SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

April 2017: Best Holistic and Entertaining Events in San Francisco Bay Area and Around

In The Swing

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7 PM - 11 PM

Open Embrace
20368 Clay Street
Cupertino, CA

Open Embrace would be hosting an evening of music and dance with an Outstanding Bay Area Jazz-Swing instrumental and vocal group performing songs of Swing Era, Bebop, Latin Jazz.

We will serve full dinner buffet with drinks and deserts.

Cost: $30.00 admission with reservations by March 29 to: lena.open.embrace@gmail.com or 408 859-3783 with msg. without reservations $35.00 if available.

Payments at the door, we will open at 7pm, music will start 7:30-45.

Face in the Mirror: Dance Workshop (W38)

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM - 9 PM

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

"People need to learn to love their inner self. When looking at the mirror, don't look at your face alone, but also look at your heart, because that is where your real beauty lies."
-- Terry Swoope


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 wave” 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: Tanya Pekker, LMFT

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

One Day Holotropic Breathwork Intensive

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 9 am -7 pm

Santa Cruz, CA

Holotropic breathwork is one of the most powerful and deepest spiritual tools available for humanity today. Discovered by Stan and Christina Grof, the pioneers of transpersonal psychology, this approach offers an opportunity for:
                                   - Self-exploration,
                                   - Healing old traumas of body and psyche,    
                                   - Releasing energetic blocks,    
                                   - Breaking through the life crisis,  
                                   - Connecting with your intuition and wisdom,   
                                   - Transforming habitual life patterns,    
                                   - Opening up to transpersonal realms and creativity.    

 The key principle of Holotropic Breathwork is to trust the Inner Healer activated inside of us in non-ordinary state of consciousness. Every person has their own healing process with the content and quality unique for this particular moment. Holotropic setting, evocative music, experienced facilitators, loving and supportive field help us to open the door and initiate the process. The journey begins!

Cost: $165 - $175

Asha Stanford Holi 2017

April 8 – 9, 2017 (Saturday – Sunday)

Sand Hill Fields
Oak road,
Stanford, California 94305

Join us for the biggest celebration of the Indian Spring festival in the Bay Area that brings together an unique cultural experience with more than 5000 lbs of food-grade colors over 2 fun filled days for a deserving cause!

Real fun with colors, music, dance and food on two days - Saturday, April 8th (11am-3pm) and Sunday, April 9th (11am-3pm).

Cost: TBD

Alchemical Healing: An Introduction

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Innate Sense
1275 Lincoln Avenue
Suite 4B
San Jose, CA 95125

What is Alchemical Healing?

Alchemical Healing brings together innovative techniques from shamanism and energetic healing with the principle of alchemy creating a practical form of physical healing, wellness, spiritual coaching & growth.

All those desiring to gain the ability to self-heal and increase their capacity to support others in their healing process, will find this a powerful and trans-formative experience.

Who Should Attend?

Everyone who is ready to learn & experience energy healing techniques.

During our workshop we will cover:
• An introduction to Thoth
• Alchemy & Initiation
• Forgiveness as an Alchemical Process
• Heart Breathe Meditation

Cost: Free

Healing Forum on Tibetan and Chinese Medicine

Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

20600 Mariani Ave
Cupertino, CA 95014

·         2:00pm - 3:00pm: Session 1 - Tibetan and Chinese Medicine: Historical Background, Theory, and Philosophy
·         3:00pm - 3:30pm: Q&A
·         3:30pm - 4:30pm: Session 2 - Tibetan and Chinese Medicine: Diagnostic Methods and Treatments
·         4:30pm - 5:00pm: Q&A

Dr. Andrew Qi Wu (Ph.D, L.Ac)
Dr. Wu has over 45 years of clinical and academic experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and is recognized as one of the top TCM doctors in his profession.
Dr. Wu started his career in 1967 as a disciple of renowned TCM doctors, and later graduated top of his class from the Tianjin TCM College in 1982. After graduation, Dr. Wu joined the faculty of Tianjin TCM College and practiced at its affiliated teaching hospital.
In 1988 Dr. Wu became the visiting professor for the TCM college in San Francisco. In 1993 Dr. Wu founded the Alliance of World Traditional Medicine. In 1998, Dr. Wu was appointed Adjunct Professor by the Tianjin TCM College, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine in 2001. He currently serves as Vice President of Five Branches University in San Jose, CA. Dr. Andrew Wu has been practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1989. He frequently lectures and makes media appearances both locally and internationally.

Yangdron Kalzang, Menpa, LAc
Yangdron is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, as well as a Doctor of Tibetan Medicine (in Tibetan: Menpa). She has been practicing Tibetan Medicine for over 20 years and she founded Kunde Institute in Daly City, California in 2005. The center is committed to preserving and continuing efficacious healing with Tibetan Medicine, Acupuncture, and Traditional Chinese Medicine practices in the context of the modern world. Yangdron was born in Lhasa, Tibet and earned her Tibetan Medicine Doctor degree from the Tibetan Medical University in Lhasa, Tibet. She has been teaching and receiving medical students from Stanford University School of Medicine for clerkships since 2008. Yangdron is fluent in Tibetan, English and Mandarin Chinese. She speaks and teaches regularly throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Kunga Wangdue, Menpa

Menpa Kunga Wangdue was born in Tibet, and began his Buddhist studies at the ripe age of eight and studied Tibetan Language and Buddhist Philosophy at Drapung Monastery in Lhasa. Menpa Wangdue then began his extensive study of Tibetan Medicine and graduated from Tibetan Medical and Astrology College in India in 1996. He had the privilege of completing a year-long internship under Senior Menpa Kunga Gyurme, former personal physician of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. From 1998 to 2002, he served as a clinical practitioner in Nepal. Menpa Wangdue has been practicing Tibetan Medicine in New York, and he is the Vice President of Traditional Tibetan Medical & Astro Association New York.

Cost: Free

9th Annual Network for a New Culture Spring Camp

April 19 – April 26, 2016 (Wednesday – Wednesday)

Lupin Lodge
20600 Aldercroft Hts,
Los Gatos, California 95033

Truth, Trust, Touch and Transparency: A Community Celebration!

Imagine your "Longing" for "Belonging" fully satisfied!
Imagine your "Sense of Separation" replace by "Unitive Awareness"!
Imagine finding the missing link to the redeeming joy of your own fully lived life!

Imagine a global community of people wh aspired, conspired and prespired to create a shared mental, spiritual, sensual paradise.

Join us for 7 days diving deep into mindful conscious community as we practice and play in a loving container of Trust....
What to expect:
Experiential connection exercises, Lots of dancing, SD/Zegg Forum transformational Psychodrama, Nonviolent Communication training, Tribal Technologies, singing, Tantra light, Community building wisdom classes, sensual temple, strut your stuff ~ talent show, musical performance, improv, massage, cuddling, biodanza, self-exploration in the loving container of community...

What are we doing?
Network For a New Culture (NFNC) is a group that was originally inspired by the German community ZEGG (acronym for German words meaning "Center for an Experiment in Cultural Design").

NFNC seeks to build a sustainable, violence-free culture through exploring intimacy, personal growth, transparency, deep self aware honesty, equity, compassion, sexual freedom, and the power of sacred mindful community.

Cost: $500/pass and $25/day/accommodation

Extraordinary Sex, An Experiential Taste of what is Possible

April 21 - 23, 2017 (Friday – Sunday)

Santa Cruz, CA

Hey couples, and friends with benefits, looking to get juicier in the bedroom...

One of the sweet joys of relationship is that sense of comfort and safety with each other.

However, many couples eventually land in what feels like the "dark side" of that safety. Does this feel like you?

Perhaps your relationship has gotten complacent, resentful or lost the romance and passion it once had.
Sex might have become boring or even nonexistent which starts to feel lonely and depressing even when you spend every day with your beloved partner.

Amongst all this and the hustle-bustle of daily life, its easy to forget the love and desire we have for our partners and our sex life gets put on the back burner.

What you may not know is that enhancing and maintaining a juicy sex-life is the exact ROOT to a fulfilling, juicy, successful happy life - in AND out of the bedroom.

This is why we created the:
Extraordinary Sex, An Experiential Taste of what is Possible
So you can Ignite Your Sex Life & Increase Your Bedroom Fun
This 3-Day Weekend is designed to help you and your partner expand your sexual repertoire and have better sex.

Facilitators: Deborah Kat & Deva Dawn

Cost: $495 - $695

Women's Healing Conference: The Village

Sunday, April 23, 2016 at 8 AM - 6 PM

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

As the world seems to spin and change faster and faster and becomes more polarized, our time together becomes even more precious. We can slow down, really BE, Connect with ourselves, each other, and the Greater Web of Life, cultivate Unity and Co-Create Healing, Wisdom and Beauty. There is so much talent to be celebrated in Our Community. We will create a beautiful village of abundance WITH YOU!

-All-Day outdoor VILLAGE featuring our Community’s talents and gifts with Community-Led Classes, Healing Sessions and Marketplace.
-FIve WHC-led workshops: Opening Healing Ceremony, Indigenous Health & Wisdom, Sound and Dance Medicine, Craft-Making, Closing Healing Ritual

Our intention is to enjoy and expand our community of talented resources, learn from each other and delight in our shared gifts. We hope to inspire and stir your interest to continue raising the quality of your health to the next level through a variety of alternative practices.

Connect with an amazing community of women healing practitioners, educators, farmers, ceremonialists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians and dancers, to share, learn, explore, expand, and rejuvenate.

Cost: $135-$175 / person

Blacklight Wars - San Jose

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Santa Clara Fairgrounds
344 Tully Rd
San Jose, CA 95111

Blacklight Wars™ has taken a dream of unbelievable, glowing fun and turned it into a reality. At Blacklight Wars™, we have developed the world’s first neon-colored water glow battle that will allow you and your friends to have a once in a lifetime opportunity. Armed with Liquid Glow™ Water Balloons, Glow Soakers™, and Glow Balls™, you will drench an opposing team in Liquid Glow by bombarding them in a Glow Arena™ filled with more black lights than you’ve ever seen. When the war begins, participants have a chance to create a serious glow masterpiece. It’s like an epic water balloon fight, but even better—it glows in the dark!
This night of neon fun will include a booming DJ at the main stage, as well as vendors, food, drinks, and a party unlike any other.

Step 1
Get Registered!

Step 2
Wear a white shirt!

You can choose any white t-shirt or you can wear your awesome commemorative Blacklight Wars™ t-shirt that is given to you with your registration.
You must wear goggles while in the Glow Arena. Goggles will be available for purchase at the merchandise tent, or feel free to bring your own.

Have an epic Blacklight War!

Whether you choose to use our complimentary Liquid Glow Balls, available in the Glow Arena. Or, you can purchase Liquid Glow Water Balloons and Glow Soakers at the merchandise tent. Armed and ready to begin your Blacklight War, the DJ gives the green light to begin, that’s where the fun starts. Throw, shoot and bombard the other team with as much Liquid Glow as possible. Truly the world’s most exciting water fight!

Step 4

If we had to insert a step 4, it would be to enjoy every minute of this incredible event. When the Blacklight War is over, you will be glowing from head to toe under our black lights with Neon Liquid Glow!

Finished with your first Blacklight War? Well, stick around and head to the main stage. DJs will light up the night, have you dancing and making memories that will last a lifetime.

Cost: $20-$50

Universal Drumming Playshop with Jeni Swerdlow

Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 1 PM - 3 PM

595 Millich Dr,
Campbell, CA 95008-0520

Are you ready for a rhythm tune-up? Join the club! Drummers & the drum-curious are invited to come together through universal rhythms & global grooves. Open to all levels & styles, DRUMMM Rhythmic Events Founder & "Chief Rhythm Activator" Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR will show how to make your drum sing & your spirit soar! Beginner-beginners are especially encouraged. Bring a drum if you have one. A limited number of drums will be available to play for an additional $5.

What people say about Universal Drumming:

“Jeni is skillful at challenging the beginning drummer as well as the more advanced drummer. It is fun to keep building on what we have learned!”

“I have been playing djembe for 15 years and Jeni still helps me refine my individual and group techniques while connecting with the joy and musicality of drumming together. I highly recommend her class for all levels.”

Facilitator: Jeni Swerdlow

Cost: $33