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 7, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Winter Vitality, British Traditional Wicca 101, Awakening the Sacred Body, Embracing Your Full Feminine Sensual Self for an Empowered New Year, Umbra: Art Party for Manjot Bal, Magickal Awakenings and Vortex Healing, Roy Zimmerman’s Blue Dot Tour, Hardly Strictly Trad., Return to the Forbidden Planet, Day in the Life 1901, Between Heaven and Earth: Uniting the Sacred Feminine and Masculine, Community Seed’s Open Circle, The Five-Fold Goddess: A New Vision of the Feminine Divine, Ghost Talk, East Bay Waltz, Ancient Future Duet, Suhaila Salimpour Solo Show 2014, Women's Visioning Circle, Learning from Transition and Growth Workshop, Witches' Tea Party, Starrlight Center for Spiritual Living, The Art of Feminine Presence: Awaken Your Sensuous Rhythms, Tarot Salon, A Biologist and a Chemist Confer on the Recipe for Life, Sisterhood of the Moon: Goddess Vesta, Courting the Goddess: Venus Aphrodite, Sacred Burlesque: The Art of Prayerformance

Winter Vitality
with Brittany Wood Nickerson
Wednesday, January 8, 6:30-8:30PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, Oakland

“Winter is an important time to turn inward, relax, rest up and create dreams and visions for the year ahead.  Sometimes lack of energy, low mood, stress and other factors limit our ability to reach our full potential during this quiet, more gentle season.  In this workshop we will discuss how we can honor and support our body’s unique processes to stay vibrant, energized and inspired all through the winter season.  We will look at herbs that nourish the nervous system, reduce stress and anxiety and support depression, as well as herbs that enhance immunity and build our energy reserves. Emphasis will be placed on everyday self care practices and how to incorporate the herbs into the lifestyle and diet in a way that is sustainable and affordable.

Brittany Wood Nickerson is a practicing community herbalist, health educator and cook. She brings extensive knowledge of nutrition, cooking and using food as medicine to her training in Western, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicine.  Her treatment and teaching approach emphasizes health and healing as an empowered relationship between body, mind and spirit.  Brittany runs Thyme Herbal in Amherst, Massachusetts where she maintains an herbal practice and teaches workshops and apprenticeship programs; she also teaches women’s health at the University of Massachusetts. Brittany is the co-organizer of Green Nations Gathering.”

British Traditional Wicca 101
with Lady Argante
Wednesday, January 8, 7:00-9:00PM,
and thirteen 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 8: Introduction, History, Mythos, and Traditions
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.”

Awakening the Sacred Body
with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Part five of a five part series
Wednesday, January 8, 7:30-9:00PM - final session
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley, CA 94702
$20 in advance, $25 at the door (may sell out)
For more information, please e-mail info@sacredstream.org

“Join Bon Buddhist meditation master, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, in the practice of meditation and reflection. Through bringing together the focus of the mind, breath, and physical movements, you will be taught simple and powerful exercises to open your body and release the obstacles that obscure you from recognizing the unbounded space within. Discover inner refuge and the gifts of spaciousness, awareness, and warmth that bring healing and benefit not only to you but also to your relationships with others and the greater world.
This is a five-part series that takes place on September 26, October 29, November 13, December 11 and January 8. You can take one class or all five. Each class is a discrete set of teachings and it is not required that you take the classes in any particular order. This series takes place at the Sacred Stream Center in Berkeley. Funds go to the Tibetan Children's School, part of TANC (Tibetan Association of Northern California).”

In Her Name Circle: Embracing Your Full Feminine Sensual Self for an Empowered New Year
with Joy Reichard
Thursday, January 9, 7:00-9:30PM, and the second Thursday of each month
Ann Benner Room, UU San Mateo, 300 E Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, 650-342-5946
$15 in advance, $20 at the door - bring a friend for free!

“The voice of the Divine Feminine is re-emerging in human consciousness, bringing us a new vision of the sacredness and unity of life.

Her mythology from diverse cultures around the globe illustrates her many representations and rich symbolism offering role models and guidance to modern women and men. Her message is one of peace, compassion, and respect for all life.

If you are seeking to learn more about the Divine Feminine, then please join us on the second Friday of each month as devotees of the Goddess gather to celebrate her many manifestations with ritual, movement, myth, song, divination and guided visualization. A $10-$20 donation is appreciated.

This month’s circle: 
Embracing Your Full Feminine Sensual Self for an Empowered New Year
Featuring Joy Reichard, M.A., Founder of In Her Name Circles, Transformational Coach, Hypnotherapist, Spiritual Counselor, Business Mentor

Do you want 2014 to be a GREAT year?

We all do. That’s why I’m having a special event for those who want to start the New Year off right by being the confident, vibrant, powerful female that you truly are!

It’s time that we owned our true worth and stepped into the shoes of our Big Self. First we need to finally release some of those negative, nagging thoughts that crimp our style and limit our potential.  Many of us women are still bogged down by passe beliefs that can be traced to a culture which still favors male qualities and masculine ways of thinking.

It’s time to shake loose old beliefs that hold us back.

The Dalai Lama said the world would be saved by the Western Women. So we have lots work to do! And we’d better get busy!

We need to embrace our value and own our special gifts and use them to make change. At the January In Her Name Circle I will give you a taste of how you can do just that.

Because I am committed to helping each one of you blossom in 2014, I am encouraging you each to BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE!

Bring your friend and spend time together as we take back the pride and power of our womanhood, release old disabling beliefs, and discover how we can step into our BIG SELVES for 2014. Together let’s Make it a Blockbuster Year!

Joy Reichard, M.A., C,C.H.T, is a transformational and empowerment coach, author, spiritual counselor, speaker, hypnotherapist, workshop facilitator and Reiki Master. Her search for personal growth and fulfillment has taken her on a transformational journey through divorce, depression and multiple surgeries from which she gained meaningful and powerful insights.

She is now using her crone years of wisdom to help others on their transformational journey to creating the life they want and deserve. Joy is the Amazon number one best-selling author of Celebrate the Divine Feminine; Reclaim Your Power with Ancient Goddess Wisdom and is the founder and leader of In Her Name women’s circles.”

Umbra: Art Party for Manjot Bal
Friday, January 10, 7:00-9:00PM
show on display through March 10
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda

"Umbra: Photographs printed on ceramic tiles by Manjot Bal

Manjot has been exposed to multicultural values and ideas through her education and her line of work. She is a graduate of Computer Science and a Post Baccalaureate of Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. She takes pride in SFAI's rich history and its extensive engagement in the historical, theoretical, sociopolitical, and creative concerns of the contemporary moment. Her works essentially focus on creating a parallel world, but at the level of the human psyche. She believes that once the outer skin is peeled off, one finds astounding similarities on how a human mind perceives the world despite any differences in race, color, or geographical factors. What fundamentally impacts the mind is how it has been nurtured.”

Magickal Awakenings and Vortex Healing
with Dragonfly and Justin K. Prim
Friday, January 10, 7:30-9:30 PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 for the group healing
Please register in advance to reserve your spot for this event

“Bring the mysteries of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake into your life. Join Dragonfly, Vortex Healing Divine Energy Healing practitioner and Magical Awakening teacher, and Justin K. Prim, Magical Awakening teacher, for an evening of shared magic and healing.

Together these modern wizards will present an introduction to the current deep healing modalities formed from the lineage of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake followed by a powerful transformational group healing. This is your chance to begin to clear emotional blockages, help relieve stress, and nurture your spirit as you open your heart to the wonder of your life and deepen your spiritual connection by empowering your own magical path.
Justin K. Prim is an energy healer, a shamanic practitioner, and a spiritually focused artist. He recently became a teacher in the Magical Awakening lineage and is excited to share these spiritual gifts with the world!

Dragonfly is a VortexHealing Divine Energy Healing practitioner Class Organizer for Gailynn Carroll in Berkeley CA, a Reiki Master teacher and body energy practitioner for 18 years, and owner of ArunaBliss Body Energy Center in Oakland.”

Roy Zimmerman’s Blue Dot Tour
Friday, January 10, 7:30PM   
Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley
$15 in advance, $18 at the door, $5 under 18 years old
a benefit for Health Care for All

“The incomparable Roy Zimmerman, acoustic guitar sensation and brilliant lyricist, entertains and inspires with original songs of social justice informed by cross-country travels and reflection on the quirks of American politics and culture. Mischievous, hilarious, wise and poignant, Zimmerman draws audiences in, leaving them laughing, weeping and shaking their heads.

This concert benefits the Marin County chapter of Health Care for All-California, a volunteer non-profit dedicated to building public support for single-payer universal health care in California. HCA-Marin leaders will give concert-goers an overview of how public financing of health care, as embodied in S.B. 810 (Leno), would save money for individuals, businesses and taxpayers, and guarantee affordable access to ongoing comprehensive health care for all California residents.”

Hardly Strictly Trad. in concert
Friday, January 10, 9:00-10:30PM
The Plough and Stars, 116 Clement Street at 2nd Avenue, San Francisco
cover charge

“Acoustic trio/quartet with fingerpicking guitar & violin/fiddle, male/female vocal harmonies; performing folk/blues/celtic/jazz

Cal Keaoola is a native of Hawaii, a fiddling violinist well versed in all styles from folk to blues to jazz to latin. He is featured on three Hawaiian Grammy Award winning albums of the early 2000’s and has performed with legendary rock band, It’s a Beautiful Day, Bill Keith of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass band, and Scotland’s Alasdair Fraser among others.

Jon Rubin has performed over a hundred shows from the Central Coast to San Francisco, leading acoustic duo/trios in original fingerstyle guitar arrangements of traditional songs in the Americana/roots, Celtic and British folk/blues idioms. Jon has studied/attended workshops with legendary fingerstyle players Martin Simpson, Woody Mann, Duck Baker, Rick Ruskin, Laurence Juber and Bob Brozman.

Erica Hockett grew up in the English countryside where she sang from an early age, developing a love of old English folk music. Her musical career includes a stint in Japan where she worked on albums including an EP (Aerial) with Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins, and toured that country with a Japanese rock band. On moving to the US, she became involved with diverse projects ranging from classical and early music, drum and bass (with the Batchelors of Science), bluegrass and folk. She currently sings Balkan/Middle Eastern style music with S.F. Bay Area group Ya Elah, and English/Irish/Scottish traditional music with Hardly Strictly Trad. and Last Star Awake.

Nancy (Kerr) Sanborn is a transplant to the shores of the East Bay from the southern Midwest, where she grew up listening to and learning the songs and sounds of folk, bluegrass, and jazz. Active in choirs and orchestras from a very early age, she is an accomplished choral singer and woodwind player. Her primary instruments include the clarinet, bass clarinet, contra-bass clarinet, and guitar. Nancy is a co-founder of Last Star Awake and frequent guest with HST.

Hardly Strictly Trad. is:
Jon Rubin - guitar and vocals
Cal Keaoola - violin/fiddle
Erica Hockett - vocals
Nancy Kerr Sanborn (from Last Star Awake) - guest vocals, woodwinds, percussion”

Return to the Forbidden Planet
Friday-Sunday, January 10-12,
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.”

Day in the Life 1901
with the Hyde Street Living History Players
Saturday, January 11, 10:00AM-4:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with vessel admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free

“Step into the past as you board our historic ships. Help the sailors on Balclutha raise the staysail in the morning and return for musical fun during the afternoon dogwatch. Learn about life in 1901 from the ferry passengers on Eureka, or join Mrs. Galan on the Ark houseboat for an afternoon tea to discuss issues of the day.

Witness a dramatic re-creation of the 1901 labor strike that shook the San Francisco Waterfront in July. In September, picknickers in period swimsuits frolic on the beach. Don’t miss President McKinley’s visit in May and the Old Time Maritime Christmas celebration in December, with all the ships decorated as they were in 1901.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, visitor center, maritime museum and library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website. To contact Hyde Street Living History directly, please email David Hirzel at sfmaritime1901@sbcglobal.net.”

Between Heaven and Earth: Uniting the Sacred Feminine and Masculine
with Ashanna Solaris and Claudia Weitkemper
Saturday, January 11, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Aquarianheart Center, 4920 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

“Join Ashanna Solaris and Claudia Weitkemper for a transformative and empowering day in Sacred Circle. Experience the profound benefits of Clarity Breathwork and Vajra-Yogini practice to unite the Sacred Masculine and Feminine within you and experience it mirrored more fully in your life!

Includes Dance, Movement, Prayer, Meditation, and being held in Loving Community.
Set the tone and align for an Amazing 2014!
Release what is holding you back from being Vibrantly Alive and living your Highest Potential
Be inspired and uplifted to live Fully Embodied in your Bliss
Learn to safely activate your Kundalini - your most powerful and creative energy
Dive deep inside and bring the light to the shadows with Compassion and Love
Renew and Replenish body, heart and soul
Fully step into your Soul's Purpose where nothing holds you back
Live your most Embodied Vision and Dream, because you can
Experience Vibrant Aliveness and Totality
Become a more Magnetic Woman or Electric Man”

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, January 11, 2:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$7-$15 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gather at 2:00PM, begin ritual at 2:30PM. The intention of this circle is to provide a regular meeting place for Earth-Spirit, Pagan worship in Santa Cruz. Newcomers are welcome! Let us meet together in sacred trust to create closer spiritual bonds of love and understanding within our community and within our tribes. There is only one love.

Following ritual will be a simple feast, and the opening of circle. (No potluck, except on occasion). After circle has been opened, we invite you to stay to socialize, and perhaps have some tea and snacks.

What to bring?
Yourself, your open heart and mind. We ask for a small sliding scale donation to cover the costs of the hall rental ($7-$15). No one will ever be turned away for lack of money.

January’s Open Circle features the lovely Alisa and the lovely Skot”

The Five-Fold Goddess: A New Vision of the Feminine Divine
with LaSara Firefox
Saturday, January 11, 3:00-5:00PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
Sliding scale $25-$50
Pre-register by calling 831-423-5477

“Many women feel the template of the three-fold Goddess typically used in many branches of Neo-Paganism is too limiting. For years we’ve been trying to adapt a system that relates primarily to the biological aspect of motherhood to include more expressions of the feminine.

In this workshop I present a radical alternative. For consideration, I present a model of five stages of development that offers endless flexibility in the trajectory of the experience of being female.

Men and women are both invited to this workshop. The men are requested to practice silent witnessing as women do the work of redefining their relationship with the feminine divine. At the end of this presentation and discussion, there will be a question and answer session where both the men will be welcome to ask questions.

Lasara Firefox Allen is an internationally published, best-selling author. She has offered workshops on topics from Mysticism, to relationships and intimacy, to sexuality, and has an active coaching practice. Lasara regularly offers workshops at festivals and other events on the west coast, and workshops and retreats in the northern California region.”

Ghost Talk
Saturday, January 11, 3:00PM
Dona Benicia Room, Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia

“Presented by Benicia Main Street and Benicia Public Library, learn the basics on ghosts and paranormal activity in Benicia, featuring paranormal investigator Devin Sisk, who leads Benicia Main Street’s Ghost Walk. Benicia Public Library in the Dona Benicia Room at 3:00PM, no cost. For more info, contact Benicia Main Street at 707-745-9791.”

East Bay Waltz
Saturday, January 11, Lessons: 7:00-9:00PM, Dancing: 9:00PM-Midnight
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12 for lesson and dancing, $8 for dancing only

“East Bay Waltz is a monthly casual social dance featuring mostly waltz and cross-step waltz, with polka, swing, schottische, and latin dances thrown in to mix things up.

Every month, there is a class for beginners and a class for more experienced dancers, from 7:00-9:00PM. Then, there's DJ'd social dancing and fun times from 9-midnight. $12 gets you the lesson and dance, or $8 for just the dance.

Come by yourself, or with a friend, or a crowd. People of all ages are welcome. Dress in jeans and a t-shirt, or dress up all fancy-like if you'd like.”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

Ancient Future Duet
Saturday, January 11, 8:00PM
Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, 510-549-3864

“Ancient Future Duet
Matthew Montfort, guitar
Vishal Nagar, tabla

Strains of flamenco, ancient Celtic music, and Indian raga will emanate from this improvisatory duet featuring world guitar pioneer Matthew Montfort accompanied by renowned Indian tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar. The program will feature music from the groundbreaking world music recordings of Ancient Future along with serenades from Matthew Montfort's solo guitar releases: Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar and Sympathetic Serenade, for which he was lauded as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists."

Suhaila Salimpour Solo Show 2014
Saturday, January 11, 8:00PM
Southside Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

“Suhaila Solo Show 2014 featuring Ziad Islambouli and the original Salimpour Band

Suhaila Salimpour is a highly acclaimed performer, teacher, and choreographer of belly dance. Schooled from an early age in jazz, tap and ballet, Suhaila began integrating her extensive classical training with the Middle Eastern dance passed on by her mother, Jamila Salimpour. The result was a true artistic breakthrough: a revolutionary foundational technique that has brought the art of Belly Dance to a new level.”

Women's Visioning Circle
Two Days of Visioning and Manifesting
with Evalena Rose and Afia Walking Tree
Saturday-Sunday, January 11-12, Saturday 10:00AM-9:30PM, Sunday 10:30AM-5:30PM
$255 for whole weekend, Saturday only $155  
Sebastopol - RSVP for exact location

“Join us for enchanting rituals designed to manifest new realities in your life, using the magic inherent in a circle of powerful women to call them into being.

Women's Visioning Circle
Saturday, 10:00AM-9:30PM
Inspiring, delightful, and empowering, our first day of ritual creates a safe and sacred space in which we:
Dive deep to discover what blocks treasured goals from coming true.  Drum and chant as each woman releases her blocks to the fire.  Explore life purpose.  Share the pleasures of creating colorful Treasure Maps as you develop goals in nine areas of your life.  Experience the depth and awe of a circle in which peers and colleagues witness each woman breathing life and power into her fondest visions.  Co-create magic for ourselves and for the planet in sacred celebration.
Women report dreams coming true all year from this empowerment ritual!  Many return year after year, telling us the miracles of goals being realized in their lives. Some laminate their goals and post them to bring the visions into every day.

Moving Visions Into Reality
Sunday, 10:30AM-5:30PM
Building on Saturday's goals, Sunday focuses on:
Utilizing practical strategies and planning tools to move treasured goals toward effective action plans and time lines.  Translating goals into accomplishments through the use of mind maps and flow charts.  Releasing old patterns and fears of success.  Discovering tools to ground your plans in time and space so they truly support achievement of your fondest visions.  Energizing new ways of being as you enjoy the compassionate support of this powerful circle of women affirming your new steps with you.  This day deepens our commitment to letting our goals guide our actions.”

Learning from Transition and Growth Workshop
with Catarina Rodrigues
Sunday, January 12, 2:00-4:30 PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
Please register in advance to reserve your spot for this event

“Opening up to the growth, insights and understanding that can come out of major relationship changes is a brave and vulnerable place to allow. I invite you to join this informative workshop as we discuss the new levels of understanding of ourselves and others that come from the transitions of close relationships. Focus areas will include: identifying repetitive patterns that likely have early roots, acknowledging the psychosomatic symptoms of transition and gaining further clarity on our role in what we attract.”

Witches' Tea Party
with The San Jose Pagan and Magick Meetup Group
Sunday, January 12, 5:00PM
Palo Alto Cafe, 2675 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Organizer Valerie Voigt says:
“Let's get together for another Witches' Tea Party!  The previous two were great fun, so we're doing it again.

Witches, Pagans, Magicians, Asatruarfolk, all ye fine and fun folk, wend your way to this nice little coffeehouse in Midtown Palo Alto.  They have an assortment of tasty teas and coffees, plus yummy sandwiches and plenty of pastries.

We'll take a little breather and enjoy the company of our fellow walkers of the path of the independent spirit.  Relax in the company of those who won't think you're weird for talking with the land-wights or listening to the voice of the Goddess on the breeze!

Feel free to wear your Witchy finery or fancy-wear (but keep'em street-legal, please)!

$1 contribution toward this website requested (not required).

See you there, and

Blessed Be!


Starrlight Center for Spiritual Living
Open House
Monday, January 13, 7:00PM
StarrLight Center for Spiritual Living, 13550 Church Street, Guerneville
“Join us for a Free Introductory evening for the newly founded StarrLight Center for Spiritual Living, Guerneville, a teaching chapter for Centers for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa

Receive information about:
Upcoming classes and events
Our mission and vision for the Center

Refreshments will be served
For questions and information, please contact Donna Starr at 707-239-4960 donnastarrrscp@gmail.com.”

The Art of Feminine Presence: Awaken Your Sensuous Rhythms
with Marcela Veron
Monday, January 13, 7:00-8:30PM,
and five more Mondays through February 17
$122 for 6 class series.
Class size limited to 12 women.
For more information and to register, please e-mail marcela@embodyyourlove.com

“If you are ready to explore, expand, enrich, enliven and embody your feminine essence then come over our new workshop series.

Marcela will teach ways to tune in to your soulful self in ways that will help you attune to your feminine soul and create more magic in your life. If you have felt that you need more grounding, more intimacy, more sensuality, more intuitiveness and more love fulfillment in your life... but unsure how to really go about bringing it sustainably into your life, then this class was made for women like you.

Students will learn to access the most attractive force you have within you - your feminine essence - feel more comfortable with their sensuality, and with receiving positive attention. Marcela will introduce a powerful moving meditation that easily accesses profound states of peace and joy, even on the toughest of days. Students will learn to develop a physical and energetic presence that attracts the positive attention they want: personally and professionally. Learn to follow your intuitive guidance rather than always pushing to make things happen.

Marcela Veron works with women, guiding them on intimate relationships, healing their love stories, while helping them express their love purpose through their heart, mind, body and soul connection. She helps them tune into their intuition and feminine rhythms for deeper and soulful communication and connections. She currently studies Women’s Spirituality at Sofia University.”

Tarot Salon
with Grey
Tuesday, January 14, 7:00-8:00PM, and the second Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355
Donations gratefully accepted

“This month's cards: the Fives of the Minor Arcana  

A Tarot discussion group for beginners and experienced readers alike. Join us in a roundtable discussion where we discuss our two cards for the month and learn, share insights and gain inspirations from one another. Bring your favorite Tarot deck with you, and be ready to share, learn (and maybe even teach) some new ideas!”

A Biologist and a Chemist Confer on the Recipe for Life
with Lynn Rothschild and Richard Zare
a production of Wonderfest
Tuesday, January 14, 7:00-9:00PM
NASA Ames Conference Center, Building 152, Room 171, 200 Daily Road, Mountain View
$5 suggested donation, please register at the website below

“Earth was once a molten ball totally uninhabitable.  In a geological instant, it was filled with life.  What do we know about this transformation?  And could there be more than one recipe for the transition from non-life to life?”

Sisterhood of the Moon: 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.”

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 Awakening Vitality and Embracing Unity!

Molly Blue Dawn

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