SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

Listen to your Body: Regulate your painful emotional patterns

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

The Center SF
548 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

What better way to respect our body, than to actually listen to it consciously, through its own language (the sensations) when it tells us that something is not OK.

Our body is wired to permanently regulate our emotional patterns... If we only let it do its natural job!
Luc Nicon (French Researcher) was able to isolate a natural, biological capacity for complete Self Emotional Regulation: This Universal capacity is available to all of us at the moment we feel an emotion.

During this workshop, participants will learn how to use the body's sensory memory in order to re-experience the root of an emotional difficulty through its original physical sensations. The complete physical reliving of an emotional root allows to permanently regulate a painful emotional or behavioral pattern. Participants will precisely learn how to use the physical sensations naturally present in the body during an uncomfortable emotional state, to permanently regulate it.

This is a complete training that will bring a concrete knowledge, allowing the participants to permanently resolve autonomously, emotional difficulties when they are active in the body (during the actual emotion).

Cost: Donations $10 - $20

Yoga in the Redwoods

Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 10 AM - 1 PM

Shumei Santa Cruz Farm
6040 Bonny Doon Road,
Santa Cruz, CA

Join us for gentle yoga, followed by farm-fresh lunch in the fields. The event takes place on our farm in Bonny Doon on Memorial Sunday. The yoga will take place in a special redwood clearing on the land. It will be followed by a tour of the field (optional) and a light, healthy vegan lunch, where you will have the opportunity to talk to fellow yogis and our teacher, Lyndsay.

Lyndsay is a 200-hour registered Hatha yoga teacher who strongly believes that yoga reveals, strengthens, and empowers our highest selves into being. She fosters a safe and supportive environment for all individuals to discover more space and more stillness in their lives. Lyndsay encourages individuals to be open to the nourishment they need in each changing moment, through guided breath awareness, dynamic movement for fluidity, deep holds for strength and flexibility, and meditation for mental clarity. In this class, you will be invited to listen to self-love, receive the support of community, and release tension to allow for more peace.

Please bring your own mat.

Cost: $20

Make Art Not War: An ArtPoint Cocktail Party

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM PDT

de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

The summer of 1967 became the modern-era revolution in the history of art, activism, literature and music in America, with San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury at its epicenter. The de Young’s current exhibition, The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll is celebrating the 50th anniversary of that feel good time with iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, ephemera, and avant-garde films to commemorate the spirit of that summer.

Join ArtPoint for an evening of delectable bites, cocktails, psychedelic beats by DJ Matt Haze and of course, docent-led tours of this special "only in San Francisco" exhibition.

Attire: Bring out your inner Rockstar or Flower Child!

Cost: $67 - $75

Free Ram Dass Workshop: Karma Yoga

Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Breathe Together Yoga
14107 Winchester Blvd, Ste H,
Los Gatos, CA

In this workshop we will be discussing and learning about Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga is defined in the Bhagavad Gita as the yoga of Action. Arjuna, one of the heroes of the Mahabharata and the hero of the Gita represents a man of Action, a kshatriya (Warrior). Learn about chapter 3 of the Gita on Karma Yoga and how these spiritual teachings inspired Ram Dass.

Through experiential, didactic and socratic means we will be studying Karma Yoga as a path of grihasta (house holder) spirituality. We will discuss and share the wisdom of our thoughtful and kind community members on what we can do to make the world a better place, and how these efforts contribute to our own happiness. We will also conclude with some singing and chanting.

Ram Dass has spent a lifetime making the deep wisdom of Eastern Spirituality accessible to those in the west, and this workshop focuses on specific teachings and techniques Ram Dass has learned with regards to understanding happiness. From specific meditation techniques, kirtan singing and studying scriptural works, Ram Dass has explored the depths of Eastern thought from Buddhism to Hinduism to bring back these teachings.

Facilitator: Miko Matsumura

Cost: Free

Sufi Dance and Sound Healing Workshop

Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Convent Arts Collective
660 Oak Street,
San Francisco, CA

We will seek the foundation of spiritual healing through sacred sound and movement, embodying song and movement founded on the Sacred Spirals of LIfe!

After a very successful, sold out workshop last January by sound healer Gabriel Gold and Persian dance artist and Shamanic healer Farima Berenji, they decided to collaborate again, this time focusing on the "Spirals of Life" as the theme.

The workshop will be held in a beautiful, historic chapel in the heart of San Francisco.

Farima will teach the basics of “Sufi Whirling” and sharing her expansive knowledge of Sufi dance traditions and meditation practices.

Gabriel will teach the basics of “Wordless Singing as Meditation” as well as supporting the “Sufi Whirling” sessions with live musical performance of Hang and Halo Handpans and ending the workshop with a deeply relaxing “Sound Healing Meditation”, utilizing Crystal Singing Bowls, to help integrate the day’s learnings.

The doors open at 4pm and close at 4:30pm. Please do not arrive after 4:30pm as it would be disturbing to flow of the workshop. From 4pm till 4:30pm there will be a complimentary Chinese-Style Tea Service.

Cost: $25 advance, $30 at the door

Free Concert: Outdoor French Cabaret

Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 9 AM - 1 PM

California Avenue Farmer's Market
California Ave.,
Palo Alto, California 94306

The west coast Les Deux of Milena on vocals and Paul on accordion will be performing favorite French songs of Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Michele Legrand and others.

Cost: Free

Saturday Night Drum Circle!

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 7:15 PM to 8:45 PM

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

Recreational group drumming is a great practice that supports health & well-being.  It's transformational:  it can uplift your mood, decrease your blood pressure, decrease anxiety, increase your energy, increase your feelings of connection and IT'S JUST PURE FUN!

Help build and become part of this monthly Saturday night drumming community.  This is a facilitated event; newcomers are always welcome and will be guided into finding their rhythms while more experienced drummers will have the chance to show us their chops while supporting the group experience.  Plenty of instruments to share.

Facilitator: Heather Holland

Cost: $10

FREE Outdoor Dancing - Bachata By The Sea

Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 1 PM - 7 PM

Bachata By The Sea
106 Beach St,
Santa Cruz, California 95060

Have you ever wanted to dance next to the beach?
Do you want to feel the breeze of the wind in your hair while dancing on a sunny summer day?
Want to meet great dancers from Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Monterey, Oakland, and all of Bay Area?

Wait no longer, BACHATA BY THE SEA combines all of this in one great party!

And the best part?
THIS IS A 100% FREE PUBLIC EVENT hosted by Bachata Sentimiento!!!

Based on last year's great turn out, we're very proud and excited to bring back this amazing event this summer!

Omid and Ariana, directors of Bachata Sentimiento Dance Team, will give a free Bachata dance class from 3 pm-4 pm, followed by 3 hours of non-stop social dancing!

Before the dancing starts we will do a fun Beach Picnic from 1 pm-3 pm.

This is a fun way to meet and get to know your dancing friends off the dance floor.
The picnic is potluck style. We all bring some snacks, fruits, drinks etc. and share.
We will have a sound system playing music so we can mix dancing, relaxing and playing fun beach games.

Cost: Free

Lakeside Drum Circle - Memorial Day Weekend 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Sunnyvale Community Center
550 East Remington Drive,
Sunnyvale, CA

Louis Miller “Drum Circle”

Drum circle meet near the lake at Sunnyvale's Civic Center Park. Park in the lot, that is off the Michaelangelo Drive. Walk northwest following the sidewalk, and the group will be on the right at the top of a small hill under the trees. Bring a chair or something to sit on.

Normal drum circle with free form jams and a few facilitated activities.

Cost: Free

Santa Cruz American Music Festival

May 27 - 28, 2017 (Saturday – Sunday)

Aptos Village Park
100 Aptos Creek Road
Aptos, CA 95003

Saturday, May 27 - Melissa Etheridge: A Soul-ute to STAX Records, The Rides (Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Barry Goldberg), JJ Grey & Mofro, The Record Company, Baskery

Sunday, May 28 - The Devil Makes Three, Mavis Staples, The Wood Brothers, The Brothers Comatose, Barns Courtney

Presenting two full days of the best Blues American Roots music. Kick off your summer in Santa Cruz enjoying some incredible music set in a natural outdoor tree-lined amphitheater right next to the Monterey Bay. In the past two years we have had such stars as Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Big & Rich, Trombone Shorty, Josh Turner, Robert Randolph, Ryan Bingham, JJ Grey, Coco Montoya, Chris Cain and more!

Cost: $70/day; $120/2-days

5Rhythms for Body, Mind and Spirit - 3 daylong workshops in Berkeley

May 27, June 24 & July 22, 2017 at 11 AM to 5 PM

Western Sky Studio,
2525 8th St.,
Berkeley, CA

This workshop is an opportunity to dive deeper into your personal practice of the 5Rhythms or if you are new to the practice, to experience a luxurious immersion into the Rhythms! Gabrielle Roth says that "the dancing path leads us from the inertia of sleepwalking to the ecstasy of living the spirit of the moment". To this point, we will use the map of the 5Rhythms as a guide to become seriously grounded and resourced in our bodies, connected and expressive in our hearts, emptied of all things unessential in our minds, so that our true essence, whether you call it a soul or spirit can soar and be FREE!  This dance IS a map to ecstasy but it only works if you work it! Whether you join us for one or all of these daylong workshops, you will certainly benefit from the medicine that each has to offer!

BODY, May 27:  Flowing (with a focus on self-care) and Staccato (with a focus on communication and connection) as pathways to the body and heart.

MIND, June 24:  We will use Chaos as the entry point to the mind.

SPIRIT, July 22:   Lyrical and Stillness to access the soul and spirit!

During the workshop, we will use experiential practices and self-inquiry to dive deep into our collective journey.  Sayrah draws from over a decade of experience as a Social Worker with trainings in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Yoga and Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction (MBSR) to name a few.

Please bring a bag lunch, water and wear layers. 

Cost: $95/workshop


Free San Francisco Carnaval Festival 2017

May 27 – 28, 2017 (Saturday – Sunday)

Harrison Street and 24th Street,
San Francisco, CA

Come celebrate with us at the 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco! The 2017 Grand Parade will be held on May 28th at 9:30am. Watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of which will feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes and featuring performers who engage and entertain the crowds. The 2–day festival will be held May 27th and May 28th on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets. Experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts & crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy.

2017 marks the 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco parade and festival. On May 27th and 28th, the Mission District will transform into an enormous celebration pulsating with dancing, drumming, live music, brilliant costumes and delicious food. Traditions from Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Guatemala, Chile, Haiti, and West Africa will be presented. The annual event attracts more than 400,000 people who come to enjoy the revelry and soak up the pageant of color and culture.

San Francisco has always shared a welcoming heart to people from around the world. Some of the residents are economic or political refugees who sought and found sanctuary in neighborhoods throughout the city. Although San Francisco has been hard-hit by gentrification and many people of color have left, it still maintains a distinct flavor by those families, businesses and cultural organizations who have managed to survive.

The theme, El Corazón de San Pancho/The Heart of San Francisco refers to the very essence of what it means to identify with the enriching love that this city has to offer. It’s about belonging, community-building, diversity and celebrating multicultural arts. It means passion, strength, and empathy. It recognizes a common struggle while promoting solidarity and compassion. It’s an acknowledgement that culture cures what’s ailing us, or “la cultura cura.”

The relentless assault of rising rents, evictions, displacement and limited access to economic opportunity is painful but it also serves to unify San Franciscans to cling together and celebrate the beauty of their families and traditions. This bond in the face of adversity is presented in the theme, El Corazón de San Pancho/The Heart of San Francisco.

Cost: Free

How to Get What You Want in Dating, Sex, and Love

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

Iron Giant Loft
1080 23rd Ave
Oakland, CA 94606

Have you run into roadblocks on your way to your heart's desire? Has it been challenging to consistently find people (and sex!) of quality? What if it could be fun and easy to find the pleasure, flirtation, and affection you crave?

Relationship coach and sexuality facilitator Alex S. Morgan will pull out their tool kit and show you how to navigate dating and sex with more joy and less stress. Alex has helped hundreds of singles, couples, and moresomes of all genders and orientations get the love and sex they want; come take a peek at their map and learn how to make your own journey easier and more fun!

You'll learn:
·         How to pull in what you want and drop what you don't
·         When you should say yes to no, say no to maybe, and answer a "yes" with action
·         How to figure out exactly what you need—and learn the formula that makes asking for it easier

By the end of this class, you will:
·         Discover the invitation that takes the stress out of flirting
·         Uncover what makes you authentically attractive to others
·         Know the three things you need to identify to overcome self-sabotaging attractions
·         Develop your own set of filters to "rule in" the kinds of lovers who are a good fit for you, and how to "rule out" the enticing people it just won't work with
·         Negotiate for exactly the kind of play you want—even in the heat of the moment!—without breaking the mood
·         Practice techniques you can use to flirt—and date—for sexual compatibility
·         Learn what a no really means for you, and how to make both hearing it and saying it less awkward
·         Understand the most powerful question for tuning in to your desire, moment to moment

You'll have an opportunity to practice the flirting and negotiation skills we'll cover today—think of it as "lab time"—and will leave with a new set of tools to make your dating life and your sexual journey both easier and more fun.

Facilitator: Alex S. Morgan

Cost: $30/person, $50/couple

Native American Heart Healing Concert

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

East West Bookshop
324 Castro St,
Mountain View, California

Join Tony Redhouse, sound healer and spiritual teacher of the Navajo Nation for a live Native American concert in full regalia. He will share inspirational music, drawing on the ancient forms of musical expression-the voice, the drum and the flute-to create a sacred space with all of our transitions. Tony will share his latest work, "Hearts Cry" A meditation slide show with images in Sedona, AZ. That and other products will be available to purchase. 

Cost: $20 thru May 26, $30 day of.

MOZZ Dance Routine Workshop (W44)

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:30 PM - 9 PM

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

This is the last class before the summer break. This time, we will introduce the dance/exercise routine, targeting the brain functions activation, exploring the Right/Left Brain cooperation through structural creative approach.

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. If you come later, enter and check the smaller studio behind the closed door to the left from the entrance.

Facilitators: Tanya and Michael Pekker

Cost: Recommended donation $15 (cash, at the door), FREE for the first-time students

FREE Workshop: Learn a Powerful Forgiveness Technique

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

Merchants Exchange Building
465 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

Is there anyone in your life right now that you are angry, triggered by or upset at?
Perhaps a partner, friend, family member, or co-worker? Maybe even yourself?
A specific pattern that keeps on repeating in your relationship or your work with someone?
How does it make you feel?
Why is it so hard to let go of, or get over?
Why can forgiveness be so difficult sometimes?
Did you know that when we feel hurt by someone, our subconscious mind holds resentment in place to protect us?

Sometimes we feel hurt by someone based on the conscious and unconscious beliefs held in the mind.
Consciously, we can try to explore these feelings and try to process them; but if we don't explore our subconscious beliefs that lock resentment in place, forgiveness may be difficult taking years or even a life time. This may create feelings of regret. When regret and resentment are held in place over a prolonged period of time, they block us and keep us stuck from moving forward in life. We energetically stay stuck. They block the flow of magic, abundance, positivity, and our ability to manifest. They may even create illness. 

The beliefs held in our subconscious mind create 95% of our life - especially our health and happiness. When we are able to identify false beliefs or fears of the ego that may cause us pain, and when we can forgive someone that has hurt us, we can create positive shifts in our life.

Forgiveness is for you. Not the other person. It is about your freedom from the other person's energy regardless if you choose to continue your relationship with them or not. When we forgive, we take back our power instead of continue to let it drain us of important life force. The energy of forgiveness is one of the highest energetic vibrations of protection. When you say "I forgive you" to someone, this means that you are no longer accepting any negative energy from them.

In this mini workshop, we will use the ThetaHealing technique and learn tools to:
·         Access a theta brain to access the subconscious mind wave through a simple, yet powerful meditation technique you will be able to do on your own
·         Identify limiting beliefs in the subconscious mind that make forgiveness difficult
·         Understand how anger or resentment is serving us at a subconscious level and release it
·         Forgive others through a powerful forgiveness meditation

ThetaHealing is one of the world's most powerful meditation techniques and energetic healing modalities. It operates at the intersection of spirituality, neuroscience, epigenetics and quantum physics.

Facilitator: Tanya Gabriele

Cost: Free

Meditation and Sharing

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM - 9 PM

1763 Fallbrook Ave,
San Jose, CA

Can mindfulness and meditation help you become happier, healthier and smarter? Researchers are finding positive effects on the brain function, as a result of consistent meditative practices. Additional benefits include stress reduction, lower blood pressure, increased productivity, and improved communication.

Come join SV Wellness for an intimate event in the brand-new temple. Masha will play the sound bowl and guide a healing meditation. Then we will mediate in silence for 20 minutes.

MEDITATION STARTS PROMPTLY AT 8 PM. Please be mindful and not disturb the meditation once it begins.

7:30-8:00 PM Arrival and Introduce ourselves
8:00-8:10 PM Mindfulness & meditation introduction
8:10-8:15 PM Sound Bowl
8:15-8:25 PM Guided Meditation
8:25-8:45 PM Silent Insight Meditation
8:45-9:00 PM Sharing Experience & hugs

Cost: $10 - $15

Relational Intimacy – An Evening Exploration

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM

114 Los Altos Ct,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3334

Be seen. Be heard. Be accepted. Just be you.

Say YES to you and a free mini workshop with the Human Awareness Institute (HAI).

It’s two hours of experiential exercises in a warm, welcoming, safe and supportive environment, where you’ll get a clear sense of our weekend workshops — deeply powerful, personal growth experiences that begin with Love Is A Miracle (Level 1).

Gathering and registration is 7:00pm to 7:30pm. The workshop will begin promptly at 7:30pm and go until 9:30pm. There will be no admittance after 7:30pm so as not to break the continuity of the workshop.

During your mini workshop, as with all our weekend workshops — created for singles and couples alike — you’re always 100% at choice. Every aspect of HAI is created for you to grow and thrive, which includes having your personal boundaries honored.

So open your heart and get ready to:

• Enhance your capacity to love and be loved
• Speak your truth and be fully supported
• Broaden your listening skills
• Take risks / push your edges a bit
• Deepen your empathy and compassion
• Question societal beliefs and conditioning
• Expand, grow and connect in a diverse, inclusive space where we welcome all adults

Begin your journey with the Human Awareness Institute.

Cost: Free

Free Yoga Class with Sarah Pascual

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

Aqua Surf Shop
3847 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122

Sarah Pascual invites you to an intimate evening of yoga, small bites and community in anticipation of her Panama Surf & Yoga Retreat this September 9th - 16th. All yogis will get an exclusive day-of offer, too.

This September, seasoned international retreat leader Sarah Pascual will take you deeper in your practice on the grounds of Sansara, a one-of-a-kind oasis with a story and intention. Get a taste of what it's like to be on retreat with Sarah Pascual in this two-hour experience of hatha flow, tea, small bites, and Q&A.

Don't miss this one-time free class with fellow yogis, ocean lovers and travelers. You'll walk away with a flavor of Sarah's style, all your retreat questions answered, and a special day-of offer for this September's Panama Surf & Yoga Retreat.

Cost: Free

Unleashed & Untamed Workshop - Let that fire out!

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 5 PM - 8 PM

Silicon Valley Wellness Center
1763 Fallbrook Avenue,
San Jose, California 95130

Thank you for checking out our event!!! I love and would love to invite you to JOIN US on this one of a kind fire awakening journey.

5 PM-5:15 PM Superwater - we are what we drink! MINERALIZED water that is essential to our light bodies. - led by Adriane from Awaking Vitality.

5:15 PM- 5:45 PM UNLEASH Fire energy through the Chakra's - Kundalini awakening using personal and sunshine energy - led by Heather from "Be the Change Yoga Studio"

5:45 PM-6:15 PM UNLEASH the Tantra - Sensuality, Orgasms, Surrendering to the fire within and much more... - Led by Daria (Dasha) Kouzmenko from Silicon Valley Wellness

6:15 PM-7:00 PM UNTAME that beast - Release through Ecstatic Dance - Led by Adriane from Awaking vitality.

You are welcome to continue the release of energy until 9 PM.

Cost: $20

Restorative Yoga and Reiki

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

303 Parkside Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94306

The restorative Yoga and Reiki workshop will focus on creating inner peace, strengthening your spirit and calming your nervous system. You will be empowered by the present state of peace as you release and rejuvenation while being supported by props and blankets.

Reiki is a technique that promotes healing and is used for stress reduction and relaxation through the laying of the hands. it works on the highest vibration of unconditional love. You will feel warm energy surrounding your body and channeling through you, leaving you with a state of bliss. The workshop is a loving combination of restorative yoga and Reiki that will allow you to help your spirit while calming your body with ultimate support of restoring and renewing.

All levels welcome.

Facilitator: Limor Nirpaz

Cost: $30

Cuddle Party in Hayward

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT

Hayward, CA 94545

Cuddle Party is a 3.5-hour communication workshop that focuses on personal boundaries and touch, in which participants have an opportunity to practice these skills by cuddling (or not). It’s a great opportunity to practice asking for what you want, saying no to what you don’t want and meeting new people. Cuddle Party is a strictly non-sexual event.

Doors open at 2:00 pm and close at 2:30 pm. There is no admittance after 2:30 pm.

Please wear pajamas or other comfy clothes.

You are invited to bring snacks or non-alcoholic beverages to share with the group (optional).

Here's what you can expect at a cuddle party: at 2:30 pm there will be a welcome circle which orients guests to the rules of cuddle party and has exercises to help practice the rules. Following the welcome circle are a few hours for free-style cuddling, eating snacks, or just hanging out. The event ends with a short closing circle.

Cost: $30

Cacao Ceremony with Chad Wilkins Trio

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Be The Change Yoga & Wellness
52 S 1st St, Ste 320,
San Jose, California 95113

Join us for chocolate, ecstatic healing, music, and transformation led by Skye A. Bird and Scott Adam with live music offered up by the Chad Wilkins Trio!

A cacao ceremony is an opportunity to connect to yourself and open your heart. Because of cacao’s ability to increase your connection to your inner self and your heart chakra, it aids in any transformational shift you are working towards, whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of who you are, release old patterns and traumas, or move into a more self-confident space. Whatever your path, the intention is yours to set, and the cacao allows you to access the insight and awareness to move towards that goal.

We will enter into a sharing with each other, of what we want to let go of and what we are calling in, which creates an intention for our journey. This is a very safe and intimate space, and the people that attend will surprise themselves at how they are able to open up, especially when they start to realize they we are all a mirror for each other, all just human beings with the same fears and sufferings, the same hopes and dreams. We end with dance, freedom of movement and live music by the Chad Wilkins Trio during which the cacao activates within the body and the heart, allowing a truly transformative and ecstatic process to unfold.

Cost: $25 - $40

Bay to Breakers

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 8 AM - 11 AM

Main St/Howard St,
San Francisco, California 94105

Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers is a race built by the people. Since 1912, Over 2 million costumed runners, walkers and centipedes have completed the iconic 12K journey from the San Francisco Bay to the breakers on Ocean Beach.

The historic 12K course features a variety of entertainment to enjoy all the way from the Bay to the Ocean. In addition to the Expo and the Finish Line Festival, our on-course entertainment and festivities include live bands, DJs, and performances to keep you motivated all the way to the Finish Line.

Runners Perks:
– Official Under Armour Runners’ T
– Finisher Medal
– Free high-resolution digital race photos
– 3-Month MapMyRun MVP Membership
– Course Entertainment
– Finish Line Festival Access

Cost: $70 ($59 through Groupon: https://www.groupon.com/deals/bay-to-breakers)

Surya Shakti (Sevathon) Yoga in Milpitas

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11 AM - 2 PM

KC Hall, India Community Center,
525 Los Coches St,
Milpitas, CA 95035

There is energy which the human body is capable of. There is energy which the human body is not capable of. So Surya Shakti is to energize the system to a different dimension. If you want to energize the system to a different dimension, not just by exercising or being healthy you do 111 cycles of Surya Shakti. That is the way to do it if you want to exploit the energies which are not yours. This is called Surya Shakti.

Surya Shakti is an active form of the Sun Salutation. It is an ancient yogic practice which is a powerful sequence of 18 postures. It is designed as a holistic process for great physical fitness. "Surya" means "Sun," and "Shakti" means "energy". Surya Shakti cultivates great physical fitness and strength.

Surya Shakti includes several aspects that enrich one’s life:
·         Strengthens the heart
·         Boosts vigor and vitality
·         Improves immunity
·         Strengthens the muscles
·         Tones the digestive system
·         Corrects hormonal imbalances
·         Lubricates the joints
·         Develops mental clarity and focus
·         Remedies weak constitutions

Cost: $50

Akoma Arts Drum Circle

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 12 PM - 2 PM

Process Therapy Institute
Garden Court Plaza
595 Millich Dr, Suite 102, Campbell

Join PTI and Akoma Arts for an open admission drum circle focusing on hand drumming.

- 10-12 djembes provided
- No experience necessary.

About the Facilitator:

Keith Hames, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Akoma Arts, an acclaimed drummer, has been playing some form of a drum for over 40 years and has worked as a professional musician and vocalist for over 35 years.

Cost: $15.00 admission at: http://www.akomaarts.org/donate.html

“Summer of Love” Naked Parade in San Francisco

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Jane Warner Memorial Plaza
401 Castro Street,
San Francisco, CA

All body freedom lovers are invited to the Nude Summer of Love Parade from the Castro to the Haight. This event will be filmed by the Dutch Public Broadcast Television for their documentary about the Summer of Love. The documentary will air in Holland this summer.

Get naked to honor and to celebrate the power of love and freedom, to celebrate the beauty of an open heart and an open mind and the beauty of nature, of the human body and spirit.

Please come as bare as you dare and please feel free to wear flowers, paint peace signs on your body, and bring signs or objects that reflect the spirit of the Summer of Love.

Let’s shed our clothes. Let’s shed our inhibitions, our self-doubt and self-hate. Let’s wake up to the love, to the flame that burns within our hearts. Let’s show the world that we as the human race have nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to fear. Let’s spread love, body freedom and sexual liberation! Let’s demonstrate that we are not afraid to be vulnerable, that we are not afraid to be free.

Parade Route:

From Jane Warner Plaza, the parade will head north on Castro, then west on Haight to Stanyan and then return east on Haight, south on Castro, and back to Jane Warner Plaza. This route may change so please stay tuned for updates.

Cost: Free


Free Festival: SF PorchFest 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 12 PM - 6 PM

Mission District
San Francisco, California

An afternoon of music on the porches, backyards and stoops of the Mission. SF Porchfest celebrates community, fun and music of every genre, all for free and all created by YOU. Everyone is welcome to participate, whether as performing artists, porch hosts, volunteers, or members of a roving audience. SF Porchfest reflects the creativity and diversity of the city we all love, with musical acts across many genres, ages, and backgrounds. The annual SF Porchfest is an incredible day, and we're excited to bring the event back to San Francisco’s Mission District for a third year.

Cost: Free

Free Dance Party with Redwood Tango Ensemble

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Presidio Officers’ Club
50 Moraga Ave, The Presidio,
San Francisco, CA

Redwood Tango Ensemble is a sextet dedicated to both traditional Argentine tango music and original tango compositions by leader and bandoneonist Charles Gorczynski. The ensemble’s arrangements are inspired by the styles of Anibal Troilo, Juan D’Arienzo, Carlos DiSarli, Osvaldo Pugliese and other master orchestras in tango, which has made Redwood Tango popular among the dance communities in the Bay Area and on tour.

The ensemble was the featured orchestra for Chicago Tango Week 2013 and 2015, and has performed for milongas in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Montreal, London, NYC and dozens of cities in between.

Cost: Free (RSVP is required)


Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

6315 Doyle St
Emeryville, CA 94608

This is a unique event that you will never forget!

The event begins with a dance class led by 3 uniquely talented teachers Daktari, Iris and Alicia plus an awesome DJ Jeff Pierre. This is a high-energy class with movement break downs, across the floor and multiple dance fusions. Class starts at 4:00pm so arrive at 3:30p to check in and get ready. We will have a fusion of dancehall, samba, Latin dance and modern to name a few.

After class, we have delicious Haitian food for sale, an epic DANCE PARTY, and many opportunities to mingle connect and flow in the space. Wear something fun you can move in, that will shine bright under the black lights and anything that will get you in Carnival spirit. Bring your masks, necklaces and more.

Dance Party Workshop Breakdown:
3:30 - 3:50 pm Arrive to Flowspace / check in
4:00 - 5:30 pm Dance class with 3 amazing teacher 1 crazy DJ
5:30 - 6:00 pm Haitian food don't over eat lol
6:00 - 7:00 pm DANCE PARTY!!!

DANCE PARTY was created for people who love to have fun, move dance, and be free. It’s a place where people come to express themselves through dance while listening to mind blowing music. All levels are welcome. Space is limited so get your ticket early to reserve your spot!!!

Cost: $20 - $25