SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

The Palo Alto Swing Dance

Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

Lucie Stern Community Center (Ballroom)
1305 Middlefield Road.
Lucie Stern Ballroom.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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This is the inaugural Palo Alto Swing Dance hosted by the Gunn High School Music Department. The dance will have live music for the entire event provided by the Gunn Jazz Bands. All proceeds will go to the Gunn High School music program.

Each ticket includes group swing dance lessons with Nick Enge and Melissa Carvell, light food, and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening. Please print your ticket and bring it to the event.
No dancing experience necessary! Adults 21 and over please.

Cost: $40


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Fearless Relating: One-Day Intensive Workshop

Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM (PST)

Fruitopia
1080 23rd Avenue
Oakland, CA 94601

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Come join us in Oakland as two top teachers in the fields of sexuality, vulnerability, and self-acceptance weave their diverse perspectives into a daylong intensive. Come and benefit from the blending of their unique experiences, approaches, and insights regarding skillful communication to get to your no without fear to uncover your yes, releasing your armor and becoming more vulnerable to discover an inner strength you did not know you have, and the ability to laugh in the face of your greatest fears.

If you could have anything, do anything, what would you choose? What do you really want? What is keeping you from having it? Is someone else better qualified? Better looking? More financially stable? Do you have “problems”? What if every limit you have, every chain that binds you, is only there because you believe it is? What if the limits disappear, the chains dissolve? Your life is alive with an abundance of possibilities, opportunities, and potential all you have to do is be willing to say "yes".

Come join us for a unique day of exploration around such topics as:
*How do we establish boundaries and create safe space for ourselves to explore with others?
*Shifting paradigms from blame, shame, guilt & judgement, to love, acceptance, understanding and presence.
*Factors that promote or inhibit intimacy:
*The power of no and boundary (understand why your “no” says more about you than your “yes”)

In this workshop you will learn, play, and practice:
* To ask for what you want, skillfully, without attachment to the response.
* To honor, respect, and be grateful for the answer “no”, and still be hopeful for the answer “yes”.
* To be honest and vulnerable about your wants and desires without shame, without deflection, without armor.
* To hold space for someone who has not yet learned these skills.
* To own your fears, instead of them owning you.
* To be not afraid to be the one who loves the most
* To learn to be even more vulnerable when you want to isolate or close down.
* Release shame and haunting memories
* Modalities of communication: verbal and non-verbal

Cost: $71.72 – $102.47


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Essential Oils 101 Foot Massage and Hug exchange

Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7 PM - 11 PM

Intrahealth
21020 Homestead Rd # B,
Cupertino, CA

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What? Why? Well, why not. Aromatherapy coupled with massage and warm hugs. In one night!? We say, yes! Are we crazy? Of course we are, but we also want to share a few amazing things that we believe will benefit your wellness. You can thank us later!

Evening will start with a free Essential Oils presentation from 7-8:30 pm. We will try to reach gender balance as usual. Then, stay with us for a nice foot massage, using essential oil creams, of course and get ready to snuggle.

Cost: $15.


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Intimacy Magic Tantra - Featured Workshop

Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST)

Los Gatos Acupuncture and Qigong Center
761 University Avenue
Los Gatos, CA 95032

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This is a second workshop on Tantra, arranged by Kailani and Matt in Los Gatos Acupuncture and Qigong Center. The first workshop has had a great success, and this event is highly recommended for all the people who would like to enhance their spiritual life, engage in funny, sensual, and rewarding activities, and connect with likely-minded individuals.

Intimacy Magic Tantra Workshop an experiential opportunity for you to experience deep connection with yourself and others for greater presence, pleasure and awareness while being in a safe container. You will let go of things that prevent you from being fully presence through active release practices, increase your vitality by moving the energy so you can drop deeper into your own body, heart and spirit. And from that place of contentment and peace in yourself, you will be guided into connection with others through a serious of playful exercises in conscious embodiment, communication, breath, sound and energetic connection.

There will be no nudity and all the exercises are only an invitation to explore. You are welcome to step aside and observe. Please know that even though I will do my best to gender balance the group, you might end up working with a person of your own gender. All the touch we are going to share is of non-sexual nature and you can always say No Thank You. But please know that you might be in a group with people of your gender or even paired up with someone of your own gender.

Couples and singles are welcome. Couples can stay together if they choose to, though it can be beneficial to connect with others at least for some portion of the workshop.

We highly recommend preregistering as the event is likely to sell out.

Cost: $28-$35


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Symbiosis Gathering 2016

September 22 - 25, 2016 (Thursday – Sunday)

Woodward Reservoir Regional Park,
Oakdale, California, United States

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When it comes to the alternative-reality, anything-goes festival circuit, Burning Man tends to get all the attention. But Symbiosis, which was “born from Burner culture,” positions itself as a purer, more curated version of the bohemia-fest.

Different Every Year

Founded in 2005 with its first event, taking place in Santa Cruz, California, the gathering has changed locations several times in its decade-long history, though it took a two-year hiatus from 2010 to 2011 with a year off in 2014 as well. Through this process, it’s embraced its migratory nature, having moved from its origin in the Santa Cruz mountains to Angels Camp, then to Yosemite National Park, after that to Pyramid Lake and finally to its current location at Woodward Reservoir. The festival has also been held during different months of the year, giving it even more variety. While each installation is connected in spirit and ethos, each year always has its own distinct identity.

For fest-goers who want to have an eco-conscious experience and meet like-minded people rooted in a sustainable ethos, Symbiosis is an ideal hub. In addition to art, performance, creativity, and music, there’s a heavy emphasis on earth-consciousness. While other festivals may have a green aspect as an afterthought or sideshow, the organizers of Symbiosis describe their mission as seeking to “provide a space for the fusion of aesthetics, sound, and natural living, in an atmosphere of interactive co-creation.”

The environmental consciousness goes way beyond just food (which of course is all organic) and recycling—attendees can get involved in many eco-initiatives, and organizers invite Native American people who live nearby to make sure that traditions and ecological heritage are respected.

Not Just another Burning Man

So how is Symbiosis different from Burning Man? Well, while Burning Man is the ultimate destination at which to try all the things society might shun—radical exuberance, substances, unfettered creativity, youthfulness, and just plain weirdness—Symbiosis, though it also embraces those things, aims to create an atmosphere that weeds out some of the riffraff that a festival the scale of Burning Man inevitably attracts. With just several thousand attendees as opposed to Burning Man’s tens of thousands, Symbiosis is far more intimate and mindful. But similar to Burning Man, there are no sponsorships, for-profit commerce, or brands in sight, which means attendees can take a rare break from capitalism. Instead, there's an alternative marketplace where sharing, cooperation, and collaboration are key and people of all stripes feel welcome.

A Quirkier Lineup

The latest installation of Symbiosis (its 10-year reunion) was held at the same location as its 2013 event. It featured more than 200 acts on four main stages, with musical genres veering away from mainstream EDM, instead favoring more experimental, alternative acts including Nicholas Jaar, Shpongle, Emancipator Ensemble, and Griz. Add in the Fungineers , the Vau de Vire Society , and Bubble Gutter  foran even quicker, entertaining time.

Without any major, big-name acts, the ticket price (around $300) can feel steep for the five-day festival. However, in addition to the music, there are many workshops, art projects, lectures, yoga classes, and alternative performances and experiences. And the Woodward Reservoir itself presents a popular activity—take a fresh dip in the lake between sets and activities to take in nature’s beauty.

While there are a few complaints about less-than-efficient organization, veteran attendees most frequently rave about the stages at Symbiosis Gathering, which, in addition to serving as the performances' backdrop, are art installations in and of themselves. With music going into the night, there’s nothing better than dancing until the sun comes up amid stunning manmade and natural scenery. This is a truly a place to let your spirit run free.

Cost: $245 (early bird pricing)





Pilgrim: An evening of entertainment through time, space and the heart

Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 7 PM - 11 PM

The Jewel Box,
2509 Myrtle St.,
West Oakland, CA

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Pilgrim is an experiential evening blending performances of David Whyte’s poetry, music, dance, and transformational travel stories told by you and your peers. Spanish tapas will be served to accompany your vicarious voyage of self-discovery. We will finish off the evening with a dance party to music with a world beat.

Pilgrim:
1: one who journeys in foreign lands
2: one who travels to a shrine or holy place as a devotee
3: one who takes a metaphorical journey into their own beliefs

::: Schedule for the Evening :::
7:00pm: Doors open and tapas are served until they are gone (hint: get there on time!)
7:30pm: First set of readings, stories and music
8:30pm: Intermission
9:00pm: Second set of readings, stories and music
10:00pm: Dance Party

Cost: $12 in advance; $17 at the door


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Working with Trauma: an exploration with Clinical Herbalist, Sarah Holmes

Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PST)

Five Flavors Herbs
344 40th Street
Oakland, CA 94609

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In this class, we will explore how trauma impacts a person physically, emotionally and spiritually. What are some short and long-term issues? How do we identify and unwind these patterns? How do we get the root of the pattern? Treatment approaches and herbs for addressing these issues will be covered.

Sarah's work focuses on the interconnectedness of mind, and spirit as well as the dynamic interchange between people and plants. She enjoys working with clients and students to open them to these concepts on both obvious and subtle levels. Sarah also runs, in partnership with Karyn Sanders, the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine and a weekly radio program on KPFA, The Herbal Highway.

Cost: $45 - $60


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Free Unconditional Love Picnic at Dolores Park!

Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 1 PM - 4 PM

Dolores Park
19-th & Dolores Street,
San Francisco, California 94114

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Free Food -Meditation - Drum Circle - Yoga - Healing
What better way,
To Spend this Day,
Than finding many lovers, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers,
Celebrating UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!

We'll have Teachers Leading Yoga
We'll have sound healers a'healin
We'll have Drums and Instruments Galore!
We'll Have Free Organic Food.
We'll bring the ViiiiBBeeess

Cost: Free


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Yoga and Nutrition for Spring Workshop in San Francisco

Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Yoga Garden SF
286 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

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Are the winter months leaving you feeling dull and dense? Are you determined to stick with your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier and stay active?

Join certified nutrition consultant and yoga instructor, Elaine Oyang, to break free from winter hibernation, shed old layers, and welcome a new cycle of life - in nature and in yourself. In this workshop, we will explore seasonal nutrition and yoga sequences for Spring that decongest and re-energize the body.


You will learn:
- Why diet and lifestyle should be adjusted seasonally
- How nature provides the appropriate foods for detoxification and decongestion in the Spring
- Specific yoga poses suitable for Spring to increase blood and lymphatic circulation
- Meal plan and goal-setting tools to incorporate new habits into your lifestyle

We will practice gentle asana so please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothes. Complete the workshop with a customized yoga sequence, a sample meal plan for the Spring, and a deeper connection with Nature.

Cost: $45

Special Meditation Class in Palo Alto

Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM (PST)

Cubberley Community Center,
Room A6 - 4000
Middlefield Road,
Palo Alto, CA

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Learn to meditate. Live in joy. Live in love. Beginners Welcome.

The Benefits of Meditation Can Include:
• Focus on the present
• Build skills to manage your stress
• Increase self-awareness
• Reduce negative emotion
• Increase productivity
• Encourage creative problem solving

What Will the Class Consist of?

Each class is different depending on whether there are new students and/or returning students. For new students, you will learn a few simple and powerful meditation techniques that you can start using them right away after this class. We will also practice these meditation techniques in class. For returning students, you will learn a new topic in each class related to meditation and mindfulness practice. There will also be time for questions and answers.

Cost: General: $10; Students: $5.

Love Laugh Yoga

Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

236 East Campbell Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008

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End the most romantic month of the year by stepping into the doorway to possibly the most romantic year of your life! Meet and bond with a partner through breathe, touch and posture; guiding and supporting each other in a creative and playful journey. Socialize throughout the evening with drinks, treats, and music (DJ Steve Mostly)

Cost: $20

Donations and a portion of the profits will be given to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


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Free Services at Annual Wellness Day in San Jose

Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Eternal Health & Wellness
1066 Saratoga Avenue. #100.
San Jose, CA 95129

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You are invited to celebrate the Annual Wellness Day, marking a Chinese New Year. Start the year Off with Good Health. Join Us and Enjoy for FREE:   
* Delicious Chinese Food and Tea Tasting
* LED Fine Line Mask Facial, Lipo Light Body Contouring
* Meet and network with like-minded people
* Learn natural way to Relieve Stress, Pain, Increase Energy
* Zero Gravity Massage & ZyTo Nutrition Test
* Acugraph Energy Balance Testing
* Infrared Sauna Detox
* Enter to win a wellness spa package (Valued: $1500)

Cost: Free


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No Pants Party in San Francisco

Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 9:00 PM - Friday, February 26, 2016 at 2:00 AM (PST)

Harlot
46 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

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No Pants Party welcomes Sabo for a spectacle of pantless wonder. Well known on the festival circuit as a choice selector, Sabo brings a deep love for dance music that permeates the floor and transports one and all into a lush jungle of sound. His legendary sets with fellow mood setter Goldcap have earned him the reputation as a DJ who can play from sundown to sunrise and far beyond.

As you are preparing yourself mentally and physically for this rare occasion, remember that No Pants Party is a feeling. Bare your heart as well as your legs. Embrace your inner child as well as your sparkly sex god(dess).

Where there is a will there is a way and there are a lot of ways to do it right! Kilts, kaftans, and kimonos are all wonderful options to celebrate the glory of No Pants. Release yourself from the oppression of trousers. Let go your zippers, seams, and rigid jeans. Embrace the freedom and make it your own.

No Pants are the best pants!

Cost: $10 without pants, $20 if you insist on wearing pants


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Free Family Constellations Workshop in San Jose!

Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 4:45 PM to 7:00 PM

Community of Infinite Spirit
1540 Hicks Avenue,
San Jose, CA (edit map)

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When we have tried to change something and have not been successful, it is often because it is serving a purpose for our Family System. It is impossible to understand and heal this unless we are able to “see the entanglements” in our Family System. We are able to do this through the Family Constellation.

Doing a Family Constellation can help you in many ways! For example, it can help you with:
* Your personal relationships
* Your professional life
* Your health
* To take an important decision
* To understand a specific situation
* To be successful and have abundance

Come and join us in the meeting of the New Family Constellations! You do not need prior experience with Family Constellations to join.

In this meeting, we will first have a small introduction and then we will continue with an exercise where everyone will be able to participate, learn and benefit. Then we will do one or two constellations. It is not necessary for your family to be present to do a Family Constellation. The other participants will represent the members of your family needed to do a constellation. The less they know about your family, the better.

Family Constellations is a therapeutic method that brings out hidden dynamics in a family or group so that they can be healed. Once the root causes of present-day difficulties are brought out in the open, they can be put back in order. This method can help people "unblock" unseen reasons that have been keeping them from finding a partner, starting a family, getting or keeping a good job, illness, addictions and more. It can also help break personal or family patterns have restricted people from having the kind of life they want.

Cost: Free


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Body & Soul - Movement / Music / Ritual

Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)

The Center SF
548 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94117

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"Elevate your vibe. Meet your tribe."

You belong here.

Women are craving a place to feel free and connect to our bodies, souls... and a community of like-minded women.

Body & Soul is an inclusive and enlivening experience for you if you want to:
* live a healthier, more holistic or conscious lifestyle
* feel comfortable and confident in your body
* feel free to express yourself
* feel more connected to your femininity
* connect to a group of women who will raise you up.

In this class, you will learn how to exude a magnetic feminine presence through yoga, meditation, sensual dance and women's circle elements.
 
You will get a chance to explore your body from the inside-out.  This is about feeling good... damn good.
The modern, sensual and enlivening music will help to wake up the part of you that is craving to feel expressed and alive in your body and spirit.  You will learn new ways of moving to help you embody confidence and trust your intuition. 

We will open and close with an intimate women's circle, group discussion and time for connection. The guided conversation will give you a safe space to be yourself and be heard. You will leave feeling liberated, fulfilled, and empowered with a new friends you can call sisters.

Note: You do not need prior yoga/dance/circle experience to attend. Women only!

Cost: $22 - $28


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Creative Music Therapy and Clinical Improvisation

February 27-28, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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An intimate connection exists in music between composition and improvisation. Both use similar structural resources, such as formal procedures of harmonic progression, melodic construction, and rhythmic order. Composition, however, is free from any demands of immediacy, whereas improvisation is the creation of music in the moment and from moment to moment-composed in the living now.

To practice "creative music therapy" is to live at the threshold of artistic and developmental potential. It invites therapists to trust music-making-"music-ing"-as a means of reaching out and searching within, and as an instrument of clinical research. Learn how intuition determines the clinical approach and inspiration for using music in therapy, the significance of the quality of expression achieved, and the importance of order in its form.

Cost: $240/$260/$280


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Kind Awareness: Listening with the Body

Saturdays, February 27, 2016 @ 10am to 4pm

The San Francisco Buddhist Center
37 Bartlett Street
San Francisco, CA  94110

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How much do we really pay attention to what is happening, rather than our thoughts about what is happening? Thoughts and stories are useful for all kinds of things, but if we mistake them for reality, we will feel disconnected from our experience, from the world around us, and from other people.

Listening to, and with, the body we can reconnect with our actual experience and free ourselves from much of the craving, aversion and delusion that prevents us from being satisfied with our lives. On this day retreat, we explore ways to stay in contact with the body's wisdom and expand our capacity to turn towards what arises with kindness.

These monthly day retreats offer an opportunity to experience a retreat without leaving the city. Topics vary but usually include meditation and discussion around a particular topic. April 30 workshop will be led by a visiting teacher, Nagapriya, who has is specialized on the karma related topics.

Cost: $75 ($35 low income), or whatever you can afford.

Women's Full Moon Ceremony: Empowering Intentions

Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Hidden Villa
26870 Moody Rd,
Los Altos Hills, California 94022

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Join us as we come together monthly as women to heal, rest, share, learn, replenish, be nourished and nurtured. We will gather to share wisdom and inspiration, to explore nurturing feminine energy and creativity. We will create a safe and warm space where we can share, learn, open and renew. Please bring a warm blanket, lots of layers of clothing for part of the evening we are outside, a journal, flashlight, and some homemade food to share. We will share a feast, fire ceremony (if it is not a spare the air day), sharing circle, healing rituals and ceremonies, sometimes dancing and lots more.

Women only!

Cost: $25


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RELEASE - Tending To Our Dancing Bodies

Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST)

Presidio Performing Arts Center
386 Moraga Ave @ Arguello Blvd.
Presidio.
San Francisco, CA 94129

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We dance for joy and well-being, yet the physicality of our movements can stress the body in harmful ways. Dancers often mention trouble with their hips, knees, feet, back, neck and shoulders.

This afternoon is devoted to developing skillful ways to keep our bodies in motion with support and fluidity. We will use balls, rollers, power and stretch with our dancing practice to make real changes in muscle and fascia. Instead of pushing through pain, we will tend to our bodies both before and as we dance. These skills offer long-term health on and off the dance floor.

A Gabrielle Roth 5Rhythms Waves workshop is the foundation of the entire body of 5Rhythms work in which we expand our class work with a deepened physical expression and knowledge of the essential 5Rhythms and their polarities.

No prerequisites required.

Cost: $59


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Movement Medicine: "Chaste" Full Moon Dance ~ Celebrating Simplicity, Innocence & Joy

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 7:30 PM - 10 PM

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

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A Movement to get Silicon Valley Women & Men moving into REAL LIVE COMMUNITY through Movement, MetaSkills Workshops (integrating Right Brain with Left), Women's Collective circles & feminine spirituality practices - as well as mindful self-care.

Dancing w/o the drugs, alcohol and groping... oh and shoes.

Parking in rear is limited - ONLY park in spots labeled "Menlo Pilates". Watch street signs. Plenty of parking in Downtown Menlo Park parking lots.

Cost: $12-$20 (sliding scale)


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Free One-day Chinese Zen Meditation Retreat (All Levels, Lunch Provided)

Saturday, February 20, 2016 @ 8:45 AM to 5:00 PM

Dharma Drum Mountain Chan/Zen Meditation Center
255 H Street,
Fremont, CA

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This is the first of the three hands-on Chan Meditation Learning Series in 2016, Practicing Chan with the Essential Fundamentals, which sets a solid foundation for Gilbert’s subsequent teachings for you to become introduced to more advanced methods of Chan practice, such as Silent Illumination (2 of 3 on 4/22 & 4/23) and Huatou (3 of 3 on 9/16 & 9/17.) With these Learning Series, you will discover which of the methods you have the greatest affinity with, and it can become your core practice in daily life.

For this first not-to-be missed weekend, Gilbert will discuss the essential points of the Chan Meditation practice. You will learn the fundamental methods of relaxation and concentration, and fully settle your body and mind. You will come away with a better understanding of what the proper meditation practice is and why it works. We will practice meditation throughout the one-day retreat under Gilbert’s guidance.

Cost: Free ($50 suggested donation)

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

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Essential Oils 101 Foot Massage and Hug exchange

Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7 PM - 11 PM

Intrahealth
21020 Homestead Rd # B,
Cupertino, CA

What? Why? Well, why not. Aromatherapy coupled with massage and warm hugs. In one night!? We say, yes! Are we crazy? Of course we are, but we also want to share a few amazing things that we believe will benefit your wellness. You can thank us later!

Evening will start with a free Essential Oils presentation from 7-8:30 pm. We will try to reach gender balance as usual. Then, stay with us for a nice foot massage, using essential oil creams, of course and get ready to snuggle.

Cost: $15.


Intimacy Magic Tantra Workshop

Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST)

Los Gatos Acupuncture and Qigong Center
761 University Avenue
Los Gatos, CA 95032

This is a second workshop on Tantra, arranged by Kailani and Matt in Los Gatos Acupuncture and Qigong Center. The first workshop has had a great success, and this event is highly recommended for all the people who would like to enhance their spiritual life, engage in funny, sensual, and rewarding activities, and connect with likely-minded individuals.

Intimacy Magic Tantra Workshop an experiential opportunity for you to experience deep connection with yourself and others for greater presence, pleasure and awareness while being in a safe container. You will let go of things that prevent you from being fully presence through active release practices, increase your vitality by moving the energy so you can drop deeper into your own body, heart and spirit. And from that place of contentment and peace in yourself, you will be guided into connection with others through a serious of playful exercises in conscious embodiment, communication, breath, sound and energetic connection.

There will be no nudity and all the exercises are only an invitation to explore. You are welcome to step aside and observe. Please know that even though I will do my best to gender balance the group, you might end up working with a person of your own gender. All the touch we are going to share is of non-sexual nature and you can always say No Thank You. But please know that you might be in a group with people of your gender or even paired up with someone of your own gender.

Couples and singles are welcome. Couples can stay together if they choose to, though it can be beneficial to connect with others at least for some portion of the workshop.

We highly recommend preregistering as the event is likely to sell out.

Cost: $28-$35


The Palo Alto Swing Dance

Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

Lucie Stern Community Center (Ballroom)
1305 Middlefield Road.
Lucie Stern Ballroom.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

This is the inaugural Palo Alto Swing Dance hosted by the Gunn High School Music Department. The dance will have live music for the entire event provided by the Gunn Jazz Bands. All proceeds will go to the Gunn High School music program.

Each ticket includes group swing dance lessons with Nick Enge and Melissa Carvell, light food, and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening. Please print your ticket and bring it to the event.
No dancing experience necessary! Adults 21 and over please.

Cost: $40


Free Healing Festival in Sacramento

Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PST)

South Sacramento Christian Center Church
7710 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95823

Our Healing Festival will be a day of information, performances, healing practitioners, music and mini-workshops focused on love, compassion, healing and moving toward wellness and being whole in our communities.

Activities include workshops on trauma, restorative justice, advocacy, youth leadership, crime prevention, safe communities, community development, and sex trafficking prevention.  Facilitated discussions on concrete steps we take to heal our communities.  Massage therapy, music, spoken word performances, yoga, meditation, and more.

Cost: Free


7-th Annual World Naked Bike Ride - 2016 Southern Hemisphere Edition

Saturday, March 5, 2016 @ 11:00AM -3:00PM

San Francisco, CA

It is time for the World Naked Bike Ride - 2016 Southern Hemisphere Edition. This gives us time to do body/face paint and reacquaint ourselves. Bring body paints, watercolors and markers to apply slogans and designs to each other and adorn your bikes with signs; meet with old and new friends. While it is a "naked" bike ride, all are welcome; it's ride as bare as you dare. That is, body paint, rubber latex, bikinis, topless, lingerie, bubble pack, whatever costume you are comfortable riding with.

As always, our ride is in continued protest of an unsustainable energy policy in all nations around the globe. We support the innovation of alternate and improved energy technologies, the social commitment to a more sustainable energy consumption and generally the pure fun and joy of riding naked to draw attention to these issues.

You decide how much bare you can dare, you can go all out in the joy of sun clad nakedness, go topless, bikinis, body paint or latex, leotard or lingerie, or tuxedos, whatever you feel like.

Our ride route will go through many of our favorite locations along Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, the Mission district, North Beach and of course, our traditional stop for ice cream at Ben & Jerry's on Haight Street.

Fee: Free


Mindful Sexuality: A Taste of Psychospiritual Transformation

Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST)

Rudramandir
830 Bancroft Way, Suite 110
Berkeley, CA 94710

Have you had the following thoughts last time you were having sex:
* Thinking about your to-do list?
* Wondering if you’d finally get pleasured?
* Worrying about what your body looks like?
* Asking yourself, “when will it be over”?

If any of these thoughts passed in front of your open or closed eyes, you should not feel guilty and upset. You need to know that there are MANY women who can admit on sharing similar thoughts and experiences. Many women long for deeper connection and greater sexual pleasure, but routine thinking and self-consciousness get in their way. These habits of the mind inhibit your ability to drop in, open up, connect, and experience both intimacy and enjoyment.

In the Mindful Sexuality workshops, we dissolve these inhibitions by gently paying attention to the entirety of our sexual experience. We move from the noise and chatter of the mind, to a quiet noticing of each thought, to becoming deliciously attuned to the intricacies of our sexual bodies. By allowing your experience to be exactly as it is—and by releasing yourself from judgment—you can choose to make sex more pleasurable, powerful, and deeply loving.

During this juicy and informative workshop, you will be guided through exercises from one of my main bodies of work—Mindful Sexuality. You will find that bringing a lovingly-focused awareness to your sexuality allows you to:
* Experience peace and deeply felt pleasure in your body;
* Discover the heart of your sexual truths by gently peeling away shame-filled stories;
* Give voice to your most charged passions and fantasies, for both healing AND pleasure;
* Overcome specific—even longstanding—sexual difficulties;
* Link long-term love to truly gratifying sex;
* Bring your full being to sex—every time!

Cost: $20


Passionate Intimacy: A Couples Workshop

Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)

Harmonia Wellness and Social Club
2200 Marinship Way
Sausalito, CA

Do you long for the good old days when just a look from your partner could drive you wild with desire?  Are you lacking the fire and passion in your relationship?  Do you want to learn how to really connect with your partner at a more intimate level?

In this one-day couples workshop we will help you reignite the flame with your partner and create a deeper level of intimacy and connection.  Whether you have been together for 10 years or 10 weeks, you will leave this day with a renewed sense of intimacy and will understand how to create and maintain passion in your relationship. 

In this workshop, you will:
* Learn how to recognize and respect each other shifting boundaries.
* Explore different communication tools that allow each of you to speak your truth
* Learn how to simultaneously connect with your partner on different levels
* Learn the power of touching your partner for your own pleasure
* Explore the interplay between desire and surrender in passionate touch.

Cost: $265/couple


All You Can Dance for Just $5

March 06, 2016 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Alonzo King LINES Dance Center
26 7th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

30-minute sample classes reflecting the best of all we have to offer:

20+ classes taught by our world-renowned faculty.
Featuring new classes and styles.
All levels welcome, especially absolute beginners.
NEW! Observe Shapeshifter at 2pm - LINES Dance Center's Improvisation workshop.

Cost: $5 at the door


Fall In Love with Life - Meditation Workshop

Monday, March 7, 2016 @ 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Meditation Center
401 Baker Street,
San Francisco, CA

When we get caught in the day to day grind, life can easily slip into ‘just life’. But life is more than, just life, isn’t it?

Fall in LOVE- with your life. Be in love with life and you will wake up every morning feeling inspired and intrigued, ready to charge into the day eager and excited to engage fully and live life positively. Not everything about life is loveable, is it? Can we love life, even when it is messy and imperfect, even when it is not sunny all day, every day?

Join us to understand how to fall in love, when you have fallen out of love, with life. Maybe, even fall in love, over and over again. Everyone is welcome to attend and no prior meditation experience is required. Your voluntary donations are appreciated.

PARKING: In case of unavailability of street parking, discounted parking for coupon code "401" is available at DMV Parking Lot (corner of Fell and Broderick St.)

Cost: Free (Donations accepted)


Orgasm vs Ejaculation: Become a Multi-Orgasmic Man

Friday, March 11, 2016 @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Bliss Palace
633 E. McKinley Ave,
Sunnyvale, CA

What is the difference between orgasm and ejaculation for men? Are you aware of these being two separate events? Have you ever experienced one without the other? In this class, we will define the differences between male orgasm and ejaculation as well as give ideas and insight into how you can play with this wonderful human ability.

It is true! Male orgasm and ejaculation are two separate things. In Tantra, orgasm is defined as the internal experience of explosive sexual climax, even Alfred Kinsey, the first scientist to study human sexuality in the 1950s, described orgasm as “an explosive discharge of neuromuscular tension”. Ejaculation is the external expression of sexual climax. Through ejaculation orgasmic energy is released from the body. However, a male does not have to ejaculate to experience an orgasm.

It is typical for people to associate male orgasm and ejaculation as the same event. This limits most men to a single climax per sexual experience. Through Tantra techniques such as breath control, pelvic floor manipulation, and shifting of energy, men can learn to separate orgasm from ejaculation to enhance and extend their love making experiences. By extending the experience in this manner, there is a higher potential for multiple orgasms, full-body orgasms, and intense building of sexual energies. Yes, men also have the potential for multiple orgasms.

Ejaculation often depletes the male’s vital energy. As they age, men can display symptoms such as: premature ejaculation, longer time to achieve an erection, force and volume of ejaculate reduced, longer refractory time, and longer time to achieve orgasm. By retaining the ejaculate and orgasmic bliss, men are making a conscious decision to nurture and invest in their youth, vitality, sexually energies and spiritual growth. Are you willing to explore a new way of sexual bliss?

This class is open to men, women, singles and couples.

Cost: $20.00, or $30.00 at the door.



How Karma Works: FREE Retreat

March 10 - March 13, 2016 (Thursday – Sunday)

Santa Cruz Mountains, CA

Are you familiar with the question, "Why does this always happen to me?"
Karma is not the same as fate, and does not mean that you “deserve” what happens to you, or that you are being punished for the things you have done! Karma is a simple law of cause and effect, as impersonal as the laws of physics.

Join us for this weekend course where we will Find out exactly how karma works, and how you can apply the principles of karma to change your life, and create the happiness you want. The topics covered in this class will include the role of karma in terms of the Four Noble Truths, the laws of karma, the results of karmic actions, and a “karma quiz,” where you can see how the experiences in your life are created karmically.

What are the benefits?
* Gain a deeper understanding of Karma and how it works
* Learn how to create the causes for good in your life and how to avoid the causes of suffering
* Enjoy lively Dharma talks with Q&A with like-minded community
* Enjoy morning and evening meditations
* Relax in the peace of Vajrapani Institute's blessed land

This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more advanced students wishing to deepen their understanding of karma.

Cost: Free. Donations accepted. A $100 deposit is required to reserve a space. Your deposit will be refunded as long as you attend the retreat. No refunds for cancellations.


Loving Your Body, Loving Your Life – The Workshop

Friday, March 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm and Saturday, March 12, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Sofitel Hotel San Francisco
223 Twin Dolphin Drive,
Redwood City, California 94065

Your relationship to food is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. No matter how sophisticated, wise, or enlightened you believe you are, how you eat tells all. If you want to understand and change your beliefs about abundance, scarcity, deprivation, relaxation, kindness, and what you deserve to give yourself, the world is on your plate. When you begin to understand what prompts you to eat when you are not hungry, the process takes you deeper into realms of spirit to the bright center of your own life.

End the Struggle. In this workshop, you will learn the tools of inquiry, body sensing, meditation, and Geneen's Eating Guidelines that are the basis of the journey itself. Rather than getting rid of your conflicted relationship with food, you will become aware of what is standing in your way. You will learn to welcome what is already here, contact the part of yourself that is fresh and alive, and live the life you truly want. In a safe and supportive environment, you will:

Understand Why the Shape of Your Body Obeys the Shape of Your Beliefs. We starve and stuff, we binge and diet. Not just with food, but with our very life force. But a belief is just a thought you’ve think thousands of time; it is not necessarily true. Learn to identify these limiting beliefs and explore what is true now.

Learn Geneen's Eating Guidelines. Not a diet, not a set of rules, these Guidelines help you to listen to your body, treat it with loving kindness, and feed it what it truly wants.

Discover a Step-by-Step Process to Silence The Voice. If beating yourself up with the inner critic in your head led to change, you would already be perfect. Learn how to separate from that Voice and treat yourself with love and kindness.

Discover How to Understand and Work Through Life's Challenges. No feeling or situation is unworkable. Not heartbreak, not grief, not sadness, not loneliness, not anger. Anything can be felt, sensed, worked through. By inquiring into feelings and beliefs, you can look into and see what is really beneath those compulsions. One taste of this direct knowing and nothing can ever be the same.

You can do it! You can rescue yourself. No matter how you feel, no matter what you believe about your competence or your worth or your capacity to love and be loved, you can change. Join Geneen for these two transformative days and learn to welcome what is already here, already completely—your unique divine self.

Cost: $345


Waking Up Together In Love: Daylong Playshop

Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (PST)

Berkeley, CA

We are liberating Love through community connection practices because "It takes a village to raise a consciousness," or a relationship!

We will dive deep into the active inquiry: What does it take to create profound and lasting connection in community? How do we build trust? Transparency? Safety and empowerment around touch and love? Tantric energy? And tribal unity which can weather life's storms together?

We will be creating a "field of we-ness" or connection thru experiencing various Tribal Technologies as created and defined by revolutionary eco-communities such as the Tamera Healing Biotope in Portugal, Zegg in Germany, and Findhorn in Scotland.

We will be drawing from the just released "Terra Nova, Global Revolution and The Healing of Love" the brand new book by Dietre Duhm cofounder of the Tamera Community. We will also draw on Kelly Bryson's 30 years of experience as a certified NVC trainer, his personal work w/Abraham Hicks (Law of Attraction), Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now), Virginia Satir (Family Systems Therapy), Marshall Rosenberg (Founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication), Sabine Lichtenfels (Tamera's co-founder), and his own Higher Elf

Learn and practice sweet heart-filled connections like the Humanizing Hugs, Aloha Kiss, Ear on Heart, Empower Shower, Dance I AM, the Zegg Forum, SD (self-expression) Forum, Compassionate Communication, and more as we follow the dynamic flow that arises in our collective energies. Learn powerful tools for bringing forth the "Shadow" of the individuals and the group without harshness and with compassion allowing for transformation and healing.

Cost: Donations (suggested $80 - $145)


Energetic Play Party Bliss – Erotic Party in Oakland

Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM

Fruitopia
1080 23rd Avenue
Oakland, CA 94601

Join Reid Mihalko and Monique Darling for an explosive 4 hours of playing in the energetic field!!!!

We will begin the evening with one hour devoted to getting everyone on the same page about energy play resonance style...... where we will cover many topics including.....

Would you like to expand the range of your ENERGETIC sexual experience? Turn YOUR life into an orgasmic playground that does not have to look anything like “sex”… Learn to get in touch with your own energetic field, manipulate it, and turn it into a powerful source of connection and bliss.

Discover how and where to touch another to tune into, access, tease and play with their erotic energy, the energy of two people, or the energy of an entire group!

Tap into the energy of all 7 major chakra’s by yourself, with a partner, or in a group. Discover the differences in “taste” between energetic orgasms from chakra to chakra. Let me show you our tools, tips and tricks for unlocking your stuck sexual energy. AND of course be shown and get to play with Monique's Infamous creation... the "Heart Fuck!"

Bring a partner, find a partner there, switch partners, or experience the course on your own. Many options will be offered to support each individual experience.

Next up Let us lead you through a welcome circle where a room full 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!!

Fee: $35 per person or $60 per pair


"The Joy of Letting Go" - A daylong meditation retreat

Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PST)

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2620 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95816

Just what does the phrase "let go" mean? Renunciation (nekkhama in Pali), one of the ten perfections, is often thought of as sacrifice, as something we should do because it's "good for us" though not particularly uplifting. Actually, the Buddha spoke of this quality as leading to true contentment and happiness.

During this day, which includes periods of silent sitting and walking meditation, we will explore the theme of how renunciation is related to joy. We will discuss:
* What letting go means
* How letting go leads to simplicity and balance
* How letting go manifests as the perfection of generosity.
* Practices will be offered to work with letting go in our daily life.

Fee: $20 - $60 (sliding scale)


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

March 12-13, 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 are 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


All Gender Play Party Bliss with Alex S Morgan and Monique Darling

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM - Monday, March 14, 2016 at 12:00 AM (PDT)

Oakland, CA

Let Monique and Alex 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 is a sensual space where participants are encouraged to explore themselves and others in ways that are stimulating, nurturing, exciting, safe and FUN!

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

Cost: $35 per person, $60 per pair ($40/$70 at the door)


Introduction to Relationship Anarchy

Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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

“Relationship Anarchy- it’s a philosophy that provides a construct for the most consensually-based relationships. Whereas the act of applying labels like ‘monogamy’, ‘primaried’, ‘polyamory’, and so forth, is about defining what we have with someone (sometimes with the belief that by defining something we preserve it, a notion I don’t personally buy into anymore), Relationship Anarchy is a conversation about, “Where are we right now?” and “Who are we today?” and “What’s real for us in this moment?”” ~Mel Mariposa Cassidy

‘Relationship Anarchy’- Is it just another label en vogue, or something that goes beyond labels? Is it only for polyamorous people, or can you be a relationship anarchist and still have sexually fidelitous and monogamous relationships? (The answer to that is – yes!) How does Relationship Anarchy apply to the forming and maintaining of community and tribe? And what does this all have to do with the emerging trend towards promoting Consent Culture and new paradigms for communities?


Join relationship coach and blogger, Mel Mariposa of PolySingleish.com, as she presents an introduction to the principles of Relationship Anarchy and leads us into an exploration of what this all looks like in practice.

$15 in advance / $20 at the door / No one turned away for lack of funds


Bold & Sassy. Dance. Fitness. Masterclass with Shira

Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)

In The Groove Studio
580 14th St.
Oakland, California 94612

Be BOLD. Be SASSY. Think 90 minutes of confidence inducing, body love advocating, booty pop and twerk werking, sweat generating, calorie incinerating DANCE, that will take you to your happy place and leave you feeling more Diva than The Queen Bey herself. You will hear Beyonce more than a few times. Open to all levels. Total non-judgement zone. Bring a towel to wipe off your beautiful, sweaty face and get pumped to dance your heart out.

Cost: $17


AcroYoga FUNdamentals Workshop

Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM (PST)

BayAcro,
3274 Mission Street,
San Francisco

In this workshop, we will cover the fundamental concepts of AcroYoga, such as proper body mechanics, core containment, spotting, and counter-balancing.

AcroYoga will challenge and strengthen your sense of balance, coordination, and body awareness in a way that really lets your yoga practice really take flight! No experience necessary, just a willingness to do amazing new things and have some fun!

Cost: $35 early bird ends 1 week before event date; $40 after


Past Life Healings for More Love & Success

Sunday, March 13, 2016 @ 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Intra Health Center
21020 Homestead Road, Suite 2,
Cupertino 95014

Do you want to find the missing pieces that are causing you to feel stuck and frustrated?

Are you ready to: resolve your issues with your loved ones; experience more love, prosperity, health and success; enhance your intuition; open to your healing gifts and identify your life purpose?

Then join our transformational workshop and heal past life experiences that are still affecting you in this lifetime. Many of Helene Rothschild’s clients have had major breakthroughs through the past-life HART processes she developed. She will guide you through these empowering processes, so that you can also transform your life. Bring a pad and pen and Go for it!

This is a very popular event and space is limited, so sign-up now!

Cost: $20 ($25 at the door)


Embodying Higher Consciousness - Four Day Retreat with Stephen Busby

Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center
820 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard
Novato, CA 94949

In this Retreat, you will strengthen your potential for embodying a higher frequency of consciousness through your everyday life, work and relationships, leveraging your evolutionary possibilities on individual and collective levels.

TYPICAL RETREAT HOURS:
7:30 – 8:00 am Early Meditation (optional)
8:00 - 8:55 am Breakfast
9:00 - 1:00 pm Morning session (including break)
1:00 - 2:30 pm Lunch and quiet time
2:30 - 6:00 pm Afternoon session (including break)
6:00 - 7:15 pm Dinner
7:15 - 9.30 pm Evening session
(5.30 pm end on Sunday).

Fee:
Commuter: Venue and Meals $260 + Retreat $600 = $860
Multiple occupancy room: Lodging, Venue and Meals $395 + Retreat $600 = $995
Single Room: Lodging, Venue and Meals $485 + Retreat $600 = $1,085


Pagan Bunny Burn Festival

March 17, 2016 - March 20, 2016

3199 County Road 309 (Sanhedrin),
Elk Creek, Ca 95939

Located on private property in Northern California, Pagan Bunny Burn blends the outdoor beauty of the spring season, with participation stemming from the arts.

The Pagan Bunny Burn, a four-day, Burner family event, that celebrates spring, the arts, self-expression and community. The PBB is produced by local burners to create an atmosphere and space, where all artist can bring their talents, and where everyone is welcome to participate any way in self-expression.

We have created an event space in the green oak-woodlands of northern California, on private property, two hours north of Sacramento, west of Interstate 5. Theme camps, art installations and the sound stage will surround a large effigy to be burned, that also serves as a walk-in temple. The event space has plenty of area for theme camps, large and small art, bicycles, art cars, car camping and RV camping.

Cost: 12 and under are free. The ticket price is $50 per person, which includes parking, and camping for four days and three nights.


Mardi Gras Zumba Party!

Friday, March 18, 2016 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Swiss Park
5911 Mowry Ave,
Newark, CA 94560

Come dance with us!!

Mardi Gras Zumba Party with international presenter Muh Arruda From Brazil And Juany Rangel from Bay Area. Dress up in Mardi Gras gear: Mardi Gras beads, masks or anything fun, or just your regular workout clothes too.

Cost: $15-$25


Spring Equinox Yoga Retreat with Hiking & Wine Tasting

March 18 - 20, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

Location - Wildwood Retreat Center
20111 Old Cazadero Rd,
Guerneville, Sonoma County, CA 95446

Relax, Recharge and Rejuvenate!

Join us in beautiful Sonoma Wine Country to celebrate the Spring Equinox with yoga, meditation, nourishing food, hiking in nature, wine tasting and more. Connect more deeply with your Self, mother nature and those around you, while opening yourself up to new possibilities, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and destressing from your everyday 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.

Highlights
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
Outdoor pool and hot tub
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: $495 - $745


Sensual Yoga, Marijuana, and Expressive Erotic Art

Friday, March 18, 2016 @ 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Merchants of Reality
285 9th Street,
San Francisco, CA

Salena and Dee are pleased to announce an evening of sensual-awakening yoga and playful erotic art expression, all optionally-cannabis enhanced!

Salena is a sensual art teacher, and Dee is a tantra and cannabis-enhanced yoga teacher. When we met, we instantly felt we wanted to collaborate to offer our gifts and passions! 

What better way than combining yoga movements to explore the erotic body, and then expressing the sensations we feel with visual art ~ ?

All while getting high??! (which is optional!) :)

When we enhance our experiences with cannabis, our senses are heightened. This is why meditation, art, sex, and anything related to the senses is more yumm. That is also precisely why you do not need any art experience to join this class! Expressive art is not based on images to copy or a live model, but on feeling sensations, and being willing to play with expressing them. All levels to both art and yoga are welcome! 

Art materials will be supplied, though please bring your own yoga mat. We will have snacks and tea, and you're welcome bring wine, along with your cannabis, if you wish. Please bring your medical marijuana card to consume on-site. (Cannabis use is, of course, optional). 

Cost: $50


Decoding the Female Sex: Training & Party

Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

The Temple of Shadows.
4810 State Court.
Richmond, California 94804

Women. . . divine, confusing, igniting, mysterious. . . so delicious and so aggravating. Have you ever wanted to understand what women really mean when they say yes or no? Are you curious to know what turns women on to bad boys and how nice guys can use it successfully? Would you like to be the guy that can heals the wounds she carries from other men? Do you desire to stay out of the friend zone? Are you longing to ignite or reignite the spark with someone you love?

On this workshop, you will
* Uncover the keys that open heart, mind, spirit & Eros between men & women.
* Learn how to empower your partner to be passionate on all levels.
* Discover what brings healing in relationships & sexuality.
* Get a Map of the Feminine Mind its access points and its wounds.
* Learn the neuriobiology of love and lust.
* Practice simple Tantric Techniques to create connection with anyone.
* Understand why some women are drawn to Kink, Tantra, Open Relationships or more Traditional sexuality as well as how to open the possibility of adventure safely.
* Engage in an evening panel and party where you get to ask a panel of sensuous women what they really think and feel about men

Cost: $100-$150 (At the Door ~ $225)


Create Your Dream Relationship Workshop

Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 9:30 PM

Villa Torino - Community Room
28 Bassett Street
San Jose, CA 95110

Do you want a relationship that rocks?
Do you want a partner that is all that you have dreamed of and more?
Do you want to clear blocks that may be keeping you from your dream relationship?

If you are single, in a relationship, straight, gay, married, divorced...and answered “Yes” to any of the above questions then Create Your Dream Relationship is for you!

What will you be doing?
What will you get?

In this workshop, you will:
* Discover and clear out any blocks that may be keeping you from your ideal relationship.
* Clarify what you truly want and need in a fulfilling relationship.
* Rediscover your value and celebrate you!

Cost: $185 - $300 (depending on time of workshop booking)


Evolution Brain, Compassionate Mind at Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center

Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center
1550 La Pradera Drive,
Campbell, CA 95008

Compassion is often defined as a “sensitivity to suffering in self and others with a commitment to try to alleviate and prevent it.”  At center of this definition are two basic processes. The first process involves developing courage to see clearly into the nature and causes of suffering—not to shun away or avoid. The second process involves committing to acquiring the wisdom to know what to do. In this short one-day experiential workshop we will look into the nature of suffering as arising from the evolutionary process itself—the flow of life which all living things are caught up in. We will then consider ways in which compassionate motivation and a compassion-focused approach can improve our own well-being and that of others. We will explore how our inner compassionate selves can help to work with difficult emotions and in particular our self-critical sides. The workshop will consist of some teaching, mindfulness and breathing exercises, imagery and guided discovery.

The workshop is open to those who have an interest in this area. Some knowledge of the contemplative traditions would be helpful but not essential. We will be looking at the implications of having a brain that evolved over many millions, and why the human brain is actually very tricky and can be a source of harm as well as healing through no fault of our own. We will have a taste of how compassion cultivation can help us to stabilize and orientate the mind for the well-being of self and others.

Cost: $45


Detox for Life: Restore and Rejuvenate Your Body

Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Yoga Garden SF
286 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

In celebration of the seasonal shift into spring, join us for an afternoon session that weaves topical serums, tonics and teas through a restorative practice. This workshop, lead by Yoga Garden SF's, Leigh Stewart, and her Sonima Foundation colleague, Jenny Katz, invites a balance of fiery pranayama and stress-releasing yin poses. After an opening meditation and a heat producing warm up, we will discuss at-home practices for detoxifying your life and building immunity. As we move through a deeply restorative practice, we'll sample healing and detoxifying products for drinking and topical application. This afternoon session provides a practical template for well-being in the day-to-day, as well as samples to take home.

Cost $40-$45


The Hungers: Solitude Dance Workshop

Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 12-6pm

Marin Masonic Hall
888 4th Street
94901 San Rafael, CA
United States

Relationship is not something we do – it is something we are.

We are always in relationship whether sleeping, driving, hiking or working with another. The San People of the Kalahari knew that every human houses healthy hungers for relationship.

We are designed for:
* Solitude, time for ourselves
* Intimacy and connection with others
* Belonging to a family or community
* Resting in something larger than ourselves; communion with spirit

Our hungers change over the course of our life. We may feel satisfied with our solitude yet yearn for intimate partnership. Other times we have endless close connections with barely enough time alone. Each time we move, change jobs, step onto a new dance floor, we can question our sense of belonging. All the while, we remember, forget and remember again to rest in the lap of something much larger than ourselves; something that is basically good.

Each daylong retreat will focus on a hunger. Through dance, sitting meditation, and the riches of this one-day community, we will mine the gold that only relationship can illuminate.

Fee: $95


Mindful Sexuality: A Psychospiritual Approach to Erotic Transformation – Workshop for Women

Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20­; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

Rudramandir
830 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, California 94710

In Mindful Sexuality, we pay attention, or bring a refined awareness, to the entirety of our present-moment sexual experience, from noticing our every thought, to becoming more attuned to the intricacies of our sexual bodies. By staying mindful and in the moment—and by learning to withhold judgment—you can choose to make sex more pleasure-filled, powerful, and loving.

Mindful Sexuality will help you to open new avenues of consciousness, rekindle your sexual relationships, and bring your full being to sex—every time. Mindful Sexuality is not only a key step on the Mindful Path, it also allows you to feel more alive and powerful in all aspects of your life.

Using a wide range of modalities and practices, including meditation, guided imagery, and Mindful Inquiry, we will expand our ability to fully step into the whole of our sexual experience.

Cost: $295 (no accommodation included)


Encounter Fundamentals with Andrea Juhan

March 24 -27, 2016

Mountain View Masonic Hall
890 Church Street
Mountain View, CA 94035

Open Floor Encounter is an exhilarating group process containing elements of Gestalt Awareness Practice (GAP), psychodrama, movement and somatic psychotherapy. The essential practice is to make what we feel and think inside, physically visible. Our actions affect others; other's actions affect us. We come to understand the interdependence of being human - there is no such thing as a person having an individual experience.

Within a supportive and challenging environment, we create a 'safe emergency' a situation intense enough to get our attention and supportive enough that we risk moving beyond our habitual patterns.

Open Floor Encounter straddles the middle ground between the edgy, pioneer spirit of group 'Encounter' of the 60's, with the sophistication and finesse of more recent psychotherapeutic insights. Artfully graceful, unpredictable and infinitely creative this process calls forth both our maturity and innate wisdom.

Fee: $310 - $345


2016 San Francisco Salsa Festival

Friday, March 25, 2016 at 6:30 PM - Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 2:00 AM

The Park Central San Franscisco
50 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Head to downtown San Francisco for three nights of world-class dancing, competitions and workshops with acclaimed salsa instructors at the San Francisco Salsa Festival. Festival-goers can compete in various competitions and enjoy performances from champion salsa dancers.

Fee: Varies


Yoga, Trauma, and the Path of Healing

March 26 - Mar 27, 2016 @ 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM (Saturday – Sunday)

Yoga Garden SF
286 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

It isn't all in your head; trauma affects the totality of our embodied experience.
In this 12 hour workshop you will:
* Understand the basic principles of the nervous system, including its response to traumatic events.
* Become aware that traumatic events happen in everyday life and are expressed in the body.
* Consider how the healing of our traumatic experiences is an integral part of spiritual life.
* Be introduced to Somatic Experiencing and learn how to recognize trauma in yourself and in yoga/meditation students.
* Learn language and asana modifications that support healing and decrease the possibility of re-triggering traumatic response.
* Understand the relationship of energetic manifestations in yoga to trauma, and the relationship of trauma to kundalini and kriya.

Cost: $225, or $199 on or before March 1st.


Orgasm Mastery for Women

Sunday, March 27, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

In this women only workshop learn to activate your pleasure potential and cultivate your feminine sexual power with these initiations:
-Yoni Yoga with jade eggs - pelvic floor strengthening
-The physical and energetic anatomy of arousal
-5 types of orgasm
-Movement and visualization techniques for feeling pleasure
-Breath work for activating bliss states and sexual energy
-Secret techniques for “flipping” your radiance switch and embodying your sensual, juicy, powerful Self.

Cost: $95 (Includes a Jade Egg $50 value)


Insight Meditation for the Curious

March 30 - April 2, 2016 (Wednesday – Saturday)

Spirit Rock
5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd,
Woodacre, CA

Have you ever been curious about Insight Meditation? This silent retreat will teach the essentials of this practice and offer key Buddhist teachings. We will explore ways to awaken our mind and heart so that we can learn to live a life of wisdom, compassion, inner peace and freedom.

This mini retreat will combine sitting and walking meditations, dharma talks and opportunities to meet with a teacher. An excellent opportunity for those new to retreat practice, and also ideal for experienced practitioners who wish to do a short retreat. The retreat will end Saturday before noon.

Cost: $880 - $440 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s).