What do you wish for?

Do you base our choices on what you want, or what you think you're supposed to want? Let yourself feel what you feel and want what you want, THEN engage your mind in the process. The best wishes are born from your heart.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Shakes at Swirl, Monthly Dinner Salon at the Dream Institute, Acting Out - For the Health of It, Energy Tools for Busy Women, The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, Burqavaganza, How A Mountain Was Made, The Digital Renaissance Faire, Rabbit's 6th Annual Oshun Party, East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet, Celebrate Fand Irish/Celtic Queen of the Fairies, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Vintage Invasion, Belly Dancer of the Year Pageant, Womb Blessing, Voices from the Past, Noor, Salome, Clockwork Alchemy, Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium, Redwood Men’s Center’s Annual Men’s Conference, Annual Memorial Day Volunteer Work Weekend, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, Towel Day, Community Seed’s Annual Yard Sale, Health and Happiness Day, Art in the Garden, Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha, Kyz-Zhibek: The Lady-Silk, Carnaval San Francisco, Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Visioning Circle, Santa Cruz Story Telling Festival, Tea and Tarot, Memorial Day Free Day and Open House at Ardenwood, Kirtan Benefit Concert for the Seva Foundation, San Ramon Art and Wind Festival, Memorial Day Ceremony at the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, Jam Making with Seasonal Fruit, Tea and Chanting with Rabbit, Dreams of Damanhur, Bral Talej - Magical Signs for Divination, Make Your Own Hand-Held Prayer Beads, Empty Bowls, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, Eco-Resiliency: A Gathering For Earth Change Awareness, Positive Discipline and Power Struggles with Kids, Soul Serpent Spa Day Retreat

Shakes at Swirl
with Gary Armagnac of Livermore Shakespeare Festival
Wednesday, May 22, 5:00-7:00PM
Swirl on the Square, 21 South L Street, Livermore
$30 per person includes Tapas Sampler and one glass of wine

“Swirl is collaborating with the Livermore Shakespeare Festival to bring you a truly wonderful event. Join one of the esteemed actors or directors from the company for an enriching night of entertainment, delicious tapas and wine!

Join Shrew director Gary Armagnac as he discusses the concept for Shrew and his career doing Shakespeare.”

Monthly Dinner Salon at the Dream Institute
Wednesday, May 22, 6:00-8:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley
Please RSVP to 510-845-1767
$15, $40 with dinner catered by Poulet

“We continue our delightful monthly dinners on with the addition of having a topic of general interest that we hope will spark lively discussion.

Catered by Poulet of Berkeley, with chicken, vegan, and vegetarian options.  Please call or email the office by the day before if you’d like to attend so we order the right amount.”   

Acting Out - For the Health of It
benefiting Breast Cancer Action
Wednesday, May 22, 7:00-9:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
$35, VIP Tickets $75 includes reception

“A fun and provocative medley of performances from talented female comedians, authors and musicians who all share your commitment to women’s health.

Come out to support BCAction and enjoy the comedy musings of Eloisa Bravo and Nurse Allison Whittaker (Vital Signs); readings by author Melanie Gideon (The Slippery Year); the bluegrass sounds of Melody Walker; and more. We have a great line-up of funny, fearless, and bold performers all of whom are generously donating their time and talent.
We’re thrilled to have Rene Hicks emceeing the evening - Rene is a longtime BCAction supporter and an award-winning comedian who was diagnosed with lung cancer, due to her exposure to secondhand smoke in comedy venues. As a comedian, she always turned her comedy act into comedy activism. Now as a speaker, she applies laughter advocacy - turning ‘ha-ha’ moments into ‘a-ha’ moments.”

Energy Tools for Busy Women (and busy men too!)
Thursday, May 23, 7:00-9:00PM
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
$15 in advance, $20 at the door
“Energy work for self healing doesn't have to be complicated to be effective. Simple is usually better. And if you're a busy woman (and what woman isn't... right?!), having some key tools to connect with your inner awareness, transform your energy and find balance in your busy life is of utmost importance these days.
Join Stacy Vajta, a Master Energy Healer and Intuitive for an experiential workshop to learn a few of her favorite energetic tools that you can integrate into your busy life to help you find your center.

This workshop is for you if you'd like to find some simple and effective ways to stay connected within while still keeping up with your busy lifestyle! Come ready to play in the realm of energy. You'll leave feeling refreshed and grounded, with a bigger energetic toolkit to handle your busy life!
Limited seating is available.
For more information, contact Stacy at 510-332-3980 or stacy@expandedpathways.com.”

The Lost Folio: Shakespeare's Musicals
presented by Un-Scripted Theater Company
Thursday-Saturday, May 23-25, 8:00PM - held over one final week
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.”

Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma
The Next Cockettes Musical
Thursday-Saturday, May 23-25, 8:00PM
playing through June 29
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.”

presented by Brava! For Women in the Arts and RasaNova Theatre  
Thursday-Sunday, May 23-26,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
playing through June 2

by Shahid Nadeem
directed by Vidhu Singh

Burqavaganza - a love story in the time of jihad - is a sassy, provocative Bollywood extravaganza, written by Pakistan's most prolific and progressive playwright, Shahid Nadeem, co-founder of Ajoka Theatre in Lahore, Pakistan. Burqavaganza uses the burqa as a metaphor for a society that thrives on double standards and covering up the truth. The entire cast, male and female, wears a burqa. Burqavaganza goes toe to toe with the long standing obsession with the burqa, face-veil, niqab, hijab, parda - and offers a side-splitting critique on rising fundamentalism, political corruption, and the War on Terror. Banned in Pakistan by the National Arts Council in 2010, Burqavaganza is a groundbreaking political satire that provokes the audience to rethink and lift the veil of prejudice, outdated values, and hypocrisy within all societies. Ajoka Theatre continues to perform the play in defiance of the ban.

Shahid Nadeem, the founder and Executive Director of Ajoka Theatre and Pakistan's leading playwright, is known for his bold and politically charged plays. He has written over 40 plays and adapted several plays which have been performed all over Pakistan and quite widely in India as well. Seven collections of his plays have been published in Urdu and Punjabi and six collections in Gurmukhi Punjabi in India.  He has been a prisoner of conscience in Pakistan on three occasions. He has worked for Amnesty International as its international campaign coordinator and communications officer in London and Hong Kong. He is also a freelance journalist and contributes cultural columns for different Pakistani newspapers. In May 2012, Shahid received the Otto Award for Political Theatre bestowed on Ajoka Theatre at a ceremony held at New York’s Castillo Theatre.”

How A Mountain Was Made
by Greg Sarris
presented by The Imaginists
Thursday-Sunday, May 23-26,
Thursday 7:00PM, Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
playing through June 9
May 23: preview - pay what you can
May 24: Opening Night Gala - $40
regular performances - $18-$25
“We are very excited to be opening our world premier adaptation of Greg Sarris’ How a Mountain Was Made (not yet published!) Inspired by Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation stories, that center on the Santa Rosa plain, Copeland Creek, and the sacred sites of Sonoma Mountain. Join us in re-imagining place as we perform in and out of our store-front theater and around our neighborhood, right in sight of Sonoma Mountain. Every stone holds a memory. Every creek has a song.

The stories from the Mountain teach important lessons, and many of the songs that Coast Miwok people have sung since the beginning of time are gifts from the Mountain and come from the stories.”

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.”

Rabbit's 6th Annual Oshun Party
Friday, May 24, 5:00-9:00PM
party starts at The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
and processes across Grand Avenue to the Colonnades at Lake Merritt

“Each year in May, in gratitude for the love, abundance, intuition, and joy that is present in our business, Rabbit and the staff of TSW offer a ritual celebration in honor of Oshun, the Orisha of sweet waters, love, beauty, and wealth who offers us so many blessings: fresh water to drink, the beauty of the natural world, and the lifeblood in our veins.

This annual event is a beautiful, fun-filled celebration with singing, dancing, drumming, storytelling, hors d'oeuvres, fancy water and champagne, and store specials on select items to help manifest love, wealth, beauty and healing.

Drop in between 5:00 and 7:00PM to shop, chat, nibble, sip and socialize. Bring your drum and join us from 7:00 to 9:00PM as we sit beneath the Colonnades and offer our energies to Lake Merritt, the Oshun of Oakland.”

East Bay Pagan Meet and Greet
at The Mystic Dream
Friday, May 24, 7:00-8:30PM, and the fourth Friday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
donations accepted

“Come and join other witches, warlocks, and pagans as we come together in community to some food, and maybe a few laughs. Come and meet some of the other magically minded people in the East Bay area. Coffee and tea will be served. Feel free to bring a small food item to share.”

Celebrate Fand Irish/Celtic Queen of the Fairies
with Daughters of the Goddess
Friday, May 24, 7:30PM
Concord location, exact address given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount/$35 one time exchange
See website for more information and to RSVP
This ritual is for cisgendered women

“Fand is a faery Queen and an early Irish sea Goddess, once married to the sea God Manann.  She has two homes one in the Otherworld - the land of the fairies, and one in the realm of the humans on the Isle of Mann.  This island is to be found in the middle of the Irish sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland.  Her name means Pearl of Beauty and She is one of the most beautiful of the Goddesses.  She is also known as The Tear.

People of the fae folk have a very close association with nature, and they are often known for their ability to shape shift - change into different forms.  Fand is no different and at times She would shift into the form of a large and beautiful seabird.  She was attended and assisted by a group of other Fairies and Goddesses, most importantly Her sister Li Ban who would often serve as Her sacred messenger. Together they would fly out from their home in the forms of birds, flying in a pair, each with a silver chain on their necks connecting them.  Fand and Li Ban’s chain was that of gold that would sparkle in the Sun.

In Her bird form She would fly out to see what is going on in the world.  As Lady of Victory, She gives success in battle, and ownership of land and property. It is by being tested in battle (in whatever form that battle is)  that nobility and honor are shown, and equally cowardice and deceit. She sees these and determines who deserves the crown and its land. Sometimes She is called sovereignty, but the crown and the sword are more than simply signs of rulership. They are the obligations of the ruler to his people. If the rules are violated, She take away the crown and sword, and the ignoble ruler is cast down.   

And so it is She comes to us. She calls us to Her altar.  She asks how we stand with our Sisters.  How strong is Your Sisterhood, our Sisterhood.  How are you standing in honor and nobility? For the altar, please bring a candle the color of the ocean, any images of Her.  Also, bring some of Her sacred things which are sea salt, pearls, mother-of-pearl, or sea birds.

Daughters of the Goddess Womyn's Temple is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, with most events held in the East Bay.

If you are interested in participating in a ritual or celebration,

please help out by doing the following:

Please bring a snack to share (if possible, food of the culture we are celebrating), washable eating utensils (bowl, cup, plate, utensils, etc. In honor of Mother Earth, we do not provide disposable items), a candle (for safety reasons, we highly recommend a candle in a glass container, often called a novena), and pillow or chair to sit on to all rituals. For more information about our rituals please visit our FAQ's page.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, May 24, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street,  Suite 106, Martinez

“Take the 90 minute guided walking tour through Historic Downtown Martinez to discover the hidden past, little known facts and tales of days-gone-by.

Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.

Tours are limited to 25 people. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. No children under 12 years allowed. Teens 12-17 years must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes. Bring jacket and wear comfortable clothing”

Vintage Invasion
Friday, May 24, 8:00PM-Midnight and the fourth Friday of each month
The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, berkeley

“Vintage Invasion - where the old dances invade a new generation
Our crowd is growing and thriving... a really positive atmosphere!

Have you ever waltzed to Metallica or danced a polka to Lady Gaga? Yes?  Then you know what a great time it is, and we will see you there!  No?  Well it's never too late to start.  Since we have hundreds of years of waltz music to choose from, the variety makes a wonderful, festive evening.  This is a casual, neighborhood party: a chance to meet people, bounce around, and generally make merry.  We'll have a potluck; you are welcome to bring snacks if you like.  Your hosts always bring the punch and water.  No alcohol, please, as we sometimes have dancers under 21 attending.

All are welcome for the lesson, so we can get you moving and ready to sail across the floor.  If you're new to dancing we promise to be patient with you, and if you have waltzed before we will improve your technique.  After class, during the dance party, we will still be available to help you with what we taught you, and introduce you to some of our regulars.  They are well skilled, but don't be shy about asking them to dance with you too.  They'll probably be happy for the chance to show off. :)

8:00-9:00PM: Lesson in Vintage Waltz - no partner or experience needed
9:00PM-Midnight: Dance to Persephone and guest DJs playing lots of waltzes, and a little bit of many other partner dances.”

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!”

Voices from the Past

Friday, May 24, 6:30PM
Meek Mansion, 17365 Boston Road, Hayward

Saturday, May 25, 6:30PM
McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward

$75 per night or $100 for both nights.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Space is limited. Please call Heather at 510-581-0223.

“Paranormal Investigations at Meek Mansion and the McConaghy House

Two houses, two nights... twice the fun! Includes a tour of the house, a presentation by APRA and time to investigate on your own.

Refreshments and snacks will be included on both nights. Dinner is provided on Friday night.

Proceeds from the investigations go toward the ongoing restoration of both historic sites.”

by Feisal Alkazi
presented by EnActe Arts Inc.
Friday-Sunday,  May 24-26,
Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 3:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM and 6:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

“Noor is the story of the struggle for power between Moghul Emperors, sons, neighboring Rajahs and one woman who was bold enough to step into the world of men. It is the story of the machinations behind the purdah in the time of Mehrunissa Begum, the twentieth wife of Emperor Jahangir.

Noor was a woman of formidable talents and a woman ahead of her times. This highly educated, erudite, Persian commoner and refugee was a poet, scholar, fashion designer, shrewd investor and businesswoman, statesman and political strategist who rose to queendom, ruled the Moghul empire in Jahangir’s name and amassed untold wealth. History was not kind to her - she was overshadowed by her niece Mumtaz Mahal, a conventional though devoted wife, when Shah Jahan immortalised her memory in the Taj Mahal.

Feisal Alkazi (playwright)
Passionate educationist, social activist, playwright, author, master trainer and theatre, television and film director Feisal Alkazi, born into India’s first family of theater, is arguably one of India’s top three theatre directors today. His 35 year career as a director includes 200 plays, 32 films and 2 TV serials. Alkazi is the Founder Director of the theater group Ruchika, founded the NGO Ankur, the Society for Alternative Education and runs Creative Learning for Change, an NGO for gender and environmental education.”

presented by Butterfield 8
Friday-Sunday, May 24-26 - final week
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM , Sunday 3:00PM
Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax Street, Concord
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.”

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."


RePlay for Life Fundraiser
Friday, May 24, 4:00-10:00PM

“Have a good time for a good cause! Help Playland-Not-at-the-Beach raise money to make more magic and memories possible for those touched by cancer. Support Playland-Not-at-the-Beach's El Cerrito Relay For Life Team, the Playland Pals, by coming out for the fundraiser.”

Playland-Not-at-the-Beach's Fifth Birthday!
Saturday-Monday, 10:00AM-5:00PM

Playland-Not-At-The-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
Adults $15, Youth under 14 and Seniors over 55 $10

“Kick off summer with a bang and commemorate the 5th birthday of the Museum of Fun with us. We'll have special contests on the pinball and carnival games and many other surprises! Open Monday from 10:00am to 5:00pm for an extra day to play!”

Douglass the MagicMan
Saturday and Sunday, 1:00PM and 3:00PM

“On Saturday and Sunday Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is pleased to present Magician and Entertainer Douglass the MagicMan. His magic will leave you scratching your head with amazement.

Douglass the MagicMan is an accomplished magician who became interested in magic at a very young age. Douglass got his first magic set from the Main St. Magic Shoppe in Disneyland. An admirer of Mark Wilson, Doug Henning, and of course Houdini; Douglass is the president of the Society of American Magicians Assembly #112.

Douglass has won awards for Table Hopping magic, Close-Up magic, and Stage magic in amateur and professional competitions and can also be seen performing as a regular with Biernacki and the Illusion magical rock band.”

Fabulous Frank
Monday, 1:00PM and 3:00PM
“Fabulous Frank will join us to perform his wonderfully funny magic. Originally from Connecticut, Frank assisted other magicians at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, but always in a sidekick role. When one of the in-house magicians became ill, Frank began performing his own shows. This guy is really Fabulous and knows how to have a good time with his audience!!!”

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!

Towel Day
Saturday, May 25

We all realize how important it is to know where one's towel is.  The easiest way to be sure is to have it on one’s person at all times.  On May 25, hoopy froods all over the galaxy will be carrying their towels with them wherever they go.

If the above is unintelligible to you, Don't Panic!  Just go to the nearest library, check out the entire Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy - all 5 books - and, if you have a very good library, the CDs of the radio series, and if you have a very, very good library, the DVDs of the television series, and, yes, the DVD of the movie, too.  If you still don't understand, try sticking a fish in your ear.

Community Seed’s Annual Yard Sale
Saturday, May 25, 7:00AM-12:00PM
private home, 520 Wilkes Street, Santa Cruz
Free admission

“Are you ready for the spectactricality of the annual Community Seed Yard Sale?!

If you liked our Winter rummage sale, you’ll LOVE the summer version - And HUGE!
With coffee, snackies, good music and loads of fun.

What are we selling? Why over 100 crate loads of luggage, women’s clothes, mens’ fashions, electronics, kids toys, baby clothes, books, art - the list goes on and on...

All proceeds from our Annual Yard Sale will go to the Community Seed General Fund, which helps brings you the 31 different events that we are churning out for 2013.

Coffee! Nibbles! Fun music! And RUMMAGING! Woo-hoo!”

Health and Happiness Day
Saturday, May 25, 1:00-4:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
for  more information, please call call Cia A Robles at 510-853-5323

Join us for these dynamic, enlightening afternoons.
Learn how to create health, balance and happiness for yourself in our hands- on modules: reduce stress, clear brain fog, anxiety and sadness, aches and pains
and gain control of your life.

Experience an array of integrative and alternative medicine approaches for wellness.
You will leave feeling great!

We are a professional group of integrative health practitioners and educators seeking to provide the community with an awareness of the vast array of healthcare options available. We have created a dynamic team in these seminars to allow our attendees a fun and informative hands on experience of a number of modalities and treatments at each meeting.

Each meeting will consist of 5 modules.

Here is a partial list of our interactive and experiential segments:
Mind component, such as breathing, meditation and self-hypnosis.
A body exercise component, safe and restorative movement, such as yoga for stress management, gentle stretching for flexibility and strength.
A postural treatment component - Bowen Works, chiropractic.
A nutritional supplement component, Usana Health Sciences.
A herbs and teas component for everyday use and healing.

Our Health and Happiness seminars are intended to give the attendee a hands on experience of an array of integrative complementary medicine modalities.  Our unique approach seeks to meet the needs of the individual and assist in the client taking charge of his or her own healthcare needs.  Each attendee will walk away with tools and techniques they can continue to use on their own.

Prize drawings for free classes, discounts on services and other great stuff!

These seminars are held once a month at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda.
Dates and Times:
June 22
July 20

The setting will be casual and comfortable, invite a friend!”

Art in the Garden
at Veggielution Community Farm
Saturday, May 25, 1:30-3:30PM, and the fourth Saturday of each month
Emma Prusch Park, 647 South King Road, San Jose
$10 includes materials

“Our resident artists, Pamela and Joseph, guide participants in an exploration of line, color, contour, and much more. With an exceedingly inspiring environment to draw from, artists of all caliber grow and cultivate their skills. We request a $10 donation to help cover materials and support our nonprofit farm. Come on out and get creative at the farm!

Veggielution is a 6 acre non-profit community farm dedicated to creating a more sustainable food system in San Jose. We empower people to change the way they think about food by getting their hands in the soil, connecting with the land, and tasting the fruits of their labor.”

Crafts for Kids On Board the Balclutha
Saturday, May 25, 3:00-4:00PM, and the fourth Saturday of every month
included with Balclutha admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free
For more information, please call 415-447-5000.

“Learn a little about life at sea and make a maritime craft! Meet at the entrance to Hyde Street Pier.”

Kyz-Zhibek: The Lady-Silk
film screening
Saturday, May 25, 5:00-7:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Kyz-Zhibek, a classic Kazakh film of 1970, the film of stunning cinematic beauty, powerful music, and poetic imaginary, finally is available with English subtitles.

The film is based on the popular folk legend known in sixteen variants. The legend dated back to the 16th century. At that time Kazakhstan suffers from severe feudal wars. Each Kazakh province had its own khan and each tried to supersede the other. The moving love story between brave warrior Tolegen and beautiful Zhibek tragically ends because of the conflict between their families. Tolegen is foully murdered by Bekezhan (the batyr, or nobleman, of the rival family), who earlier strived for the hand of Zhibek. Zhibek commits suicide after learning about the death of Tolegen.

The film won several awards in Kazakhstan and all over Soviet Union as a masterpiece of modern cinema.
Running time: 138 minutes.  In Kazakh with English subtitles.

The screening will be introduced and commented on by Alma Kunanbaeva.

Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.”

Carnaval San Francisco
Saturday-Sunday, May 25-26, 10:00AM-6:00PM
along Harrison Street between 16th Street and 24th Street, San Francisco

“Carnaval San Francisco is a beloved two-day event featuring a Grand Parade and two-day Festival, celebrating music and cultural elements from  Latin American and Caribbean traditions. Now in its third decade of celebration,  Carnaval San Francisco has been an event for many cultures to come together in one spirit to share their creative expression. Come celebrate with us at the 35th annual Carnaval San Francisco, a FREE 2-day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend, May 25 and 26, 10:00AM-6:00PM, where we will showcase the very best Latin American and Caribbean cultural arts and traditions. Carnaval San Francisco is the largest multi-cultural celebration on the West Coast. This year, Carnaval San Francisco is happening due to the 500 volunteers coming together to preserve this San Francisco tradition.

This year’s theme is Carnaval Harlem Shake, with 8 city blocks in San Francisco’s Mission District bursting with music, dance, and exotic food from the many countries that celebrate Carnaval. The Grand Parade is a dazzling display of pageantry. With an annual attendance of well over 400,000,  The two-day Festival takes place on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets and will offer food, music, dance, arts and crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy.

On Sunday, May 26, the Grand Parade starts at 9:30AM at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets, where it will proceed West to Mission Street. From there, the parade heads North on Mission down to 17th Street, where it will turn East and flow into the Festival area.”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras
Saturday-Sunday, May 25-26,
Saturday 10:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Morgan Hill Community Center, 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill

“The Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras Festival, now in its 34th year of turning Memorial Day weekend into a celebration of the mushroom, has big plans for the free May 25-26 event in downtown Morgan Hill, California.

The two-day festival of family-fun includes live entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, gourmet offerings, mushroom education, strolling musicians, street performers, and several city blocks of unique booths. For children, Munchkinland captivates kids with rides, games and continuous entertainment.

The festival raises funds for educational scholarships, which are granted annually and provides an opportunity for many local non-profit organizations, clubs and schools to create awareness of their cause.

Mushrooms, the region’s predominant local crop, are the stars of the festival with opportunities for guests to taste fresh, locally grown mushrooms and learn about their important health benefits.”

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, May 26, 12:00-4:00PM, (and the last Sunday of every month)
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
$85 includes up to five people, advance registration required - see website

“On the last Sunday of each month, Sienna Ranch will open its doors for a special family and community day.  Come enjoy the activities, good company, healthy food, and the wholesome environment at Sienna Ranch.  Family Day is fun for all ages.  

Horse and pony rides, sustainability education and projects, archery, hayrides, survival skills activities, and more.  Bring your own picnic lunch or buy from one of our healthy food vendors.  

Family Days are on Sundays, 12:00-4:00PM.  
Family Day Pass is $85.

With the purchase of a family pass, you will get
admission to Sienna Ranch family day for up to 5 people
3 horse ride tickets
3 archery tickets
5 hayride tickets
participation in the featured hands-on sustainability or survival skill activity
unlimited animal visits to goats, sheep, chickens
special demonstrations, entertainment, or hands-on projects (vary from month to month)

Note: Food and special services offered at an additional cost.  For additional archery and horse ride tickets, please purchase a second family pass.

Family Days are limited to 40 families, so register soon!”

Visioning Circle
at The Home of Truth
Sunday, May 26, 12:30-1:15PM, and the fourth Sunday of each month
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
For more information, please contact Rev. Ouida at 510-350-6249 or revouida@yahoo.com

“The Visioning Process as founded by Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith allows us to tap into the Divine for insights, answers and awareness. As THOT is moving into this new phase, I invite the community to come together as we ‘catch the vision’ of what THOT is, and can be. What is the highest vision for THOT? What does that feel like? Who/what must we become? Visioning allows us to catch the highest possibilities.
We will also have time for personal visioning. What are you calling forth? What is the highest vision for your Life? This process is a meditative one that invites us to go within, listen, and receive insights about our Heart's desires.
Please join us!”

Santa Cruz Story Telling Festival
Sunday Stories Series
with Sirena Andrea
Sunday, May 26, 2:30-3:30PM
Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, 1060 River Street, #111, Santa Cruz
$Adults $10, Children $5

“A series of Sunday Story Telling Events enjoyed by all ages who love to listen!”

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, May 26, 4:00-6:00PM, and the fourth Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Donations accepted to cover cost of tea

“Tarot lovers of every skill level will enjoy Tea and Tarot. Each month we will explore a new facet of working with the cards, examining multiple meanings, layouts, and learning how to express our insights with others.”

Memorial Day Free Day and Open House at Ardenwood
Monday, May 27, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont

“Celebrate the holiday with an admission free day of fun! Help with the morning chores (11:00AM-Noon). Ride the train, tour the Victorian farmhouse and watch the blacksmith at work. Taste some farm baked cookies from our outdoor Country Kitchen (11:00AM-1:00PM) and try your skills at some old-time games (Noon–1:00PM). Take a stroll with a naturalist and learn what life was like 100 years ago (2:00-3:00PM) and give the animals their afternoon meal (3:00PM).”

Kirtan Benefit Concert for the Seva Foundation
Sunday, May 27, 7:00PM
Palace of Fine Arts Theater, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco

“Please join Seva Foundation in celebrating 35 years of Service!

Featuring Snatam Kaur, Jai Uttal, C.C. White and Shimshai, with host Wavy Gravy

Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘selfless service.’
Seva Foundation was founded in 1978 by a group of medical professionals, counterculture activists, musicians, and compassionate individuals, all dedicated to the alleviation of suffering in the world. Among them was public health expert Dr. Larry Brilliant, spiritual leader Ram Dass, and humanitarian activist Wavy Gravy.  Over the years, Seva has become a leading innovator in the delivery of vital eye care services to the world’s most vulnerable including women, children, and indigenous peoples.”

San Ramon Art and Wind Festival
Sunday-Monday, May 26-27, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Hot Air Balloon Launch on Monday, May 27, 6:00AM
San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Boulevard, San Ramon

“The San Ramon Art and Wind Festival blows into town with over 200 arts and crafts booths, kite flying demos by professionals from all over the country and Canada, free kite making workshops for youth, entertainment on 3 stages and a kids activity area. Food booths are operated by local non-profits that raise much-needed funds for their organizations. This money goes back into the community in a variety of projects. Mark your calendar now because the San Ramon Art and Wind Festival is the place to be on Memorial Day weekend!

The annual San Ramon Art and Wind Festival  will again include an early morning hot air balloon launch on Monday, May 28th only. This year's launch will feature a variety of brightly colored balloons and a hang gliding demonstration. Last year’s launch created quite a spectacular vision for those who attended. Attendees can get up close and look inside the balloons. This is a great opportunity for amateur photographers. The pilots will arrive and begin set-up between 5:30 and 6:00AM. The actual launch will likely be between 6:30 and 7:30AM depending on the wind and weather. Coffee and hot cocoa will be available for purchase. Best parking for the balloon launch is at the Iron Horse Middle School, 12601 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon.”

Memorial Day Ceremony at the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery
Monday, May 27, 1:00PM
Franklin Gate, 1600 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa
For additional information, please call 707-543-3292

“Old Fashioned Decoration Day Commemoration!  Honor the day with old fashioned activities.”

Jam Making with Seasonal Fruit
with Rachel Saunders of Blue Chair Fruit
Tuesday, May 28, 6:00-8:00PM
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
$85, registration required
Please register online or at 510-642-7082, or gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

“Join Rachel Saunders, founder of Blue Chair Fruit as she brings her expertise on fruit and fruit preserving techniques back to the Garden. In this two-hour demo-style class, students will cook two different jams, one single-fruit and one mixed-fruit. Our focus will be on the preparation of the raw fruit, the cooking process, and how to safely jar your jam. Participants will receive two take-home jars of jam and a set of class notes.”

Tea and Chanting with Rabbit
Tuesday, May 28, (and the fourth Tuesday of each month)
Meet for tea at 7:30PM, chanting begins at 8:00PM for 30 minutes
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

“Join Rabbit for an evening of the herbal and the verbal. After sharing information about this month's unique, delicious herbal tea, explaining this month's mantra, and offering a brief dharma talk Rabbit leads the group in rhythmic, harmonic chanting for approximately 30-50 minutes.”

Dreams of Damanhur
Tuesday, May 28, 8:00PM
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747
Free, please call to RSVP

“Damanhur resident Shama Viola will show the film Dreams of Damanhur and will present a talk about the amazing community of Damanhur.  Overnight accommodation will be offered for those taking the course the following day.  Please RSVP to Loreon at (707) 857-4747.”

Bral Talej - Magical Signs for Divination
Wednesday, May 29, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Isis Oasis Sanctuary, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, 707-857-4747

“Shama Viola from the Damanhur Spiritual Community in Italy will offer a one-day course to learn to decode the signs that life and the universe are offering you.  An answer to your questions and/or to support you in making conscious and appropriate decisions in your life.

Bral Talej is an original divination system that uses a deck of 111 cards with ancestral symbols of Damanhur's Sacred Language.”

Make Your Own Hand-Held Prayer Beads
Wednesday, May 29, 7:00-9:00PM
East Bay location given upon registration
$25 includes materials
Please RSVP to iyamahea@thesacredforest.org or 510-827-3997

“Prayer beads are used in many world religions as a portable physical reminder of a personal goal, journey or special time. They can provide comfort and focus as well as encourage relaxation.

We will learn the basics of designing and stringing hand-held prayer beads. You will be gently guided in creating your own unique commemoration of an Orisa, or of your personal journey. The $25 fee includes all materials needed, though feel free to bring and utilize your special beads in your work.  Class size will be limited, and preregistration is required. The workshop will meet at an East Bay location.”

Empty Bowls
Thursday, May 30, 6:00-8:00PM
Alameda County Community Food Bank, 7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland
Individual $25, Family (2 adults + 2 children) $50

“Join us as we transform our warehouse for an evening of art, nourishment and service to help fill empty bowls in our community.

Enjoy a delicious soup dinner, take home a hand-painted bowl, participate in our family art and advocacy project and bid in the silent auction that features beautiful ceramics and fun-filled adventures.

Co-hosted by CBS5’s Liam Mayclem. Liam is an Emmy award-winning host and a producer for CBS 5 TV’s Eye on The Bay. He has interviewed music royalty such as BB King and Tony Bennett and cooked with top chefs like Thomas Keller and Tyler Florence. Known for his Cheap Eats series, Liam also hosts CBS5’s Foodie Chap segment. He is also an active fundraiser for a number of local charities.

Entertainment by Duckmandu! Accordionist Aaron Seeman - as his performing persona, Duckmandu - plays everything from Broadway tunes to rock to Jazz to klezmer. He also plays conventional accordion repertoire - polkas and tangos - all sure to get kids of every age tapping their toes and dancing.”

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, May 30, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Suggested donation $10-$20

“Join a lively astrology discussion led by astrobarry in this informal interactive group experience. Topics covered in each Astrology Salon will vary, based on who attends and what's going on in the sky. The Salon is intended to provide burgeoning astrologers with a chance to practice their chart interpretation skills in a safe, fun environment. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of the astrological language. Please bring 5-10 copies of any astrology chart you'd like us to discuss (free charts available at http://www.astro.com ).”

Eco-Resiliency: A Gathering For Earth Change Awareness
Friday, May 31, 7:00-9:00PM, typically the fourth Friday of every month
Holos Institute, 310 Third Avenue, San Francisco, 415-666-2560
Free, RSVP required

“In response to increased environmental disasters and a deep concern for the ecology of our earth we are now holding an ongoing group with the intention of creating a supportive and healing community space.

This supportive group is co-facilitated by Holos interns and reflects the intention of restoring balance to the mind, body, and spirit and generating kindness toward ourselves, our communities, and the earth. Although groups will be holistic in nature, each will embrace a particular focus to reflect four aspects of our being: spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. Each one will be co-facilitated by two interns, one of whom will join the following week’s group.  

Whether you want to process these events, learn tools for coping, explore somatic responses, or create healing ceremonies for our collective well-being, we will have something for you.

You may attend any or all groups, yet we require your RSVP by 7:00PM the previous
Thursday to make sure we have enough space and material.

Please call 415-666-2560 or email jessica@holosinstitute.net if you are interested and we will add you to our email list.

Holos Institute is a non-profit, community counseling center and training institute providing services throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

We offer a range of affordable, highly skilled, professional counseling services to the community.”

Positive Discipline and Power Struggles with Kids
Parenting Workshop
Friday, May 31, 8:00-10:00PM
HackerMoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley

“Bring your questions to this parenting workshop that addresses educating and disciplining young kids, particularly around issues of power. It's taught by Pnina Tobin, MPA, director of PMT Consultants, has been working with parents, teachers, and children in the areas of parenting and child abuse prevention for over 30 years. As director of PMT Consultants since 1992, she provides trainings and workshops at conferences and for organizations and parent groups throughout the U. S., Central America, and the UK. Her Parenting Workshops include: Building Family Self-Esteem, Single Parent Support and Parenting Skills Groups, Handling Parent Anger, and Raising a Spirited Child. Please RSVP, but no childcare since it's a Friday night workshop for us to whine with wine!”

Soul Serpent Spa Day Retreat
with Le’ema Kathleen Graham
Saturday June 1, 1:30-8:00PM
Goddess Garden Sanctuary, San Rafael - exact address provided upon registration
$125 includes all supplies, essential oils and organic dinner

“Join us for a day of soothing body and soul with SoulCollage, Snake Yoga, self-anointing with custom essential oils and soaking in the spa at the Goddess Garden Sanctuary!

Everything you need to enjoy this gentle, soulful day will be provided!
Don’t miss this opportunity to gather with women and nourish our whole beings!

Limited to 8 women - $125 includes all supplies, essential oils and organic dinner.
Bring a swimsuit and towel for the hot tub and sauna.

SoulCollage is an intuitive process of making wisdom cards to mirror self and soul. No art experience or prior knowledge is necessary to enjoy this deep and rich practice.

Snake Yoga is a restorative yoga practice created by Le’ema which awakens the Kundalini your Inner Serpent in a relaxed and effortless way!

Essential oils have long been used for emotional, spiritual and physical health. Le’ema is a trained aromatherapist who will guide you in a ceremony of anointing yourself with the finest therapeutic blends for healing.”

Have a Healthy, Happy, Memorable Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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