SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

February 2015: Holistic Events in California

Holistic Yoga Retreat

February 1-3, 2015 (Sunday – Tuesday)
Big Bear, California

Start the New Year off with an escape to the beautiful mountains of Big Bear. Join yoga teachers Ashley and Lacy for a few days of yoga, cleansing the body, and restoring and recharging your health! It will be an unbelievable journey filled with invigorating yoga and hiking, relaxing meditation classes, healthy vegetarian meals, raw juices, spa treatments, and time for solitude in nature. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi, the classes will be catered to your body’s needs, while also challenging you. After the retreat, you will feel renewed in mind, body, and spirit, and ready to enter the world with a greater sense of peace and ease.

Cost: $450

Silent Meditation Retreat

February 5-8, 2015 (Thursday – Sunday)
Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, North San Juan, California (Northern California)

Yoga masters describe God as ever-existing bliss consciousness. Silence is the altar upon which we develop our communion with that Bliss. Keeping silence is an acknowledgement that nothing that we think or express can adequately express the Truth. Silence helps us to see ourselves more clearly, to see the course of our thoughts and the currents of our hearts. Together with the techniques of Raja yoga, we have a powerful opportunity to use the energy of our bodies, our breath, our will and our concentration to work our way back to our True Nature.

Silent retreat attendees will receive basic instruction in meditation to explore throughout the retreat, as well as access to structured group meditations, which are encouraged but not mandatory. Yoga postures are led each morning.

Cost: Private Cabin (single guest): $110; Private Cabin (couple): $160; Tent: $50

Conscious Life Expo

February 6-8, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Hilton, Los Angeles, California

Welcome to the February 2015 Conscious Life Expo. With an amazing speaker line-up, we expect a full crowd. A General Admission (Day Pass) is required to attend the Expo for each day. The day pass allows access to the Free Workshops, Free Lectures, Free Music, Free Movies, and Exhibit Halls. Additional tickets are required for General and Keynote Workshops, Panel Discussions and Special Events as noted.

Cost: $25/person/day

Sacred Evolution: Yoga and Meditation

February 6-8, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California

Yoga as an ancient art and science oriented toward reducing suffering is the path that will guide us in our time together. We will weave together asanas (postures), meditation, pranayama (conscious breath), and restorative poses. We will embark on a beautiful inner/outer journey that can prepare us to take on the joy and responsibility to embrace sacred evolution. Please bring a yoga mat and a journal.

Cost: $405.00 – $1,750.00 (based on accommodation type)

Love is a Miracle, Level 1

February 6-8, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Joshua Tree, California

Level 1: Love is a Miracle is a residential weekend workshop for anyone interested in having more love and intimacy in your life. Communication and connection are keys to love, intimacy and sexuality. Imagine being safely and gently guided to connect deeply and profoundly, first with yourself, and then—as you choose—with others, in an honest, supportive, and openhearted environment.

Join us for this fabulous personal growth experience, where you will be invited to:
* Remove blocks to intimacy, expanding your ability to give and receive love
* Be your authentic self and create the life you’ve always wanted
* Improve your body image and your self-esteem
* Make the right relationship choices for you
* Ask for what you want in your relationships
* Increase the depth and intimacy in all your relationships
* Embrace your sexuality as a special—and sacred—part of your life

Cost: $545


February 6-8, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Petaluma, California

Our mission is to advance evolutionary planetary culture, and nurture sacred community in the Bay Area and beyond. Let us be the beauty we wish to see in the world.

This festival is really special – three days of dance, workshops, contact improvisation, yoga, meditation, drumming, and much more.

Ra So, DyaTribal, MorgenStar, Ali Maida, and Malaika will be sharing their diverse gifts, Dancetastic Emo Bass, Hindustani Fusion, Soulful Singer/Songwriters, and Standup Comedy.

Cost: $45 FULL ROLL Friday-Sunday, $25 Saturday Only

Liberating Mindfulness

Saturday, February 7, 2015 9:30 am – 5 pm
Foothills Congregational Church, Los Altos, California

This daylong event will explore the fourth foundation of mindfulness (Satipatthana), variously referred to as mental objects, dhammas, or phenomena. This fourth foundation extends the awareness of body and mind to include the functions, causes, and interrelationships of states. We become aware of how various mental states condition the mind, how we relate to the experiences of life, and how states either aid or hinder our spiritual progress. Mindful investigation is the key to the development of liberating knowledge.

Cost: Voluntary contributions are appreciated.

Dance Immersion

February 7-8, 2015 (Saturday – Sunday)
Harbin Hot Springs, Middletown, California

What better way to unplug from the world and connect with community than to share a couple of days soaking, dancing, doing yoga, hiking, and having meals together in our own private retreat space? Come immerse yourself in a variety of conscious movement experiences and the healing waters of Harbin. The highlights of this retreat include Inner Rhythm with Hamid Martin, Ecstatic Dance with ALIA & Baron von Spirit, Contact Improv with Tyler Blank, Connexion Dance with ALIA, Yoga and Partner Stretching with David Schlussel, and Dolphin Dance with Florence Lesur.

Dance Immersion offers this wide menu of scheduled activities, but it is not a tightly structured retreat. We do not expect everybody to participate in every scheduled activity. This is a flexible retreat with options—each participant manages their own time and flow between the Conference Center and Harbin mainside.

Cost: $130

Cannabis Cup

February 7-8, 2015 (Saturday – Sunday)
NOS Events Center, San Bernardino, California

Two-day trade show/EXPO incorporating vendor booths in a main building with an extended outdoor component for additional vendor booths.

Inside booths range from glassware and clothing to grow equipment and artwork. Inside also features three seminars per day either in a sectioned off area off the main floor or in a private "theater" like setting. The seminar topics include legalization regulations featuring California experts, current political issues, grow seminars with HIGH TIMES editors as well as a cooking seminar from our own Cannabis Cookbook author.

The outdoor component is typically a fenced off area with privacy screening, not visible to the public. Medicating (smoking) is allowed in this area for those with a valid medical card and a picture ID (for medical states). Visitors are wrist banded for entry. No selling or distributing of cannabis is allowed.

There is Saturday night entertainment typically starting @ 8PM and lasting till @ 11PM.

Cost: $160 VIP package

Usui Reiki 1&2

February 7-8, 2015 (Saturday – Sunday)
Cranial Sacral Therapy Center, San Jose, California

Reiki I and II are taught together during a weekend intensive. Both attunements are given. All the information and techniques are covered including:
* The Reiki hand positions.
* Giving a complete Reiki treatment for self and others.
* Holy Love and Heavenly Banquet Meditation - Holy Fire Meditation experiences
* Japanese Reiki Techniques, as taught by Dr. Usui including Gassho meditation, Reiji-ho - developing your intuition, Byosen Scanning - detecting where Reiki is needed, Gyoshi ho - sending Reiki with the eyes, Koki ho - using the breath to send Reiki, Kenyoku - dry bathing or clearing ones energy field
* Using Reiki for specific conditions.
* The Reiki II symbols, how to use them with practice time.
* Using Reiki to heal unwanted habits, and wanted goals
* Distant healing.

Cost: $350

Timeless Loving: Intro to SkyDancing Tantra

February 13-15, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Harbin Hot Springs, Middletown, California

This popular experiential workshop for singles and couples is a fun and safe way to begin your tantric journey, become a better lover and create deeper intimacy and more love in your life. Learn tantric techniques – including ritual, communication, and energy consciousness – to integrate spirituality into your life and lovemaking. Celebrate being fully alive in your body, heart, spirit and mind. In a safe and loving environment, we explore:

•           Weaving Spirituality, Love & Intimacy
•           Intimate Communication Skills
•           Breath: The Key to Expanding Pleasure
•           Discover Full-Body Orgasm

Take home with you powerful techniques that you can use again and again to live more ecstatically - in the bedroom, and the boardroom!

Cost: $465


February 13-16, 2015 (Friday – Monday)
Doubletree Hotel, San Jose, California

Join our huge and varied Pagan, Heathen, Wiccan, Reconstructionist, Indigenous, spiritual and magical groups in education and celebration. As usual, we fill the whole hotel with over 14 function rooms for workshops, rituals, and presentations including 4 ballrooms for Vendors along with open house parties.

Versatile and features-rich program: music, healing, spirituality, meditation, dance, and much more…

Cost: $70 (till Jan 1); $80 after Jan.1 and on site; Pre-Reg closes Jan. 15(includes all events for the entire four day conference) $40 for a full day, $20 for an evening only.

Ferocious Intimacy- Couples Format

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 12 pm – 5:30 pm
Wildcat Studio, Berkeley, CA

This Valentine's Day workshop explores the phenomenon of resonance with others. Human beings are “hyper-social” animals, and we have deep brain circuitry that enables us to directly feel into another person, and to have them receive our deep presence.

This couples’ version of the workshop is for all types of couples: long-term committed couples seeking to explore new domains of connection, new couples seeking bonding experiences, and even pairs of people who are in the process of deciding how well they might fit. You spend the bulk of the day with your partner, playing together in altogether new ways.

With a minimum of talking, we use body movement to first ground into our own sovereignty as autonomous and powerful agents of our own lives. Next, we engage in playful interactions to attune with others, such as sharing our center of gravity and other forms of mutual interdependence. Finally, we find ways of co-operating, of engaging in playful, fierce, and tender forms of connection.

Cost: At the door cost $160, discounted to $120 for pre-registration.

Understanding the Fundamentals and Spiritual Hygiene 101

Friday, February 20, 2015, 9:30am – 5pm
Body Mind Spirit Healing Center, Whittier, California

During this class, you will learn vital information about how the spiritual world interacts with the physical, providing essential knowledge for all who are sensitive to the spiritual world, and all who are interested in doing any form of healing work!

Cost: TBD

Swingin' At The Savoy

February 20-22, 2015 (Friday-Sunday)
Mountain View, California

Swingin' At The Savoy is a weekend workshop of Lindy Hop & Jazz dance and classes. We bring the first generation legends of our dance to you, so that you can meet them in person and they can share their amazing stories. We invite fantastic instructors so that you can learn from the best. Join us to learn from the masters, get inspired, and celebrate jazz dance & music.

Cost: $169 - $179 (accommodation not included)

Medical Qigong - Qi Empowerment: Cultivate Supreme Well-Being of Body-Mind-Spirit

February 20-22, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California

During this workshop, you can learn and practice the easy but powerful components of qigong, including movement, breath, self-massage, and mindfulness. You can learn simple qigong to master stress and prevent disease, and benefit for your entire lifetime. This retreat is suitable for all levels.

Cost: $405.00 – $1,750.00 (based on accommodation type)

AGE - A 5Rhythms Workshop

February 20-22, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Sacramento, California

In the great sequencing of time, we experience a magnitude of incomings and outgoings and wonder what it all means. Growing young and growing old day by day. Life and death holding hands, like dearly beloveds, from the moment we take our first breath.

On an explorational artistic journey we will spend quality time asking important questions about time and memory, asking who we are, where have we been and where are we going. Coming together in an inter weaving basket of dance and story to create myths we wish to live by and myths we wish to bust open. Creating tribal rites of passage for each of our tribe members.

We are all on the path of courage facing our fears; we are all in the life canoe traveling out to sea. So, it is within this soul canoe that we will gather glimpses of our own essence and make some commitments for the journey ahead.

Cost: $325

Learn How to Meditate: Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Feb 20 – 22, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
The Expanding Light Retreat, Nevada City, California

Learn how to meditate for the first time, or learn how to meditate with more concentration and upliftment if you already meditate.

You will learn:
* An effective technique to help you concentrate
* How to sit comfortably so your body is not an obstacle to inner peace
* How to begin a daily practice of meditation
* Ways to experience the benefits of meditation throughout your day
* How to keep your meditation practice fulfilling so that you want to continue
* You will leave with the techniques and understanding you need to sustain a meditative practice.

Your weekend will include physical exercises to aid relaxation, and written lessons to help you get the best possible start on your meditation practice.

Cost: $238 - $558 (depending on accommodations type)

African-American Festival

February 21-22, 2015 (Saturday – Sunday)
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California
Join the Aquarium of the Pacific as it hosts its thirteenth annual African-American Festival, celebrating the rich diversity of African-American and African cultures. The weekend will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, ethnic food, and more. Festival performers include Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, tap dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers.

Cost: $30

OneTaste Orgasmic Meditation Workshop

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm
San Francisco, California

OM (Orgasmic Meditation) is a simple way for people to practice their orgasm. It is like….yoga for your orgasm. The daylong How to OM Course is the perfect way to learn the basics of the practice of OM and the philosophy behind OneTaste’s signature practice. Spend the day with two Certified OneTaste instructors.

The How to OM Course is a great starting point for both men and women and will give you the right foundation to begin building your OM practice. Whether you are learning OM for the first time or brushing up your skills, the How to OM Course is a great way to begin cultivating your Orgasm.

Open to singles and couples
Pre-requisite: Watch the How to OM Video

Cost: $195/person

Shoden Reiki I

February 27-28, 2015 (Friday – Saturday)
San Francisco, California

Shoden is a Japanese word meaning 'first teachings'. It is the first level of teachings in the traditional Japanese branch of Reiki called Usui Reiki Ryoho.

Energy is a word that very few people can explain in all its complexities. You could read a book on it or be told all about it but it is the actual experience itself that teaches you.

Therefore, a complete treatment is given and received by each participating student and many hands-on exercises are used in a group environment during Shoden. This practical experience leads to an inner understanding of energy.

Cost: $350

Love is a Miracle, Level 1

February 27 – March 1, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Harbin Hot Springs, Middletown, California

Level 1: Love is a Miracle is a residential weekend workshop for anyone interested in having more love and intimacy in your life. Communication and connection are keys to love, intimacy and sexuality. Imagine being safely and gently guided to connect deeply and profoundly, first with yourself, and then—as you choose—with others, in an honest, supportive, and openhearted environment.

Join us for this fabulous personal growth experience, where you will be invited to:
* Remove blocks to intimacy, expanding your ability to give and receive love
* Be your authentic self and create the life you’ve always wanted
* Improve your body image and your self-esteem
* Make the right relationship choices for you
* Ask for what you want in your relationships
* Increase the depth and intimacy in all your relationships
* Embrace your sexuality as a special—and sacred—part of your life

Cost: $545

Yoga Retreat - Weekend Warrior Style

February 27–March 1, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo County, Central Coast California

Leave your city life behind and rejuvenate on Sagrada's new mini weekend warrior yoga retreat! This is a convenient way to recharge your batteries, soak up some pristine natural countryside, practice your yoga asanas, eat nourishing gourmet meals and enjoy the company of new friends.

Days will begin with a morning hike on one of Sagrada’s picturesque trails, and then a 1.5-hour yoga class in our spectacular brand new yoga studio that opens onto the trees, and majestic mountain views. In the late afternoon, enjoy the second yoga class followed by restorative yoga postures that will leave you feeling grounded and at peace. After a healthy and tasty lunch, there is plenty of time to lounge on a hammock, or venture off the ranch for a bit of Central Coast delicious wine tasting at local Paso Robles or Edna Valley Wineries.

Bask in the hot tub; explore the quaint towns of Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo, Templeton, Paso Robles, or the breathtaking local beaches. Relax in our reflection garden, catch up on deep peaceful sleep, and experience the healing and rejuvenating benefits that Sagrada Wellness California Yoga Retreats has become famous for providing!

All levels welcome. Beginners to Advanced.

Cost: Communal bedroom shared bathroom - $595 + tax; Private bedroom shared bathroom - $865 sgl / $695 dbl + tax

Fiddling Frog

February 27- March 1, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Pasadena, California

Our annual Fiddling Frog Dance Festival is continuing its tradition of bringing together great bands, callers, and dancers.  We cannot guarantee the weather, but we are also known for reuniting dancers from colder climates with their summer clothing.

Cost: $170 (not including accommodation)

Launch Your Yoga Journey: Enrich Your Life!

February 27- March 1, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Mount Madonna Center, Monterey Bay, California

In this comprehensive program, participants will gain a clear, practical, concise experience of yoga on all levels, body, mind and spirit. Sometimes, there is confusion about what yoga is and what it is not – confusion about jargon, styles, systems, and “brands” of yoga.  Some westernized versions focus on exercise and fitness, sometimes missing the essence of the practice.  This program will focus on that essence.  Students will leave with a positive experience and a strong, easy to follow base for embarking on their yogic journey, feeling rested, renewed, & empowered.  We explore:
* The true meaning of yoga as an awareness practice,
* Asanas (postures),
* Meditation,
* Pranayama (breath work),
* Yamas/Niyamas (inward/outward observances) and all 8 limbs of yoga,
* Stress reduction/relaxation,
* Metaphors of yoga and how to incorporate them into ALL we do
* Mindful walks/meditation in motion.

This is not an esoteric workshop, nor about yogic texts, but a simple, authentic exploration of the practice of yoga.

Cost: $350 (lodging expenses are not included)

Reiki Master Accelerated Weekend Certification Weekend & Hot Springs Retreat!

February 27-March 2, 2015
Sierra Hot Springs, Sierraville, California

No prerequisites in Reiki required. At this special accelerated Reiki training, you will become a fully attuned, trained & certified reiki master in one powerful hands-on 3-day weekend.

Cost: $997 or $897 if paid in full by January 27

Freedom with Our Inner Critics: A Zen and Mindfulness Approach

Saturday, February 28, 201, 9 am - 5 pm
San Francisco Zen Center, San Francisco, California

Many of us do our best to keep inner critics away, or we try to get rid of them and find that this simply doesn’t work. No matter what we do, they keep trying to get our attention. Maybe they have another message that we need to pay attention to.

With the use of mindfulness and Zen meditation, participants will be offered ways to stop recognize and listen as we practice new ways to relate to recurring thoughts and emotional patterns of critical self-judgment. We may find that these harsh voices are pointing to our innermost desires for safety, love and wholeness. We will practice relating to inner critic voices, cultivating our natural ability to listen in a field of calmness and compassion.

Deeply listening to self-critics and learning to engage with them with friendly creativity will start the transformational process of developing self-acceptance and self-compassion. This process leads to a kinder, more compassionate attitude toward ourselves.

Cost: $100