SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

Festival of Colors Santa Cruz 2nd Annual

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11 AM - 3 PM

San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz
137 Dakota Ave,
Santa Cruz, California 95060

Interactive Dance, Live Mantra Bands, Yoga, Cuisine, Colors, and Free Hugs. World's Happiest Transformational Event.

11:00 am - Loka Bhakti - YogaDance
11:30 am – Aakansha - Dance and Devotion
12:00 pm - Srikalogy
1:15 pm - DJ Starlett
1:30 pm - Aakansha Fusion
1:45 pm - Shakti Bhakti
2:00 pm - Bhakti Beats/Kirtan Borrero

Cost: $5

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GLOW: A Festival of Fire & Light

Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

Museum of Art & History
705 Front Street,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

GLOW is your night to experience the best fire and digital art in the Santa Cruz County area. Explore an open street filled with fire dancing and art. Get up close to flaming cannonades, sculptures and music in the Abbott Square plaza. Get hands-on in the electrified museum with interactive digital art, projections, and LED sculptures.

GLOW festival information:
-If purchasing in advance, bring your ticket with you.
-Event is CASH ONLY the night of
-Please do not bring strollers or pets
-If it rains on the night of October 22nd we will postpone the Fire event to Saturday, October 29th. Your ticket purchase is good for that night.

Cost: $22

Tantra Yoga Weekend

October 21 – 23, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

Berkeley Yoga Center
1250 Addison St, Ste 209,
Berkeley, California 94702

Please join us in honoring our bodies, souls, and minds during this unique and intimate weekend workshop where we will explore the Tantric approach to meditation, health and yoga through the Tri-dosha Balancing Asana series.

Core components will include:
-Learn to give and receive an Ayurvedic Body Alignment Walking Massage
-Practice Tantra Yoga Asanas and Pranayama
-Satsang (lecture with group discussions)
-Participation in a Traditional Tantric Puja (ritual)
-Time to experience, explore and enrich the Self with Tantric Yoga philosophy and practice.

Ericardo Baldonado teaches Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, Vyayama (physical practices), Dhyana (meditation) classes and holds Satsang (lectures) at Shri Kali Ashram, India, in Teacher Training programs for the last 6 years.

Traditional Tantra is a timeless science that can be integrated into a modern lifestyle.

Friday- 7:30-9:30pm (two-hour class)
Saturday- 12:30-6:30pm (6-hour class includes lunch)
Sunday- 11am-5:30pm (6 1/2-hour class includes lunch)

Cost: $220/single; $400/couple

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Sex Camp for Adults in Lupin Lodge

October 21 - 23, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

Lupin Lodge
20600 Aldercroft Heights Road,
Los Gatos, CA 95033

SEXCAMP is a weekend of fun, play and exercises that awaken our natural sexiness. We offer in-the-moment experiences and proven tools that help you have better sex, sex that gets better and better. Live your inherent sexy nature and revel in your desires and instincts!

SEXCAMP retreats are experiential weekends that explore our wants, put shame away and stretch our imagination. The basis of our work is helping women and men to live in the playful innocence and joy that derives from the uninhibited, consent-based exploration of pleasure, fun and expression.

Experience living, breathing and embracing “Sex is Okay”.

Consent – honoring your yes and your no – is a cornerstone of our events. Within your boundaries we help you stretch safely out of your comfort zone. Activities include conversation and stillness, movement and art, sex research and sexy teachings.

The weekend is led by 2-4 experienced sexuality counselors and coaches with almost a half century of cumulative experience and training.

Cost: $790 - $990 / couple

Movement Medicine: Hunter's Moon

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Menlo Pilates & Yoga
1011 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Come explore your moving body in a safe space (i.e. no drugs, no alcohol, no talking and no unwanted groping). Just groovy tunes, barefoot boogie like you used to do in your room as a kid.

We use this space to explore our inner Artist/creative one in relation to
* our adult selves (yes, we will be bringing out the art supplies again!)
* others...
* and the Moon Cycle

So whether you are happy and you know it - or not...come as you are, in this moment...and this one. All forms of expression welcomed.

THEME: to know more specifics and how to incorporate/integrate the energy of each moon more fully into your life

Cost: $15-20

My Love and I: Dance Workshop (W18)

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM - 9 PM

Li's Wushu Academy
10268 Bandley Dr, Ste 107-B,
Cupertino, CA 95014

“The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love”.
---- Henry Miller

“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone”.
----- Orson Welles

Dance therapy is offering numerous benefits for physical, mental, and emotional health. Music itself can be a very powerful tool. It can affect our moods and our state of well-being by triggering memories and other emotional experiences. When dance or any movement is set to music, it can create a stress relieving, joyful and sometimes healing moment for those involved, as well as increasing/releasing endorphins in the brain.

Please join us for the dance movement therapy workshop in Cupertino, where we will explore different attributes of the emotional and physical well-being through set of the creative and fun exercises, mixed with the episodes, filled with free-form dancing.

Main benefits you may expect:

- Getting a good ability to express suppressed emotions
- Establishing a positive and rejuvenating connection with your body
- Improving general physical fitness and gross motor skills development
- Processing internal negative beliefs, improving confidence and self-esteem
- Encourages creativity and imagination
- Connecting others people on emotional level
- Creating a positive life outlook, addressing stressful life events and depressive episodes

Every workshop is different, and the facilitator will follow the flow, adjusting the list of the exercises and free-form dance activities to the created team spirit and atmosphere.

Important notes:

- No partner or previous dancing experience necessary.
- All ages and physical capabilities are welcome. You choose you own level of participation and involvement.
- Please try to be on time, as it is easier to “catch a wave” if you are present from the class beginning.
- Clothing: anything that would let you move freely.
- Shoes: dancing bare-feet is the best, but you can also use soft flat shoes. Please no outdoor shoes on the floor.
- There is plenty of parking near the studio. Follow the GPS guidance, however as soon as you turn to the parking lot from Bandley Drive, you need to drive around the building to find the Li's Wushu Academy Entrance at the back. There are no entrances from the front or sides of the building.

Workshop Facilitator: Tanya Pekker, LMFT

Cost: Recommended donation $15 (cash, at the door).

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On the Edge of the (Un)Known, Science and Nonduality

October 20-23, 2016 (Thursday – Sunday)
(Pre-conference Workshops: October 19-20, 2016)

Dolce Hayes Mansion
200 Edenvale Ave,
San Jose, California 95136

I do not negate the world; I see it appearing in consciousness, which is the totality of the known in the immensity of the unknown.
― Nisargadatta Maharaj

What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.
― Albert Einstein

Both science and spirituality reflect the human urge to know – that perennial itch to make sense of the world and who we are. This search is an essential part of being human. We live life supported by knowledge. However, the larger our knowledge the larger the shore of the unknown becomes.

We probe reality the best we can with our tools of understanding: structures, models, theories, myths, beliefs, teachings, etc. These tools of understanding also define the limits our knowledge. Is it possible to go beyond the limits of our tools? And what would it take?

This year at SAND we will explore that edge where knowledge meets the unknown and the unknowable. We will navigate that space where something else takes over – call it intuition, deeper knowing, trust, surrender – a place from which new discoveries in science and realizations in spirituality become possible. What is the horizon of our current knowledge, and where are we expanding the edge of the unknown?

What if science and spirituality, while responding to our collective aspiration to grow as a species in a world filled with mystery and wonder, would no longer need to carry the burden of having all the answers? What if our search is considered open-ended, rather then having to arrive at a grand theory of life or at a final state of enlightenment? What if, while we probe deeper into reality and who we are, we realize that the knowledge we gather is just a stepping-stone and not the arrival at a final destination?

Cost: $484-$645

Foot massage exchange and cuddling

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

21020 Homestead Rd # B,
Cupertino, CA

The latest entry in the self-help revolution, the cuddle party is a way for adults to get together and explore affectionate touch and communication without it becoming sexualized.

In this meeting we’ll do more exercises (exploring how to move energy to upper chakras, to leave longer…). We’ll switch more during our hug train exercise to observe energy shifts, and most importantly we’ll aim to have better gender balance, by moving people and couples in from the waiting list. Also, people love foot massage exchange, and it will be on the plate again.

Most people want to be held, and be the big or little spoon, some people just want to hold hands, some people just want an arm around them, some people have strong emotions come up, and some people just want silence and they want to snooze. Everything is up to you and you have power to say YES or NO to anything, and 'maybe' we classify as NO!

Zero tolerance for harassment!!!

Cost: $20 for men and $10 for ladies.

Meditate + Connect: Touch Workshop

Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

308 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Meditate + Connect is an experience devoted to human connection and self-care.  Guided meditation, silent practice, and nurtured conversations will let you dive deep into the present moment.

Our theme for this gathering is Touch. As humans, our experience as physical beings is fundamental to our experience of life, literally and figuratively.  As infants, we require caring touch to live and thrive.  When someone does something that moves you deeply, you might say, "I was touched by your kindness." 

Touch is a way we connect with our world and each other.  As a baby, you explored your world through touch. And as we grew to adulthood, we also have life experiences -- such as past trauma, social anxiety, or high sensitivity -- that influence our relationship to touch.  Every community has social rules about touch -- what's OK, and when, and why.

Increase your awareness, deepen your experience.  You'll be guided in meditation to develop your awareness of physical sensation in your own body, and deepen your experience of the present moment.  You'll practice welcoming your thoughts and emotions along the way, and gain greater insight to your own life experience around touch.

Join the conversation.  What's your experience with touch? How do you meet your human need for caring touch if you're single? How can you communicate boundaries and desires about touch with others? 

We'll talk about this and more.  You will also have the opportunity to practice caring and healing touch, if you would like.

Cost: $35 - $45

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Art and Meditation Retreat

Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Stillpath Retreat Center
16350 Skyline Boulevard
Woodside, CA 94062

Please join us for a daylong retreat of rejuvenation and relaxation at Stillpath Retreat Center!
Located just north of Silicon Valley, Stillpath Retreat Center is nestled in a secluded area of Woodside, immersed in the natural beauty of Redwood trees. This beautiful 16.4-acre setting includes several hiking trails, a walking labyrinth, yoga room, indoor saline pool and hot tub. An outdoor terrace and indoor library facilitate a peaceful environment for self-reflection and journaling.

This retreat will focus on the use of meditation and painting as a means to integrate mindfulness into our everyday lives. Participants will engage in workshop activities, self-reflection and discussion as tools to center, relax, and explore meaningful activities for self-care, to replenish your body, mind and spirit.

8:30-9:30 AM: Check-in
10:00 AM: Introduction
10:30 AM: Settling into Space & Guided Meditation
11:00: Mindful Painting
12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch break
1:00-4:00 PM: Your time to continue painting, enjoy the grounds and amenities including:
- indoor saline pool
- indoor hot tub
- dry sauna
- peaceful outdoor terrace
- hiking trails
- walking labyrinth
- yoga room
4:00-6:00 PM: Sharing, Discussion & Closing

Cost: $80

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