SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

Urban Yoga Retreat in San Francisco

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:00am - 1:30pm

Holy Innocents Episcopal Church
455 Fair Oaks St,
San Francisco, CA

We will hold space as a community to pause and move mindfully in the beautiful Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.

It will be non-denominational and open to all who seek sanctuary from the urban cacophony and to reconnect with deep inner presence. We will cover the aisles and even the altar area with yoga mats and follow a gentle Hatha Yoga flow.

Colored light from stained-glass windows and deep silence of the place will make your experience very unique.

The holy place, good vibes and deep silence of the place bring your yoga practice on to a new level.
Candlelight, essential oils, meditation music will support the aura of your inner journey.

The class will be led by Alexandra Muz, a certified Yoga master with 20 years’ experience teaching Yoga over the world.

Cost: $20

Free Clarion Alley Mural Project Block Party

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 12pm to 10pm

Clarion Alley at Mission St.,
San Francisco, CA

Since 1998 Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) has been hosting an annual Block Party. Organized without corporate sponsorship, the event features live music, street performance, film and video projections, children’s activities and surprises to benefit the neighborhood-based, all volunteer-run project. The party attracts over a thousand people each year to our tiny little alley and has been acclaimed the party of the year by many in attendance.

This year’s band line up:
Shellshag, 50 Million, Pins of Light, Badr Vogu, Equipto & Old Soul Kollective, CCR Headcleaner, Alia Sharrief, Future Twin feat. Thea Matthews, Younger Lovers, Moria Scar, Bitter Fruit, Remnants, Nobby Styles, Goop, Grosero, Libby Schaaf’s Guillotine, Ripe Species, and Stranger Than Fact – plus Txutxo Perez DJing between sets!

Clarion Alley Mural Project (clarionalleymuralproject.org) mission is to support, produce, and curate socially engaging and aesthetically diverse art as a grassroots community based, artist run organization. Throughout its history, CAMP has used public art as a force for those who are marginalized and a place where culture and dignity speak louder than the rules of private property or a lifestyle that puts profit before compassion, respect, and social justice. Clarion Alley runs one block in San Francisco’s Mission District between 17th and 18th and Mission and Valencia Streets.

Cost: Free

Yoga for Healthy Digestion

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6 pm - 9 pm

19400 Sorenson Ave,
Cupertino, CA 95014

Good digestion is central to health and deeply connected to the nervous system, lifestyle, and the mind and emotions. 

When we are digesting well, we support our energy, attention, immune system, and overall well-being.

This workshop teaches yoga practices for everyday digestive health, as well as common conditions, such as poor digestion, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), allergies, gastritis, diabetes, excess weight, menstrual difficulties, excess weight, frequent cold/coughs, irritated skin, acne, migraines, and other general stress related conditions.

* Hatha Yoga practice - Asana & Pranayama to help improve the flow of prana/energy into the inner organs
* Nauli - massage technique for all inner organs
* Kapalabhati - cleansing Fire Breathe using diaphragm & root lock
* Shank Prakshalana - washing of all digestive tract (20 min info/lecture)
* Moon Salutation, Shavasana - practice for good sleeping & deep relaxation.
* Chanting round OM to close the circle.

Please consult with a physician or health care practitioner before beginning this or any other yoga or exercise practice. 

We provide herbal tea, essential oils, safety place, my knowledge & experience.
You bring your yoga mat, props (if you use some), comfortable clothes and open mind.
Some of practices are planned to be outside on grass field, so dress with layers.

Facilitator: Alexandra Muz

Cost: $45

Free Path of Happiness Workshop in San Francisco

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM PDT

Harvey Art Studio
244 Andover St
San Francisco, CA 94110

How would you like to take a couple of hours to reflect on how you can be more centered, and how you can get in touch with your higher motives?

Ramona Harvey, the workshop facilitator, will share with you the Path of Happiness framework she developed after 2 1/2 years of research on what it means to be happy. You'll dig into understanding how you got to be who you are now, uncovering your personal motivators and self-blocks, understanding your personal values, and reflect on your own wisdom.

Ramona spent the years of research on what it means to be happy. She wanted to understand why some people are happier, more satisfied and fulfilled than others. After interviewing people from several countries, and reading Positive Psychology, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Poetry, she developed a HAPPINESS FRAMEWORK that has all the "ingredients" that encompass the foundation of personal, subjective well-being. I am currently writing a book on what I've learned so far.

Come indulge yourself.

Cost: Free (Donations accepted)

Tantric Expansion Cacao Ceremony ~ San Francisco

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Yoga Society of San Francisco
2872 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Join transformational facilitator Nick Meador for a cacao ceremony weaving together holistic (mind/body/spirit) therapeutic practices to break through what’s limiting your true potential and start maximizing your life purpose and fulfillment.

This will be a "white tantra" experience focused on soul healing and life force expansion. We'll de-armor the body and clarifying the mind so that we can create more productive life patterns. This opens up the path to more bliss and connection with the divine, whether within ourselves, with a partner, or with a whole community.

This is not specifically a couple's workshop. Individuals and pairs are all welcome.

We’ll have an opening circle to support each other with intention for the ceremony. Nick will serve the indigenous plant medicine cacao, grown organically in eastern Guatemala at a family farm that he visited personally. Pure cacao opens the heart, deepens meditative experiences, and fosters inner/outer connection.

Then Nick will lead you through an embodied practice such as an OSHO active meditation or a bioenergetics exercise. These shake things up on the cellular level, so we can reset the nervous system and re-write the muscle memory to literally feel freer and more energized.

Afterwards we'll have an interpersonal exercise that still involves the body but adds in a communication element. This could range from re-patterning unhelpful social conditioning, to guidance around safe touch and intimacy. Then Nick will lead an integration circle to close the journey.

Cost: $20 - $30

Free Día De Los Muertos Festival in San Jose

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11 AM - 7 PM

St James Park
North Second Street,
San Jose, CA

Be ready to enjoy music and culture that will rock the dead, rattle the bones and shake your soul, join our over 25 local fine artists in our signature Artist Colony of contemporary and traditional artists who have masterfully captured the spirit of Día de Los Muertos.

Día de los Muertos Festival in San Jose is the celebration of the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. Despite the name, the festival is a celebration of life and is a time to remember fondly those who have passed. The festival takes place in St. James Park and features music from local artists, accompanied by displays of costumes and art related to the holiday’s cultural roots.


Cost: Free

Anne Sajdera 5-piece Jazz group from Prague

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7 PM - 11:55 PM

Open Embrace
20368 Clay street,
Cupertino, California 95014

Pianist / composer Anne Sajdera’s newest project returns to the Bay Area, featuring two award-winning young instrumentalists / composers from Prague: alto sax player Jan Fečo and trumpeter Miroslav Hloucal. The project includes original compositions, driving arrangements of traditional Roma melodies, & music of modern jazz masters like Herbie Hancock & Kenny Kirkland... modern jazz at its most refined.

Cost: $30 - $35

Dance is Life with Gabriel Francisco

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7 PM - 9 PM

The Center SF
548 Fillmore St,
San Francisco, California 94117

As an International presenter, Gabriel Francisco has spent the last 16 years connecting, sharing and inspiring. 'Dance is Life' is a class style he created in 2014 that brings together his entire career of movement and communication to serve a purpose, Oneness. 'Dance is Life' is free of any traditional dance style, incredibly personal and very awakening. Leave all questions and fears behind and dive into this life changing course!

This class is dynamic zen, body/mind connection, human awareness, FREEstyle. Forging a bridge between sound and body, music and motion we are able to see, hear and feel more than ever before. Holistic movement inspired thought and a greater connection with our own individuality and connection to the Movement Universe is the future and link connecting the 'dancer' and the 'yogi', yourself and the Universe!

Cost: $20 - $25

Embodied Awakening - Meditation Circle

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

DevaGnosis: Divine-Nature Spiritual Community
1052 W. Hamilton Ave., #2,
Campbell, CA

"Embodied Awakening" involves:

Highly Experiential Mindfulness & Embodiment practices which help you to:
> Quiet the Mind
> Reduce Anxiety & Stress
> Fully Experience & Befriend Your Emotions ... even the Challenging Ones!
> Directly experience your Essence as Unconditional Love, Joy & Peace
> Realize Oneness

Areas of exploration in Emotional Intelligence also include: 
> Interpersonal Relationships
  - bridging "separate realities" between people
  - going beyond blame and reactivity
> Psychological Concepts including:
  - sub-personalities
  - negativity bias
  - shadow self
  - somatic processing of emotions

Facilitator: John Coffin

Cost: $10 - $15 (cash)

Holding Boundaries: A Radical Act of Self-Care

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

breathe holistic health
900 N San Antonio Rd., suite 101,
Los Altos, CA

Learning how to hold boundaries is both a healing process and a radical act of self-care. As children, so many of us experienced constant boundary violations – our feelings, instincts, and body were not honored and were constantly overridden by our parents, our teachers, and other authority figures. As a result, we stopped listening to the signals that let us know a boundary was being violated.

In this experiential workshop, we’ll rediscover the ways that our bodies and emotions inform us that a boundary is being crossed and practice accessing our own wisdom and strength to hold boundaries with others. This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for any who struggle identifying and holding healthy boundaries with their partners, family members, co-workers, friends and/or children and want a safe place to explore and develop their boundary-holding skills.

In this experiential workshop series, we’ll create a safe space where you can explore the following questions:

• How do you know when a boundary is being crossed? How do your body and your emotions signal you that a boundary is not being respected?
• How do you “stay with yourself” – your experience, your truth – and stay out of taking emotional responsibility for the other person’s experience?
• What fears and beliefs keep you from forming clear boundaries or speaking up when a boundary is crossed? How can you move through those fears in order to stand for yourself?
• What language can you use to communicate your boundaries cleanly, with clarity and compassion?
• What do you do when someone repeatedly crosses your boundary, no matter how clearly you have communicated it to them?

It can be a deeply empowering act to trust your own signals and to take care of yourself by holding a boundary. Come join us for this exploration of boundaries and take a step toward an even deeper caring for and honoring of your own value, your needs, and your heart.

Facilitator: Sofia Landon

Cost: $75