SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

Meet Mingle Meditate with Sadhguru

Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 2 pm – 4 pm

City National Civic
135 W San Carlos St,
San Jose, CA 95113


You are invited to a special, interactive event offering refreshing and unique insights into many aspects of life, ranging from the mundane to the ultimate. Traversing seamlessly from the ancient to the ultramodern, Sadhguru bridges the gap between the known and the unknown, enabling all those who encounter him to explore and experience the deepest dimensions of life. Being in Sadhguru’s presence creates an extraordinary opportunity to experience one’s natural state of freedom, love and limitless joy.

We invite you to bring your curiosity and your questions. Come be a part of this extraordinary opportunity.

Cost: $25

Dogpatch Dance Grand Opening

Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 2 PM - 6 PM

Dogpatch Dance
435 23rd Street, Ste 19,
San Francisco, California 94107



Come out to celebrate the opening of San Francisco's newest dance and yoga home! Meet our community, our instructors, and our dancers. Check out the space and our October schedule.

Foot massage exchange and cuddling

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

Intrahealth
21020 Homestead Rd # B,
Cupertino, CA



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

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

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

Zero tolerance for harassment!!!

Cost: $20 for men and $10 for ladies



Santa Cruz 150th Birthday Celebration

Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Main Beach,
Santa Cruz



Join us for the 150th firework beach party on Main Beach. Festivities kick off at noon with kids’ games, a concert headlined by James Durbin, fireworks at 9:00pm and a whole lot more. Review full schedule, following the link below. Come out for a great day of sun and fun and help us mark 150 years of creating community.

Cost: Free


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DANCE ELEMENTAL - Ecstatic Dance Journey

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

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



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

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

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

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

Cost: $15/person; $25/couple



Radiance Kirtan Live in Berkeley

Friday, September 30, 2016 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

4th Street Yoga
1809 4th St, Berkeley, California 94710


Radiance Kirtan:
Radhanath - Mridanga & Vocals; Kilimba - Harmonium & Vocals
Greg Barnett - Bass & Guitar; Susan Shloss - Violin;
Radha dasi, Vocals & Kartals

Kirtan is an ancient practice of praise, prayer and perpetual celebration of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Sri Radha & Krsna. This practice has been going on since time immemorial, and is used as a medium to connect with God. It's soul activation of devotional service where the individual soul connects with the Supersoul. It's a safe place to explore and open one's heart to a truly transcendental experience; a place to sing, dance and contemplate the true essence of life.

Everyone is invited!

Cost: Donations (at the door)

AUM-Marathon in San Jose

Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 3 PM - 7 PM

San Jose, California


The AUM Meditation is a very powerful and intensive meditation process to explore the many facets of human nature – negative emotions, madness, melancholy, stress, sensuality, energy layers, dance, laughter, healing, forgiveness, love, letting go, sound, silence and gratitude. It is an interactive social meditation in which the other become a mirror and helps us to connect with our true feelings and to know who we are in the moment.

The process is 3-hours long and contains twelve stages, which take you from one polarity to another through catharsis, dance, bio-dynamic exercise and encounter. It is a great unburdening, as you will experience releasing everything unwanted in your chaotic body-mind and come to a point of ease and peace with yourself. In this space it is easy to know your true nature.

The release of stress and pent-up feelings gives you a sense of clarity and freedom and the active stages make you feel more energetic, alive and empowered.

This is a multi-dimensional Meditation that celebrates love and friendship, and helps you to sink in a space of deep warmth and relaxation.

Who leads: Polina Sozonova, certified OSHO-trainer, she got certified in OSHO-center in India, Pune.

Where: Private house in San Jose. The location will be shared with participants.
Cost: $30


More October 2016 events:


Couples Social: Centering Your Sexy Self

Friday, September 30, 2016 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Loft
2501 Harrison St #15
San Francisco, California



It's really quite unpleasant to dive into relationship unconsciously - let's help get you in the right mindset! The group Spiritual & Romantic Practices for Couples is all about getting in touch with oneself deeply, so you can feel grounded and have both you and your partner feeling more connected to each other before you started!

After settling in we'll all participate in this guided meditation tailored to our goals. After that, some social exercises and mingling will ensue! Topped off with some cocktails, or any beverage of choice.

Schedule:
6:30-7:00pm: Check in & Settle in
7:00-7:15pm: Guided Meditation
7:15-7:30pm: Social Game & Ice Breaker
7:30-8:30pm: Happy Hour mingling time!

Cost: $10

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/couples-social-centering-your-sexy-self-tickets-27289421394

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

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

Finnish Kaleva Hall
1970 Chestnut St,
Berkeley, California 94702



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

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

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

Cost: $25


More October 2016 events:


The Intimacy Dojo: Communication Games in Palo Alto

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

815 La Para Ave,
Palo Alto, CA



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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $10 Cash at the door.


More October 2016 events:


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



DANCE ELEMENTAL - Ecstatic Dance Journey

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $15/person; $25/couple


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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $25 - $35


Mean Old Blues Festival

October 7 - 9, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

San Francisco, CA

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

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

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

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

Cost: Varies


Rejuvenating Yoga / Feldenkrais Retreat

October 7 - 10, 2016 (Friday – Monday)

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

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

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

What is Feldenkrais?

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

What kind of yoga will we do?

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

What should I expect to receive from these offerings?

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

All experience/ levels are welcome.

Cost: $590 - $660


Alice in Wonderland Unbirthday Tea Party

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

Golden Gate Park North Dutch Windmill
San Francisco, California 94121

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

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

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

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

Birthday songs and cake are strictly prohibited ;)

Cost: Free


Cacao Ceremony with Iemanjo

Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The Center SF
548 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Cacao is a gentle, heart-opening and delicious medicine used ceremonially by Mayan and Aztec peoples for centuries. Join IEMANJO as he guides meditation, voice activation exercises, sound healing, group singing, and finally a live ecstatic dance set in a ceremony designed to help you manifest your true heart's mission. IEMANJO is an internationally touring musician and bodyworker who facilitates cacao ceremonies at private events and festivals throughout California, Hawaii, New York and Guatemala.

Wear comfortable clothing, bring a warm bottle and a friend!

Cost: $30


2016 Santa Cruz World Arts Festival

October 8 – 9, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center
1060 River St,
Santa Cruz, California 95060

The festival expands to include music and food from around the world, complementing the incredible line-up of local and international dance companies set to take the stage.

The festival includes FREE outdoor performances on Saturday, October 8th between 11AM and 4PM and then moves to a special ticketed EVENING performance inside the new Colligan Theater at 7:30pm featuring Antara Bhardwaj, Oumou Faye, John and Nancy Lingemann and Susana Pedroso.

Sunday, October 9th, the festival once again hosts, FREE classes open to the public for both children and adults.


17th Annual Burning Man San Francisco Decompression

Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 12:00pm - 12:00am

Esprit Park
Minnesota St,
San Francisco, California 94107

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

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

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

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

Cost: $15 before 3:00pm, $20 after 3:00pm


Astral Projection Meditation

Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Live Lotus
556 North 1st Street #3
San Jose, CA 95112

Astral Projection (OOBE) is an ancient gnosis of the immortality of one's consciousness through projection of the astral body. The spirit is eternal and boundless, the ability, once honed is a beacon of travel left only to the mind.
Below is an overview of the Astral Projection Meditation Workshop:
• Brainwave States
• 7 Planes of Consciousness
• Inhabitants of the Astral World
• The Akashic Records & how one obtains access
• Lucidity Awareness Methods
• Chakra Dictations & Blockages
• ACC 6 Step Astral Projection System
“Close your eyes and let the mind expand. Let no fear of death or darkness arrest its course. Allow the mind to merge with Mind. Let it flow out upon the great curve of consciousness. Let it soar on the wings of the great bird of duration, up to the very Circle of Eternity."
— The Emerald Tablet Of Hermes & The Kybalion: Two Classic Books on Hermetic Philosophy

Cost: $77.77


New Alchemy Spinning Classes

Monday, October 10, 2016 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

InterPlay
2273 Telegraph Ave,
Oakland, California 94612

These classes are an invitation to explore and deepen our Alchemy Spinning practice –a powerful and yet accessible somatic modality at the intersection of mindfulness.

Whirling, rather than being a goal or a destination, becomes a spiral journey towards greater body wisdom, self-expression and self-knowledge.

For years, Raquel Boluda, has been exploring the whirling dances of the world to understand and distill their benefits, and to connect these with other disciplines and somatic wisdom traditions. The result is a truly unique discipline that bridges the somatic and the transpersonal realms, and that opens up new frontiers of discovery to professional dancers, dance lovers and novices alike.

The core of the practice is the connection between the Heaven and Earth that gets established through our spinal column. This becomes a gateway to experience a state of expanded consciousness and, simultaneously, a state of complete presence.

In our practice we will use different forms of dance, movement, breath work, meditation, and contemplative art making.
This practice is open to people of all ages, levels, and physical conditions, as each person will be encouraged to find their own edges for somatic exploration on their own terms.

Cost: Free


Sacred Snuggle Party A Tantric Second-Base Love Puddle

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM - 12:30 AM

GUAVA
4210 Holden St.,
Emeryville

WHAT IS A SACRED SNUGGLE PARTY?

It's a sweet sensual event where we gather to flirt, touch, massage, run tantric energy, play, laugh, cry, and share intimacy, vulnerability or whatever else spontaneously arises. It's a drug and alcohol-free party where we can relax and connect with like-minded people. Singles, married couples, celibates of any race, experience and sexual orientation are welcome. Most importantly, this is a laboratory to practice expressing what feels good and what doesn't, asking to get your needs met, setting boundaries, and perhaps even overcoming rejection!

6:30pm Doors Open, Mix & Mingle, Light Snacks
7:15pm Orientation and connection games (Doors close, nobody is admitted late)
8:15-9:15 Sensual exercises
9:15-11:15 Self-Directed Snuggle Party
11:15-11:30 Closing Circle
11:30-12:30am Chill & Mingle

Cost: $35 for singles, $65 for couples, $90 for triads


California Deathfest 2016 in Oakland

October 14-16, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

Oakland Metro
522 2nd Street
Oakland, CA 94607

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


FOG Diwali - Festival of Lights

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

Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue,
Pleasanton, CA 94566

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

Cost: $5 online/ $6 at the gate


Relationship Tune Up for Couples

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

1925 Winchester Blvd, Suite 106,
Campbell, CA 95008

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

Cost: $70/couple


Treasure Island Music Festival 2016 10th Anniversary

October 15-16, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

Treasure Island, San Francisco

Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment are back to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Treasure Island Music Festival. Come aboard October 15th and 16th

Single day lineups are here!

SATURDAY:
Ice Cube
Zhu
Glass Animals
Duke Dumont
Young Thug
Flight Facilities
Mura Masa
Stormzy
How To Dress Well
Kelela
Honne
Sofi Tukker
Kamaiyah

SUNDAY
Sigur Ros
James Blake
Purity Ring
Tycho
Mac DeMarco
Sylvan Esso
Neon Indian
Christine and the Queens
Wild Nothing
Deafheaven
Car Seat Headrest
Hinds
Day Wave

Cost: $180/2 days; $105/1 day


San Jose Aqua Yoga Training

October 15-16, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

Saratoga YMCA
13500 Quito Road
Saratoga, CA 95070

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

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

Cost: $375


Acupressure Tuning Forks & Singing Bowls (A Sound Healing Feast)

Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 8 PM - 9:30 PM

The Center SF
548 Fillmore St,
San Francisco, California 94117

Come enjoy a soothing Sunday night with acupressure, tuning forks and singing bowls.

Welcome acupressurist & tuning fork practitioner Jess Maron, founder of Indigo Intuitive Acupressure Massage— so grateful he'll be sharing these healing gifts with us (www.jessmaron.com).

Simona Marie Asinovski (of Sound Meditation SF) will be creating a serene and restorative environment with crystal singing bowls.

During our sound meditation, Jess will be going around and applying touch to some points on the body, and using tuning forks on other acupressure points.

Cost: $35 - $38


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $484-$645


Sacred Connection Dance and Cuddles

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

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

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

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

I am looking forward to connecting and playing with you!

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


Sex Camp for Adults in Lupin – Clothing Optional Resort

October 21 - 23, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)
Lupin Lodge
20600 Aldercroft Heights Road,
Los Gatos, CA 95033

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $790 - $990 / couple


Tantra Yoga Weekend

October 21 – 23, 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

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

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

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

Teacher:
Ericardo Baldonado teaches Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, Vyayama (physical practices), Dhyana (meditation) classes and holds Satsang (lectures) at Shri Kali Ashram, India, in Teacher Training programs for the last 6 years. He is an E-RYT 500 with yoga alliance.

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

October 21-23
Friday- 7:30-9:30pm (two-hour class)
Saturday- 12:30-6:30pm (6-hour class includes lunch)
Sunday- 11am-5:30pm (6 1/2-hour class includes lunch)

Cost: $220/single; $400/couple


GLOW: A Festival of Fire & Light

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

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

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

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

Cost: $22


Festival of Colors Santa Cruz 2nd Annual

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

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

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

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

Cost: $5


SF Deltas: Free Bubble Soccer

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 2 PM - 5 PM

Street Soccer USA Park
200 Terry A Francois Boulevard,
San Francisco, California 94158

Come be silly and play bubble soccer with us at Street Soccer USA Park. The last few Bubble Soccer events have been WAY too much fun so we're doing it again! Join us on Saturday, October 22nd as we take over Street Soccer USA Park. We will also have t-shirts, hoodies, and scarves available for purchase. We'd love a chance to get to know each of you better, so we hope you'll come out and join us!

Cost: Free


The Celestial Sound Symphony

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM

Downtown Yoga Shala
450 S 1st Street,
San Jose, California 95113

Please join us for a magical evening of sound and vibration with Danny Goldberg playing the gongs, tibetan bowls and chimes, along with Jessica Neideffer working with crystal alchemy singing bowls.

Sound healing has been used for thousands of years across the world to access cells on a deeper level. Sound is a powerful tool used to communicate with the cells of our body. We work with sound to re-harmonize and balance the cells back to their natural frequencies.

Lay down & allow yourself to receive the healing sound vibrations of Gongs, Tibetan & Crystal Singing Bowls. 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 fully surrender & receive.

Please bring your yoga mat, pillow, and/or blanket to make sure you are comfortable.

Cost: $30


2016 SF Bodypainting Day

Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 11:00 am to 03:00 pm

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

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

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

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

Cost: Free


October Cuddle Party in Santa Clara

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

Santa Clara, CA

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

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

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

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

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


Monster Bash in Mountain View

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

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

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

Featured Movie – Hotel Transylvania 2
Come in costume!

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

All are invited to attend this FREE family event!

Cost: Free


Dia de los Muertos

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11 AM - 3 PM

Calvary Catholic Cemetery
2650 Madden Ave,
San Jose, California 95116

The Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican celebration. Día de Los Muertos is a celebration of life and death…a festival and joyous event.The 7th Annual Día de los Muertos will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 11am to 3pm at Calvary Cemetery.

Calvary Catholic Cemetery Celebrates Day of the Dead 2016

• This event is FREE and open to the public!
• Ritual, Music, and Dance
• Face Painting and Children’s Crafts
• Food, art, books, and t-shirts will be available for sale
• A community altar for attendees to place their photos & memorabilia

Cost: Free


Halloween Ecstatic Dance

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7 PM - 11:30 PM

Ecstatic Dance Oakland
1933 Broadway,
Oakland, California 94612

Join us for a special dress-up Halloween Ecstatic Dance!

We come together to dance and celebrate both the living and the dead on this night when the veils between worlds are thinnest.

Come dressed in a representation of your alter ego. Is it friend or foe? Angel or devil? You choose, but choose wisely because you will be dancing together all night long!

DETAILS
Arrive at 7pm and share in the thrill of getting dressed up together!
Ecstatic Dance with DJ Ryan Herr begins at 7:30pm and ends at 10:30pm.
An extended sound healing with Shannon Sahaja takes us on a sacred journey through the veils from 10:30-11pm.
Socialize from 11pm-midnight.

Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door


37th Annual Reclaiming Spiral Dance

Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 5 PM - 9 PM

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St,
San Francisco, California 94103

Please Join us for Reclaiming's 37th Annual Spiral Dance in San Francisco.

The intention for our ritual is "In The Presence Of Our Beloved Dead, We Dance, Create Community, And Wield Love To Effect Change

We have found a new home! This year's ritual will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, an ADA compliant, centrally located, Union operated venue in San Francisco.

Please note that this year's Spiral Dance is on a Sunday and the starting and ending times are a little earlier.

Cost: $25


Lifeline: Dance Workshop 15

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

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

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


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

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

Main benefits you may expect:

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

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

Important notes:

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

Workshop Facilitator: Michael Pekker

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Cost: $30



September Cuddle Party in Santa Clara

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

Santa Clara, CA



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

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

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

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

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



Healthy Gut & Happy Brain FREE Workshop

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Cost: Free