Bay Area Dance Week, Partnering the Moment, Exploratorium After Dark: Home, Neolithic Beltane, Fundamentals of Astrology 4, The River, The Lullaby Tree, Time Sensitive, The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals, Salome, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, Stirring the Cauldron, Sexing Sacred Texts, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Beltane Festival: A Gathering of Pagan Folk, World Labyrinth Day, Free Comic Book Day, Revels May Day Celebration, Roses and Flora Tours of the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, BritWeek Festival, Hands-On Greywater Workshop, Castles and Kites Festival, CAYA’s Festival of Bliss and Blessings, Community Seed Beltane Ritual, PYT's Monster 2013-14 Season Announcement, The Heart of Faerie Oracle Workshop, The Sherlock Holmes Mystery Ball, Champagne Silent Auction, Napa Valley Ceramic Artists Spring Sale, Cinco de Mayo Weekend, Norway Day Festival, Renaissance Workshops and Symposium, Cinco de Mayo Work Party, Conscious Goddess: Temple Services, Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances, Conscious Goddess: Priestesshood in the New Age, World Laughter Day, Healing Dream Party, The Witch's Garden, Being-in-Dreaming, A Course In Modern Conjure, Shamanic Journey with Mikaya Heart, California Revels May Day Celebration, Sound Healing Concert, Art of Tarot with Rabbit, NorCal Trans Partners Family and Friends Support Group, Expanding Your Voice, What is True for You About Prosperity?, Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate, Wand-Making Intensive in the Sacred Path Tradition
Bay Area Dance Week
Wednesday-Sunday, May 1-5
see website for local events
“Bay Area Dance Week (BADW) is a 10-day festival of free public dance events, which takes place in April of each year. As a celebration of our local dance community's extraordinary diversity, BADW features movement styles ranging from ballet to modern, Argentine tango to classical Indian, jazz and hip hop to traditional hula, fire dance to Chinese Classical, Samba to belly dance, aerial to West African, contact improvisation and more.”
Partnering the Moment
Workshop with Dance Monks
presented by Samavesha
Thursday, May 2, 6:00-8:00PM
and one more Thursday, May 9
Rose Labyrinth, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley
$30 for both sessions, $20 for one day
“Be moved by the landscape of the present moment with a curious mind and open heart. Sharpen your capacity to listen with the whole body in order to create dances that are connected, sensitive, powerful and honest. Participants explore moving through breath, awareness, and clear impulse with live music, as well as learn self healing acupressure techniques.
Live music by Laura Inserra (May 2nd only).”
Exploratorium After Dark: Home
Thursday, May 2, 6:00-10:00PM
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
$15, Adults Only (18+)
“Welcome to Home - our first After Dark event at Pier 15. This museum-wide housewarming party features tours of our new campus and exhibits, live music, films, and explorations of homes ranging from the human microbiome to our place in the universe.
Join lead design architect Marc L’Italien of EHDD and lead mechanical engineer Peter Rumsey of Integral to discuss the process of transforming a sleepy warehouse into a vital home for the Exploratorium and the largest net-zero-energy museum in the world.
Enjoy live music from Zac Carroll’s Front Porch, a homestead-inspired mobile stage built from period materials, or spin Home, a 14’ illuminated globe of international street maps by artist Michael Christian.
Meet exotic creatures that call pier pilings home, and get to know some 500 trillion or so residents of your own skin, mouth, and gut with Exploratorium biologist Karen Kalumuck. Stroll through the solar system with staff scientist Ron Hipschman, and learn what makes Earth and other ‘Goldilocks planets’ just right for sustaining life.
Whether you’re new to the Exploratorium or a longtime friend, we hope you’ll make yourself at home with us this After Dark.”
The Dance of the Goddess and the God to ensure a fertile harvest
presented by Fellowship of the Spiral Path
Thursday, May 2, 7:30PM (doors open at 7:00PM)
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
“Come, Ladies and Lords, and take a chance at drawing the Lot of The Goddess and channel Her energy and pick from the Men in attendance to be your Consort, and have the energy of The God channeled into him, and do the ‘Dance of the Ages’, culminating in a simulation of The Great Rite!
The more people in attendance, the more energy in the room, and the better year it promises to be, full of love and a great harvest as the Earth is plowed and the seed planted deep within it's dark depths!
Bring finger foods (grapes, dates, nuts, breads, etc.) for a feast to ground the energy within everything and everyone as this can be a very "energetic" evening!
In honor of our beloved George Hersh, who so fully enjoyed this ritual each year.
Come wearing (or bring and change into) Neolithic Garb and a mask.
(Neolithic Garb = Primitive Woven Robes, Animal Skins, Loin Cloths etc.
(I will try to obtain the famous animal masks made by George Hersh, which, each year, he brought to this ritual that he enjoyed so much, to share with all.))
Children's attendance is NOT recommended !!!
This is a very sensual ritual that includes the simulation of The Great Rite!
Feel free to share this invitation with all of your friends that you feel would appreciate it.”
Fundamentals of Astrology 4: Insights into Relationships with astrobarry
Thursday, May 2, 7:30-9:30PM,
and three more Thursdays, May 9, 16, and 23
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$140 for all 4 classes (registration required)
“In Part Four of astrobarry’s 4-part astrology course, we will focus on the different ways to use astrology to interpret the dynamics at play in our interpersonal relationships.
We’ll examine which types of relationships likely to be most fulfilling to an individual, based on factors present in the birthchart. We’ll also learn how to look at two birthcharts together, analyzing the planetary interaspects between them using synastry. This allows us to better understand the unique blessings and challenges specific to the relationship.
Prerequisite: Fundamentals 1, 2, and 3, or the basic ability to understand a birthchart and planetary transits. Contact the store to see if this class is right for you.”
an original play by Richard Montoya
presented by Intersection for the Arts and Campo Santo
Thursday-Sunday, May 2-4, 8:00PM - final week
A.C.T Costume Shop, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco
Richard Montoya of Culture Clash collaborates with Intersection for the Arts resident theater company Campo Santo, and its co-founder Sean San Jose, to create The River. The play is part of Montoya’s larger series, The Border Series, that explores themes of identity, California and its people, and the many types of borders they encounter and cross.
The River unites Montoya and San Jose, two of California’s most renowned and prolific artists, to tell a homeland tale that reflects their experiences and the experiences of the people who make up their families, their communities. The story’s geographic reflection ties our state together through the journeys that make us all connected. Through their very personal lenses, Montoya and San Jose create a tale of beautifully fraught tension that reflects how socially, culturally, and economically diverse we are as the people of California.
The River carries us along its trail through the personal stories of California’s diverse citizens: illegals, hipsters, immigrants, families, outcasts, desperados. The New River, a toxic waterway that winds by the towns along the border connecting southeast California and Mexico, forms the backdrop for intertwined stories of diverse cultures morphing, land monopolies, the Mexican Diaspora, the American Dream, a way station, a landing point, a current wasteland and a former oasis - themes that inform our view of life in all of our cities. Through his unique gift for telling stories that combine sadness and humor, Montoya invites us to laugh as we consider our hedonism and longings rooted in our sense of loss. The River is a wild, fun, ecstatic trip; a vision quest that slips easily and often across the border between mourning and hilarity.
Richard Montoya is a co-founder of the legendary performance trio known as Culture Clash which began in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1984. The collective created plays for small and local venues including La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley California and the Gilroy Garlic Festival; and for national stages such as the Arena Stage in DC, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theater, Yale Rep, Mark Taper Forum, the Public Theater, and the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers. As a solo writer Montoya wrote Water and Power (LA Drama Critics’ Circle Play of the Year 2007), Palestine New Mexico, Anthems and American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose. American Night will be performed by the California Shakespeare Theater in a May, 2013 production featuring San Jose in the lead role. Montoya, an alumnus of the Sundance Institute’s Writers and Directors Labs, also wrote and directed Water and Power as a feature film in 2012. He was a staff writer on the first season of Southland for NBC and is writing several new works for theaters across the country.
Sean San Jose (Director, Co-Creator) is a Director, Writer, Performer and Co-Founder of Campo Santo, Intersection for the Arts resident theater company. Campo Santo is a multicultural theatre company that gives voice to untold stories through socially relevant world premieres of plays created in long-term processes. Since 1996, he has produced and overseen more than 75 premiere productions of theatre, dance and interdisciplinary performances. San Jose’s body of work spans 45 premiere theatre productions including the first plays by Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jorge Cortinas, Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers, Denis Johnson, Greg Sarris, Luis Saguar, and Vendela Vida. Campo Santo and San Jose have developed multiple works by Philip Gotanda, Jessica Hagedorn, Naomi Iizuka, Octavio Solis, John Steppling, Erin Cressida Wilson, and others. He was the Creator and Project Director of Alma Delfina Group - Teatro Contra el SIDA (1994-2002) and Pieces of the Quilt - a collection of more than 50 short plays including original works by Rhodessa Jones, Danny Hoch, Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Maria Irene Fornes, David Henry Hwang, Craig Lucas, Tony Kushner, Herbert Siguenza, Migdalia Cruz and many more confronting AIDS.”
The Lullaby Tree
presented by Second Wind Productions
Thursday-Saturday, May 2-4, 8:00PM - final week
The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco
Thursday $15, Friday and Saturday $20
“A little boy ventures into the Underworld to save his mother, while above the surface a battle rages over the fate of a patch of genetically modified corn... and perhaps the world. At their center is a drowned town whose emergence seems to unite the world of the dead and the living.
In this poignant comic-drama, 8 year old Timmy travels into the Underworld to rescue his mother. The shrunken giant who befriends him, however, may be more trouble than he’s worth, summoning the fearsome wrath of Dragons. Meanwhile, a thousand leagues above them, a feisty environmental group and a multinational corporation go toe to toe over the ownership of a patch of genetically modified corn in a tale of deception, greed, and tangled love.”
presented by Ragged Wing Ensemble
Thursday-Saturday, May 2-4, 8:00PM
playing through May 18
Sanctuary for the Arts, 496 38th Street, Oakland
$25-$40 sliding scale
“And the edge of the city crept closer...
A crack is growing.
The shape of time is changing.
Only a few can see it.
The City swallowed the world. It ate the day and the night. It ate the tides and the seasons. Now there are only seconds and nanoseconds and a constant insatiable GO. Speed is power, status is vertical, and time is literally up.
Time Sensitive is a daring new play by Artistic Director Amy Sass, which combines clockwork choreography, rhythmic fugue and ice art into a fantastical tale that urgently asks:
How do we hold a moment if we constantly crave the next big thing?
Ragged Wing Ensemble’s Mission is to catalyze a deep cultural shift where artistic action is at the center of vital social change. We aim to connect artists and audiences through the ritual of live performance, exploring universal questions that span the ancient and contemporary. We engage in the study and practice of Ensemble, collaboratively creating new, interdisciplinary works and activating the next generation of artistically engaged citizens.
We are the do-ers. The shape-shifters, the great adapters, mythic storytellers and visionaries. We make the rules and break the rules. We roll up our sleeves. Take on big questions. Design the world we want to live in and then build it. We walk into the mouth of fear. We cultivate a discipline of courage.”
The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals
presented by Un-Scripted Theater Company
Thursday-Sunday, May 2-4, 8:00PM
playing through May 18
Un-Scripted Theater Company, 533 Sutter Street, 2nd floor, San Francisco
“Un-Scripted Theater Company's new season begins with the reimagining of our classic Shakespeare: the Musical as The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals - a fully improvised, full-length musical that Shakespeare himself could have written. This production will explore the language, characters, and themes that make Shakespeare the most beloved playwright in history. The addition of song gives the characters another form of emotional expression well-suited to the passions found throughout Shakespeare's work.”
presented by Butterfield 8
Thursday-Saturday, May 2-4, 8:00PM
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
May 2 Preview price $18, all other performances $20
by Oscar Wilde
Directed by John Butterfield
Wilde's 1891 one-act play, written in French and later translated by Wilde into English, might not be as famous as The Importance of Being Earnest, but it just might be more influential - and it's certainly more scandalous. The play, banned in Wilde's native Britain for nearly 40 years, is rarely done today, but still managed to inspire several movie adaptations and an immortal opera by Richard Strauss. The sources of its enchantment spring from Wilde's language - here at its most illuminating - and from the Biblical legend which Wilde spun into this tale of seduction and betrayal.
The Tetrarch, Herod Antipas, who is obsessed with his stepdaughter Salome, foolishly promises her anything, if only she will dance for him and satisfy his unsuitable prurient interests. Salome, in turn, struggles with her own obsession with the imprisoned holy man, Jokanaan (John the Baptist). She has always been able to get what she wants from any man, but Jokanaan is not amenable to her desires. Unwilling to give him up, she will have him - dead or alive - and requests from Herod Jokanaan's head on a silver platter as payment for dancing the dance of the seven veils.
In this unique production we will once again stretch the boundaries of our performance space by incorporating mask work and projected images. The projected images will mirror the many femme fatales of the twentieth century as the Company questions the role of female sexuality as both tool and weapon. The choreographed movement will reflect a stylized design that pays homage to the artistic direction of European theatre such as that developed by Simon McBurney for Theatre Complicite, and Robert Lepage.
The cast features Rhianna Taylor as Salome and Edwin Peabody as Jokanaan, with Nathalie Archangel, Ali Arman, Jake Breckinridge, Jean Butterfield, Beth Chastain, Jeremy Tribe Gallardo, Julian Christopher Geritz, Donald Hardy, Kathleen MacKay, Peter McArthur, and Jennifer Wright.
The production team includes Liz Martin, resident costumer for Butterfield 8, designing the stylized 1930s costumes; Kim Leonard designing the projected images sequence for the dance of the seven veils; Jim Lively, whose soundscapes brought Hamlet and The Tempest to life, is once again designing the sound; Mitchell Walker has created the hand-crafted leather masks; and Artistic Director John Butterfield is scenic and lighting designer.
Join us for our special opening night event on Friday, May 3. For the same ticket price as a regular performance, the evening includes a post show reception with an open bar and complimentary food!”
Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma
The Next Cockettes Musical
Thursday-Saturday, May 2-4, 8:00PM
playing through June 1
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco
“Thrillpeddlers 6th annual Theatre of The Ridiculous Revival showcases a rare Cockettes Musical, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, a new full-length, restored version of The Cockettes’ 1971 musical extravaganza featuring original Cockettes Scrumbly Koldewyn, Sweet Pam Tent, and Rumi Missabu. Seats and private Shock Boxes always sell out quickly, so be sure to get your tickets in advance.”
Stirring the Cauldron: A Roundtable Discussion
with Elayne Lockhart
Friday, May 3, 7:00-8:30PM, and the first Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
“Join us on the first Friday of each month for a round table discussion. Each month a topic is selected in regards to paganism, witchcraft, or the esoteric arts. This is a moderated group; strong discussion is welcomed, however respect for diverse opinion and tolerance of other people's beliefs is a must.
Elayne Lockhart is a 4th generation witch living in the East Bay, where she works to educate the public on paganism and the esoteric arts. She has appeared in various live and print media regarding witchcraft and is the former moderator of Witchy Wednesdays. You can reach Elayne by phone at 925-935-3808, by e-mail at email@example.com.”
Sexing Sacred Texts
for all who identify as women.
with Dr. Victoria Rue
Friday, May 3, 7:00-9:00PM - final session
Metropolitan Community Church, 150 Eureka Street, San Francisco
$15 per session
for more information, please contact Victoria Rue at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Led by Rev. Dr. Victoria Rue, a lesbian Roman Catholic woman priest and theater artist. This 5-week workshop for women explores gender and sexuality in ancient texts including the Torah, the Gospels, Buddhist gathas, the Qur’an and others .
Using theater techniques including monologues, dialogue and improvisation,we will give our bodies room to play, to stretch into our imaginations, to become something other than themselves . No experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothes!
Victoria Rue, M.Div., Ph.D. is a lesbian Roman Catholic woman priest. She is also a theatre director/writer and has offered theatre workshops both here and abroad: ACT-SF, Costa Rica, Jakarta, Manila and Phnom Penh. She is also a lecturer at San Jose State University in Women's Studies and Comparative Religious Studies and at the Pacific School of Religion/GTU. Dr. Rue has published numerous articles and her book, Acting Religious: Theatre as Pedagogy in Religious Studies, was published in 2005 by Pilgrim Press.”
Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, May 3, 8:00PM, and the first and third Friday of each month
meet at 90 First Street, Benicia
$25, reservations required.
Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult.
For more information, please call 707-745-9791
“Paranormal history of Downtown Benicia are revealed on this exciting, interactive and fun Ghost Walk led by paranormal investigator Devin Sisk. Each tour is limited to 20 people and lasts approximately 2 hours, depending on what entity you encounter along the way! Walking shoes and flashlight recommended. No children under ten years of age permitted on tours. Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult. $25 per person. Prepaid reservations required by calling 707-745-9791.”
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.”
World Labyrinth Day
Saturday, May 4
find local Labyrinths and events at the website below
“World Labyrinth Day is a day that brings people from all over the planet together in celebration of the labyrinth as a symbol, a tool, a passion or a practice.
World Labyrinth Day can be whatever you’re inspired to make it. A day to inform and educate the public, host walks, build permanent and/or temporary labyrinths, create labyrinth art and more.
If there are only right ways to walk a labyrinth, it follows that there are only right ways to celebrate World Labyrinth Day. We enthusiastically encourage you to find your way.”
Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 4
find your local comic shop at the website below
“Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores.”
A selection of specific comics are created to be given away on this day. See a list of this year’s available free comics here: http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/981
Revels May Day Celebration
at The Pelican Inn
Saturday, May 4, all day
Pelican Inn, 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, 415-383-6000
“Join us for an afternoon of singing and dancing on the lawn, To welcome in the May-O, for Summer is a-comin in and winter's gone away-O!”
Roses and Flora Tours of the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery
Saturday, May 4, tours leave every 20 minutes, 10:00-11:00AM
tours start at Franklin Gate, 1600 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa
For additional information, please call 707-543-3292
“Join a docent-led tour through the Memorial Rose Garden or a Flora and Fauna tour through the entire cemetery. Discover an extraordinary collection of old and rare roses, and discover Santa Rosa’s largest Native Plant and Habitat Garden.”
Saturday, May 4, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Union Square, San Francisco
“Get ready San Francisco, for the first annual BritWeek Festival presented by British Airways!
Join us at the iconic Union Square for a fun day out of British themed festivities. Sit back and enjoy the sunshine in our typical British beer garden, or browse through the Festival Village for British treats and souvenirs. Theatre, live music and other entertainment acts will be taking place on stage throughout the day. And don’t forget to send your friends a postcard, as British Airways transports you to London.
Check out what’s on the BritWeek Festival Village!
Fiona’s Sweet Shoppe
Old Skool Cafe
Cable Car Clothier
Neil’s Yard Remedies
Alexander G Hair Salon
American Conservatory Theatre
The BritWeek Festival is completely free for the public to attend.”
Hands-On Greywater Workshop
Saturday, May 4, 10:45AM-4:00PM
Private home in Walnut Creek, address will be sent after registration
“Lower your water bill - Conserve water - Practice reuse - Grow happy plants
Learn how to reuse water from your from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines in this fun, hands-on workshop.
Learn about common and popular greywater systems, soap and product considerations, codes, design and installation considerations, and how to build a laundry to landscape system.
Install a greywater system from the washing machine to irrigate edible plants at a private residence, so that you can do the same to yours!
Attire: Bring and wear sunblock. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. You might want to bring gloves. This is a hands-on workshop.
Space is limited - reserve your ticket today.
Hosted by Sustainable Contra Costa and instructed by Greywater Action members.”
Castles and Kites Festival
Saturday, May 4, 11:00AM-4:00PM
Doran Regional Park, 201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay
Free event, parking $7 per vehicle
“Castles and Kites is our annual celebration of sandcastle building and kite flying at Doran Beach in Bodega Bay. Beginners and experts join in the fun, creating simple and elaborate castles. For sandcastle building, Regional Park representatives are on hand with tools and molds to help you create your own. Or you can sit back and watch the artistry of experts who build huge, elaborate castles. For kite flying, you can bring your own kite or watch stunt kite demonstrations. Plus, local kite shops will be at the beach with some incredible kites. Castles and Kites is a spring tradition!”
CAYA’s Festival of Bliss and Blessings
Bliss and Blessings Pagan Picnic
Saturday, May 4, Picnic 12:00-4:00PM
Neptune Picnic Area of Washington Park,
Crab Cove Entrance, 1252 McKay Avenue, Alameda
Free, parking $5 per vehicle in lot, or park for free on the streets nearby
Bliss and Blessings Ritual
Saturday, May 4, 7:15PM
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center,
Main Sanctuary, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$10 donation requested
“Come As You Are Coven welcomes you to our Festival of Bliss and Blessings (Beltane)
Two events in Alameda
I. Afternoon May Day celebration at Crab Cove
II. Evening ritual at The Home of Truth
I. Bliss and Blessings Pagan Picnic
We know how it is. May is upon us and you're eager to spend a day in the park celebrating the return of Spring and warmth with your fellow pagans. But where to go? Join your friends in CAYA at Crab Cove Park in Alameda on Saturday, May 4th for a pagan picnic! Dress in your fun festival finery and plan to sing, chat, explore the park, and dance the maypole with us! Wish our beloved Yeshe Rabbit a Happy Birthday!
Bring picnic fare, chairs, sunscreen, and other outdoor comforts for you and yours; if you'd like to grill, we'll have one hot for the first few hours. Afterward, there will be an easy schedule of games, leisure time, and various amusements. We look forward to celebrating with you!
Camp chairs, blankets, sunscreen, frisbee, boffer gear, songs, stories.
Food, drink, and utensils are all BYO. We will have grill space for both vegetarian and omnivorous faire. Beer/Cider/Wine are allowed, but please drink responsibly and be considerate of those who do not drink as well.
Enjoy the day in the park with us, and then join us in the evening for our Festival of Bliss and Blessings Sabbat, nearby at the Home of Truth Spiritual Center.
II. Bliss and Blessings Ritual
Are you feeling the warmth of Spring? The promise of Summer? Come join CAYA Coven and our guests, The Temple of Aphrodite and Priest of Hermes Sam Webster, to celebrate this turn of the wheel. We will welcome the embodied and spirited wisdom of Hermes the All-Liberating, Aphrodite the All-Loving, and Hermaphrodite, the All-Unifying. Join us for sacred song, reverent devotion, and the purifying flame of the sun’s returning warmth. We are honored to have these guests bring their practices, songs, and energies to our rite.
Please feel free to bring drums, rattles, shakers, and anything you wish to charge on the altar. Clearly labelled contributions to our cakes and ale offerings are also welcome.
For public transportation users, the 51A bus drops you off at the corner of Santa Clara and Grand for a very, very quick walk to the Sanctuary. BART to Fruitvale and a bike make a great combination. Folks are also welcome to post and coordinate ride shares via the CAYA Coven Chat group, which can be joined here:
Community Seed Beltane Ritual
Saturday, May 4, gather at 2:00PM, Ritual begins at 3:00PM
40 Thieves Picnic Area, De Laveaga Drive, 850 Branciforte Avenue, Santa Cruz
suggested donation of $7-$15, no one turned away for lack of funds
“Empowering Our Passions with the Rhythms of Spring
On this high holy-day, we call in Creativity and Joy to guide our blissful Connection with Each Other and the Great Wild World around us. We will raise the Maypole, sink it deep into the willing Earth, and sing and dance our wishes into manifestation!
Bring a Wish - an idea for something you would like to bring into being. (New job? New love? Peace on Earth?)
We will be tying our wishes onto the Maypole before the ritual (all materials provided).
Please arrive as close to 2:00PM as possible so you’re not rushed.
Potluck to follow after the ritual. Please bring a dish to share and label the ingredients.
Earth signs - Greens, Air Signs - Main Dish Meat,
Fire Signs - Main Dish Vegetable, Water Signs - Dessert
Drinks will be provided
This is a child friendly event. All CS events are Clean and Sober.”
PYT's Monster 2013-14 Season Announcement
Friday, May 4, 4:00-5:00PM
Peninsula Youth Theatre, 2500 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View
Free, please register at the website below
“Join us for an afternoon of fun as PYT announces it's 2013-14 season - it's going to be a monster of a season!
Peninsula Youth Theatre is a 501(c)3 organization providing outstanding theatrical learning experiences that develop leadership, emphasize responsibility and foster teamwork in a supportive, respectful environment.”
The Heart of Faerie Oracle Workshop
Based on Brian and Wendy Froud Oracle
with Jane Rocio Evans, MA.
Saturday, May 4, 4:00-6:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
“This workshop focuses on connecting with matters of the heart, in particular our connection to faery. Jane will also teach participants how to use the beautiful Faerie Oracle deck, designed and written by Brian and Wendy Froud. She will also read for participants, from this deck, during class. Relationships, such as intimate relationships, friendships, will also be discussed, as they relate to using this deck.
Jane Rocio Evans, MA., has worked as a counselor, counseling families and their children. She has taught classes on soul mates and twin flames, goddesses in every woman, numerology. She has written and led rituals on Psyche and Eros, the Spring Equinox, and Lammas.”
The Sherlock Holmes Mystery Ball
presented by PEERS
Saturday, May 4,
Doors Open 6:45PM, Dance Lesson: 7:00PM, Dancing Begins: 8:00PM
Masonic Lodge of San Mateo, 100 N Ellsworth Avenue, San Mateo
“The fabulous Eye of Kali ruby has been stolen at the Duchess of Manchester's ball. Join young Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes as they attempt to solve the mystery and avert a scandal which could seriously damage the reputation of the Royal Family while we waltz, polka, schottische mazurka, and quadrille to the most elegant dance music of the late 19th century.
Suggested costume is late Victorian evening dress or dress uniform. We intend to be just as vague about dates as the future Dr. Watson will be so the setting of the ball is vaguely the 1870s, when Mr. Mycroft Holmes is at the start of his career with Her Majesty's Secret Service and his teenage brother Sherlock is just beginning to show an aptitude for the science of deduction. Those of you who prefer the fashions of the 1880s and 90s should certainly feel free to wear them, and modern evening dress is perfectly acceptable. In honour of Her Majesty's new title of Empress of India, native Indian costume is also most welcome.
In honour of our special guests, their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales, the celebrated chamber ensemble Bangers and Mash will play a full evening of Victorian couple and set dances, focusing, as usual on their superb repertoire of popular waltzes. If you wish a comprehensive review of the evening's quadrilles, be sure to attend the pre-ball workshop at 7:00PM, but all set dances will be briefly taught or called at the ball. We realize that some of our guests are from America and from other parts of the Empire.
As usual, complimentary punch and a light snack buffet will be served throughout the evening and our hostess appreciates your potluck contribution to her kitchen.
Do join us for an evening of dancing, mystery, and deduction. The game's afoot!”
Champagne Silent Auction
benefitting Island Cat Resources and Adoption
Saturday, May 4, 7:00-10:00PM
Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
Suggested donation at the door is only $30, or $20 with a new bag of cat food.
“Join ICRA for our 18th Annual Champagne Silent Auction.
Help local cats by joining us for an awesome auction and refreshments. We'll have tasty vegetarian small bites, rich desserts, wine, coffee and of course, champagne. Suggested donation at the door is only $30, or $20 with a new bag of cat food. Cash or checks only please. All proceeds go to community cats in need. Free parking is available after 5:00PM in the 1416 Oak garage between Central and Santa Clara, 1 1/2 blocks away from the lodge.
Island Cat Resources and Adoption (ICRA) is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering of abandoned and feral (wild) cats and to educating and empowering the local community to relieve them from their plight. To donate an auction item, please call 510-869-2584 or email email@example.com”
Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this event!
Napa Valley Ceramic Artists Spring Sale
Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5,
Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 12:00-5:00PM
NVC Community Education Center, 1360 Menlo Avenue, Napa
“Napa Valley Ceramic Artists
Spring Into Summer 2013 Ceramics Sale
Handmade, Creative, Whimsical, Functional Items for Mother's Day and Summer Gardens.”
Cinco de Mayo Weekend
Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday, Scott Alcalay performs at 1:00PM and 3:00PM
Sunday, Mike Della Penna performs at 1:00PM and 3:00PM
Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
see website for admission details
“Cinco de Mayo is cause for celebration, so come get your fiesta on with Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, the East Bay's Official Birthday Party Venue! Kids can take home their own Cinco coloring page.
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 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!
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.”
Cinco de Mayo Work Party
with Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures
Sunday, May 5, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Isis Oasis, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville
please RSVP to Miguel Elliott at 707-320-3609 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“In the tradition of our Latino neighbors to the south, we are honoring Cinco de Mayo by doing an old fashioned work party Minga to apply a plaster over this cob house. The exterior will be a smooth hydraulic lime plaster, with iron oxide pigments added, and the interior will be a beautiful colored Earthen plaster. All materials will be on hand, all you will need are rubber gloves and clothes to get dirty in.
Lunch will be provided.
Afterwards in the evening, there will be a purification sweat in the new sweat dome, lead by my friend Dragonfly.”
Conscious Goddess: Temple Services for She of 10,000 Names
(formerly Goddess Awakening)
with Rabbit, Iris, and guest Priestesses
Sunday, May 5, 11:00AM-12:00PM, (and the first Sunday of every month)
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted
"Women! Join our spiritual circle for an empowering start to your day, bringing alive the wisdom of the Goddess within!
We are a holy community of sacred sisters, encouraging one another through our challenges and celebrating our triumphs.
May 5: Sacred Sisterhood and Friendship”
Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances
presented by Brava! For Women in the Arts and Epiphany Productions
Sunday, May 5, four performances at 11:30AM, 12:15PM, 1;00PM, 1:45PM
Guided tours leave from Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
“Starting at Brava Theater Center, located at 2781 24th at York Street, San Francisco, take a guided walking tour of the landmark Mission District mural paintings on the lower 24th Street corridor. Experience five mural sites with live dance performances - from traditional to modern dance - featuring Cuicacalli Dance Company, Epiphany Productions, Loco Bloco, and more!
Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza: folkloric youth piece with Jesus Cortes and modern youth piece with Kim Epifano
Cuicacalli Dance Company: adult modern/folkloric
Loco Bloco :comparsa / stilts and dancers
Epiphany Productions: adult modern
Culminating in latin dance performance at Galeria de la Raza
With mural tours guides provided by Precita Eyes”
Conscious Goddess: Priestesshood in the New Age
series of Sunday afternoon classes
Sunday, May 5, 12:30-2:00PM, and seven more Sundays
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class
“This class also has a free Temple Service, open to all women, from 11:00AM-12:00PM on the days above. Come just for the Temple, or stay and take the class!
Conscious Goddess is a monthly class for women who feel the power of the Goddess surging through their lives, for women who know themselves to be ready to live, breathe, and dance the Goddess Incarnate, with a creative eye toward sharing their unique gifts with their loved ones and the world. This class is especially suited for mothers, artists, and professional women who wish to experience and exude Goddess energy at a more profound and life-changing level.
May 5: Sacred Sisterhood and Friendship
Who are your cheerleaders? Who are the women who offer you healthy, loving critique? How are your relationships with other women? Warm, supportive and nurturing or competitive, cranky, and based on shared complaints? Rabbit will help each participant identify the core values of sisterhood that are most important to her, and will lead a gratitude practice for each woman to open her heart to giving and receiving the warm, nurturing, laughter-filled joy of sisterhood.
June 2, July 7, August 11, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1”
World Laughter Day
Sunday, May 5
Dr. Madan Kataria, the creator of Laughter Yoga, says:
"World Laughter Day is a very special day celebrated worldwide on the first Sunday of every May. Our mission is to bring Good Health, Joy and World Peace through laughter. The way Laughter Yoga has grown across 65 countries without marketing and advertising leaves me with no doubt that this new concept is widely accepted among different cultures and countries and is truly universal."
Local Laughter Day Event
with Annie Goglia of the Oakland LifeFire Laughter Club
Sunday, May 5, 1:00-3:00PM
Sue Bierman Park, Washington Street and Drumm Street, San Francisco
“Hello Laughter Lovers!
Laughter Yoga is sweeping the world on May 5th!
Join thousands and thousands of fellow laughter fans around the globe.
Be part of this amazing movement that is spreading health and happiness!
NEW LOCATION! Easier access to public transit:
Sue Bierman Park, near the Embarcadero BART Station; kitty corner from the Ferry Building
Why: to celebrate the joys and benefits of laughter with lots of other fun people.
For more info contact Annie 510-655-1433 or cell 510-282-1279
Warmly and in shared laughter, Annie”
Healing Dream Party
with Anne Hatfield of Body Spirit Awareness
Sunday, May 5, 2:00-4:00PM
Volunteer Center,153 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa
Free, please RSVP to Dan at 707-823-1286 or email@example.com
“Healing Dream Party!
Help Anne Celebrate Her Healing Dream on May 5!
Bring a snack to share, your positive, healing thoughts, and a friend if you want.
It's happened! I've had a big dream about my healing, confirming that the miracle is in progress! And then I had more energy!
Please join me from 2:00-4:00 on Sunday, May 5 to celebrate and further empower my dream and my on-going healing. It's also a way for you to celebrate your own dreams and visions!
We'll enjoy simple beverages and snacks while we party. We'll have a brief ceremony around 2:45 or 3:00 to acknowledge and experience the power of the big dream. And then we'll really celebrate!
I told someone I wanted to have a party once I was healed and she said, ‘Don't wait until you're healed; do it now and it will help you heal.’ So my dream has kindly given me an occasion for a healing party.
What was the dream? Come to the party and find out!
Love and radiance,
The Witch's Garden
Sunday, May 5, 3:00-5:00PM, and the first Sunday of every month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class
“Classes for the budding herbalist! Each session is a fun, casual, interactive, hands-on lesson in one facet of practical and magical herbalism.
Theme for May: Tinctures
As a general rule, please wear clothes that you can get dirty in as we play with the plants and make our potions!”
facilitated by Meredith Sabini and Richard Russo
Sunday, May 5, 3:00-5:00PM, and the first Sunday of each month
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
“Being-in-Dreaming adapts our Culture Dreaming process for a contemplative group experience. We envision this as the next step in the evolution of the Culture Dreaming sessions we’ve conducted here for the past eight years. Being-in-Dreaming approaches dream sharing as a spiritual practice. It will begin with a light trance to open dreamspace; participants then may tell dreams that come to them when so moved. Our hope is that the emergent energy field of the group will enhance each person’s experience of interiority for a deeper connection with others, with the sacred, with life.
Being-in-Dreaming is an immersion process, and the discussion that follows the dream sharing will be non-interpretive, akin to the creation of a group collage. Each meeting will include dream re-entry for meditation on selected images. We consider Being-in-Dreaming to be an experiment, opening the way to a more soulful use of the Culture Dreaming method. We hope you will join us.”
A Course In Modern Conjure
with Chas Bogan
Sunday, May 5, 3:00-6:00PM, and the first Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
$30 per session
This year-long series began in June.
“Learn new and traditional practices for American folk magic, known also as Hoodoo, Rootwork, Hedge Witchery and Conjure.
Discussions and training will include the following topics:
Conjuring energy and spirits from herbs, stones, minerals, and animal curios.
Working with the ancestors and the use of graveyard dirt and bone curios.
Techniques and uses for psalms, seals and personal sigils.
Formularies and hands on instruction on concocting oils, powders, baths and other magical apothecaries.
This class plots a course intended to help you evolve as a Rootworker, covering history, spiritual cleansing, psychic development, the arts of hexing and healing, building relationships with the divine world around us, and much more.
Chas Bogan is an artist and mystic, having studied and practiced many diverse forms of metaphysics for the past 25 years. That experience is reflected in his art, which ranges from the design of unique divination tools to various other forms of sacred expression. His shamanic talents have lead him to create various collections of spiritual supplies crafted for Modern Conjure Brand, such as baths; oils; powders; waters; and more. He is available for consultations and spiritual work by appointment Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; during which he may be serving my clients in my capacity as a Reiki Master Teacher; Rootworker; Tarot Reader; Conjure Doctor. He teaches various magical arts including the Feri Tradition of which he is an initiate.”
with Mikaya Heart
Sunday, May 5, 5:00PM
Jayne's Palace, Oakland (exact address given upon registration)
$15-$30 sliding scale, no one turned away from lack of funds
“Hallo everyone: I am leading a shamanic journey at 5:00PM on Sunday May 5th at Jayne's Palace on Park Blvd. As usual, it's $15 to $30 sliding scale, no one turned away from lack of funds. Please pass this info on to others who may be interested. Anyone who wants to come should email me for the full address. Numbers are limited...
At this point in the turning of the world, we are all being required to deal with ‘stuff’ that could once be ignored but can no longer be tolerated in the new paradigm. A shamanic journey is a way of accessing help in this exciting and also sometimes scary time, when our ‘normal’ resources aren't working in quite the way they used to.
Thanks for being there (wherever you are!) - Mikaya”
California Revels May Day Celebration
at The Oakland Zoo
Sunday, May 5, 5:00-7:30PM
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland
Adults $40, Children 7-12 $10, Under 6 Free
article about 2010’s event:
“Bring in the May in dance, song and celebration with the California Revels at our May Day Soiree! Join us for an extravagant selection of hors d'oeuvres, wine, cocktails and dessert, with entertainment by beloved Revels performers Susie Rode Morris, Shay Black, Kevin Carr, Jeff Raz, The Solstice Singers, The Deer Creek Morris Men and more! Cheer on the May Queen as she chooses her Jack o’ the Green, and weave the ribbons of the May Pole together with us in a garland of song, country dance, merriment and Revelry in celebration of the season. Your ticket purchase supports the California Revels in our mission to create community through celebration throughout the year.
There will be the traditional May Pole so be sure to bring the kids. Enjoy both adult and child-friendly beverages and an appetizer buffet of both savory and sweet home-made delights. And our silent and live auctions will wrap up a wonderful spring weekend.”
Sound Healing Concert
with Tina Malia,
Sunday, May 5, 5:30-8:30PM, doors Open at 4:30 to listen to the Crystal Bowls
Congregation Sherith, 2266 California Street, San Francisco
$25 in advance, $35 at the door
For more information and advanced tickets, please call 415-777-2486
http://www.soundhealingcenter.com/concert.html (website plays music)
“Sound of Love Concert
Music to Open Your Heart In a Spectacular Sacred Space
We will be incorporating a wide range of subtle Sound Healing techniques from the Institute to activate each chakra and massage your etheric fields. We will be holding an Intention of Love and Joy throughout the evening to create a delightful, enchanting, interactive, transformational experience. This will be a sacred event celebrating the love all around us. It is designed to help us all to move into the higher frequencies of joy, love, gratitude and appreciation.
Tina Malia (Vocals), Steven Halpern (Piano), Emanuel, Silvina Vergara (Vocals, Bowls), Claire Victor (Vocals, Bowls), Natalie Towery (Vocals), Ken Becker (Cello), Meghan O'Brien (Vocals), Macy Tolleson, David Gibson (Concert Production, Keys, Mix), 8 Blessed Vocalists (The Sound of Love Choir) with Cello, Piano, Crystal Bowls, Tibetan Bowls, Gongs and other Trinkets.”
Art of Tarot with Rabbit
Sunday, May 5, 6:00-8:00PM,
and one more Sunday, May 12
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class or
“Rabbit brings back one of her most popular classes, specifically designed to help you learn to tune in and trust your own intuition as a reader of tarot. Sure, you can just look in the book at the traditional meaning of the cards, but in order to truly be a reader you must learn to listen carefully when they whisper their secrets in your mind. This class will get you OFF the book and help you turn ON your own personal intuition.
Rabbit's unique method will have you able to offer accurate readings after your very first class, as long as you are willing to dare to believe yourself and trust your inner voice. Practical exercises and demonstration readings take place in each class, so you have the opportunity to give and receive practice readings, trouble-shoot areas of insecurity, and begin to build your internal reference library of tarot symbolism.
This class fills up quickly, and space is limited, so please call The Sacred Well at 510-444-9355 to reserve your spot today.”
NorCal Trans Partners, Family and Friends Support Group
Monday, May 6, 7:30-9:00PM, and the first Monday of each month
Billy DeFrank LGBT Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose, 408-293-3040
“Having a family member, child, spouse, partner, or other loved one go through transition can be difficult and comes with a unique set of challenges that most folks don't really comprehend. Come join the Northern California Trans Partners and Family support group at the DeFrank Center the first Monday of each month from 7:30-9:00PM.
To communicate between meetings, we also have a Facebook page and a Yahoo mailing list.”
Expanding Your Voice
A Singing Workshop Series with Mark Growden
Tuesday, May 7, 7:30-9:30PM,
and three more Tuesdays, May 14, 21, and 28
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, 510-865-5060
$75 – $125 sliding scale for the series. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
There are a limited number of scholarships available.
For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
“Come play, sing, expand your vocal abilities, build community and have lots of fun in this inclusive four-week workshop series 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. We will get into our bodies, learn breathing techniques, and experience singing in a variety of group settings.
All levels of experience are welcome. People who may be hesitant about singing are particularly encouraged to attend.
What to wear: Dress comfortably, as we will be moving.
Space is limited! Please pre-register and pay in advance with Paypal
Facilitator Bio: Mark Growden is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, record producer, visual artist, and workshop leader. He has 10 years of experience teaching music in schools, leads singing workshops across the country, and performs solo and with ensembles. Mark has devoted his life to making music for other people, and to helping other people make music for themselves.”
What is True for You About Prosperity?
with Rev Jane Beach
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8:30PM
and two more Wednesdays, May 15, 22
Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
For more information or to register, please contact Rev Oida Joy at
510-350-6249 or email@example.com
“This 4-week intro course is all about you, what you believe to be true. It honors your relationship with yourself, your God, and your beliefs about prosperity. Prosperity is about much more than money. It is about the richness of Life that include perfect health, living relationships, and yes, money in abundance.
Questions to be considered include:
What did I learn about money as a child?
Today, do I really choose prosperity or do I unconsciously push it away?
Do I truly believe it is possible for me to live an abundant life, or do I play small in my own mind?
Do I think I must prove my worth, or am I good enough just because I exist?”
Dark of the Moon Practice for Hermes and Hekate
with Sam Webster
Wednesday, May 8, gather at 8:00PM, Ceremony begins at 8:15PM,
and each month within the three day Dark Moon window
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
“Sam Webster (founder of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, author of Tantric Thelema, and Priest of Hermes and Hekate) hosts an open Dark of the Moon practice at The Sacred Well each month, making offerings to Hermes and Hekate. The large wooden representation of Hermes, classically called a Herm, was consecrated and worshipped at PantheaCon 2013 by Pagans, Magickians, and spiritual practitioners from many different backgrounds in a large ceremony that drew heavily on classical Greek material. The Herm now resides at the Sacred Well, and each month we gather to continue this sacred work with Dark Moon ritual for Hermes and Hekate, who were frequently honored at the crossroads together in ancient Greece. The practice that Sam shares in this circle is one he has maintained without fail since the Dark Moon of January 1992.
Study with Sam and more formal training in the Priestcraft of Hermes for those who desire to keep this rite are available. Please speak with Sam about this directly when you attend.”
Wand-Making Intensive in the Sacred Path Tradition
with Rev. Patrick McCollum
Friday-Sunday, May 17-19
private home in Moraga, exact address given upon registration
$275 includes camping, meal plan available for $100
“This is a three day, hands-on workshop where participants learn the history of the sacred wand and how to perform the rituals surrounding its creation. Walk the Sacred Path with Patrick McCollum, while he shares his tradition and guides you in making a magical wand that is truly your own.
This is a transformational workshop that will deeply affect all in attendance as you join Patrick McCollum in becoming immersed in the natural world and learn the lore and greater context of wand-making within the Sacred Path tradition. It will be different than anything attendees have experienced before.
Space is extremely limited. Register ASAP as workshop will fill up!
$275 includes on-site camping, $100 additional for meals.
The Workshop will be held on Patrick McCollum's property in Moraga, CA. Directions will be given to attendees after registration.
There are nearby hotel options for those who need them, but due to the early beginning each day of the workshop (7:00AM), onsite camping is encouraged.
Reverend McCollum is an internationally recognized spiritual leader in the Pagan/Earth-Based religions whose work toward human rights, social justice, and equality for all religions and spiritual traditions, transcends cultural, religious, and political barriers. Reverend McCollum is the 2010 recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Pluralism. Reverend McCollum's spiritual work focuses on seeing the sacred within each and every human being and bringing together people of all spiritual paths, to work together toward global sustainability and world peace.”
Have a Blissful, Blessed Week!
Molly Blue Dawn