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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Solaris, Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show, Sakha Cultural Festival, Juneteenth, Sail on the Alma, Concert in the Redwood Grove, Aligning Heaven and Earth, 9th MMTB Producer's and Directors Challenge Film Fest - Berkeley, Soaking Sprouting Sourdough and Fermented Beverages, The Chill Lounge, Sacred Intimacy and Erotic Arts: Introducing Tantra, Healing Racial Wounds Through Art And Spirituality, Full Moon with Orion Foxwood, Shipwrecked: An Entertainment, In the Tree of Smoke, Pearls Over Shanghai, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, The Crazed, Macbeth at Fort Point, This Is All I Need, Garden Love Day, Art That Moves, Solstice of the Fertile Mother, Celebrate Cherokee Sun Goddess Igaehinvdo, SCPN Summer Solstice, Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk, Festival of Conscious Parenting, Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus: Visions. Are. Legendary, The Green Planet, I Will Remember Everything, California Sunrise Summer Solstice, Online Art of Tarot with Rabbit, The Princess Bride, Herbal Medicine Mama, Get the Rush: Day of Activities as Rush Ranch, Summer Solstice Herbal Beer Making, Heidrun Meadery Summer Solstice Open House, Vallejo Juneteenth Celebration, Sail on the Alma, Visions of the Future, Essential Oils and SoulCollage Retreat, South Bay Circles Midsummer, Dancin' on the Avenue, Summer Solstice Ritual Celebration at the Vortex, Action and Adventure: the Beginning of Modern Comics, Garden of Memory, Be Love Farm Dinner, The Long Day Short Film Festival, Dinner Dance at the Belrose Theatre, CAYA’s Solstice of Light Triumphant, Gaskell Ball, A Jewel in the Sky, Angelique Kidjo, Dolores: A One-Woman Production, Santa Cruz Starlight Evening Train at Roaring Camp, Felted Vest Workshop, San Francisco Free Folk Festival featuring the Turning Earth Singers, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Nature and Soul Retreat for Summer Solstice, Open Gardens Day at Hallberg Butterfly Gardens, Berkeley World Music Festival, Shibori Workshop, SoulCollage, Summer Solstice Dreaming Despacho and Fire Ceremony, Yoni Puja Festival, North Bay Reclaiming’s Summer Solstice, Tea and Tarot, Terra's Temple Presents The 13 13 13 Raise The Roof Fundraiser!, Summer Solstice Drum Circle, Seasoned Singers Timeless Songs, Choro Das 3, Tea and Chanting Sangha, Center For History And Culture Grand Opening Gala, Cauldron of Sorrows, Beer Shamanism 101: Basic Mystical Homebrewing Workshop, Honeyroot Women’s Embodiment Retreat, Kate Wolf Music Festival, Fairy and Human Relations Congress

Thursday-Sunday, June 18-21
Earth Matters Retreat Center, 11629 Love Creek Road, Ben Lomond
see website for detailed schedule and registration information

“Solaris is a 4 day, 3 night camping festival in the forested mountains of Ben Lomond. There are playshops each day and rituals each night. The small size and inclusive nature of the activities leads to a wonderful sense of Tribal affinity.

Hello Nature Lovers. Mark your calendars for the weekend of June 18th-21st, 2014 and get the days off work now: Solaris is back for another long, leisurely weekend of Deep Play and Spiritual Joy.

Two-tracks of playshops: A more meditative track and a more energetic one.
Our Grand Poobah this year will be the alluring alliterative Alisa.

The Thursday Tea Party returns! Bring your hat!

Clothing Optional camping.
Morning gourmet pancakes from the Chef Without Pants.
A community ritual presented on the day we all write it as a group.
The entertaining and moving evening Bardic.
Snaps. Hundreds and hundreds of Snaps.
The wood-fired hot tub.
Jigsaw puzzling, dancing, lounging, laughing and on and on.”

Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show
by Aditi Brennan Kapil
presented by Crowded Fire
Wednesday-Saturday, June 18-21, 8:00PM
playing through June 28
The Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco, 415-746-9238

“A stand-up comedy routine that takes on history, mythology, and high school through the lens of a feisty Indian intersex youth named Brahman from Athens, Georgia. Tethered by neither gender nor culture, Brahman examines both with a ferocious wit and a no-holds-barred attitude. In its world-premiere production critics declared Brahman/i ‘goes for the funny bone!’ and is ‘full of sharp observations, heartbreaking truths, hilariously told anecdotes, and entertaining takes on history.’”

Sakha Cultural Festival
presented by Gualala Arts Global Harmony Season of Offerings
Wednesday-Sunday, June 18-22,
various venues in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties
see website for schedule, location, and admission details

“The 2014 Global Harmony Season of Offerings culminates with a week-long Days of Sakha Culture Festival on the Mendonoma coast with activities at Gualala Arts Center, Fort Ross State Historic Park and Gualala Point Regional Park.

The scheduled events further strengthen the bond between the coast community and the Yakut people of the Sakha Republic in the Russian Federation, who first arrived as hired workers at Fort Ross and reconnected during the two-hundredth anniversary of the settlement in 2012.

On Wednesday, June 18, the Festival begins at Gualala Arts Center with a reception and official opening of the Sakha Culture art exhibit. It will feature the art of Andrey Chikachev, a well-known Sakha artist, whose work captures the daily life of the Yakut people. He has had exhibitions throughout Russia, as well as in Mongolia, Poland and New York. It will also include the jewelry designs of noted Sakha artist Luka Yegorov. Sakha costumes and various cultural artifacts are also expected to be part of the exhibit. More information and examples of some of the artists' work can be found on the Gualala Arts Sakha Culture exhibit page.

The same evening, from 6:00-9:00PM, several films will be shown which showcase this intriguing culture. The Yakut people are the largest ethnic group in the Sakha Republic, a state with a population of almost a million people. It is located in eastern Siberia and spans three time zones.

The Yakut share a story remarkably similar to the local Pomo in California. The discovery of gold and the building of the Trans-Siberia Railway brought ever-increasing numbers of Russians to their isolated region. Persecution by the Soviet government in the 1920s reduced their numbers to one-half of the current population, but they now form the federation's majority population and are experiencing a revival of their culture.

The Festival continues on Thursday, June 19, from 10:00AM-2:00PM, with master classes presented at Gualala Arts Center that will teach participants traditional Sakha crafts. Svetlana Petrova will teach classes in creating traditional Sakha clothes, jewelry and carvings, sewing Chepparak (horse saddle cloth) and making toys from fur and cloth. For the musically inclined, Galina Fedorova will demonstrate and teach the Khomus (jaw harp). Luka Egorov and Yuriy Ksenofontov will teach a woodworking class that will show students how to create human and animal figures and decorative home items such as candlesticks, window and door trim, etc. These classes will be offered again on Saturday, June 21, at Fort Ross State Historic Park. The classes are free to the public at both locations, but the normal State Park admission charge to Fort Ross State Historic Park will be required to enter the park if students want to attend at that venue.

The day's events at Gualala Arts Center will conclude with Festival film presentations from 4:00-5:30PM and a lecture on Shamanic Spirituality from 7:00-9:00PM. The films and lecture are free, donations to support the Festival costs are encouraged.

Friday, June 20, Gualala Arts Center will host three unique performances. At 6:00PM there will be a theatrical performance of Pier of Unfulfilled Hopes. A live theater performance of Shaman's Rite starring Liliana Pavlova will be presented at 7:00PM. The evening will close with an 8:30PM live music concert of contemporary and traditional Sakha music which generally falls into the ethno/folk rock musical genre and will include guitar, bass and drums. All events are free, donations to support the Festival costs are encouraged.

The Festival moves exclusively to Fort Ross State Historic Park on Saturday, June 21, for a day of round table discussions by panels of distinguished guests, underwritten by the Fort Ross Conservancy. At 10:00AM the round table topic will be ‘Indigenous peoples, identity, history and post-colonialism’, chaired by Aleksey Istomin of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. Panelists will include Jurgen Kremer from Saybrook University, William Yakovlev from Yaroslavskii Historical Museum, Takasayeva Kunney from the Warsaw University, and Ekaterina N. Romanova from the Institute of Humanities, Yakutsk.

The second round table discussion, ‘The Interconnection of Ecology and Spirituality in Modern Society’, will start at 1:00PM and will be chaired by Marjorie Mandelstam Blazer of Georgetown University. The panel will include Stanley Krippner of Saybrook University, Julian Lang, a Karuk artist from the Karuk Cultural Center, Elenita Strobel, Chair of American Multicultural Studies at Sonoma State University and Alexander Artemev, Sakha healer and ecology activist from the Sakha Republic.

When the round table discussion ends at 3:00PM, the Sakha Master Classes presented at Gualala Arts Center on Thursday, June 19 will be repeated. The day will finish with a live acoustic performance of Sakha Folklore music from 4:30-6:00PM.

The Festival concludes Sunday, June 22, with a sunrise greeting at Gualala Point Regional Park including traditional rituals and dances. The Sakha people will welcome the sunrise at 5:49AM, perform the traditional Kumis ritual and Ousuohay dance and dedicate the Serge that the Sakha woodcarvers have created during the Festival. At 7:30AM a light buffet of fruit and other food and coffee and tea will be available.

At 9:00AM there will be a national sport competition which will feature championship Mas-wrestling. This traditional Sakha sport features participants sitting in front of each other, propping their feet against the board that divides the competition area and tugging on a wooden stick (mas), making sure to keep it parallel to the propping board. Mas-wrestling demands great muscular strength from the hands, legs, back, and abdominals and has recently been added as an event at World Strongman Federation Cup events. At noon a lunch of traditional Sakha foods will be served, and the Festival will be formally closed between 2:00 and 3:00PM.”

Thursday, June 19
see website to find events in your area

“Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.”

Sail on the Alma
Thursday, June 19, boarding at 12:30PM, returning to Hyde Street Pier at 4:00PM
board at Hyde Street Pier, 499 Jefferson Street, San Francisco
Adults $40, Seniors 62 and over $30, Children 6-15 $20, Ages 5 and under Free
pre-registration recommended

“Haul lines to raise the sails with National Park Service Rangers as you explore the Bay aboard the historic 60 foot Alma! Take in dazzling views and San Francisco's riveting history: Native Americans, Spanish explorers, the Gold Rush, lighthouses, the Barbary Coast, Fisherman's Wharf, earthquakes, shipbuilding and more! Before highways and bridges, hundreds of scow schooners like Alma plied San Francisco Bay, hauling goods as the ‘flatbed trucks’ of their day. The last of her kind, Alma will transport you to a long ago era on this unique, hands-on, educational sailing program with the National Park Service. Sailing runs on selected Thursdays and Saturdays from June to November.”

Concert in the Redwood Grove
featuring OU Italian Sextrex and Gadje Express
Thursday, June 19, 5:30-7:30PM (and every Thursday through August 28)
“Doors” open at 5:00PM  
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Adults $15, Children 5-17 $10
Please register online at the website below
for more information, e-mail garden@berkeley.edu

“Join us this summer for a series of concerts in our beautiful Redwood Grove!

This Italian sextet takes you on a mediterranean joyride of vivacious original compositions with a folk sensibility, jazz with fiercely funky rhythms, topped with gorgeously lush vocals. Performing in this show with the band is composer Amy Denio (Kultur Shock, The Tiptons) who produced and plays on the latest OU album Pisces Crisis.

San Francisco-based Gadje Express (Balkan Brass), of Inspector Gadje, brings a big sound to the beautiful and bumpin’ brass band music of the Balkans of south-eastern Europe.

Ticket includes admission to the Garden before 5:00PM. BYO picnic and non-alcoholic drinks welcome.”

Thanks to Pixie for letting me know about this event!

Aligning Heaven and Earth: Astrology, Herbs, Consciousness, and Energy
with Rae Diamond
Thursday, June 19, 6:00-8:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, #C, Oakland, 510-495-6549

“This workshop offers a contemporary twist on the classic pairing of astrology and herbalism. Using an energetic (rather than medical) approach, we’ll connect herbal remedies to specific imperatives in the coming season’s planetary configurations through engaging lectures, group activities, and healing meditations. For Summer 2014, we’ll be exploring the heart-opening transits of Jupiter’s journey through Leo and the completion phase of the Mars retrograde cycle in Libra, plus other surprises.

Rae Diamond’s work arises from a devotion to the interrelation of matter and energy. She has practiced professionally as an astrologer, energy healer and teacher for over a decade. Rae apprenticed with Lakota shaman, Char Sundust, 2002-2006, became a Reiki master in 2005, and recently transplanted to Oakland from Seattle. She is also the director of the Long Tone Choir, plays synthesizer in an art-rock band, makes meticulous black and white drawings and frequent forays into nature.”

9th MMTB Producer's and Directors Challenge Film Fest - Berkeley
Thursday, June 19, 6:00PM
Landmark Shattuck Theatres Berkeley, 2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

“9th MMTB Producer's & Directors Challenge Film Fest

Films Made in the Bay Area at our March and April Directors Challenge Event and
All Producer's Challenge Contestants + Bonus Bay Area Films Screened and Voted On!

Brought to you by MMTB - Movie Making Throughout the Bay.

The Shattuck Cinemas opened in May 1988 on the ground floor of the lovely Shattuck Hotel in downtown Berkeley, just one block from the University of California-Berkeley. It features an eclectic mix of Hollywood favorites, foreign language cinema and independent film. Its location is just one block from Downtown Berkeley BART station, convenient to all the Bay Area, including San Francisco, just 12 miles away.”

Soaking, Sprouting, Sourdough, and Fermented Beverages
with Rosie Ueng
Part Four of the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Basics Series
Thursday, June 19, 6:00-9:00PM,
and two more Thursdays through July 3
Three Stone Hearth, 1581 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-1334
$95 per class

“From bone broths and stews to fermentation and sauces, this six-class series covers everything you need to get started, or to expand your knowledge of nutrient dense cooking.  Whether you’re new to cooking or are just looking to broaden your skills and enhance your knowledge, these hands-on cooking classes will be fun and educational. Class is 3 hours and ends with a collectively prepared meal! Sign up early! Registration is limited to 12 students.

Class Schedule is as follows:
Thursday, June 25: Eggs and Organ Meats
Thursday, July 3: Vegetables, Sauces and Condiments

Did you know that grains, beans, and nuts have many anti-nutrients, which inhibit digestion and absorption of nutrients?  Learn how to properly soak and sprout them for maximum nutritive value.  Also make pets of the beneficial yeasts floating around your kitchen, and learn to make your very own sourdough starter!  We will make ‘crispy’ almond-coconut butter and other sprouted and sourdoughed recipes.  Beckon your inner mixologist and learn to make your own probiotic fermented elixirs, such as kombucha, coconut milk and water kefir, beet kvass, and ginger beer!   A delicious dinner compiled of the fruits of our evening's labor will be included.

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.”

The Chill Lounge
Thursday, June 19, 6:00-10:00PM
The Chill Lounge, 1850 Houret Court, Milpitas
see website for more details

“Art, music, wine, and an interactive graffiti wall!

Come enjoy an evening of art viewing and make some yourself.”

Sacred Intimacy and Erotic Arts: Introducing Tantra
this session is for Women only
with Evalena Rose, M.A.
Thursday, June 19, 7:00-10:00PM
LoveJourney Temple in Sebastopol, address given upon registration
$25 per person, $40 per couple

“This pleasant introductory session lets you sample the work offered by LoveJourney. We explore the arts of connection and passion through spiritual practices and safe, heart-centered interactions, do a meditation of reclaiming our sexuality, demonstrate tantric breathing, share one on one exchanges and enjoy a mini-puja, a ritual of celebrating the Divine in each of us.

Explore energy-moving breathwork and imagery
Deepen contact with your inner lover
Feel honored as the Goddess you are
Enjoy a gentle ritual and safe, sacred exchanges
Open your heart to greater love

Experience how the ancient arts of Tantra can enhance your capacity for intimacy and open you to full sexual aliveness

Awakening the Goddess Within!”

Healing Racial Wounds through Art and Spirituality
with Noris Binet, author of Women on the Inner Journey: Building a Bridge
Thursday, June 19, 7:30PM
Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Sebastopol

“One hundred and fifty miles north of Pulaski, Tennessee (the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan) a project was conceived in 1992 to help heal the wounds caused by racism. The project, Healing Racial Wounds, offered women of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to meet in a safe environment and explore a process of ‘Journeying to their center, the center where we are One with creation and the creator.’ In this work, a powerful collective of women writers, visual artists, poets, songwriters, and musicians confront attitudes, fears and insecurities surrounding the issue of race in their lives.

Noris Binet is a visual artist and poet. She holds an honorary doctorate in counseling and philosophy. She is a native of the Dominican Republic while currently residing in Sonoma, California. In 1992 she founded Women on the Inner Journey, a non-profit organization that promotes racial and cultural unity through art and spirituality. Selections of her poetry have been published in Where the Heart Is: A Celebration of Home by Julienne Bennett and Mimi Luebberman, in the Journal of Sacred Feminine Wisdom, Common Boundary and The Wild Heart.”

Full Moon with Orion Foxwood
Thursday June 19, 9:00-10:30PM
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477

“Orion Foxwood is our honored guest. We will be participating in a magickal working based on the current Astrological alignment with emphasis on the Full Moon.

This is a free event. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks to share.”

Shipwrecked: An Entertainment
presented by Onstage Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, June 19-21, 8:00PM
Campbell Theater, 636 Ward Street, Martinez

“Shipwrecked! An Entertainment - The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (As Told by Himself)

The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left nineteenth century England spellbound. Dare to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. Shipwrecked examines how far we're willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world.”

In the Tree of Smoke
presented by Circus Automatic
Thursday-Saturday, June 19-21, 8:00PM
playing through June 28
The Great Star Theatre, 636 Jackson Street, San Francisco

“In The Tree of Smoke is the third installment in a series of shows whose end goal is to create a fully realized production in the face of a lack of resources. It is a circus show that is both a swan song to a San Francisco that no longer exists, and a celebration of the cutting edge in American un-step performance. Featuring world renowned circus performers and set in an infinitely branching network of recursive and contradicting realities, In the Tree of Smoke is, above all, an experiment. Inside the maze of its un-storyline the question is posed: Is there space for art in a world which no longer deems it relevant?

The show is a story of trying to escape from a reality that crushes you by virtue of your very nature.  In the end, you can't escape the prison you are blind to; like a tangle of branches that barely has substance but still holds you captive.  The first step to being free is to acknowledge that you are trapped. Finding the way out and taking it are two different experiences- this presentation deals with the former.

In the Tree of Smoke creates worlds and moments in time rather than stories.  Set in a place with no endings, it seeks to find a beginning in the middle.  The characters- poor artisans who are masters of their craft, practice their work for a world that endeavors to blot them out with nothing more than indifference.  The very act of creation becomes defiant, a refusal to perish in an environment that demands your death.  

Each character is a response to this conundrum. The minimalist set rises and falls, a contradiction of brevity and deceit. Whatever dreams live and die in this setting, its very makeup stands as a reminder that ultimately, everything falls apart.”

Pearls Over Shanghai
presented by the Thrillpeddlers
Thursday-Saturday, June 19-21, 8:00PM
The Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco
held over - playing through June 28

“Our award-winning production of Pearls Over Shanghai, San Francisco’s longest-running Cockettes musical hit, is back on The Hypnodrome stage for a Fifth Anniversary Revival Production.

Pearls Over Shanghai is a comic mock-operetta about white slavery, opium dens, and miscegenation set in the colorful world of 1937 Shanghai. The story is set at the crossroads of good and evil; an exotic ‘old sin town’ filled with singing sailors, humorous whores, foolish immortals, handmaidens and henchmen, all taking their places in streets teeming with a mix of foreign aristocrats, opium addicts, and gangland slave-trade czars.

With a cast of over 20, costumes a-plenty, and a score of 24 original songs, this production is the most eye-popping and toe-tapping in the Hypnodrome’s history, with the scent of intoxicating perfume, poisonous flowers, opium, and sex oozing from every scene.

Three original Cockettes, Scrumbly Koldewyn, ‘Sweet Pam’ Tent, and Rumi Missabu, who were in the original production of Pearls Over Shanghai, will perform in this production, bringing to life the whimsy and the madness that were the ‘all singing, all dancing, all cardboard’ Cockettes.

Our original production of  Pearls Over Shanghai ran for nearly two years and received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. It’s a phenomenon that keeps on growing! Get your tickets soon for this sure-to-sell-out musical event of the season.”

The Taming of the Shrew
presented by Shady Shakespeare
Thursday-Sunday, June 19-22,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Thursday and Sunday 7:00PM,
playing through June 29
Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park, 1320 Willow Street, San Jose
Free, donations welcome

“Shady Shakespeare Proudly Presents Shakespeare San Jose - Free to the public!

Surf's up, Shakespearean moon doggies! The Bard's timeless battle of the sexes is coming to a beach boardwalk near you as Shady Shakespeare reprises our wildly successful Free Shakespeare in the Park program in the heart of Willow Glen. The spirited and independent Kate has no time for the beach bunny antics of her boy-magnet kid sister Bianca, but when charismatic big kahuna Petruchio comes to town looking for a wife, she suddenly finds herself caught up in a contest of wills that will challenge her, exhaust her, infuriate her.. .and possibly prove that she's finally found a true partner. Audiences of all ages are invited to pull up a beach blanket and watch as these two mavericks ride the wild surf of love and finally meet their match.

Bramhall park features a natural amphitheater covered in grass. Bring a blanket or a chair no higher than 25". To ensure the best possible experience for all guests, chair height will be rigidly enforced. Seating is first come - first served. Picnics are welcome. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase.

No tickets are required. The actors will pass the hat at the end of the performance. A $10 donation per adult is recommended and very welcome, but not required.”

Much Ado About Nothing
presented by Livermore Shakespeare Festival
Thursday-Sunday, June 19-22, 7:30PM
playing through July 6
Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore
see website for ticket details

“For feisty Beatrice and Benedick, love is a game of wits, a ‘merry war’ of verbal sparring and one-upmanship. For Hero and Claudio, it is conventional romance, leaving them love-struck and tongue-tied. These opposite love stories play out against a comic background of scoundrels and clowns - when villainy threatens, it is the bumbling Dogberry who saves the day. Much Ado About Nothing, full of love and laughter, will both delight and entertain you.

All performances begin at 7:30PM.  Picnic area opens at 5:30PM.

Livermore Shakespeare Festival takes place at Concannon Vineyard, an elegant winery in the heart of Livermore Valley Wine Country. Actors perform in front of a two-story, Queen-Anne style Victorian home. Before the show and during intermission, you can sample award-winning wines in two tasting rooms. Enjoy a pre-show picnic on the lawn or enjoy pre-show small plates in Concannon's Underdog Wine Bar (RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED). For the optimal pre-theater dining experience, the Underdog Wine Bar recommends making a reservation for 2 hours prior to the performance start time. Reservations for the Underdog Wine Bar can be made by calling (925) 583-1581. During the show, sip wine in the seating area as you experience Shakespeare against a background of vineyards and hills.  

Note: Beverages, wine and food are available for purchase onsite at the Underdog Wine Bar and the Tasting Room. Due to state liquor laws, no alcohol without the winery label is allowed on site. Please contact the Underdog Wine Bar at (925) 583-1581 for questions regarding food. This season at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, shows are adult-oriented and not appropriate for children under 10 years of age. Babes in arms and children in strollers are not permitted. Children 12 and under are permitted with parents. We recommend acquainting children with appropriate theatre behavior before coming. If you have any specific questions about the suitability of a show for your child, please contact our office at (925) 443-BARD. Climate varies nightly, so please dress in layers. Blankets are rented and sold at the event.”

The Crazed
A world premiere from the Central Works Writers Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, June 19-22 - final week
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 5:00PM
The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Street, Berkeley
Thursdays pay what you can, regular performances sliding scale $15-$28

“The Crazed
Written by Sally Dawidoff
Based on the acclaimed novel by Ha Jin
Directed by Gary Graves
A world premiere from the Central Works Writers Workshop

A new play by Sally Dawidoff based on the acclaimed novel by National Book Award winner Ha Jin, about a young scholar coming of age in Communist China on the eve of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

When the venerable Professor Yang suffers a stroke, his student Jian Wan is assigned to care for him.  But when the professor begins to rave like a madman, the student is thrown into a quandary: are these the outpourings of a crazed mind, or is Yang speaking the truth - about his past, about art, about how to live a meaningful life?

This spring marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. The Crazed joins commemorations around the globe.”

Macbeth at Fort Point
presented by We Players
Thursday-Sunday, June 19-22, 8:00PM
playing through June 29
Fort Point, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 999 Marine Drive, San Francisco
Thursdays $45, Fridays and Sundays $60, Saturdays $75

“This spring, We Players remounts its epic production of Macbeth at Fort Point. Multiple performance trajectories wind through the dark stone corridors, narrow passageways, expansive brick casemates, and inner chambers of the fort. On the parade ground, in the direct onslaught of the billowing fog and relentless wind, the witches work their charms. The Golden Gate Bridge soars overhead, the city skyline flickers - a full sensory immersion into Macbeth’s Scotland as it collides with Civil War era and modern day San Francisco. In collaboration with the National Park Service.

In our 2014 production, we explore this tale of blood and the thirst for power through the lens of the ‘old guard’: warriors who have engaged in battle for decades; who are older than their young wives; who are the same age as their King. We infuse the space and the story with tremendous detail, and collaborate with the forces of nature in the form of wind and billowing fog. A full immersion into the world of play, audiences can catch glimpses of moments that traditionally occur off stage: Duncan’s body in blood soaked bed sheets, the Macbeths feverishly washing the still-warm blood from their hands, Macbeth’s coronation, Lady Macbeth alone in her bedroom, and the otherwise private lives of the Weyard Sisters.

The Weyard Sisters are nearly omnipresent throughout; some audience members may be able to decipher the code these Sisters use to communicate with one another, or catch them at work in secluded corners of the fortress.

Prepare yourself for the sound and fury of the elements… Fort Point is a very cold place. Long underwear, down jackets, windbreakers, hats and gloves are recommended.

You will be on your feet throughout the 3 hour event, and navigating narrow passageways, spiraling stone staircases and dark chambers. If you have any mobility disabilities that prevent you from climbing stairs, please call us. If you want to limit your stair climbing, be sure to state so on your registration form.

There are no bathrooms within the Fort. Provisions exist for emergencies, but in the absence of such circumstances, the doors of the Fort will remain sealed for the duration - once we go in, we’re in.

We will offer tea and snacks at a few places to keep you fueled.

We Players does not recommend bringing children less than 12 years old. Parts of the Fort are dark and creepy, it is COLD and DAMP, and there is a good deal of violence in this play. Please be aware of this when deciding whether or not to bring children.

No cameras or recording devices allowed.

No refunds. No exchanges. Please choose your dates carefully.

Questions? Call 415-547-0189 or email reservations@weplayers.org

This Is All I Need
presented by Mugwumpin
Thursday-Sunday, June 19-22, 8:00PM
ACT Costume Shop Theater, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco

“Mugwumpin digs through closets and cupboards to untangle and retangle the threads
connecting our hearts, our anxieties, and our stuff. With a fractured approach to storytelling, Mugwumpin explores these connections from numerous angles, from the ways that our belongings become physical repositories for our most potent memories, to the fine boundaries between collecting and hoarding, to the psychosocial motors driving the contemporary urge to accumulate.”

Garden Love Day
with Frieda Kipar Bay of Taproot Medicine
Friday, June 20, 10:00AM-1:00PM
private land in Sebastopol, address given upon RSVP
Free, please RSVP to info@taprootmedicine.org

“The garden is insanely wild, and I'd love to show you the hops, lady's mantle, arnica, skullcap, elders, vervain, angelica, vitex - the list goes on and on.  Many of you helped put these plants in, so I hope you can join me for the greenest moment in the garden!  Please bring your own gloves, snacks, and kids and we'll garden together until we get hungry, then potluck lunch (and hose down if the heat continues:)”

Art That Moves
a Third Friday event at Museum of Art and History
Friday, June 20, 5:00-8:00PM, and the third Friday of each month
see website for detailed schedule
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“Every 3rd Friday we collaborate with community members on participatory art and history events for all ages.

Run, cycle, dance, jump, skate, or skip on down for a night of moving art. Make your move and experiment with an array of moving art forms.   Laird’s Academy of Martial Arts will lead demonstrations of Ho Kuk Mu Sul, a traditional Korean martial art that is as beautiful to watch as it is effective to use. The movements of this art are hard and soft, flowing and direct, based on shapes like the circle, triangle and square. Choi’s Takewondo of Scotts Valley’s junior team will be demonstrating basic Tae Kwon Do forms and techniques on stage. Stop by their table to practice kicking and punching targets, use a padded sword, and maybe break a real wooden board! Adults can stop by and try out our mini training circuit . Learn how to draw action sports and movement with The Scribbles Institute.

Watch glass blowing with Nathan Bennett and Richard Mero from Alexander Art Glass. Take a ride through downtown Santa Cruz on the Happening Couch, a moving couch attached to a tandem bike.

Create giant bubbles that fly into the sky, chalk drawings, learn Parkour moves and watch amazing live performances in Abbott Square. The Modern Dance Collective of moving statues will be sprinkled through the museum, magically coming to life through imagery meditation, slow movement, and golden silence. Audience participation is encouraged to mirror the dancer’s movements and to play along. The characters come together on stage for a wowing performance from 7:50-8:00PM in Abbott Square.”

Solstice of the Fertile Mother
presented by The Bloodroot Honey Priestess Tribe of CAYA Coven
Friday, June 20, 7:00PM
Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$20 donation requested
Clothing is optional, this ritual is for self-identified women

“The Bloodroot Honey Priestess Tribe of CAYA Coven welcomes all self-identified women to...

Solstice of the Fertile Mother
in honor of every woman's inner Shakti

We ask each woman attending to please bring a piece of fresh fruit and a flower as offerings for the altar, and a red scarf, in addition to a blanket for her seating arrangements.

This ritual will take us deep into the center of the mysteries, into the second heart of woman. The womb, or womb-space, is a seat of power for every woman. It is the inner portal through which ideas, dreams, hopes, visions, and creations come forth into the world. What are you bringing forth in this summer season? What is seeking to manifest through you? Where will you need to labor and when will you need to rest and just allow the process to happen?

This ritual will feature deep breathing, subtle hip movement, tantric teachings, henna, interaction with our bodies, chanting, incense, and kundalini practices. Please arrive well-grounded.

What to bring:
Please bring a piece of fresh fruit, a flower and a red scarf for this ritual.

For all Goddess Sabbats, please bring a blanket (any kind of blanket is OK) to sit on or wrap yourself in whether or not you plan to disrobe. You never know when the mood to enjoy the nakedness may strike!

Terra’s Temple may not have a reliable source of chairs. If you have need to sit in a chair during ritual please bring your own folding chair or camp chair.

Other optional items include: drums, rattles, shakers.”

Celebrate Cherokee Sun Goddess Igaehinvdo
Friday, June 20, 7:30PM
Clayton location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgendered women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
“Celebrate Summer Solstice and Daughters of the Goddess 18th Anniversary!
with Cherokee Sun Goddess Igaehinvdo
She is Igaehinvdo, the Cherokee Sun Goddess and Sister to Elihino (The Earth) and Sehu (The Goddess of Corn).  We feel Her as small children, long before we even know what She is and the gifts that She brings to the living things of the Earth.  Sweat gathers above our top lips and trickles down our spines as we run, ride our bikes, and play in the soil under Her watchful eyes.  In the air around us, butterflies and hummingbirds dance in Her warm heat.  In the soil, roots dig deep and pull nutrients up from the cool depths.  Plants turn the sunlight into energy and bless us with the fruits of their labor.  All of life depends upon Her gifts of shining light and warmth.  The relationship between Mother Sun and Mother Earth sustains everything and we bow in awe of this greatness.
How blessed are we to gather in Her light on the Summer Solstice and to stand upon the soil of Her Sister Elihino on our Temple’s 18th Anniversary!  What a precious time of year this is for all of us!  This is a High Holy Day in our tradition as it is the longest day and the shortest night!  This lengthy light period sustains all growing things, breathing life into all that is.  Leilani’s creation of this Womyn’s Temple further magnifies the Sun’s glory, touching thousands of womyn’s lives with ritual, knowledge of Womyn’s Mysteries, and the promotion of Goddess culture!
As you physically prepare yourself for this this precious evening, please take the time to sweat, cleanse from the inside out, drink a lot of water, release toxins physically and release that which no longer serves you energetically.
In addition to our physical preparation, let us consider how the Temple radiates Magick into our lives and how the Goddess is the source of our blessings!  What do you offer Her as an acknowledgement of the blessings She gifts to you?  In other words, how do you honor your Source?!  Let us express our unrestrained joy on this Solstice, giving thanks to both our Temple and the Goddess and acknowledging the greatness of each!
It is a Temple tradition to redecorate our Temple Broom at the Summer Solstice Ritual.  The broom represents our connection to the Aloha Dianic path, to our ethnic heritage as Witches, and to the great magick that is available through us.  With the broom we sweep out what is no longer wanted and sweep in that which we are creating!  Please look around your yard and surroundings and check in with your plant friends.  Ask them if they will offer some of their branches to our broom redecoration!
We will be gathering a community tithe for the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival in solidarity with their mission to create a womyn built, womyn run community for one week per year - in addition to a Music Festival of all Womyn performers!  This year the Festival will be occurring from August 5-10.  Please bring a tithe in any denomination of 7, Yemaya’s number, that She will protect this magnificent event and wash away any energy that wishes to destroy it with Her salty waves and recycle that energy into fertile feminine creative energy that will feed the MichFest community.
For the Ceremony Please Bring:
Loose, dry tobacco
Fresh Herbs and Flowers for our Temple Broom
A candle of yellow or orange in honor of the Sun
Tithe in denominations of $7 for Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival
Any images of the Sun or Igaehinvdo
Altar objects that represent High Summer to you
Join us as we celebrate our Summer Rite together under the warm rays of Igaehinvdo!

If you are interested in participating in a ritual or celebration, please help out by doing the following:
Please bring a snack to share (if possible, food of the culture we are celebrating), washable eating utensils (bowl, cup, plate, utensils, etc. In honor of Mother Earth, we do not provide disposable items), a candle (for safety reasons, we highly recommend a candle in a glass container, often called a novena), and pillow or chair to sit on to all rituals. For more information about our rituals please visit our FAQ page.
Please see our current series schedule and check the web page for the specific ritual to see what items to bring and how to prepare yourself. Please take the time to read this, especially if you are a newcomer. New information is added from time to time so even if you feel you have already seen this, it is important to check back in every now and then.”

SCPN Summer Solstice
with Cerridwen Fallingstar
presented by Sonoma County Pagan Network  
Friday, June 20, 7:00PM
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa
$3-$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Celebrate Summer Solstice with Cerridwen Fallingstar

It is the time of the Summer Solstice, sun's height, the longest day of the year.  Small green apples and pears swell at the end of the branches, the white stars of blackberry blossoms begin to fall, showing the promise of green fruit.  It is the days of wine and roses; it is the time of the Sacred Marriage; it is the Honey Moon.

In this ritual, Cerridwen Fallingstar will read some erotica from her published and unpublished work, then take us all on a guided trance journey to Aphrodite to learn how to deepen our passion and conjure the Sacred Marriage, within ourselves and in our lives.

Cerridwen Fallingstar, a shamanic Witch and Priestess, has taught classes and offered lectures in magic and ritual for over thirty years. Her capacity to transmit knowledge, help people achieve shamanic states and elicit the best from her students is profound.

Cerridwen offers a wide selection of classes, including a year-long Apprenticeship program. She also works as a professional psychic, offering readings and trance journeys (hypnotherapy in a shamanic context.) For information on classes, rituals and private sessions facilitated by Cerridwen Fallingstar, or to set up workshops and lectures in your area, contact her by email at: c.fallingstar@gmail.com.

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

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

Downtown Benicia Ghost Walk
Friday, June 20, 8:00PM, and the first and third Friday of each month
meet at 90 First Street, Benicia
$25, reservations required.
Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult.
For more information, please call 707-745-9791

“Paranormal history of Downtown Benicia are revealed on this exciting, interactive and fun Ghost Walk led by paranormal investigator Devin Sisk. Each tour is limited to 20 people and lasts approximately 2 hours, depending on what entity you encounter along the way! Walking shoes and flashlight recommended. No children under ten years of age permitted on tours. Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by adult. $25 per person. Prepaid reservations required by calling 707-745-9791.”

Festival of Conscious Parenting
Friday-Sunday, June 20-22
various venues in Santa Rosa
see website for schedule, location, and admission details

“The Festival of Conscious Parenting is a first-of-its-kind community event to be held over the Summer Solstice weekend in Santa Rosa, June 20-22.

The Festival supports the creation of loving contexts for children by sharing the diverse awareness practices and resources of the world’s spiritual and psychological traditions. Conscious parenting is the process where adults create contexts for children to grow up healthy, resilient and whole. It’s not just for parents, but grandparents, educators, and others! Spiritual and psychological tools, including mindfulness, meditation, and body-awareness practices, are resources that can help us model loving and kind behavior for children. Through the diverse traditions explored at the Festival, we can learn to better secure the foundation for every child’s growth and exploration of life’s possibilities.

The Festival will showcase speakers and presenters of many backgrounds, with inspiring and informative lectures, panels, rituals, break-out groups, and a vibrant information/resource sharing scene. Friday evening and Saturday will be for adults; Sunday will bring the whole family together with activities for both children and adults. Both the Friday Introductory Evening, and the Sunday Families Day, will be free of charge.

The Festival is an all-volunteer effort, sponsored by Tayu Meditation Center, a California nonprofit church corporation; additional sponsors include Hearth Foundation and WaccoBB.net. Presenters will join us from the North Bay as well as from destinations across North America, including Mexico City, Washington DC, Arizona and Oregon.

Summary Schedule of events (see website for more details):

Introductory Evening
Friday, June 20, 7:30-9:30PM
The Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Meet Festival presenters as they describe their break-out groups scheduled for Saturday and Sunday; plus an exercise to demonstrate that everyone has their own internal, intuitive resources to create loving, nurturing contexts for children.

Adults Day
Saturday, June 21, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa
$65–$25 sliding scale at the door
$50 per person or $75 per couple in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/669692
Vegetarian lunch included in price.
Program includes plenary speakers, panel discussions, a wide variety of break-out groups, individual advice to parents and others, plus a vibrant resource/information sharing scene.

Children And Family Day
Sunday, June 22, 9:00AM-1:00PM
Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa
Fun activities for kids and families including break-out groups with a variety of themes, group ritual, resource/information sharing, and more.”

Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus: Visions. Are. Legendary
presented by National Queer Arts Festival
Friday-Saturday, June 20-21,
Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM and 8:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket details

“Spin your world upside-down with Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus! This one-of-a-kind event is back for a second year of mesmerizing performances that showcase awe-inspiring circus artists from across the country. Hosted by Honey Mahogany from RuPaul's Drag Race, Topsy-Turvy dazzles, delights, and defies expectations with this year's show Visions. Are. Legendary.

Topsy-Turvy's geographically and culturally diverse cast of queer, trans*, and gender-variant performers use their bodies to tell unique stories that subvert traditional ideals of beauty, sexuality, and power in circus arts. Building upon the Bay Area's rich history of dance, burlesque, drag, and performance art, Topsy-Turvy provides financially accessible, physically inspiring theater that pushes the boundaries of contemporary circus artistic expression.

Last year's event was a sell-out success as the first all-queer circus show in San Francisco, so be sure to get your tickets early!”

The Green Planet
film screening
Friday-Sunday, June 20-22,
Friday 8:00PM, Saturday 5:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday 2;00Pm and 5:00PM
The Magick Lantern, 125 Park Place, Point Richmond, 510-234-1404

“Take a spectacular journey to one of Earth’s most beautiful and diverse natural habitats: The Forest.

It covers thirty percent of the Earth’s land mass and yet, most of us barely scratch the surface.  Now, discover what few people have seen, as The Green Planet follows the stories of forest inhabitants, from graceful red deer to cunning foxes and impressive wild boar.  With cutting edge technology, we also explore some of the more bizarre and wonderful forest dwellers: the purple emperor, liverworts, stag beetles and corydalis. See flowers bloom and blades of grass cut through the snow; Spend time in a fox’s den with her new born cubs and follow tiny insects and creatures with microscopic detail.   

Be a part of a journey that takes you through the seasons and be prepared to be amazed by the natural wonder of creation, destruction and rebirth in this incomparable landscape.

Produced by Studio Hamburg’s renowned Doclights division, whose nature films have won multiple awards and dozens of international prizes, including ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Photography’, ‘Best Cinematography’ and 'Best Editing'.”  

I Will Remember Everything
with Kitka

Friday, June 20, 8:00PM
St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro Street, San Francisco

Sunday, June 22, 7:00PM
St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro Street, San Francisco

“Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble announces the world premiere of
I will remember everything

Performing an original score by award-winning composer and
choral conductor Eric Banks, Kitka gives voice to the long-censored
love poems of ‘Russia’s Sappho’, Sophia Parnok.

‘Russia's Sappho,’ Sophia Parnok (1885-1933), was the only openly lesbian poet during the Silver Age of Russian letters. Kitka gives voice to Parnok's long-censored love poems in sumptuous and intimate musical settings by award-winning composer and choral director Eric Banks.
Parnok was born in Taganrog to a Jewish intellectual family. During her short lifetime, she published five volumes of poetry, a substantial body of literary criticism and translation, and authored the libretti of several operas, one of which became a major sensation at the Bolshoi Theater. Nevertheless, few readers have heard of her.
At the beginning of World War I, Parnok met Marina Tsvetaeva, one of Russia's most beloved poets, and the two became involved in a passionate love affair. Parnok also had relationships with a number of other remarkable and trailblazing women, including an actress, a mathematician, and a physicist. Banks' sonic portrait of Parnok tells her story through the courageous poems she wrote to the women she loved.”

California Sunrise Summer Solstice
with OBOD
Saturday, June 21, 5:00AM-7:00AM,
Gather 5:00AM, Ritual starts 5:30AM, Sunrise about 5:47AM
Inspiration Point, Tilden Park, Berkeley
Free, donations accepted

“Celebrate Summer Solstice with the Druids Druid-style.

There is plenty of parking. Differently-abled accessible.

All donations will be gratefully received.  We are collecting for the charity Trees for Life.

Hosted by Quercus, Redwood and Doire Bhrighid Seed Groups, with the Order of the Bards, Ovates and Druids.”

Online Art of Tarot with Rabbit
a six class series
Saturday, June 21, 10:00AM-11:30AM
and five more Saturdays, June 28, July 5, 12, 19, and 26
online via video conference
$35 per class or $200 for all six classes
Please register in advance to reserve your place for this class.

“Rabbit brings one of her most popular classes online, specifically designed to help you learn to tune in and trust your own intuition as a reader.

Sure, you can look in the books at the traditional meaning of the cards, but in order to truly be a reader you must learn to listen carefully to the whispered secrets that underpin the surface meanings. This class will get you OFF the book and help you turn ON your own personal intuition.

Rabbit's self-styled methods will help you offer accurate, compassionate, helpful readings after your very first class, as long as you are willing to develop the ability to listen to your inner voice. Practical exercises and demonstration readings take place in each class, so you have the opportunity to give and receive practice readings, trouble-shoot areas of insecurity, and begin to build your internal reference library of tarot symbolism.”

The Princess Bride
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, June 21, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It is based on the 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman, an American novelist, playwright and screenwriter. The story is presented in the film as a book being read by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson (Fred Savage), thus effectively preserving the novel's narrative style. This film is number 50 on Bravo's 100 Funniest Movies, number 88 on The American Film Institute's (AFI) AFI's 100 Years… 100 Passions list of the 100 greatest film love stories, and 46 in Channel 4's 50 Greatest Comedy Films list. In the United States, The Princess Bride has developed into a cult film since its release.”

Herbal Medicine Mama
with Nourished: Urban Retreats
Saturday, June 21, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Terra's Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley
suggested donation $25-$100

“In this retreat, you will connect with mamas and learn to make herbal remedies for your family. We will indulge with foods that nourish and teach you how to make herb infused oils, salves and ghee.

Babies in arms welcome.”

Get the Rush: Day of Activities as Rush Ranch
Saturday, June 21, 10:00AM-1:00PM, and the third Saturday of every month
Rush Ranch Open Space, Solano County

“Get the Rush:  a series of fun and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run and activities vary month-to-month.  

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies),

A traditional blacksmith shop in action (10:00AM-1:00PM)
Skilled docent, Virgil Sellars, displays traditional  blacksmithing skills using authentic tools and equipment in the ranch’s historic blacksmith shop.

An interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10:00AM-1:00PM)

Horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11:00AM-1:00PM)

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.”

Summer Solstice Herbal Beer Making
with Jen Bredesen
Saturday, June 21, 10:00AM-4:00PM
California School of Herbal Studies, 9309 Highway 116, Forestville, 707-887-7457
$85-$70 sliding scale Includes materials fee

“Brewing Beer is an ancient craft that combines cooking skills, art, and science into a potentially healthy beverage. With the addition of herbs, this hearty brew can become a unique fermented drink, a seasonal tonic or even a personalized remedy. In this class, we will brew a Summer Solstice partial-mash herbal beer. We will learn the concepts of beer-making, as well as successful techniques and strategies for incorporating tasty and medicinal herbs into the brew.

A fabulous way to spend the Summer Solstice!”

Heidrun Meadery Summer Solstice Open House
Saturday, June 21, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Heidrun Meadery, 11925 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station, 415-663-9122

“Drop by the meadery and celebrate the arrival of summer! We will be pouring complimentary flights of sparkling mead and the Gypsy Cheese Company from Valley Ford will be sampling and selling their delicious goat cheeses. Come savor the longest day of the year with us! This event is free and open to the public, no reservations are required and the more the merrier.”

Vallejo Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 21, 11:00AM-6:00PM
City Park, 425 Alabama Street, Vallejo

“The African American Family Reunion Committee and Greater Vallejo Recreation District in partnership with La Clinica proudly present
Vallejo's 26th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

The Solano County African Family Celebration Committee is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that works to promote the national observance of Juneteenth marking African American freedom from slavery in the United States, to celebrate positive contributions of African Americans nationally and locally, and to promote a cultural connection of the observance as an opportunity to build strong communities through access to health services and education resources.

For more than two decades, the Solano County African Family Reunion Celebration Committee has supported opportunities for access to free health care and education resources for families, youth and children through partnerships with local non-profit and major health care providers. The committee shares this valuable information with the community through its network of volunteers serving as the African American Family Reunion Committee.

The AAFRC organizes Vallejo's annual Juneteenth Celebration on the third Saturday in June. This free event attracts over 2,000 visitors and provides an opportunity for the entire community to participate in the national observance of this historic event in our country. The AAFRC partners with local non-profit and for-profit health care organizations that provide free services to community members including immunizations, screenings, dental check-ups, etc. The event also emphasizes education as the key to a successful future and includes participation by local educational institutions and after school programs that seek to increase the number of African American students enrolling in college.

The AAFRC promotes youth awareness of Juneteenth through essay, poetry and art contests. Finally, promoting the entrepreneurial spirit is a strong component of Juneteenth and dozens of small business owners participate in the event as vendors and exhibitors offering a wide variety of products and services.

The overarching message is that Juneteenth is a time to celebrate our community's cultural diversity while promoting access to quality healthcare and education opportunities, and supporting local businesses, all of which create healthy, thriving communities. The AAFRC receives no public funding for the Juneteenth Celebration and depends on the generosity of private businesses and community service organizations to help fund the event.”

Sail on the Alma
Saturday, June 21, boarding at 12:30PM, returning to Hyde Street Pier at 4:00PM
board at Hyde Street Pier, 499 Jefferson Street, San Francisco
Adults $40, Seniors 62 and over $30, Children 6-15 $20, Ages 5 and under Free
pre-registration recommended

“Haul lines to raise the sails with National Park Service Rangers as you explore the Bay aboard the historic 60 foot Alma! Take in dazzling views and San Francisco's riveting history: Native Americans, Spanish explorers, the Gold Rush, lighthouses, the Barbary Coast, Fisherman's Wharf, earthquakes, shipbuilding and more! Before highways and bridges, hundreds of scow schooners like Alma plied San Francisco Bay, hauling goods as the ‘flatbed trucks’ of their day. The last of her kind, Alma will transport you to a long ago era on this unique, hands-on, educational sailing program with the National Park Service. Sailing runs on selected Thursdays and Saturdays from June to November.”

Visions of the Future
with Meredith Sabini, Ph.D.
Saturday, June 21, 1:00-4:00PM
Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767

“We are living during the Sixth Extinction, a time when the basic elements of life on this planet - soil, water, air - are compromised, and large numbers of flora and fauna are passing out of existence. Our own species may be endangered. It is a time when the evolutionary function of dreaming is activated and dreams pertaining to survival occur. Our program today will be an invited panel of people who have received visionary dreams related to this situation. Their dreams will be presented with ample time for discussion. Those attending are welcome to send in ahead of time any visionary dreams they may have had, and as many of these will be read as possible.”

Essential Oils and SoulCollage Retreat
with Le’ema Kathleen Graham
Saturday, June 21, 1:00-7:00PM
Goddess Garden Sanctuary in San Rafael, address will be given upon RSVP
$97 includes all supplies, oils, and an organic, gourmet meal!
Please RSVP by June 18 to 415-302-9568 or leema@dancingpriestess.com

“Tending the Garden of the Soul for Summer Solstice
A One-Day Retreat at the Goddess Garden Sanctuary
with Essential Oils and SoulCollage

Come play at this marvelous day of connecting with top quality essential oils and making SoulCollage cards for or inspired by the scents!

Priestess Le’ema Kathleen Graham, an aromatherapist with 20 years experience, will introduce us to five marvelous oils including lavender, frankincense, and Young Living’s Transformation blend, and guide us in ceremony with them.

Priestess Jennifer Mantle, SoulCollage facilitator, will introduce this fun, insightful process of collaging our inner voices. We will marry the two modalities by creating personal wisdom cards for or inspired by the personalities of the oils! We’ll interact with the oils in five different ways, and enjoy a light dinner also prepared with essential oils!

The Goddess Garden Sanctuary is near the 101 freeway in San Rafael, and features wonderful indoor space as well as a fabulous outdoor labyrinth!

Class fee of $97 includes all supplies, oils, and an organic, gourmet meal!

ASL/English accessible

Please RSVP by June 18 to 415-302-9568 or email leema@dancingpriestess.com

I can't think of a better way to celebrate this Summer Solstice than this day of sensuous pleasure with yummy essential oils and art!!! It's a luscious way to pamper yourself!!!

And even the STARS of the Seven Sisters support us taking this time to honor our Goddess selves!!!  
June 21-22- Venus Conjuncts the Pleiades on Summer Solstice -
A very special Download of LOVE.

See you soon at the Goddess Garden Sanctuary in San Rafael!”

South Bay Circles Midsummer
Saturday, June 21, 2:00PM
private home in Palo Alto, RSVP for address
$5-$10 suggested donation

“We will be at a private residence in Palo Alto. If you are interested in going please email me (Jason) directly and I will be happy to give you the address. Just chime in that you heard about the ritual here and put ‘Beltane’ somewhere in the subject line. panmankey@gmail.com
Join us for the start of summer and the longest day of year!
Join us as we celebrate the start of summer and the longest day of the year!

Upcoming Schedule:
Lughnassa August 9

Bring: A donation of five to ten dollars to help cover the cost of future South Bay Circle expenses. Also, please bring something substantial to share for the potluck and a beverage for yourself.

Guidelines for Potluck:
For many folks the potluck is the highlight of an SBC Ritual. It's a time for food, fellowship, family, frolic, and fun. In order to have as much frolic, food, and fun as possible we'd love to see a wide variety of different foods at our feasting. We aren't ever going to tell you what to bring, but if you are waffling a little bit, the guide lines below are designed to help bring about multi-faceted feasting. You are in charge of your own beverage needs, but if you want to bring some drinks to share, that's great too! If you were born in March, April, or May, please bring a main dish (meat or vegetarian). If you were born in June, July, or August, please bring some dessert

If you were born in September, October, or November, please bring some sort of fruit and/or vegetable, or a salad. If you were born in December, January, or February please bring along some good carbs - like bread or mac and cheese or something made with potatoes.

Please bring enough to serve at least 10 people, and please make sure it is ready to serve. There will be no one there to cut up a whole chicken or slice a loaf of bread.

Remember to mark your bowls, platters and utensils. Unmarked and abandoned serving pieces will be considered a donation to South Bay Circles.

If possible, please label your food so those with food restrictions will know what's in it.”

Dancin' on the Avenue
Saturday, June 21, 2:00-8:00PM
along Lincoln Avenue from Willow Street to Minnesota Avenue, San Jose,
(ie the Willow Glen neighbourhood)

“The 19th Annual Dancin' on the Avenue will be held on Saturday, June 21 from 2:00-8:00PM on Lincoln Avenue between Minnesota and Willow.
Here are a few of the event highlights:
Three stages - the Main Stage at 1202 Lincoln, the Sereno Group Stage at Lincoln and Willow, and the Peak Travel Stage at Lincoln and Minnesota - will feature an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment.
The Round Table Pizza Community Stage will present performances from local dance groups.
The Kids’ Court area will have a petting zoo, a balloon artist, face-painting, games and crafts for the family-friendliest part of the festival.
Food and Beverages
Dozens of great food and beverage booths will be located throughout the festival. Please note that beverage tickets will be sold on-site at the festival only this year.  Anyone consuming alcohol must have a valid ID.
Admission to Dancin' on the Avenue is free, however security entries will be at the two monitored entrances at Willow and at Minnesota, where purses/backpacks will be checked. No outside containers of any kind - even coffee cups - will be allowed in.”

Summer Solstice Ritual Celebration at the Vortex
Saturday, June 21, 2:30-5:00PM, doors open 2:15PM
The Crossroads, private land in Santa Rosa, RSVP for address

“We circle in Earth Vortex Energies on the first day of Summer to Celebrate, Investigate and Integrate a new cycle ushered in by Wizard, swiftly followed by thirteen days with Eagle. The shapeshifter will guide our time together; the winged one will assist in expanding
our perspective with compassion.

Symbols are from Stargazer Li's Calendar Journey, rooted in the Mayan Time Cycle.

Action and Adventure: the Beginning of Modern Comics
Saturday, June 21, 3:00-5:00PM
The Escapist Comic Bookstore, 3090 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley

“Gerard Jones, local San Francisco author of Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, early comics historian and granddaughter of Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, the founder of DC Comics (one of the first publishers to see Superman) will present an interactive event at Escapist Comics  on Saturday, June 21 from 3:00-5:00PM. They will present a short slide presentation and talk, and Nicky will read an excerpt from a recently published book of her grandfather’s pre-comic pulp adventure stories, The Texas-Siberia Trail. Questions will be taken from the audience and there will be some surprise guests who will chime in. If you think you know how modern comics began, come prepared to be surprised. This promises to be a lively active event with audience participation.”

Garden of Memory
Saturday, June 21, 5:00-9:00PM
Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

“A columbarium walk-through event at the Chapel of the Chimes.

At this annual solstice concert, the program features simultaneous performances in different parts of the building by Bay Area composers, musicians, and other performers presenting a variety of acoustic and electronic music, installations, and interactive events; the audience is free to move throughout the building during the performances.

Guests are invited to walk through the multi-level maze of internal gardens, cloisters, alcoves, stairwells, fountains and other architectural elements, which rise into vaulted ceilings. The facility's numerous chapels, columbaria, and mausoleum areas are adorned with antiquities that date back to the 16th century. All architectural and garden areas have excellent acoustics and are illuminated by gentle natural light, often through beautiful arrangements of stained glass.

Garden of Memory offers a unique and personal musical experience to every listener as he or she wanders freely through this multi-level maze of interior gardens, alcoves, pools, and antechambers ingeniously designed by Julia Morgan.

Please note the building is only partially handicap accessible: The lower floor which has two chapels will have constant performances, and the top floor at the Howe Street entrance with multiple rooms. There is an elevator between the two floors, but it requires going outside through a separate building. The middle floors are not accessible, unfortunately.

There are two entrances - the main one is on Piedmont Avenue and the other is up above on Howe Street. Plentiful free parking is available in the adjacent cemetery. Please note that the gates will close at dusk - entry only allowed before then - but the gate is automatic and will allow cars to leave after dark.

There will be two concession tables selling food for outside consumption only.”

Be Love Farm Dinner  
Saturday, June 21, 5:00PM
Be Love Farm, Vacaville - exact address given upon registration
Adults $65, Children under 12 $35

“Be Love Farm is the dream ‘child’ of Matthew and Terces Engelhart, the founders of Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre.  It is where they nourish their relationship with the earth so that they can provide healthy food for their Cafes. It is also their home and place where their connection with Mother Nature allows them to be in near continual service to others.

Matthew and Terces are so pleased to host a wonderful vegetarian Farm Dinner at  their organic Be Love Farm in Vacaville, CA. (50 miles north of San Francisco) The farm dinners are cooked (not raw) and may contain farm fresh dairy products. Please visit the Cafes for amazing raw and vegan meals. Join us for engaging conversation, a farm tour and the best farm fresh vegetarian food on the planet!  

Seating is limited, to reserve your seat please pre-register. For questions or concerns please email marta@cafegratitude.com or call 415-501-9678. There will be Farm Dinners throughout the Summer. Plan ahead and visit the farm! August 9, September 21, October 18.”

The Long Day Short Film Festival
Saturday, June 21, 6:00-8:30PM
Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch Street, Alameda

“Kick Off The Summer With Short Shorts!

The 6th Annual Long Day Short Film Festival offers two short film programs (animated/live action) on the summer solstice, June 21. The festival runs one night only at Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda to pair eclectic shorts with award-winning wine and delicious food.

2014’s program of short films already promises the diversity and innovation you just can’t find at the local multiplex:  a blind soldier; a splashy, six-minute musical extravaganza!; an animated love story about two flies; two socks plan their escape on laundry day. World premieres from The United States, England, France, Bosnia, Ukraine, Israel and beyond… The festival can boast such a wide range of filmmaking genres, styles, and voices because the only criteria for submission is that the short be 6 minutes and 21 seconds or less, in honor of the summer solstice of 6/21. A small jury of local judges watches every submission and crafts a program showing the best of the best.

Before the show, sip a glass of bubbly while the sun goes down over San Francisco Bay. Rock Wall’s amazing location at the tip of Alameda point affords picture-perfect sunsets paired with a wide selection of incredible wines.
See you on the solstice!

The film festival was first conceived in the late Autumn of 2007. Several friends and artists gathered at an old Victorian home in the city of Alameda and hatched a scheme to expand their artistic horizons to include film. We all loved watching movies, so why not make some of our own? With the 21st century well under way, video technology was only becoming more and more ubiquitous. Every consumer could access a video recording device, even if it was just a cell phone. However, the thought of writing, filming, and editing a full length feature for submission to a summer festival was daunting.
So we decided to keep it short.

And what better day to show a series of short films than on the longest day of the year? June 21, 2008. The beginning of the annual Long Day Short Film Festival.
One backyard. Fifty people in attendance. Nearly two hours of footage from nationwide professional and rookie filmmakers. Despite the noise complaint from one nosy neighbor, the first Long Day Short Film Fest was a success.”

Dinner Dance at the Belrose Theatre
featuring Freddie Thornbloom's Six-Piece Cabaret Orchestra!
Saturday, June 21, seating by 6:30PM, Dinner at 7:00PM, Music from 8:00-10:00PM
The Belrose Theatre, 1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael, 415-454-6422
$50 per couple, must make reservations by June 20

“The Belrose is a non-profit California Corporation, and has been in its current location, a historical landmark, since 1962.

The Performing Arts Center was established in 1954 by Margie and the late David Belrose offering classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Ballroom, Swing, and Theater Training classes including acting and improv.  Most classes for most ages; primarily taught by Margie Belrose.

In 1996, Margie was inducted into the Marin Women's Hall of Fame as an Honoree of the Arts and in 2010 was named Marin’s citizen of the year.

​The Dinner Theater is Marin County’s original.  A vast assortment of quality productions have been produced over the years including: Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, The Lion in Winter, just to name a few.  Many original productions have been presented over the years as well.  It was also voted Best Live Theater by The Pacific Sun.  With original and classic productions all year round, make sure to visit the "Show/Audition" Tab for current shows.

The Costume Shop was established in 1977.  It is the most complete costume rental shop in Northern California.  We have over 3,000 adult sized costumes from almost every era.  Open year round with extended holiday hours.  It too was voted Best Costume Shop by The Pacific Sun.

The Belrose, with over 1,000 Renaissance costumes, also provides Renaissance costume rentals for the patrons of the following Renaissance Faires and Festivals around the country: Southern and Northern California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Georgia, New York, and Oregon.”

Please note different location than usual!

CAYA’s Solstice of Light Triumphant
presented by The Rose and Dove Society
Saturday, June 21, 7:00PM
on the beach at Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Avenue, Alameda
Look for our lighted CAYA banner. Parking $5 per vehicle in lot, or park nearby!
$10 donation requested

“Ahoy, there, sailors, mermaids, pirates, captains and those who love them!  Come join the Rose and Dove Society as we honor Aphrodite and the adventuring Sun on the beach.  The Sun is at the height of its glory, reminding us all to enjoy life in the moment.  So bring your revelling spirit and your best nautical/pirate/mermaid/sailor clothes and dance with us… but do dress in layers, as it might be nippy and windy there, mates.  Sail your ship into this port and have some fun!  We have a raucously sacred good time in store for you.  

Please bring:  Nautical and mermaid costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory.  All are welcome to bring cakes and ale as well as any small items to charge at the altar.  If you need any special gear for your comfort, like a chair or a blanket, please bring those as well.  Keep in mind that there will be dancing on sand, so please wear appropriate shoes.”

Gaskell Ball
Saturday, June 21, 7:30PM
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

"Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society has been sponsoring Victorian Ballroom dances for over 20 years. We currently sponsor 6 balls a year at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland.

We have live music played by the Brassworks of San Francisco, a group of 5 brass horns and a drummer led by Frank Davis. The dances feature Victorian Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Mazurkas, and set dances such as the Sir Roger de Coverley and the Congress of Vienna.

The general format of the dance is three 40 minute and one 30 minute sessions of live music, with three 20 minute breaks. We also occasionally have other entertainment during the breaks such as Morris dancing. The first set starts at 8:30 PM, with the last set ending at Midnight. Starting at 7:45 PM is a dance workshop where members of the Society quickly cover the basics of waltzing, polkas and the schottische.

Of course, the usual 19th, 20th and 21st century formal wear is always welcome.

Dress is 19th, 20th, or 21st Century Formalwear
Admission may be refused for those inappropriately dressed.

Refreshments are potluck finger food with the Society providing both fruit punch and ice water.

Upcoming dates:
August 16, 2014
October 25, 2014
December 13, 2014"

A Jewel in the Sky
with Faride Khalaf
part of the Saturday Night Space Talks series
Saturday, June 21, 7:30-8:15PM
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
Included with admission

“The International Space Station is the crowning achievement of many nations. It symbolizes a new beginning in the exploration of space; no longer do we compete as adversaries in our quest, instead, we explore beyond Earth as partners. Join Faride for a look into the history of Earth-orbiting space stations and the importance of the ISS, our jewel in the sky.

Let's chat about space!
Have you ever had a conversation with a really knowledgeable friend who has a way of sharing complex, high-level information? Faride Khalaf is just that guy. Get your fix of recent advancements and factoids from history in space and science in these informal conversations.

Faride Khalaf began his aviation career as a skydiver in 1980s and went on to earn his Airframe and Power Plant licenses (A and P) from the College of Alameda in California. Faride is an FAA Certified Aircraft Inspector, was an Aircraft Mechanic Instructor at the late Sierra Academy in Oakland, and was a General Aircraft Mechanic at United Airlines for a decade. While at United, Faride spent two years teaching structural repairs and for two years was a Fuel Systems Specialist. He is the sole owner of a 1947 Cessna 120 airplane and is an amateur astronomer who works with Chabot's astronomy program as a volunteer. His presentations are in high demand at Chabot and around the Bay Area.”

Angelique Kidjo
Saturday, June 21, 8:00-10:00PM
Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco
see website for ticket details

“Throughout the ‘90s and beyond, Angelique Kidjo has performed globally, winning honor after honor, including a Grammy, while using her visibility to campaign for women’s rights, provide educational opportunities for girls, and support environmental initiatives.

On Eve, her most recent release, the singer/songwriter builds on her ever-evolving legacy. ‘My home continent has become a magnet for many negative perceptions about women, and Eve is all about showcasing the positivity they bring to their villages, cities, culture and the world.’

As any of her numerous fans will be quick to report, Angelique Kidjo performing live is one of the most awesome experiences in all of contemporary music. ‘I’m so happy when I’m on stage,’ says Angelique. ‘The audience gives me energy, so I have to give it back. If I kept it, I wouldn’t be able to sleep for two days.’”

Dolores: A One-Woman Production
written and performed by Carolina “Coicoi” Duncan
Saturday, June 21, 8:00PM (doors 7:30PM)
Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-508-3492
$10-$15 sliding scale

“Dolores is a one-woman Neo-Classic mime show. Dolores works in a corporation that sells a simulated reality where humans no longer have to feel at all. One day the system breaks down and Dolores has a short circuit that causes her brain to burst open. She experiences a series of recollections of herself as human, back when she could feel real emotions. These visions are at once tragic, heart-wrenching and comedic. What could bring someone to forsake their ability to feel?

Dolores sprouted from Carolina Duncan's desire to portray the story of a 220 year old bionic woman using dance, mime and original music. To accomplish this vision, in 2012 she worked with director Nikolas Strubbe, dance choreographer Chris Young, classical mime coach Noe Zavala and musician/composer Carlos Munoz Kampff. This became the birth of a unique show: One woman on stage embodying five different characters in a dance driven by a musical score rooted in tango, salsa, rock, industrial beats, and classical compositions. The project was awarded a residency from the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley on 2012 to develop the show and perform it in front of an audience. Dolores showed for two nights and filled the house.

Robert Avila of the San Francisco Guardian and followers of Duncan's work gave the show high praise. After the premiere in Berkeley Carolina and Carlos traveled to Ashland, Oregon seeking direction from Carolina's mentor, James Donlon; master mime teacher. This encounter took the show to the next level. In the winter of 2013 Dolores ran for two nights at Stage Werx Theater in San Francisco. In 2014 Dolores went under the direction of Jessica Ferris in preparation for the Rogue Festival in Fresno California 2014. This new version of Dolores was produced by Minion Productions from Seattle, Washington. After five shows in Fresno this spirited duo brought back the show to the Subterranean Art House, to once again fill the house and entrance the audience with authentic characters and worlds made from thin air.”

Santa Cruz Starlight Evening Train at Roaring Camp
Saturday, June 21, 8:00PM,
and two more Saturdays, July 19 and August 16
Train departs from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
see website for ticket details

“Experience the beauty of an ancient Redwood Forest lit up at night from Pullman-like coaches and open-air excursion cars of the Santa Cruz, Big Trees and Pacific Railway. Smell the aroma of Redwoods, Pines, Tan Oaks and Madrone trees while traveling under the stars. Evening trains depart from and return to the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz for a leisurely two-hour round-trip along the San Lorenzo River Gorge and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.”

Felted Vest Workshop
with Katharine Jolda
Friday-Saturday, June 21-22, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Bodega Pastures, Bodega, RSVP for address
$265, including materials, camping and two meals.
To register please email fibershed@gmail.com

“Felted vest-making workshop with guest singers from Kitka

Limited to 7 students. Please contact Katharine at katharine@feltthesun.com for more information. To reserve your place, email fibershed@gmail.com, and you will be sent a Paypal payment request.

In this two-day workshop, you will make for yourself a customized and stylish felt vest from Bodega Pastures’ finest sheep’s wool.

Day 1: Size and design the patterns, card the wool on the Cyclocarder, meet and greet the sheep! Continuing the ancient tradition of singing while working, members of Kitka, the world-famous women’s vocal ensemble, will bring folk songs from Eastern Europe.

Day 2: Felting and decorating the vests. Plus, a small natural dye project for embellishment.

Camping is accommodated on site, and a full dinner and breakfast will be provided. The setting is rustic, but wheelchair accessible.

Instructor Katharine Ellen Jolda is the artisan behind Felt the Sun, a collection of felt apparel made from Navajo and Bay Area wool, and understands her felt practice as a creative form of ‘direct action’ that builds reciprocal and honorable relationships to serve practical needs.

Read more about Katharine in the blog post Mother of Invention on the Fibershed blog.

Bodega Pastures is a 1200-acre ranch in the hills surrounding Salmon Creek, just outside of the town of Bodega. Since the 1960s, several families have collaborated as stewards of the land, running about 300 sheep, and offering a Waldorf-inspired pre-school for children in the area.”

San Francisco Free Folk Festival
Saturday-Sunday, June 21-22, 12:00-10:00PM
Presidio Middle School, 450 30th Avenue, San Francisco

“The festival is two full days of music and dance workshops, concerts, dance parties, crafts, vendors, formal and informal music-making, and just plain fun for the whole family. All ages and musical interests are welcome. All events and workshops are open to anyone who wants to drop in and participate or just listen. And did we mention that admission is free?”

Vicki Singer, a CAYA Initiate, is performing at this event!

Pagan Songs and Rounds for Justice
with Turning Earth Singers
Sunday, June 22, 2:00-3:00PM
Room #330, Presidio Middle School, 450 30th Avenue, San Francisco

“Turning Earth Singers will lead rounds, songs, and sacred chants for a better world. The magical intention will be to empower all marginalized communities. We will learn to manifest consciousness and connection with one another, including those not present at the SF Free Folk Festival, and create a world where all our rights are respected and our differences honored. As we blend our voices in song, we open our hearts and senses to prepare ourselves to be allies. We will join in some activities to help bring this vision to reality. Turning Earth Singers will bring music handouts!

Turning Earth Singers is an East Bay Pagan a capella ensemble that sings for rituals and other events. The members - Vicki Solomon, Meg Yardley, Joanna Manqueros, Mariah Sparks, Robin Dolan, and Max Ventura - come from a variety of magical and musical backgrounds. They have taught workshops at Pantheacon, the largest Pagan convention in the world, for the last six years. They have sung at Reclaiming's Spiral Dance, farmers' markets, private homes, and for rituals public and private. They released their first recording, Offerings, this year.”

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Saturday-Sunday, June 21-22, and each weekend through June
see website for detailed schedule

“An unparalleled series of inspiring performances is in store at the 36th annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, highlighting the rich cultural and artistic diversity of the Bay Area. This year’s Festival includes 10 world premieres, 16 Festival debuts, and features dances from Bali, Bolivia, China, Congo, Hawai'i, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Okinawa, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Syria, Tahiti, the continental United States, and West Africa. Each weekend’s program is a different lineup and includes nine to ten performances in a show, with numerous cross-cultural, collaborative, and transitional pieces.

Weekend Three:
YBCA Theater (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts)
Saturday, June 21, 2:00PM and 8:00PM
Sunday, June 22, 2:00PM

This weekend’s program features nine dance performances from around the world, with numerous cross-cultural, collaborative, and transitional pieces.
Running time: 2-1/2 hours (includes 20 minute intermission)

Performances by: Academy of Hawaiian Arts (Hawaiian hula), Azama Honryu Seifu Ichisen Kai USA Kinuko Mototake Okinawan Dance Academy (Okinawan classical), De Rompe y Raja - Asociacion Cultural Kanchis Alliance (Afro-Peruvian), Dimensions Dance Theater (South African traditional), Ziva Emtiyaz (Lebanese belly dance), Los Danzantes de Aztlan de Fresno State (Mexican calabaceados - Baja California), Nlolo Kongo (Congolese traditional), Parangal Dance Company (Filipino traditional  - Mindanao), and Suciawani Balinese Dance (Balinese traditional).”

Nature and Soul Retreat for Summer Solstice
with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Sunday, 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.

With the Summer Solstice, we take note of all that is blossoming within and without, give gratitude for the fullness of our lives, and allow ourselves to dream in the richness of nature.

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.”

Berkeley World Music Festival
Sunday, June 22, 12:00-9:00PM, see website for schedule details
performances in various locations in Berkeley - see website for details

“The assembled artists will again offer you a stunning show!

From People's Park headlining acts: Pride and Joy's electrifying Motown and Soul, Manzo Rally's New Latin Rock and  AfroFunk Experience to special festival finale Georges Lammam with special guest, Naser Musa presenting Khaliji, these music of Eastern Arabia and throughout the day, a dazzling display of Eastern Europe and Norteno polka, electric sarode, World Fusion, Brazilian choro, Belly Dance Bazaar, Dixieland Jazz, even Trans-atlantic Chamber music and more live music to be announced....

Stay tuned for complete line-up bios, and other festival updates.

For eleven years the Berkeley World Music Festival has been celebrating the rich diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area's world music scene.

Come celebrate Summer Solstice on Sunday, June 22, 2014  for a full day of live concerts that will surprise your musical palate and take you on a musical journey around the world and back.

All performances are free to the public!”

Shibori Workshop
with Kathryn Davey
Saturday, June 22, 1:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$150, limit 10 students

“Join us at the studio for an afternoon of Indigo fun, where we will show you how to set up an indigo vat, experiment with various hand-dyeing Shibori techniques, and dip dye your pieces in indigo .

We will explore a variety of different resist methods such as clamping, pleating, binding, pole wrapping, and paste resists to create beautiful patterns on natural fabrics. Students will experiment with various techniques and then choose a final pattern to create and dye a scarf to take home.

No experience is necessary, all materials are supplied and included in the workshop fee -  each student will leave with their very own hand dyed indigo scarf and experimental fabric pieces.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting blue!

Students will also have the opportunity to purchase Kathryn's custom DIY indigo kit  with everything you need to get started on the road to indigo!

Please feel free to bring 1-2 SMALL pieces of your own to dye. Scour these items prior to class by boiling in a large saucepan with 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda, boil for 2-3 hours. Replace the water and repeat until the water runs clear.

Kathryn is a doll maker, designer and mother based in the North Bay of San Francisco. She makes one of a kind handcrafted goods from natural fabrics and materials.”

with Maya Spector
Sunday, June 22, 1:30-5:00PM
private home, 685 ½ Fairmount Avenue, Oakland
$15, all materials provided.  
Space is limited, please RSVP to Maya at 650-329-1415 or mayaspector@hotmail.com

“Please join me for this easy yet profound way to access intuition, have fun, and create your own set of collaged cards. Invite your friends!

SoulCollage is a process for creating and working with a set of cards that reflect your inner self.  SoulCollage is deeply satisfying and a lot of fun; it’s a fantastic creative exploration that anyone can do.  Although it is highly personal, it is wonderful and most insightful when done in small groups.”

Summer Solstice Dreaming Despacho and Fire Ceremony
Sunday, June 22, 2:00-7:30PM
Sonoma location, address given upon registration
Donations accepted

“Join us in creating a Dreaming Despacho.

Add your dreams - for the earth and your own path - to help them manifest...
We gather for this ceremony in honor of the Solstice, our longest day of light...
We will meet in our Medicine Wheel portal, on private land at the base of Sonoma Mountain at 2:00PM on Sunday, June 22. We will feed the power of the despacho with our personal and collective intent, receive its sweet blessing, and offer it to the fire, sending our dreams and prayers out to the cosmos in the smoke of transmutation. Afterwards, we’ll share a potluck meal and revel in the beauty surrounding us, finishing about 7:30PM.
A ceremony is a way of bridging, and making connection outside of our small groups, our small worlds. Ceremony lets us experience the power of focused energy, the power of group, and the joy of shared intent.
This contemporary despacho will follow traditional Andean form, ingredients, and intent, and Eagle-of-the-North practices for group engagement, connection, and focus. No prior experience necessary (and if you have it, bring it!) Creating this ceremony in reciprocity is a wonderful way of focusing intent, giving back to the Earth and spirits, and being together. And in gifting our dreaming, we align with a different story, shift our perceptions, and help create the world we want to live in.
To prepare: Try using the phrase ‘I see a world… full of harmony’ (for example) as you decide which dreams you want to bring to the offering. Reflect also on your three power centers of belly, heart, and third eye, and how they might relate to your dreams and intent.
Bring: two small burnable objects that symbolize your dreams for the earth and yourself; one ribbon about 12 inches long, representing your path into the future; water; a chair if you need one; layers for sun and wind; hat; potluck dish to share for dinner; and a donation, which will go to Sonoma Mountain Preservation.  

Note: It is important for your completion that you stay for the fire ceremony.

Directions sent when you register via email, earthcaretakers@earthlink.net. Sponsored by Earth Caretakers and Compost Mentis.”

Yoni Puja Festival
presented by SHARANYA
Sunday, June 22, 3:30PM-8:00PM
Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco
RSVP to 415-505-6840 or info@sharanya.org

“Be with us in a devotional and celebratory festival dedicated to Mahadevi, Great Goddess, and Her most powerful manifestations through the Ten Great Insights, the Most Transparent Revelations of Consciousness, during the auspicious time of abundance in the cycle of life, death, and rebirth… the time when Devi, Goddess, bleeds.

Often, the connection between the power of women’s blood and the paradoxical mystery of the Goddess is most fully recognized in the Crone or Dark Goddess aspect of the Divine because She is the doorway between the worlds of life and death. It is the raudra devis (fierce goddesses) who, in India, are said to menstruate. In temples dedicated to these intense emanations of shakti (the feminine force), one finds the rites and rituals of the goddess’ ritu, or menstrual blood.

At SHARANYA, we hold this space for Her and for all beings seeking peace, healing, truth and wholeness. During this time, we recognize the power of Her most holy festival of Ambuvaci - the three days the goddess menstruates (beginning on the new moon usually following Summer Solstice) - when the forces of life and death co-join at the temple of Kamakhya in northeastern India, birthplace of Tantra and a heartland today of goddess worship.

We also hold space during our ceremony for the energies of the Summer Solstice and the beauty expressed through Lingam Puja. Join to enter consciously into a sacred dance. Join us this year as we honor fathers, fatherhood, and the masculine birthed from out of pathology into a strong embrace… into a hieros unios, a sacred integral union.

We invite you to our Yoni Puja in anticipation of the unfolding Mystery! Come share your prayers and devotions with us!

In our Yoni Puja, we recognize that Her potency is so wild and intense, so sweet and sublime, that whether seen as fierce or mild She is a force offering both comfort and strength… even in our moments of silence and despair. We invite you to be with us. Open in the safe space of our temple to the paradox held in the quiet and the song in order to receive her lessons, as well as Her blessings, during this most auspicious time.”

North Bay Reclaiming’s Summer Solstice
Saturday, June 21, 4:00PM
Lion's Grove, Ragle Ranch Park, 500 Ragle Road, Sebastopol
Suggested donations of $7-$21, no one turned away for lack of funds
for more information, please call 707-484-7786 or e-mail northbayreclaiming@yahoo.com

“We rejoice in our power and carry forward the light.

We invite you to share in a community potluck afterward, so please bring your favorite potluck items, labeled with ingredients if possible!

Reclaiming respects healthy relationships with traditional medicines, but out of respect for those in recovery, all Reclaiming rituals are clean and sober - so please, no recreational drugs or alcohol at or prior to the event.”

Tea and Tarot
with Charlie London and Chas Bogan
Sunday, June 22, 4:00-6:00PM, and the fourth Sunday of every month
The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
Donations accepted to cover cost of tea

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

Terra's Temple Presents The 13 13 13 Raise The Roof Fundraiser!
Sunday, June 22, 5:00-8:30PM
Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley, 510-529-4224
Donations welcome

“A celebration of the Summer Solstice! Join us for sacred play on Solstice!

Please join  us on Sunday, June 22, to raise the roof and raise some funds for Terra’s Temple. We are raising $13,131.30 to fund the our new admin position and pay for the extended costs of opening our new space.The funds raised will help us thrive in our new space. Doors open at 5:00PM, ritual and performances start at 5:30PM and go until 8:30PM. A live auction will be hosted throughout the evening.
Snacks and beverages will be served.

Hosted by MC Treasure Chest
Please RSVP to our Facebook event:

Join us for a playfully sacred evening at the Temple!

If you cannot attend, please consider contributing to the 13 13 13 Raise The Roof Campaign by following the link below:

Many Thanks! We hope to see you on the 22nd!”

Summer Solstice Drum Circle
Sunday, June 22, 6:00-7:00PM
Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley, 415-333-1434
For more information, e-mail info@sacredstream.org

“Equinox and Solstice Drumming Circles

We hold drumming circles four times a year to come together to honor the season and to focus on healing for the community and the earth. We invite you to join us.
You do not have to be experienced in drumming or shamanism to attend. It is recommended that you know how to journey, though not required.

If you have a drum or rattle, please bring it. Some drums and rattles will be available to borrow.”

Seasoned Singers, Timeless Songs
featuring Linda Hirschhorn, Gary Lapow, and Betsy Rose
Thursday, June 22, 7:00PM
private home in Berkeley, RSVP for address
$15-$20 sliding scale
Please RSVP to betsy@betsyrosemusic.org

“fAn intimate evening of song, with themes close to the hearts of midlife folks, or anyone who is alive to the universal realities of sickness, old age, and death - the Heavenly Messengers as the Buddha called them.

We are experiencing many forms of loss in this third millenium - disappearing ways of life, species loss, fragile health, the future feeling in jeopardy… Indeed, it seems that grieving and finding grace within loss is part of the great work of our times. Our music offers comfort, encouragement, humor, and openheartedness to this sacred work.”

Choro Das 3
in concert
Sunday, June 22, 8:30PM
Avanova, 417 Avon Street, Oakland
$15, please RSVP at the website below

“Please join us on Sunday, June 22 when Avonova presents Choro das 3.  The show starts at 8:30PM and the cost of admission is $15.  Now touring the U.S., the group is delighted to play for their Bay Area Brazilian choro fans.

Choro das 3 is a Brazilian instrumental group of three sisters and their father that first started to play as a band in 2003. Corina, 25, plays flute and piccolo. Lia, 23, plays 7-string guitar. Elisa, 20, plays mandolin, banjo, clarinet and piano. Their father, Eduardo, plays pandeiro (the Brazilian tambourine). They studied at the feet of the old masters, some of whom had played with the founders of Choro, such as Pixinguinha and Jacob do Bandolim.

In the last ten years, Choro das 3 has played choro to many audiences, including some who had not heard choro before. 
In 2005, Choro das 3 played for President Lula of Brazil, who praised the band’s music. The band also received accolades after playing for Jose Serra and Geraldo Ackimin, officials of the State of Sao Paolo. 
In 2006, Choro das 3 played for more than 70,000 people at a Mass for Peace in Sao Paolo’s Morumbi Stadium. Then they played for more than one million people at Reveillon, a public New Year’s Eve Party in Sao Paulo.

Welcome to Avonova. We are a house concert venue in Oakland, California dedicated to making top quality live music available to listeners in an informal and comfortable setting.”

Tea and Chanting Sangha - please note new time
Tuesday, June 24, 8:00PM, and the fourth Tuesday of each month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$5 suggested donation

“As we enter our fourth year of our journey together, our group is ready to deepen into a unique aspect of Tibetan Buddhist practice.

Over the course of the year we are progressively learning a Tibetan ritual designed to awaken and purify all of creation in the many directions, to confer blessings of relief and happiness upon all beings throughout all space and time, and to magnify our sangha's collective aspiration toward the enlightened liberation of all beings.  
Open to beginners as well as current sangha members.

Online Tea and Chanting Sangha
For those of you who are at a distance, or find that meeting on Tuesdays are difficult for you to attend in person, Yeshe Rabbit is setting up a monthly online Google Hangout version of the Tea and Chanting Sangha to be held on the 4th Sunday of each month at 11:00AM.

If you are interested, contact her by email at: rabbit@sacredwell.com to get all the important details.”

Center For History And Culture Grand Opening Gala
Wednesday, June 25, 6:00PM
Hayward Area Historical Society, 22380 Foothill Boulevard, Hayward

“Celebrate with us!

Join us for an evening of celebration of music, culinary stations, specialty cocktails, a traveling dessert cart, an espresso bar, a fundraising auction and raffle opportunities.

For tickets, please contact Alison at 510-581-0223, x. 151.”

Cauldron of Sorrows
Wednesday, June 25, 8:00PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355

“Join members of the Order of the Black Madonna and other community priest/esses to pass a small open cauldron in sacred circle share stories of survivorship of sexual abuse, domestic violence, assault, queer-bashing, or related sorrows.

All who come to this circle will receive witness and blessing, as well as an open forum for expressing anything that they have been carrying as a burden in the silence of their hearts. At the end of the ceremony, the cauldron will be closed and sorrows sent to the ground of being to be transformed into strengths.

Open to all. Please be prepared to either sit in respectful witness or share aloud.”

Beer Shamanism 101: Basic Mystical Homebrewing Workshop
with William Bostwick
Thursday, June 26, 7:00-9:00PM
Gravel and Gold, 3266 21st Street, San Francisco

“Learn the ancient art of homebrewing in this introductory workshop, taught by our resident beer shaman. We’ll cover the basic process for making small batches of medicinal, herbal, and seasonal brews in your home kitchen. We’ll taste odd and curious beers for inspiration, then bottle a batch of home-brew for you to enjoy after class. In addition, you’ll take home ingredients and instructions for concocting your own batch of magical homemade beer! (Optional brewing equipment will be available for purchase.) This class is the first in a series of homebrewing courses including demos and tastings - a summer-long workshop in Beer Shamanism, including advanced workshops in specific ingredients, styles, and techniques. Classes can be taken individually or as a series for a tuition discount. Stay tuned for more!”

Honeyroot Women’s Embodiment Retreat
Thursday-Sunday,  June 26-29
Shady Creek Retreat Center, 18601 Pathfinder Way, Nevada City, CA
see website for registration details

“HoneyRoot Women’s Embodiment Retreat is an annual celebration of Fem-bodiment, Sisterhood, and Intergenerational Collaboration - a place to explore, expand, and truly inhabit ourselves as women; a (re)treat for the Feminine Soul.

Located among the pines, oaks, and maples of Shady Creek Retreat Center near Nevada City, CA, HoneyRoot provides opportunities for us to open our bodies to the wisdom that lives inside each of us and the love that inhabits our collective heart. Through an array of dance, voice, and movement workshops, healing ceremonies, performances, playtime, down time, and up time, we will taste the Yes that lives in our bodies and our interconnectedness. Also enjoy quiet time by the pool and incredible food!

Maidens’ Initiatory Journey: Thursday, June 26
Wise Women’s Elders Counsel: Thursday, June 26
All Women’s Annual Retreat: Thursday, June 26-Sunday, June 29”

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…”

Have a Triumphantly Liberating, Adventurously Embodied Week!

Molly Blue Dawn

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