What do you wish for?

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

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for August 2014 and beyond - Mark Your Calendars! - Part 2


Armenian Bazaar
Friday-Saturday, October 3-4, Friday 5:30PM-Midnight, Saturday 12:00PM-Midnight
Saint Vartan Armenian Apostolic Church, 650 Spruce Street, Oakland
Adults $3, Children 6-13 $1, Children under 6 free

“Experience the Premier Armenian Food Festival of the East Bay!

Authentic Armenian food, dance, music and culture
St. Vartan Armenian Dance Ensemble performs at 8:30PM both nights
Kids’ games
Food to-go
Vegetarian and a la carte items served all night!”

Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5,
Friday 4:00-9:00PM, Saturday-Sunday 12:00-5:00PM
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
Adults $5, Childre 12 and under Free

“Sonoma County Harvest Fair is a celebration of the local harvest featuring three full days of all-inclusive wine tasting with 150+ wineries, wine sales, food pairing, craft beer and cider tasting, marketplace, chef demonstrations and workshops, the World Championship Grape Stomp and much more. Make plans to join us and taste the best of Sonoma County!

Please join us for a sensational Grand Tasting experience at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 3-5, 2014. Previously the Grand Tasting event was only Friday evening, now you can enjoy all of the award winning wines and food all three days. With the addition of unique and educational demonstrations, a renewed focus on local and artisanal products and interactive tastings, this year’s event is an exceptional celebration of Sonoma County’s finest and best-known products.
For over 39 years, attending the Harvest Fair has been a tradition for both local and out of town guests. Wine and food lovers from as far abroad as South America, India and even Australia, plan their visit to Santa Rosa each October, to sample the county’s bounty.

Admission to the Sonoma County Harvest Fair is FREE with 4 non-perishable food items for the Redwood Food Bank or $5 (children 12 and under are FREE). Admission includes entrance to the Marketplace, chef demonstrations, wine tasting seminars, Harvest Workshops and the World Championship Grape Stomp.”

Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Festival
Saturday, October 4, parade 10:00AM, Festival 12:00PM
DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland

“The Oakland Black Cowboy Association is proud to present the 40th Annual Parade and Heritage Festival at DeFremery Park in Oakland on October 4, 2014 beginning at 10:00AM. Come and join us in a day of fun and Taste of the Old West as we ride through West Oakland.
The Oakland Black Cowboy Association, a not-for-profit organization, has spent over three decades enlightening children and adults with the contributions of people of color in the settling of the West.  This vision continues today with its annual parade and festival. People from all walks of life attend this one of a kind parade and festival which features nationwide cowboys, trick riders, schools community organizations, and local businesses.

The festival will continue after the parade at DeFremery Park at 18th and Adeline with food, horse and pony rides and an array of entertainment and fun for the whole family.
So put on your cowboy boots and cowboy hat and come celebrate with the Oakland Black Cowboy Association with a day of fun, excitement and the tradition of the Old West In Oakland.

The Oakland Black Cowboy Association is best known as the host of the annual Black Cowboy Parade and Festival. The Black Cowboy Parade is held in memory of the black cowboys that helped to settle the American West has been an exciting historic part of Oakland.

The Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Festival - Don’t Miss It.”

Harvest Fair and Exposition
Saturday, October 4, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Emma Prusch Farm Park, 647 S King Road, San Jose, 408-794-6262

“The 21st Annual Harvest Fair and Exposition is scheduled for Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Emma Prusch Farm Park, from 10:00AM-4:00PM. The park is located at 647 South King Road in San Jose, near the intersections of Highways 280/680 and 101. Admission and parking are free.

The goal of our event is to embrace the spirit of the county fair and provide a place for families to celebrate a ‘country fair’ in San Jose.

This year’s event will include a large family-oriented pumpkin patch, exhibits of 4H projects, expanded plant sales, all day entertainment, tours of the Park, historic farm house, barn, orchards and Emma’s Heirloom German Kitchen Garden.

Environmental Education:
This is also day of education and will consist of displays including as Our City Forest, UCCE 4H Clubs, Home Composting Education Program, California Rare Fruit Growers, and many, many more.

Plant Sales:
Veggielution and Master Gardeners will be selling a good selection of winter vegetable seedlings along with several other garden vendors.

All day free entertainment will include Mariachi San Jose Youth Band, Reincarnated Revival rock band, dancers, Andrew Hill ROTC, Lee Mathson Middle School Advanced Band, any several other local performers.

A wide variety of tasty treats will be available, including Texas Snoball’s famous shaved ice, authentic Mexican food from Carmen’s Taqueria, including traditional tamales, plus the Sweet Potato Festival is back with homemade pies and fries.

The event is hosted by the Prusch Farm Park Foundation and supported by the City of San Jose, San Jose Parks Foundation, and University of California Cooperative Extension 4H Programs. All proceeds benefit the many diverse programs at Prusch Park. Sponsorship opportunities available.”

Shoreline Festival
Saturday, October 4, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park, 5551 Giant Highway, Richmond

“All Free Food and Entertainment - Burritos - Bird Watching with the Audubon Society - Fishing - Exhibits - Nature Walks - Kids’ Activities - Zumba -
Kids’ Chu Chu Train - Pony Rides Demonstrations - Free Books for the Kids

Live Music!
Clarence Van Hook brings the blues, Duaxama shares Latin rhythms and Hector Lugo will lead a drumming circle.

Healthy Lunch choices include Latina Fusion burritos and salads.

Rich City Rides - Fun for the Whole Family !

Free bike helmets for all kids!

Bike Parking by Rich City Rides

80th Anniversary of East Bay Regional Parks District

The Kids' Chu Chu Train is a children’s ride consisting of a lawn tractor and four small cars with the appearance of a railroad train. This ride will operate only on the paved road. ChuChu train rides all day long!

No firearms, curse words, sour pusses, snake oil, or phony money allowed on premises.”

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

“FREE admission, FREE seminars, FREE entertainment!!

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

Saturday, October 4, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Fruitvale Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland

“Oaktoberfest celebrates the history, the flavors, and the people of the Bay Area. Oakland’s Dimond District hosts this one-of-a-kind Fall Festival (combining Oktoberfest with Oakland), welcoming thousands with craft beer and food, entertainment, arts, and ecology. The Dimond continues a tradition as an entertainment destination, begun in the early 1900s, when Beer Gardens and German vacation resorts lined the boulevard. Oaktoberfest will bring world-class beer to the tented beer hall, serving steins of traditional German flavors and regional brew pub favorites.

Highlighting this year’s festival will be a traditional Biergarten, Eco Fair, Kid’s Area with Root Biergarten, German style homebrew competition featured in the homebrewers’ alley, and vendors from around the Bay. Celebrate Oktoberfest, Oakland style, in the Dimond at Fruitvale and MacArthur.

Hosted by the Dimond Improvement Association and the Dimond Business and Professional Association, the Oaktoberfest event brings together elements of the district vision for a one day, everyone welcome, family-friendly craft beer festival.

Oaktoberfest is an event designed not only to celebrate the proud history of a shining district in Oakland, but also to raise funds for improvement projects, community development programs, and future events. The success of this festival relies on committed volunteers and the generosity of area residents and engaged businesses. Your support for this non-profit event will create positive change in the community.

Eco Fair and Kid’s Area
Homebrew Competition and Homebrew Alley”

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
Tuesday-Sunday, October 7-12
see website for schedule details
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

“Celebrating its 19th anniversary, the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch is the largest glass pumpkin patch in California. Featuring roughly 10,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by more than 20 prominent glass artisans, this beloved fall event returns to the newly renovated Palo Alto Art Center. Wander through a dazzling array of one-of-a kind glass pumpkins and other unique glass art objects designed to reflect nature’s brilliance in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. From bold, contemporary designs, to earthy tones, to delicate and ornate with iridescent accents, these glass art pumpkins are perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving, yet beautiful enough to display year-round.

The public sale runs Saturday through Sunday, October 11-12, from 10:00AM-5:00PM. Proceeds support the three presenting organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), Palo Alto Art Center (PAAC), Palo Alto Art Center Foundation (PAACF), as well as participating artists. Both BAGI and PAACF are 501(c)(3) nonprofit art education organizations.

All of the pumpkins will be available for purchase during the weekend sale only. By purchasing glass pumpkins from the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch you will:
Own a beautiful and unique piece of glass art
Show support for local artists
Assist the hosting organizations in their efforts to  promote local community art and education programs and initiatives.”

Amazon Watch's 2014 Annual Luncheon
Wednesday, October 8, 11:30AM-1:30PM
The Bently Reserve, 301 Battery Street, San Francisco
Free, donations welcome
Video from last year's luncheon https://www.causes.com/amazonwatchlive

“Save the date for Amazon Watch's 9th Annual Luncheon! We are excited to announce that this year's luncheon will be held at the beautiful Bently Reserve in the heart of San Francisco's financial district. It will also be globally broadcast live on our website.

Enjoy our popular, inspiring mid-day celebration of the Amazon and hear directly from our indigenous partners. Recognize our victories as well as the upcoming challenges we face together as a community. You'll have the chance to meet Amazon Watch staff, engage with some of our indigenous partners from the Amazon, and connect with others committed to the protection of our planet and the rights of indigenous peoples.”

Bay Area Ladyfest
Thursday-Sunday, October 9-12,
various Bay Area locations, see website for detailed schedule
all events sliding scale $0-$20

“Ladyfests are annual, non-profit events organised mainly by womyn; they feature bands, musical and political groups, lecturers, spoken word and visual artists, workshops and discussion groups and are organised purely by volunteers. The events are focused mainly on encouraging the talent of womyn and girls, and some workshops are womyn-only, so as to make them feel more comfortable, however, main music events and films/art exhibits are open to everyone.

Ladyfest is also meant to be a place where visitors can discuss and take action on their views on topics such as sexism, equal rights, art, media and others, attend shows by both female and male performers or just have a good time in a space where they feel comfortable to be themselves.

All Ladyfest festivals have in common is their name and philosophy: they are tailored by grassroots volunteer organisers to reflect each unique community with a wide array of arts, music, film, workshops and events. The ideals of antisexism and antihomophobia are addressed throughout the fests and expressed in many ways, ranging from aggressive hardcore music to gentle talks to each other during a workshop.”

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

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

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

2014 theme - Eurydice and Orpheus: a Wild Requiem

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

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

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

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

World Veg Festival
presented by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society
Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12, 10:30AM-9:00PM, Sunday
San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco

“What is the World Veg Festival?
The weekend event is organized by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society.  The first one was in 1988. It has run continuously uninterrupted for the last fourteen years. It is our way to celebrate World Vegetarian Day, which is observed worldwide on October 1. Our event is usually a week before or after WVD.

Children's Corner
Healthy Food Demos
Live Entertainment
Vegan Vendors
Outstanding Speakers
$10 per person
Free for Students with ID, Seniors over 65, and Children under 12”

Maafa Commemoration Ceremony
Sunday, October 12, 5:30AM (before dawn)
Ocean Beach, Great Highway at Fulton Street, San Francisco
Free, all black people are invited

“The term ‘Maafa’ is Kiswahili for ‘terrible occurrence’ or ‘recurring disaster’ and has been used to describe the European slave trade or the Middle Passage. The term ‘Maafa’ also references the Black Holocaust historically and currently. In the San Francisco Bay Area, October is Maafa Awareness Month - it is a time to reflect on the legacy of slavery: victims and beneficiaries in the short and long term, and look at ways to mend, repair and heal the damage to Pan African descendants of the enslaved and their New Afrikan societies. The toll has been tremendous: psychological, economic, social, physical, emotional and spiritual.

The Maafa ritual, October 12, 2014, is an honoring of our past and a prayer for our future. All black people are invited to come and share in this time of remembrance. We ask for this one event, those who support the well-being of black people respect our desires about the commemoration ceremony and mourning ritual.

Attendees are encouraged to wear white, to dress warmly, bring their children, flowers for the ceremony, vegan or vegetarian breakfast items to share afterwards, (along with dishes to serve them on), hot beverages and cups, drums, chekeres, rattles, and positive energy. Fire wood is useful for the bonfires Sunday morning. The organizers will not be responsible for security if attendees decide to spend the night.”

Bioneers Conference: Growing The Movement
Friday-Sunday, October 17-19
Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
See website for registration details

“Yes, 2014 marks our 25th Bioneers Conference birthday! We honor all of you who’ve shared and contributed to this amazing journey. We’re conjuring some special magic to celebrate this milestone with you at the 2014 Summit and throughout the year.

After a quarter-century, the Bioneers community of leadership has learned a thing or two about breakthrough solutions and what directions to head in. Like a magnifying glass channeling sunlight, the Growing The Movement theme is designed to help focalize this wealth of community wisdom, skillfulness and vision into beams of action – a trellis of light on which our shared work can grow.

The years between now and 2020 will be the most important in the history of human civilization. Climate change has crash-landed from the future into the present. The ecological debt we’ve incurred is dire. The hyper-concentration of wealth has captured our political systems, impoverishing humanity, the environment and democracy. The bottom line is we’re living beyond our means, and the collection agency is at the door.

This year's gathering will include a powerful cross-section of speakers including Naomi Klein, Eve Ensler, Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Terry Tempest Williams, Patricia Gualinga, and Paul Stamets.

Please join us for a weekend-long revolution from the heart of nature.”

Santa Rosa Mystic Fair
Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Santa Rosa Veterans Building, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa

“Over 40 Exhibitors:
Psychics, Tarot, Reiki, Past life, Numerology, Massage Therapy, Aura Readers, Astrology, Energy Work

Jewelry, Candles, Oils, Crystals, Gems, Herbs, Apparel, Books, Food, Henna, and more

Come play at the Kids Carnival in the main lobby with many fun games and prizes!

Featuring seven hour-long workshops.”

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

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

Nouveau Devadasi Fusion Temple Dance Festival
Thursday-Sunday, October 23-26,
see website for detailed schedule
Danzhaus Dance Center, 1275 Connecticut Street, San Francisco
$490 before September 1, $540 after

“At our Annual Festival every fall in the San Francisco Bay Area, enjoy 14 intensive workshops with master teachers and 2 evenings of public performance and couture costume bazaar celebrating traditional and fusion forms of Temple Dance.

Learn about the history, traditional dance techniques, mysticism, aesthetic arts, modern explorative choreography, ritual theater, and inner yogas of Fusion Temple Dance.

During our Annual Festival, the cohesive student body travels together through the comprehensive temple dance curriculum, blossoming together in a group process and deepening in connection as our personal interpretive temple dances are revealed. A powerful container is created throughout the festival weekend for transformation.

Our annual festival is intended to serve as an urban retreat with a daily healthy, catered, organic, vegan whole-food macrobiotic lunch by Shangri-La Restaurant in Oakland.

A portion of this year's proceeds benefits Dance Mandal: Foundation for Sacred Buddhist Arts of Nepal.

The deeper vision of Fusion Temple Dance is for global fusion. We share our aesthetic movements along with the sacred stories and teachings of our respective cultures and traditions. We cross-pollinate wisdom and find the common threads of our human condition. Honoring the keepers of traditional dance forms, fusion temple dance finds its place within the mandala of expressive art forms.”

Science and Nonduality Conference
Thursday-Sunday, October 23-26
Dolce Hayes Mansion, 200 Edenvale Avenue, San Jose
See website for schedule and registration details

“The Entanglement of Life

Entanglement is one of the strangest parts of quantum mechanics - so strange, in fact, that Albert Einstein famously referred to it as ‘spooky action at a distance.’ An entangled system shows a property that has been measured for the whole but not for parts. For instance, we may know that the sum of the spins of a pair of two particles is zero, but neither of them is in a definite state (a condition referred to as superposition), particle until one is measured, causing the other particle to assume the opposite state. The effect is instantaneous, even if the two particles reside on opposite ends of the universe.

Curiously, when science drills down into the core of even the most solid-looking object, separateness dissolves, and all that remain are relationships extending throughout, and possibly beyond, space and time, revealing a deeper reality which evokes what sages from all ages and traditions have been describing as one substance - call it consciousness, call it energy - comprising all the universe and giving rise to all appearances.

When we begin to explore the fabric of reality either through the lens of science or through the lens of spirituality, a deeper understanding and experience of what we call reality emerges as infinite, ever present, interconnected whole.

What is the nature of the universe?
What is the nature of awareness that makes it possible for us to experience the universe?
Is there a scientifically viable way to explain consciousness?
What is the connection between consciousness and the phenomenon of entanglement?
Is our current scientific paradigm based on a subject/object split equipped to answer the bigger questions of life?
Is there evidence of quantum entanglement on a macro scale?
These and many more questions will be explored at the next SAND14!”

All Hallows Fantasy Faire
Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26,
Saturday 12:00PM-Midnight, Sunday 12:00PM-6:00PM
Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora
Adults $16 Saturday, $15 Sunday, Children 6-12 $5, Under 6 Free

“The Original 6th Annual All Hallows Fantasy Faire is a two day, all-inclusive costume play event! Keeping the All-Hallows tradition this year, the dead will be celebrated like never before! Hundreds of visiting creatures and characters from your favorite fairy tales and Hollywood movies will come to life over this fun-filled family weekend! The faire offers many exciting venues to hear live music, enjoy themed food and drink, buy unique items, and marvel at jugglers and magicians. Wear your new or old costume and get into the fun and thrills of the faire!

If you are really into Cosplay, dust off your sewing machine and get your creativity out and make a special Costume and enter our Contest.

Music is always one of the favorites at the faire, and this year will be more crazy and eclectic!! Wicked Tinkers will headline this year Saturday and Sunday with some Tribal Celtic sounds. Sonora's own Black Irish Band will be making an appearance at the faire with their famous pirate shanties and celebrating 25 years of performing. 1916 will blow your mind with their great pub sounds of Celtic Rock.

The centerpiece for the faire is the Village Marketplace. You will find there many interesting streets and a town center where many activities take place. Highlights of the village include over fifty vendors and craftsmen showcasing their work. You can find a great variety of items for yourself or holiday gifts.

A Food Court with many varieties of traditional and modern food will also be available in the village. The village will also offer the Slaughtered Lamb Tavern, featuring ales, beers, and frightful adult beverages!

Warrior Encampments will again be featured at this year's faire. The faire will present the Dark Boar Vikings.

Throughout the day, hundreds of strange creatures will also be visiting the faire. Some will be alive, and, others, not so much. Many will be fantasy characters from your childhood dreams, but some will be from your childhood nightmares! Creatures include: dragons, Minotaur, ghost pirates, skeletons, witches, furry animals, vampires, and lots of zombies!

Featured venues this year will showcase The Royal Court Queen Alura, M'Alice in Wonderland, Zombie Pocahantas, Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Vampire Hunters, Zombie Hunters, Fairies, Trolls, 501st Legion (Star Wars), Beetle Juice, and more. The group Danse Macabre will be on parade throughout the weekend performing their own brand of Dance of the Dead. The ever-famous Eclectic Caravan Gypsy Voodoo Tribe and Burning Sky Musicians will combine both music and dance to their high-energy show that will entrance you into the spirit realm. Adamantine will bring you back to the 80s retro dance. Watch out for Flash Mobs of Thriller headed by SolLuna.

So much to see and do for the entire family, with day-long activities to enjoy and take part in, such as: Bronze Medalist Jugglers Mountain Motion, ghost stories by Carpathian, Witches Row, Fairyland, the Pumpkin Patch, and the world famous Professor Algernon, Steampunk Illusionist, Pirate Skool and more. Don't miss trick-or-treating with the vendors and encampments for the kids and all new Kids Costume Contest. The faire also offers a fire-breathing dragon and a large Saturday evening costume contest with prizes, fire show and burning of the Stickman!!”

Barry and Maya Spector's Day of the Dead Ritual
Saturday, November 1, 9:00AM-6:00PM
Hillside Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito
$30 if paid in advance, $50 if paid at the door.
Pre-registration required. No one refused.  Work scholarships available.
Contact Barry Spector at 650-329-1415 or shmoover@comcast.net for more information

"Whether or not we have recently lost loved ones, we all carry a heavy load of grief and stress simply by living in these times. When we can’t find ways to drop the weight of this emotional burden, we can become hopeless, bitter or numb. Letting it go makes room for a new kind of imagination to enter. The release of these emotions requires a safe space and a caring community.

We will take a full day to help each other remember our ancestors and our personal and collective losses. In some traditions, this is the time of year when the veil between our world and the unseen world is thin; it is an opportune time to complete any unfinished business that prevents us from fully participating in life.  This will be a day of mourning and remembrance, but also of great beauty and celebration. There will be poetry, storytelling, drumming, altar-building and chanting from African, Celtic, Mexican and other traditions."

The Emerald Cup
Saturday-Sunday, December 13-14, 11:00AM-7:30PM
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
see website for admission details

“The Emerald Cup is the longest running outdoor organic cannabis cup in the world.

Contests include: Medicinal Cannabis, Solvent-less Concentrates, Edibles, Topicals, and a Photo Contest.

The Emerald Cup is a community celebration honoring the year's finest sun grown medical cannabis harvest. Last year we solidified our reputation as the biggest, best, and most inspiring outdoor, medicinal organic cannabis competition in the world. From our small beginnings in Laytonville a decade ago, this event has proven itself to be the prominent celebration in the California outdoor cannabis scene. This will be our second year hosting the event at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. and we have expanded to include more organic food, over 100 great vendors, contests, speaker panels, hands on workshops, tons of great music, PLUS some major laughs from cannabis comedians, the highly anticipated awards ceremony as well as many more attractions . At The Emerald Cup there's something for every cannabis enthusiast.”

Crones in Training 2015
a 9 month training course
with Jan and Marystella of Vortex Journeys
one Saturday per month, January-September 2015,
Orientation Evening in November or December 2014 - date TBA
The Crossroads, private land in Santa Rosa, RSVP for address

“Our Feminine Wisdom is needed NOW to Co-Create the New Paradigm.

We gather for 9 months, January through September 2015, 10:00AM-4:00PM on the fourth Saturday except in May (Memorial Day), we gather on the third Saturday.

10 Women Maximum, 55 Years or More
$70 per Circle includes Materials

Crones in Training is an interactive exploration through ritual, dialogue, guided meditation and more in Earth Vortex Energies for Women who are seriously ready to walk their path with Clarity and Creativity.

Crones in Training is an intimate circle of courageous women who remove their masks and grow into Crones in Action.

Crones in Training is a spiritual and therapeutic journey to Be the Change you yearn to see, to witness and be witnessed as you claim your Power and Wisdom.

Are you ready to:
Release Your Old Story
Reclaim and Embrace Your True Story
Gather Your Wisdom and Power
and Grow into a Crone in Action?

Crones in Training is, in the sacred sense, a pilgrimage into living your purpose. The final circle is your rite of passage, witnessed by family and friends.
Required Crones in Training Orientation Evening in November or early December.  No fee.
This is your opportunity to meet other Crones who seek community and growth, to have questions answered and discuss commitments to be made.   

Or, if you are not certain this is the right time to embark on this wise and inspiring journey, the orientation will assist you in reaching clarity.

To assure depth and intimacy, there will be a maximum of ten women in the Crones Circle. If you are seriously interested in participating, let us know right away. Your contact info will be added to our list and you will receive ample notice of the Orientation's date and time. Blessed Be!

RSVP to 707-542-4928 or beyondbeliefs@vortexjourneys.com

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