice with fantasy-based songs to the delight of children and their parents. Her albums won Parent's Choice Gold, NAPPA Gold, and Children's Music Web awards. Families will also enjoy Native American storytelling, face painting, and much more.”

Himalayan Fair
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.”

Maker Faire
Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, Saturday 10:00AM-8:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-6:00PM
San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo
see website for ticket information

“A two-day, family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.”

The Digital Renaissance Faire: A Community Based Educational Collaborative Art Festival
Thursday-Monday, May 23-27
Sopiago Springs Resort, 6941 N South Road, Pioneer (East of Sacramento)
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“The first Digital Renaissance Faire is our premier event launching the Perma-Culture Community Network (PCCN). The PCCN is an organization focused on creating a non-monetary based community network. The Digital Renaissance Faire, being the first of its kind, is a community-based educational collaborative art festival that considers everyone a participant, bringing their piece of the tapestry to be woven into the fabric of the event. Our community values the artist over the art and the person over the product or service they provide, so theme camps have taken the place of vendors. Our participants will be able to freely move from camp to camp, gallery to gallery, workshop to workshop, restaurant to restaurant, and enjoy all the event provides for no additional fee. All aspects of the event will be created in a collaborative effort, bringing people together to produce amazing works of art in all areas including Live Music, Electronic Music, and Visual Performance Art. While our workshop schedule will be open to all types, our focus will be on sustainable resources, intentional living, and permaculture communities. The Digital Renaissance Faire is dedicated to spreading a new way of life through education and art while evolving the consciousness of all participants to bring these ideas home to their friends and family. Together, we can make the Digital Renaissance Faire the Faire for the new Renaissance.”

Belly Dancer of the Year Pageant

40th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, May 24, 7:00PM
Radiance in Jack London Square, 278 4th Street, Oakland

Competition - Six Cabaret and Tribal Categories
Saturday, May 25, 12:30-9:00PM
Performing Arts Theater, El Cerrito High School, 540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito

see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“The Belly Dancer of the Year Pageant was founded by Sula Frick . When Sula passed away in 1978, her son asked Leea Aziz to continue producing BDOY, as it was Sula's proudest accomplishment. Now in its 39th year, Leea has produced BDOY in Sula's honor since 1979.

At first, there was only one category for soloist and the event was held in very small venues. In 1979, the Troupe category was added at the request of Kattoura/Ginny. Later, the Grand Dancer category was added at the request of Halame, and, finally, the Duet Category was added. Several years ago, the Duet of the Year category was changed to Duo/Trio. In 2010, the BDOY Pageant Committee added Tribal Soloist and Tribal Ensemble categories, beginning in 2011, to represent the American Tribal and Tribal Fusion styles in the belly dance community.

BDOY is now an international event, and Belly Dancer of the Year is recognized as the premier title in belly dancing. It opens the door to teaching workshops, starring in performances, and DVD appearances. Previous winners include Aziza (2002), Judeen (1993), and Alexandra King  (1988). The goal of BDOY is to give qualified dancers a fair and equal opportunity to exhibit their skills, as well as promote and elevate the art of belly dance and support its amazing community.”

Womb Blessing
with Miranda Gray
Friday, May 24, 10:00PM,
Saturday, May 25, 4:00AM, 10:00AM, 4:00PM
anywhere, to participate, please sign up on website

“An invitation ...
To all wonderful women everywhere,
I would like invite you to - a free distant Womb Blessing attunement
on the next Full Moon 25th May 2013
at four different times to suit world time zones.

Register YOUR chosen time for the Womb Blessing attunement  
If you do not register for each Womb Blessing and only use the meditation given, you will have a nice experience but sadly you will not receive the deeply transformative and healing attunement from me. To receive the Womb Blessing attunement, you need to tell me when you are ready to receive it!”

Clockwork Alchemy
Friday-Monday, May 24-27
DoubleTree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose
see website for registration information

“Welcome to Clockwork Alchemy 2013! We are thrilled and excited to bring you the second edition of our convention, it is the result of hard work of a dedicated staff and the help of feedback from fans like you!

The planned events include the return of favorites from last year such as the dirigible races, hands on workshops, Emperor Norton's Ball, the steampunk film festival, the beloved tea room, our concert Aural Alchemy featuring our musical guest of honor Steam Powered Giraffe and other amazing acts to be announced soon. Other astounding events are in the works and will be hailed across the aether in the immediate future, as will the evolving guest roster of remarkable writers, artists and makers.

And don't forget, your membership also gets you into our sister convention FanimeCon! So you get two remarkable events for the price of one and get twice the fun! So ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right this way and welcome to Clockwork Alchemy!”

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!”

Redwood Men’s Center’s Annual Men’s Conference
Friday-Monday, May 24-27
Mendocino Woodlands Camp, 39350 Little Lake Road, Mendocino
see website for registration details

“How do you deal with power - your own or another’s?  How do you hold sorrow?  What’s working you? What is your passion?  What gets you up in the morning and what is yours to do in this world? What is your gift, your mission? How do you experience love in your life?  We can hold all of this in community.  It is essential that we learn together to hold the tension between love and power, grief and gratitude and all the dualities which inhabit us. Love, for instance, must be imbued with power to move it from sentimentality to compassion, and power must be invigorated by love to move from coercion to justice.  It is of the utmost importance to our times and the world we live in that we learn to balance and hold the tension between all apparent dualities, the yin and yang of our lives.

Our TOGETHERNESS is the key. Satisfying at long last our hunger for true fellowship, community offers an antidote to the ills of the isolation and competition generally supported and promoted by the world at large. Indeed, there are wounds to our soul, sorrows too deep for solace, dilemma too subtle for advice, which can only be addressed and salved in community. There, in community, we can be seen and we can be heard, and there too we can hold space for our brothers as they find their true and real voice. To know that we are capable of coming into balance while holding life’s inevitable tensions we must rely on our collective resources. Together we can enter those formidable and unknown territories of Shadow and, rather than deny or ignore them, invite the cast-off and exiled parts of ourselves back to the Table of Understanding.

All men of good heart are invited to join us amidst Old Growth Redwoods for our annual Memorial Day Weekend men’s gathering. Over the past 23 years we have learned together how to create and maintain a community which honors our rich diversity, is safe, resilient, and supportive of our work, from in-depth explorations to exuberant celebrations. In community we sing, eat, listen to story, create sacred space, share from our hearts, experience in vibrant ritual our pain and its healing, display our wondrous talents and, in general, have an opportunity to explore together what it means to be a man, to be alive, at this moment, in this world.

Come! Bring yourself, your gifts, your passions, your agonies and struggles, your joy.  Come!

Men in community, restoring wholeness to ourselves and Soul to the world.

Welcoming and supportive of men of all ages, fifteen to a hundred, the Conference is very interactive and rich with dialogue. Personal stories are told; songs are sung; victories celebrated; grieving shared - all in a safe place full of honest talk and mutual respect. There is time to hear ancient tales, meet in small groups, engage in healing ritual, sing gloriously together, play together, converse over meals, and sit in the silence of the trees.

This conference is particularly helpful for any man wishing to move out of old patterns and wounds which have shaped his life and relationships. Men in transition or undergoing significant life-passages often find meaning, strength and comfort here. Many fathers bring their sons to have them welcomed into the community of men. And many men return each year for the ongoing celebration of brotherhood.”

Annual Memorial Day Volunteer Work Weekend
at Feather River Camp
Friday-Monday, May 24-27
Feather River Camp, 5469 Oakland Camp Road, Quincy, CA, 530-283-2290
Payment is by volunteer work

"Plan ahead to come to Feather River Camp over the Memorial Day weekend to help Friends of Feather River Camp prepare camp for its summer run. All work is by volunteers who are fed and given a tent to sleep in. Contact Sara Scheid to participate. campsincommon@comcast.net

There is a lot of raking and cleaning to do along with assorted other tasks. It is fun and a great way to visit the camp in spring when the water is usually higher and the wildflowers are abundant."

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.”

Rearranging Time - Cielo Vertical Arts
presented by Ann Hamilton's Tower Performances   
Friday, June 7, 4:30-7:00PM
Oliver Ranch, Geyersville - exact address provided upon registration

“The Imaginists invite you to join us for a very special event, Rearranging Time by the Cielo Vertical Arts at Ann Hamilton's Tower at the Oliver Ranch in Geyersville.  Tickets are $100 and are limited.  We recommend purchasing your tickets as soon as possible.  All proceeds benefit the Imaginists.

Once you have purchased your tickets, you will receive an email with detailed instructions about where and when to meet and what to wear for the performance.  

Please note, there is some walking involved including a narrow path that will go up and downhill.  Comfortable walking shoes are strongly encouraged.  Arrival time is 4:30PM, performance ends at 7:00PM.

Rearranging Time - Cielo Vertical Arts
Using aerial dance, live music and word, Cielo Vertical Arts and its collaborators: Jesse Olsen Bay, musician, Richard Kittle, set designer, and Steve Schneider, head rigger, will weave an immersive fabric of performance art, responding to and inhabiting Ann Hamilton’s Tower on Oliver Ranch.  Rearranging Time brings the audience through a world where falling slows down, memories jump, rise, and run, real time loses its rhythm and the sublime might last a bit longer.  Rearranging Time will be drawn from the personal stories, myths, and assumptions we collectively hold about time as a precious resource, time as an indestructible truth, and time as an illusion.   

The Oliver Ranch Story
Located in the heart of Sonoma County, 70 miles north of San Francisco, and known internationally for its wineries and scenic pleasures, the Oliver Ranch is home to 18 remarkable site-specific installations; the most recent of which is Ann Hamilton's The Tower, where commissioned dance, poetry, theatre, and music performances take place. The picturesque 100-acre property was originally bought by Steve and Nancy Oliver in 1981 to graze a few extra sheep from, as Steve says, ‘My daughter’s 4-H project gone bad.’ The ranch’s evolution from exiled sheep quarters to world-renowned sculpture ranch was gradual and organic, a natural convergence of the Olivers' longstanding passion for art and deep connection to the land.

In 2009, Steve and Nancy Oliver partnered with Community Foundation Sonoma County to create the Oliver Ranch Foundation as a supporting organization of the Community Foundation. This partnership assures that the Olivers’ vision for the ranch continues into perpetuity and allows the Olivers to leave the ranch in local hands. As of 2009, the Olivers contributed to the Oliver Ranch Foundation an undivided interest in the land and the sculptures affixed to the land, with plans for the remaining interests in the land and sculptures to go to the Foundation over the Olivers' lifetimes.  

Please note:  Tickets are nonrefundable and not transferrable.  All tickets sales subject to availability.  For more information or to buy your tickets from the Imaginists Box Office, please contact Brenda Fox at brenda@theimaginists.org or 707-528-7554.

San Francisco Free Folk Festival
Saturday-Sunday, June 8-9, 12:00-10:00PM
Presidio Middle School, 450 30th Avenue, San Francisco

“The festival is two full days of music and dance workshops, concerts, dance parties, crafts, vendors, formal and informal music-making, and just plain fun for the whole family. All ages and musical interests are welcome. All events and workshops are open to anyone who wants to drop in and participate or just listen. And did we mention that admission is free?”

Pirate Festival
Saturday-Sunday, June 15-16, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Vallejo Waterfront, next to Vallejo Ferry Terminal, 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo
$7 in advance, $10 at the gate, Children under 12 Free

"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 Sunday, June 16!
Afterwards, we will meet at Pizza Pirate, 72 Solano Square, Benicia:

Scottish Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, June 15-16, Saturday 10:00AM-10:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville
See website for ticket prices - discounts available for ordering in advance, two-day tickets available

"Explore the History, Myth, and Legend of 16th century Scotland!  
Enjoy the Excitement and Competition of the Highland Games!

Entertainment - Music - Arts - Crafts - Activities - Games - Magicians - Faeries - Food - Beverages - Ale

Something for the whole family!"

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.

Physical Needs
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!”

Time Travel Weekends
in Historic Old Sacramento
Saturday-Sunday, June 29-30,
and every weekend through August 25
Historic Old Sacramento, 101 I Street, Sacramento

“Get ready to step back in time when the past mingles with the present once again in Old Sacramento! Visitors to Old Sacramento will enjoy lively and interactive street theatre as part of the hugely popular Time Travel Weekends that debuted last year to much applause. The streets of Old Sacramento will come alive with talented performers who put on spontaneous and elaborate skits and performances. Plus, visitors won’t want to miss the highly entertaining Old West stage shows happening daily including the much acclaimed Golden Melodeon Review in the Eagle Theatre.

As you stroll through Old Sacramento on weekends July through August, you might just chance upon historic re-enactments complete with wagons, wild characters with heroes and villains, children’s pioneer craft activities, historic gambling, bowling, juggling, singing, dancing and other forms of musical mastery, military encampments, mining camps, parades, historic events, medicine shows, Civil War cannon firings, and much, much more!”

A lot of the performers in this program are Renaissance Faire and/or Dickens Fair folk!

Director Robert Young, who may look familiar to you if you’ve ever met Mr. Dickens himself, or attended a Mysterium Om ritual at PantheaCon, says:
“THE CURTAIN'S GOING UP - on a new season of Time Travel Weekends in Sacramento City.  The very first melodrama to open the Eagle Theatre in 1849, 'The Bandit Chief', will be reborn on that stage every afternoon. An entertaining show of variety acts will also take stage - jugglers, Shakespearean actors, medicine show, can can, music hall and much more - concluding in the stirring pageant 'Triumph of Eureka'.  Mr. Mark Twain himself will hold forth with his droll humor and entertaining tales. The streets will be bustling with wagons, carriages, parades, music and lively characters.  Will you be there?”

Saturday, July 13, 9:00AM-6:00PM
Bay Area Thelemic Temple, 130 East 12th Street, Oakland
$35 in advance (before July 1), $0 at the door, includes meals
for more information, contact Glenn Turner at glenn@theurgicon.com

“What is Theurgy?
It is the use of magick to contact the One or a particular God by use of appropriate signs and symbols and thereby achieving information or enlightenment. Personal spiritual development and happiness are generally the goals. The West Coast has many practitioners of magick; our goal is to provide a place for practitioners to exchange ideas and strategies for accomplishing the Great Work.”

Rivertown Revival
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
Eugene, Oregon
To be part of the CFE rideshare, please contact Cross Sidhe at cayafunforeveryone@gmail.com

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.

Cross Sidhe”

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.”

Forest Faire
with Community Seed
Saturday, August 24, 10:00AM-5:00PM
40 Thieves Picnic Area, De Laveaga Drive, 850 Branciforte Avenue, Santa Cruz

“Come one, come all!
Community Seed is hosting its first homemade Craft and Psychic Festival, and we’re calling it the Forest Faire!

Live music all day! Everything from folk to ukulele to Celtic to drum circles.
Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it under the Redwoods.
Live Bellydancing performances!
Lovely handmade jewelry, clothing and magickal wares from local artists

And, down in the grove…..
20 of the best psychics, healers and readers in the bay area, all hand-picked by the Community Seed board of Directors.
Services from any of these wonderful folks will be $20.00 for 20 minutes.
Make an appointment, get a small sample or just meet and talk with any or all of ‘em before making your choice(s).

Make it a magickal day in the woods - and maybe change your life!”

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 freehttp://www.wunderkammerfestival.com

“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.

Attractions include:
Children’s Midway
The Luther Burbank Food Circus
Live Music and other Performers
and, of course, the Handcar Races!”

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