SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

Free Mini Workshop - Relational Intimacy

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Four Points by Sheraton San Francisco Bay Bridge
1603 Powell St,
Emeryville, California 94608

It’s two hours of experiential exercises in a warm, welcoming, safe and supportive environment, where you’ll get a clear sense of our weekend workshops — deeply powerful, personal growth experiences that begin with Love Is A Miracle (Level 1).

Gathering and registration is 7:00pm to 7:30pm. The workshop will begin promptly at 7:30pm and go until 9:30pm. There will be no admittance after 7:30pm so as not to break the continuity of the workshop.

During your mini workshop, as with all our weekend workshops — created for singles and couples alike — you’re always 100% at choice. Every aspect of HAI is created for you to grow and thrive, which includes having your personal boundaries honored.

So open your heart and get ready to:
- Enhance your capacity to love and be loved
- Speak your truth and be fully supported
- Broaden your listening skills
- Take risks / push your edges a bit
- Deepen your empathy and compassion
- Question societal beliefs and conditioning
- Expand, grow and connect in a diverse, inclusive space where we welcome all adults

Begin your journey with the Human Awareness Institute.

Facilitator: Felicia Cosey

Cost: Free

How to Be a Feminist in the Bedroom

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM PST

1080 South Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94110

How can women, men, and folks of all genders learn to embody feminism in their sexuality while still feeling free to explore all their fantasies and desires?

Society dictates what is expected and “appropriate” behavior for men and women (and clearly ignores anyone who might not identify as either), often creating disempowering experiences for folks of all genders. Feminist sexuality examines how we can empower ourselves by allowing for deeper exploration and self-awareness, creating a wider range of options, making space for our authentic wants and needs, and learning how own them despite messages that tell us we shouldn’t.

Come learn:
·         How to feel comfortable and empowered saying no, and all the various ways that we can say no and keep the door open
·         Tools to explore and identify your true yes, and how to confidently ask for what you want
·         How to own your desires and be an advocate for your pleasure
·         How to make requests in a way that truly honors your partner’s consent and allows them full freedom of choice
·         How to use your and your lover’s NOs to help you find your YESes

By the end of the workshop, you’ll understand how feminist sexuality creates more intimate and pleasurable experiences for folks of all genders.

Cost: $30/person; $50/couple

More February 2017 events:

Gaga Dance Session with James Graham

Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Oshman Family JCC
Room E-104
3921 Fabian Way,
Palo Alto, California 94303

Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin/ Batsheva in Tel Aviv, Israel. Gaga movement classes are a guided movement experience of images, ideas, directions, and prompts. We move (however large or small) for the entire class adding layer upon layer. We will float our flesh, pull our bones, experience physical climaxes, challenge what we think are our limits, become aware of our habits and change them, and take pleasure moving and dancing in a welcoming studio. We work at our own volume, so whether you have never moved or move every day, you can connect to Gaga.

We allow no mirrors, and no observers. No prior experience is needed. The class is facilitated by James Grahm, Ohad’s student, and will be conducted in English.

If you want to know more about Gaga Dance, you can watch a video clip, recorded by the dance facilitator James Graham.:

All are welcome! (age 16+)

Cost: $15

More February 2017 events:

Non-Violent Communication Workshop in San Jose

Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Be The Change Yoga & Wellness
52 S 1st St, Ste 320,
San Jose, California 95113

Using Nonviolent Communication (NVC) AKA compassionate communication, we strengthen our ability to inspire compassion in our communications, with others and ourselves. NVC reframes how we express ourselves and hear others by focusing our consciousness on what we observe, feel, and need, and and by teaching us to make clear, powerful requests.

In this training you will be presented with skills which will support you when faced with conflict and language which disconnects such as diagnoses, criticisms, condemnations and blaming. You will learn to express yourself honestly without attacking. This will help minimize the likelihood of receiving defensive reactions from others. This practice is designed to give you insight into critical and hostile messages without taking them personally, giving in, losing self-esteem, or giving away your personal power. Compassionate Communication will support you in all relationships including your relationships at work, at home and at play. Especially important, Compassionate Communication will support you in your own internal dialogues, giving you greater understanding and compassion for what drives you.

Cost: $27 presale, $32 drop-in

How to Meditate - All about the Chakras

Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos
15980 Blossom Hill Rd,
Los Gatos, California 95032

The 7 Chakras is a symbolic representation of “Subtle Energies” of the inner body. Swiss Psychologist Carl Jung felt they symbolized deep unconscious forces. Whatever they may be, the classical meditations on the chakras can lead one to profound states of relaxation and insight, and understanding the forces associated with each center can help us to understand our unfolding and development on the path of meditation.

Cost: $12

Santa Cruz Music Festival 2017

February 18 – 19, 2017 (Saturday – Sunday)

Downtown, Santa Cruz
1126 Pacific Ave,
Santa Cruz, California 95060

Santa Cruz Music Festival 2017 Features:
A two-day, multi-venue festival located in Historic Downtown Santa Cruz.
Both Paid (Wristband Required) & Free (Public Events) Events.
12:00pm – 1:00am on Saturday and Sunday , February 18th and 19th 2017
Over 150+ hours of entertainment packed into Two days
12+ venues, 15+ stages of music and entertainment, all within walking distance.
250+ bands, DJ’s and artists.
Interactive art walks brought to you by Made Fresh Collective
Located 1 mile away from the Historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Genres range from Rock, Indie, Reggae, Electronic, Hip-Hop, Metal and every sound in between.

Venues include The Catalyst Club, Motiv, The Blue Lagoon, Woodstock’s Pizza, Streetlight Records, The Poet & The Patriot, Rosie McCann’s, 99 Bottles, The Food Lounge, Felix Kulpa Gallery
SCMF Panel Discussion – Topics: State of Santa Cruz, Sustainability, Music Industry, Cannabis
Stay tuned for upcoming artist and feature announcements, as well as ticket giveaways, videos and more.

Cost: $70 - $80 / 2 days / person

More February 2017 events:

Opera Night at Slap Face Coffee

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM

Slap Face Coffee & Tea
37324 Fremont Blvd,
Fremont, California 94536

We are thrilled to again welcome First Street Opera for an intimate evening of spectacular music making at Slap Face Coffee. Arias, duets, and ensembles from your favorite operas will be performed with live accompaniment (free to the public).

This event is not to be missed!

Cost: Free

PantheaCon: Pagans of All Ages and Kinds

February 17 – 20, 2017 (Thursday – Sunday)

Doubletree Hotel
2050 Gateway Place, 
San Jose CA

Join our many and varied spiritual traditions – Pagan, Wiccan, Norse, Druid, Egyptian, African Diaspora, Ceremonial Magick, Reconstructionist, Indigenous, shamanic, spiritual and magical groups in education and celebration. Topics include tarot, divination, goddesses and many others. Enjoy musical performances, rituals, workshops, scholarly papers, slide shows and more.

We fill the whole hotel with 14 function rooms for events including 4 ballrooms with over 60
vendors of pagan, magical and earth oriented products along with open house parties that host more

The booklet, describing the lineup, is more than 100 pages, so it is easy to find attractive activities onsite to almost everyone. Enjoy dancing, concerts, workshop, spiritual séances, and much more.

Cost: $80 for the weekend; $40 for a full day, $20 for an evening only.

Bubbles & Squeeze (Featuring The Amazing Bubble Man & Accordion Diva Jet Black Pearl)

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 8 PM - 10 PM

Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Ave,
Alameda, California 94501

After performing thousands of bubble shows for children and families, the Amazing Bubble Man (aka Louis Pearl) sets his sights on creating a show just for adults to debut as Bubbles After Dark. Since everyone loves bubbles, this special evening performance will harness the bubble master’s comedic theatricality with the fabulous accordion diva Jet Black Pearl’s talents. Singing, rapping and beat boxing about slugs in love, criminal gurus and hallucinating butterflies alternating sets with the formation of soap bubbles into new shapes, colors, and textures, provides a rare chance for adults to forget their worldly cares and simply enjoy some remarkable bubble art and bubblicious music. Some may wonder could Nina Hagen and Tom Waits have a secret daughter, born in Caravan Palace, with Bjork as a babysitter?

With more than 50 years of combined stage experience, this eccentric duo makes each show a unique happening. There is no script and loops are layered on the fly. This is truly freeform “play” in the purest sense of the word. While the Amazing Bubble Man has been playing with bubbles and audiences long enough to know better, performing before an audience of grown-ups allows him to remove any filters that family shows require.

Jet Black Pearl’s latest EP will be available for the first time as well, boasting six new songs, varying from very dreamy folk sounds to electro swing party, recorded during her tours and travels in the Netherlands, France and the USA. The EP highlights an eclectic array of musicians that added sousaphone, saxophones, human beat box, kora, and marimba to her accordion. The songs were mixed by the brilliant sound engineer Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, Primus, Bill Laswell).

Although most people think bubble shows are for little kids and their families, and that will happen the following day with two all ages shows, every so often the simple becomes sublime, as when Pee Wee Herman made a kids show for adults. Not to be missed.

Cost: $15 - $20

More February 2017 events:

Embracing The Winds of Change, a Biodanza Retreat to Live Your Life Fully

February 17-19, 2017 (Friday – Sunday)
Double Bear Retreat Center,
Santa Cruz Mountains, CA

Dancing with the winds of transformation and letting go of the past allows us to be fully alive
and to reconnect with our natural state of joy and vitality.

Biodanza invites us to break through conditionings to open a new path toward the freedom
to simply and fully be ourselves. Through our dances we develop trust, welcome the unknown, move through life with an open heart, look at the world and others with wonder and find our unique expression. 

Live your life here and now!!!

Join us in a peaceful redwood forest retreat center with wood fires, yurts, a wooden hot tub under the stars. We will all bring food and prepare delicious and healthy meals together.

Although this weekend is open to all, attending a few Biodanza classes before our time together will deepen your experience of this workshop.

Facilitator: Zora Coeur de Roy​

Cost: $350