SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

Flirting For The Shy and Awkward Geek with Cathy and Monique

Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 6 PM - 7:30 PM

San Jose, California

Have you ever found yourself wishing you felt more natural and comfortable at flirting...? Or just wishing you had a clue how to do it without feeling like a fool?

Flirting can add playfulness to all kinds of engagements, from the grocery store to the bar. And it can add spice to new and established relationships.

Whether you're single or in a relationship, playful or shy... Understanding the basics of flirting and your natural Flirtation Style can add panache and ease to interactions from the casual to the intense.

Join 2 people who've studied the art of flirting from different personalities (outgoing and shy) and who've helped people gain confidence and delight all over the world.

In this 1.5-hour workshop, we'll guide you in discovering your natural flirtation style, and help you leverage that to build connection and playfulness... and the sexy (where appropriate), so that you feel grounded, authentic, and more fun and effective than you thought possible!

All races, genders, sexual orientations and abilities welcome. (There are 3 steps to the front door for those with disabilities.)

Cost: $25 prepaid or $40 per pair

Post-Holiday Cuddle Party in San Jose

Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

San Jose, California

Cuddle Party is a 3-hour workshop experience where participants engage in communication exercises, explore touch in a non-sexual space, experience personal exploration and intimacy, and have fun with likeminded friends from the community.

Nurturing and consensual loving touch is good for maintaining healthy blood pressure, a strong nervous system and a balanced emotional health. One’s ability to connect with and develop greater trust in others is emphasized during the group exchanges during Cuddle Party’s. Self-care is a cornerstone of Cuddle Party experience.

Cuddle Party is a formal, non-sexual event that offers participants an opportunity to explore intimacy with like-minded others. In a relaxed environment, that upholds personal boundaries and maintains a professional atmosphere, at all times, one is encouraged to engage in communication and touch, in a non-threatening, share-affirming environment.

Cuddle Party is a holistic, social environment, that attracts fascinating people from all walks of life. It provides a special and unique opportunity for connection, learning and growth. Come cuddle with us!

Cost: $35 - $40

Learn to Meditate with Paul Muller-Ortega in San Francisco

December 1 – 2, 2017 (Friday – Saturday)

First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco
1187 Franklin St,
San Francisco, California 94109

Neelakantha Meditation is a transformative and life-supporting practice of deep meditation that you can benefit from your entire life. Learn this powerful practice in San Francisco this December from world-renowned scholar Paul Muller-Ortega.

The course begins with two days of formal instruction:
Friday, December 1, 2017 • 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 •10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

By the end of the two days, you will be fully equipped with the technique and understanding to practice on your own each day with extraordinary benefit.

In these first two days, you’ll also learn the theoretical context and foundational principles of this powerful practice.

Over the following 18 months of this foundational course, your ongoing daily meditation practice will be supported and enriched in several important ways:
·         Welcome audio message
·         Ongoing Live Meditation Practice Teleseminars
·         Original translations of Tantric texts
·         Online Wisdom Library
·         Auditing Day 2 of Initiation events at no cost
·         Special Audio Satsangs
·         Additional Supporting Practices and Materials
·         Invitations to attend Meditation Retreats and to receive Advanced Initiations

In this rich combination of ongoing daily practice and study, you will continue to deepen and refine the practice of Neelakantha Meditation and the knowledge of the specific context and foundational principles underlying the practice, which is rooted in SvaTantra – the Tantric teachings of the ultimate freedom of Consciousness.

Cost: $500 - $600

Sacred Sound Immersion in Santa Cruz

Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 8 PM - 9:30 PM

Pacific Cultural Center
1307 Seabright Ave,
Santa Cruz, CA

The Santa Cruz Sound Healing tribe joins together monthly to share the healing sound vibrations of Gongs, Crystal & Tibetan Singing Bowls, Didgeridoos, Native Flutes & a variety of other instruments with the community. Guests will lay down in savasana as the vibrations fill the room & bathe us in sacred sound. These sounds can help guide us into a deep meditation as the vibrations pass through our bodies, opening blockages & allowing our minds to quiet. The physiological impact of sound on the body, emotions & cognition is apparent. Bathing in these waves of sound vibrations we can experience an inner calm & deep relaxation.

Please bring a mat, pillow & blanket for your comfort.

Danny Goldberg- Gongs, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Chimes
Kim Molloy- Crystal Singing Bowls
Tahra Singh- Gongs, Crystal Singing Bowls
Ashley Keith- Didgeridoo
Jesse Lobue- Didgeridoo
Athene Eyes-InHeart- Didgeridoo

Cost: $20

Rize UP

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 9 PM - 3 AM

1015 Folsom St,
San Francisco, CA

The horrible tragedy of the Northern California fires affected so many. Lives and livelihoods have been forever altered, and in some cases, lost. Let's RIZE UP as a community to raise some money for this important cause, and maybe have a bit of fun in the process.

Symbiosis, Raindance, Soundpieces, We Got This, and Enchanted Forest present:

Rize UP

Perfect Stranger
Sidecar Tommy
David Satori
Little John vs Rudeskool
Spekt1 vs Sikkie vs Blaqice
The Pirate
Naughty Princess
Dj Dakini

Cost: $20 - $100 (sliding scale donation)

All Gender Play Party with Monique and Peter

Saturday, November 25, 2017, 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM PST

Iron Giant Loft
1080 23rd Ave
Oakland, CA 94601

This is an experiential play party for the sensually adventurous. This special evening welcomes ALL and is very gender friendly. This is an invitation to dive deeply into yourself and each other in ways you may have been afraid to do in the past. This is the play party you want to come to even if you've never been to a play party before. We create an expansive, feeling-full environment charged with electricity, yet warmly grounded and earthy. A safe and sacred container for exploring kisses and hugs in a relaxed, sex-positive space. This play party encourages your curiosity about taking your own sensual play space to the next level. The evening is a celebration of imagination and curiosity, so you may experience as many flavors as you dare. Come dressed in something that makes you feel sacred and sexy!

First let Peter open you up through movement practice called qigong, getting you out of your minds and into your hearts.

What is Play with a capital "P"?

Play with a capital "P" is whatever it means to you. You are invited to co-create whatever feeds your soul. Participation (also with a capital "P") can mean many things and voyeurs are as warmly welcomed as the most actively engaged. It's a sensual space where participants are encouraged to explore themselves and others in ways that are stimulating, nurturing, exciting, safe and FUN!

This is the Play party you want to come to if you've never been AND this is the Play party you want to come to if you want to experience how to take generating safe play space for you and your loved ones to the next level.

Cost: $35 - $50

Psynchronize: Psygiving 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 10:59 PM - 5:59 AM

San Francisco, California

Psycircle joins forces with Synchronize to once again bring San Francisco psytrance the night before Thanksgiving!

Howdy kids! Unbelievable but it's November already. But what this really means for Psybabes here in NorCal is that we're almost due for our Annual Synchronize Psygiving Assembly where we gather the eve of Thanksgiving, recollect, reconnect, make new connections, and dance our hearts away into the very day where the entire nation observes a day of gratitude.

Now, y'all should know this almost didn't happen. Our good ol' home Il Pirata unfortunately signed on another group that blocks out every last Wednesday of the month. But as they say when one door closes, another opens. And indeed as the universe had another plan in mind to put this year's event on another level. Enter Psycircle to bridge the null to full manifestation of an ALL NIGHT event! How cool is that? So this year we're going to do something different, something very special in that I'm giving the bridge to our friends at Psycircle to produce the event. Which means they will provide the hydration needs, space, sound, and talent to treat y'all with a night of resonant healing we all love as psytrance. The line up will feature OG Synchronauts, Psycircle pilots, and special guests.

Without further ado, here's the Psygiving 2017 line up:

Featuring Psycircle potatoes+gravy with local turkeys:

···Bodhi ... ... ... http://www.soundcloud.com/bodhi1320
···Random ... ... https://soundcloud.com/djrandom-1
···Zul vs Barratt ... https://soundcloud.com/zularifin

+ Special Guest cranberries:

···Lali Shyama
With her roots in jungle music, Lali dedicated herself to turntablism and experimenting on Ableton over 10 years ago. Recently she has been seduced by the dark side of psychedelic music, finally uniting her with the sound she has always craved. The translation of her alias reflects her musical style, Lali; playful, Shyama; darkness.

This up-and-coming music magician is mastering the art of progressive psytrance and lucky for us making a stop here in San Francisco! The sound focuses on dark undulating atmospheres, low greasy and groovy lines, moist, and tribal fusion that creates a dark forest technology. Since the beginning of production, Aumra released with Climactic recs, Backflip recs, Visionary Shamanic Recs, and many others, as well as an upcoming EP scheduled for launch through Multifrequency recs at some point in early 2018.

The venue will feature security, outside smoking and chilling area, and get this, *** served all night long! As you can see kids, this isn't going to be a one-tapestry slap job we've become accustomed to at Il Pirata. This is a full production that will incur expense and as such, we will be charging for this event.

Cost: $20 presales or $25 cash at the door. Or $20 + canned good at the door. All proceeds after cost will be donated to San Francisco Food Bank.

Get Aligned: The Art of Holding Space

Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Be The Change Yoga & Wellness
52 S 1st St, Ste 320,
San Jose, CA

Holding space for others isn't an art only needed by healers, practitioners, therapists, or light workers. In today's current state of affairs, it's needed by all. You'll begin to cultivate practices around holding space for other - even those you don't see eye-to-eye with - without living out of integrity of what's important to you. Experience the shift that comes from the power of theme-inspired flow (led by BTC’s very own Taraneh) and soulfully guided conversation (facilitated by Kaye Namba, Life Coach and Mentor).

Cost: $20 - $25

Intro to Energetic Sex Plus an Energetic Play Party

Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM PST

Iron Giant Loft
1080 23rd Avenue
Oakland, CA 94606

Join Monique Darling and Peter Petersen for an explosive 4 1/2 hours of playing in the energetic field.

Would you like to expand the range of your ENERGETIC sexual experience?
Turn YOUR life into an orgasmic playground that doesn’t have to look anything like “sex”…
Learn to get in touch with your own energetic field, manipulate it, and turn it into a powerful source of connection and bliss.
Discover how and where to touch another to tune into, access, tease and play with their erotic energy, the energy of two people, or the energy of a entire group!
Tap into the energy of all 7 major chakra’s by yourself, with a partner, or in a group
Discover the differences in “taste” between energetic orgasms from chakra to chakra
Let us show you our tools, tips and tricks for unlocking your stuck sexual energy
AND of course be shown and get to play with Monique's Infamous creation... the "Heart Fuck!"
This workshop is Rated-PG13/R, will feature frank (and humorous!) language, fully-clothed demonstrations, and participation is not required. Please bring all your questions and a notebook!
Bring a partner, find a partner there, switch partners, or experience the course on your own. Many options will be offered to support each individual experience.

Cost: $35 prepaid and $40 at the door. $60 pair

A Path for Couples: Joyful Connection, Mindful Communication

Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Spirit Rock Meditation Center
5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd,
Woodacre, CA

Most couples envision sharing a life of love and joy with each other. They look forward to deepened intimacy and inner discovery. Then somewhere along the way, they feel as though they are bushwhacking through a thicket of life’s issues.

They ask, “Is there a map or trail that will guide us on our journey?” This workshop offers a time-tested path for couples that leads partners towards the treasures that are hidden in their hearts. They discover that a joyful, awakened connection is possible. Partners will learn to be more mindful of their communication patterns, which can either draw them closer together or create distance.

Experiential exercises and guided partner meditations will give couples tools and inspiration to choose patterns that open hearts support awakening. Participants will learn specific practices, which will reignite the spark of an alive and growing love, and which can be done on an ongoing way at home.

These practices are contained in George’s new book, A Path for Couples: Ten Practices to Transform Your Relationship, which will be available at the workshop. Join us for this exciting celebration of the publication of the book, which is a repository of the wisdom and experience of George’s and Debra’s 35 year marriage and his 25 years as a couple's counselor.

Couples of any race, age or gender preference welcome.

Teachings are appropriate for meditators of all levels, as well as health care professionals.

Cost: $75 - $200 (sliding scale)