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.

Friday, November 28, 2014

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

Events are now also being posted on the Pantheon Foundation website’s calendar:

Mark your calendars for:


World AIDS Day
Monday, December 1
check the website below to find local events

“World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for you to learn the facts about HIV and put your knowledge into action. If you understand how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and the reality of living with HIV today - you can use this knowledge to take care of your own health and the health of others, and ensure you treat everyone living with HIV fairly, and with respect and understanding.  

You can also show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness.

World AIDS Day is also a great opportunity to raise money and show your support for people living with HIV.”

Take Your Child To A Bookstore Day
Saturday, December 6,
see website for events at local bookstores

“Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day began when my children were little and I was going to story time at bookstores nearly every week. Did all children know the pleasure of spending time in a bookstore? I wondered. Of being drawn into a magic world for a while, then being left to choose treasures on the shelf? I wanted to begin a holiday that would expose as many kids as possible to this joy.

But Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day quickly became bigger than one mother and her children. Bloggers and book lovers took it viral across the web, carried posters into bookstores, and welcomed me and my family to local bookstores when we traveled cross country last summer.

Now we are busily adding stores, helping support celebrations on the Day, and leading people to the wonderful places we have found. In the future, Take Your Child to a Bookstore may offer grants for children who can't visit a bookstore on their own, or perhaps there will be internships for kids who want one day to own a bookstore. Because the sky is the limit when there is a book!”

The Red Ball
a benefit gala for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Saturday, December 6, 6:00-10:00PM
Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 831-429-1964

“The Red Ball is a giant sculpture on the corner of Cooper and Front Street. It's the core of the MAH logo. And it's the new name for our annual gala, too.

Join us to celebrate an incredible year at the MAH. The Red Ball is a night of festivities featuring cocktails, dining, and dancing. Lend your support to our future at our annual live and silent auction.

6:00-10:00PM: Enjoy the night’s festivities starting with cocktails, dining, and a silent auction, followed by reserved table seating in the Solari Gallery for the incomparable live auction.

9:00-11:00PM: The Red Ball Afterparty

Stay late and dance the night away with the many diverse collaborators and organizations who have participated in making MAH’s events and programs happen throughout the year, as we celebrate together.

Your support will go directly to making the MAH happen. That means fueling quality exhibitions and innovative educational programs. Dynamic outreach into the Latino community of Santa Cruz County. Building a new town square for everyone in our community to enjoy. Save the date - we'll see you soon.”

Dickens Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7,
Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa, 707-543-3737
$2, Children 12 and under free

“Celebrate the season and find gifts for all of your loved ones with a festive shopping experience featuring over 70 local artists. Shop for quality, hand-crafted holiday decor, home goods, jewelry, bath and body products, edibles and more all sold by the artists!

Plus enjoy:
Live entertainment both days!

A ride on Rosie the Trolley for FREE to and from the Crafts Fair to the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Holiday Open House!

Prize drawing in the front lobby. Several vendors have contributed craft items to the drawing and you could be a lucky winner if we draw your ticket! Proceeds from the prize drawing ticket sales benefit the Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks Scholarship Fund. Last year, over $1,900 was raised providing swim lessons and summer camp for many youth in need! Suggested ticket donation price is $1 per ticket or $5 for 6 tickets.

Kettle corn, cookies and hot beverages for purchase.

Breakfast and lunch items for purchase provided by a local restaurant.”

Fungus Fair: A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7, 10:00AM-5:00PM
San Francisco Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco
see website for ticket information

“When the first rains tease up the chanterelles and porcini... fungus lovers, foodies, and those curious about the natural world head to the Fungus Fair: A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms.

There will be children's activities, lectures, cooking demos, cultivation workshops, and a selection of fabulous soups for sale.

In addition to the above activities, on Sunday, there will be:
Many educational tables on varied subjects such as medicinal mushrooms, mycoremediation, cultivation, ecology, lichens, psychedelic, dyes from fungi, toxicology, edible mushrooms and more...
Microscopes and spore prints
Naturalistic display of more than 200 species of locally collected fungi
Identification table - bring your specimens to find out the species!
Many mushroom related items for sale: fresh mushrooms, artwork, crafts, books and collecting gear, T-shirts

The Fair provides information on the uses and abuses of fungi, with displays and exhibits on ecology, toxicology, and cultivation. Campsite gourmands learn how to serve up the safe and scrumptious species through identification tutorials, cooking demonstrations, and sales of recipe books, soups, snacks, and fresh edibles. Watch renowned Bay Area chefs prepare dishes like matsutakes and roasted cauliflower in coriander cream or sauteed caramel candy cap pears and dentelles.”

West Coast Craft Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 6-7, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

“West Coast Craft is a craft and design show featuring carefully selected designers, artists, and craftspeople living and working on the West Coast. Using a variety of mediums, including wood, metal, leather and paper, these designers create singular items that exemplify the mood and aesthetics of their West Coast lifestyle.

Cool but sunny, laid back yet innovative, they represent the best of West Coast Craft.”

Ashkenaz International Holiday Bazaar
Sunday, December 7, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

“Come enjoy this festive day as we transform Ashkenaz into an exotic marketplace! Ashkenaz’s Holiday Bazaar reflects our community center’s global perspective, exhibiting arts and crafts that are handmade, sustainable, recycled, related to music and dance themes, or representing cultures and traditions from around the world. Over 25 vendors will offer wares such as photography, jewelry, ceramic art, musical instruments, aromatherapy products, greeting cards, and ethnic and vintage clothing. Most items are priced at $25 or less.

The event also features live acoustic music from performers including our own Joe Balestreri (The Flux, Bug Family Band, JBIII) and the Double Vision String Band. Beer and wine, hot and cold beverages, and organic vegetarian food will be available from our cafe. Support local artisans this holiday season, and your home for world music and dance!”

Connect Your Energy, Change Your Life!
Energy Alchemy One-day Workshop
with Meg Beeler
Sunday, December 7, 11:00AM-5:00PM
or Sunday, January 11, Sunday, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Medicine Wheel in Sonoma, address given upon registration
$115 by check or $120 by PayPal

“Are you ready to let go of old patterns and stories that weigh you down?
Do you want greater skill and fluidity in managing your energy?
Do you yearn to deepen your connection with the natural world and step into your radiance?

This one-day experiential workshop introduces you to nature-based practices for releasing what does not serve you and filling with the boundless energy that surrounds you. Energy Alchemy is based on a life-changing premise: you can work with your energy - not just your mind and emotions - to shift your experience of and engagement with the world.

You can use the simple practices of Energy Alchemy to release dense and heavy perceptions, gather in the light, enliven your connection with the natural world, and transform your energy and awareness on a daily basis.

During the day, you will:
Shift from heaviness in your life - problems, worry, sadness, and suffering - into the beauty of connection with all that is.
Experience the power of moving your energy from one state to another.
Discover ancient, original wisdom pathways to personal transformation, wonder, joy, and deep love.
Amplify your consciousness - by deepening your connection with the natural world and learning to maintain your own harmony, balance, and connection.

You will find that ‘being the change’ and creating a more positive, joyful, light-filled world becomes much easier when you incorporate Energy Alchemy into your life. When you shift your energy to support your vision, your intent affects all that lives!

When: Sunday, December 7 or January 11, 11:00AM-5:00PM, in our medicine wheel in Sonoma Mountain's oak woodlands.

Bring: A small offering to leave in nature; a journal; water and lunch; and warm clothes for being outside some of the time.

Cost: Early bird pre-registration by December 1 for either day: $95 check or $100 PayPal.
After December: $115 check or $120 PayPal. Send checks to Meg Beeler and mail, along with your email address, to: 16100 Sobre Vista Court, Sonoma 95476. Directions and further instructions will be sent the week before the workshop.

Questions? Call 707-939-7961 or email earthcaretakers@earthlink.net.

Bring: A journal, water, lunch, a hat, a rattle if you have one.”

Winter Solstice Drum Circle
Sunday, December 7, 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.”

Feminine Ways to Increase Success and De-Stress Your Life
a FEM Talks Miracle Salon
Monday, December 8, 6:30-9:30PM
Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
see website for registration details

“FEM Talks - Alliance of Women Educators, Healers, and Leaders offers many ways to put women educators in the spotlight; to support women to connect with one another and grow together in business and interpersonally. Women tell us that our events are fun and bring them big results. The ultimate vision of the FEM Talks women’s community is to create waves of practical change on this planet by inspiring local women to link arms and move forward together; harnessing and unleashing the power of our collective wisdom. We applaud and endorse one another as we re-claim our roles as the Leaders, Teachers, and Healers in our communities. Our organization wishes to fortify and nourish all women in living powerful, healthy and prosperous lives. We look forward to the ripening of your experience of yourself as a woman, and the revealing of your endless gifts.

Speakers include:

Dana Garrison MSW: Business Consultant and Coach. Author. Speaker
The Hidden Reasons You Have Struggle Instead of Success

Clara Chorley: Leadership Coach
3 Massive Mistakes Female Business Owners Make That Cause Them To Lose Energy, Motivation and Focus

Heather Munro Pierce: Conscious Dance Leader, Women’s Temple Priestess, Embodiment Guide
Dancing Women: Nurturing and Empowering your Feminine Soul

We donate 10% of all tickets purchased online to Women's Cancer Resource Center, Oakland, to provide support groups, in-home support, psychotherapy, emergency financial support, wellness workshops, and more directly to local women with cancer.”

Hot Couture: A Fusion of Fashion and Fire
Friday-Saturday, January 9-10, 8:00PM
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland
$45 in advance, $60 at the door

“This year’s theme is The Four Elements.

Hot Couture celebrates the avant garde fusion of fire, fashion, industrial materials, and haute couture, sometimes with shocking results! For 2015, we asked designers for imaginative, new and well executed, wearable designs incorporating or inspired by the four elements: Air, Earth, Fire, and Water.

We will present our unique flaming fashion show, featuring dazzling runway performances and special guests, on two different nights, Friday January 9 and Saturday January 10. Ten artists and designer teams will create thirty-eight haute couture concepts, illustrating the intersection between fashion, traditional materials, and fabrication during the evening.

General admission tickets are only $45 in advance, $60 at the door. All general admission tickets are for standing room only. Limited VIP tickets are available for both nights, for $100 in advance, $125 at the door (if available). VIP tickets include seats near the runway, complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres.”

Holiday Luncheon at Gamble Garden
Tuesday-Saturday, December 9-13, 12:00-1:30PM
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
$25, Please call 650-329-1356 for reservations

“Join us for our very special Holiday Luncheons December 9-13 (Tuesday-Saturday). The house is decorated, and a special menu is created especially for the holidays. The Holiday Luncheons are the perfect setting for your next birthday celebration, ladies lunch, lunch date, book group, or end of the year celebration.

The Holiday Luncheons are $30 for members and $38 for non-members. Please call the office at 650-329-1356 for reservations.

Reservations are required for all luncheons, no cancellations.

You may consider 60% of the cost as a donation. Sorry, we are not able to accommodate special dietary requests.

A non-profit horticultural foundation in Palo Alto, south of San Francisco, Gamble Garden’s two and a half acre property includes formal and demonstration gardens, as well as an historic house, carriage house, and tea house.

The garden is free and open to the public every day.”

Swearing In English
written and performed by Johnny Mercer
Friday-Saturday, December 12-13, 8:00-10:00PM
Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High Street, Alameda, 510-523-1553

“Following sold-out performances at the Ashby Stage in Berkeley, acclaimed actor and author Johnny Mercer brings his memoir series, Swearing In English, to the Altarena Playhouse for two nights only.  Proving once and for all that truth is stranger than fiction, Mercer’s tales range from a meeting with Elvis and herring fishing in Scotland to childhood pets, baseball, magic carpets, and perfect moments.

December 12 features a set of those stories, passionate, ridiculous, and rich in meaning.

December 13 is reserved for a performance of Musings Of The Unregretful, Johnny’s evocative tale of a youth spent among the wildlings of northern England in the ’70s.

Long before they were written down, these stories were told and re-told many times: to family, friends, strangers, anyone with an ear for a story who was willing to listen. Some are old, some new, several located back in England and Scotland, others close to home here in the Bay Area; they share one thing in common - they are all true. Events, people, actions taken, words spoken have been faithfully reproduced no matter how tall the tale.

Don’t miss this very special event. Johnny will be signing copies of his book of short stories, from which these evenings are drawn, after each show.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.”

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.”

Eighth Annual Project For Awesome
Wednesday, December 17
wherever you have access to the internet

“The Project for Awesome is an annual event on YouTube in which thousands of video creators make videos supporting their favorite charity. Anybody is allowed to participate - simply make a video about a charity you support and post it on YouTube on December 17th. Then tune into the livestream and join in the commenting and donating fun. DFTBA!*”7

*Don’t Forget To Be Awesome!

Nature and Soul Retreat for Winter Solstice
with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Friday, December 19, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, 415-383-3134
see website for registration details

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

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

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

No previous experience is necessary.

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

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

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

Lunasa: Christmas from Ireland
Friday, December 19, 8:00PM
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol, 707-823-1511
$25 in advance, $28 at the door

“Lunasa is widely acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental band of recent times, renowned for stunning shows honed by superb musicianship. Lunasa’s inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have sold over a quarter of a million, have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music. Lunasa are: Sean Smyth (Fiddles and Whistles) Kevin Crawford (Flutes and Whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (Stand-up Bass), Cillian Vallely (Uilleann Pipes and Whistles) and Ed Boyd (Guitar).
Christmas from Ireland with Lunasa will feature traditional Irish music and Karan Casey, one of the genre's most innovative and provocative voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career has spanned twenty five years, from the early days as a jazz performer in George’s Bistro in Dublin.”

with Jason Webley and friends
presented by the San Francisco Institute of Possibility
Saturday, December 20, 7:00-10:00PM
The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco

“A scrapbook found in a San Francisco dumpster inspires new music and stories by: Jason Webley, Chicken John Rinaldi, Eliza Rickman, Shenandoah Davis, Led to Sea, Lonesome Leash, Mts. & Tunnels, and more.

Twenty years ago, San Francisco showman Chicken John Rinaldi found an old scrapbook lying at the bottom of a dumpster. The book documented the life and death of a woman named Margaret Rucker, born in 1907. He was captivated by this mysterious woman and her tragic story, captured in sepia images and dark poetry.

Last year when he introduced her to accordion troubadour Jason Webley, he learned that not only was Margaret born in Webley's home town of Everett, Washington - she was the daughter of one of the town's founders, buried in the enigmatic pyramid above the town.   

Webley and Rinaldi assembled some of the best songwriters in the country to write new works inspired by Margaret’s life and writings for a special concert in Everett this past April. As an encore to that sold-out show, they are bringing the concert back to the place where that scrapbook was found with this show at San Francisco's beautiful Castro Theatre.”

East Bay Sing Up the Sun 2014
Sunday, December 21, 6:40AM (yes, AM!)
Inspiration Point, Tilden Park, Berkeley
Donations accepted
For more information, please contact vibraw@aol.com

“Sunday, December 21 (Solstice Morn). Join us again in the East Bay hills to greet the sun on Solstice morning! Wear layers and bring drums, shakers, tambourines, flutes, tubas, etc. and maybe a thermos of hot beverage. If you have a favorite sun-song, bring lyrics to share, and we usually do a spiral dance just after dawn.

Gather at the parking lot at Inspiration Point in Tilden Park about 6:40AM, to allow about 10 minutes to walk or roll to site. At West end of parking area, go around gate and up paved road beyond it, marked as Nimitz Way, which is a paved, mild uphill grade, wheelchair/stroller accessible. You'll see folks on a grassy clearing on your right (could be muddy and wet!), with beautiful view of horizon to the East (if it's clear, which could happen).

Steady rain cancels. Fog or misty rain, we'll be there.”

Noon Year’s Eve
Wednesday, December 31, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos, 650-654-0200
$14 adults, $9 ages 5-17 and 65+, under age 4 Free (includes museum admission)

“Celebrate Noon Year’s Eve at Hiller Aviation Museum!

Balloon Drop at Noon

Stage Entertainment:
Lori and RJ - Cotton Candy Express Music
Hawaiian Dancing - Spark of Creation Studio
Hip Hop Dancing - Gems Dance Team
Phil Ackerly - Magician

Event Activities:
Meet San Francisco Bulls Hockey Team mascot Rawhide
Face Painting and Balloons by AllStar Showgrams, and Face Painting by Lisa
Jungle Fun and Adventure
Ocean Playground Jump House
Flight Sim Zone”

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!
Wednesday, December 31, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, 707-579-4452
Adults $10, Students, Seniors, Children 4-18 $5, Children Under 3 Free

“Ring in the New Year with Snoopy, hands-on crafts for kids, and Santa Rosa’s only Up-Down and Baby Balloon Drops at noon, and root beer toasts at noon and 3:00PM! The Museum opens at 10:00AM on Wednesday, December 31.”

Brava's New Years Eve Comedy Fiesta
starring Marga Gomez, Diane Amos, and Betsy Salkind
Host Betty Pazmino, DJ Page Hodel
Wednesday, December 31, 9:00PM
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, 415-641-7657
$35, VIP $50

“Midnight Countdown Party with Complimentary Champagne and more!

The third annual Brava’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Fiesta is the Mission District’s one stop New Year’s Eve destination for stand-up comedy lovers, dancing fools, feministas and progressive party animals.

Kick 2014 to the curb with Sarcastic Sin Verguenza Marga Gomez (LOGO Network, GLAAD Award Winner,) Comedian and improviser extraordinaire Diane Amos (aka The Pine Sol Lady) and direct from Los Angeles the razor sharp hilarious Betsy Salkind (Tonight Show with Jay Leno.)  Emceed by Betty Pazmino (My Dinner With Betty, SF Carnavale). Immediately following the comedy show, Brava's Countdown Dance Party begins till 1:00AM with legendary DJ Page Hodel (KMEL, Club Q) no-host bar, snacks, party hats and FREE midnight champagne.
Proceeds benefit Brava Theater Center.”

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

12th Annual Northern California Sufi Sesshin
Friday-Friday, January 2-9
EarthRise at IONS, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma
see website for registration information

“Join us for eight days of Silent Meditation alternating with Zikr and Dances of Universal Peace, integrating active practice with meditation, a deep and joyful experience.

This potent practice combines the power and resonance of the Zikr Circle/Dance Circle with the profound calm and abiding wisdom of the meditative state. It is our goal that this integrative approach will move us toward a grounded balance of Serenity, Insight, and Awareness. The teachings and transmission of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis will be woven into the context of the retreat.”

Women's Visioning Circle
Two Days of Visioning and Manifesting
with Evalena Rose and Afia Walking Tree
Saturday-Sunday, January 10-11, Saturday 10:00AM-9:30PM, Sunday 10:30AM-5:30PM
Sebastopol - RSVP for exact location
see website for registration information

“Join us for enchanting rituals designed to manifest new realities in your life, using the magic inherent in a circle of powerful women to call them into being.

Women's Visioning Circle
Saturday, 10:00AM-9:30PM
Inspiring, delightful, and empowering, our first day of ritual creates a safe and sacred space in which we:
Dive deep to discover what blocks treasured goals from coming true.  Drum and chant as each woman releases her blocks to the fire.  Explore life purpose.  Share the pleasures of creating colorful Treasure Maps as you develop goals in nine areas of your life.  Experience the depth and awe of a circle in which peers and colleagues witness each woman breathing life and power into her fondest visions.  Co-create magic for ourselves and for the planet in sacred celebration.
Women report dreams coming true all year from this empowerment ritual!  Many return year after year, telling us the miracles of goals being realized in their lives. Some laminate their goals and post them to bring the visions into every day.

Moving Visions Into Reality
Sunday, 10:30AM-5:30PM
Building on Saturday's goals, Sunday focuses on:
Utilizing practical strategies and planning tools to move treasured goals toward effective action plans and time lines.  Translating goals into accomplishments through the use of mind maps and flow charts.  Releasing old patterns and fears of success.  Discovering tools to ground your plans in time and space so they truly support achievement of your fondest visions.  Energizing new ways of being as you enjoy the compassionate support of this powerful circle of women affirming your new steps with you.
This day deepens our commitment to letting our goals guide our actions.”

Earthing The Moon
Reclaiming the Inner Gateway of Feminine Potency, Creativity,
Sexuality, and Spirituality
Led by Jewels Wingfield of Living Love
a five-week TreeSisters on-line course for women
Tuesday, January 13, 11:00AM-12:30PM,
and four more Tuesdays through February 10
online, see website for details
$138, registration required

“There are teachings that are the birthright of every woman alive. Teachings that can reveal us to ourselves - that can replace ignorance with reverence, shame with self respect, and pain with healing - teachings that can guide us into relationship with our bodies and wombs as the most profound spiritual teachers that we could ever know or need.

Radical? Yes. Gloriously radical - life changing and fundamentally feminine. Inside us we house a gateway to creation that is also a path back to ourselves.

Our moon cycle is a flow that turns with the tides and plugs us into the mainframe of nature in ways that can redefine our experience and roles as women - a flow that can hand us the keys to more vibrant relationships with our health, creativity, sexuality, and spirituality if only we will recognize it, say yes to it, reclaim it and then fully embody it.

Earthing the Moon is a one of a kind, experiential journey of self discovery that will be utterly unique to you. This first collaboration between TreeSisters and Jewels Wingfield offers you five weeks of deepening and discovery through the wisdom and expression of your own body.
Online and on the phone - participate from your own home.

From Tuesday, January 13-Tuesday, February 10, we join together weekly to embody and move through five cycles of discovery  as we reintroduce ourselves to the sacred gateways of the womb.

Each session is recorded and available immediately so you can participate from anywhere in the world at a time that works best for you.

Each week will contain an embodied practice, relaxation and deep listening, a core teaching, an experiential journey around your own menstrual cycle through the lens of that week’s gateway (it will be mapped on your floor) and a Q and A session.

You will have five opportunities to explore and learn the Shakti dance - an ancient  spiritual practice that supports a deeper connection to our feminine essence.

You will have five opportunities to get up close and personal with your cycle - how you relate to it, how to understand it (especially if you suffer from symptoms) how you receive it (or not) how it can serve, guide, support, inform and nourish you in all the areas outlined below.

Each week, the teaching will build upon the previous session, so that we grow new muscles, new awareness, drop more deeply, and feel more clearly.”

Edwardian World's Faire and Edwardian Ball: The Beastly Baby
Friday-Saturday, January 16-17, see below for schedule details
see website for admission details
video highlights of 2011 events: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSUries-U9w

The Edwardian World’s Faire, Friday, 8:00PM-2:00AM
The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Edwardian Vendor Bazaar Daytime Shopping, Saturday, 12:00-5:00PM
The Regency Sutter Room, 1270 Sutter Street, San Francisco

The 15th Annual Edwardian Ball, Saturday, 8:00PM-2:00AM
The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

“What, pray tell, is The Edwardian Ball?

The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author Edward Gorey. Set in our own version of ‘Edwardian’ times, this multi-media extravaganza has grown over the past decade from a small underground club night into an internationally recognized event, now operating with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

Costumed and enthusiastic attendees, traveling from as far as Australia, Japan, and the UK, flock to this San Francisco tradition for a delightful blend of ballroom dancing, live music, riveting stage shows, DJs, fine art galleries, a vending marketplace, absinthe cocktails, steam machinery, parlour games, sideshows, and more. All ages are welcome and appropriate in this darkly humorous and elegant setting, where literary aficionados rub elbows with insect-like creatures parading on stilts… where historically-accurate Edwardian recreationists waltz by a steam-powered tea garden… where the only guiding rule is that you join in on the fun!”

Winter’s Flame
Friday-Sunday, January 16-18
see website for detailed schedule
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland
sliding scale $66-$166 for the whole weekend

“Winter’s Flame - light up the night!
Drum!  Dance!  Sing!  Celebrate!

Winter’s Flame is a new event in an old tradition. People have been dancing and drumming in the dark of night since the dawn of time. In recent years, there’s been a revival of this practice that consciously directs the experience toward personal transformation.

Light up the night and enliven your spirit. Build community and travel deep inside yourself. Come celebrate life at the darkest time of the year.

With a series of magical workshops, delightful rituals, communal meals, and a sweet, sweet slumber party, Winter’s Flame is an entire weekend of awesome. The event is committed to being affordable and accessible, so it will be held right here in Oakland - and the sliding scale allows people of different means to attend. Come dance with the Flame!”

Thanks to Heather King for letting me know about this event!

Three-Day Ancestors Intensive Workshop
hosted by Ancestral Medicine
Friday-Sunday, January 23-25, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Berkeley location, address given upon registration
$300, pre-registration required

“Everyone has loving and wise ancestors, and by reaching out for their support we access tremendous vitality for personal and family healing. In addition to supporting repairs with living family, our ancestors encourage healthy self-esteem and help us to clarify our destiny, relationships, and work in the world.

The focus of this training is learning to relate safely and directly with family ancestors, both helpful guides and the troubled dead still in need of assistance. Participants will engage their lineage ancestors in heart-centered ritual space through prayer, song, visioning practices, and supportive group dialogue. We will also learn practices to support conscious funerals and dying.

There are no formal prerequisites, however, prior experience with inner work/psychological healing and relating directly with guides/teachers in spirit are both helpful skills. Folks new to ancestor work, adoptees, and those with a tough experience of family are warmly welcome. Those with a healing arts practice can expect to learn new skills to support your work with others.

Spaces are limited to sixteen; cost is $300 for the intensive (some flexibility as needed); pre-registration and full attendance requested. For questions or to register and confirm your place, contact Daniel at: ancestralmedicine@gmail.com or 650-248-8917.”

A Wintertime Stargazing Intensive
with Stargazer LI
Saturday, January 24, 4:00-11:00PM
private land in Sebastopol, address given upon RSVP
$100 per Adult

“Come join me for a long evening out in a field under the winter and spring constellations, guided by a green laser wand, learning to find your way around the night sky and the names of the stars and constellations, while hearing folklore from many different times and cultures.

For those long winter nights when you might not want to stay out all night under the stars, but still want to learn and come to know the bright shining stars of the Sacred Hoop, the Bull, the Twins, Orion, the Dogs, the Lion and so much more. A Wintertime Stargazing Intensive provides hours of soaking in the stars, and still sends you home in time for a long night’s sleep.”

After The Honeymoon Retreat: Erotic Partnership for Valentines
Friday-Sunday, February 13-15
EarthRise at IONS, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma
see website for registration information

“This retreat is the perfect Valentine’s gift to honor your relationship. Spend three days together in a beautiful setting, cultivating romance, creating emotional connection, and learning to embody heart-centered sexuality. This weekend incorporates scientific principles from psychology, biology, sexuality, and spiritual transformation, within a romantic, playful, and artful structure.

Learn about and practice Erotic Partnership - an emerging model for exceptional relationship that includes being partners, friends, companions, and lovers.

Deepen your understanding of sexual desire, how to create intimacy, and have great sex in long term relationship.

Saturday night of the retreat is a private ceremony to honor and celebrate your relationship. This ‘date’ is an opportunity to connect emotionally and sexually with your partner in an easy, sweet, healing, transformative way.

Our programs create a safe, professional environment within which couples can improve their sexual relationship without pushing themselves into areas they may not be ready for. There is no nudity or explicit sexual content in the group. We will practice embodiment, discuss principles and provide opportunities for you to talk to one another.

Leave the weekend with a concrete and unique plan for deepening your emotional and erotic connection over time.

Jim Matto-Shepard, PhD and Felicia Matto-Shepard, MFT are licensed psychotherapists based in Northern California, with specialties in relationship, sexuality, embodiment, and archetype. Over the course of their 24 year marriage, they have applied scientific study and spiritual practices toward creating grounded and playful methods for Heart-Centered sexuality and Erotic Partnership. They have been offering Erotic Partnership training since 2006.”

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