What do you wish for?

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Manifestation Monthly, British Traditional Wicca 101, Sisterhood of the Moon Honors the Goddess Vesta, Courting the Goddess: Venus Aphrodite, astrobarry’s Astrology Salon, Brigid's Cross Play Shop, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Edwardian World's Faire and Edwardian Ball, FIERCE PLAY, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Earth Energy Walks, The Art of Making Seasonal and Medicinal Plant Color, MooNiE and Broon, Sandman 25th Anniversary Group Art Show, How To Be An Earthling, Winter Gardening Essentials, Tu B’Shvat in the Redwoods, Family Practice Day at Spirit Rock, Anshi Bala Film Screening, Uncrossing Conjure with Waters and Baths, The Seven African Powers, Intro to Pointed Pen Calligraphy, Four Shillings Short, Open Shamanic Journey Circle, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, My Quest for Right Livelihood and the Founding of Three Stone Hearth, Lake Merritt Pagans, Erin's Cauldron: An Evening of Storytelling, Sacred Burlesque: The Art of Prayerformance

Manifestation Monthly: Full Moon Manifestation Circle and Ceremony
Wednesday, January 15, 6:00-9:00PM
Terra's Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley

“Coaching and Ceremony to support you set and manifest your intentions; keep you aligned, inspired and accountable.

Single drop-ins are $35 per session. Four Session Discount Pass $100 allows you to attend any 4 sessions over 2014 for $25 each.

You will be part of a group of women (up to 12 women) with the purpose of manifesting your intentions throughout 2014. You will meet once a month, the evening of Full Moon.

Roke (Krishnakali) Noir will hold the group in a safe, fun, and grounded space. She will use coaching tools, expressive arts (movement, improv, art making, storytelling, writing and more) practices, self-exploratory intuitive and cognitive games, group interactions and ritual theatre to lead you to:

Look Back: 6:00-7:00PM
Reflect on the last month through guided meditation
Examine your choices, decisions and actions
Learn from your celebrations and challenges

Move Forward: 7:00-8:00PM
Release what no longer serves you
Call yourself back and realign to your highest self
Set your intentions
Create your Manifestation Practice for next lunar cycle

Full Moon Ceremony: 8:00-9:00PM
After the Circle is complete you will join a Manifestation Fire Ceremony under the full moon in Roke's garden (6 blocks from Terra's Temple).

Upcoming Dates:
Friday, February 14
Sunday, March 16
Monday, April 14

Roke (aka Krishnakali) Noir, originally from India and strongly rooted in eastern philosophies, is a manifestation coach, expressive arts director and shamanic energy practitioner. She has curved her path to walk on as The Alchemista, starting from the age of 35, after moving to USA at the age of 22, finishing her PhD in Artificial Intelligence and working in the high tech corporate world for 13 years. She has manifested her purpose of ‘using darkness - shaping light’ as she continues her passionate search for beauty in all things broken. As a woman bridging many worlds like the east and the west, the sacred and the sex positive, individualism and socialism, addictions and activism - she believes her work in this life is to serve women to accept who they are and manifest their highest selves. The guiding principles of her very own Dare to Manifest program are the Energetics (the spirit), Logistics (the mind) and Mechanics (the body) of every day Manifestation Practice.”

British Traditional Wicca 101
with Lady Argante
Wednesday, January 15, 7:00-9:00PM,
and twelve more Wednesdays through April 9
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
$10 per class

“British Traditional Wicca 101 is a 14-week class which provides students with a basic overview of the religion and craft of Wicca, from a British Traditional perspective. Subjects to be covered include the Goddess and the God, the Wheel of the Year, tools and correspondences, ritual structure and function, magical ethics and methods. There will also be guided visualizations and two informal rituals.

This month's classes:
January 15: The Wheel of the Year
January 22: Tools/Correspondences/The Coven
January 29: Meditation on the Goddess

British Traditional Wicca 101 will be taught by members of the Coven Daoine Sidhe, led by their High Priestess, Lady Argante. At 26 years young, Daoine Sidhe is one of the most enduring (or stubborn) Gardnerian covens in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Sisterhood of the Moon Honors the Goddess Vesta
Wednesday, January 15, 7:00PM
private home in Hayward, address given upon RSVP
$33-$13 sliding scale; no woman turned away due to financial hardship
This ritual is for cisgendered women.

“They Say She is Veiled
They say she is veiled
and a mystery. That is
one way of looking.
Is that she is where
She has always been,
Exactly in place,

And it is we,
We who are mystified,
We who are veiled
And without faces.
- Judy Grahn
We move toward Imbolc, and the time of Purification is upon us.  Join us for the last ritual in the Sisterhood of the Moon’s calendar year as we celebrate Vesta, Goddess of Hearth, Home, and Purification.

For more detailed information about this gathering and/or to RSVP, please email Info@SisterhoodoftheMoon.org

Courting the Goddess: Venus Aphrodite
a three-week class with Rebecca Riyana Sang
Wednesday, January 15, 7:30-10:00PM,
and two more Wednesdays, January 22 and 29
private home, 1441 Benton Street, Alameda
$90-$300 sliding scale
Pre-registration required, see below for details

“Bright star, guide, patroness of poets, lovers, dreamers, healers, and courtesans.

Lady Love. She who whispers, the heart turning one, giver of joy. She who governs pure and ideal love, and also, white hot passion that drives us out of our minds and towards the murky worlds of the body, the heart, and the spirit.

This Reclaiming-style transformational class will focus on Venus (Aphrodite), the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and sacred creativity. In this deep, sweet journey into magic and love, we will connect to her energy and power in its most ancient, expansive sense - moving beyond the image of the blonde beauty queen, remembering her as the archetypal queen of the Earth's fertility and regeneration, sacred sexual initiation, and the great temples of Cyprus and Delphi.

Aphrodite arose from the foam of the elemental waters, and her stories have roots in the myths of the ancient goddesses Astarte, Inanna, and Ishtar. Her majestic qualities can grant self-acceptance and help you open to love in all of its forms and incarnations, so that you can embrace your creative identity without fear and become more vital, magnetic, and confident.

Lady Love will be our guide as we explore the transformative, generative magic of love, beauty, and the ancient power of the sea. We will use the practices of ritual, trance, prayer, writing, and the sacred use of essential oils and anointing.

Three Wednesdays in January, starting January 15th. 7:30-10:00PM
$90-$300 sliding scale
To Register: send a message to Rebecca Riyana Sang with a brief statement of interest, and also, the registration fee OR $25 deposit to her at 1441 Benton Street, Alameda CA 94501. You can also paypal me at riyanarebeccasang@gmail.com.

URANIA makes her home north of San Francisco in the rolling hills of San Rafael. She came to the Reclaiming Tradition in 1991 and began teaching their core classes and priestessing in 1993. Her practice of Witchcraft is informed by Taoist principles and the ecstatic practices of all faiths.

RIYANA is an herbalist, witch, counselor, and priestess with roots in many different traditions, from Goddess spirituality to yoga, Buddhism, Judaism, and spiritual activism. She holds an MA in Women's Spirituality from Naropa University, and regularly uses the magical tools of song, story, writing, plant magic, meditation, and sacred sexuality in her personal practice. She ‘grew up’ in the Reclaiming tradition and has been teaching for over seven years, and when not dancing with witches in the woods, can often be found lazing in the sun with her cat Emily Moon or on a wonderful adventure with her partner Jason Scarecrow.”

astrobarry’s Astrology Salon
Thursday, January 16, 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 ).”

Brigid's Cross Play Shop
with Susan Small
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, January 17, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Learn to make a Brigid's Cross.

Potluck Feast
Since our gathering is at the dinner hour, we ask that you bring a potluck dish and/or non-alcoholic brew to share that serves 4-6 people. Let’s treat ourselves to a good meal. Please bring your own place setting. There will be hot water available for tea.

We ask non-members to make a donation of $5-$3 to help us cover operating costs. No one turned away for lack of funds.”

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, January 17, 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.”

Edwardian World's Faire and Edwardian Ball
The Curious Sofa
Friday-Saturday, January 17-18

The Edwardian World’s Faire, Friday, 8:00PM-2:00AM
The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Edwardian Vendor Bazaar Daytime Shopping, Saturday, 12:00-5:00PM
The Regency Sutter Room, 1270 Sutter Street, San Francisco

The 14th Annual Edwardian Ball, Saturday, 8:00PM-2:00AM
The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

“What, pray tell, is The Edwardian Ball?

The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author Edward Gorey. Set in our own version of ‘Edwardian’ times, this multi-media extravaganza has grown over the past decade from a small underground club night into an internationally recognized event, now operating with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

Costumed and enthusiastic attendees, traveling from as far as Australia, Japan, and the UK, flock to this San Francisco tradition for a delightful blend of ballroom dancing, live music, riveting stage shows, DJs, fine art galleries, a vending marketplace, absinthe cocktails, steam machinery, parlour games, sideshows, and more. All ages are welcome and appropriate in this darkly humorous and elegant setting, where literary aficionados rub elbows with insect-like creatures parading on stilts… where historically-accurate Edwardian recreationists waltz by a steam-powered tea garden… where the only guiding rule is that you join in on the fun!”

presented by Ragged Wing Ensemble
Friday-Sunday, January 17-19,
Friday 9:00PM, Saturday 5:00PM and 9:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
Envision Academy of Arts and Technology, 1515 Webster Street, Oakland

“What makes a play FIERCE? Bursts of creative genius and wild exploration! Working at the collision of DARING and DISCIPLINE! PLAY, RIGOR, MYSTERY and the spirit of YES! NOW!

The FIERCE PLAY Performance Series is an invitation to practice the power of GO. To bang the words: RAW and POLISHED together and make the sparks fly. This work raises the energy and creates crackling, electric performances. Members of Ragged Wing’s Core Company will lead the creation of FIERCE PLAYS in a condensed time-frame of fourteen days. Why work under the gun? It’s theatrical athleticism! The artists work at the edge of possibility and the wild mind alights! What holds it together? Our season theme: Just Ripe.

The FIERCE PLAY Performance Series is a giant LEAP into the creative YES. We’re taking it. Come with us.

The Clearing
Written and directed by Keith Davis
An 'incident' occurs in the lives of several creatures, with vastly different repercussions. Follow how each memory of the same moment changes for each storyteller but with the same result. Using myth, photography, first and last love, nature, and imagery, The Clearing explores love and death-ripeness and rot-to rediscover the memory of memory.

Knife in the Socket
Written by Cecilia Palmtag
Directed by Rebecca Longworth
Every need and desire is provided for by one machine.  This savior of the masses also guides decisions and regulates emotions in a dense and turbulent world. Plugging in comes at a high price, and disconnecting means almost certain death.

Spooning Leads to Forking
Written and directed by David Stein
What part do personal demons play in shaping our identities? How do some learn to live with them while others crumble under their weight? Do they leap from parent to child or have they always existed, laying in wait for an unsuspecting passer by? Young Will struggles to come to terms with his father's violent legacy while Sam is tempted by a beguiling stranger that could change her life forever. Everyone's got a demon. Some more than others.

How to Ripen
Written and directed by Addie Ulrey
Accept that time is passing.
You may never feel ripe, but at some point you will feel past ripe.
You will wonder what ripe may have felt like.
You will recall moments when you thought, ‘this is the beginning.’
You will recall arrival, departure.
But the thing itself?
This life is not a fruit.
The body is a fruit, but this life is not a fruit.
We are always ripe and ready to be taken.”

Return to the Forbidden Planet
Friday-Sunday, January 17-19,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 3:00PM
playing through January 26
NTC Theater, 5420 Nave Drive, Novato

"Return to the Forbidden Planet re-launches… and it is more fun than ever!!

The hit musical that had critics raving and audience members dancing in the aisles in Mill Valley last June is back, with new staging, choreography, puppetry, and videography! The Curtain Theatre and Marin Onstage's production opens at the NTC theater in Novato and runs from January 9th-26th - ten shows only. Book your tickets now and join the crew as we re-launch this Olivier award-winning show (1990) and ‘Get Out Into Space’!

Set aboard the blinking, interactive bridge of a spaceship, Shakespeare meets sci-fi and a host of classic rock ‘n roll tunes in this high energy jukebox musical. The script draws from the best of Shakespeare's plays, often with tongue firmly in cheek, and the score features one famous rock hit after another from the Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Gary Puckett, James Brown, the Animals, and more.

Some of the Bay Area's top talent is on and behind the stage. At the helm is multi-award-winning director Carl Jordan. The show is a dance explosion, with 10 numbers choreographed by Steve Beecroft, who also plays Cookie. James Harman leads a three-piece rock band that supports the tight harmonies of the multi-talented 13 member cast. Amanda Morando, a rising star also playing the beautiful Miranda, doubles as vocal director.

The cast also features Phillip Percy Williams, long time star of Beach Blanket Babylon and a true triple threat performer, as Captain Tempest. Joining the cast as Gloria is the superbly talented SFBATCC nominee Amy Lizardo, a well known performer in the area who is auditioning for a Broadway musical as we write. Melissa Claire, another multiple SFBATCC nominee, repeats her star turn as the roller-skating robot Ariel. Paul Abbott brings Shakespearean gravitas to the role of Prospero and superb comic actor Phillip Swanson returns as the Bosun.”

Earth Energy Walks
with Community Seed
Saturday, January 18, 9:45AM-12:00PM (and third Saturday of every month)
Quail Hollow Ranch, 800 Quail Hollow Road, Felton
see link below for directions to meeting place

“Earth Energy Walks
Join us on our monthly walks, and feel the power of the Earth.
Walks are on the THIRD Saturday of each month.  Just save each 3rd Saturday as ‘Get Out In Nature’ day!

Gather at 9:45AM  
Departure: 10:00AM
Return: around 12:00PM

2014 Walk Locations:
January 18th, Quail Hollow
February 15th, Pogonip
March 15th, Henry Cowell Park (Graham Hill entrance)
April 19th, Wilder Ranch
May 16th, Moore Creek Preserve
July 19th, Twin Lakes Beach (Picnic and Clean Up)
August 16th, Twin Lakes Beach (Picnic and Clean Up)
September 20th, Nisene Marks Crossroads
October 18th, Fall Creek
November 15th, Natural Bridges Beach
December 20th, Henry Cowell Park (Main Entrance)

Our walk is usually about 2-3 hours round trip with a stop for meditation halfway in. We will walk rain or shine, however if the forecast is very stormy, call ahead to verify, 831-469-0336.

Before beginning our walk together, we will take a moment to center our minds and bodies. Once we are all fully present, we will begin our journey, walking in silence, all the while tuning in, listening, and absorbing the energies of the elements, plants, and animals. Halfway into our walk we will sit for meditation, a guided visualization, and to share food.

Drinking water
A small snack
Hiking Shoes
Comfortable Clothes
Money for Parking (Several parks)”

The Art of Making Seasonal and Medicinal Plant Color
with  Sasha Duerr
Saturday, January 18, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, Oakland

“We are so honored this winter to host textile artist and designer Sasha Duerr in this incredible hands on workshop. Sasha will share seasonal color recipes for winter wellness, talk about the medicinal qualities of each plant used, encourage experimentation with inspiring plant dye techniques, and cultivate the skills to refresh your winter woolens with an abundance of botanical color. Each participant will take home winter medicinal color recipes, an abundance of woolen samples, and a naturally dyed textile to wrap you in winter warmth.”

MooNiE and Broon
Saturday, January 18, 2:30PM and 7:30PM
Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek

“Welcome to the world of MooNiE and Broon. You may already know a little something about these two monsters of the variety comedy world. That’s right I said ‘monsters’, before you go thinking that’s a bit of a stretch remember most of the variety comedy world consists of guys in Chuck Taylors making puns about eggs or hippies with fire wandy things.  Then you’ve got these two with their bed of nails laying, juggling while drinking beer, flaming tongue transferring, theatre performing, unscripted, saw playing, anything could happen, sledgehammer wielding, comedy jazz. Monsters. You wanna make something of it? I didn’t think so.”

Sandman 25th Anniversary Group Art Show
opening reception Saturday, January 18, 7:00-10:00PM
show on display through February 15
Mission Comics and Art, 3520 20th Street, Suite B, San Francisco, 415-695-1545

“Mission Comics and Art is pleased to present Sandman: 25th Anniversary, a group art show celebrating one of the most critically acclaimed comic book series of all time, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.

The show, curated by Daisy Church, will feature new art and illustrations from over two dozen New Contemporary and LowBrow/Pop artists from across the United States as they interpret and pay homage to the seminal DC/Vertigo series.

The opening reception will be held at Mission Comics and Art on Saturday, January 18th from 7:00-10:00PM. The exhibition will be on display through February 15, 2014 and is free and open to the public.

Mission Comics is a fantastic retail and gallery space run by SF local Leef Smith, who combined a comic book shop with an art gallery in a fresh, exciting way while drawing on the unique strengths of the Mission District. The gallery and retail space also helps facilitate a greater cross-pollination between the worlds of fine art and commercially produced sequential art. Hours of operation are Tuesday thru Sunday, 12:00-8:00PM.”

How To Be An Earthling
A Comic Monologue by Wes `Scoop' Nisker
Saturday, January 18, 8:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre,  142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-383-9600
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Wes ‘Scoop’ Nisker is a Buddhist meditation teacher, author and performer. His books include the newly edited version of his national bestseller, Essential Crazy Wisdom and Buddha’s Nature (Random House), The Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom (HarperSanFrancisco), and his most recent book Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! (Stonebridge Press) Mr. Nisker is also the founder and co-editor of the international Buddhist journal Inquiring Mind.

For nearly 40 years, Mr. Nisker has worked in radio, first as a news anchor and more recently as a commentator, during his career winning the Billboard Magazine, Columbia School of Journalism, and San Francisco Media Alliance awards for excellence in FM radio programming.

Mr. Nisker has studied Buddhist meditation for over three decades with teachers in Asia and America, and for the past 15 years has been leading his own retreats and workshops in Buddhist insight meditation and philosophy at venues internationally. He is an affiliate teacher at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and does regular workshops at Esalen Institute and other retreat centers.

For the past year and a half Mr. Nisker has been performing his monologue to critical acclaim in venues around the country, including the Berkeley Rep, the Freight and Salvage and the Throckmorton Theater.”

Winter Gardening Essentials
with K.Ruby Blume
presented by The Institute of Urban Homesteading
Sunday January 19, 10:00AM-3:00PM
North Oakland, address given upon registration
Sliding scale $60-$85

“In the cold time of year time when the soil and plants are resting, there are still many important tasks to be accomplished in the garden to prepare for a spring and summer bounty. This class will cover winter gardening essentials including garden planning, bed preparation, seed selection and seed starting, bare root fruit selection and planting, dormant season care of perennial fruit and shrubs, basic pruning, cover cropping, composting and basic mushroom cultivation. The class will include a tour of the winter garden, lecture and hands-on.”

Tu B’Shvat in the Redwoods
Sunday, January 19, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Roberts Regional Recreation Area, 10570 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
see website for registration details

“Join Wilderness Torah to celebrate the New Year of the Trees

Morning Adult Seder and Kids’ Adventure, All-Ages Afternoon Offerings
with Luminary Scholar Bonna Haberman, visiting from Israel

As the days begin to lengthen, we pause during Tu B’Shvat to celebrate the unseen awakening of spring. Deep within the trees, the sap begins to flow as the trees start their cycle anew.

In the tradition of the Kabbalists (16th century mystics of Tsfat, Israel), we gather in the forest to create an experiential Tu B’Shvat seder that connects us to the trees and the elements. We delight in p’ri ha-etz (the fruit of the trees), and celebrate the season together through the five senses, song, meditation, and Tu B’Shvat teachings.”

Family Practice Day at Spirit Rock
Sunday, January 19, 10:30AM-3:00PM
Community Meditation Hall, Spirit Rock Meditation Center,
5000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Woodacre
$35-$55 per family, plus a donation to the teachers

“Family Days are a wonderful opportunity to spend the day connecting with your children, yourself and a community of supportive peers. Come play, share, learn and open your heart!

Family Practice Period: A Program for the Whole Family
We start our morning with a program FOR EVERYONE, weaving the theme of the day into songs, skits and family activities. We have plenty for your little ones with mindfulness geared toward children ages 4-10. We have added a program for older children, ages 11-14. Come and explore mindfulness with us!

Youth Program:
During the second half of our day, youth ages 4-14 will attend age appropriate groups with our experienced Spirit Rock mindfulness leaders. They will play, make art, sing songs, and practice mindfulness together.

Parent's Program:
Parents, of children ages 4 and older will have an opportunity to meditate, hear a talk related to parenting as practice, and connect with one another through group discussions.

Pre-registration requested so we can plan ahead, especially for the kid's activities:
Cost: $35-$55 per family, depending on size. No one turned away for lack of funds.

2 person family $35
3 person family $45
4+ person family $55
Plus a donation to the teachers. Please bring lunch and something to share.”

Anshi Bala (Young Hunter)
film screening
Saturday, January 19, 1:00-3:00PM
Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700

“Anshi Bala, by directors Yerlan Nurmukhambetov and Begars Yelubai, was named the best foreign film at the 17th International Family Film Festival held at Hollywood.
This is another coming of age film. Kambar, a 13 years old city boy, was going to spend his summer holidays out of town with his grandfather, the old hunter, and grandmother. All summer days were full of childish adventures including meeting with the 12 years old Samal, the shepherd’s daughter, and other children, bathing in the river, baking potatoes at night campfire, scary stories under the stars and... One night the wolf attacks the flock of sheep and takes away a kid. Samal was very sad because this little sheep was her favorite, so Kambar decides to take grandpa’s gun and to kill the wolf. When adults go to the wedding, he and Samal go to hunt the wolf, and that is the beginning of new time to him. The arising feeling of unknown up to now wild nature and emerging challenges of real life situation powerfully turns the boy into the decisive moment - the overcoming his fear and, as a result, the birth of nomadic manhood in his coming of age personality.
Families with children 12+ are particularly welcome.

Running time: 85 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.”

Uncrossing Conjure with Waters and Baths
with Chas Bogan and Storm Faerywolf
Sunday, January 19, 1:00-4:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“In this second class of the course we will explore rites for cleansing and uncrossing, learning how to rid ourselves of negative energy, hauntings and jinxes. We will create blends pertaining to purification, including baths and traditional waters. We will also learn how to use water divination to diagnose spiritual afflictions.”

The Seven African Powers
with Nimat Shakoor-Grantham
Sunday, January 19, 2:00-4:00PM
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342

“This initial class will serve as an introduction to the basic concepts and principles of The Seven African Powers, better known as the Orisha from the Yoruba spiritual diaspora. There will be an introduction of associated ancestor homage, traditional stories (Patakis) and fundamental rituals to benefit one's life force (Ache). Bring an item for the Ancestor Altar representing one of your ancestors (pictures are best).

Nimat Shakoor-Grantham, an initiated Yoruba, Santeria and Palo Priestess has been honoring the ancestors and Orishas for over 30 years. She is also a Spiritual and Life Advisor who lives in Benicia with her Spiritual allies, Walnut, Papi, Buster and Shabba Ranks.”

Intro to Pointed Pen Calligraphy
with Diva Pyari
Sunday, January 19, 2:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$180, limit 20 students

“This is a beginning class taught by Diva Pyari of Linea Carta, where we will be learning A-Z lettering. Class includes Calligraphy Starter Kit, extra nib, matchbook, beginner's worksheets, and practice paper.

Diva Pyari, artist and designer from the San Francisco Bay Area, owns Linea Carta: eco-lux linens and stationery that inspire your every day. Linea Carta's sustainable linens and stationery are all screen-printed by hand, and her entire line of products has a luxurious look and feel that comes from their high quality and Diva's lovely designs. Diva also designs exclusive collections for other brands, creates incredible custom wedding invitations, and her work as a sought-after calligrapher is famous in its own right. Her calligraphy is widely published and often seen in magazines such as Martha Stewart's Weddings and on popular blogs like Once Wed.”

Four Shillings Short
part of the Soggy Sundays Kids’ Series
Sunday, January 19, 3:00-4:30PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
$4 children, $6 adults

“Four Shillings Short kicks off this year’s Soggy Sundays, Ashkenaz’s series of kids’ shows that chase the winter fog and rain away (or lift spirits higher even if it’s not raining). A wide array of top family-oriented artists provides engaging entertainment for young children and parents each week through February, playing music from around the world for dancing, jumping, and spinning on the best dance floor in the East Bay!

The Celtic/folk/world music duo Four Shillings Short sings and plays 30 instruments from around the world in its Ashkenaz family show. It’s a lot for just two people, but that’s part of the magic of Four Shillings Short. The husband-and-wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin from California performs on North Indian sitar, hammered dulcimer, mandolins, banjo, whistles, recorders, Medieval and Renaissance woodwinds, charango, bowed psaltery, guitar, and even a krummhorn.”

Open Shamanic Journey Circle
with Anne Hatfield and Stuart Dole
Sunday, January 19, 3:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of each month
The Volunteer Center, 153 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa

“We're starting the New Year with the first meeting of an open shamanic journey drumming circle! This is kind of an experiment - come join us to help create the magic.

Over the years many people have asked us about opportunities for journeying in the context of a circle - which many find to be more powerful than journeying solo. This is that opportunity.

The shamanic journey is a way to explore the non-ordinary realms, interact directly with personal power animals and spirit guides, and access divine information.

This is a journey circle - it's best if you already have had some experience with shamanic journeying. If not, or if you want a review, come at 2:30PM for introductory information and mentoring.

Bring a drum or rattle if you have them, an eye covering for journeying, and a notebook to record your experiences.

We plan to offer this every third Sunday afternoon.  We're asking a $20 donation to help with the site rental.”

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, January 19, 4:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of every month
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation $5-$10

“Esoterica Shamanic Center invites you to join OwlSnake (Medicine Woman/Shaman Lineage) for...

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
We will sip tea,  and eat tasty treats as we connect and receive messages from Spirit and the Ancestors to guide us in our daily lives. We will Journey, Chant and Listen within, and be Inspired. A relaxing afternoon gift to yourself and others.

Who is OwlSnake?
Born into a long lineage of Medicine Men/Women, Spiritual Healers, Seers, and Shamans, on both her maternal and paternal ancestral lines, she was first called to this sacred path at the age of 4 years old from her Great Aunt. She was chosen to continue the family tradition of Spiritual Medicine work, some would call Shamanism. Through the years she would experience many of life's challenges and growth opportunities that have allowed her to learn and experience firsthand some of the greatest issues that plague this world today. From those experiences, along with her direct connection with Great Spirit, Guides, Angels, and Ancestors, OwlSnake has awakened into being a compassionate healer that is willing to be used as a ‘Hollow Bone’ for Spirit to assist all those that seek healing and inspiration on their journey.”

My Quest for Right Livelihood and the Founding of Three Stone Hearth
with Jessica Prentice
Sunday, January 19, 4:30-6:00PM
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$10-$20 sliding scale.  Broth bar $3.

“Co-founder Jessica Prentice will explore themes from her book, Full Moon Feast, and the journey that led to the co-founding of Three Stone Hearth. She’ll discuss food, personal calling, alignment with the universe, and the tools in her tool box.

Enjoy our broth bar 20 min before the event begins. Tickets at the door are $10-20 sliding scale.

Jessica Prentice, co-founder of Three Stone Hearth, has been studying traditional diets for over a decade. She is the author of Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection and co-creator of the Local Foods Wheel.”

Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, January 19, 7:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

“A group for Pagans of all stripes who live near Lake Merritt to socialize and touch base about life on the lake in all its aspects, practical and spiritual.

Activities may include: full moon lake walks, altar building, volunteering at the city's regular lake clean-ups, and other good ideas you bring!”

Erin's Cauldron: An Evening of Storytelling
with Will Hornyak
Sunday, January 19, 7:00PM
private home, 685 1/2 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland
Suggested donation $15-$20
Reservation required, please e-mail shmoover@comcast.net
For more information, please call 650-327-5493

“Erin's Cauldron: From the Lusty-Loined Queen Maeve and the Hag of Beara to the Warrior Poet Finn Mac Cool, a rich brew of tales, legends and lore from the soul of the Celtic oral tradition.”

Sacred Burlesque: The Art of Prayerformance
with Veenaa Saynana
Friday, January 31, 7:00-10:00PM,
and six more Fridays, February 7, 14, 21, and 28 and March 7 and 14
Equinox Celebration and Performance Friday, March 21, 7:00-10:00PM
Dance Jam, 2525 8th Street, Berkeley
Sliding Scale $320-$280
Space is limited, registration required

“Sacred Burlesque: The Art of Prayerformance
Unique Dance/Choreography/Creativity Genre led by Veenaa Saynana
Gender Inclusive

Come transform your life by exploring your sensual and sexual essence through the amazing techniques of Sacred Burlesque, where you symbolically (and seductively!) shed that which is no longer relevant in the story of your life. You will learn how to come back to your core essence through Prayerformance, the art of combining the field of sacred intention with that of your infinite potential. Participants will perform their pieces in front of a live audience at the end of the course which will mark the Spring Equinox. Their progress will also be documented through live, mentored interviews in a television documentary.

Highlights in brief:
Shamanic Techniques
Unleashing Creative Fire
Sacred Story-Telling
Sensual Dance
The Art of Seduction
Sacred Burlesque
Burlesque Choreography - no nudity, you choose how much you wish to take off, or how little.
Performance Skills
Interview in a television documentary
To register, please send an email to veenaasaynana@gmail.com with your details. A deposit is needed to reserve your space. Space is limited to 15.

This course is led by Veenaa Saynana Laughing Dolphin, a creative powerhouse of shamanic magic, dance, Prayerformance and ceremony. She is the author of Mary Magdalene Speaks: Gateway to Empowerment. She holds a Gold Medal in the performance of poetry and prose, is an unashamed seductress and a sensual mentor. She revels in the bliss of sensuality and sacred dance. She is well-known for her one-woman shows which are raunchy, comedic and purring with fun! She has facilitated in 3 continents, from Asia to Australia to North America. She leads retreats to major sacred sites of the world.

She runs a successful healing and coaching practice, empowering thousands to lead lives of blissful sensuality and abundance. She is available for private sensuality mentoring sessions and DNA Sequencing Therapy, a powerful modality utilizing deep trauma release and sacred journeying.”

Have a Week of Sacred Play,

Molly Blue Dawn

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