SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

The Story of the Lover: An Evening of Exploring the Myth with Alchemy, Medicine Stories, and Facilitated Workshop

Friday, September 30, 2016 at 7 PM - 10 PM

Finnish Kaleva Hall
1970 Chestnut St,
Berkeley, California 94702

Join us for an exploration of the mythology of the archetype of The Lover. This event is for men and women and explores the myths about love that have been holding us hostage.

Through story, song, and dance~ this alchemical experience uses myth as the catalyst for exploring our collective relationship to love and how is it expressed in relationship to our beloveds...and also in our communities, and greater society.

One might call it a performance, another would call it a workshop, another would call it a ritual. We will call it a commitment to transforming old myths that no longer serve our emerging culture.

Cost: $25

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The Intimacy Dojo: Communication Games in Palo Alto

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

815 La Para Ave,
Palo Alto, CA

What if you had the tools to unlock the thoughts that live in your head and express yourself freely to others? What if, in doing that, you could really come alive and discover the fun and playfulness that you always knew was possible in your relationships and interactions?

Our Mission is to help people discover the magic of connection, of living life out loud with joy. Join us for this evening designed to give you just that.

We will guide you through a series of round-robin style communication games. It's simple and fun. They may be intimate, strange, complex, revealing, or even a little confronting. Forget about the usual “what do you do for a living” chit-chat, these games will challenge you to risk a little more of yourself.

You are encouraged to answer questions boldly, honestly and from the heart. You only gain as much as you risk!

Come join a room of people engaging in honest, humorous, playful conversation around topics we mostly only consider having in our head. It's like a giant exhale when the rest of the world is asking you to hold it all in.

Sound like a worthwhile way to spend a weekday night? Bring yourself, your playfulness, and your willingness to try something new!

Cost: $10 Cash at the door.

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DANCE ELEMENTAL - Ecstatic Dance Journey

Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Center for Creative Living
1460 Koll Circle # C,
San Jose, CA

We dance and journey through the elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth and back to our Center.

Dance Elemental offers a unique expression of ecstatic dance culture, inspired by nature-centered spiritual traditions.

Become the dance, become the music.  We dance and journey as a community to witness and remind ourselves of the beauty that we are.  We are Air - Fire - Water - Earth and Spirit.  Embody your divine nature.

Learn and grow from each element and work with its unique, palpable energy. Celebrate together and allow your inner light to be revealed!

Cost: $15/person; $25/couple

Cuddle Up! A Place to Connect, Cuddle & Commune in SAN JOSE

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 7 PM - 10 PM
San Jose, California

Cuddle UP is the place to come to relax, unwind, allow the connection to sooth and relax you and allow your being to be filled up with oxytocin...to feel happy and joy flow into your system!

So many are starving for touch…no hugging at work or sometimes even between friends…so here is the place you can connect and fill up that human need for deep and yet fun connection…all in a consensual & safe space!

At Cuddle UP you meet new friends, raise the sense of belonging, decrease your blood pressure, create a hug tribe of friends and sleep better!

Cost: $25 - $35

Mean Old Blues Festival

October 7 - 9, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

San Francisco, CA

Mean Old Blues Festival is a brand spankin' new blues exchange and workshop weekend in the City of San Francisco. We invite you to share in our deep love for the roots of blues through two days of fantastic classes and three nights of dancing to live blues music.

=== Venues ===
• The Lab @ 2948 16th St, San Francisco
• Women's Building @ 3543 18th St, San Francisco
• Mission Neighborhood Center @ 362 Capp St, San Francisco

=== Instructors ===
Damon Stone
Heidi Fite
Julie Brown
Tim O'Neill
Shawn Hershey
Nicole Trissell

=== Bands ===
Friday – Grease Grit and Grime
Saturday – Quinn Deveaux & The Blue Beat Revue
Sunday – The Fried Bananas

Cost: Varies

Rejuvenating Yoga / Feldenkrais Retreat

October 7 - 10, 2016 (Friday – Monday)

Presentation Center
19480 Bear Creek Road,
Los Gatos, CA 95033

Please join us for a rejuvenating body movement retreat on Columbus Day weekend in the Santa Cruz Mountains. For three days and three nights we will practice yoga, Feldenkrais, dance, hike and meditate at the relaxing Presentation Center.

Located just 20 minutes from Silicon Valley and 30 minutes from the San Francisco airport, this land is a sanctuary away from home filled with many beautiful redwood trees, wildlife, a lake, sunshine and stillness. In between retreat offerings there will be plenty of free time to indulge in hiking, swimming, a good book or a cup of tea in the natural habitat all around.

What is Feldenkrais?

The Feldenkrais method consists of gentle movement sequences all geared towards improving postural alignment, refining coordination functions, and restoring our innate graceful movement.   Each lesson will revolve around a particular theme (such as opening the heart, the lower extremity and connection with the earth etc.) and will be interwoven with empowerment tools & meditation.

What kind of yoga will we do?

In the morning we will engage in a brief active asana practice to warm up the body, build strength and awareness of breath. In the afternoon we will have a gentle Hatha and/or Yin yoga session to balance energy, digestion and immune function. This work will complement the Feldenkrais lessons of each day.

What should I expect to receive from these offerings?

The results of combining these two practices include increased clarity, focus and freedom in your body and in your mind.  Participants also report improved sleep, digestion and experiencing and a wonderful opportunity to relax from the business of day to day life.

All experience/ levels are welcome.

Cost: $590 - $660

Alice in Wonderland Unbirthday Tea Party

Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10 AM - 4 PM

Golden Gate Park North Dutch Windmill
San Francisco, California 94121

Hare: My dear child, this is NOT a birthday party.
Mad Hatter: Of course not. This is an unbirthday party.


Join us for tea in the park by the windmill while wearing awesome costumes! It's an unbirthday party. Formal attire is encouraged.

Are you the Mad Hatter? Alice? The Cheshire Cat or the Queen of Hearts? Perhaps you are from a different story ... Bring your favorite character to life!

You will need whimsy, a tea cup and some tea treats to share.

Birthday songs and cake are strictly prohibited ;)

Cost: Free

17th Annual Burning Man San Francisco Decompression

October 9 -10, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

Esprit Park
Minnesota St,
San Francisco, California 94107

Burning Man’s volunteer Community Events Team is planning the 17th Annual SF Decompression Heat The Street FaIRE! It will be October 9, 2016 starting at Noon. We are scheduling stages and placing art and camps STARTING…(ready, set…) NOW!

Got art? A mutant vehicle? Theme camp? Performance? Kids event? Video art, etc? Can you contribute a mutant vehicle with a stage for live performance we can schedule live acts on?

Do you have art that hangs easily on fencing you’d like to display (we have lots of fencing this year)?

So, as you prepare for the Playa, take a moment to plan how your art will make it to SF Decom and one or more regional gatherings. Help keep the creative fires burning all year-long!

California Deathfest 2016 in Oakland

October 14-16, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

Oakland Metro
522 2nd Street
Oakland, CA 94607

California Deathfest is a 3-day event that will take place from October 9-11, 2015 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California. The show on Friday, October 9-th will feature grind, punk, and hardcore bands, and the shows on October 10th and 11th will feature death, black, and doom metal bands. Various merchandise and food vendors will also be at California Deathfest.

FOG Diwali - Festival of Lights

Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM (PDT)

Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue,
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Join thousands of people in celebrating the only Diwali festival with spectacular fireworks and an amazing laser show on Saturday, October 15th at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Enjoy cultural programs, Ram leela, a dazzling parade, fancy costumes, kids masti corner, a petting zoo, and animal rides! Relish delicious food, DJ and dance to the hit Bollywood songs. Festival is organized by Festival of Globe (FOG) and Fremont Hindu Temple.

Cost: $5 online/ $6 at the gate

Relationship Tune Up for Couples

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10 am to 1 pm

1925 Winchester Blvd, Suite 106,
Campbell, CA 95008

Is the "Check Engine" light on in your relationship and you've been ignoring it? Maybe it's time to bring it in for a Tune Up and clear out any negative energy so that the engine can run smoothly and harmoniously again. We will engage in exercises and practices designed to put you back on track to love and appreciation again. Please join us for an exciting journey of self-discovery and loving connection with your partner.

Cost: $70/couple

San Jose Aqua Yoga Training

October 15-16, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

Saratoga YMCA
13500 Quito Road
Saratoga, CA 95070

Learn how to take yoga asana into an accessible and welcome medium for diverse populations.
Suggestions for building a business
Communication skills
How the system of yoga helps people beyond poses?
Pool requirements
..and so much more

Non-threatening environment that foresters learning and encouragement for teachers to take yoga to people under-served. People with Obesity, MS, arthritis, Fibromyalgia, hip replacement, rotator cuff injury, pregnancy and so much more can benefit from practicing in a non-gravitational field.

Cost: $375

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

Sacred Connection Dance and Cuddles

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

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

Join us for the Sacred Connection Dance and Cuddles night with Michael's (DJ Moody Shapes) groovy beats. Movement is a beautiful way to warm up our bodies, get in touch with our senses and get the energy flowing. We will be taking all the juiciness from the dance into a deep connection with ourselves and other people through guided practices of Tantric connection. There will be a range of possibilities to choose from. You can stay with yourself the entire night, connect with others from a distance or share conscious touch and embodied connection. All the Tantric exercises and done fully clothed, and consent is of paramount importance. So you participate only when you want to.

Our evening will end with integration through conscious relaxation, and cuddles, if you wish. You can also complete your experience with a solo savasana relaxation.

I am looking forward to connecting and playing with you!

Cost: $20 at the door. Cash only please.

Sex Camp for Adults in Lupin – Clothing Optional Resort

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

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. Present a print-out of the EventBrite ticket or display it on your mobile device at the door.
-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

2016 SF Bodypainting Day

Sun Oct 23 2016 at 11:00 am to 03:00 pm

San Francisco Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Bldg,
San Francisco, United States

Talented artists from around the world will paint over 50 nude models of all shapes and sizes to promote free artistic expression, body acceptance & human connection through art.

Bodypainting Day is not a protest. It's a celebration!
The theme for 2016 is "Inner Beauty".
It is free and open to the public. It is for the public.
We hope to see you there.

2016 Bodypainting Day cities include New York City, Amsterdam, Brussels and San Francisco.

Cost: Free

October Cuddle Party in Santa Clara

Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Santa Clara, CA

Meet fun people in a relaxed environment. This is a workshop where you will learn how to set boundaries with ease and grace. Be your authentic self and say NO to requests or say YES, but know that you will be supported by the group for being your authentic self. You are always at choice. You don't HAVE to cuddle with anyone EVER. Learn how to separate normal human physical affection from an intent for sexuality or romance. It is liberating. Please join us for this fun and educational workshop.

A Cuddle Party is: A structured, safe workshop on boundaries, communication, intimacy and affection. A drug and alcohol-free way to meet fascinating people in a relaxing environment. A laboratory where you can experiment with what makes you feel safe and feel good.

This playful, fun workshop has been a place for people to rediscover non-sexual touch and affection, a space to reframe assumptions about men and women, and a great networking event to meet new friends, roommates, business partners and significant others.

Can Cuddle Party restore your faith in humanity? It just might. But at the very least, you’ll have a great time, and leave feeling relaxed and inspired.

Cost: $40/single; $30/person - if bringing someone NEW; $60/couple

Monster Bash in Mountain View

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 4 PM - 8 PM

Rengstorff Park
201 S Rengstorff Ave,
Mountain View, California 94040

Celebrate Halloween with your family, friends and neighbors at the Mountain View Monster Bash!

Featured Movie – Hotel Transylvania 2
Come in costume!

An outdoor movie will be featured along with Halloween games, music and light refreshments. Movie will start at approx. 6:30 p.m. Be sure to bring a low-back chair and blanket!

All are invited to attend this FREE family event!

Cost: Free

Lifeline: Dance Workshop 15

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM - 9 PM

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

“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?” ----Bob Marley

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 waive” 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: Michael Pekker

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

Cuddles'n'Blues! Connect in hugs and dance!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Church of Soul
1550 5th St.
Oakland, CA 94607

It's our 2-year anniversary! We've been helping people discover new ways of having authentic and healthy connections in hugs and dance almost monthly and sometimes twice a month! :) Join us to celebrate and get more sweet hugs & fun dancing!

Partner dancing is an amazing analogy for relationships and life. Learn how to ask for what you want, listen deeply, and be clear about your yes's and no's -- on and off the dance floor. Enjoy an evening of healthy, physical touch in a safe & fun environment. We'll have a playful event with honest discussions and exercises to support you in learning and deepening your experience in blues dancing and cuddly gatherings.

It's all about clear communication and consent, so you get to choose who you want to interact with throughout the evening. You can dance or cuddle or simply observe or do all the above and change your mind any time at this PG-RATED, fully clothed event :)

7p Doors open (bring snacks; I'll have some)
7:30-9:30p Workshop (please be on time--lots to share!)
9:30-11p Practice lab: dance & cuddle party

Cost: $30

September Cuddle Party in Santa Clara

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Santa Clara, CA

Meet fun people in a relaxed environment. This is a workshop where you will learn how to set boundaries with ease and grace. Be your authentic self and say NO to requests or say YES, but know that you will be supported by the group for being your authentic self. You are always at choice. You don't HAVE to cuddle with anyone EVER. Learn how to separate normal human physical affection from an intent for sexuality or romance. It is liberating. Please join us for this fun and educational workshop.

A Cuddle Party is: A structured, safe workshop on boundaries, communication, intimacy and affection. A drug and alcohol-free way to meet fascinating people in a relaxing environment. A laboratory where you can experiment with what makes you feel safe and feel good.

This playful, fun workshop has been a place for people to rediscover non-sexual touch and affection, a space to reframe assumptions about men and women, and a great networking event to meet new friends, roommates, business partners and significant others.

Can Cuddle Party restore your faith in humanity? It just might. But at the very least, you’ll have a great time, and leave feeling relaxed and inspired.

Cost: $40/single; $30/person - if bringing someone NEW; $60/couple

Healthy Gut & Happy Brain FREE Workshop

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto
Chapel Room
1140 Cowper St.
Palo Alto, CA

Learn a simple, powerful holistic self-healing technique that helps you develop a clean & healthy gut and 5 steps of Brain Education (BEST 5) to become the true owner of your brain and your life.

You should attend if you:
* Want to learn how to utilize your brain fully
* Are looking to expand your understanding of how your body functions and the ways in which your mind and gut communicate
* Want to improve your health safely and naturally
* Have a desire to better manage hormones, emotions and anxiety

 “I’ve got a gut feeling about this.”
“The thought of it makes my stomach churn.”
“My gut says to go with this one.”

Have you ever found yourself saying these intuitive phrases to yourself? If yes, you have good reason. Modern science is finding stronger corroborations that link pathways between the gut and brain in processing thoughts and emotions. In fact, the connection between the gut and brain is so direct and intimate that scientists are now referring to the gut as the body’s second brain below the waist.
Did you know that the brain only makes 5% of the happiness hormone, serotonin, in your body?

Surprisingly, it is your gut that produces a whopping 95% of your entire body’s supply of serotonin! Also, 50% of the body’s dopamine—the hormone critical to motivation and focus—is made by your second brain in the gut. This means that keeping your gut healthy is the secret and key to keeping your emotions, and consequently your overall well-being, healthy as well. The best part is that Belly Button Healing is a simple method that lets you activate serotonin and dopamine in a short time wherever you are to create your own health, happiness, and peace.

Cost: Free

Psychodrama Workshop: Accessing Our Resources in San Jose

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

The Process Therapy Institute
595 Millich Dr # 102
Campbell, CA

Spontaneity and creativity are essential for survival. What happens when we, or our clients, feel "stuck”? What helps? In this day of growth and renewal we will identify resources - cultural, spiritual, internal and interpersonal and explore what keeps us from accessing them.  We will learn psychodramatic methods to work with ourselves and others.

What is Psychodrama? Psychodrama is an experiential method of exploring our private and public worlds in a multidimensional, creative way. It helps you safely express feelings, develop insights and practice new, desired behaviors.

Join us and enjoy a stimulating and confidential day.  No acting skills needed and participation is at your level of comfort.

Who should attend? This workshop and training is appropriate for those new to psychodrama, as well as experienced practitioners; to professionals and students in mental health and a variety of other fields; and those wanting to further their knowledge of psychodrama.

Cost: $85 - $110

Autumnal Equinox Kirtan

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Ananda Scotts Valley
221 Mount Hermon Rd,
Scotts Valley, California 95066

Join us in an evening of sacred chanting at this auspicious time of year. The autumnal equinox symbolizes the inner preparation for spiritual enlightenment. Retreat, introspection, seclusion characterize this precious time of year. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily even if it is your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English as well as some Indian bhajans.

All are welcome.

Cost: Free (Donations)

'The Secrets Revealed' - Free Kabbalah Lecture

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Bnei Baruch San Francisco
22 Monterey Blvd,
San Francisco, CA

Bnei Baruch Education Center of San Francisco cordially invites you to a free introductory lecture on the wisdom of Kabbalah, titled: 'The Secrets Revealed'

* Why was I born?
* What is the meaning of my life?
* Why do I suffer and how can I prevent it?
* How can I take control of my life?

The wisdom of Kabbalah is a methodology that provides individuals with the ability to answer all of these questions and more. In 'The Secrets Revealed' you will discover firsthand what this ancient wisdom is.

No matter who you are, each of us at some point contemplates life’s deepest questions. So bring your friends and family and together learn what the wisdom of Kabbalah has to say about life's greatest secrets.

Cost: Free