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, April 29, 2014

CAYA Events for May 2014


Loving Moon
presented by Queens of Heaven
a shared Full Moon Circle for All Genders
Saturday, May 17, 7:00PM
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, in the Sanctuary, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda
$10 donation requested

CAYA’s Full Moon Circles will now be meeting at The Home of Truth, where we started holding our Sabbat rituals in 2013.  For 2014, some of our Full Moon Circles will be divided, with men and women meeting separately, and some will be shared, with all genders celebrating together.  Each ritual will be created by a group of CAYA Clergy who share dedications to a particular deity or set of deities.  We are delighted to share our ongoing evolution with you!

Please note new location!

Rite of the Dancing Flowers
presented by The Bloodroot Honey Priestess Tribe of CAYA Coven
Saturday, May 3, 7:00PM
Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$20 donation requested
Clothing is optional, this ritual is for self-identified women

“Note: This ritual will be addressing bodies, the vulva, and general sexuality that some may find uncomfortable.

It is not often that we, as women, are able to celebrate and revel in our bodies and sexuality, rarer still to do so on our own terms. Tonight we celebrate the body of woman. With our sisters we stand, each perfect in our bodies, reflecting the beauty of the Goddess upon the world. In the safety of sisterhood, under the watch of the Goddess, we break free of the taboos and claim our right to pleasure on our terms. Ours to boundary or flaunt as we see fit.

Join us in revelrous dance, as we honor the goddess Hathor and the divinity of woman!

Lady of the Vulva, goddess of beauty, love, and sex… in the respite of her golden gaze we celebrate. In joy and delight we dance for our pleasure and raise our spirits in song and dance, her sacred means.

At this night’s rite we will be using a song written by our amazingly talented sister Szmeralda Shanel.

Important Note: We will be using incense during this ritual.  

Nurturing the Future Unfolding...
The Bloodroot Honey Priestess Tribe is excited to announce that we will now be arranging the collection of donations at each of our Goddess Sabbats to charities and organizations that benefit women and the community at large.

For this sabbat we will be collecting donations for MISSSEY; a local community-based organization focused on Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth. In support of Misssey we will be gathering monetary donations as well as anything you’d like to donate from their wishlist. Specifically we will be accepting any of the following:

New, youth-appropriate seasonal clothing and shoes
New undergarments

Hygiene supplies
Scented lotions
Tampons (with applicator)
Dental hygiene products
Hair care products
African American hair care products
Lip balm / Lip gloss
Shaving lotion
Re-useable razors and replacement heads

For more information about MISSSEY and the real work they are doing to better the lives of children in our community please visit their website: www.misssey.org

We are so very grateful to be able to create this container of betterment for the world around us, and we thank you for the support that makes it possible!”

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for May 2014 and beyond - Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for:


Grow Your Own Medicine Series
with Leslie Gardner and Bryan Bowen
an eight week course from California School of Herbal Studies
Friday, May 2, 11:00AM-3:30PM,
and seven more Fridays through June 27 (no class on May 23)
Emerald Valley, 9309 Highway 116, Forestville
sliding scale $425-$475

“Take your medicine into your own hands and learn to grow it! Herb suppliers all over the country are overwhelmed with demand. Learn to grow and harvest your own medicines. Herb and kitchen gardens have been our medicine chests since ancient times. In this eight class series, you will learn to grow herbs from seeds and cuttings, grow your own soil, create your own soil and cutting mixes, compost making, seed germination skills, tricks of the trade in growing herbs, common germination and growing problems, fertilization, compost teas, growing in small places and more. Each participant will take home seedlings and plants for their gardens. The series will be a mixture of hands on class work, working in a 30 year-old herb garden with over 400 species, and touring local herb farms and gardens such as the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, Napa Valley Botanicals, and OAEC (Occidental Arts and Ecology Center).”

San Quentin Healing Ceremony and Fundraiser for the San Quentin News
Led by sacred women and men of Seven Sisters Mystery School and beyond
Saturday, May 3, 1:00-4:30PM
San Quentin Prison, Ring Mountain gate, Paradise Drive, Tiburon
$20-$100 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds
Please register at the website below.

“Are you disturbed by the WAREHOUSING of men in a prison right under our noses?

Do you ever flash on what kind of suffering might be going on there in the heart of sunny Marin?

Did you realize that some of those men sit on the only death row in California?

Do you want to HELP, but don’t know how or feel overwhelmed by the tragic fact that ‘hurt people hurt people?’ and that most incarcerated men are people of color?

Come with us for a hearted afternoon ceremony designed to send healing intentions and energies to inmates and staff of San Quentin prison.

In cooperation with Califoirnia’s only prison-based newspaper, the San Quentin News, the event will also double as a FUNDRAISER to help the paper expand to reach all of the state’s inmates.

No one turned away for lack of funds, but you MUST REGISTER to participate. Please consider a generous donation within your means, EVEN IF YOU CANNOT JOIN US IN PERSON.

This will be a POWERFUL, real and evolutionary form of ‘healing through walls’ to help a ‘Shadow’ community in our midst.

Walk up Ring Mountain together, starting at 1:00PM (if you can’t make 40-minute uphill hike, we will have another group you can be part of at the bottom of the mountain).
Circle by the Grandfather Rock, from which San Quentin is clearly visible.
Call upon the Ancestors of the Land and Stars, and Great Spirit.
Drop deeply into the energies of healing and forgiveness - for self and others.
Be led through hearted visualizations to send healing energies and intentions to those inside the prison, as we also reflect on the social (in)justice elements involved.
At 3:00PM, raise the energies by drum to send them out to the prison, as Native American inmates simultaneously drum in their special circle, and interested inmates are led in a meditation to receive.
Dance, sing and tone the healing prayers out to the world for peace, reconciliation and the healing of the wounded Masculine.

Find out how to receive a subscription to the San Quentin News so you can learn more about the real lives of inmates.
Learn of other opportunities to bring healing gifts and resources to incarcerated men.
Feel confident that your money is going to a cause that promotes communication and greater consciousness among men who carry the greatest wounding in our society.
Know you have spearheaded an evolutionary form of healing that will have unseen ripples for those who carry the pain of our society.
Foster connections with those in your local community who care and want to DO something.

Suggested donation: sliding scale, anywhere between $20-$100, according to your means. No one turned away for lack of funds, but you MUST REGISTER to participate. Please consider donating generously within your means to support this effort.

Half of the net proceeds will go to the San Quentin News fundraising campaign so they may expand their reach to all 31 California prisons (the other half goes to support Seven Sisters Mystery School).

This is a rare opportunity to make a difference in the lives of men. Your generosity is appreciated!

A donation of $70 or more gives you a subscription to the San Quentin News.”

2014 Hoodoo Heritage Festival
Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4
Missionary Independent Spiritual Church, 6632 Covey Road, Forestville
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“Hands-On Conjure Training Workshops

For the seventh consecutive year, Missionary Independent Spiritual Church is sponsoring our annual Hoodoo Heritage Festival in Forestville, California.

These classes in African American folk magic, root work, and hoodoo will teach you practical tricks and tips to take your conjure work to a new level of confidence and knowledge. In addition to spell casting, we also showcase the mystery and magic of world-wide folk religions.

Make your travel plans now to attend this unique 2-Day Festival of Hoodoo Heritage, African American Folk Magic, and Spiritual Spell-Casting!”

World Laughter Day
Sunday, May 4

Dr. Madan Kataria, the creator of Laughter Yoga, says:
"World Laughter Day is a very special day celebrated worldwide on the first Sunday of every May. Our mission is to bring Good Health, Joy and World Peace through laughter. The way Laughter Yoga has grown across 65 countries without marketing and advertising leaves me with no doubt that this new concept is widely accepted among different cultures and countries and is truly universal."

Local Laughter Event
with Lydia Gonzalez
Sunday, May 4, 1:00-3:00PM
Sue Bierman Park, Washington Street and Drumm Street, San Francisco

Lydia says:
“Hi and Hahahaha!
Sunday May 4th is World Laughter Day!!
We are celebrating in San Francisco  with many fun folks!!
Last year 2013 we were at a DIFFERENT LOCATION than in years past.
It worked out well, so let's do it there again!!
We will be Kitty corner (north) of the Ferry Building at Sue Bierman Park  on the GRASS!!!
next to Embarcadero 4.
Take MUNI, BART or the FERRY!!! and you're right there
(or at least within spittin' distance!! HAhahahaa!!

Event is from 1:00-3:00PM woo hoo!! Bring water and your giggle.

So, take it upon yourself to make up flyers and give them out!
Encourage people from your Laughter Groups to be involved and tell all of their friends!
Let's keep it simple and make this even bigger than last year!
Till then… miles of giggles, Lydia. 510-390-4105.”

Cleansing and Rebuilding Our Bodies: a Chinese Perspective
with with Shad Reinstein
a three week course from California School of Herbal Studies
Tuesday, May 6, 6:00-9:00PM,
and two more Tuesdays, May 13 and May 20
Emerald Valley, 9309 Highway 116, Forestville
sliding scale $130-$150

“How do our bodies get out of balance and develop toxins? How can we cleanse the body of toxins? How can we best rebuild our body afterwards? Many of our common ailments develop from an imbalance between the liver and the spleen (the digestive system in Western medicine). This imbalance stems from what we eat, poisons we are exposed to, and our entire lifestyle. This course will focus on the function and relationship between these two organs and study how and why we so often get out of balance. In Chinese medicine rebuilding is just as important as cleansing. Once a cleansing has happened we must rebuild and establish harmony in our body. Instruction will cover using both herbs and nutrition to solve these problems and give methods for establishing balance in our body.”

Advanced Herbal Pharmacy Intensive Spring Session
with Karen Aguiar, Jamie Grime, Robin Lander, Gail Julian and guest teachers
an eight week course from California School of Herbal Studies
Thursday, May 8, 9:30AM-1:30PM,
and seven more Thursdays through June 26
Emerald Valley, 9309 Highway 116, Forestville
sliding scale $475-$525 (includes $50 materials fee)

“This course takes place in two parts: Spring and Fall. Each session will utilize different herbs from the garden to bring into the pharmacy. We encourage students to take both sessions.

This Intermediate/Advanced level course has been created for those who have basic herbal medicine making skills and wish to go deeper in the management of a home pharmacy and the creation of potent herbal medicines. Using the abundant CSHS Garden this course will have a great deal of hands-on experience in harvesting and making of all medicines.

This course will be intimate, highly educational, hands-on, and a wonderful opportunity to learn from teachers in a small size class setting of 12 students. We are looking for students who are passionate and committed to the goal of understanding the how’s and why’s of maintaining an effective herbal pharmacy.

The course will cover:
Tincture making, percolation, effective saturation, usefulness of additional solvents
Salve making: including the incorporation of tinctures, glycerites, and powders
Medicinal salve survey: various salve recipes for a wide variety of conditions
Medicinal Honey: created for specific conditions
Pharmacy maintenance: record keeping, understanding GMPs, containers, labeling
Discussion of important medicines for any pharmacy using the CSHS pharmacy as an example
Science in the lab: organoleptics and microscopic ID
Formulation: we will explore herbal combinations, and discuss herbs as activators and carriers in formulas
Compliance issues: solving the taste dilemma. Herbal preparations in different forms.”

Mother's Day Teas at Ainsley House
Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10, 1:00PM
Ainsley House, 300 Grant Street, Campbell

“The Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation cordially invites you to our 2014 Mother's Appreciation Teas on May 8, 9, and 10 at 1:00PM.  We will be serving finger sandwiches, scones, petit fours, champagne, and sparkling cider.

The cost is $35 per person, which includes a tour of historical Ainsley House.  Reservations are required.  For more information and to place a reservation, please phone the Campbell Historical Museum at 408-866-2757.  All proceeds will support the Museum's exhibits, programs, and operations.”

7th Annual Oshun Party!
with Yeshe Rabbit
Friday, May 9, 5:00-9:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

“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 year along with our 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, we are happy to announce the newest member of the Sacred Well family, Lou Florez, will be helping us to ritually honor the beautiful Oshun!
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!”

First Annual Contemporary Performance Diasporas Festival
presented by Inferno Theatre
Friday-Sunday, May 9-11
South Berkeley Community Church, 1802 Fairview Street, Berkeley
see website for schedule and ticket details

“Inferno Theatre proudly presents its first annual Contemporary Performance Diasporas Festival, May 9-11, 2014 at South Berkeley Community Church, 1802 Fairview Street in Berkeley. This cross cultural, interdisciplinary festival is a natural outgrowth of Inferno’s mission to link cultures and explore human relationships in space and time.

The performance pieces in this festival derive from diverse cultural roots, but all share their common development in the fertile ground of the San Francisco Bay Area, known for its spirit of collaboration and cross pollination.

The works presented in this year’s Contemporary Performance Diasporas Festival focus on live ensemble and solo performances, dance, music, performance art, and film. Many of these works are still being developed and are being presented for the first time.”

Stanford Powwow and Indian Art Market
Friday-Sunday, May 9-11,
Friday 7:00-10:00PM, Saturday 12:00-10:00PM, Sunday 12:00-6:00PM
Eucalyptus Grove, Galvez Drive and Campus Drive, Stanford Campus, Palo Alto
Free, donations for parking and camping are welcome.

“The Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO) and the Stanford Powwow Planning Committee will host the 43rd Annual Stanford Powwow on May 9-11, 2014 on the Stanford University campus. The Powwow will be held in the Eucalyptus Grove at Galvez and Campus Drives.  The Stanford Powwow is open to the public and overnight camping spaces are available. Donations for parking and camping are welcome.

The Stanford Powwow begins on Friday, May 9 at 7:00PM with the first Grand Entry of dancers and continues until 10:00PM. On Saturday, May 10, the 18th Annual Stanford Powwow Run, a 5K race and 1 mile youth run, will begin at 8:0 AM. Registration for the run ends at 7:40AM. Dancing will continue from Noon until 10:00PM. On Sunday, May 11, dancing will continue from Noon until 6:00PM.  Also open throughout the three-day event are more than 100 arts and crafts, souvenir, information, and food booths. The Powwow is a celebration of Native cultures through traditional songs, dances and events. An attendance of over 25,000 is expected, making it the largest student-run powwow in the United States and one of the largest events of its kind on the West Coast. The Stanford Powwow is organized, coordinated and hosted by the Native American undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford University.”

Thanks to Paula for letting me know about this event!

Whole Earth Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 9-11, 10:00AM-10:00PM
UC Davis Quad, Davis

“45th Annual Whole Earth Festival - Curiosity Connects
an alcohol-free and zero-waste event

Whole Earth Festival was born when an art class taught by Jose Arguelles had an Art Happening on the University of California, Davis campus in 1969. The students used art to involve visitors in the ultimate goal of learning about activism, wellness, and the environment. Whole Earth Festival aims to ignite passion, propel creativity, and leave visitors with inspiration.

Following the United Nations declaration of Earth Day in 1970, the third Art Happening in 1971 was renamed Whole Earth.  Later, Whole Earth Festival was sponsored by the Associated Students’ Experimental College, and has since become a self-sustaining unit. The Whole Earth Festival has evolved over four decades into what can be seen every Mother’s Day weekend on the U.C. Davis campus.”

Creating Commons Festival
Part of the East Bay ShareFEST, 2014 Community Resilience Challenge,
and Golden Gate Second Saturdays
Saturday, May 10, 10:00AM-6:00PM
PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

“PLACE for Sustainable Living is organizing the Creating Commons Festival for our three year anniversary. This street festival features educational skillshares, clothing swaps, crop swaps, garden installations, public art, local art, music, and placemaking projects that reimagine and re-energize the creation of the public commons throughout our neighborhood. It will occur on three closed streets as well as our sustainability center at the confluence of Northwest Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville, in our neighborhood village of ‘OakLeyVille’. Creating Commons is inspired by City Repair's Village Building Convergence, Sunday Streets, Oakland's Art Murmur and the mini-Maker Faires.”

LoveJourney Circle of Hearts Benefit Picnic
Saturday, May 10, 12:00-10:00PM
LoveJourney Temple in Sebastopol, exact address will be given upon registration
Free, donations accepted
Please e-mail rachel@lovejourneytantra.com to RSVP

“Please save the date of Saturday, May 10 to join us for a beautiful, relaxing day on the LoveJourney grounds anytime between Noon-10:00PM.

This picnic is a free event, open to all!  Bring your loved ones and friends.  Treat your Mother to a pre-Mother's Day celebration!  Bring your children for a picnic in the grass and some delightful youth offerings!

Bask in the hot tubs! Relax in the gardens and hammock! Dance in the Great Room! Enjoy this sweet gathering of our communities, created by the community to pleasure and nourish community.

We will offer tickets for purchase to enjoy special treats from our community, like BBQ, short-but-sweet massage sessions, singing bowl healings, Honoring our Ancestors celebrations, harp lessons for youth, psychic readings, and much more!  All funds go toward scholarships from our Circle of Hearts Scholarship Fund.

Contribute by offering goods, services, or food support to enhance this fun-filled event.  Gift your time to run the barbeque or to help make the day run smoothly.  Please contact Rachel Adair Dawson to coordinate your contribution at rachel@lovejourneytantra.com or 805-421-8869. It takes a village to create this day of basking in our shared love.

The Circle of Hearts Scholarship Fund provides opportunities to many who would greatly benefit from LoveJourney workshops but whose financial realities prevent them from enjoying the life-altering teachings we offer.  This includes our teachers and service workers, many in private practice, single parents, and those differently abled.  All gifts of a value of $100 or more eligible for a tax write-off, including donated services.
Join us for entertainment, community,  
scrumptious food, music, dance, and much more. Promises to be an extraordinary day!”

Mother's Day Cooking Class
with Rosie Ueng
Sunday, May 11, 5:00-7:30PM
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$100 per pair

“Enjoy a memorable day with mom! Chef Rosie Ueng will lead a hands-on cooking class for you and mom. The class will end with a shared meal. For ages 10 and up. Class is $100 per pair.

Together you will prepare:
Spring lettuces and radishes with Herbed Buttermilk Dressing
Mediterranean Chicken and Garbanzo Bean Stew with Spring Vegetables
Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp with Meyer Lemon Creme Fraiche

Instructor Rosie Ueng holds a Masters in Nutrition and a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology. She has worked as a cook at Three Stone Hearth as well as a private chef and caterer. Rosie combines science, traditional wisdom, and her cooking background to offer this unique cooking series. Rosie Ueng is founder of Rosewater Cooking and Science.”

Spring Herbal Essentials
with  Trinity Ava, Bryan Bowen and guest teachers
a five week course from California School of Herbal Studies
Monday, May 12, 1:00-5:00PM,
and four more Mondays through June 16
Emerald Valley, 9309 Highway 116, Forestville
sliding scale $275-$325

“Come join us in the vibrant springtime garden at CSHS! What is growing in the garden will guide each class as we focus on the medicinal plants that are ready to harvest and utilize this season. Our exploration will span from the medicinal to the magical, and the cultural to the culinary. Each session is a blend of lecture and hands-on time in the garden and lab. We will also discuss growing medicinal plants by cuttings and seed. This class is designed for the beginning student, though all levels are welcome.

Empower yourself with the knowledge to make herbal teas, flower essences, tinctures and medicinal oils.
Learn to identify, harvest and use spring medicinal plants
Hands-on demonstration and introduction to basic medicine making.
Recipes, samples and lots of tastings!”

Children’s Book Week
Monday-Sunday, May 12-18

“Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes - wherever young readers and books connect!”

Tribal Fest 14: From Root to Fruit
Belly Dancing Festival
Tuesday-Sunday, May 13-18
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol
see website for schedule and registration details

“Welcome One and All, from Near and Far, to none other than the One, the Only, the Original
Tribal Fest 14: From Root to Fruit!

Proudly presented by BlackSheep BellyDance and the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
The location is our beloved Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, its Youth Annex and surrounding grounds, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol, California, 95473, USA. Please remember that we are next to a Protected Wetlands Wildlife Reserve that has miles of hiking and biking trails to get away on for a few minutes.”

Moon Ceremony
with Iya Mahea of The Sacred Forest
Wednesday, May 14, 7:30PM
The Magdalen Chapel, Sagrada Sacred Arts, 4926 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Free, but registration is required.  
For more information or to register, please e-mail iyamahea@thesacredforest.org

“A ritual of renewal honoring the moon and the water spirits.

There is no charge for attendance, but kindly register before coming as space is limited.”

SFWA’s Nebula Awards Weekend
Thursday-Sunday, May 15-18
San Jose Marriott, 301 S Market Street, San Jose, 408-280-1300
see website for schedule and registration details

“The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 49th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend will be held at May 15-18, 2014 at the San Jose Marriott. We are delighted to announce that Samuel R. Delany will become SFWA’s newest Grand Master.  We’re also pleased that Frank M. Robinson will be a Special Guest and that Ellen Klages is our Toastmaster.”

Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium
Session 1: Friday-Monday, May 16-19
Session 2: Friday-Monday, May 23-26
Session 3: Friday-Monday, August 29-September 1
Black Oak Ranch, 50350 Highway 101, Laytonville
see website for detailed schedule and registration details

“PlantWomen gather! The Tribe comes together!

Now, three 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, two, or all sessions!”

Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering
Saturday, May 17, 9:00AM-4:00PM
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 510-644-2020
$75 until May 10, $85 after May 10

“Quality music education on the dulcimer in the Heart of Berkeley!

The Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering is for anyone interested in playing the mountain dulcimer. This American folk instrument is enjoyed by beginner and master alike, easily accessible to new players and adaptable to all genres of music. Young and old can play a tune right away!

At the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering you choose three out of ten classes taught by teachers with more than a century of experience combined. The day is planned for maximum time in community with up to 75 mountain dulcimer aficionados. Some dulcimers will be available for loaners and to purchase, too!

In its second year, the gathering is expanding! We’ll show Hearts of the Dulcimer, an indie film made by members of the northern California dulcimer community on Friday night, May 16, to kick-off the gathering. A faculty concert will be on Saturday night, May 17. Evening events are open to the public and will be held at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.”

Printers’ Fair and Wayzgoose
presented by San Jose Printers Guild
Saturday, May 17, 10:00AM-3:00PM
History Park, 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose

“The 2014 Bay Area Printers’ Fair and Wayzgoose is coming to San Jose’s History Park on May 17. Sponsored by the San Jose Printers’ Guild, this free event celebrates letterpress printing and allied arts.

The 2014 Printers’ Fair and Wayzgoose continues the tradition of the Marin Small Press Fair and, later, the San Francisco Book Arts and Printers’ Fair. Print enthusiasts, students, educators, graphic designers, typophiles, artists, and printers new or old will enjoy the demonstrations, tours, and array of vendors and exhibitors. All ages are welcome!”

Kristi Yamaguchi's Reading Adventures
at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
Saturday, May 17, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose
included with park admission, $12.95

“Bring the entire family out to a fun filled day of reading adventures!

Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi will be joined by athletes and authors reading their favorite stories. There will be a live performance by Disney Jr.'s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve!

All activities are included with regular Happy Hollow Park and Zoo admission.”

Santa Cruz Rejuvenation Festival
Saturday, May 17, 10:00AM-7:00PM
San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Street, Santa Cruz

“The idea is simple but profound, bring the high vibration and intentionality of other conscious  music/art festivals and gatherings right to downtown parks across California and beyond, and offer free admission, every time. Each event will feature Inspiring World Class Music, Eco-fair, free yoga classes, organic food, sustainable living workshops and info, alternative healing by donation, and so much more. We see this as the perfect opportunity to promote peace, healthy living, non-dogmatic and open minded spirituality, and sustainable green living to the mainstream consciousness AND have a lot of fun while we are at it.

The next ‘Refest’ planned is The 4th Annual Santa Cruz Rejuvenation festival, May 17th in San Lorenzo Park, downtown, Santa Cruz.

These high vibration, free festivals are put on by OmMamaOm, a Santa Cruz based non-profit headed by members of Love Eternal.”

The Blind Tiger Speakeasy Gala
Thursday, May 15, 5:30-9:00PM (VIP reception 4:30PM)
Fat's Catering and Banquet House, 1015 Front Street, Old Sacramento
$75, $125 VIP

“The rip-roaring 1920s will soon be back in style in Old Sacramento! The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is proud to present a glamorous underground speakeasy gala titled The Blind Tiger.

To help recreate the look and feel of the 1920s Prohibition era, guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite apparel of the times that included short and sassy flapper dresses or those adorned with beads, rhinestones and fringe for women or suits with cuffed trousers, fedoras or newsboy hats for men.  The special event will include 1920s era cars parked in front for photo opportunities (courtesy of the California Automobile Museum), blacked out restaurant windows (with a peep hole to let ‘members’ in), a fun cocktail party with bountiful appetizers, lively games of chance, entertaining music, dancing, a silent auction and even a special VIP ‘back room’.  There are even rumors the police or ‘coppers’ might surprise the crowd and conduct a (mock) raid as well.

This spirited and festive fundraising event is held in honor of Tom Hammer, an involved and dedicated community member who is an enthusiastic advocate of local history and preservation.  In fact, Tom’s devotion to Sacramento history has resulted in the completion of many historic projects including the preservation of several buildings in Old Sacramento and the very creation of the Sacramento History Museum.”

Herbal Allies
with Atava Garcia Swiecicki of Ancestral Apothecary
Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18, 10:00AM-4:00PM
and two more weekends, May 31-June 1 and June 13-15
Medical Center, 3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland
$100 deposit required to reserve space.
To register, please contact atava@ancestralapothecary.com or call 510-541-2715.

“This class will focus on building our relationship with our herbal allies. Each class will focus in-depth on one or more herbal medicines and we will learn how they work both physically and energetically . We will learn recipes and other ways to incorporate the plants into our lives.

In the springtime herbal allies class, we'll spend a lot of time outdoors learning about local plants. The final weekend is a camping trip.

This class is geared towards beginner to intermediate level herbalists, but advanced level practitioners are welcomed!”

Himalayan Fair
Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18, Saturday 10:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM- 5:30PM
Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
$5 donation includes raffle ticket

“Under the towering oaks and redwood trees in the midst of a quaint Berkeley neighborhood, Live Oak Park becomes a vast marketplace with over 100 privately owned shops, free live music and several food vendors including Momos freshly made by the Tibetan Community, Nepalese and Indian foods. We do not accept any commercial vendors or commercial support at the fair so to keep the experience authentic and specifically Himalayan in nature. The Himalayan Fair offers a rare occasion to experience a unique Himalayan festival without leaving the Bay Area.”

Bay Area Storytelling Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“Oral storytelling is an art for all ages, from the cutest kids and the hippest adults through the wisest grandparents. Every year, the festival offers a school study trip and a professional storytelling workshop on Friday. Saturday and Sunday we offer several performances for adults, a family program and more workshops.

We are pleased to announce the featured tellers for the 2014 Bay Area Storytelling Festival! Reverend Robert B. Jones, Sr. shows us how much traditional American songs and stories can teach us about ourselves. Storytelling humorist Ed Stivender has been called ‘the Robin Williams of storytelling.’ Award-winning storyteller Motoko captivates audiences as she exquisitely blends ancient Japanese lore and original tales with traditional music and eloquent physical characterization.

The Bay Area Storytelling Festival promotes the timeless, contemporary art of storytelling by presenting todays finest talents. The festival showcases the power of stories to bridge generations, celebrate diverse cultures, and build and connect communities.”

Maker Faire
Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18, Saturday 10:00AM-8:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-6:00PM
San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo
see website for ticket information

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

Herbal Allies Spring Series
a three-weekend series
with Atava Garcia Swiecicki
Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18,
and two more weekends, May 31-June 1 June 19-22
Ancestral Apothecary, 3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland
$550, $100 deposit required to reserve space.
To Register, please contact atava@ancestralapothecary.com or call 510-541-2715.
“This class will focus on learning about medicinal plants and building our relationship with our herbal allies. Each class will focus in-depth on one or more herbal medicines and we will learn how they work both physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Each weekend we'll go on a field trip (once to the coast and once to Mount Diablo) and the class will culminate in a camping trip to Sierra Hot Springs in the High Sierras.”

Pacific Rim Exploration
part of History San Jose’s Friends and Family Series
sponsored by Chinese Historical and Cultural Project
Sunday, May 18, 12:00AM-4:00PM
History Park, 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose

“Did you know that over 50 countries make up the Pacific Rim? Celebrate Asian American Heritage Month at History Park and join us for an exciting and educational festival all about the countries the border the Ring of Fire. Activities will include carp kite-making and junior archaeology, and performances. The Chinese American Historical Museum at the Ng Shing Gung, and the Museum of the Boat People and Republic of Vietnam at Greenwalt House, located inside History Park, will be open.

12:45PM: Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble
2:30PM: Lotus Pre-School: singing, dancing, and storytelling
3:00PM: Orchard School Lion and Fan Dancers
3:30PM: Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble

In addition, the trolley and handcar will be available for a rides around the park. Visit the Fruit Barn, Umbarger House, and One Room School House, and make sure to take in our new exhibit at the McKay Gallery, Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San Jose Since 1938.

Stanford Archaeology Center students will also be at History Park conducting a mock excavation. The whole family can participate in screening, artifact identification, and artifact reconstruction. This family educational program will allow individuals to collect stickers for each activity to place in Archaeology Passports and become ‘certified’ as a Junior Archaeologist.”

Not Your Mother's Garden Party
Sunday, May 18, 3:00-6:00PM
Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main Street, Alameda

“Join us for an afternoon of inspiration, entertainment and good company in the lush gardens of Ploughshares Nursery - all in support of Alameda Point Collaborative's unique supportive housing community.

Farm-To-Table Tasting Menu produce by APC's own Farm2Market program
Custom Cocktails by St. George Spirits
Live Indie Pop by The Hot Toddies

Alameda Point Collaborative Community Awards
We are proud to honor the contributions and dedication of these individuals and institutions that have helped to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our residents.”

Earth Oven Workshop
with Coenraad Rogmans
Monday-Thursday, May 19-22
Bishop’s Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg
$450.00 per person, meals included, accommodations include a private bathroom

“Build a wood-fired pizza oven using natural building materials and techniques that have served human communities for thousands of years. During this workshop, we will build an earthen pizza/bread oven from start to finish. Participating in this process will give participants the confidence to make one in their own back yard or community.

Learning how to build an oven will introduce students to some of the basic natural building techniques:
Cob, used for structural walls, garden walls, ovens and fireplaces, sculpture
Earthen plasters, used for finishes on cob, bales and for natural renovations
Light-straw-clay, for infill insulation in timber- and stud-frame construction

The workshop is very hands-on; expect to get your hands in the mud and work with these materials for most of the day. In the evenings we will offer slide-presentations on natural building, showcasing some previous projects as well as addressing various topics such as natural and passive solar design, straw bale construction, natural renovations and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask and get answers for your specific questions on natural building and design.

This workshop is led by Coenraad Rogmans, founder of House Alive, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable organizations in North America for teaching natural building, earthen construction and appropriate technology.”

Sacred heART: Embody your creative sensuality and primal core fire through music, movement, and art
with Danielle Saunders and Eden Amadora
Thursday, May 22, 6:00-9:30PM
Berkeley Yurt Temple, 1636 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley

“Opening up our feeling bodies and expressing passionately though our heARTs, we will dance the true beauty and creative fire of our inner Goddess of Love and Primal Goddess. Join us for a journey into the sacred feminine embodiment practices, including personal ritual, temple dance, art-making and song inspired by the 13 Moon Oracle. All experience levels welcome! All practices designed with personal focus and devotion in mind.”

Clockwork Alchemy
Friday-Monday, May 23-26
DoubleTree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose
see website for registration information

“Ah, the Age of Steam! The splendor and science! The opulence and adventure!

For one glorious weekend, the temporal rifts tying San Jose, California, to a World That Might Have Been and indeed, to alternate worlds beyond, shall be opened for a grand meeting of minds and hearts. Join the adventure of Clockwork Alchemy at the San Jose DoubleTree Hotel during Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-26, 2014.

All are welcome! Come steam explorers and mad scientists! Come naval officers and airship pirates! Come monster hunters and vampires! Even Dieselpunks, Edwardians, Neo-Victorians, Burners, and dandies! Be you a colorful rogue or a refined lord or lady, your destiny calls. Engineers, shovel in more coal; clockmakers, set your alarms; inventors, present your extravagant contraptions!”

Friday-Monday, May 23-26
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“BayCon is the San Francisco Bay Area's main science fiction and fantasy convention. It is held over Memorial Day weekend in Santa Clara, California.[1] BayCon is a large convention, topping two thousand attendees over the last several years. The convention draws many attendees from throughout California and also as far away as Oregon, Washington, and Arizona. The next BayCon will be held from Friday, May 23, through Monday, May 26, 2014. The Writer Guest of Honor will be David Weber, the Fan Guest of Honor Sally Woerhle, and the Toastmaster will be Tom Merritt. The theme is Got Honor?”

Clockwork Alchemy
Friday-Monday, May 23-26
DoubleTree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose
see website for registration information

“Welcome to Clockwork Alchemy website! We are thrilled and delighted to bring you the third edition of our convention; it is the result of the hard work of a dedicated staff and helpful feedback from fans like you!

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, and our concert, Aural Alchemy, featuring amazing acts to be announced soon. Other astounding events are also 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!”

Redwood Men’s Center’s Annual Men’s Conference
Friday-Monday, May 23-26
Mendocino Woodlands Camp, 39350 Little Lake Road, Mendocino
see website for registration details

“24th Annual Redwood Men’s Center Men’s Conference
Eros and Its Shadow

We define ourselves in every part of our lives by our gender and our sexuality, often in terms of what we are not. If being a man means to not be feminine, then it requires abandoning our relational capacity, reducing the erotic to the sexual and requiring women and gay men to be the only carriers of beauty. But to the ancient Greeks Eros was a god - a male god - about whom they had mixed feelings. His arrows caused endless trouble, and yet they prayed for that wounding. This god of Love is the glue that pulls the disparate elements in existence together and propagates continuity. He is the foundation of our creativity and our ability to connect to this world.

Men rely on the erotic to fuel our ambition, to inspire and compel our will. But we commonly fear the vulnerability that comes with being fully present. So we must confront the shadow of Eros - power, control and domination. Power is seductive; by dominating others we also repress ourselves. It can cost us the entire realms of receptivity and sensitivity that we were born to fulfill. From this perspective, we understand misogyny as a crude way to hold at bay the intimacy we long for, yet fear.  We have all heard complaints from our loved ones that our capacity to love is somehow less fulfilling than they need. Have we as men the courage to examine our programming around the erotic to see how it hinders our quest for wholeness?

This year, within the safety of the ritual container we have carefully developed over the years, we invite all men of good heart to join us in exploring the issues that arise around our own sexuality - power and impotence, fulfillment and failure, shame and fear, seeking and giving pleasure, aggression and receptivity.  We know the need to speak from the heart and be witnessed, and we know the importance of grief as a portal into healing.

Please join us amidst old growth redwoods for our annual Memorial Day Weekend men’s gathering. Over the past 24 years we have learned how to create and maintain a community that honors our rich diversity, in both in-depth explorations and exuberant celebrations. In this community we will create sacred space.  We will sing, hear stories and poetry, engage in vibrant ritual, display our talents and beauty and eat great food.  We will support and inspire each other.

Come! Bring yourself, your gifts, your passions, your struggles - and your friends! Come! It is time for us as men to do this great work together.”

San Jose Taco Festival
Saturday, May 24, 12:00-8:00PM
History Park, 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose
$10 per person in advance, $12 at the door,
Children 11 and under are free, but will need a ticket
This event may sell out.

“The feast day will be filled with tastings, art, and performances. We will have a curated selection of 35+ of the best food trucks from all over the Bay Area serving their best rendition of a taco. Short rib tacos, nacho tacos, Vietnamese shrimp tacos, and even ice cream tacos is just a sample of the day’s menu. Tacos in the competition will be voted on by attendees. Finalists will be judged by a celebrity panel and prizes will be awarded based on quality and presentation.”

How to Succeed in Spiritual Nutrition/Holistic Live Veganism
with Dr. Gabriel Cousens
Saturday, May 24, 4:30-8:30PM
The Sunflower Center, 1435 N McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma
$34.99 through May 10, $39.95 May 11-23, $49.95 at the door

“What is the optimal diet for spiritual life?
How can our lifestyle facilitating subtle unfolding?
What choices are most conducive to the balance needed for deepest meditation?
What aspects of nutrition support the healthiest mental states and emotions?

Immerse in the many benefits of live food nutrition, including plus enzymes, phytonutrients, and bio-photons.

Learn not only how live foods work therapeutically to cleanse and balance the body, but also how they can upgrade genetic expression to enhance mind and emotional states, free the flow of energy, prevent disease and increase quality of life.

Discover why live foods are the choice foods for those who desire enduring, radiant health and a holistic, integrated life lived by love and liberation.

Drawing on nearly 40 years of clinical expertise, Gabriel Cousens, M.D. presents the key to successful veganism. In a culture where plant-source-only nutrition comes under constant scrutiny and criticism from medical and media sources, Dr. Cousens provides a map for radiant health through veganism. A lucid discussion of the common pitfalls vegans face is balanced with practical guidelines for optimal health and longevity. In this talk Dr. Cousens will address B12, protein, low-glycemic foods, and more. Walk away from this lecture with a better understanding of how to get the most out of your live-food vegan diet.

This event’s proceeds benefit Dr. Cousens and the Tree of Life Foundation’s grassroots natural healing work in Nigeria and Ghana, and the operating of an Orphanage and Teaching Center in Nogales, Mexico. At this center we train, free of charge, Mexican and Spanish-speaking semi-professionals and farm workers to be health educators in the phase one diet, veganism, and diabetes prevention. Our goal is to provide health and nutrition for all people who otherwise could not afford it.

Event information
4:00PM: Doors Open and Seating Begins,
5:00PM: Spiritual Nutrition and Holistic Live Vegan Success
7:00PM: Shaktipat Meditation
8:00PM: Ceremony for Havdallah for all who wish to stay.
Fresh organic, vegan, and live-food will be available to order here from Lydia’s Organics.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens M.D. is the author of seven internationally acclaimed books including Spiritual Nutrition and Creating Peace by Being Peace. Known worldwide as a spiritual teacher and the leading expert in live, plant-source nutrition, Dr. Cousens functions as a holistic physician, psychiatrist, family therapist, and cutting edge researcher on healing diabetes naturally. He holds an M.D. from Columbia Medical School, a doctorate in homeopathy, and diplomas in Ayurveda, clinical acupuncture, and holistic medicine. His multi-cultural background as an ordained rabbi, an acknowledged yogi, and a four-year Native American sundancer, adds insight to his ‘whole-person enlightenment’ teachings. Dr. Cousens is the founder and director of the Tree of Life Foundation and the Tree of Life Center US. In his book, There Is a Cure For Diabetes, Dr. Cousens presents his center’s program for reversing diabetes naturally.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens has successfully facilitated the healing of many thousands of people in the last 40 years and supported their transition into a holistic plant-source-only diet for the healing and spiritual elevation of self and the planet. His dietary teachings are an intrinsic part of his commitment to help awaken humanity to its greatest spiritual potential.”

Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras
Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25,
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 35th year of turning Memorial Day weekend into a celebration of the mushroom, has big plans for the free May 24-25 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.”

34rd Annual Civil War Battles and Encampment at Roaring Camp
Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
see website for schedule admission details

“Travel back in time to the Civil War where encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers re-make history right before your eyes. Experience the sights and sounds of cavalry charges, musket fire and artillery shells in one of the longest-running historic reenactments in the West.

Ride an 1880s ‘iron horse’ through an ancient redwood forest and witness skirmishes as the steam train ascends Bear Mountain. Glimpse a soldier’s daily life as he cooks meals over a campfire, cleans his musket and prepares for the day’s campaign. Then chow down on a Chuck Wagon Barbecue and take in the camp. See you at Roaring Camp for this fun family event on Memorial Day Weekend!”

Lake Renaissance Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Tuscan Village/Terrill Cellars Winery, 16175 Main Street, Lower Lake
Adults $7, Seniors and anyone in Costume $5, Children under 10 Free

“Come and be swept away to 16th century Italy where nobles and rogues, damsels and pirates interact amongst the grapevines and fruit trees of the beautiful Tuscan Village!

Food, drink, merchants, guilds and entertainment galore! “

Belly Dancer of the Year Pageant
Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25
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.”

San Ramon Art and Wind Festival
Sunday-Monday, May 25-26, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Hot Air Balloon Launch on Monday, May 26, 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 26th 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 5:30AM and 6:00AM. The actual launch will likely be between 6:30AM 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 Boulevard, San Ramon.”

Memorial Day Free Day and Open House
at Ardenwood
Monday, May 26, 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).”

Redwood Mountain Faire
Saturday-Sunday, May 31-June 1, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
Adults $20 in advance, $25 on the day, Students and Seniors $15 in advance, $20 on the day, Children 12 and Under Free

“Music lovers, arts/crafts aficionados, and people of all ages will enjoy this remarkable festival. The annual Redwood Mountain Faire brings together a wide range of music styles on two stages, with juried fine art and crafts, exciting children’s activities, and excellent food and beverages, including local micro-brews and wines. The Faire benefits a wide range of nonprofit and service organizations and is organized by the Valley Women's Club of the San Lorenzo Valley.”

Sex Magick 169: Transcending the Boundaries of Intimacy
A Faerie Sex Magick Workshop for gay cis- and transmen
Saturday, May 31-Saturday, June 7
Dos Rios, CA (more details upon registration)
$550-$850 or the entire 7 days

“Price includes meals and accommodation - tent camping. There may be some indoor spaces for those with special needs or for colder weather workshops.

Consider these questions…
How can I extend the limits of my intimacy with my Faerie/Billy brothers?
Does sex constrain or expand my relationships with men?
How can I integrate sexual play into my intimate relationships?
Does recreational sex diminish my capacity for intimacy in a committed relationship?
How does the prevailing society’s prudishness dampen and undermine the intimacy in my relationships?
How does my sexuality and my spirituality inter-relate?
Are my sexual and my spiritual aspects one in the same?

We welcome your questions and discussion of any possible concerns you might have. In order to participate we ask you to contact one of the facilitators.”

Thanks to Jaina Bee for letting me know about this event!

Valhalla Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, May 31-June 1, and June 7-8,
10:00AM-6:00PM Saturday, 10:00AM-5:00PM Sunday
Camp Richardson’s Wood, 1900 Jameson Beach Road, South Lake Tahoe
Adults $18, ages 13-17, seniors and military $13, ages 6-12 $8, under 6 free

“Two weekends of fun and excitement for the whole family.
Rub elbows with nobility, immerse yourself in the Renaissance village, enjoy continuous entertainment in the streets provided by close to 900 costumed actors, action-packed stage shows, music, dancing, jesters, Shakespearean vignettes, expertly staged battles, storytelling, archery tournaments and much more.
First Weekend:
Scottish invasion! The first weekend is geared more toward younger audiences with tons of shows, dancing, theater plays, and music for your whole family.
Second Weekend:
Pirate and Barbarian Hordes invade the festivities. Let loose and have a jolly good time while you participate in Scavenger Hunts, Costume contests, and a Talk Like a Pirate Competitions.”

Fairyland’s Annual Gala Costume Party: A Villain-thropic Evening
Thursday, June 5, 6:30-9:30PM
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
21+, see website below for ticket details

“They tell us we throw a mean party. This year, that’s literally true.

On Thursday, June 5, we’re going over to the dark side.

A Villain-thropic Evening, our 19th annual gala fundraising dinner, is a salute to the ogres, witches, trolls, wicked stepmothers, and all the other baddies without whom fairy tales
would be... meh.

Your presence isn’t just requested. It’s required.

Scary costumes. Shivery music. Food to die for. Our legendary storybook sets. All of it under the cold, glittering stars. (We’ll try to arrange for fog.)

Buy your tickets now. Or be very, very sorry.”

3rd Annual Baroque Dance Workshop
with Philippa Waite
presented by San Francisco Renaissance Voices
Saturday, June 7, 8:30AM-6:00PM
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
see website for registration details

“We are delighted to once again host the internationally-renowned choreographer, performer and teacher of Baroque dance, Philippa Waite, for a Baroque Dance Workshop; this workshop is LOW-IMPACT and designed for both the novice and experienced dancer. Ms. Waite studied with Wendy Hilton and taught for her at the annual Baroque Music and Dance Workshops at Stanford University.  Ms. Waite is currently guest teacher of Period Movement and Dance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. She is Artistic Director of Consort de Danse Baroque and as such choreographs in the Baroque style for the company's productions; she also teaches, performs and gives lecture-demonstrations throughout the UK and abroad.

The morning workshop will include instruction in some of the more typical dance steps, and arm motions, used in the main Baroque dance rhythms: bouree, sarabande, gigue and menuet. The afternoon session will focus on using these steps in a choreographed dance.  Experienced students will be taught more complex step variations, however, the emphasis will be on the style, technique and performance, and not on the ability to memorize them.

8:30-9:00AM: Sign-in
9:00AM-12:30PM: Morning Session
The morning session will concentrate on the technique and style required for typical steps found in duple, triple and compound-duple time.
12:30-2:00PM: Lunch -  Not provided; there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance - or bring your own; beverages will be provided
2:00-6:00PM: Afternoon Session
The afternoon session will concentrate on using the steps learnt, during the morning session, in a choreography. The workshop will include short demonstrations, given by Ms. Waite, to highlight some of the features of style and presentation covered in the workshop.

Spaces are limited - so early registration is encouraged!”

Cob Oven Workshop!
with Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures
Saturday-Sunday, June 7-8, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Sonrisa Family Farm, 2454 East Washington Street, Petaluma
$120 for both days

“In this two day workshop, local earthen builder Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures will teach us the craft of building an adobe wood-fired oven.  

On day one of the workshop, we will learn how to identify good earth for building, building a foundation, insulating the floor of the oven, laying the floor and building the inner thermal mass layer.   An overview discussion of natural building will also be included.  

On Day two, we will learn how to insulate our workshop oven, do the outer cob layer and decorative sculpting.  Miguel will also cover how to plaster and waterproof the oven, take out the sand mold, and basics of cooking in the oven.

Bring a container of earth from your property to see how much sand you will need to add for your own oven construction and a design of your own to see how it can be integrated for your own Cob oven.  All workshop participants will be invited to come back two weeks following this workshop to plaster the oven and to make sure that you have all the resources need to use this workshop as a launching point for making a Cob oven of your own.”

Teen Earth Magic
An intensive retreat for teens and young adults age 13-25
Tuesday-Sunday, June 10-15
Camp Epic, Nevada City, California
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“Teen Earth Magic looks ahead to our seventh annual youth retreat in Northern California.

Camp is open to anyone who will be 13-19 anytime this year. Young adults age 19-25 can apply to be part of our Mentors Path.

For more information on this year's camp, contact us.

In mid-June in recent years, Teen Earth Magic has gathered in the woods of Northern California to deepen our relations with the Earth and with one another. Thirty young people and a half-dozen teachers came together last year at Camp Epic in wooded rolling hills near Nevada City (in the Sierra foothills).

Teen Earth Magic is an intensive magical and activist retreat taught in the Reclaiming tradition - a focused workshop that includes ritual, earth activist skills, labyrinth work, encounter groups, and a lot more. Be ready to laugh work, create, play, sing - maybe all at the same time.

Come together with other young people who care about the world. Folks from a number of communities around the Reclaiming network will be taking part. Group-building and trust exercises are part of our work, and we hope to create lasting connections.

Once again we'll pack in a week's worth of workshops and other activities, ranging from nightly rituals to personal transformation work to a swim in a local river or lake to discussions about political commitment.

These Reclaiming teens' retreats are organized by teachers from Witchlets in the Woods family camp, with the support of parents and site-owners.”

The 2nd Annual Herbal Medicine and Then Some Fair
Saturday, June 14, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, #C, Oakland, 510-495-6549

“Last year’s fair was such a blast we are hosting it again! You'll see some of your favorite makers and practitioners here this year, but mostly all new folks. Plus Hopothecary, the much anticipated collaboration between Calicraft and Homestead Apothecary, will be making its debut for all you herbal beer lovers out there!

Check out the amazing group we're hosting below:
Ancestral Apothecary
Grateful Body
Bee Healthy Honey
Urban Comfort Acupuncture
Sojourn Wellness
Holy Sponge!
Builders of the New Dawn
Strong Arm Farm
Taproot Medicine
Sister Spinster
By Nieves
Eye of Crow Herbs
Tarot Readings by Yeshe Rabbit of Sacred Well
Adee Roberson Massage
The Homestead Apothecary Nursery

Berkeley Seed Library
The Mobile Herb Clinic

Food and Drink Vendors:
Phat Beets
The Living Apothecary
Kaleidoscope Nourishing Foods”

Pirate Festival
Saturday-Sunday, June 14-15, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Vallejo Waterfront, next to Vallejo Ferry Terminal, 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo
$10 at the gate, Children under 12 Free

"The Northern California Pirate Festival has one goal:
To create an entertaining event where everyone who loves pirates will have a great time and feel welcome!

Whether you love nautical music, swordfighting, sailing, cannon-battles, theater, maritime crafts, food and drink, or just shopping fer' pirate booty... there's something here for YOU!

Fun For ALL AGES: Children, Adults, Teens and  Whole Families!

We encourage coming out in costume... whether you dress as an historical era pirate from the Golden Age of Sail or a bejeweled Mardi-Gras Krewmate from New Orleans... whether your taste runs towards Hollywood Swashbucklers or Foreign Buccaneers from international waters! Dress up and share in the experience...

You certainly don't need to come out in costume, but when you leave you're sure to feel like a pirate!

Sail out to the PirateFest and join us for a great time!"

CAYA Sprouts will be at the Pirate Festival on Sunday, June 15!

Nature and Soul Retreat for Summer Solstice
with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Friday, June 22, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, 415-383-3134
see website for registration details

“Nature and Soul: A day of retreat where nature mirrors our inner landscape

This seasonally offered retreat is a day of renewal and rediscovery, as we open ourselves to the land around us in addition to the landscapes within us.  This is a deeply experiential daylong retreat for restoration of health, psyche and spirit, offering a renewal of the soul's intention and a re-connection with the elements of nature that support us.  We will slow down and take in the beauty that surrounds us and let nature reflect the shapes and patterns that are held in the psyche.

The day is a combination of indoor experiences that involves guided meditation and inner journey process and outdoor, land-based contemplative practices. The experience as a whole is an embodied example of eco-therapy.  Each retreat day reflects themes of the season in the meditations, journeys and our approach to the elements we discover in nature.

No previous experience is necessary.

The retreat takes place in the beautiful setting of Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, with its splendid coastal range flora, meandering gardens, Japanese architecture, and easy walk to the beach.  An organic, vegetarian lunch (included in registration fee)  is offered to the group in the dining hall.  Retreat fees include lunch and refreshments.

Details on how to prepare for the day an a confirmation of registration will be sent one week before the event.

Retreat leader, Jan Edl Stein MFT, is the director of Holos Institute and a licensed psychotherapist with many years of experience in guiding people into deep explorations in their own psyche as they open to deeper levels of perception in the natural world.”

Open Gardens Day at Hallberg Butterfly Gardens
Sunday, June 22, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Hallberg Butterfly Gardens, 8687 Oak Grove Avenue, Sebastopol, 707-823-3420

“Annual Open Gardens Celebration
It's our 17th anniversary!  Come celebrate with us...

Free! No Reservations Needed!

Children’s activities
Wildflower display
Walking tours
Bird and butterfly sightings
Plants, books, and crafts for sale

Our annual Open Gardens Day draws hundreds of visitors from near and far. People come to learn what they can do to protect and enhance habitat for butterflies, to buy plants, and to enjoy a sense of Sonoma County's rich agricultural history. It is a special community event, made possible by many volunteer hours, that brings together a wide variety of people with a passion for natural history.”

Kate Wolf Music Festival
Friday-Sunday, June 27-29
Black Oak Ranch, 50350 Highway 101, Laytonville
see website for schedule and ticket details

“The annual Kate Wolf Music Festival is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a great weekend with friends, family and lovers of fabulous music. Black Oak Ranch, the Mendocino home to the Hog Farm and Camp Winnarainbow - a circus camp for kids, is three hours north of San Francisco.

Festival Features:
Four stages of Music on 150 acres
Beautiful On Site Camping In Old Growth Oak Trees
Kids’ Area
Hatha Yoga and Tai-Chi
Music Jamming Area
Flowing creek
Hobo Jungle”

Fairy and Human Relations Congress
Communication and Co-Creation with Devas, Nature Spirits and the Faery Realms
Friday-Sunday, June 27-29
Skalitude Retreat, Twisp, Washington
See website for registration details   
Bring your Fairy friends from home with you:

"The Fairy and Human Relations Congress affects the planet by joining with the nature, devic and other higher realms to bring more peace, love and understanding into the world. Our goal is not to escape the outer world but to positively affect it. At this time of multiple crises affecting humanity we feel it is very important to seek alliances with as many light forces as possible in other realms. Mother Earth and the fairy realms ARE big players in what is transpiring on the planet. Though many deny their existence, the numbers of people who are tuning into the spiritual realms and to the nature spirit/fairy/devic realms is increasing by leaps and bounds. The Congress is one of the vanguard events bringing these people together. We are not a frivolous event although we do have lots of fun and costume up. Our intent is communication and cooperation, not only for our personal selves, but for all of humanity. We are allying ourselves with Mother Earth and with the forces for peace and love on planet Earth.

Presence in Unity: Co-Creation and Deep Soul Nourishment

Fairy Congress 2014 is already heating up! We had a stellar Council retreat in October as we journeyed to reveal the Theme for this coming year. Were we ever surprised!
Last year our October journey for the theme was explosive: with tornados, hurricanes, lightning storms and cataclysmic change. We discovered the power of connection, the amazing igniting forces that are unleashed for creation when we truly connect with one another…

So this year we were quite startled as we were brought to our knees with the profound SIGHHHHH of Arrival - that moment when you know deeply that you are connected to another and that the connection is forever. This year’s theme is a very still place, a place of listening intently so as to truly integrate the communication coming to you, and to truly feel in your deepest heart the oneness of being in the present moment together, exchanging - uniting - seeing - being together.

This nature is asking us to explore - in our relationships with our ally-friends and with each other.

Thus our theme: Presence in Unity: Co-Creation and Deep Soul Nourishment.

Deep Soul Nourishment…

Beautiful, is it not? Sighhhhhhh...

The energy is already growing strong. It’s going to be an amazing year…”

Godzilla Night
Saturday, June 28, 7:00PM
The Historic Bal Theatre, 14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro
Adults $14.99, Children $9.99

“Godzilla Night 3 is a celebration of everything Godzilla. Join us for our third annual Godzilla Event. Films Prizes and Special Guests. For the 60th anniversary of The Big G, Bay Area Film Events and the Historic BAL Theatre are throwing the King of the Monsters a big birthday bash!

The film for the night will be Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) and our Godzilla House Band, Big Pimp Jones, returns to play classic Godzilla music LIVE! We will also be holding our second annual Great Godzilla Raffle for amazing prizes! Dealers, prizes, displays and more! Doors open at 6:00PM, show starts at 7:00PM. Details and more announcements to come!!”

Art of Feminine Presence: Love Your Essence
Full Day Intensive Women-Centered Celebration
with Marcela Liliana Veron
Sunday, June 29, 9:30AM-4:30PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$197 before June 22, $297 after

“Explore, enhance and embody your feminine essence!
Access the most powerful and attractive force you have within you.

In this intimate circle setting, Marcela will be guiding you through powerful practices and moving meditations that will tune you in to your soulfulness in ways that will help you attune to your feminine essence and create more magic and love in your life.

If you have felt that you need more grounding, more intimacy, more sensuality, more intuitiveness or more love fulfillment... but unsure how to really go about bringing it more nourishingly, solidly, and sustainably into your life, then this series is for you.

Please join us on this fabulous woman circle-centered journey through the next Six Week Series.

Reserve Your Spot!  We would love to have you be a part of something special, soulful and sovereign!

Please feel free to invite a cherished friend to register with you, so you can both enjoy more feminine fabulous fun!”

California Witchcamp 2014
Sunday-Sunday, June 29-July 6
Mendocino Woodlands, exact address given upon registration
Please see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“This is an extraordinary event for extraordinary people.

Share in a week of Reclaiming style, earth based spirituality and magic. Come and study magic and ritual in a week long Intensive. Witchcamp is offered to all genders at all levels of experience. Newcomers can learn the basic skills of magic and ritual, working with the elements, movement, sound and the mythological and historical framework of the Goddess Tradition.

Advanced classes offer the chance to apply the tools of ritual to personal healing and empowerment, or a focus on taking the Craft out into the world, creating public ritual, ongoing groups, and healing issues surrounding leadership and power. This event is a deeply moving, life changing week and a constant experiment in temporary village life. We will also look at ways of bringing this work and inspiration into our everyday lives, creating powerful, joyful times.

We welcome people of all genders, gender histories, and orientations, and we encourage you to feel safe to explore the fluidity of your identity, if you so choose.

This year Witchcamp will be held at the Mendocino Woodlands, located just far enough outside the town of Mendocino to avoid coastal fog. The camp is set among a mature Redwood/Douglas Fir forest, creating a beautiful, peaceful setting. The cabins are rustic, but pretty. Camping is also an option. A small river runs through the camp, and is the home of steelhead trout. To request a brochure, please send us an email at:   info@californiawitchcamp.org with your mailing address.”

Chute 212: A Celebration of Magical Memories in the Potterverse
Wednesday-Sunday, July 2-6,
Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
Please see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“Welcome to the Potterverse where a magical conference awaits you!

On July 2-6 2014 take the Chute Network to Chute 212.

In our secret, magical town hidden from the mundanes, this literary and create-play conference brings witches and wizards together for A Celebration of Magical Memories, and the towns-folk are all a-broom-buzzing in preparation!

Music and dancing, special guests and presentations, cosplay and createplay, interactive workshops and wingding activities are sure to send your spirits high and mark another year of fond memories in the magical world. 5 days and 4 nights of magic!

Come celebrate with witches and wizards of all ages, and get your broom on!”

As One We Flow: A RiverGuidess Adventure
Thursday-Sunday, July 3-6
on the Stanislaus River in Oakdale, address given upon registration
see website for registration information

“Summer’s around the bend. Let your inner child out to play!

This is the Summer Camp you dreamed of as a kid! Now that you’re all grown up, you can enjoy comfortable shaded ‘glamping’ on velvet lawns, gentle river rafting, swimming, yoga, meditation, various forms of conscious and ecstatic dance, massage and bodywork, hot showers, gourmet organic meals, and so much more. Yes - Paradise has been found on the Stanislaus River, an easy drive, just 90 minutes east of Oakland Airport and the San Francisco Bay!

Open to Singles, Couples and (a few) Families, we offer exclusive access to a magical, private riverfront estate that few ever get to see, let alone be for an entire holiday weekend. You’ll discover sandy beaches, hammocks and rope swings galore, exotic statues, a temple made of redwood trees, plants carved into topiaries, and more surprises at every turn.
Swim in gentle currents, feel the warm breezes on your skin. Nurture your body, open your heart, soothe your soul and connect with people of like mind and spirit. This will become one of your most treasured memories in this lifetime! We’re along the road from San Francisco to Yosemite, so you might include a trip to the Park in your plans.

Our guest teacher and artist line-up is coming soon, featuring:
Live and DJed music
Yoga and Meditation
Conscious Dance and Movement Classes
Inspirational Playshops and Connecting Activities
Delicious organic meals and snacks

No rafting experience necessary! This gentle river is great for novice and experienced alike.”

Time Travel Weekends
in Historic Old Sacramento
Saturday-Sunday, July 5-6, 11:00AM-5:00PM,
and every weekend through August 24
Historic Old Sacramento, 101 I Street, Sacramento

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

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

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

Not-So-Simple Living Fair
Friday-Sunday, July 25-27
Mendocino County Fairgrounds, 1400 Highway 128, Boonville
see website for schedule and registration details

“One thousand modern homesteaders will gather for Boonville's fourth annual not-so-simple living fair.

Once again, the scenic Anderson Valley gears up for three days of practical DIY skills, fun, music and the building of a community.

Mendocino County Members of the Anderson Valley Foodshed Group have filled dozens of presenter slots for the Not-So-Simple Living Fair in a packed schedule that spans Friday through Sunday, July 25th through 27th at the Boonville Fairgrounds.  For the last five years, local homesteaders, farmers and experts in their various fields have been presenting hour and a half long hands-on workshops and demonstrations on topics as diverse as giving seaweed facials to working with draft horses.  More than six workshops in six different subject areas will be taking place around the fairgrounds simultaneously, as well as ongoing demonstrations, scheduled round table discussions in the ‘conversation cafe’, a curated ‘tool show and tell’, kids activities and various local food and craft vendors.  Main topics covered at the fair include homesteading, farming and gardening, animal husbandry, wild food foraging and hunting, food processing, creating shelter and other practical living skills.”

CAYA Fun For Everyone: FaerieWorlds 2014
Event: Friday-Sunday, July 25-27
Travel dates to be determined
Mount Pisgah, 34999 Frank Parrish Road‎, Eugene, OR
see website for admission and camping details
To be part of the CFE rideshare and camp, please contact Cross Sidhe at cayafunforeveryone@gmail.com

Cross Sidhe says:
“Hello everyone!

This will mark the third year of CAYA Fun For Everyone being at Faerie Worlds! This year we are planning a camp where we can all get together and be in one place. We will have a 12x12 canopy and a solar shower this year. Since we will have people coming from other states, I have setup a planning page so we can all get together and plan things:

CAYA Fun For Everyone Faerie Worlds 2014:


Blessed Be!

Cross Sidhe”

San Jose Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, August 2-3, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Guadalupe River Park, 494 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose
Adults $17, ages 13-17, seniors and military $12, ages 6-12 $7, under 6 free
Parking $5 at HP Pavilion

“If you love Renaissance Faires, this full-scale, interactive experience is not to be missed. San Jose Renaissance Faire offers you a chance to visit the days of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I. See brave and bold knights competing for the favor of the Her Majesty's Court and for their lady's affection during full-contact jousts held in the Queen's Tiltyard each day. 700 costumed performers will bring Shakespeare's England to life with parades, pageants, and fun townsfolke, offering continuous entertainment of spectacular variety. You'll enjoy musicians, jugglers, and the ribaldry of actors drawing you even deeper into the Renaissance.”

Carnival of Stars
World Dance and Arts Festival
Saturday-Sunday, August 2-3, 10:00AM-10:00PM
Richmond Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond
Adults $15, children under 12 $6

“Put on annually by Pepper Alexandria and Latifa.

Carnival of Stars is a combination Belly Dance show and Comic Book Convention. Our location for the August 2014 show will take place in the Richmond Auditorium in Richmond, California. That's two full days of non-stop professional belly-dance performances and other entertainment interspersed with live musical performances, panel discussions and a costume contest - complete with prizes!

Performers from all over the world converge on the stage, solo after solo, troupe after troupe, while audience members are free to peruse the various items on sale at the vendors' booths that fill the hall, and also to savor delectable food and drinks at reasonable prices. Our International Market features arts and crafts, dance costumes and accessories, jewelry, comic books, artwork and gifts of all kinds. Our continuous show includes stars of the bellydance world and a variety of other entertainers.”

Redwood Magic Reclaiming Family Camp
Wednesday-Sunday, August 13-17
Campsite Three, Mendocino Woodlands, 39350 Little Lake Road, Mendocino
see website for registration information

“Share in four days of Reclaiming style, Earth-based spirituality, magic, and community!

Join us in the redwoods at Mendocino Woodlands as we weave a web that crosses the generations.

Redwood Magic is a do-it-ourselves family camp. During our time at camp, all of us will be responsible for creating a vibrant, magical experience!

This is a community retreat, not a festival or a drop-in camp. We ask that people plan to attend the entire event (unless advance arrangements are made) and be committed to creating camp culture.”

CAYA Fun For Everyone: Burning Man 2014
Monday-Monday, August 26 - September 2
Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada
To be part of the CFE rideshare, please contact Cross Sidhe at cayafunforeveryone@gmail.com

Cross Sidhe says:
“That is right!!!!  I am going back to the Playa and I am taking you with me!!!  I will have 3 to 4 seats open.  Other drivers are most welcome.  Planning will start after Burning Man 2013.  Camp CAYA?  Dome?  Art?  Group Origami?  The possibilities are limitless.”

River of Bliss: A RiverGuidess Adventure
Friday-Monday, August 29-September 1
on the Stanislaus River in Oakdale, address given upon registration
see website for registration information

“This Labor Day, forget those dusty campsites and long traffic jams.

Unplug, unwind, and FOLLOW YOUR BLISS down to the river with us! Enjoy comfortable shaded camping on velvet lawns, gentle rafting, swimming, yoga, meditation, various forms of conscious and ecstatic dance, massage, hot showers, gourmet organic meals, and so much more. Yes, Paradise has been found at the Stanislaus River, just 90 minutes east of the San Francisco Bay.

Let your inner child out to play!

Open to Singles, Couples and (a few) Families, we offer exclusive access to a magical, private riverfront estate that few ever get to see, let alone be for an entire holiday weekend. You’ll discover sandy beaches, hammocks and rope swings galore, exotic statues, a temple made of redwood trees, plants carved into topiaries, and more surprises at every turn.
Swim in gentle currents, feel the warm breezes on your skin. Nurture your body, open your heart, soothe your soul and connect with people of like mind and spirit. This will become one of your most treasured memories in this lifetime! We’re along the road from San Francisco to Yosemite, so you might include a trip to the Park in your plans.

Our guest teacher and artist line-up is coming soon, featuring:
Live and DJed music
Yoga and Meditation
Conscious Dance and Movement Classes
Inspirational Playshops and Connecting Activities
Delicious organic meals and snacks

No rafting experience necessary! This gentle river is great for novice and experienced alike.”

Scottish Highland Games
presented by Caledonian Club of San Francisco
Saturday-Sunday, August 30-31, 8:30AM-6:00PM
Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton
Adults 1 day $20, 2 day $27, Children 12 - 17 and Seniors 65+ $12, 11 and under Free
Parking $8

“One of the world's largest Celtic Festivals. Thirty pipe bands. World Championship Heavy Events and Amateur, Woman's and Masters Invitational. Western Highland Dancing Championships. Living History - Mary Queen of Scots, Highland Warriors, Roman Legion and Invading Vikings. Gathering of Clans. Celtic Heritage - Fiddling, Harping and Singing. Six stages continuous entertainment - traditional to Celtic Rock. Children’s Glen, Scottish Country Dancing. Irish Step dancing. Birds of Prey. Sheep Dog Trials. Clydesdale Horse Team. Five-A-Side Soccer, Rugby and Shinty Tournament. Whisky Tasting. British food and drink. Five buildings with 100 + Vendors.”

Songs of the Sea Cards
crafting workshop with Toy Jalanugraha
Sunday, August 31, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Castle in the Air 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-204-9801
$80 includes materials
register in advance - class limited to 10 students

“These charming moveable cards are inspired by mermaids, whales, and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. You’ll learn to make the collaged background, cut your figures, and attach them to a moveable wheel to animate the scene. Then build your front layer of paper to make the cards three-dimensional. Embellish with Dresden trim and ephemera of your choice to complete your treasure, and you’ll be hearing the mermaids’ voices floating to the surface and calling to sailors and all lovers of the sea.”

Much Ado About Sebastopol
Saturday-Sunday, September 13-14, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Ives Park, 7400 Willow Street, Sebastopol
Adults $12, Ages 6-14 $7, Under 6 Free

“Join us for Sebastopol's very own Renaissance Faire and support local public schools and programs!

Ives Park in the center of Sebastopol, is transformed into the town of Fenford in 16th century England. The locals are celebrating the apple harvest, and Queen Elizabeth and her extensive court pay a visit to honor these humble citizens.

As a visitor to our Faire, wander around and interact with a myriad of villagers from 1578, make herbal soap or try your hand at weaving while listening to a wandering minstrel… enjoy some ice cold lemonade while watching the falcons and learning about their role in Renaissance farming, sit back and take in a short Shakespeare performance while feasting on a hearty, rustic lunch.

Come celebrate the Feast of St. Michael (Michaelmas) - when rents are due, wages are paid, and the crops have been gathered and stored for the coming Winter. It's time for the people of the little town of Fenford to relax and enjoy some well-earned recreation, while giving thanks for a bountiful harvest.

Queen Elizabeth has been out hunting with her courtiers, and her Master of Horse, Robert Dudley, The Earl of Leicester has arranged a surprise for her. He intends to lead her back to his manor by way of the celebration. Here she will join the revels of her loving subjects, and be entertained in their lusty, country fashion.”

Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire
Saturdays-Sundays, September 13-October 12, 10:00AM-6:00PM,
10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152, Gate 6, Hollister (south of Gilroy)
$25 Adults, Children under 12 Free!  Parking $10
Discounted tickets available through the website

“Our little village of Willingtown comes to life as our annual Market Faire welcomes talented and exotic performers from throughout the globe to our streets and stages. The Entertainment is non stop all day.

The streets and stages boast music and dance from traditional Morris and English Country, to Celtic and Gypsy Tribal. Swashbuckling swordfighters render women defenseless with their charm and skill.

The original form of Renaissance theatre is played out on the Royal Garden stage in the form of the hilarious Commedia Dell Arte performed by the renowned troupe, Commedia Volante.

Foolishness and fun rule the day as ever popular favorites, Moonie the Magnif’cent and BrooN bring their unique brand of mischief and humor to the Fools stage. The town is buzzing as the villagers prepare for a visit from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and the most famous Privateer of the time, Sir Francis Drake. Happy peasants, crooked Constables, gossiping washerwomen, and merry maidens fill the streets with revelry as the festivities begin. Seven stages boast non stop entertainment. For a complete list of shows, click on The Stages category. Meet all of the Theme Characters, Guilds and Musicians that fill the streets on our Theme Characters, Guilds and Musicians pages.”

CAYA Sprouts will be at the Faire on Saturday, October 11!

The Curandera/o's Toolkit: Fall Series
a twelve week series
with Atava Garcia Swiecicki
Thursday, September 18, 6:30-9:00PM
and eleven more Thursdays through December 4
Ancestral Apothecary, 3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland
$550, $100 deposit due by September 1 to reserve space.
To Register, please contact atava@ancestralapothecary.com or call 510-541-2715.

“Learn healing skills steeped in ancient wisdom to provide basic health care to yourself and your family.

This class will highlight herbal medicine, but we will also incorporate massage, meditation, and other aspects of curanderismo to learn how to care for our physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Class time will include hands-on experience learning how to make different herbal medicines and we will also learn and practice curanderismo techniques, such as the limpia (energetic cleansing ceremony).

In this class, each participant will assemble their own ‘toolkit’ of herbal remedies for home and family use including: herbal tinctures, salves, cordials, and more!”

KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace
Saturday-Sunday, September 27-28,
Saturday 10:00AM-10:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-8:00PM
Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley
See website for ticket details
Parking $5

“The 18th annual KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace mixes Celtic music and magic with world-class musicians, dance, pageantry, living history, falconry, athletics, storytelling, jam sessions and shopping.   The outdoor event takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 27, and 28 in Grass Valley, California at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, a bucolic setting on 100 acres among giant ponderosa pines . There are eight stages and performance areas.  Our main stage hosts many of the best Celtic musicians on the world stage.  

As late summer begins to cool, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be transformed into a Celtic village where world-famous Celtic musicians perform, shopping and dining opportunities abound and O'Dea's Irish Pub celebrates the change of season.  Hundreds of regional performers, singers, bagpipers, actors, jugglers and storytellers roam the fairgrounds.

Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in with jam sessions and workshops scheduled throughout the weekend.  Revelers make music into the night in the campgrounds complete with tall trees and a lake.

History buffs explore encampments of Guilds who re-create points and places in time. Royalty and their subjects demonstrate how peasants and gentry lived in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Exciting and educational, the Celtic Animals exhibit houses falcons, eagles, hawks, owls, sheep and ponies.

Amateur and professional athletes test their strength and skill in Scottish Games. Children are kept engaged with arts and crafts, story telling, and romping in a straw bale castle. Seniors are admitted an hour before the event opens on Sunday and treated to scones and tea. The festival is disabled accessible.  Camping and RV hookups are available on-site.”

Turlock Holistic Expo
Saturday, October 4, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Building E-2, Turlock

“FREE admission, FREE seminars, FREE entertainment!!

This is a fantastic day of fun! There's a large marketplace with over 50 vendors.
There will be Holistic healers, Reiki, intuitive readers, psychics, aura camera plus much more. There's also a market place with Native American jewelry and handcrafted items, crystals, sage, unique jewelry, art, candles, nutritional products and samples and more.”

Mysteries of Samhain 2014: Eurydice and Orpheus a Wild Requiem
a Reclaiming Retreat
Friday-Monday, October 10-13
Mendocino Woodlands, Campsite 3, 39350 Little Lake Road, Mendocino
see website for registration details

“Share in four days of Reclaiming style, Earth-based spirituality, magic, and community!

Bay Area Reclaiming ritual planners invite you to join us in the redwoods at Mendocino Woodlands as we weave a web that crosses the generations.

2014 theme - Eurydice and Orpheus: a Wild Requiem

Mysteries of Samhain is a do-it-ourselves, community-style camp. This is a magical intensive, not a festival or a drop-in camp. We ask that people plan to attend the entire event (unless advance arrangements are made) and be committed to creating camp culture.

Reclaiming is an inclusive tradition. Folks new to Reclaiming are welcome.  This is a community retreat, not a festival or a drop-in camp. We ask that people plan to attend the entire event (unless advance arrangements are made) and be committed to creating camp culture.

All adults, as well as teens with parent or guardian, are welcome! We also welcome younger kids with parent - however, this camp will not be offering separate kids' activities. You do not need prior magical classes or Reclaiming training. We ask that all participants agree to work within Reclaiming's Principles of Unity. Reclaiming events are drug- and alcohol-free except for legal and prescription medications.

The Mendocino Woodlands are a state park operated by a local non-profit. The site is located just far enough inland from the town of Mendocino to avoid coastal fog. The camp is set among a mature Redwood/Douglas Fir forest, creating a beautiful, peaceful setting. A small creek runs alongside the camp.”

Folsom Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Folsom City Lions Park, 50 Natoma Street, Folsom
$16 adults, $11 students, seniors (55+) and children 13-17, $8 ages 6-12, under six free
parking $4

“There is no better way to end the faire season than with a full our party at the Folsom Renaissance Faire. This year's theme for the event is Shakespeare's Muse. The rising young star of London's theatre scene, Will Shakespeare, faces a scourge like no other: a paralyzing bout of writer's block, while the great Elizabethan age of entertainment unfolds around him. What Will needs is a muse - and in an extraordinary town whilst on progress with Her Most Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, he finds himself surrounded by numerous quirky characters who draw him into an amazing, dramatic adventure of action and love. Their stories make their way into his plays and into our hearts.
Revel in the amazing antics of the Elizabethan town filled with myriad of characters and vignettes resembling from Shakespeare's most beloved plays, featuring re-enactment of the 1500s with theater, music, magic, swordplay, puppetry.
Mark your calendars and come and enjoy. Costumes are wonderful and can greatly enhance your faire experience, yet they are certainly not required for attendees.”