SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

June 2016: Best Holistic and Entertaining Events in San Francisco Bay Area and Around

The Neuroscience of Meditation

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Pivotal Labs
875 Howard St,
San Francisco, California 94103

Have you ever wondered what happens in your brain during meditation? Dustin DiPerna and Sean Dae Houlihan will lead a hands-on evening of actual meditation practice, along with a play-by-play neuroscientific explanation. Dustin, a prominent meditation teacher in the Bay, will guide a series of practices to give each of us the opportunity to explore the influence of meditation on specific aspects of our conscious experience. Dae, a cognitive neuroscience PhD student at MIT, will speak to what is known about the neural bases of these different meditative experiences by overviewing how meditation interacts with the neural networks involved in attention, emotion and self-referential processes. The session will give you an unprecedented opportunity to experience the emerging union of cutting-edge science and innovative meditation instruction.

Following the talk, Dustin and Dae will lead small group discussions during our breakout session. The breakout session is a chance for small groups to gather around specific topics of interest. To share ideas, explore collaborations, and deeply connect.

6:30: Check in, snacks
6:45: Structured Schmoozing
6:55: Event intro + Meditation
7:00: Dustin DiPerna and Sean Dae Houlihan
7:50: Break
8:00: Break-out Sessions (Small group discussion)
9:00: Break-out Recap
9:15: Closing Meditation

Cost: $17 - $22

Sex Magic and Erotic Influence

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 7 PM to 10 PM

San Francisco, CA

-What kind of erotic presence do you hold? 
-What is the range and depth of you sexual embodiment? 
-What can you call forth from your lover? 
-What are your edges and how do they hold you back from expressing and enjoying your full erotic potential? 

Meriana Dinkova has created SEX MAGIC, a monthly workshop series in which we will share and play with some conceptual and technical tools designed to strengthen our erotic presence, deepen awareness, and enhance pleasure & connection during an erotic or sexual encounter.  
To each meeting I will be also bringing different co- facilitators- speakers, sexuality experts and workshop leaders from related areas. 

We are excited to open our toolboxes, which we have created in many years of studying and practicing a variety of approaches to influencing, attuning and aligning mind and body. We are also curious what new tools will come to life through your participation. There is a Sex Magician in every one of us. 

SEX MAGIC is a combination of external techniques and internal practices. Most of them are aimed at heightening our ability to feel into the intricacies of our experience, to influence it’s quality and to strengthen our presence. We will also show some of its uses in uncovering, evoking and embodying erotic archetypes. They can be valuable and exciting allies for heightening sensitivity, strengthening awareness, sexual healing and for widening the range of erotic play. 

This event is meant to be a laboratory for diving deeper into the fabric of human experience and the energies of intention, bliss and presence. We will experiment with different ways of using these energies as vehicles for consciousness exploration. 

Through lecture, sharing and exploratory exercises, we will journey on a discovery process that will deepen our erotic self and strengthen our ability to use different aspects of our consciousness to bring more awareness, richness and pleasure in our life. 

Come solo or with a partner, but come prepared to discover new ways to make your experience magical! 

The Meetup is three hours long - in the last hour there is wine and cheese social. 

Cost: $15-25 sliding scale.

Love Tides ~ An Evening Puja

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 7 PM - 10 PM

Oakland, California

Bring your beloved, or connect with new folks! Treat yourself to an evening of LOVE, an evening of immersion in the journey of genuine Heart Awakening...

A puja is an act of worship, an expression of reverence and devotion. In Tantra we use it to connect with the divine through connecting with our partner. The Love Tides Puja is not like other pujas you may have been to. It doesn't look or feel the same, we don't even sit in two circles and go around, but we do have the chance to connect with many in the room if we want, or stay with the partner we came with if we prefer. The exercises are unique, and designed to bring us into deep self-connection, and drop us into the "Ocean of Love that Surrounds and Connects Us", then to connect with our partner(s) from that place.

What to expect:

* This is a clothing-on event.
* Experiential exercises we do alone & with others.
* Raps on topics, group dialogue, & sharing.
* This event is appropriate for all experience levels.
* This is a highly pleasurable (ecstatic) event, with a focus on awakening & deep heart presence.
* This is not like other Tantra events you have been to. This is authentic work on awakening.

Join us for this juicy ecstatic evening of elevated sensuality.

Cost: $20 - $30

Untz Festival 2016

June 3 - 4, 2016 (Friday – Saturday)

Mariposa Fairgrounds,
5007 Fairgrounds Road
Mariposa, CA 95338

The Untz inaugural, the first time ever, festival will be taking place June 3-4, 2016 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds in beautiful Mariposa, CA. A special pre-party will kick things off on June 2-nd, deep in the heart of gorgeous northern California.

Phutureprimitive The Werks Desert Dwellers Kalya Scintilla + Eve Olution Kaminanda Wick-It the Instigator Mr. Bill Crywolf [LIVE] Illenium Fractal Siren Said the Sky Turbo Suit Bass Physics Marvel Years MerKaBa Treavor Moontribe Amani vs Teapot Unlimited Gravity B2B Project Aspect Dynohunter Ryan Farish [LIVE] Yamn SugarBeats LabRat Branx Sixis Greener Grounds Vine Street Vibes Lucid Vision Evanoff Blunt Force Kinetik Groove Kinetik Force 9 Theory CharlestheFirst Mystral Tribone Outersect GKEN-E LWKY Transfer Station Cosmic Coast Soul Cyamtic Grid Division

The Untz Festival is one hour from Yosemite Village, which means not only will the festival grounds be set in a world-renowned swath of wilderness, but you'll be in close proximity to Half Dome and Yosemite hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain climbing, and camping if you're looking to extend your trip.

It is also at reasonable drive time from Bay Area, so consider

Cost: $160 / 2-day pass; $50 / parking pass

Vipassana: A Path to Happiness

June 3 – 5, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

Mount Madonna Center
445 Summit Rd, Watsonville,
California 95076

How present are you for your own life? Most of us spend more time worrying about the future, replaying the past, or lost in fantasy, than experiencing what life is offering to us right now. Mindfulness — or vipassana meditation —is the practice described by the Buddha for developing wisdom, compassion, and peace by learning to be mindful of what is actually happening in the present moment. This weekend is a traditional Insight meditation (Vipassana) retreat, done primarily in silence, with the practice theme of opening to the true happiness and peace that is available within ourselves. There will be systematic meditation instructions, silent sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks and practice interviews. Suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators.

Cost: $373 (no accommodation)

Jazz on the Hill – Free Jazz Festival

Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

College of San Mateo
1700 W Hillsdale Blvd,
San Mateo 94401

KCSM Jazz 91 invites you to spend the with us at Jazz On The Hill! This day-long celebration is our gift to you, our jazz community, to thank you for the support you've given to your favorite jazz station: KCSM 91.1 FM. Join us at College of San Mateo campus for live jazz with a great line-up of musicians who cover many genres of jazz from straight-ahead, blues, to Latin and more!

The stage will be located on the lower mezzanine in front of the library steps, with seating alongside the fountain and plenty of lawn seating...bring your picnic blanket, umbrella and come early to claim your spot!

It’s free, the setting is beautiful, and there will be plenty of good food by local vendors.  Last year over 5000 attended.

Cost: Free

Erotic Devotion - A Day of Tantric Awakening

Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

Oakland Lakefront Penthouse
2122 Lakeshore Avenue,
Oakland, CA, United States

What is Erotic Devotion really?

How can we experience it, and how is it different from what we usually do in Tantra?

It is said that all our central longings are really the longing for God in disguise. This doesn't mean we wouldn't pursue those things as we're more deeply rooted in our spiritual core, it just means that the quality of longing would be different, and we'd engage our desires from a more fulfilled place, with more feeling of play, lightness of being, and generous tenderness.

Our erotic and relationship longings are among the most powerful and compelling, and are a guide to our core separation wounds, and to our own road home into more complete, lasting, and stable heart awakening. This shows up in how we see our partners, and how we hold our own inner experience in sacred erotic encounters. We can welcome and use everything we experience in erotic connecting to further our awakening. This may happen on it's own for skilled people, but we can learn to shift our attention and expectations to make more space for this awareness, which opens more emotional safety and insights, and allows for more healing and liberation from mild or strong triggered states.

Learn to create a container of Sacred Relationship, where all our dreams and longings for love can actually be fulfilled.

What to expect:

* This is a clothing-on event.
* Experiential exercises we do alone & with others.
* Raps on topics, group dialogue, & sharing.
* This event is appropriate for all experience levels.
* This is a highly pleasurable (ecstatic) event, with a focus on awakening & deep heart presence.
* This is not like other Tantra events you have been to. This is authentic work on awakening.

Come join us for a deep dive day into these mysteries, through self-exploration exercises and connecting with others, in a deeply heartfelt space of sacred safety and tribal community, where everyone is respected and at full choice. Culminating in a beautiful celebration of sensual heart connecting...

Cost: $100 ($90 before 5/28, $80 before 5/21)

Free Full-Day Workshop: Your Spiritual Paradox

Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

Modern Love Academy
2800 3rd street,
San Francisco, Ca 94407

Your Spiritual Paradox: How Your Spirituality Can help or Hurt Your Love Life

Are you on a journey of self-discovery or spiritual growth? Have you noticed that you still struggle with judging yourself and others? That old judgment pattern means that you are actually rejecting True Love! You aren’t alone. I've done it! We all have subconsciously sabotaged True Love.

Are you ready to bring together your spiritual self and your romantic self? Would you like to learn the secrets to finding and keeping toe tingling True Love? Yes!!

Mastering your heart power is the key to meeting life's challenges and living your most fulfilling life!

We'll be mapping our way through love in all areas of your life, looking at what brings love and Life into our souls and what drains us. We'll take a deeper look into becoming more loving, and also more open to receiving, believing and being blessed by those who love us.

In this workshop, you will learn....
Ø  The concepts and tools you need to achieve safety, sustain deep connection, and experience joyful aliveness.     
Ø  A new way to communicate with loved ones                                                                                                       
Ø  How to removing negativity in your personal, spirtiual and love life                                                                  
Ø  How to transform any relationship into an instrument of healing and spiritual growth

You don't want to miss this FREE event! Our GIFT to you to help jump-start your journey to True Love spiritually!

Cost: Free

Free Row Boat Day on Lake Merritt

Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Lake Merritt Boathouse
1520 Lakeside Dr,
Oakland, CA

Come to Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland and learn about rowing – an invigorating, intense, fun, and bonding sport which hosts a National Learn To Row Day every year in June.

Sign-ups begin at 8:45 am. The last boat will launch at 12:30 pm. On-site reservations are required on a first come, first served basis. Must be present to register. Come early to secure a seat in a boat.

Note: Participants must be at least 15 years old. Minors (under 18) must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Wear comfortable, tight-fitting athletic clothing (loose clothing can get in the way), socks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bring a bottle of water.

Cost: Free

Sex as Meditation: Sharing Love, Intimacy and Pleasure

Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

2269 Market Street,
San Francisco, CA 94114

There is an assumption in our society that love is easy to give and receive and that things like sex will "just happen" if they are meant to. The reality is that social norms, fears, past experiences with love and sex, and how we view our bodies often stand in the way of us giving what we have to offer and recognizing what is already present for us to receive. We do not let love flow - in or out - and the possibility for abundance is overlooked and our sexual desires go unspoken, waiting for someone to read our minds. Learning how to let love in and be able to fully give ourselves plays a huge role in how we stay in flow.

We invite you to join us for this 4 hour Sex as Meditation workshop where we will explore ways to open ourselves up to the love and sensual attention we want and learn how to be present and listen to others. We will bring mindful awareness to the ways in which we shut ourselves down and find out what we need in order to feel safe enough to open up in our own way and in our own time. This process will open a more loving and compassionate approach to understanding what happens for us in receiving and offering love in the world - with another as well as with ourselves.

This workshop does not include any nudity or explicit sexuality. All genders and sexual orientations welcome.

Workshop duration: 4 hours

Cost: $135

OminoDay 2016: All Day DJ & World Music Festival

Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
50 John F Shelley Dr,
San Francisco, CA

OminoDay is a free day-long outdoor music festival which provides a social, musical, artistic, and cultural celebration for the families and youth of San Francisco. The event features some of the Bay Area’s hottest DJs, special guest performances and live mural/graffiti painting.

OminoDay brings together the best talent in the Bay Area and from around the country. Performances include music, dance, poetry and DJ’s.

Past performers have included such notables as Native Elements, Bayonics, Manicato, Los Rakas, Fogo Na Ropa, Bang Data, UmoVerde and Loco Bloco, Ranking Joe, The Kid Rated R, Big Brooklyn Red, Dos 4 y Los Mios, Dynamic and more.

Cost: Free

Journey Through the Chakras

Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

The Center SF
548 Fillmore Street,
San Francisco, CA 94117

The Chakra System is an ancient map detailing the 7 primary energy centers and the 5 elements of the body-mind-spirit. This intensive is a rare opportunity to de-mystify and study the Chakra System in-depth, providing effective tools of empowerment in daily life.

Through a multi-dimensional lens, we assess each chakra form several angles to fully dissect its impact: physically, energetically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.

In this workshop, we will explore Kundalini Chakra System explained through guided meditation.

The workshop will include:

-a gentle vinyasa flow
-the use of mudras
-bija mantras and much more

And of course, what event would be complete without tea time! Wear comfortable clothes, bring a journal and your yoga mat.

Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

2016 Redwood Mountain Faire

June 4 - 5, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

Roaring Camp Railroads
Graham Hill & Roaring Camp Roads,
Felton, California 95018

Join us for the 2016 Redwood Mountain Faire! Dance the day away to live music with your friends and family while enjoying tasty locally made food, microbrews, and wine in an open field surrounded by redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Join us for a weekend-long music festival and arts & crafts fair that benefits local service organizations and celebrates community.

Saturday Lineup:

Orgone - 6:30pm
Hot Buttered Rum - 4:50pm
Scott Pemberton - 3:15pm
Polyrhythmics - 1:40pm
Scary Little Friends - 12:15pm
The Billy Martini Show - 11:00am

Harpin Jonny & Friends with Larry Hosford & Bob O'Neil - 5:55
Shady Groove - 4:20
Banana Slug String Band - 2:45
Soulwise - 1:10
Pawn Shop Soul - 11:45

Sunday Lineup:

MarchFourth! - 6:30
Dead Winter Carpenters - 4:50
B-Side Players - 3:15
Yarn - 1:40
Joy & Madness - 12:15
The Joint Chiefs Band - 11:00

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional - 5:55
Sharon Allen and the Dusty Blues - 4:20
Scott Cooper & The Barrelmakers - 2:45
The Painted Horses - 1:10
ZEBRA 3 - 11:45

Cost: $25 per day (Door $29 per day). Two-day Pass $45.

Free Forest Romp Party

June 4 – 5, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

22400 Skyline Blvd,
La Honda, CA 94020

It is ROMP time.

This romp is a FREE, OVERNIGHT, CAMPING-STYLE Fusion Dance party in the forest. This means dancing, fairies, and romp! Space is limited, so claim your spot here now!:

A big wooden deck in the magical forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. There is a creek. There are stars. There is NO CELL PHONE RECEPTION.

Band + DJs:

Buck-Thrifty 8-9
Mark Henry 9-10
Matthias Tsunami 10-11
Bob Free 11-12
Stefan Warmuth 12-1

*** Important: Only 12 cars will be allowed into the venue, so carpooling will be necessary (not an issue of space, more an issue of cars coming and going on usually quiet roads). This is on a first come, first serve basis, so hurry and sign up on the above sheet if you’re wanting to go (only drivers on this google sheet will be given the gate code to get access to the property!)

Art of Feminine Presence: Love Your Essence Workshop - SF Bay Area in San Jose

Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

Innate Sense
1275 Lincoln Ave.
Suite 4C
San Jose, CA 95125

Come nurture your heart, awaken the senses, and relax into the natural pleasure of your body. You are invited to experience a wonderful workshop designed to express your feminine magic through the power of women's circle, embodied movement, and self-love enhancing practices. In this intimate setting, Marcela will guide you in ways that will help you feel sexy, enlivened, and nourished. Each workshop is unique, restorative, and based on a selection of the 22 fundamental practices of the Art of Feminine Presence. Embrace your feminine essence. Invoke your inner beauty. Ignite your love alchemy.

In this 1 Day Intensive you will:
◦ Express your inner essence through unique practices
◦ Tune into and expand the feminine energy within you
◦ Express creative energy through your body
◦ Gain deeper access to love and intimacy
◦ Engage in self-love ritual
◦ Receive essentials on essences for self-care
◦ And much more...
Nourishing snacks and refreshments will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own as well. 

This intensive is based on the Art of Feminine Presence and other Embodied Women's Practices with foundations in the Sacred Feminine Arts.

Cost: $97

Deepening Our Connection to Mother Earth

Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 10-4pm.

Devil's Gulch Trailhead,
Samuel P. Taylor State Park

On this herb walk to Devil’s Gulch, our focus will be on connecting with and exploring our relationship to the land, plants and animals around us. There will be group meditations as well as time for private exploration and meditation. The hike in will be easy to moderate and mostly shaded. It can get cool or hot so layering of clothing is a good idea. Please bring a journal, pen or pencil, water and a bag lunch. Pre-registration is required for this class.

Judy Lieblein is a Shamanic Practitioner, Herbalist, Reiki Master, Counselor and Intuitive working as a transformational facilitator since 1994. Bringing a varied and diverse background to her work Judy is able to weave together the sacred and profane & the practical and intuitive to facilitate understanding, growth and healing at all levels.

Fee: $65

Daylong Retreat with Lesley Desaulniers Followed by Yacht Cruise on the Bay

Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

Harmonia Wellness & Social Club
2200 Marinship Way,
Sausalito, CA 94965

Join Lesley for a daylong retreat at Harmonia, the new wellness and social club located in the iconic building formerly known as the Record Plant.

The morning will feature a Vinyasa yoga workshop, guided meditation practice and deep relaxation.  At the lunch break, you can book a massage, treatment, or purify in one of the brand new saunas at Harmonia.  The afternoon will offer walking meditation, lecture, asana labs and Q&A.  Don't miss this incredible opportunity for a full day of yoga practice and teachings.

* Optional yacht cruise will follow the daylong retreat. This cruise is two hours and advance registration is required--limited availability. Drinks and snacks are included in the price of the cruise.

Cost: $115 - $164

Mindfulness Daylong Retreat in San Francisco

Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

Mayan Room
450 Sutter St
suite 310
San Francisco, CA 94108

Daylong meditation retreat in San Francisco offering you:

ü  Support Well Being
ü  Develop Ease 
ü  Cultivate Flow
ü  Feel into your body
ü  Relax and know
ü  Foster Compassion

With the support of community, we will drop into silence and into our bodies.  Guided practices will include:
ü  Awareness of the Breath
ü  Sitting Meditation
ü  Loving Kindness Meditation
ü  Body Scanning as developed by Jon Kabat -Zinn
ü  Mindful Movement (Qigong & Gentle Stretching)
ü  Eating Meditation à la Thich Nhat Hanh
ü  Walking Meditation

Wear loose fitting comfortable clothing (yoga pants or sweat pants are great).

Cost: $55

Sacred Sound Ceremony

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 8 PM - 9:30 PM

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

Jonah Kai- Didgeridoo, Flute, Kalimba, various percussion
Danny Goldberg- Gongs, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Chimes, various percussion
Tahra Singh- Gongs
Kim Bone Molloy- Crystal Singing Bowls
Athene Eyes-Inheart- Didgeridoo and Native American flute
Lewis Regen, Zorg Ztocouc, Alonso Potolo, Ashley Keith- Didgeridoo & percussion

Lay down & allow yourself to receive the healing sound vibrations of Gongs, Tibetan & Crystal Singing Bowls, Didgeridoos, Native Flutes, Kalimba (thumb piano) & other healing instruments as a community of gifted Sound Healer's surround the room & bathe you in sound. These sacred sounds will 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. Through the vibrations of these instruments we experience an inner calm & deep relaxation that enables our body & mind to heal.

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

Cost: $10 - $20

Free Dance Therapy Workshop

Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

10268 Badley Dr
Ste 107,
Cupertino, CA 95014

Would you like to learn how to "befriend" your body? Would you like to be able to recognize and acknowledge your emotions?


- Connecting to your body
- Working with negative beliefs, creating a positive self-image
- Connecting to others, understanding their emotions
- Boosting your creativity
- Creating a positive life outlook

No partner or previous dancing experience necessary.
Clothing: anything that would let you move freely.
Shoes: dancing barefoot is the best, but you can also use soft flat shoes. Please no outdoor shoes on the floor.

Cost: Free

Ecstatic: An Experiment in Radical Connection

June 9 - 12, 2016 (Thursday – Sunday)

Camp Blue, Lair of the Golden Bear
Camp Blue Rd. and Highway 108
Pinecrest, CA 95364

Join us for a 4-day gathering in beautiful and stunning Stanislaus National Forest where we will come together to deeply connect with one another.

Well-known facilitators, practitioners and speakers will present 60+ workshops such as Contact Improv, Ecstatic Dance, Authentic Relating, Bio-Danza, Compassionate Communication, Tantra, OMing, Massage, Yoga, and more! We will also have inspiring musical performances to keep us moving as we celebrate life in an epic picturesque location!

Enjoy 60+ workshops and events across 6 Activity areas:
* Ecstatic Ballroom -  Elevate your spirit with music and dance, build intimacy through genuine communication, heal past wounds and deeply connect with one another.
* Spirit Cove - Dive deep into the inner realms of yourself. Meditation, self-reflection, breath work and healing are found here.
* Touch Temple - Explore the magic of human touch. Experience the ebb and flow of energy as it moves through us and one another. 
* Move Grove - Shake your body in delight and awaken your soul. Learn different modalities of movement and share your happiness with the world.
* Sacred Fire Theatre - Let the divine sounds and words nourish your being you recieve beautiful love offerings from our sacred performers.
* Noa's Oasis - Chill yourself in the sparkling blue waters during the day. Create special moments with friends in the warm tub at night.

Not feeling like entering a workshop? No sweat!

In addition to the workshop areas you will have access to an open pool, hot tub, hiking trails, lake nearby with canoeing (extra cost), spa with massage therapists (extra cost), basketball court, tennis court, art workshop, and more.

Your ticket includes accommodations, meals, access to all workshops, yoga sessions and evening events, and access the above mentioned facilities for the entire weekend!

Cost: $400

Cuddle Party for Women

Friday, June 10, 2016 at 7 PM - 10 PM

21020 Homestead Rd # B,
Cupertino, CA

Hi ladies!

This time cuddling is exclusively for you. Sean will be the only man to guide you through series of exercises, foot massage exchange and cuddling. Mixed cuddling will be in few weeks, so please gentlemen, don't RSVP.

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!

Snack provided.

Cost: $15

Conscious Living Weekend Retreat

June 10 - 12, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

Awareness Institute
722 Alhambra Blvd.,
Sacramento, CA 95816

The “Conscious Living” retreat provides nothing short of a profound, accelerated experience in self-awareness and transformation. The weekend is about honestly assessing and taking responsibility for the life you have lived…and finding the courage to discover what is real and true for you.

This retreat is a down-to-earth, yet comprehensive, intuitively choreographed experiential process. It will help you get in touch with what is real, relevant, and inspiring about you and your life.

Your participation in the “Conscious Living” weekend will serve as a powerful turning point in how you experience yourself, your relationships, and the way you choose to live. Wherever you are in your life, this weekend can open up a deeply transforming experience of boundless joy and openhearted loving.
The weekend will help you to:
ü  Relax and gain perspective on yourself and your life
ü  Release the roots of frustration, stress and anxiety
ü  Discover your unrealized potential – align your life with your values
ü  Deepen your connection with yourself

Cost: $595

Love made simple: A weekend workshop for couples who want MORE

June 11 - 12, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

The Lodge at Tiburon,
1651 Tiburon Blvd.
Tiburon, CA 94920

You and your partner have been together for several years now—and somehow, somewhere, despite your best intentions, the romance has faded. Maybe you find yourselves arguing a lot more than you used to, and being intimate a lot less. You used to reach for each other’s body again and again, but now you find yourselves arguing over and over—about the same old issues!

Maybe you are starting to wonder, Is this all there is? Where did the butterflies go? What happened to the all-night conversations? Maybe you are even starting to think that it must be your fault as a couple. Everyone else looks happy…so it must be us, right?

Let’s get real. Everyone knows this, but no one’s saying it: relationships are hard work! That means you’re not alone. And it’s not your fault. Relationships take maintenance, and no one’s given you the manual. Until now.

Here is the good news: with the right skills and tools, you can have a relationship filled with passion, intimacy, spontaneity, and support. It is absolutely possible for you to build a love that lasts—and we’re here to help!

Cost: $597 - $697 / couple

2016 North Beach Festival

June 11-12, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue,
San Francisco

Considered one of the country’s original outdoor festivals, the North Beach Festival celebrates its 62nd anniversary in historic North Beach.

The festival site includes numerous quaint streets in the heart of the district including Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue.

The 2016 event will feature over 125 arts and crafts booths, gourmet food booths, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, kid’s chalk art area and the blessing of the animals.

Cost: Free

Shamanic Drum Circle

Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Unity of Tri-Valley Sanctuary
7567 Amador Valley Blvd., Suite 108,
Dublin, CA

Described as the "path of direct revelation", Journeying will help you to gain access to your inner guidance and learn to work with your helping spirits. We will enhance the relationship you already have with yourself and spirit. Moving from just trusting that your guides are there to knowing and working with them and allowing the mystery of life to unfold around you. One of the great benefits of shamanic journeying is learning that we are never alone and are loved unconditionally. 

Please join us for this sacred time as we come together in community with drumming, chanting, movement, meditation, stillness....or whatever expression calls to your Soul. Much like a Sweat Lodge, we will drum in 3-4 rounds with intention to release the old, embrace the new, heal and transform. Please bring a drum and/or rattles. A few drums, rattles and shakers will be available. No prior drumming experience necessary, just come with an open heart.

Cost: $10-$25

All Gender Play Party Bliss

Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM - Monday, June 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM

4210 Holden Street,
Emeryville, CA

Let Lawrence, Monique and Peter lead you through a welcome circle where a room of strangers slowly opens up and winds up on the same page, having the opportunity to be seen, heard, and understood in ways maybe you have never even imagined!

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: $45 for men, $35 for ladies, $70 per pair ($50/$40/$80 at the door)

Sexual Energetics: Self <3 Mashup

Monday, June 13, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM (PDT)

4210 Holden Street,
Emeryville, CA

Expert sex educators, Lawrence Lanoff, Peter Petersen, and Monique Darling, bring their own unique perspectives from years of teaching inner inquiry, experiential exploration, and infinite curiosity into just how GOOD we can feel in our body. In this workshop, you will learn about sex energy, chakras, and creating safe space. You will also get a chance for an upfront and personal look at your own BS (belief systems) and a way to relearn through pleasure.

Have you had enough of feeling stuck in your life, or feeling a lack of laser focused inner confidence, or you just want to feel TRUE inner peace - the kind of thing that wells up from deep inside? Not because inner peace is a goal. But because you recognize true peace comes from UPGRADING your mind - which underlies every area of your life...

This is truly an entirely NEW way of thinking. It's a TOTAL life upgrade. Lawrence will share about the 5 games we are all playing in life..........

Look - we upgrade everything else... computers, phones, operating systems... But not our thinking - . Why? Because we literally cannot upgrade something that we do not even see as a problem. Have you ever seen somebody with an old piece of technology struggling through life? They certainly do not NEED to... but they do not know what they do not know. Our THINKING is exactly like that. It is based on old technology - that has to be upgraded if we are ever to see true change in the world. We are passionate about true change that starts from INSIDE.

The evenings will be filled with demonstrations, some hands on experiential learning (optional and low key), and really FUN theory that you can take home and impress your friends and loved ones. This event is intended to be sensual, and energetically sexual, but not physically sexual. As such, it is a clothing required event. All playful activities and exercises will be guided and are optional, and you can do the entire workshop by yourself or with a partner or in groups. You may also observe the entire workshop without any active participation.

Cost: $40 per person, $50 at the door

Fearless Relating Panel + Cuddle Party

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM

4210 Holden Street,
Emeryville, CA

Join Monique Darling, Peter Petersen, Kelly Guava and other local pleasure revolutionaries as we co-lead a question and answer portion of the evening. YOU bring the questions... We will do our best to answer each and every one. What are you dying to know about dating and relationships? About life? What has you super curious, but there never seems an appropriate place to bring up your inquiry? This event is your chance! Ask away! And allow some authenticity and vulnerability when we sex geeks use our life's journeys and wisdom and courage (balls) to answer anything you throw our way.

Come and explore with us how to hold difficult conversations, understand the different love languages you and your loved ones might have as your filter of giving and receiving love, learn to communicate what is not being said in a way that will empower and connect you with others better. We will explore different modes of communication, verbal and nonverbal... and different relating styles, open relationships, agreements, flirting, transparency -- taking off your masks so that you can REALLY relate. Interspersing our favorite tools, and taking questions from the audience.

For all of you longing for more touch and cuddles......

We have got you covered....

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.

Cost: $32

Intro to Alternative Relationships: Polyamory & More...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

S.F. Armory
1800 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Monogamy is great, but it's not the only option out there. Every relationship can shape itself to bring pleasure and happiness to everyone involved, but it's very hard to find a partner that can give you everything you want or need. There are many ways of getting what you want while maintaining the love and strength of your partnership!

In this talk we will discuss the basics for alternatives to the classical monogamous relationship, show their many kinds, how they work, and also get productive tools that are helpful to any type of relationship. Whether you're kinky, vanilla, single, monogamous, starting to open your relationship, or just want to learn more about people's sexualities - this talk will broaden your horizons.
After the talk we will have time for Q & A.

Dr. Yoni Alkan got his Doctorate of Human Sexuality at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality here in San Francisco and is a Sexual Educator and Consultant from Israel.

Cost: $27 - $32

Big Surreal 2016 Festival in Big Sur

June 16 – June 20, 2016 (Friday – Monday)

Cachagua, Monterey County, CA, United States

Big Surreal is a boutique gathering for 500 people, nestled in the hills around Big Sur CA. We offer a variety of different music genres and groups. Our performers, healers, live artists, educational workshops, delicious food and drink choices, incredible location, and vibe help in creating a memorable experience for all involved. This will be our third annual gathering, and will take place June 16-20, timed to finish on a full moon as well as the 2016 Summer Solstice. Luvlab Productions is a Non-profit Association of California, and this year our goal is to benefit local institutions.

This is a handmade experience for everyone 18+ to enjoy!

We will feature over 40 musical performances of all genres starting Friday June 17-th through Sunday June 19-th.

Our guests will enjoy awe-spiring live stage performances, inspirational LIVE art, informative workshops, interactive art installations, incredible food and drink, gorgeous views and very VERY loving people that will become like family!

We are a camping gathering, Purchase of a Big Surreal bandana is also your general-admission camping pass. We encourage everyone to camp on our Big Surreal site and stay throughout the entire weekend. We have lush, shaded camping throughout the property and will be offering RV and Glamping packages soon!

Cost: $200

International Yoga Day in San Francisco – Free Event

Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)

San Francisco County Fair Building
1199 9th Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94122

To recognize the significance of Yoga, for the first-time 175 countries came together to pass a United Nations General Assembly resolution declaring 21st June as the International Day of Yoga.

People will come together in San Francisco to celebrate this event in San Francisco, have FREE Yoga breakout sessions, meditate and listen to talks on spirituality, and enjoy LIVE music.

Yoga. Meditation. Talks. Spirituality. Music and much more.

Cost: Free, RVSP is required.

Sluts & Goddesses Workshop

Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

Studio 227
San Francisco, CA 94110

A one-day Experiential Workshop/Urban Retreat exploring visual and performance art techniques. Honor your erotic body through the creation of your own Sex Goddess archetype in a safe and supportive environment. 

The Sluts and Goddesses (2.0) Workshop will include:
+ Wisdom Session: immerse yourself in a visual presentation and discussion of Goddess mythologies from around the world.   Learn the secrets of Sacred Slutism through viewing a short excerpt of Annie Sprinkle’s “How to be a Sex Goddess in 101 Easy Steps."
+ Drawing Session: choose a goddess image from the lecture to sketch. Materials will be provided, no drawing expertise needed.
+ Embodiment Session: integrate the wisdom and drawing sessions into your body with guided movement, yoga, meditation and orgasmic breathing exercises. 
+ Photography Session: adorn yourself in attire that invokes your desired image of a Sex Goddess.  Learn playful and seductive ways of posing in front of camera with a female photographer.  Surprise yourself by creating an image of yourself you have always wanted to see.  Create an image with your body that inspires others. “You can change your consciousness by changing your clothes.” - Susun Weed

Who this workshop is for:
+ open to all women on the female spectrum, 18+ and over
+ individuals who have struggled with body image
+ bodies of all sizes and colors
+ individuals who want to learn (or be reminded) of how to use sexual energy as a tool for self-growth, self-love and empowerment.
+ individuals with no previous visual or performance art experience
+ trained artists who want to explore using their own body as the canvas

Cost: $55-$75 sliding scale

Burning Man PRECOMPRESSION at American Steel

June 18 - 19, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

American Steel Studios
1960 Mandela Pkwy,
Oakland, California 94607

Participate in Da Vinci’s Dream: an evening of art, inventions, and community. This will be a creative collaboration of artistically epic proportions! If you can dream it, bring it - from big art, theme camps and mutant vehicles to fanciful and fiery artists, performers and participants of every variety. We are expanding on last year’s success at one of the Bay Area’s most loved art making spaces, bringing the party to the ARTy in grand style!

Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic – 2016

June 18 - 19, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

Keiser Community Park
700 Windsor River Rd,
Windsor, CA 95492

Celebrating its 26th year, a group of volunteers known as the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic will again launch the festivities and fill the skies of Windsor, California, with color and light! The 2016 Hot Air Balloon Classic is a two-day event at Keiser Park in Windsor that begins early Saturday, June 18th, and continues Sunday, June 19th.

One of the most spectacular sights during the Hot Air Balloon Classic is the Dawn Patrol . These early risers begin their weekend mornings before daylight to launch at 5:00 AM. Dedicated balloon pilots use heat to fill their balloons during the dark morning, making for a breathtaking sight. For those who consider 5:00 AM too early and have not yet risen, many more balloons lift off during the Main Launch at 6:30 AM. While the balloons fly overhead, the park will be host to food, music, and crafts vendors who turn out to serve spectators and enjoy the festivities, which run until approximately 10:00 AM, depending on weather.

Cost: $7

The 10th Annual Northern California Pirate Festival

June 18 - 19, 2016 at 10 AM - 6 PM (Saturday – Sunday)

Vallejo Waterfront Park
289 Mare Island Way,
Vallejo, California 94590

Featuring over 500 costumed actors, crafters and musicians the Northern California Pirate Festival is the largest pirate event in the United States. Produced by a group of theatrical and outdoor event professionals, the annual fest is equal parts Mardi Gras, state fair, living history, and Pegged-leg eye-patch-wearin’ fan fest that appeals to children and adults alike. With four stages of continuous entertainment, rows of nautically inspired handcrafts, gourmet foods, micro-brewed beers, and ship to shore canon battles, visitors will encounter proper British Naval Officers to alluring mythical mermaids throughout the streets. Our mission is to entertain and engage anyone with a love of pirates and all are encouraged to join in the fun by donning a costume.

Cost: $12

Palo Alto World Music Day 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 3 PM - 7:30 PM

University Avenue
555 Waverly Street,
Palo Alto, California 94301

The City of Palo Alto has declared Sunday June 19 as World Music Day. World Music Day is a FREE music festival that takes place in cities around the world every year close to the Summer Solstice. Now for the eighth year in Palo Alto, 50 professional and amateur musical groups will perform a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral, folkloric dances, etc. All performances are FREE and open to the public. This is a fun and unique family event, a great way to spend Father’s Day. Last year 20,000 people attended!

Cost: Free

Kate Wolf Music Festival 2016

June 23 - 26, 2016 (Thursday – Sunday)

Black Oak Ranch
50350 Hwy. 101 North
Laytonville, CA 95454

The Kate Wolf Music Festival first started in 1996 as a one day Retrospective, at Caswell Vineyards, near the town of Occidental, in western Sonoma County.  In 2001 the move to Black Oak Ranch, just north of Laytonville, was made.  2016 will mark the 21st Festival.

The annual Kate Wolf Music Festival is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a great weekend with friends, family and lovers of fabulous music. Black Oak Ranch, the Mendocino home to the Hog Farm and Camp Winnarainbow-a circus camp for kids, is three hours north of San Fancisco and two hours south of Arcata.

Festival Features:
* Four stages of Music on 150 acres
* Workshops
* Kids' area
* Camping
* Food court
* Music jamming area
* Flowing creek
* 'Hobo Jungle' Campfire Sing

Cost: $215 - $275

48 Hr Negativity Detox

June 24 – 26, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

Woodside, CA

It is our absolute pleasure to welcome you to The Ego’s Code…48 Hour Negativity Detox, with Clayton John Ainger and Special Guest Diane Hunter

Every day we all experience negativity!   It is an unpleasant experience where many people feel overwhelmed, trapped and unable to move forward.  It can also causes us to sabotage success, relationships, health, wellbeing and finances ultimately preventing you from fully experiencing the best of you, the best of your life and living your dreams.

Like you, Clayton has experienced challenges, hardship and negativity, sometimes to the point of incapacitation – from being unhealthy, overweight, enduring a career that made him unhappy, money problems, feeling unloved, unworthy, getting divorced, and being frightened by his spiritual gifts.  Through his own work, Clayton has developed a methodology to help you understand and to reverse the challenges, hardships and negativity you experience.  Clayton's life has changes so significantly and dramatically that he wants to share his insights with you so that you can do the same for yourself.
Many of us perceive negativity as wrong, which can create polarity and great suffering.  We ignore it, avoid it, hide from it, or stuff it down. But it does not stay down for long, because spiritually, negativity is not negative.   There is a divine spiritual reason for it.  It has a meaning and a purpose!

During a meditation at Stonehenge, Clayton received clear and detailed guidance about why we experience negativity and how to be free of it.  Your personal form of negativity leaves clues and patterns for you everywhere.  Clayton calls this The Ego's Code.  All you have to do is notice your patterns, decipher them and use them to experience more happiness and joy in your life.

Clayton offers profound insights and understanding that will change old beliefs about the Ego and perceptions regarding negativity.   He is so excited to share this with you.  Join Clayton, and learn the spiritual reasons for your negativity, its purpose and where it comes from.  Clayton will explain with solutions, the effect on the physical body, the mind, how it interacts with spirit and impacts on your life.
You are invited to meet your spirit guides, release your negativity, to change your reality, so that you can live your dream life.

Cost: $400 - $450

Soulfire X Burners Regional Event

June 24 - 26, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

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

Whether this will be your first Burning Man, or you've gone so often you don't even notice the dust anymore, come join your fellow burners at the


It’s a huge reason to celebrate --- the TENTH annual precom and Regional Burn in the Los Gatos hills! Get ready for three days and two nights of community, dance, art, performances, drummers, musicians, theme camps, random acts of radical self-expression, and more!

Gear up for the playa, do some practice CAMPING (shake the dust out of your tent, test your air mattress, see how warm your playa coat really is!), PARTICIPATE in the creation of a playa-rific experience for everyone who attends. BRING your favorite theme camp, camp mates, art car, costume or music, ANTICIPATE how the "Da Vinci's Workshop" theme will manifest in costume and workshops, and CONTRIBUTE by bringing or leading an activity to show your fellow burners how it's done!

There will be an effigy (if you want to help build it). There will be a neighborhood bar (if you want to help run it). There will be arts & crafts & workshops & a costume exchange & fairy wings & stilts & body painting & bacon & all your favorite parts of Burning Man (if you BRING IT!)

Cost: $75 - $100

Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat with Hiking & Wine Tasting

June 24 - 26, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

Westerbeke Ranch
2300 Grove Street, Sonoma, CA 95476

Relax, Recharge and Rejuvenate!

Join us for a special Summer Solstice celebration. Energize and nourish your mind, body and soul and embrace some well-deserved time away from your busy life, with yoga, nature, movement and rejuvenation. Reconnect with yourself and nature and create more balance and vitality in your life.

The Yoga classes will be a blend of Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, linking movements with the breath, moving your body through both power and restorative poses. Classes will be theme-based, creative and balanced and will incorporate pranayama (breathing), strengthening, stretching, detoxing, energizing, and meditation. You will experience a safe and nurturing practice where the focus is on the connection of movement with the breath, leaving you feeling relaxed yet energized. ​All levels are welcome and encouraged.

4 yoga classes with pranayama and meditation (all levels)
​2 nights accommodation
6 nourishing meals (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free options available)
2 evenings of wine tasting
Summer Solstice ritual and goal setting
Outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna
Scenic hiking trails and surrounding nature
Free time to explore, relax and soak in the pool and hot tub!

Additional services: massage or Reiki sessions can be booked during your free time for additional cost.

Cost: $575 - $595

BodySex Workshop - Women's body image and sexual self-esteem

June 24 - 26, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

Mission District,
San Francisco, CA

This is the workshop you take when you are tired of the status quo, tired of settling for just enough, when you are tired of hearing that as you and your relationship ages things will naturally slow down.

When you are tired of looking in the mirror and battling with the image that looks back at you, and are tired of wondering what happened to the you of ten years and a couple of kids ago, and are tired of waiting for her to return so you can get your sexy on and feel good about it.

This is where you go to dig in and find answers so you do not go home after another class and find everything exactly the same. There are plenty of places to find a quick and fleeting feel good fix.  Body*Sex is not one of them.

A Body*Sex weekend will give you a safe place to ask questions, explore new ideas and techniques, to laugh, and cry, and celebrate with like minded women.

Safe is not the same as comfortable.  There are very likely pieces that will push you outside your comfort zone, take a deep breath, be nervous and then triumph. That is the beauty of this work, it will challenge you to grow and see yourself with new eyes.  You will not leave the same as you came in. We will get right in deep by embracing nudity from the very start.  Changing how you see your body means you have to be able to see it, and you need to see all of it, without hiding, or looking away, or minimizing the amazing vehicle for life, you inhabit. 

If you have never spent time nude, you will be amazed at how fast you stop seeing people as parts and begin seeing the radiance of each woman who shares the space, including your own. 

I will share with you the secret to being good in bed and how to write you own personalized pleasure manual. We will start by revitalizing our relationship to our first, best, and most constant lifetime lover; ourselves. I will provide you with quality tools and step-by-step instruction on how to use them.

Good tools require practice.  An extended erotic-recess will allow you to experience a range of sexual styles without expectation on any outcome other than you follow your own pleasure and have fun.  You will find that a masturbation class is much lighter and filled with more laughter then you imagine. 

Pleasure is your birthright and you are here to remember all the ways that you can increase this in your life.  Many of us use alcohol or drugs to feel comfortable in our own skin and take our clothes off and be intimate with a partner.  Come experience the same ease, no enhancement required, through the power of the circle of women. The weekend of Body*Sex is unlike anything else out there.  Please join me in the circle and discover your own sexual self and how to set her free.

Cost: $760

Morgan Hill Yoga Festival 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)

CRC Community Park
171 W Edmundson Ave
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Yoga | Meditation | Relaxation | Music | Food | Dance & more
Welcome to the second year of the Yoga Festival in Morgan Hill, a fun filled experience for the whole family, with games, exercises, yoga stretches and music!

Held on June 25-th, YogaFEST is an all-out celebration of living in sync with body-mind and soul. We bring together an amazing group of yoga & meditation instructors, incredible musical performers, artists, chefs and culinary experts, and wellness experts for kids all in the center of Morgan Hill! Come, meet your locals, and make friends within your community. We also have fun stalls to stroll by, shop for apparel & accessories; indulge in popsicles and get henna tattoos!

Cost: $12

Tantra and Qi Gong Nature Day

Saturday, June 25 at 10 AM - 5 PM

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Felton, California 95018

Join us for a blissful day in the Redwoods Forest for a grounded and heart-opening experience of connecting with yourself, nature and others through the practices of Tantra and Qi Gong. We will awaken the Life Force Energy, increase our sensitivity to our own experience and the world around us and connect deeply to nature. And from that place of grounded presence we will connect to our friends and partners. Practicing the art of sacred connection in nature is a real treat. We get to open up to all of the existence in Mama Nature's most perfect playground - the Redwoods.

We will weave energy awareness and grounding practices of Qi Gong with sacred connection and heart opening practices of Tantra for a day of expansion, growth and coming home to the Self.

We will bring snacks, but please bring your own lunch and water. The weather can vary, so dress in layers. Also please bring a blanket that can be placed on the ground.

Cost: $100/person or $170/couple before June 15th: $120/person or $200/couple thereafter

Eisha's Cuddle Party

Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)

Central Richmond,
Richmond, CA 94801

Though touch is natural, the skills that make it welcome and enjoyable have to be learned. Skills of communication, boundaries, asking for what you want, and saying ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ with clarity and kindness.
Cuddle Party is led by a Facilitator whose job is to guide you into those skills gently and easily, in a fun, safe and light hearted way. We welcome you and create an atmosphere of respect, and remain available for questions and support.

At a Cuddle Party you gain:
* Clarity and confidence
* Boundary and communication skills
* Comfort, support and encouragement
* The secrets to welcome, relaxed, non-sexual touch

The skills you learn at Cuddle Party translate into everyday life, right from the start. When boundaries and consent are clear, every relationship is easier.

Cost: $32 - $41

35th Annual Fountain Blues Festival

Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park
170 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95112

A variety of non-stop live music steeped in blues, soul, gospel and zydeco from around the globe will perform in downtown San Jose's central park - Plaza de Cesar Chavez for the 35th Annual Fountain Blues Festival.

Confirmed headliner is THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS www.cahoneydrops.com

Led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. They’ve taken the party all over the world: on 9 European tours, featured slots at such premiere festivals as Monterey Jazz, High Sierra, and Outside Lands, and recent performances supporting B.B. King, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, and Allen Toussaint. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band itself can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops’ shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing.


Otis Taylor Band - Part of Taylor's appeal is his contrasting character traits. But it is precisely this element of surprise that makes him one of the most compelling artists to emerge in recent years. In fact, Guitar Player magazine writes, "Otis Taylor is arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time." Whether it's his unique instrumentation (he fancies banjo and cello), or it's the sudden sound of a female vocal, or a seemingly upbeat optimistic song takes a turn for the forlorn, what remains consistent is poignant storytelling based in truth and history. 

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats  

Maria Muldaur & Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band  

The Delgado Brothers (L.A.'s Best Latin Blues)

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

Cost: $22

Sacred Love Warrior - Intro Weekend

June 25 – 26, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

Graceful Landing
Oakland Hills,
Oakland, CA

S W is a tribe of loving, passionate, and conscious souls; the visionaries and future leaders of our generation who are changing the world through their awe-inspiring embodiment of vibrant love. We consciously engage with Life and with our Community, listening ever deeper to the wisdom of our bodies, activating our sexual life-force energy, and integrating our deeply felt intuitions to blossom into the vulnerable, sensual, and powerful healers that we are.

At the S W Intro Weekend, you will:
ü  Open your heart to more love
ü  Cultivate sacred intimacy
ü  Learn Tantrik philosophy relevant for you today
ü  Embrace the fullness of your sacred sexuality
ü  Awaken the healer within you

Dive deep this weekend through:
ü  Solo, partner, and group exercises
ü  Interactive discussion and facilitated sharing
ü  Somatic meditation
ü  Dancing Freedom (www.dancingfreedom.com)
ü  Sensual Yoga
ü  Two transformational rituals

Cost: $245 – $345

Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival

Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 2 PM - 7 PM

APJCC in Los Gatos
14855 Oka Rd,
Los Gatos, California 95032

This year's festival will be headlined by Molly Ringwald.
Include performance of the following groups:
* Mostly Kosher,
* Lior Ben-Hur
* Sol Tevél
* Mister G.

Cost: $20

Party to End Prohibition - Support the Adult Use of Marijuana Act

Monday, June 27, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (PDT)

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street,
Oakland, CA 94607

In 2016, all eyes are on California. On Election Day, voters will decide wether or not to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana. Victory or defeat in November will reverberate across the country and around the world. The California campaign will be the most expensive yet and we need your help to fully fund our efforts.

Please join us for the Party to End Prohibition, an event to benefit Californians for Responsible Marijuana Reform, Drug Policy Action's campaign to support the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. To learn more about Californians for Responsible Marijuana Reform, visit www.LegalizeCA2016.com

Cost: $100

The Sea of Love with Dossie Easton

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

What does it look like when we expand our love to more than one person? How do we keep our hearts open when feelings of jealousy or fear arise? How do we keep love in our hearts, all the time, even when the tides are rough?

In this month’s Learn to Love, Dossie Easton, MFT will guide participants to getting in touch with the Sea of Love, the love that is available to us everywhere and from everybody.

The evening will finish with a Q+A where you can ask Dossie about your own challenges when it comes to love.

Cost: $22 - $28