What do you wish for?

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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CAYA Coven’s Virtual Food Drive, Oneness Meditation, Senior Safari Walkabout, Sail on the Alma, Concert in the Redwood Grove, Healing Foods Basics, The Art and Science of Pujas, Othello, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Garden Love Day, The Future of Energy, Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk, Hell's Half Acre, Capitola Begonia Festival, Americana In Old Sacramento, River of Bliss: A RiverGuidess Adventure, Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium, Ganesh Chaturthi Feast Day Online Devotional, The Muppet Movie, Raptors: Live Bird Art, Santa Cruz Starlight Evening Dinner and Train, Ganesh Chaturthi Feast, Stephanie Bruce Student Concert, Scottish Highland Games, Power Within the Land: Earth Magic of the Underworld and Faery Realm, The Tempest, Pride and Prejudice, Historic Rail Fair, King's Mountain Art Fair, Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons, Great Train Robberies at Roaring Camp, Oakland Pride, Celebrate Yemaya Yoruban Ocean Goddess and Mother of All Living Things, Streets For People, Songs of the Sea Cards, Family Day at Sienna Ranch, Red Tent at Terra's Temple, Witches' Tea Party!, Oracular Seidh, Lake Merritt Pagans, Witches And The Ways Of Wyrd, Abbot's Bromliad, NorCal Trans Partners Family and Friends Support Group, Forest Therapy Guide Training, Berkeley Morris Workshop, Kirtan Lounge, Live Faith Live Food Lecture Series: Buddhism and Jainism, Shamanic Journey, Mystical Mermaid Retreat

CAYA Coven’s Virtual Food Drive
for The Alameda County Community Food Bank
now through November 11

“From Heart and Harvest through Death and Wisdom (also known as Lammas through Samhain), CAYA encourages you to share the bounty of your own harvest with those who are in need in our local community through The Alameda County Community Food Bank.

On the CAYA Virtual Food Drive Page, you can ‘go shopping’ and choose what will be bought with your donation of money, or you can simply choose any amount you wish to donate.  Through the magic of bulk purchasing, every dollar donated this way transforms into $4 worth of food!

Please share the link on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and anywhere else where magically generous people can be found!

CAYA’s Virtual Food Drive will be running through the end of October, so whenever you have some extra abundance to share this Autumn, please ‘go shopping’ with CAYA and help us to reach our goal of $500 - which will, of course, buy $2,000 worth of food for those in need of extra abundance this season!”

Oneness Meditation
with Jan and Marystella of Vortex Journeys
Wednesday, August 27, 6:30-8:30PM
The Crossroads, private land in Santa Rosa, RSVP for address
Free, donations welcome
RSVP  to 707-542-4928 or beyondbeliefs@vortexjourneys.com
“What Intentions are you energizing on August 25's New Moon? Our meditation will focus on choosing intentions that nurture Oneness. The evening includes some discussion, the meditation and a mini-energy reading for each person.

The energy from meditating alone is great, in community it is greater.”

Senior Safari Walkabout
Thursday, August 28, 9:00-10:00AM
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose
Exclusively for ages 50 and over, Free Admission and Parking

“Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Introducing our early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. Seniors are invited to challenge their minds, get a little (or a lot) of exercise, and gain unique knowledge into the wonders of the natural world in an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a kid again!

Animal Meet and Greets, highlighted routes for the 10,000 Step Program, and see the Zoo wake-up. Healthy breakfasts will be available for purchase.

Thursdays, August 28 and September 25, 9:00-10:00AM
Free Admission and Parking - and stay for the day!”

Sail on the Alma
Thursday, August 28, and Saturday, August 30, 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.

Be prepared for cold, wind, spray, and bright sun. Life jackets and flotation devices are provided. Bring water (no alcohol permitted), snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen, layers of clothing, closed toe active footwear, camera, binoculars, and a sense of adventure! Trip may be cancelled due to weather, or other safety concerns, at the discretion of the captain.

Sailing runs on selected Thursdays and Saturdays from June to November.”

Concert in the Redwood Grove
featuring Rupa and the April Fishes
and Lou Lou and the Gypsy Jivers
Thursday, August 28, 5:30-7:30PM - final week
“Doors” open at 5:00PM  
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
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!

A sound that is as difficult to define as life is to confine, the music of Rupa and the April Fishes pulls from eight years of street parties, festivals and symphonic concerts on three continents, three studio albums, one live album and one string quartet recording in the making, several languages from English to Tzotzil to French, many musical traditions, countless moments of joy, sorrow, loss, and transformation and a fierce independent spirit.

Lou Lou and the Gypsy Jivers is acoustic ensemble infusing gypsy jazz with South African township swing jazz, Capetonian and Southern African regional music. Compositions infused with eclectic sounds and rhythms from around the world makes this ensemble a treat for the listener.

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!

Healing Foods Basics
with Thais Harris
Thursday, August 28, 6:00-8:00PM
Ceres Community Meeting Room, 7351 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol
sliding scale $10-$35
No one turned away for lack of funds; please call or email for scholarships.

“Make the connection between your health and the food and lifestyle factors that influence it. This class offers an overview of Ceres’ nutrient-rich approach to healthy eating while providing a fun environment and loving community.

Whole food nutrition basics
Shopping strategies
Foods to add and to avoid
Eating well on a budget
Healthy lifestyle choices

Healing Foods Basics is open to the public.
Space is limited, so please register early.”

The Art and Science of Pujas
with Shivani, student of Shree Maa and Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Thursday, August 28, 7:30PM
Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 S. Main Street, Sebastopol

“The goal of spiritual practices is to remember to live a spiritual life - a way of living that is full of beauty, gratitude, and devotion to the attitudes that inspire pure love.  This workshop will introduce the principles of yogic worship as a means to help us lead more spiritual lives.  We will explore the meaning and method of devotional practices in the tradition of Sri Ramakrishna - the great 18th century mystic and lover of Goddess Kali.  

Specifically, we will talk about:
Worship of Shiva and Shakti (the Divine Masculine and Feminine principles of the Universe)
Mantra (that which takes away the mind)
Puja (a devotional exercise involving Sanskrit chanting, controlled breathing, and offerings)

Shivani is a student of Shree Maa, a respected Bengali Saint, and Swami Satyananda Saraswati, an American-born yogi who spent many years practicing intense spiritual discipline in India before returning to America with Shree Maa.
She lives with her Gurus at the Devi Mandir (Temple of Divine Mother), where Shree Maa and Swamiji work tirelessly to preserve the ancient traditions of Sanatana Dharma - the Eternal Ideal of Perfection.”

presented by Shady Shakespeare
Thursday-Friday, August 28-29, 7:00PM - final week
Sanborn-Skyline County Park, 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga

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

For the first time, Shady Shakespeare will bring one of Shakespeare's most complex and emotionally vivid tragedies to the stage with the story of Othello, a brave general who is revered, respected, but never truly accepted by the people of his adopted home. Enter the treacherous Iago, who exploits this state of otherness to distort Othello's tender love for his young wife, Desdemona, and bring about his heart-rending destruction. Set in a Venice and Cyprus overflowing with all of the vibrant, clashing cultures of the Mediterranean, this production will home in on all of the passion, betrayal, rage, devotion, and soul-crushing jealousy that have kept breathless audiences on the edge of their seats for over 400 years.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, kids 17 and under will be admitted FREE with a paid adult. Kids must still obtain a physical ticket to gain entry, which must be reserved with the purchase of an adult ticket.”

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Thursday-Sunday, August 28-31, 8:00PM
playing through September 21
The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland
see website for ticket information

“The Aluminous Collective presents The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Michael French

A riotous courtroom drama set in a timeless netherworld between heaven and hell, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament's most infamous and unexplained sinner.

Judas Iscariot feels alone. Vilified by all Christians for the last 2000 years for his betrayal of Jesus Christ to the Roman authorities for thirty pieces of silver. For that act and for his subsequent suicide, he has allegedly been condemned to hell for all eternity. It is a story with which we are all familiar. Perhaps the time has come for a reprieve? Many others had their sins washed away by Jesus: many others were given the opportunity to start again. And are there not other figures that should bear their share of the blame? And where better a venue for such a case to be tried than in a courtroom delicately poised between heaven and hell: as the attorney for Judas' defense states, ‘This is Purgatory, I've got all day.’”

Garden Love Day
with Frieda Kipar Bay of Taproot Medicine
Friday, August 29, 10:00AM-1:00PM
private land in Sebastopol, address given upon RSVP
Free, please RSVP to info@taprootmedicine.org

“Learn some new permaculture tricks, meet some new plants, garden alongside other herbies and plant geeks.  We'll be harvesting what herbs need to be harvested, so bring your pruners and baskets to gather medicine.  We'll also be weeding out the ever-present sedge and horsetail, and enjoying the bounty of late summer.  Children are welcome, apple trees will be waiting.  Please bring your favorite tools, gloves, sunhat, snacks.  We'll make sure everyone learns a new plant and gets a little dirty.”

The Future of Energy
film screening
Friday, August 29, 6:30-9:00PM
The Sunflower Center, 1435 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma, 707-792-5300

“A positive, fun film that focuses on energy solutions and the people behind the renewable energy revolution. It’s a love story about people re-imagining their relationship to the planet, and falling back in love with the Earth and each other.

Featured in the film, Woody Hastings will be speaking after the film.

Doors open at 6:30PM, Film begins at 7:00PM.”

Downtown Martinez Ghost Walk
Friday, August 29, 8:00PM, and the fourth and fifth Friday of every month
tour starts at Main Street Martinez, 649 Main Street,  Suite 106, Martinez

“Take the 90 minute guided walking tour through Historic Downtown Martinez to discover the hidden past, little known facts and tales of days-gone-by.

Tours conducted by Central Valley Paranormal.

Tours are limited to 25 people. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. No children under 12 years allowed. Teens 12-17 years must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes. Bring jacket and wear comfortable clothing.”

Hell's Half Acre
a fundraiser for The Pagan Alliance
Friday, August 29, 9:30PM-2:30PM
Cat Club, 1190 Folsom Street, San Francisco
$5 before 10:00PM, $10 after

“Dance in fields of RED to new and classic Industrial/Goth/Stompy/Deathrock
Devilish Barn Raising Music by: NETIK, CUSP, NOIVAD, and GAX.

The Pagan Alliance is committed to education of the general public with the intention of positively affecting public views, opinions and responses to the Pagan Community. In addition to The Annual Pagan Festival, we sponsor activities and events such as workshops and the Speaker Series that reflect how our traditions are supportive of and in tune with Nature. We strive to play a positive role in healing humanity’s relationship with the Earth. We are committed to justice and eliminating prejudice and ignorance in all communities. Our work leads to increased acceptance and more accurate understanding of the breadth and diversity of the Pagan community. We welcome all ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages and affiliations.”

Capitola Begonia Festival
Friday-Monday, August 29-September 1,
see website for detailed schedule
the beautiful seaside Village of Capitola, near Santa Cruz
Free admission

"The Capitola Begonia Festival is held every Labor Day Weekend in Capitola, California. It features FUN activities that all the Family can enjoy, from a Sand Sculpture contest, a Fishing Derby, Row Boat races, and a Nautical Parade of begonia-laden floats traveling down Soquel Creek. Join in on Children's Art events, compete in the Horseshoes tournament, or decorate yourself with begonias! Watch as float builders rush to put the finishing touches on their parade entries. Or, really get involved and put together a team of family and friends to build your own float. You can watch a movie on the beach, or dance to the sounds of the band. All events are FREE to the public!

Begun in 1952, the Capitola Begonia Festival is in its 61st year. It is put on by a committee of 100% volunteers who are dedicated to continuing this long-standing tradition, and it is sponsored with donations from the local business community and fundraising activities.

Don't miss out on this weekend of fun!”

Americana In Old Sacramento
Friday-Monday, August 29-September 1,
See website for detailed daily schedule
Historic Old Sacramento, 101 I Street, Sacramento

“The Americana In Old Sacramento celebration awaits visitors to the popular historic riverfront district over Labor Day weekend complete with free live music, classic cars and vintage vehicles, such as 1950s-era buses, emergency vehicles and taxi cabs. In addition, a variety of special evening events and various museum-related activities are planned for the extended holiday weekend.  With the support of involved city leaders and in collaboration with the Old Sacramento Business Association (OSBA), California State Parks and the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF), the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB) has announced a festive, fun and full line-up of Labor Day weekend activities in Old Sacramento.

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

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

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

Let your inner child out to play!

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

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

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

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

“PlantWomen gather! The Tribe comes together!

Now, three times a year women from many backgrounds of life gather together in great celebration for four full days of inspiring Herbal and Sustainability classes, gourmet vegetarian meals, talented campfire capers, amazing handcrafted marketplace items, Rites-of-Passage Ceremonies, powerful campfire drumming and dancing, refreshing swimming hole dips, and conversations with remarkable and inspiring women!

We meet together under the ancient oaks, douglas firs, and bay trees of Northern California. Our main gathering area is encircled by sixteen tipis with a large firepit in the center. All classes are held sitting on the ground under these majestic trees, or under shade tarps that we have set-up. At night we camp together, either in the tipis or in tents that we each bring.

During the days we are a gathering of women and children studying, teaching, learning, networking, and talking about plants, healing, and healthy lifestyles. When the sun goes down we become a playful and celebratory group, chatting, chanting, singing, showing off our talents, drumming and dancing into the night around the campfire.

We are a group of 350-400 women and children and we gather to learn from each other, to nurture and nourish each other, to take a break from our daily lives, to regenerate, refresh, dance, frolic, talk plants, and most of all, to have a REALLY GOOD THYME together!

Each session is a separate event. Do join us for one, two, or all sessions!”

Ganesh Chaturthi Feast Day Online Devotional
Saturday, August 30

“Greetings and salutations!

CAYA Coven's Openers of the Way joyously invite you anytime Sunday, August 30, from midnight to midnight for a ‘flash tumble’.

What’s a flash tumble? It’s a like a flash mob but online and specifically Tumblr. This devotional is to celebrate the birthday of the illustrious Lord Ganesha!


On this feast day, we invite you to post your happy birthday wishes, offerings of devotion, lists of obstacles you wish to be removed, prayers of thanks and requests, etc to Lord Ganesha on CAYA Coven’s Tumblr.

‘Prayers of supplication are requests, pleadings or entreaties presented to the Deity in the spirit of personal surrender and loving devotion. Something specific is being asked for, a specific problem is being laid at the Lord's Holy Feet.

Such supplications to the one-tusked Lord are given unconditionally, with full trust that He will do what is best for us, though not necessarily what we might think is best. We do not demand of the Lord; for He, like a parent, provides not as we desire, but as we truly need. Prayers of supplication may come forth in the natural language of our hearts.

Leaving a problem at His holy feet means we let it be there and do not carry it home with us. Nor do we worry or wonder about how it will be handled, when it will be taken care of, or if it will be taken care of at all.’
- Himalayan Academy
Instructions to join the FLASH tumble devotional
2. At the top of the banner is a little icon. Mouse over to reveal the menu
4. From there you will be directed to a Tumblr post form where you may post your offering
5. Once completed with your text, image, link, etc. click the submit button

Submit as little or as much as you wish.”

Jai Ganesh!

The Muppet Movie
part of the Popcorn Palace series at the Balboa Theatre
Saturday, August 30, 10:00AM
The Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco
$10 includes popcorn and a drink

“The Muppet Movie is the first of a series of live-action musical feature films starring the Muppets. The film is a movie-in-a-movie, as we see Kermit the Frog and the rest of the Muppets gathering for the first screening of The Muppet Movie. Kermit notes to his nephew Robin as the lights dim that the movie is a somewhat fictionalized account of the true story of how the Muppets first got together.”

Raptors: Live Bird Art
with Jonqui Albin
Saturday, August 30, 1:00-3:00PM
Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

“Chroma Gallery features the art of bird activist/artist Jonqui Albin, August 22 through September 23. Her wire sculptures and large graphic paintings of live birds vividly demonstrate the thrill of working with active models in nature. Her wire sculptures and drawings of hawks, eagles, falcons and owls are prominently featured. You are invited to weekly classes, demonstrations and performance art during which live raptors will be present.

Jonqui hopes to raise awareness about bird preservation by partnering with the Sonoma County Bird Rescue Center and donating 10% of her proceeds to their efforts.

August 30, 1:00-3:00PM: Wire Sculpting  with Jonqui and live falcon.  A $20 donation is suggested. No one turned away for lack of funds.

September 5, 5:00-8:00PM: Wire Sculpting Demonstration at SOFA’s First Friday with Redtail Hawk, Enola Gaye

September 20, 6:00-9:00PM: Performance and closing party with Redtail Hawk, Enola Gaye.”

Santa Cruz Starlight Evening Dinner and Train
Saturday, August 30, 5:30-9:30PM
Train departs from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
Adults $49, Children 2-12 $39

“Evening train and dinner excursion departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at 5:30PM and travels along the San Lorenzo River through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to Roaring Camp. Upon arrival, a delicious steak dinner awaits you. After dinner, relax to musical entertainment or dancing. On the return trip to Santa Cruz, the train ride brings the forest to life with dazzling color and light. The evening event is four hours, returning to the Boardwalk at 9:30PM.”

Ganesh Chaturthi Feast
hosted by CAYA Coven’s Openers of the Way
Saturday, August 30, 6:00PM
Granny’s Empire, aka Jaina Bee’s place, 702 Vermont Street, San Francisco

“Greetings and salutations!

CAYA Coven's Openers of the Way joyously invite you to a dessert feast to celebrate the birthday of the illustrious Lord Ganesha!

Our feast will be held at the fabulous home of CAYA Priestess Jaina Bee, and is open to all. Join us as we joyfully process through the neighborhood with Ganesha and then return to enjoy a curated selection of Bollywood film and tunes while we delight in our delectables.

Contributions of fruit, baked goods, chocolates, drinks, and other delights will be welcomed and provided.

We look forward to seeing you there! Jai Ganesha!”

Stephanie Bruce Student Concert
Saturday, August 30, 7:30PM
Avanova, 417 Avon Street, Oakland
$10, please RSVP at the website below

“Please join us on Saturday, August 30, when Avonova hosts Stephanie Bruce Presenting Four Singers in Concert.  The show starts at 7:30PM and the admission is $10.  Doors open at 6:45PM.

Come and enjoy a diverse and creative program of vocal music.  The four singers performing in the show have put together a program of songs that cover the full range of subject matter and styles.  Accompanied by a trio of the Bay Area’s finest instrumentalists, the singers will present the music they have been working on all summer.  This promises to be a very satisfying evening in a comfortable and beautiful environment.

The Singers: Christina de Souza, Tammy Pilisuk, Cameron White, and Lauren Lindo

The Trio:  Benny Watson - piano, Alex Baum - bass, Jack Dorsey - drums

Musician Stephanie Bruce has been a mainstay on the Bay Area Vocal Jazz scene for many years.  She dons numerous hats, including performer, writer/composer, recording artist and teacher.  It is the latter that seems to call her most, via classes at the CA Jazz Institute or at her own studio in Berkeley, helping vocalists to sound the way they hear themselves in their minds ear and to write the songs that express their ideas.  You will hear the results of her coaching talents at this concert.”

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

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

Power Within the Land: Earth Magic of the Underworld and Faery Realm
with R.J. Stewart and Anastacia Nutt
Saturday-Sunday, August 30-31,
Saturday 10:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
The Barn at Rudolf Steiner College, 9200 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Fair Oaks
To register, please pay by PayPal to: rjspeak@earthlink.net,
Please note “Fair Oaks” in memo
For more information, please contact Eric Sciullo at emsciullo@yahoo.com

“At this time of environmental upheaval and global uncertainty, we have a valuable, and largely untapped, resource in the form of traditional teachings. These teachings hold important knowledge that we can apply to the present situation. To begin, we endeavor to understand and commune effectively with the Power Within the Land.

R. J. Stewart is a renowned Teacher, Author, Musician and Creator of Inner Temples and Inner Convocation methods.
Anastacia J. Nutt is a Working Priestess, Teacher, Author and Seer.”

The Tempest
presented by Curtain Theatre
Saturday-Sunday, August 30-31, 2:00PM,
playing through September 14
Old Mill Park Amphitheatre, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley

“The Curtain Theatre - Free Outdoor Theatre in Old Mill Park, Mill Valley, California
presents The Tempest.

We are such stuff as dreams are made on...

The Tempest is set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled magician Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage servant Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with delightful music.

Prospero uses magic to govern the tiny kingdom, educating Miranda as she grows into a young woman - until a fleet carrying old enemies and a few friends sails past the island. Their arrival sets the stage for Prospero to wield his sorcery, conjuring a tempest that pits murderous ambition against love, ignorance against wisdom, and revenge against redemption. 

Free and family friendly!   No reservations.

A limited number of chairs are available, first come, first served. You are also invited to bring your own field chairs or blankets for the hillside. BRING A SWEATER - the park can be cool in the shade even on a warm day. Picnic friendly too!”

Pride and Prejudice
presented by Shady Shakespeare
Saturday-Sunday, August 30-31, 7:00PM - final week
Sanborn-Skyline County Park, 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga

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

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

Thus begins one of the most famous and beloved novels in the English language, now adapted for the stage with by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan and presented by Shady Shakespeare. Jane Austen's bitingly funny romance tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet, a young woman of intelligence and character boldly seeking happiness and security in socially rigid Regency England despite her lack of fortune, her embarrassing mother, her silly sisters, and all of the usual pitfalls of young love. Can the allure of mysterious and handsome Mr. Darcy overcome her prejudice, rooted in a disastrous first impression? Can the irresistible charm of the witty Miss Bennet overcome his haughtiness and pride? Come watch this timeless story unfold under a canopy of Redwood trees and a crystal clear night sky to see if these lovers find their happy ending.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, kids 17 and under will be admitted FREE with a paid adult. Kids must still obtain a physical ticket to gain entry, which must be reserved with the purchase of an adult ticket.”

Historic Rail Fair
at Ardenwood
Saturday-Monday, August 30-September 1, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont
$10 adults, $5 children 4-17, children under 3 free

“The Rail Fair returns to the farm over the Labor Day weekend. Enjoy steam train rides, handcar rides, displays of garden railroads, model railroads, railyard equipment displays, Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor displays, food, the children's Hobo game, music and much more!”

King's Mountain Art Fair
Saturday-Monday, August 30- September 1, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Kings Mountain Community Center, 13889 Skyline Boulevard, Woodside (on the Peninsula)

"The Kings Mountain Art Fair is an annual event, held every Labor Day weekend. The Art Fair benefits the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and other community activities, including the Kings Mountain Elementary School, and is staffed completely by volunteers from the local community.

Known for its stunning location among the redwoods and for its unique and varied artists (selected by jury), the Kings Mountain Art Fair celebrates 50 years of art and ambiance. Come visit!

Fair admission and parking are free."

Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons
presented by Actors Ensemble and Inferno Theatre
Saturday-Monday, August 30-September 1, 4:00PM (amphitheater opens at 3:00PM for picnics)
playing through September 7
John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre, 41 Somerset Avenue, Berkeley

“Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons
Adapted and directed by Giulio Perrone
From the play by Heinrich Von Kleist

Heinrich Von Kleists’s Penthesilea recounts the story of Penthesilea and Achilles. The play begins as Penthesilea leads the Amazons into the Trojan War, interrupting the Greek/Trojan conflict to take male captives from both sides.

Their plans go awry when Penthesilea's second-in-command and confidante, Prothoe, falls in love with a captive soldier, and to make matters worse, Penthesilea finds herself irredeemably attracted to their escaped captive Achilles.  Their final confrontation is an intense exploration of the nature of attraction and the conflict between love and duty.  Von Kleist’s work has long been renowned both for the play's beautiful language and the challenges of staging it.  Taking advantage of the freedom of an outdoor setting, Mr. Perrone, Inferno, and Actors Ensemble are using action to compress the text, while at the same time adding a few flourishes to make the work appealing to a wide audience.

Performances are Free  at 4:00PM Saturdays and Sundays, August 23-September 7, with a special performance at 4:00PM on Labor Day, Monday, September 1.

The amphitheatre seats well over 200 people.  We are accepting reservations, these are intended mostly for the elderly and disabled, large groups, and people traveling long distances.  Call 510-649-5999 for a reservation.  Write info@aeofberkeley.org for more information.

The amphitheatre is at 41 Somerset Place, Berkeley, CA 94707.  From the Marin Circle (top of Marin Avenue), take Arlington Avenue north to Southampton.  Make a right on Southampton and continue straight onto Somerset Place when Southampton veers left.  GOOGLE MAPS will lead you to the top of the park, which is a LONG HIKE UP from the amphitheatre.  Parking is available along Somerset, Southampton, and in the large open area at the end of Somerset.  Wheelchair and disabled folks have easy access from the end of Somerset.”

Great Train Robberies at Roaring Camp
Saturday-Monday, August 30-September 1
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, 831-335-4484
see website for schedule admission details

“Witness shootouts between famed lawmen and notorious outlaws from the 1880s aboard the Redwood Forest Train to Bear Mountain. See why the West was wild!!”

Oakland Pride
Sunday, August 31, Parade at 10:30AM, Festival 11:00AM-7:00PM
19th Street and Franklin Street, Oakland
see website for detailed map and schedule
$10 General Admission, $5 Seniors over 65/Youth under 12

“Oakland Pride exploded onto the pride scene in 2010 with a first year event so large and fabulous that it has been branded Northern California’s second largest pride. 2014 marks the 5th year of Oakland’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride celebration and we have gone the extra mile to ensure there is something for everyone. In additional to four stages featuring a diverse lineup of over 75 wonderful artists, Oakland Pride will host pavilions for seniors, HIV/AIDS Health, and the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Community. Our Family Coalition, Children’s Fairyland and The Oakland Public Library have teamed up to host a fun-filled Family Garden with live entertainment and interactive activities for children of all ages. With all of this plus almost 200 vendors and exhibitors providing a wide variety of food, merchandise, and information. Oakland Pride is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Come celebrate a proud day on the sunny side of the Bay!!”

Celebrate Yemaya, Yoruban Ocean Goddess and Mother of All Living Things
Sunday, August 31, 11:00AM-4:00PM - Please Note the Special Ritual Time
San Francisco location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $30 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgendered women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
“We know Her power long before we hear Her names spoken.  We see the waves of Her Waters crash upon the shore and we feel the energy in our toes through the sand.  She is known by many names throughout the world, having traveled widely with those stolen into slavery from the African continent centuries ago.  She is Yemaya of Nigeria, Imanje or Yemanja of Brazil,  La Balianne of New Orleans, and Agwe of Haiti.   With all of Her children She traveled and remained, always by their sides and blessing them with Her care, love, and devotion.

Yemaya of the Seven Seas is the Goddess of the Ocean;  the womb from which all life is born.  As the Womb Mother, it is Yemaya that guides womyn and infants through childbirth and it is She who fills the breasts of womyn with warm, sweet, and nutritious milk for their offspring.  She is with all womyn and children at birth, during their lives, and it is to Her that we return upon our deaths.

There is no joy too small, nor sorrow too large to bring to the skirts/waves of our Mother.  We come bearing offerings of yams and flowers.  We come with Her name on our tongues.  We approach Her from the depths of respect and gratitude within us and we know that in Her all things are safe, all things are taken in and transformed.  We offer ourselves to Her Sacred Waters and in Her, we are whole.

As we prepare for this ritual, let us reflect upon our relationship with Mother in all of Her forms:  the Goddess, the mothers who gave us birth, the mother within each of us.  Let us remember the connection that we all share with one another through our Blood Water, our Sacred Rites of Initiation, and the pull of the Moon on our bodies.

If you would like to become pregnant or you seek a new home in the coming months, there will be a special part of the ceremony for you to participate in!

For this ritual, please where blue and bring a blue or sea themed candle for Her altar.  Also please bring Yemaya inspired items for the altar such as sea shells, mermaids, or things numbering 7 as this is Her number.  Please bring a tithe of $7 dollars wrapped in a blue cord or ribbon as a tithe offering to the La Leche League, an organization devoted to breast feeding education.

Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat (if you wish), a towel, a chair to sit on, and clothing that you do not mind getting wet.   The weather is rather unpredictable, so please dress in layers!  A bathing suit is recommended!  Also, please bring a clean, empty, wide mouthed jar to collect ocean water to use in your practice.

As we feast in sacred space, please bring a snack to share and your own dish and utensils.

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.”

Streets For People
Sunday, August 31, 11:00AM-4:00PM
throughout the streets of downtown Fairfax

See the website for a detailed schedule and list of the many activities.

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

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

Family Day at Sienna Ranch
Sunday, August 31, 12:00-4:00PM, (and the last Sunday of every month)
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, 925-283-6311
$85 includes up to five people, advance registration required - see website

“On the last Sunday of each month, Sienna Ranch will open its doors for a special family and community day.  Come enjoy the activities, good company, healthy food, and the wholesome environment at Sienna Ranch.  Family Day is fun for all ages.  

Horse and pony rides, sustainability education and projects, archery, hayrides, survival skills activities, and more.  Bring your own picnic lunch or buy from one of our healthy food vendors.  

Family Days are on Sundays, 12:00-4:00PM.  
Family Day Pass is $85.

With the purchase of a family pass, you will get
admission to Sienna Ranch family day for up to 5 people
3 horse ride tickets
3 archery tickets
5 hayride tickets
participation in the featured hands-on sustainability or survival skill activity
unlimited animal visits to goats, sheep, chickens
special demonstrations, entertainment, or hands-on projects (vary from month to month)

Note: Food and special services offered at an additional cost.  For additional archery and horse ride tickets, please purchase a second family pass.

Family Days are limited to 40 families, so register soon!”

Red Tent at Terra's Temple
with Stella Iris RedRaven of CAYA Coven
and Carolina Amor of Circulo de Isis
Sunday, August 31, 3:00-4:30PM
Terra's Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$10-$15 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Come, women, and be welcome to Red Tent Circles at Terra's Temple!

We will gather together to honor ourselves and the miracles we make manifest. To give each other witness and respite. To hold sacred space for one another to grow and to heal. Please arrive between 3:00 and 3:30PM, and center yourself in the space. This month, we will doing a guided self-blessing, sister-blessing, community-blessing activity. We should wrap up around 4:30PM.

We are asking a $10-$15 donation, with no one turned away for lack of funds. Feel free to bring light snacks to share.

I am so excited to begin to hold these circles at Terra's Temple, a gorgeous, sacred space in Berkeley, very near the Ashby BART. The space itself is gorgeous, the people involved in this urban temple are lovely, and I am grateful to serve our community in this new way. I am equally grateful to have accomplished Priestess and founder of the Circulo de Isis joining me; Carolina Amor.

Future dates:
Sunday, September 21

Carolina Amor, Stella Iris RedRaven, and the priestesses of Terra's Temple designed this space for women wishing to celebrate womanhood, welcoming to all bodies.”

Witches' Tea Party!
with The San Jose Pagan and Magick Meetup Group
Sunday, August 31, 3:00-6:00PM
Palo Alto Cafe, 2675 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

“Let's get together for another Witches' Tea Party!  The previous ones were great fun, so we're doing it again.

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

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

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

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

Oracular Seidh
presented by Fellowship of the Spiral Path
Sunday, August 31, 5:00PM
BFUU Main Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Donations accepted to pay for the space

“Now, as in the ancient North, seers and seeresses find answers to the pressing questions of folk in their communities.

Seidhjallr, the working seidhr group associated with Hrafnar, will be performing this rite at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU), located at 1924 Cedar Street in Berkeley. This practice comes from the heathen (Germanic pagan) tradition, but all are welcome.

Questions appropriate to an oracular seidh presentation are any that one might consider appropriate to address to a tarot, rune, or other reader, as well as many questions that work best in the more open, oracular format, including contact with ancestors and gods.”

Lake Merritt Pagans
Sunday, August 31, 6:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, 510-444-9355

“A group for Pagans of all stripes who live near Lake Merritt to socialize and touch base about life on the lake in all its aspects, practical and spiritual.

Activities may include: full moon lake walks, altar building, volunteering at the city's regular lake clean-ups, and other good ideas you bring!”

Witches And The Ways Of Wyrd
an online course with Max Dashu
starting Monday, September 1
$31 per single month, $25 month is prepaid three months at a time

“My new online course, Witches and the Ways of Wyrd, begins on September 1. We'll be looking at: Wyrd's Webs. The Craeft of Wycces. Names of the Witch. Runes. Crones. The Witch Holda and Her Retinue. Witch Burnings. Voluspa: the Witch's Prophecy.

We'll discuss advance readings from my forthcoming Secret History of the Witches, and I'll offer some all-new visual webcasts, as well as live discussions via teleconference.

Register here. You can go month by month ($31) or get a discount by prepaying three or more months at a time ($25 per month).

The course runs from September 1 to May 1 (with a hiatus from late October to late November, when I'll be doing another Australian tour - more details on that in a month). In the 2015 section, we'll also go into the Irish Goddess and Brigid / Padraic chapters which got omitted in the last round (part III of this ongoing course).

This is one more step toward publication of Secret History of the Witches, and helps to fund its completion. I hope it will be a sourcebook for recovery of these spiritual legacies, an aid in reweaving the the ripped webs of culture.”

Thanks to Ximena for letting me know about this event!

Abbot's Bromliad
Monday, September 1, 11:30AM-3:00PM
Joaquin Miller Park, 3594 Sanborn Drive, Oakland

“Join the California Revels on Monday September 1 (Labor Day) as we celebrate our fifth successive Bromliad. Music, dancing, food and drink... all in the scenic beauty of Joaquin Miller Park. Bring the kids, a blanket and your favorite foods for a lovely picnic afternoon!

Every Wakes Monday, the dancers in Abbots Bromley, England take up the traditional horns for their legendary 16 kilometer trek of dancing through countryside and pub yards. This year, Wakes Monday falls near September 1, Labor Day in America.

All Abbots Bromley and traditional English, Scottish, Contra, Morris, and other dance enthusiasts are invited to join the California Revels in a day of good food, good music, good dancing and the largest celebration ever of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.

This free event will take place in a beautiful glade in Joaquin Miller Park - one of the East Bay's most picturesque park locations - on Monday, September 1. Picnickers can arrive any time after 11:30AM. Bring the kids, a blanket and your favorite picnic and beverages. There will be music and Morris dancing (teams cordially invited) as well as called group dancing (callers and players cordially invited, too). Then at 1:00PM, we’ll set up for the largest Abbots Bromley serpentine ever. The fun continues until 3:00PM as there will be English, Morris, and other dancing throughout the day as the spirit moves you. Join us and be a part of dance history!

DIRECTIONS: We'll be dancing and picnicking in this beautiful glade. Here's how to find Joaquin Miller Park Make a left into the park at the upper Sanborn intersection - you'll see a sign for Woodminster Amphitheater. You can park for free along Joaquin Miller Road and walk in, or park at the community center just inside the park ($5) and walk down. There may also be free parking in the Amphitheater lots. We'll be in the first glade along the trail downhill from the Sanborn entrance. We'll post a sign."

NorCal Trans Partners, Family and Friends Support Group
Monday, September 1, 7:30-9:00PM, and the first Monday of each month
Billy DeFrank LGBT Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose, 408-293-3040

“Having a family member, child, spouse, partner, or other loved one go through transition can be difficult and comes with a unique set of challenges that most folks don't really comprehend. Come join the Northern California Trans Partners and Family support group at the DeFrank Center the first Monday of each month from 7:30-9:00PM.

To communicate between meetings, we also have a Facebook page and a Yahoo mailing list.”

Forest Therapy Guide Training
with TreeGirl (Julianne Skai Arbor)
Monday-Friday, September 1-5
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood
$800 plus $35 camping fee

“Learn how to lead people on shinrin-yoku walks.
An immersive five-day training at beautiful Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.
Shinrin-yoku is a term that means ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’ or ‘forest bathing.’ It was developed in Japan during the 1980s, and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
Our approach to Shinrin Yoku Forest Therapy combines leisurely walks on gentle paths under forest canopy with guided activities and meditations to help you open your senses, hone your intuition, and experience the forest as you never have before. We draw upon mindfulness meditation practices, and the techniques of deep nature connection mentoring.

In an unhurried way, allow your feet to wander. Shinrin-yoku is not about exercise. It is not about hurry. It is about being alive in all your senses and trusting that the forest and other landscapes upon which you wander hold something good for you.
Be one of an international group of 22 people who will discover the inner secrets of planning and leading shinrin-yoku walks.

This is the first step toward meeting the standards of certification by shinrin-yoku.org as a shinrin-yoku guide.
Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Now their research is helping to establish shinrin-yoku and forest therapy throughout the world.

The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.

We have always known this intuitively. But in the past several decades there have been many scientific studies that are demonstrating the mechanisms behind the healing effects of simply being in wild and natural areas. For example, many trees give off organic compounds that support our NK (natural killer) cells that are part of our immune system's way of fighting cancer.
The scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:
Lowered blood pressure
Lowered pulse rate
Reduced cortisol levels
Increased vigor
Reduced anger
Reduced depression

Just as impressive are the results that we are experiencing as we make this part of our regular practice:
Deeper and clearer intuition
Increased flow of energy
Increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species
Increased flow of eros/life force
Deepening of friendships
Overall increase in sense of happiness
shinrin gals tree

Become a Guide!
Learn a powerful approach to connecting people with nature and a path to wellness:
The 10 gates of perception and activities to open and improve them
Listening to the land to find the shinrin-yoku activities it supports
Choosing and getting to know a trail
Building your shinrin-yoku trail map
Cultivating mindfulness in the wild
Practicalities of building your referral network
Over 60 specific activities that you can use and adapt for the place where you work
Core routines of deep nature connection
Expressive arts activities
Fundamentals of nature connection mentoring
Our unique framework for the Way of the Guide
Much more...

Your guides Amos Clifford, Lindsey Mitchell, Pamela Wirth and TreeGirl (Julianne Skai Arbor), along with guest speakers and other guides, will lead you on a fun, challenging, and deeply nourishing journey of discovery.”

Berkeley Morris Workshop
Tuesday, September 2, 7:30PM,
and two more Tuesdays, September 16 and 23
Christ Church of Berkeley, 2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley

"Every year Berkeley Morris hosts a series of FREE workshops in morris and related dance traditions. No experience is needed, and all are welcome! Workshops are taught by members of Berkeley Morris, or friends of ours from the local (or not so local) dance community. Come to one, or attend all four. Join us afterwards at the Jupiter Pub at 2181 Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley.

The particular styles and dances taught vary from year to year. If you attended last year, come back for something new!

Come and learn the basics of Morris Dancing at a series of free workshops in Berkeley. Each Tuesday we will teach a different variation and begin at the beginning, so come to as many as you want.  No partner needed; this is danced in a group rather than with a partner.

Morris Dance is a traditional English performance dating back hundreds of years, typically done in the spring by a team of dancers and musicians who have practised together over the winter months.  Berkeley Morris was founded in 1977. We perform throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Our team members cover a wide range of locations, professions, ages and genders.”

These are the Morris Dancers who make the sun come up at Tilden Park on Beltane!

Kirtan Lounge
Wednesday, September 3, 6:00-9:00PM
Falkirk Mansion, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael
$25 suggested donation

“Come celebrate with us through Yoga, Kirtan, and Blessed Food!

Join Kirtan Lounge with us on this 19th century country estate listed on the National Historic Register.

6:30PM: Yoga on the Lawn: Mellow Flow with Rob Kunkle
accompanied by live devotional ambient Kirtan by Ananta Govinda

7:30PM: Presentation - The Mechanics and Types of Karma

8:00PM: Vegetarian Dinner

Kids Activities, Lawns for frisbee and badminton.

Hosted by Ananta Govinda.”

Live Faith Live Food Lecture Series: Buddhism and Jainism
Opera Plaza Community Room, 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Wednesday, September 3, 6:00-8:30PM,
and five more Wednesdays, September 17, October 1 and 22, and November 5 and 12
$15 per lecture, $79 for whole series

“More faith leaders, clergy, and religion members are affirming diet is not just a ‘health’ thing, but a spiritual discipline as well. Are there traditional religious reasons for seeking to live a vegan life? See how four religious paths, plus secular humanist meditators, view and value a live-food and vegan way.

Each talk is presented by different leaders from within the faith traditions, interview style. The first five talks go in-depth into each of five different paths. The sixth talk will bring all five traditions together ecumenically to discuss.

September 3: Buddhism and Jainism  
Speakers include:
Jina Shah, MD
Judy Seicho Fleischman, M.Phil
John Salerno-White, Dharmacarya

September 17: Hinduism and Yoga  
Speakers include:
Briksha Mahendra Ananda
Dada Nabhaniilananda
Cogen Bohanec

October 1: Spiritual but not Religious/Earth-Based/Humanistic  
Speakers include:
Ashel Eldridge
Claudia Delman
Reginald Bass

October 22: Christianity
Speakers include:
Paul Nison
Pastor Todd Lattig
Pastor Roldan Abello

November 5: Judaism  
Speakers include:
Rabbi Steven Fisdel
Chaya-Ryvka Diehl
Hana Matt

November 12: Wrap up, all paths together
Many returning speakers.

Series Moderated by Michael Bedar

First (at 6:00PM) enjoy a vegan organic dinner with live-food options planned by a certified Nutrition Consultant, Patricia Allen Koot, NE, NC.

Take the elevator to the first floor, then security will key you down to the mezzanine for the event.

Series Co-Sponsored and Supported by:

San Francisco Vegetarian Society
Wellness Central
Dharma Voices for Animals
Green Faith
Institute for World Religions
Society of Ethical and Religious Vegans
Jewish Vegetarians of North America

A fifteen dollar requested donation covers the all you can eat vegan dinner plus the program.  The Nutritionist, speakers, and organizers donates their time.  Funds go toward facility rental, food, transport and other costs.

Come to each event separately, or advance register for the series as a whole and save significantly!”

Shamanic Journey
with Mikaya Heart
Sunday, September 7, 2:00-5:00PM
private location in Cleone (near Fort Bragg), RSVP for address
$20, no one turned away for lack of funds

“Hallo everyone!

I'm letting you know I will be leading a shamanic journey at 2:00PM on
September 7 in Cleone, near Fort Bragg. Please book your spot if you are interested, because numbers are limited to 12.  Check out my website for more info, and pass this info on to anyone who may be interested. Thank you!

This is a very powerful time of transition on this planet and many people are finding it difficult. My work is about helping you to develop a very broad perspective on the nature of reality so that you understand how to make clear and positive choices, allowing the energy of the universe to flow through you and supply you with all the support you need to be fully who you are.

I am asking for a donation of $20 per person but no one is turned away from lack of funds. I'll be delighted to see any of you there. Be in joy!  

Mikaya Heart is a coach in the art of being fully alive, and an award-winning author who writes on subjects as varied as orgasm, lesbianism, shamanism, sports, travel, and politics.”

Mystical Mermaid Retreat
Friday-Sunday, September 12-14
Harbin Hot Springs, 18424 Harbin Springs Road, Middletown
$295 includes camping and food,
must register by September 4

“Calling All Mer-Folk And Mer-Curious…

Come play, soak in the beauty of each other, the mineral springs, and be inspired.

Are you fascinated by mermaids, or even identify as one?
Do you find water incredibly healing and love soaking for hours at hot springs?
Are you enticed by the idea of spending a weekend at hot springs with mer-folk, playfully and sacredly embracing the healing powers of mermaids and water?
Are you ready to connect more deeply with your body, your sensuality, get out of the office cubicle, and feel alive again?
Do you think it sounds like fun to swim with a mermaid tail on?
Are you a mer-man or the ‘tender’/partner of a mermaid who wants to spend the weekend in solidarity and support with mermaid goddesses?”

Have a Week of Blissful Energy and Healing Oneness!

Molly Blue Dawn

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