SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

Free evening with Gypsy Tribe

Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7 PM - 10 PM

Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company
101 W Main St,
Los Gatos, California 95030


The Gypsy Tribe are back by popular demand at your favorite LGCRC!!

An exhilarating evening of gypsy jazz and fine local wines. An event not to be missed. No cover charge.

Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company, a beloved institution of Los Gatos for many years. LGCRC is currently featuring local mountain wines including Testarossa, Loma Prieta, Muns and Silver Mountain Vineyards. The cafe specializes in French Crepes made to order and Charcuterie platters.
Please mark your calendars and plan to be there!

Cost: Free

Guided Thai Massage Workshop

Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM

505 Cypress Point Dr,
Mountain View, CA



A guided Thai Massage workshop in which we will demonstrate and teach 15 minutes of massage at a time. You will both give and receive massage for a total of 2 hours. No experience necessary, you will need to bring a partner. You will only work with that partner. This type of massage is fully clothed with no oil.

This is appropriate for all body types. It's a lovely evening with minimal effort and maximum relaxation.

Cost: $25/person (paypal to susan@acroyoga.org. You must register ahead of time to attend).



A New Way of No-ing Workshop for Women

January 5 - 6, 2018 (Friday – Saturday)

4929 Augusta Way,
San Jose, CA


Do you have a hard time saying No?
Does saying No create conflict inside you?
Are you afraid of missing out when you say No?
Do you feel mean when you say No?
Ever wonder why no one seems to hear your No?

Then this workshop is for you.

A New Way of No-ing is a weekend exploration for women that helps you say No with Joy and Empowerment.

In this very special two-day interlude, we will explore No together in a small group to discover both what we want and the ways we unconsciously sabotage ourselves and create a confusing mess instead of clear outcomes.

Imagine how your life would change if you could:

~Feel peace and clarity instead of confusion or regret when saying No
~Say No and stick to it without waffling or regret
~Recognize your Sabotage Strategies and learn how to avoid them
~Successfully use No in both verbal and non-verbal settings

Cost: $50 - $200 (sliding scale)



CONNECT — a Neuroscience Design Work Spa with Dr. David Eagleman

January 5 – 6, 2018 (Friday – Saturday)

CHANGE [engagedIN neuroscience design center]
13001 E Zayante Rd.
Felton, CA 95018


Have a game-changing vision, project, or strategy that you can't get to because you’re crazy-busy?
Here's your opportunity (excuse maybe?) to start 2018 off RIGHT and do your best work--in an uninterrupted, brain-juiced, creative work retreat.

Join us for CONNECT — a private, daylong "work spa" — to focus and innovate on your most mission-critical project or 2018 intentions. There will be neuroscience, design, mindfulness, chair massage, solo time, networking —and FUN!

Held at CHANGE, engagedIN’s neuroscience design training center on 160 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains — so you can connect with nature, mind-body practices, creativity, your target users/audience and fellow changemakers in health and well-being. See more photos of the CHANGE center, here.

Faculty:
– David Eagleman, PhD, Rockstar Neuroscientist, New York Times Best-Selling Author, creator and host of PBS's The Brain, co-founder, NeoSensory
– Kyra Bobinet, MD MPH, CEO, engagedIN, Consulting Faculty, Stanford School of Medicine, author of Well-Designed Life: 10 Lessons in Brain Science and Design Thinking for a Mindful, Healthy, and Purposeful Life
– An amazing peer group of top innovators in health and well-being

Connect-by-Design

·         Unplug and take concentrated time to create or iterate on ANY project you choose
·         Connect with nature to awaken your brain in a way that’s not available in your daily, distracted, back-to-back meeting life.
·         Apply brain science on attention, motivation, and engagement to create groundbreaking things that change health and wellbeing.
·         Be among respected peers—equally innovative behavior-change experts—who push you to ignite deeper innovation.
·         Gain escape velocity from your brain’s typical solutions and distractions.
·         Apply design thinking and neuroscience in design sprints we facilitate for you throughout the day—so you leave with a concrete, testable prototype to bring home—a huge payoff for your time investment!
·         OR...work alone and practice silence to go deep

Event Schedule

·         Friday January 5
6pm - 8pm: DECOMPRESS. Rejuvenate from a busy week with an evening mindfulness session led by Dr. Kyra Bobinet. This Friday session is an optional "kick-off" for the event to set-up your brain for maximal performance and connect with your fellow innovators over refreshments and appetizers afterward.
·         Saturday January 6
9am - 5pm: WORK SPA co-faciliated by Dr. David Eagleman and Dr. Kyra Bobinet to learn applied brain science and use it to design and innovate on your most mission-critical project (for self or others).
·         5:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Enjoy a rustic chef-prepared farm-to-table meal, local wine-tasting, and mind-blowing live performances to celebrate our accomplishments!

Cost: $1,300


Qigong for Health

January 5 - 6, 2018 (Friday - Saturday)

Louden Nelson Community Center
301 Center St,
Santa Cruz, CA



Would you like to improve your health? In this Qigong Seminar, Deng Ming-Dao, will teach several practices for wellbeing:
Eight Pieces of Brocade, Muscle Change Classic,
Marrow Washing Qigong & Tai Chi 10 Form.

Marrow Washing Qigong, famous for its youth effect, rejuvenates the bone marrow and makes the bones stronger, more pliable and more flexible. In addition, this qigong builds up a surplus of stored chi energy in the bone marrow. Reported to slow and even reverse the effects of bone loss. For people of all ages and experience. 

The Muscle/Tendon Changing Classic: This set includes stretches, muscle strengthening, and exercise of one's internal organs. It comprises twelve movements. Appropriate for all ages. 

Eight Pieces of Brocade: A Taoist qigong exercise. It is comprised of eight separate exercises, each focusing on a diļ¬€erent physical area and chi meridian. Loosens up the body, improves the circulation of the blood and chi, and strengthens the internal organs. Easy set to do, appropriate for all ages.

Taijiquan 10 Form: This is a popular introductory routine due to its simplicity, symmetry, and suitability for a wide demographic.

About Deng Ming Dao

Deng Ming-Dao is a Chinese American author, artist, philosopher, teacher and martial artist. He is an award-winning graphic designer and fine artist whose work is in several collections, including those of the Brooklyn Museum. He has been practicing Taoism, Chinese martial arts, and qigong for more than forty years. He is the author of nine books, including 365 Tao, Scholar Warrior, Everyday Tao, The Living I Ching, and The Lunar Tao. His books have been translated into sixteen languages.

He has taught through various martial arts schools, including the classes of his Taoist master, Kwan Saihung, the subject of the book, Chronicles of Tao ('The Wandering Taoist' trilogy). Over the course of four decades he has trained with five teachers in Taijiquan, the internal arts of Xingyiquan, and Baguazhang, qigong, weapons practice, philosophy and meditation.

Cost: $125


Restorative Workshop: New Year’s Day

Monday, January 1, 2018 at 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Mindful Body
2876 California St, 
San Francisco, CA


Check in with yourself, reset your body, mind, goals and spirit. Emerge restored, renewed, rejuvenated.

The practice of restorative yoga is truly a surrender to the truths within ourselves. Through long held supported poses, with darkness, warmth and quiet, the senses retreat and we move into a state between sleep and meditation that allows our bodies and spirits to renew, repair, and heal. Silence, especially, is a key element that enables us to have an authentic, self-generated experience of release and healing.

This Winter New Years Day practice is a special workshop offered by David Kresner, with no other sensory distractions. You will spend three hours allowing your body, mind and spirit the opportunity to reveal that place of quiet within yourself and settle into this part of your nature.

Cost: $45


The Fil Lorenz Orchestra at the Woodchopper's Ball

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9 PM - 11:30 PM

Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa Street,
San Francisco, CA


THE FIL LORENZ ORCHESTRA:
Saxophonist and arranger Fil Lorenz has been swinging Bay Area audiences since 1998. His star-studded “little BIG band” bridges the gap between the classic big bands of the 1930’s and the smaller, lighter groovin’ bands of the 1950’s. Tonight, Fil brings an 8-piece band, and you won’t believe how big this little big band sounds!

THE WOODCHOPPER'S BALL:
The Woodchopper's Ball, named after the classic 1939 swing tune by the Woody Herman Orchestra (and their biggest hit!), is a weekly Tuesday swing dance event held at the beautiful historic Verdi Club in San Francisco.

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30pm:                Doors Open
7:00-9:00pm:      Monthly Lindy Hop Classes
7:30pm-closing: Full Bar Open (21+ only)
9:00-9:15pm:      Basic Drop-In Swing Dance Lesson
9:00-11:30pm:   Live Music Dance Party

Cost: $10



Somatic Breathwork Deep Dive with Sylvia Brallier

Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM PST

Carriage hills south
El Sobrante, CA 94803


Join us for an evening of deep dive healing in community. Give yourself the gift of sacred space to releasing the struggles of the past and come home to the magic that lives within and around you through breath work, dance, and sound healing. Participate in a shamanic breathwork ceremony... both giving and receiving in alignment with your needs and your gifts. Use that deep dive to reclaim power so you can fly to new heights!

What is this good for? Lots ‘o stuff!

* Stress relief, trauma healing, physical healing, a sense of being held in a loving community.
* An opportunity to stop taking care of other people and focus on yourself!
* Emotional healing. The wonderful feeling of knowing you are making a difference for yourself and others. kindness, fun!
* Forward motion, unjam your energy!
* Clear toxicity, open your lungs, make new friends, feel like you belong.

Cost: $40


Free New Year's Eve Celebration

Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 8:30 pm to 12:30 am

Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center,
401 Baker St,
San Francisco, CA


Ring out the Old and Ring in the New with Meditation, Games, Live Music, Refreshments, Words of Wisdom, "Letting Go Of The Old" contemplative Fire Ceremony.

In the beginning part, meditation and reflection is interspersed with games, dance and live music. The later part is more contemplative with wisdom words, fire ceremony and midnight meditation.

The Fire Ceremony is led by guided meditation and comprises of writing on a small paper that which we do not wish to carry forward in our life next year. In silence, we put that in the fire and watch it burn. Experience a deeply transformational and liberating effect for a fresh start.

Prior meditation experience not necessary. Alcohol-free celebration. Kind request to remove footwear before entering event hall.

Cost: Free (but registration is required)



New Year’s Massage and Movement Retreat for Two

December 29, 2017 to January 1, 2018 (Friday – Monday)

1440 Multiversity
800 Bethany Dr,
Scotts Valley, CA


Spend your New Year connecting with your partner, a friend, or a family member and learn how to enliven and heal your body through partner massage, dance, and gentle movement.

Guided by movement specialists Alco Chan, PT, and Moana Diamond, you will immerse yourself in Alco’s Body Optimalization method—an eclectic combination of Eastern and Western principles of healing through bodywork aimed at sculpting the body, correcting muscle imbalances, restoring function, and promoting graceful freedom of movement.

You will learn a full-body massage sequence based on postural analysis, biomechanics, and natural law.

Through lectures, hands-on demonstration, and practical experience, you will study:
• Basic anatomy and body mechanics—essential foundations for understanding bodywork
• Massage techniques for scalp, face, and neck; torso, front, and back; and arms, legs, hands, and feet
• Proper draping and other techniques to keep you feeling safe and comfortable while receiving massage
• Fun, playful sessions of partner movement and stretching, and basic steps of salsa and swing to get you moving and connected to your partner.

At the end of the workshop, you will perform a one-hour supervised massage on your partner, followed by a closing circle. You will take home dance and stretching exercises, a complete massage routine, and the confidence you need to share the benefits of relaxation and body movement with your loved ones.

Cost: $385/couple (accommodation extra)


NYE Masquerade Party "Black & White Affair"

Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 8 PM - 2 AM

Starlight Room
450 Powell St,
San Francisco, CA


Welcome to the most exclusive New Year’s Eve Party in the city!

Starlight Presents: NYE Masquerade "Black & White Affair". Come enjoy live music, food, and cocktails 21 floors between the stars and the cable cars. The night will include the following: Open bar, live band, DJ, passed Hors d'Oeuvres, midnight toast, and many more surprises.

Doors open @ 8:00PM Open Bar (8pm-12am) Live Band (8:00pm-10pm) DJ (10pm-2am) Passed Hors d'Oeuvers (8pm-10pm) Dessert Cart (10pm-late) Midnight toast

Cost: $50+


1st Annual Sage the Day in SF Bay!

Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 12 PM - 3 PM

Pier 39,
San Francisco, CA


Thinking about something special at the end of the 2017? Join the first Sage the day event in San Francisco!

Hear the call of Mother Earth! She as well as us are going through a shift and many things are changing. While this is going on we can help alleviate and rid ourselves by smudging.

The art of smudging is an ancient practice done by our ancestors to purify, cleanse, protect and transmute all the gunky gnarly toxic invisible but tangible energy that permeates our atmosphere. So come on down and join us for a fun filled day of smudging, drumming and fun! Bring your copal, sage, palo santo, all the medicine you want and join us so we can smudge the bay area!!
Aho!

Cost: Free


Sound Bath and Pranic Healing Meditation

Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM

250 Budd Ave,
Campbell, CA


Are you ready to raise your vibration, open your heart and accept more love and abundance into your life?

Pranic Healer and Sound Healer Natalie Skyy will guide you through a unique 90-minute sound healing journey. While removing stress and tension this meditation experience will nourish your soul, revitalize, relax, rejuvenate and promote healing, health and well-being.

The full moon is all about letting go and purging our old ways. It is a powerful time to release all that no longer serves us and really let go of those old stories and false beliefs that are holding us back.

Cost: $25


IGNITE 2018 - All Women New Year’s Eve Gala

Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 8:00 PM to 12:20 AM

Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
Oakland, CA 94612


Alcohol, Drug, Fragrance, and Men Free | For Women & Girls 16+

Join an all women gathering for a feast of the senses and ceremonial celebration this New Year's Eve.

Opening your imagination and evoking wonder, the evening invites merrymaking over nourishing food and drinks. With magical creatures as our guides, we come together with friends old and new to reflect, renew, and rejoice.

The night promises a blend of introspective and interactive opportunities to pause and look back, be grateful in your good fortune, and affirm yourself. Enjoy a multicultural and soulful music concert. Participate in the festivities, rituals, and games offered for your play and pleasure. And spend time in contemplations or conversations in the fireside garden lounge.

Beckoned by midnight, rapt in anticipation, we gather for a community ceremony. Singing, dancing, drumming, we call upon our strengths, intentions, and prayers to IGNITE the dream of the new year.

And you go forth inspired to live in your heart’s desire.

Cost: $50


RESONATE - Sound Bath + Reiki Meditation

Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST

Halcyon SF
314 11th Street
San Francisco, CA


Evening of The Sound Heals Resonate series...

On this evening, Becca Davis, and Nicola Noelle Buffa will co-create a space bringing sounds of the gong, crystal and alchemy singing bowls, drums, chimes, and singing, to the ears hearts and bodies of all attending. We will also integrate hands on Reiki touch healing during the session.

Don't forget to bring yoga mats to rest upon, blankets, pillows, and anything you wish to have in the space for extra comfort. We invite you to relax and find peace and serenity.

Cost: $20


Lindy into the New Year!

Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 9 PM - 12:30 AM

Monte Cristo Social Club
136 Missouri Street,
San Francisco, California 94107


Let’s celebrate New Year’s Eve with our favorite people doing our favorite thing.

Countdown to the New Year with friends! DJs (Gerry Thrash) will play fun swing tunes (both Lindy & Balboa) for us. Have fun and capture memories in our photo booth. Enjoy light refreshments, and the bar will be open (no host bar tended by Dominic!). Toast the New Year at Midnight with complimentary sparkling wine or sparkling cider on us! You are welcome to bring something food-wise to share.

NYE can be a pricey night out. We are trying to keep the cost down.

Cost: $35.


Let Go, Start Over, Let Go: A New Year’s Meditation, Emancipation & Celebration

Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 8 PM - 2 AM

Spirit Rock Meditation Center
5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd,
Woodacre, CA


This is the perfect way to start the new year! Die to the past and move on to the present. Sit in silence and replenish your deepest wisdom. Reconnect with the great mystery. Set intentions for yourself and hopes for the world in the coming year. Laugh, sing and awaken! The celebration event will feature periods of meditation practice, gentle movement, poetry, chanting and an end-of-the-year guided ritual. DJ dancing from midnight to 1:00 am. Buddhists can boogie! Join us in community as we begin another spin on this old rock of ages. All ages are welcome.

Facilitators: Wes Nisker, Nina Wise, Jennifer Berezan

Cost: $90 - $250 (sliding scale)


New Year’s 2018 Celebration!

Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 7:30 PM to Monday, January 1, 2018 at 1:30 AM

The Russian Center of San Francisco
2460 Sutter St,
San Francisco, California 94115


Join us for an evening of entertainment and dancing!
Hors d’oeuvres & Russian Buffet Dinner Champagne & Wine included with dinner!
Doors open at 7:00pm!

“No-host bar open all night”!
Dancing! Music by GEORGE ENGURASOFF!
Advanced reservations required. Deadline for tickets purchases 12/27/2017
No tickets will be sold at the door

Cost: $40 - $90


Winter Dance Camp: New Year's Eve!

December 29, 2017 – January 1, 2018 (Friday – Monday)

Redwood Glen,
100 Wright Drive,
Loma Mar, CA 94021


We had so much fun last year, we're doing it again -- a New Year's retreat in the beautiful redwoods of Loma Mar, California!

Redwood Glen has dorm cabins as well as hotel-style rooms, a variety of spaces for our dance and movement classes, several fireplaces, and lots of opportunities for games and outdoor fun, including pingpong tables, foosball, a tire swing, a horizontal net for climbing and bouncing, and a playground area for the little (or not so little) ones. It's about a 15-minute drive to the ocean, where you can enjoy the crashing of the waves and the pelicans flying by. They have a new chef, who seems very aware of the needs and desires of our dancers, including for organic food, and the folks running the venue are committed to making healthy and delicious meals for us.

There will be classes in a variety of yummy movement modalities plus nighttime dances and other festive events.

Prices include programming, food, lodging and daytime childcare.

And speaking of food...at Redwood Glen, the venue is responsible for providing our meals; we cannot run the kitchen ourselves. They have a new chef this year who seems knowledgeable about the kind of healthful, organic food we are interested in eating, and he and those managing the venue are committed to meeting our needs in this area.

Lodging options are:

A) Tent/vehicle/RV camping with hookup
B) Dorm rooms (12 - 16 bunks with shared bathroom)
C) Hotel-style rooms (2 beds plus optional roll-away bed with private bathroom).

Cost: $120 - $510


Lavay Smith & her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM PST or 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM

Biscuits & Blues
401 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


Lavay Smith is internationally recognized as The Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940's and 1950's. Lavay's last album received a prestigious 4 & 1/2 Star review in Downbeat magazine. For quotes and reviews from critics like Bob Blumenthal, Don Heckman, Phil Elwood and Frank-John Hadley. Lavay Smith & her all-star 7-piece little big band pay tribute to the swingin’ Kansas City tradition, featuring the music of Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Lester Young, Jay McShann, Walter Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Myra Taylor & Big Joe Turner!

Cost: $24



The Transformation Game (Group Version)

December 24 - 26, 2017 (Sunday – Tuesday)

9960 HWY 1
Jenner, CA 95450


Do you you want a miracle for Christmas? You can make it for yourself !

This is a unique opportunity to spend your holidays differently, with the purpose of self-discovery and self-transformation.

Transformation Game is a board game developed 30 years ago by Findhorn Foundation (Scotland), that is an international spiritual community and mystery school. Game is a powerful interactive tool which provides a way of understanding and transforming the way you play your life. It shows you the kind of experiences you create, how you react to them and how you can change your responses to realize your highest potential and achieve your goals.

Transformation Game is an exclusive, mazing and efficeint psychological practice. It is being hold for small groups of people (3-4) over 6-8 hours of playing with an experienced facilitator.

Our workshop leader is Tatiana Ginzburg, PhD in transpersonal psychology, Accredited Facilitator of Transformation Game (from Findhorn Foundation, 1998) for board and group version, Publisher of Transformational Game in Russia.

This time for a special experience and deep focus we going to have a Group Version of Transformation Game. There is more time, more attention and one real opportunity to find your own truth!

Suggested schedule:
Dec. 24th- arrival, introduction, meditation
Dec. 25th - morning mediation, Game, holiday dinner, bonfire
Dec. 26th - morning mediation, integration session

Cost: $250



Free Christmas Swing Dance Party at Slap Face Coffee

Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 8 PM - 11 PM

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


You are cordially invited to attend a Christmas Swing Dance Party at Slap Face. Friends, let's celebrate together!

Whether you're an experienced swing dancer or a complete novice, WE WANT YOU. We'll organize a short instructional demonstration (taught by Michael Quebec) to get you familiarized with the basic swing steps -- then we'll dim the lights and get the party started with the rockin'-est Jump Blues, Do-Wop, Rockabilly, and Big Band era dance cuts to get you on the floor!!

It's completely free and everyone is welcome.

Cost: Free


New Year’s Ceremony of Abundance & Karmic Clearing w/ Temazcal

Friday, December 22, 2017 at 5 PM - 9 PM

San Jose, California


Start the New Year Cycle with a Karmically clearing & transmuting Temazcal followed by a Ceremony of Abundance. This is a Ceremony that is shared once a year to fill the New Year with abundance in all that serves our highest good. We Start ceremony with a Temazcal/Sweat Lodge to purify and clear Karmic energies. Under the guidance of Abuela Chicahuaxochitl from Jalisco Mexico, Sun Dancer, Indigenous Traditional Healer, & Medicine Woman of the Hikuri & Teonanacatl.

What you will need to bring:
* 3 ten dollar bills
* 12 one dollar bills
* Basket with seeds/grains of your choice (i.e. beans, lentils, rice, pumpkin seeds…)
* Mustard seeds, black or white (separate from the seeds in basket)
* One rose, your preference in color, the most beautiful rose that you find
* We provide candle for ceremony
* Towel and sandals for Temazcal
* Woman wear long skirt and men shorts for Temazcal
* Preferably wearing all white clothing for abundance ceremony (sweat clothing does not have to be white)
* We are expecting it to be cold so please bring warm clothing to be in after Temazcal (Blanket to wrap around yourself, sweaters, beanies, gloves, socks…)
* Yoga mat to sit on

Cost: Temazcal suggested donation is $20 +


Winter Solstice Retreat

December 20 – 23, 2017 (Wednesday – Saturday)

Aptos, California


Stepping into Winter Solstice, the time of stillness and hibernation, we are creating our own ‘Holy Days’ by slowing down in this beautiful winter retreat. It is our longing to relax together into the nourishing Stillness.

Each day has three sessions. You have the option to come to an individual session, an entire day, or all three days. Each day will have periods of moving meditation, sitting meditation, dharma talks, Qi Gong and sacred sexuality talks and more. How does life move through us in this beautiful dance of aliveness? How can we ignite and meet our true, Buddha nature?

On Friday there will be a silent Tea ceremony with Frederick Ballario. He has just returned from Thailand deepening his teachings with tea. I (Lindy) have experienced the ceremony twice with Frederick and I love the stillness and the mastery that he brings to create a magical awareness in the body mind and spirit. The tea is often mild, but those of you that are completely caffeine free might sit and watch instead of participating. There is a maximum number for this ceremony of 15.

Qi gong, led by Rachel Van Dessel, opens and clears the energies in our body and connect us with our sensual nature. Rachel is a delightful, playful and beautifully awake Qi gong teacher and Buddhist. There's clarity in her teaching that makes the movement very easy to follow.

There will be the option of some overnights at the house and possibly five minutes away at a friend’s house and if you prefer a hotel there is a Best Western/Seacliff Inn in Aptos only eight minutes away.

It is so lovely for us all to be together. The meals will be lunch and dinner potluck. You can also bring something for yourself and eat with us. We are a five-minute drive to the ocean.

Each day has three sessions. You have the option to come to an individual session, an entire day, or all three days.

Winter Solstice retreat Schedule:
Wednesday 20th:
10-12 Tandava Moving & sitting meditation with Marlies & Lindy
12-2 break for lunch
2-4 Qigong with Rachel Van Dessel
4-7 Dinner and free time
7-9 Satsang with Marlies

Thursday 21st:
10-12 Tandava
12-2 break for lunch
2-4 Sacred Sexuality Talk with Lindy, Rachel & Marlies
4-7 Dinner and free time
7-9 Winter Solstice Ritual Lindy, Marlies, Rachel

Friday 22nd:
10-12 Qigong
12-2 Break for Lunch
2-4:30 Tea Ceremony with Frederic
4:30-7 Dinner and free time
7-9 Qi Gong and sexual energy with Rachel and Lindy

Saturday 23rd:
10-12 Tandava
12-2 Break for Lunch
2-4 Satsang with Marlies
4-7 Dinner and free time
7-10 Tantra Puja with Lindy and Marlies

Free time, cuddle time, walk on beach, Dokusan with Marlies, nap as you please. We are looking forward to seeing you on the 20th!

Cost:
Price per day: $60-$75 sliding scale
Price per session: $15-$35 sliding scale
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Some work trade available--please inquire.

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Holiday Swing Party with Clint Baker's New Orleans Jazz Band

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 9 PM - 1 AM

Woodchopper's Ball
(Verdi Club) 2424 Mariposa Street,
San Francisco, California


Let's dress up, celebrate the holidays, and party with Clint Baker's New Orleans Jazz Band!

CLINT BAKER'S NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND:
Clint Baker, jazz musician extraordinaire and walking encyclopedia of jazz music and history, returns to the Woodchopper's Ball with his incredibly fun Trad Jazz band, playing in the hot jazz style of 1920's New Orleans. Great music for Charleston-inspired Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag!

THE WOODCHOPPER'S BALL:
The Woodchopper's Ball, named after the classic 1939 swing tune by the Woody Herman Orchestra (and their biggest hit!), is a weekly Tuesday swing dance event held at the beautiful historic Verdi Club in San Francisco.

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30pm:                Doors Open
7:00-8:00pm:      Monthly Int Lindy Hop & Int Balboa Classes
7:30pm-closing: Full Bar Open (21+ only)
8:00-9:00pm:      Monthly Beg Lindy Hop & Beg Balboa Classes
9:00-9:15pm:      Basic Drop-In Lesson
9:00-11:30pm:   Live Music Dance Party
11:00pm-1:00am: Extended DJ'ed Dance Party

Cost: $10


Beautiful Darkness: A Solstice Celebration of Light

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 6 PM - 10:30 PM

Harmonia Wellness Center,
2200 Marinship Way,
Sausalito, CA


Join us December 20th in the San Francisco Bay for an evening of magic and contemplation, a night of festive celebration and profound meditation, a time to celebrate rebirth, renewal and the embracing of darkness. A time for joyous song, dance and good cheer.

As you arrive you will be encouraged to let the day go in our meditation area, or invite a bodyworker to help you relax from the day’s strain. Delicious healthy appetizers and holiday beverages will be available to suit your appetite.

The evening features a pre-release celebration of the new EP called "Renaissance Human", by Bruce Cryer, former Broadway singer/actor/dancer and former CEO of HeartMath. The six songs will be performed through the evening by Bruce and friends and are a celebration of a “renaissance” of the creative spirit for humanity.

A highlight of Solstice will be the first Bay Area appearance by Dr Sue Morter, whose Energy Codes work in Bioenergetic Medicine and healing has gained her an enthusiastic international following. Dr Sue’s high vibe intelligence -- along with her magnetic personality and eloquence -- will make this a memorable night as she speaks about the sacred energies of the Solstice and the holiday season and how we can most benefit.

Solstice sound healing rituals will be led by a Harmonia favorite, Eric Monkhouse, to help us keep in a deep and fun vibe.

And to help guide us to "embody" our wisdom there will be a Five Rhythms dance portion of the evening led by the incomparable Sylvie Minot of the Syzygy Dance Project.

Cost: $30 - $40


New Moon Circle with Dana Damara

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST

The Center SF
548 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA


Sit in circle at a very powerful time. The New Moon represents a time for planting seeds. It’s when the Moon is hiding behind the Sun, you can’t see the Moon, but you can feel her Divine potency. She is the Divine Feminine, always listening to the beating of our hearts and the whispers from our soul. The New Moon is time for going in and being quiet with your thoughts and wishes. It’s time to surround yourself with the energy that feeds your soul and resonates with your dreams. Gather in an intimate circle of women and men and set powerful intentions for each New Moon Phase. Receive deep meditations that you can take with you and commit to your wishes. Find expansion in your heart and focus on your truth.

Cost: Pre-Register $25; Doors $30


Solstice Clarity Breathwork & Movement Journey

Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST

Subud California at Palo Alto
330 Melville Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94103


Awaken Your True Vibrancy. EMPOWER your intentions. Embody more Clarity, Balance, Inspiration, Peace, Connection and Love while old pain, tension, toxins, and energies gently fall away. Experience a Breathwork & Movement Journey with Ceremony. Receive supportive guidance and hands-on Energy Healing. Circular breathwork through the mouth is an ancient tool for cleansing, rejuvenating and harmonizing Body - Mind - Heart - Spirit.

During this inspiring workshop:
·         EXPERIENCE a different state of BEing in which CLARITY—Clear Seeing, Knowing, Sensing—can flow more freely.
·         AWAKEN more Aliveness, Creativity, Connection, Wisdom and Love during a group breath journey to music while laying down comfortably while you RECEIVE guidance, and hands-on support and energy healing (approx. 90-min)
·         ILLUMINATE Truth and Peace while old toxins, thoughts, beliefs, pain and emotions gently fall away.
·         ENJOY playful movement to music to help Liberate Your Body, Spirit and Self-Expression.
·         LEARN simple tools to help dissipate stress, become more fully present, and empower your intentions.

Facilitator: Katherine Glasa

Cost: $50



GATHER IN POWER: Crystal Workshop with Reiki & Sound Meditation

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST

Bliss Fitness and Health
4268 Broadway
Oakland, CA


GATHER IN POWER: An Introductory Crystal Workshop, followed by a Sound Healing Meditation combined with individualized Reiki light-touch energy healing.

Have you ever wanted to know the healing nature and benefits of crystals? Bring your Stones and Crystals; Find out how crystal magic could work for you. Learn how to set intentions into stones & how to use your them for medicinal vibrational healing.

At this event, we will SET INTENTIONS in a seated meditation, RECEIVE information about the nature and benefits of crystals, PRACTICE new techniques with stones during Reiki + Sound Meditation, and SHARE your Crystals with other enthusiasts.

Bring: A crystal that calls to you and a pen + notebook.
**Mats and Blankets will be provided.

Embrace your full power intentions and the idea that crystal magic could work for you. Relax to receive the healing vibrations of Alchemy Singing Bowls, while supported by individualized Reiki light-touch healing energy.

REIKI promotes healing by channeling the gentle life force energy that flows through all living things using spiritually guided light-touch.

ALCHEMY SINGING BOWLS transform cellular alignment and brighten auras by transmitting metaphysical properties of their varied stones and metals through sound waves.

Facilitators: Dana Marie Richards & Nicola Buffa

Cost: $30



Women Rejuvenation Retreat

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 9 AM - 1 PM

Silicon Valley Wellness Center
1763 Falbrook Avenue,
San Jose, CA


Please join us for a lovely Sunday morning rejuvenation and healing ritual. Give your body, mind, and spirit a chance to reboot and cleanse. We will begin the morning with a meditation and sound healing, followed by sauna, hot tub, and cold plunge spa time.

Then we will have a sharing circle.

Schedule:
9:00- 9:30 Tea, juices, and snacks
9:30-9:45 Meditation with sound bowl
9:45- 10:15 Tibetan Rites Yoga (Fountain of youth)
10:15-11:45 Spa, sauna, hot tub social
11:45-1:00PM Rejuvenating Activities

Rejuvenating Activities:
- coffee enemas to detoxify the liver
-sacred touch therapy
-massages
-yoga

Please bring a yoga mat, bathing suit (clothing optional). Please bring a vegetarian brunch dish to share.

Cost: $20


Sound Bath and Pranic Healing Meditation

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST

Corinthian House
250 Budd Avenue
Campbell, CA


Are you ready to raise your vibration, open your heart and accept more love and abundance into your life?

Pranic Healer and Sound Healer Natalie Skyy will guide you through a unique 90-minute sound healing journey. While removing stress and tension this meditation experience will nourish your soul, revitalize, relax, rejuvenate and promote healing, health and well-being.

Mercury in retrograde provides us with the opportunity to re-examine various areas of our life which may need a little more work. Allowing us to finish projects, tie up loose ends and completely move forward so we can live the life we’ve dreamed of. We often have major breakthroughs during this time either intellectual, emotional or spiritual.

Please bring a blanket, yoga mat, pillows or anything else needed to make yourself comfortable while laying or sitting down for 90 minutes.

Experience this transformational sound immersion with sacred gongs, quartz crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, drums, chimes and many other instruments used to take you into a deep relaxed state. It brings the mind to a meditative state which allows us the opportunity to be centered and at peace.

Pranic Healing and Sound Healing sessions aid the mind, body, and soul in clearing out that which is blocking the natural flow of energy in our body, helping to restore our natural vitality and strength. The safe space created during each session allows individuals to start his or her own self-healing journey. Let the sounds wash away what no longer serves you as you set your intentions and manifest your desires. It’s time to open yourself to all of the blessings and miracles life has to offer!

Cost: $25



Saber Battle SF 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 8 PM - 10 PM

SPARK Social SF
601 Mission Bay Blvd N,
San Francisco, CA


Join us for a massive saber battle in San Francisco. Pick a side, good or evil and use a glowing sword to fight in the ultimate nocturnal showdown.

For every $10 ($5 early bird) you contribute we will reserve one glow sword for you. Each saber changes up to 6 colors, is about 3' long, and you will be able to pick them up or have them delivered.

This year's venue is an amazing new park and will feature food trucks, a licensed area, and music.

We will start to gather at 8:00, split into two sides a little after 9:00, and the battle will begin. Glow on!

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1-day Retreat: Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Coaching & Reset before the Holidays

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST

2518 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702


This one-day immersive retreat will restore and revitalize your energy before the holidays!

Release any stress and get into ZEN before the Holidays. All Services are included and a Healthy Lunch is also included!
- Restorative Yoga (1-hour class, % of proceeds from your ticket going to feed the homeless in SF)
- Rich Healthy Lunch
- Release Bad Habits
- Renew your Confidence
- Reclaim your Power
- Remove Past Patterns
- Recorded Meditation
- Results Coaching
- Renew your Energy

Have fun creating a New Year Vision for 2018!


Cost: $100