SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

Tantra Puja in the Art of Adoration with Monique Darling

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

4210 Holden Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
United States

Tantra Puja is a sacred ancient ritual that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is a beautiful ceremony of honoring and adoring the Divine that dwells within each of us, and brings us into a profound space of connection and universal Love.

This evening’s Puja is dedicated to both men and women. In fact, participants will not know whether they will be in the giving or receiving role until they arrive. Men may end up in the giving role or the receiving role, and the same for the women. Though the presentation starts off with an introduction to some of the esoteric practices of Tantra to give us a context for the Puja, we will soon switch gears and actually engage in this heartening practice. We will use movement, sound and the five elements, all given to us with ample instruction, enriching each experience throughout the ceremony. You may find yourself turning inwards and becoming aware of abundant love and innate beauty that is part of your being.

In a Tantra Puja, participants in the giving role have the opportunity to express their unconditional love and adoration towards women and men alike. This ceremony opens people's hearts in a way that allows them to see the inner beauty and the Divine within us all. The participants in the giving role will be instructed in performing an ancient ritual, which is simple in form yet very powerful in practice. As the participants in the receiving role accept the offerings and adoration, they in turn connect with unconditional love and reflect that adoration back to the givers with their presence. Taking part in these Pujas is a very powerful way to reconnect and relate with the feminine and masculine. It is through the practice of unconditional loving that we find that any emptiness or longing we feel within us can be filled with a simple act of giving.

This ancient ritual is thousands of years old. It was brought to life by Tantrikas who implemented the religious and spiritual practices of Yogis and sages into the Art of Adoration, the practice of breathing life and awareness through the five elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether) in offering to the divine within every living being. We will offer fire, incense, roses, water, chocolate and more in adoration and worship of our divine Goddesses.

Women, Devis, though not required, you are welcome to dress for the evening – perhaps adorn yourself with jewelry you feel most happy in, or wear the scarf you love that you can’t wear to work. It is your evening; indulge yourself as you wish, but please be comfortable.

Men, Shiva, though not required, you are welcome to dress for the evening too. Think of the times the goddesses in your lives had asked you to dress a certain way for their pleasure – well, this may be an opportunity to do just that, but please be comfortable. You may bring flowers, chocolates, or other divinely treats as your offering to the goddesses in the room.

Cost: $35

Los Gatos Breathwork

Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Ioana - Design Your Wellness Now
200 San Mateo Ave,
Los Gatos, California 95030

Join in community to share this simple and powerful active breathing meditation.

Breathwork is practiced lying down on yoga mats or blankets and is accompanied by music and verbal cues.

Please bring a yoga mat or blanket to lay on. Wear loose fitting clothes and bring a sweater or cover-up if you tend to feel cold. An eye pillow or mask is recommended.

Please arrive on time. Together we create a supportive and conducive environment for our breathing meditation. Doors will be closed 10 minutes after start time.

Cost: $10 – $20

Butoh with Hiroko Tamano

Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 1 PM - 4 PM

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut St,
Berkeley, California 94709

Butoh is a performance art rooted in Japanese culture and imagination. Hiroko guides the class through visual imaginations that are realized through movement. Whether you practice dance or healing arts this workshop is sure to be an enriching and memorable experience. Hiroko Tamano is a direct student of Butoh founder, Hijikata Tatsumi. Therefore, she provides us with rare access to the original spirit and methodology of Butoh.

No experience required.

Butoh (舞踏 Butō?) is a form of Japanese dance theatre that encompasses a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement. Following World War II, butoh arose in 1959 through collaborations between its two key founders Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo. The art form is known to "resist fixity" and be difficult to define; notably, founder Hijikata Tatsumi viewed the formalisation of butoh with "distress". Common features of the art form include playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments, and it is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion. However, with time butoh groups are increasingly being formed around the world, with their various aesthetic ideals and intentions.

Cost: $30

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Relationship Revamp: An Introduction to the Love Imperatives for Couples (Free Workshop)

Saturday, October 10, 2016 at 7 PM - 10 PM

Santa Cruz, California 95060

* Are you ready to elevate your relationship to the next level?
* Do you want to free yourself from obstructions that keep you from expressing fully in your relationship?
* Do you long for more romance that enhances your intimacy and ignites the fire of passion within you?
* Are you willing to create the relationship you never dreamed was possible?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, Golden and Beth Love, creators of the Love Imperatives, invite you to participate in a free workshop! The Love Imperatives is a powerful system of strategies and tools designed to help couples ignite their passion and desire for each other, resolve painful issues, and create an extraordinary life together.

Between them, Golden and Beth have over 50 years’ experience supporting individuals, couples, and families through transformational processes. Their exceptional relationship bears witness to the power of healing in their own lives, and has served as a compelling model for the many couples they have supported over the years.

Join Beth and Golden for Relationship Revamp: An Introduction to the Love Imperatives for Couples. In this highly experiential free workshop, you will learn how to transform relationship challenges into fuel to kindle your passion. Get your questions about the Love Imperatives answered, and pick up a few tips and tricks to help your relationship sizzle! It’s your time; claim the thriving and deeply satisfying relationship you deserve.

For couples of every gender expression and sexual orientation.

Cost: Free

Cosmic Dance in Santa Cruz

Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8 pm-10 pm

Pacific Cultural Center
1307 Seabright Ave,
Santa Cruz, California 95062

We dance and move and breathe to feel the Cosmic pranic life force swirling within us - we laugh and play and pray to know our connection to all that is.

DJ Moody Shapes has a passion for music that inspires ecstatic movement. He is always looking for the unique sonic gems that give a sense of permission to move in ways you may have never moved before, to light up the dance floor with the joy of discovery and the unexpected. Drawing from the freshest of world and electronic music, his sets span an eclectic swath of tempos and genres, taking dancers on an adventurous journey of freeform expression.

Brynne Flidais of Moveintuit brings Cosmic knowledge to the dance floor. Just as the moon’s force pulls the ocean’s tides, our bodies are influenced by the movements of celestial spheres. Blending our dance with Cosmic wisdom facilitates a deeper understanding of our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves. May we heed the lessons of the planets as we make manifest our soul’s purpose.

Cost: $10 - $15

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Restore, Renew, and Rejuvenate: Seasonal Wellness Workshop

Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM PST

Bend Yoga Studio
1935 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Learn how to take better care of your body during the busy holiday season through a balanced approach from Yoga and Chinese Medicine perspectives. This winter workshop includes:
ü  Restorative/Yin yoga with light massage
ü  A balancing ear acupuncture treatment
ü  TCM seasonal nutrition and lifestyle tips

Connecting these healing modalities will help bring you to a whole new level of rejuvenation, balance and overall well-being. A perfect way to relax before entering the stress of the holidays!

While culturally Winter is often a time of joy and celebration, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is more appropriately a time for slowing down, reflection and processing our fears, sadness and grief. We can see the synchronicity of this in nature as we witness the cycle of life of the plants around us becoming dormant, in preparation for the birth of Spring. It is important to acknowledge our natural ties to the earth as our home and to honor our physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual needs to be in harmony with the seasons.

Yin Yoga is a slow, steady, and often stationary practice, holding poses for several minutes at a time. It is a style of yoga that allows us to draw the attention inward, to heal and fully inhabit ourselves as we cultivate attentiveness, softness and kindness toward ourselves and others.

In this workshop, Courtney will be working with ear acupuncture points. In TCM, the ear represents a microsystem of the human body, and is used for treatment of health conditions and to target the healing of specific areas of the body. Participants will receive a basic treatment while in final resting pose, savasana.

Courtney Maree Reiman is a licensed acupuncturist, certified massage therapist and a registered yoga teacher offering services in San Francisco.

Cost: $35 - $40


Accordion Babes 2016 Cabaret Revue

Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8 pm-11 pm

Rhythmix Cultural Works,
2513 Blanding Avenue,

The Accordion Babes are BACK for a night of squeezebox whimsy featuring Women of the famous Accordion Babes Pinup Calendar. After a short hiatus traveling states and Provinces; evading authorities; accepting marriage proposals; and touring the world—all with accordions in tow. This special show features several “babes” in celebration of the 2017 Accordion Babes Pin-up Calendar/CD—now in its 8th year with new musical releases!

Join us for an evening of seriously fun musical diversity, where the accordion rules the night while crossing musical landscapes as varied as French border towns, Tex-Mex cafes, Absinthe parlors, and Cajun and Rock dance halls. Featuring 4 acts, and 5 Accordionistas, come see how the accordion has evolved in the arms of these seriously talented female-fronted bands. 

Accordion Babes Artists:
Tara Linda

Torch singer Tara Linda keeps her heart in the desert and her heels in the city. Armed with button accordion, a sultry voice, and baritone ukulele, Tara fronts both jazz and Americana bands around the Bay, writing original music and touring her favorite places across the American Southwest and the EU. Tara is a Hohner and Lanakai endorsed Artist, and asks you not to hold that against her (Bass, Accordion, Uke, Voice, Percussion)

Jet Black Pearl

Could Nina Hagen and Tom Waits have a secret daughter, born in Caravan Palace, with Björk as a babysitter? This fabulous accordion diva from the port of Amsterdam has performed on more than a thousand stages all over Europe and the USA West Coast while singing, rapping and beat boxing about slugs in love, criminal gurus and hallucinating butterflies.

Hobo Gobbelins / Skylar Fell

Proprietress of the famous SF Accordion Apocalypse Repair Shop (now located in Petaluma, CA), Skylar Fell is the Smokin’ accordionist and singer for the otherworldly jug band The Hobo Gobbelins. 

The Hobo Gobbelins incorporate traditional sounds of Americana with Old World charms where freight-train spirituals meet absinthe bars. Emerged from the pulsing art vortex of Oakland, CA, these children of punk rock, rose up to create avant-garde performance art with hobo soul. Onstage they weave a wickedly catchy mixture of ancient pirate curses, orcish vaudeville, and eldritch hobo semaphore into junkyard cabaret (Instrumentation: Banjo, Accordion, Guitar, Vocals).  

Whiskey and Women/ Renee de la Prade

This rousing Cajun/Folk/Punk trio Features Three punky women from California who share a passion for American roots music and rock-n-roll. Celtic fiddle tunes, blues, and hell-raising Cajun accordion music all get wrapped up, soaked in whiskey, sprinkled with beautiful harmonies, and delivered with the explosive energy of a Molotov cocktail.

Joan Wilson Rueter: fiddle, baritone ukulele, vocals
Renee de la Prade: accordion, stomp, vocals
Rosemary Steffy: percussion, fiddle, vocals

Cost: $25/advance, $30/day of show.

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Oakland Fire Memorial Dance

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lake Merritt Dance Center
200 Grand Ave,
Oakland, California 94610

Deep Dive Oakland would like to open up its weekly 5Rhythms class to host a Sweat Your Prayers memorial dance dedicated to the victims of the recent and tragic Oakland Warehouse fire.

Many of us have lost friends and some have lost family members. In this time of deep grief, let us come together in dance to support one another on this collective path of mourning.

ALL proceeds from this class will be donated on behalf of our community to the Fire Relief Fund for victims of the fire. This relief fund will help pay for funeral and medical expenses for victims.

Cost: Suggested donation $20

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New Year Black Tie Party in San Jose

Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

River View Apartment Complex
55 River Oaks Place,
San Jose, CA

Nova Ukraine invites you to celebrate the New Year at the Black Tie Party.

Actively anticipating holidays can bring more joy than the holidays themselves. So, why not start feeling the holiday magic early? Come join us for the New Year Black Tie Party on December 10 and share the holiday spirit! We are going to explore winter holiday traditions from many countries and enjoy exquisite music, charming performances, fiery dances and tasty treats.

5:30 - 6:30: Free bar: Arrive early and enjoy our bartender's wonderful mixed drinks - all we ask in return is your happy smile!

Dress-code: black tie
A great excuse to show off your new attire or wear that dress waiting for a worthy event.

 Our entertainment program is ready for you with:
- live music
- talented performers
- dance master-class
- competitions and prizes and some pleasant surprises.

Cost: $10 Online, or $15 - at the door

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R/evolutionary R/elating Weekend Workshop

December 9 –11, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

Church of Soul
1550 5th St,
Oakland, California 94607

Let’s face it: We all yearn to give and receive love. We want richer relationships, deeper friendships, more closeness and community in our lives. We may sometimes even notice... in quiet moments… that we’re dogged by a nagging sense of loneliness, separateness.

And yet, when we look closely, we find that we, ourselves, are sabotaging the connection we want — with our own defensive conditioning, our old patterns of fear, dependency, and blame...
We find that we are hiding from each other, fighting with each other.

How are we to drop this old, rusty armor so that we may, at last, see each other clearly… hold each other closely?

I want to share with you a way I’ve learned to do just that.

I want to help you, as I have many others all over the world, to:
– Heal close relationships, with full-body forgiveness
– Let go of shame, fear, attachment to approval
– Open-heartedly share yourself and support others to do so
– Be completely and compassionately honest
– Go beyond blame and use conflict creatively
– Ask for everything you want, expanding your ability to give & receive
– Create deeper love, connection & intimacy.

Every workshop is different (depending on who’s in the room and how the spirit is moving), but we’ll work with:

– The real source of suffering – internally, and in relationships.

– True meditation & how to make all of life, especially all the pitfalls potential of intimacy into a powerful meditation.

– How people usually (mis)use conversation to resist life, create more suffering, and stay asleep, unconscious.

– Recovering from our addiction to Dialogs of Distraction..

– The 3 N’s of Conscious Conversation.

– The 3 Languages of R/evolutionary R/elating, and when and how to use them.

– Letting go of our painful attempts to control (ourselves & others).

– Moving beyond all blame (of ourselves & others), beyond "good" and "evil".

– Achieving actual acceptance. and full-body forgiveness (of ourselves & others).

– Learning to truly Love (ourselves & others).

– Learning the Art of Asking for what you want... and offering freely… the healing and nourishing practice of giving & receiving...

I will teach, coach, and facilitate transformational conversation… You will do exercises & practice R/evolutionary R/elating... with each other... in real time...

Cost: $200 - $500 (suggested donation)

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