SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

January 2015: Holistic California Festivals and Workshops

The 5Rhythms and 4 Foundations of Mindfulness

January 9-11, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California

In order to understand the dance one must be still. And in order to truly understand stillness one must dance. - Rumi In this weekend of meditation and dance, will we integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms. The Buddha encouraged us to bring wise attention to every aspect of our lives. In sitting meditation, we have the opportunity to observe the mind and body at rest through silent introspection. In the practice of the 5Rhythms, we engage in mindfulness while in motion. The 5Rhythms is a map that teaches how energy moves. The two polarities of moving and sitting meditation together mirror the dance of life. In this journey, we are always moving between these two spectrums. If one learns to not cling or avoid, one can hold the place of the silent witness and be with all that life offers. Noah encourages meditation students to practice mindful dancing in order to bring balance and insight into their lives. Lucia invites dancers to engage in sitting meditation in order to embody integration, balance, and insight. Join them for the groundbreaking union of these two deep and wise practices.

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

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: A Path of Skillful Compassion

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 9 am - 5 pm
San Francisco Zen Center, San Francisco, California

Combining mindfulness and specific therapeutic approaches, this workshop will examine how to take care of ourselves by relating to depression and anxiety with compassion the most efficient way. The aim of the workshop is for participants to practice identifying, relating to and interrupting conditionings that are hindrances to feeling better. With encouragement and skillful means to interrupt the mind’s habitual patterns contributing to depression and anxiety, participants can cultivate practices to manage and prevent chronic feelings of unhappiness.

Cost: $100


January 15-19, 2015 (Thursday – Monday)
Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California

Experience new styles of yoga or focus on your favorites from Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Meditation and more. Refresh your outlook with classes in Ayurveda, Neuroscience, Pranayama, Healthy Eating and more. Expand your mind and deepen your practice with top teachers in yoga today.

Cost: Vary

Monterey Swingfest

January 15-19, 2015 (Thursday - Monday)
Hyatt Regency, Monterey, California

Immerse yourself in the swing-dancing lifestyle for five whole days with Monterey Swingfest at the Hyatt Regency Monterey! Learn from the best, with intensive classes from West Coast Swing pros like John Lindo, Jessica Cox and Michael Kielbasa. Show off your skills in the dance contests on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, and cut loose every day with open dance sessions. With programming on most days going from 10am until the wee hours of the morning, you're sure to wear out the soles on your dancing shoes!

Open dancing will be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Early birds can enjoy open dancing at noon, while night owls can cut a rug until the wee hours of the morning.

Cost: $150

Edwardian Ball

January 16-17, 2015 (Friday – Saturday)
San Francisco, California

The Edwardian Ball is an elegant, whirlwind, Turn-of-The-Century Festival of Music, Theatre, Dance, Fashion, Circus, Art, Gaming, Ballroom Dance, Vending, and the Art and Stories of Edward Gorey.

Puzzling to explain, nigh impossible to describe, but absolutely delightful to experience, The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author and illustrator Edward Gorey. Set in an imagined “Edwardian Era”, this multi-city, multi-media extravaganza has grown over the past fifteen years from an underground club party into an internationally recognized festival of the arts, now operating with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

General admission includes access to all 3 levels of The Regency Ballroom: The Grand Ballroom, The Vendor Bazaar, and The Museum Of Wonders. Saturday features include an original performance of Edward Gorey's "The Beastly Baby", Gorey-inspired fashion show by Dark Garden, Ballroom Dancing, and much more.

Cost: $55

Breaking the True Love Code

January 16-18, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Los Angeles, California

This intensive workshop will focus on how to transform your relationship into a loving romance. If you are looking for love, the tools we teach will give you the optimal chance of finding your soul mate.

Cost: $350

Experience, Presence, Freedom, Bliss

January 17-18, 2015 (Saturday – Sunday)
Oakland, California (near Lake Merritt)

If you hunger for personal and global transformation and want to make a difference in the world, join us for a weekend of profound transformation. You will:
* Receive a sacred initiation that quiets the mind and opens the heart;
* Experience higher states of consciousness;
* Learn to offer a transmission of Divine Energy called the Oneness Blessing; and
* Activate or deepen the journey to spiritual awakening.

Cost: $225

Usui Reiki 1&2

January 17-18, 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

Love is a Miracle, Level 1

January 23-25, 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

HempCon Cup

January 23-25, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California

The Cannabis Revolution Begins! America's Largest Cannabis Industry, Health, Lifestyle & Culture Event of the Year!

* Over 100 collectives
* 200+ cannabis related exhibitors
* Onsite evaluations (you can get medical marijuana certification onsite if you qualify).
* State of the art grow products
* The coolest glass & vapes
* Seminars by leading cannabis experts

Cost: TBA. Tickets are available for purchase on the day of the show.


January 23-25, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Santa Barbara, California

Learn practices that will have you feel more passionate, deeply intimate, and fulfilled in life, love, and intimacy. Expand joy, pleasure, and creativity in your life and your relationship.

In a safe and respectful environment, you will be introduced to foundational and advanced principles and practices of the “yoga of love,” as developed by the TantraNova approach; including meditation, conscious breathing, energy awareness, tantric bodywork, communication exercises, and sexual healing practices.

Cost: $600

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

Jan 23 – 25, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)

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)

Body Quest Dance Workshop

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 11am – 5pm
The Heart Aquarian Center, Oakland, California

Come share and shape a day of embodied introspection, visioning and future-setting. We will spend a full day together in embodied investigation into what is taking place inside– and what is wanting to emerge, both in our own lives and in the life we share.

BODY QUEST is a day for introspection and visioning, catalyzed and experienced through the body and its capacity to bring us deeper into our psyche. Both introspective and co-creative in nature, BODY QUEST is a daylong process of taking inventory of mind, heart, and dreams, and giving body to whatever is wanting to happen next. We tune into our body intelligence as a profound and dynamic system for accessing our inner navigation, making needed change, and moving forward.

Cost: $60

Living Presence: Soul Motion and Embodied Inquiry

January 30 – February 1, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California

What if one day, you woke up smack in the midst of the human condition with absolutely no need to fix, deny, solve, or transcend anything? What if you knew how to offer your friends, family, co-workers, children, clients, patients, or students (and yourself!) a spacious, centered presence that could meet every feeling, ache, joy…and impermanence itself?

Step through the portals of conscious movement and embodied exploration into a direct experience of this messy, mysterious, and magnificent human life. Let the inquiries of Soul Motion™, Gestalt Practice, and body-based meditation take you on a wild ride into the heart of creativity, community, and connection.

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

Holistic You: Better Body, Better Life

January 30 – February 1, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Los Angeles, California

The Holistic You is about creating the BEST you by making sure every area of your life is at its BEST. When the body is not at its best, it affects everything from our mood, to our energy, creativity, health, mindset, and ability. That is why this intensive has a focus on improving your health so you can create your best life.

Have you ever struggled to make a healthy decision for your body, such as eating better, exercising more or cutting back on late nights and drinking? We know you WANT to live a better life, but making changes using willpower alone can be hard.

Cost: $350

LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood

January 30 – February 1, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Mount Madonna Center, Monterey Bay, California

LifeForce Yoga interweaves the power of an ancient discipline with current scientific findings to help you release what is no longer serving you–without a story attached!  In this inspiring workshop, you will learn and practice breathing exercises, easy postures, guided meditations, and other experiential yogic tools for managing your mood that are not often taught in regular yoga classes.  We will practice: pranayama and kriya breathing techniques that regulate the emotions, meditations that lift the mood, creating affirmation, imagery, mudras and mantras that regulate the emotions, and LifeForce Yoga Nidra and postures suitable for multilevel practitioners.  Health and Yoga professionals will learn techniques to help their clients focus, relax, and have greater access to their feelings.  

Cost: $350 (accommodation extra)