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 1, 2014

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

Mark your calendars for:

Celebration of Woman
Thursday-Sunday, April 3-6
The Oneness Institute, 17824 USS Liberty Lane, Middletown
$995 includes Workshop, Food and Accommodations

“Women all around the world are waking up to an innate yearning to be fully conscious, fully expressed and to be revealed, recognized and appreciated as the beautiful and powerful women that they truly are.

This workshop is based on a Rite of Passage; when you feel that this is a time in your life where you are ready to step in to a whole new experience of yourself as a woman, just come! We are here, ready to guide you into fulfilling that desire!

Here’s what you can expect to experience:
A safe place to let go into, and be the real, wild, passionate, sensual, vulnerable YOU!
An experiential journey of discovering the archetypes of woman that live within you
A visceral and embodied transformation to allow the authentic you to come forth
Dance and movement that will free your body, mind and heart
Sharing our struggles and our longings as women waking up
The remembrance of sacred sisterhood that nurtures and soothes the Soul
Powerfully intuitive guidance by the facilitators
Deep connection and lasting friendships with women
A framework with which to move forward in your life!
A rite of passage that honors and celebrates the emergence of your unique feminine essence

Get Ready For the Most Magical,
Life Changing Workshop
Of Your Life!”

Tartan Day Scottish Fair
Saturday, April 5, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
adults $12, seniors $8, ages 4-17 $5, children 3 and under free
free onsite parking

“Throw on your kilt and celebrate Tartan Day with music, Scottish dancing, bagpipes, handmade crafts, historical re-enactments, and Highland athletics. Local Scottish clans and societies will share their rich culture and colorful heritage. Children can find magic and fantasy in the Children's Glen and might just see a fairy or dragon. Enjoy a meat pie or other Scottish treat.

Presented by the East Bay Scottish Association in partnership with the East Bay Regional Park District.”

Turlock Holistic Expo
Saturday, April 5, 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.”

Lumen Obscura III
Dark Fusion and Theatrical Bellydance Event
Friday-Sunday, April 11-13
S.E.S. Hall, 1375 Lafayette Street, Santa Clara
see website for detailed schedule and ticket information

“Lumen Obscura endeavors to bring together not only familiar names in dance innovation but new and up-and-coming artists who have exciting ideas and genre-shaking skills. We broaden students' horizons in dance by not just offering the same workshops and performances they can find at their local studios or videos but by bringing together national and international talent in one location for intensive, exciting workshops that challenge and inspire students to seek out new ways to grow and evolve their dance.”

Queer Contra Dance Camp
Friday-Sunday, April 11-13
Monte Toyon, 220 Cloister Lane, Aptos
See website for detailed schedule and registration information

“The San Francisco Bay Queer Contra Dance is hosting its sixth annual dance camp within the lush redwood forest of Monte Toyon, a beautiful camp facility near Santa Cruz, 79 miles south of San Francisco, where you'll be housed and fed and offered a weekend of gender-role-free dancing. Beginners are welcome. Contra is an exuberant, friendly, easy-to-learn American barn dance with roots in English folk dance. While many of our dancers are LGBT, we cheerfully welcome folks of any and all persuasions! Take a weekend away to dance, relax, make friends, and enjoy the lovely California redwoods.”

Friday-Monday, April 11-14
The Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“The third annual ConjureCon is coming in April!  We have a great lineup of classes and workshops this year.  Check out the Schedule page for detailed descriptions.   On Monday, we have a very special overnight addition to the ConjureCon festivities... an immersive experience in invocation and spiritual connection.”

Mills College Native Alliance Pow Wow
Saturday, April 12, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Toyon Meadow, Mills College Campus, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland

“The Mills College Pow Wow is a gathering that celebrates Native American community and culture. The Mills College Pow Wow is a longstanding community event supported by the Bay Area’s Native American community and one of few Pow Wows held in the Bay Area by and for the urban American Indian community.

This year marks the fourth anniversary of the Mills College Pow Wow being led and organized by the Indigenous Women's Alliance and the Mills College Ethnic Studies department. The students and the department are dedicated to continuing Native American culture and traditions at Mills and in the larger Native American community.

At the center of this event are the traditional songs and dances of Indigenous American peoples from throughout North America. Traditional dances featured this year include: grass, Azteca, and hoop. Contest prizes for northern and southern traditional and fancy/jingle dances. All drums and dancers are welcome. Native American arts and crafts, such as jewelry and textiles from community vendors will be available. We invite you to come and support the Native American community and join us in this celebration of Native American heritage.

All Drums Welcome!

Please bring your own seating. Parking for Elders will be available.
NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL ALLOWED! Please respect our traditions.”

Bay Area Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, April 12, 12:00-4:00PM
Historic Cannery District on the Martinez Waterfront Park, Martinez
see website for ticket details

“The Bay Area Craft Beer Festival in downtown Martinez began in 2010 to highlight the art and flavor of craft beer in Martinez and surrounding communities. Produced by Main Street Martinez, the festival draws 3,000 people to enjoy beer from over 35 microbreweries, live music, and food from local restaurants. This year, the event will be held at Waterfront Park on North Court Street, a short walking distance from the Martinez Amtrak Station and free downtown parking.

We hope you will join us and be part of this fun event!
While you're here we invite you to discover downtown Martinez, and the shops and restaurants.”

Film Production/Potluck: An MMTB Actor’s and Director's Challenge
presented by Movie Making Throughout the Bay
Saturday, April 12, 2:00-9:00PM
Rheem Theater, 350 Park Street, Moraga
see website for registration information

“We Are Taking Over The Rheem Theatres To Make Our Films!!!!
Actors, Filmmakers, Writers All Levels!!! Come Make Or Be In A Short Film With Us!!!

Films Made On This Event Will Be Due On June 1st 2014 and Screened the Same Month at the Landmark Shattuck Theatre.
ON this event we will:
Get into teams
Make Short Films
Eat (It's a Potluck, Bring a Food Item to Avoid Extra $10 Charge)

Come Make Short Films with us! Short films made on these events average of 3-9 film teams or short films made in one day.  Then in a few months, see your films on a Big Screen at the Landmark Shattuck Theatre

2:00PM: Open Doors- PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME- if you come too late, there is no guarantee that you will get on a film team.

Same Rules Apply as all our monthly Second Saturday filming events, for more details and IF YOU HAVE A KID or are under 18- what do you need, Etc... http://moviemakingbay.com/dc

All attending will be in a short film and receive IMDB credits!”

Self-Determination: Kujichagulia
A Women's Rites of Passage Retreat
with Mutima Imani
Sponsored by LoveJourney
Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13, 10:00AM Saturday through 2:00PM Sunday
private retreat center in Sebastopol, address given when registered and paid
$160 before April 5, $185 thereafter

“‘Call me by my true name so I can remember who I am.’

This Coming to Awareness retreat is an opportunity to explore and celebrate the beauty of change and the joy of becoming. Take time to withdraw from your routine as you acknowledge yourself.

In indigenous societies, it is a natural and expected step in the lives of women to rethink who we have become and step into who we really are.

Celebrate the stages of womanhood and our transitions in life.
Understand how each choice and reaction sets up natural consequence.
Tell the truth about the ways the society has socialized and impacted us.
Release any blame, shame, and guilt that might limit our full expression.

Through this initiation rite, we create the space to be completely vulnerable and true with ourselves while developing a Community Portal where each woman emerges in power as the Sacred Divine.

A Visionary Master Trainer and Facilitator, Queen Rev. Mutima Imani works to Heal the Heart of Humanity. For 35 years, Mutima offered healings, spiritual coaching and Rites of Passage programs to women. A Religious Science Minister, she has studied Native American Shamanism and Tantra. She passionately invokes the Divine Spirit of Love, Loving-Kindness and Forgiveness in all her work.”

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

“The San Jose Fantasy Faire offers visitors the opportunity to step into an enchanting fantasy-land, where you will have more fun than you can shake a wand at.

Fantasy Faire celebrates the best-loved fairy tales of the old and the present. Nestled on Guadalupe River Park Green, this village-style show features a number of characters from Grimm's fairy tales, some portrayed in Disney movies and myriad of others. Visitors can hang out with the various princesses; there's even a handsome prince or two. Little girls of all ages will be delighted by it.

Fantasy Faire can be a break for adults, too. It offers a place for families to sit and be entertained. There will be two stages filled with entertainment and close to 300 actors in the streets frolicking and causing mayhem. The atmosphere will be infectious and the crowd will be encouraged to join in singing songs, cheering for heroes and booing villains. The shows are well-crafted and entertaining for all ages.
Some of the characters you'll meet include Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, Troll and Goblin Kings, Viking Gods, Rumpelstiltskin, Fairies and Dragons, Satyrs, Pirates, Mermaids, Witches and Fairy Godmothers and many more.  

There will be a Pirate Ship for you to examine and a Steampunk corridor as well. And, if you're lucky you might even get a glimpse at the elusive  Dr. Who at the show.

Additionally, the event will feature a series of fantasy and fiction writers who will be sharing their work with you. Need something new to read? Want to be transported to yet another universe? Meet the up and coming authors sharing their works.”

Revealing Your Holy Grail
with Sue Hoya
Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Cosmic Cowgirls Studio, 401 Center Street, Healdsburg

“Legendary Woman - Revealing Your Holy Grail

Join Visionary Artist, Teacher and Entrepreneur Shiloh Sophia McCloud and her lifelong mentor Sue Hoya Sellars on your own Legendary Vision Quest in Paint.

This weekend will be focused on Revealing YOUR HOLY GRAIL. The Holy Grail is that magical vessel that holds legends from many different spiritual traditions. Seekers throughout the ages have spent lifetimes in pursuit of this intangible sacred.

Painting As Sacred Practice based on the roots of the Color of Woman Method
Opening Women’s Circle, Red Thread Circle and Cafe
Doing your deep digging spiritual work to discover what is hidden within you.

What if the Holy Grail is completely personal? In our painting journey together we will explore intimately our own myth and excavate the Holy Grail that holds the secrets you are longing to live into.

Dreaming the World Awake
Are you wishing for a new way to live your life, view your life and find meaning?
Is there something you are reaching for that you cannot quite put your finger on?
Do you feel inspired to begin a dedicated spiritual or creative practice but not sure what to do?
Do you view your life as a story that is happening to you or a legend that you can create for yourself?
Have you always wanted to paint, even felt like you could be an artist, but were too scared to begin?
Are YOU ready to go on a Modern Day Vision Quest??

Don’t miss the chance to join the Quest!”

Humaniversity AUM Meditation
two day workshop
Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13,
Saturday 3:00-7:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-2:00PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$40-$120 sliding scale (cash or check only)
For more information or to register, please e-mail therealsunriseruby@hotmail.com

“This is a rare opportunity to experience the Humaniversity AUM Meditation. The only certified AUM facilitators on the West Coast reside in Seattle, WA and Boulder, CO. We are thrilled to bring AUM to the Bay Area for two meditations facilitated by Buster Jonas Radvik!

The Humaniversity AUM Meditation is a 1.5 hour guided tour through fourteen different aspects of being human. The process takes you from negativity to positivity, from anger to love, from catharsis to stillness, and finally, bringing you back to your center. It is a "social" process in which you will function as a mirror to each other in order to become more aware of yourself - your feelings, your attitudes, your beliefs, your habitual thinking, and your relationship to your own living, breathing body. This is dynamic and socially interactive journey through periods of movement and silent sitting. It can help you manifest greater awareness, creativity, and well-being in your daily life.

The fourteen stages take you from one polarity to another via emotional expression, dancing, bio-energetic exercise and encounter. Rather than telling you in words how to handle your feelings, the AUM meditation guides you in experiencing your emotions in a safe environment and with the support of others. You will learn to express and let go of whatever is blocking you in your mind or body, and move into an inner silence.

The AUM Meditation can help you access your reservoir of inner power and will teach you to take a position for yourself which can result in feeling more alive, energetic and authentic in the moment. It is a celebration of love and friendship, and it can be a great support and inspiration on your journey of creating a rich and meaningful life.

First day of workshop.
Workshop includes registration, introduction talk, meditation (1.5 hrs) and closing circle. Please be on time, doors close 30 minutes post start time.

The Humaniversity AUM Meditation is a physically active meditation and you must be in good health to attend. Participants must complete the AUM HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE prior to registration. All participants must be in good physical and emotional health to attend. Request the questionnaire by emailing Jennifer Bruce at therealsunriseruby@hotmail.com for registration and/or if you have any questions.

Please bring with you:

Comfy clothing, dress in layers, expect to SWEAT
Indoor shoes/slippers/socks (only if you cannot participate barefoot)
Journal/pen for reflection, if time permits
Your own water bottle to keep hydrated during the session
If you have any questions or would like to speak with the facilitator prior to registration, please email Buster at busterr@gmail.com or Jennifer at therealsunriseruby@hotmail.com. If you would like to speak to a facilitator personally, please email for phone number.

Facilitator Bio: Buster Jonas RĂ„dvik, MA, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and a Sensorimotor informed psychotherapist living in Seattle, WA. His psychotherapy practice utilizes somatic and mindful awareness as the entry points for resolving internal conflicts in behavior, thinking, and feeling as a result of past trauma. Buster's body-centered approach to psychotherapy is informed by ten years of experience as a professional contemporary dancer and choreographer in living in Sweden. Additionally, Buster has over 25 years of dedicated practice to Yoga (including Dynamic Yoga by Godfrey Deveroux (UK), Astanga Yoga by Derek and Radha Ireland (UK), and is a Certified Dynamic Yoga Instructor (Godfrey Deveroux, UK). Buster holds a Bachelor of Arts in Contemplative Psychology with a focus on body-centered approaches such as Hakomi, Sensorimotor, and Mindfulness based therapies from Naropa University Boulder, CO, and a Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Family and Couples therapy from Antioch University Seattle, WA. Over a period of six years, Buster lived and studied at the Humaniversity in the Netherlands and Sweden. Buster is a certified AUM Meditation leader. For more information contact Buster at busterr@gmail.com

Yoga and Psyche Conference
presented by the California Institute of Integral Studies
Friday-Sunday, April 18-20
Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market Street, San Francisco
$275 in advance, $300 on-site registration

“One of the first academic conferences anywhere in the world on the integration of yoga and Western psychology. We will engage in a passionate inquiry about what happens when Yoga, as considered from its vast and original context including scripture, study, meditation, breathwork, and physical postures, is integrated with Western psychological theory and clinical practice, including the breakthroughs in somatic psychology, trauma research, and neuroscience. Together we will explore the implications and applications of this new evolutionary possibility, as pioneering practitioners of these traditions gather together in dialogue, deep exchange, and community.

Teachings, research, insights, and practices from these two vast and complimentary traditions will be presented by: A.H. Almaas, Baxter Bell, Mariana Caplan, Christopher Chapple, Yogi Amrit Desai, Angela Farmer, Rod Stryker, and Rama Jyoti Vernon. 12 academic papers will be presented by esteemed doctors, clinicians, professors, yoga therapists, and cutting-edge researchers from around the world, demonstrating how Yoga becomes more effective to the Western practitioner through the integration of psychology, and how psychological theory and methods are benefitted by the knowledge and practices of the Yoga tradition.

The Most Important Guest is You!
Students and teachers in the Yoga tradition, scholars, practitioners and students of all schools of psychology, as well as anyone interested in personal and spiritual transformation, are welcome to join us. We hope that many new initiatives, collaborations, and seeds of knowledge that can be spread throughout the world will emerge from this distinguished gathering.”

Embracing the Red Queen: Sex + Power, Body Image, and Reclaiming Beauty
a Web-Based Teleclass with Lasara Firefox
Monday, April 21, 6:00PM
and four more Mondays through May 19
$295 for whole series

“In this interactive, web-based series, we will examine and explore the themes of power, body image, and beauty. These aspects of our experience as women are strung together by a tangle of threads; desire, judgment, power, denial, fear, pleasure, assumption, and expression. These threads are at times taut and at times lax. Sometimes they’re tying our wrists, and sometimes these threads are woven in a joyful pattern of acceptance of self and other.

In Embracing the Red Queen: Power, Body Image, and Reclaiming Beauty, we will explore the intersections of power and privilege, witness and be witnessed in our stories of doubt and self-definition, and venture into new territories of authentic self expression. As we dive deep into questions of gender, sexual power, perceived threat, lookism, internalized and externalized slut shaming, rape culture, sexual oppression and expression, beauty myths and self-defined beauty, we will look our fears in the face and extinguish them with compassion. We will find steady ground, and from firm centers, reach out to lift one another up.”

World Book Night
Wednesday, April 23

“World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.  Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. go out into their communities and give a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.

Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.

After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.

Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night.  On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or access.

Re-Storying the Self: A Writing Workshop
with Helen Klonaris
Friday, April 26,
and six more Fridays through June 6
private home in the Berkeley, address given upon registration
$295, must register a week in advance. The workshop is limited to 12 persons.
For more information, or to register, please e-mail thegaulinproject@gmail.com

“We are living in changing times. Old regimes and old stories are losing their hold. New ways of being and new stories are emerging in our psyches and in the world. It is a perfect time for us to use language and our imaginations to explore the old stories inhabiting our individual psyches, lay them to rest, and allow new stories to rise up in their place.

Re-storying the Self is a seven-week creative writing workshop that will take participants on a journey through old stories - oppressive narratives that have become the invisible frameworks of our lives - into new stories, narratives that open up new spaces (in ourselves, in the world) in which to imagine and live.

Through movement, active imagining, and writing exercises, as well as exploration of a diverse array of writings, we’ll use the alchemy of the narrative storytelling craft to talk back to and transform our own particular old stories, all the better to re-story our lives and the world/s in which we are living.

We will meet at a private home in the Berkeley Hills (wheelchair accessible).

The cost of Re-Storying the Self is $295. Registration for the course requires payment at least one week in advance of the start date of the course. Participants may pay this in the following ways:

a. Full payment in advance of the start date of the course

b. Partial payment in advance of the start date of the course, and regular installments as agreed upon by facilitator and participant

c. Refer a friend and receive $45 off your course tuition”

Cob Oven Workshop
with Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures
Saturday, April 26, 10:00AM-5:00PM  
Chimera Arts Center, 6791 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol
$50, please RSVP at the website below

“We will be building an oven at this new Maker Space conveniently located across from Guayaki Tea and the Community Market.  Come learn the art of using local Earth to build an oven which can be used to bake bread, veggies, cookies, and of course, the best tasting pizza EVER!

Children are welcome to attend.  We will also be making adobe bricks this day and little house models which children can help with.  

Cost for the workshop is $50.  If you like, you may bring a sample of Earth from your property, and you can learn how to test if it is suitable for building.”

Feminine Radiance
with Sharon McDaniel
sponsored by LoveJourney
Saturday, April 26, 11:00AM-6:00PM
private retreat center in Sebastopol, address given when registered and paid
$65 per Woman if Paid by April 19, $90 thereafter
$105 per Couples or Pairs if Paid by April 19th, $130 Thereafter

“A Day of Renewal, Radiance, Fun, and Connection

Yoga, Dance, Sound Healing, Meditation, Healing Touch, Pampering and Nurturing Tools and the Power of a Women’s Circle

All to Help You Open and Connect with Your Most Radiant Divine Feminine Self.

Get Your Glow On and Enjoy:
Yoga and Dance to Relax, Recharge, Release and Have Fun
Awaken your Senses with Aromatherapy and Various Nurturing Tools
Give and Receive Pampering Sessions with Lavender Foot and Head Rub
Feel More Feminine, Nurtured, Attractive, Connected and Energized
Enjoy Community with Your Sisters and Energize Your Intentions

Bring: Water Bottle, Towel or Mat to Sit on, Flowing Scarf, Bag Lunch, and Jacket.
Dress or Bring Beautiful Adornments to Express your Feminine Self.

For any Questions, please contact Sharon at 808-419-1197 or hwgoddess@yahoo.com

Contact LoveJourney at 707-824-1117 for any Overnight Accommodations.

Led by Sharon McDaniel who is Certified in Yoga Meets Dance, Massage and Life Coaching. She has been a Bodyworker and Healing Facilitator for 20 years. She loves helping people open up their energy flow and increase spirit, fun, and connection.”

A Festival of Magick-based Music and Dance
Saturday, April 26, 8:00PM-1:30AM
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

“Hexenfest is a music and arts festival dedicated to myth, magic, folklore, fairytale, and the numinous.  We feature artists who are exploring the wild archetypal through their art; musicians, dancers, visual artists, and crafters who find their inspiration in the realms of myth and dream and reflect their visions into our world.

Hexenfest has a flair for the darkly exotic. Gothic, Pagan, and Tribal belly dance themes are featured prominently, evoking the forbidden forest more than than the enchanted wood. If you feel at home in dark fairytales, join us in the realm!”

Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Festival
presented by the Caledonian Club of Sacramento
Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1125 East Street, Woodland
$15 for one day, $20 for both days, some discounts apply, see website for details

“Experience traditions of the Scottish Highlands! Two days of Celtic music and dance, heavy athletics, history, genealogy, Clans and cuisine at the Yolo County Fairgrounds. Saturday night Ceilidh. Non-stop entertainment includes the Wicked Tinkers, Molly’s Revenge, Men of Worth, Culann's Hounds, Scottish fiddlers, Celtic harps, and (of course) top-notch bagpipe and drum bands.

Saturday Night Ceilidh - dinner and entertainment start at 5:30PM in the Crown and Thistle Pub and White Heather Stage area. Add to your adventure by planning to go to our Ceildh!
The Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Festival is the third-oldest Highland Games in the U.S. and the second-largest in the western states, and this will be our 138th festival. The Sacramento event is known as ‘the friendly games,’ with a family atmosphere where everyone is welcome. It draws drum majors, musicians, dancers and athletes from around the world, including well-known competitors and performers from Scotland and Ireland. The Sacramento Games are open to all who regularly compete in heavy athletic events (the caber toss, hammer throw, etc.). British food, Celtic art and merchandise, sheepdog trials, the Hennigan Spinning Frisbee K9s, and other animals typical of the Scottish Highlands round out the variety of fun.”

Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27, Tea sittings at 12:00PM and 3:00PM
Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, 415-485-3328
$27.50 for adults, $22.50 for children  
ages 3 and up
reservations required - please call 800-838-3006
This event will sell out!

"Make a date for tea with Alice, the March Hare, Dormouse and Mad Hatter for a decidedly unique and unorthodox tea complete with tea sandwiches, hot chocolate, and desserts. Enjoy the theatrical company of characters in original costumes from the Stark Ravens Historical Players, as they entertain and cause smiles and giggles in Falkirk's elegant Victorian setting.

This event sells out; please make your reservations early! Includes goodie bag for child. Bring your camera for great photos!"

Festival of the Silk Road
Sunday, April 27, 1:00-6:00PM
Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Road, San Jose
$30 for morning and evening concerts,
outdoor events free

“Afsaneh Art and Culture Society/Ballet Afsaneh proudly presents the 6th annual Festival of the Silk Road - 2014 on Sunday, April 27 at the Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater in San Jose.

Concerts with star performers, International Foods, Folk Dance Mania, Costumes and Art!
Dance, music and poetry from the Silk Road including Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, China, India, Azerbaijan, Egypt, the Balkans, the Roma and more…

Ticketed concert performances in the luxurious 500 seat theater feature master performing artists from across the Bay Area and around the world. One ticket price for an all day pass to All Theater Concerts!  General admission $30, and $100 Gold Circle (reserved seating), Kids and Seniors $20

1:00-6:00PM: Garden Fun Activities and Folkdancing - Free for ALL!
Family fun starts at 1:00PM in the beautiful gardens and lobby of the plaza theater with an International Food Court including Halal favorites, costume exhibits, and a Silk Road Bazaar offering traditional clothing, jewelry and art, dance and music workshops, storytelling. Performances and folk dancing all afternoon with many special guests and live music by Edessa, Armenian dancer and vocalist Hasmik Harutyunyan, and more. Come picnic on the lawn under the palm trees with family and friends! Admission to the gardens is complimentary - FREE!

3:00-4:30PM: Afternoon Concert
Afsaneh Dance Academy, Niosha Dance, Hala Egyptian Dance, Pezhham Daf Ensemble, Tarangini School of Kathak, Amir Abbas Music School Ensemble, Chichaklar Dance Group from Vancouver, Canada and more.

6:00-8:00PM: Evening Concert
Featuring Dance performances by Ballet Afsaneh, Salar System featuring S.A.R.A. (Sounds and Rhythms of Afghanistan), Michael Nejad of Nejad World Music, Chinese Performing Arts of America, ARAX Dance, Zaryab Persian Music ensemble with Neema Hekmat, dance artist Miriam Peretz, master of Persian percussion Pezhham Akhavass with Mehdi Bagheri on kamancheh.”

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).”

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.”

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!”

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!”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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?”

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
$29.99 through April 13, $34.99 April 14-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.”

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! “

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.”

Baroque Dance Workshop
with Philippa Waite
presented by San Francisco Renaissance oiices
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

“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.”

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…”

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.”

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!

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.”

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.”

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