SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

May 2015: Best Holistic Festivals and Workshops in California

Timeless Loving: Intro to SkyDancing Tantra

May 1-3, 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

California Herdeljezi Balkan Romani Music Festival

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Croatian American Cultural Center
60 Onondaga Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94112

Voice of Roma presents: The 18th Annual California Herdeljezi Balkan Romani Music Festival. Celebrate Romani (Gypsy) culture and learn about the struggle of Roma to combat discrimination.

Festival Schedule:

* 3:00- 4:30 Romani singing workshop with Ferdi Demir - $20

* 4:30-6:00 PM:  Romani instrumental workshop with Sazet Band - $20

* 6:15- 7:15 PM:  panel discussion on Romani culture, music, history, and human rights with Kosovo Romani activist and dance teacher Sani Rifati and Carol Silverman, Professor University of Oregon - FREE

* 7:30-8:30 PM Romani dance workshop with Sani Rifati, followed by
* 8:30 PM: Dance party with live music by Sazet Band from NYC
Dance workshop and party - $20 advance/$25 door

Delicious traditional Balkan/Romani food will be available for sale.

2015 Hip Hop in the Park

Saturday, May 2, 2015
People’s Park
Haste and Telegraph,
Berkeley, CA

The Bay Area hip-hop community comes together the first Saturday in May each year to enjoy live music, graffiti art, dancing, and DJing at the annual Hip Hop in the Park, a hip-hop festival in People’s Park. This is a free family-friendly event focused on conscious hip-hop in the community.

Cost: Free

The Art & SCIENCE of Love: Weekend Couples Workshop

May 2-3, 2015 (Saturday – Sunday)
Acqua Hotel, Mill Valley, Marin County, California

This comprehensive, science-based couple and marriage workshop & retreat is appropriate for premarital, engaged, married, cohabiting, gay, straight, happy or struggling couples.  All of the ideas presented to you will be grounded in sound and extensive research brought to you from the Gottman Relationship Institute. You will learn what actually works in relationships that are happy and stable.

~ No public discussion or disclosure is involved. All work is done as a couple. ~

You will learn how to...
* Foster respect, affection and closeness
* Keep conflict discussions calm
* Build and share a deeper connection
* Break through and resolve conflict gridlock
* Strengthen and maintain success in your relationship

Cost: $645 per couple until three weeks prior to workshop, $695 per couple thereafter.

Cannabis in Wonderland

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Cesar E Chavez Park
11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley, CA 94710

The Cannabis Community & Normal Bean will be hosting an all-star cast of Special Bands, Celebrity's, guest speakers and infamous Musical POTstars! Assembled for your Listening entertainment! will be holding a FREE "family shindig" down at "Peace Park"in Berkeley Ca. on as a political Fundraiser for Jack Herer Initiative - CCHI2016. Vendors, Bands, 2 stages.

The World "Peace is Possible" Flag will be on Display at Peace Circle. Come See as it starts its journey across the USA.

Cost: Free

Zumba Fitness Concert

Sunday, May 03, 2015 @ 4 pm – 6 pm
Palladium Nightclub,
767 N Mathilda Ave Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Zumba fitness concert feat. International music band "Nene Malo" & Juany Rangel.

2012's music band of the year in Buenos Aires, Argentina "Nene Malo" in a concert fitness along with Zumba instructor Juany the #nenamala rangel in Sunnyvale, CA.

It will be an explosive event!

In this concert, all the ROCHAS and CHETAS will be dancing. Everyone will be on fire! Are you ready?

Join us in dancing all your favorite songs such as: TRAKETEO, MI NENA FACEBOOK, CONTIGO AMANECER, BAILAN ROCHAS Y CHETAS…  All this with the only one and original NENE MALO…   live… live… live!

Cost: presale $30; at the door $35

Beginning Opening Your Relationship: 1001 Baby Steps

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)
SunnySide Up
1028 63rd St
Oakland, CA 94608

Whatever you call it (or do not call it), it falls outside of the parameters of one-on-one romantic/sexual partnership. Maybe you watched "Polyamory: Married and Dating". Maybe you have dreamed about it ever since you had two boyfriends when you were six years old. Maybe you look at the statistics on cheating and do not want to be a part of them, or you know you are just not up for being with one person (or sex/gender) for the rest of your life. Or, perhaps you already tried it and want to know how to heal the whiplash of a challenging experience and get back in the driver’s seat.

Please join us -- Paget and Philippe -- on May 5 as we guide you through the many baby steps towards opening your relationship so you can do it gracefully and safely. We have been together for over 10 years, and started off open. As we crashed, burned, and floundered through the first 8 years of opening our relationship, we learned a LOT. Our philosophy is: Learn from OUR mistakes, so you do not have to make them yourself.

What we will cover:
* What is open/poly/non-mono you?
* Why is it for you? What is in it for you?
* What fantasies do you have about this lifestyle?
* What peak sexual/emotional experiences have you had around this lifestyle?
* Do you want to do it together as a unit (with other close lover(s)) or separately?
* Do you want to date friends or strangers?
* Do you want to do it as long term or short term relationships? Or friends with benefits? Or one night stands?
* How much can you and do you want to share with your other lovers?
* In what ways do you want to connect lovers? (flirty, sensual, sexual (no fluids), sexual (fluids), etc.)
* Where are you now and where do you want to be?
* What are the baby steps that will get you closer?

How the evening will go:
A 2-3h experiential connected conversational workshop followed by an optional 1-2h period of practice/play/conversation with others in the class.

Cost: Cost: $50/couple, $30/single

Healing Art of Qigong Walking

May 7-11, 2015 (Thursday-Monday)
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Big Sur, California

Qigong, an ancient Chinese healing and spiritual tradition, is known for its ability to improve Qi and blood circulation and strengthen the immune and nervous systems.

Walking is a special art in Qigong and has been utilized for healing and life preservation in various Qigong lineages for centuries. Walking qigong promotes balance, flexibility, strength and health, and nourishes our body and mind through the combined benefits of movement, meditation and breathing. Join us for this special first time offering of gentle and graceful qigong walking practices from various traditions: the Swimming Dragon family Walking Qigong, Dragon and Tiger Walking from Qin Quan, as well as Zen walking kinhin.

Cost: $340

Nourishing Pleasure

Friday, May 8, 2015 @ 7:30-10pm

830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94710
Ghazal Room

Giving or receiving pleasure is not just about skills. It is actually a state of body and mind.

Nourishing Pleasure is about tapping into yourself and letting your body be the guide of what you want, while being attuned to your partner. It is about feeling open and fully enjoying the attention and pleasure you are receiving.

Often times, you might feel selfish if you take up too much time or space. An unconscious concern may come up, “I should be pleasing my partner too”, and without realizing it, you cut short the connection to your Self. Thus, diminishing the potential of great pleasure, intimacy, and sexual connection.

In the Nourishing Pleasure workshop, Dalia and Shachar will guide you through experiential exercises that help you connect to your needs, impulses, and desire; practice taking up space; and overcome shame. Resulting in a connection to your empowered sexual self.

From this embodied place of sexual expression, you inspire and arouse your partner, welcoming them to do the same. Co-creating a beautiful self-empowering cycle of nourishing pleasure.

Cost: $70 per Couple; $100 per Couple after April 27

Attendees must come with a partner.

Yoga Retreat - Weekend Warrior Style

May 8-10, 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

Women’s Healing Conference

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills, California

Connect with an amazing community of women healers, educators, farmers, ceremonialists, scientists, engineers, artists, musicians and dancers, to share, learn, explore, expand, and rejuvenate. Celebrate what it is to be a woman! Together we awaken our innate wisdom and inspire each other to heal and blossom in safe and nurturing ways. We will gather for spiritual and physical rejuvenation and learning through an assortment of activities:

* 11+ Transformative workshops to choose from, plus healing sharing circles, movement and music.
* Delicious, nourishing, all organic lunch and beverages are included in your registration fee. Snacks, tea and water will be provided all day.
* Healing Space, Pampering Oasis and Rest Tent: possibility of giving and receiving one-on-one sessions and consultations (bring your own massage table and chair).
* Miles of pristine nature preserve to explore on contemplative walks.

Our intention is to enjoy and expand our community of talented resources, educate and empower 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.

Cost: $145 - $175, work-study discounted option is available

The Character Map: Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy

Saturday, May 9, 2015 @ 9:30am – 5pm
830 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA  94701

This one-day workshop will introduce the Hakomi Method through the lens of the Hakomi Character Map. This map offers a complete set of character strategies—patterns of behavior, feeling, and cognition that determine much of what happens in our lives. Many of the most difficult issues we confront are linked to the unconscious strategies that keep us feeling stuck, small, afraid, and unlovable, to name a few. However, through awareness, practice, and experience changing these patterns is possible!

Come join the teachers of our fall Hakomi Character Map Training for an enjoyable, enlivening exploration.

What you will learn:
* A general understanding of the Hakomi Method
* How to see and understand character patterns in yourself and others
* How using the Hakomi character map can deepen your professional experience

Cost: Early Enrollment: $125 by April 4, 2015; Standard Enrollment: $160

Open House and Free Sound Healing Workshop

Sunday, May 10, 2015 @ 1 pm - 6 pm

Globe Institute
351 9th Street #202 (second floor)
(between Harrison and Folsom Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103
415 777-2486

This is more than an Open House, it is a complete Sound Healing Experience. You will learn about the full range of how sound affects us physically, mentally, emotionally and Spiritually. You will also experience many heart-opening sound meditations with voice and a full range of Sound Healing Instruments and technologies from our Sound Healing Store.

You are welcome to come for just part of the experience, but we will be doing different things throughout the day -- so come for the whole day if you can.

Resonance Spaces, The Harmonic Structure of Sound, The Sound Of Love,
Brainwave Entrainment with Binaural Beats, Use of Intention with Sound,
Root/Soul Frequencies, Sound Journey, and Toning together.

5:00 - 6:00 PM Sound Chair and Table Experiences

Cost: Free. No need to register.... you can just show up.

Tribal Fest

May 12 -17, 2015 (Tuesday – Sunday)
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center (SCCC), Sebastopol, California

Tribal Fest celebrates Synchronized Group Improvisation/al (SGI) Tribal Style BellyDance in all its forms: Tribal Fusion, Gothic, World Fusion, traditional folkloric and theatricalized representations of such dances, Classical dances of other continents, (and fusions with them), as well as other alternative and cutting-edge dance and performance art.

Joshua Tree Music Festival

May 14-17, 2015 (Thursday – Sunday)
Joshua Tree Lake Campground, Joshua Tree, California

The Joshua Tree Music Festivals are produced by a family of friends and funsters convinced that music is the soul of life, and that art enriches and saves lives. That the experience is enhanced when embraced in the great outdoors amongst fellow music lovers. Better still in an intimate setting, where the distinction between artist and audience is blurred, and a passionate performance can be truly relished in close proximity to the stage. Add FREE water to patrons, no service charges on reasonably priced tickets, and well...let the games begin.

Cost: $180

Silent Meditation Retreat

May 14-17, 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

Spirit Weavers Gathering

May 14-18, 2015 (Thursday – Monday)
Mendocino, California

The 2015 third annual Spirit Weavers Gathering will be an intimate experience and opportunity for women to gather, dream, sing, dance and learn together.  We are calling forth a collective of empowered, creative earth mamas and ceremonial sisters.  This is a time when many visions are being received and birthed.  Let us open the space to hear our hearts song and support each other in manifesting those visions in the here and now!

Women ONLY!

Cost: $480

The Sensual Arts – Sex and Intimacy Workshop

Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
360 5th St,
San Francisco, CA

At this Meetup with Psychotherapist Meriana Dinkova and guest presenter, Sex-and Intimacy Coach Philippe Lewis, you will learn tools to enrich your repertoire as a lover in the realm of sensual play. You will learn not only how to use a variety of fun techniques to increase sensation and combine different kinds of sensory stimulus to create arousal and states of surrender and intimacy. You will also lead how to use words and talk to your lover and engage their mind and emotions in a way that increases anticipation and surrender and turns them into a longing, quivering, aroused mass of nerve endings. 

This class for singles and couples will gently allow both your inner animal and your inner sexual shaman to come out and interact with others through light sensation play, and dominance/submission.

You will learn both the primal and more evolved versions of the following techniques:
- Hair Pulling
- The proper and varied usage of nails
- Grabbing
- Nibbling and biting
- Caressing and rubbing
- Pushing and pulling

Cost: $25 online; $25-$35 at the door.

Shakti Fest

May 15-17, 2015
Joshua Tree, California

Shakti Fest is a celebration of the divine feminine in us all offering the ultimate Yogic destination retreat and gathering place for the collective consciousness and discovering the pure Bhakti residing in us all. The event offers an unprecedented line up of internationally renowned yoga teachers, kirtan artists, and workshop leaders  in the beautiful desert setting of Joshua Tree.  Come open your heart and align with the divine!

Cost: $175/person + $60/campsite

Psycho California Fest

May 15-17, 2015
Santa Ana, California

Music Festival in Orange County

Cost: $210

Spiritual Urgency Meditation Workshop

Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Foothills Congregational Church, Los Altos, California

This daylong program will explore the role of desire in the development of our meditative practice, and consider how spiritual urgency can support awakening. The program will include sitting and walking meditation, instructions, teachings, and opportunities for individual meetings with the teacher. It is appropriate for new and experienced meditators.

There will be a potluck community meal at 12:30; please bring a food dish to share.

Everyone is welcome. Chairs are provided. Bring a cushion if you prefer to sit on the floor.

Cost: Donations

Organic Life Music Festival

May 16-17, 2015 (Saturday – Sunday)
North Hollywood, California

We invite you to join us as we work together combining music and organic living, the Organic Life Music Festival highlights music’s powerful effect on individuals’ healthy lifestyle choices. We celebrate the music that fuels our lifestyles and encourage getting back to basics and practicing sustainable, healthy living. Our vision is to engage Baby Boomers, their children, and grandchildren in conversation to better understand what an “organic lifestyle” means to each of them.

Cost: $45


Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Hellyer County Park
985 Hellyer Avenue
San Jose, CA 95111

This fun run is at Hellyer park and we are "GOING THE EXTRA MILE" for cannabis respect. Instead of a typical 5K (3.1 mile) run, this will be a 4.20 mile run! Run starts at 9 am.
-At the finish line, all competitors will be treated to two hours of included beer tasting from Lagunitas.
-There will be a two-hour concert from Zepparella from noon to 2 pm.
-Everyone that runs the race will also get this awesome shirt to support the cause.

Cost: $60

Introduction to Outdoor Photography - Composition & Technique Class

Saturday, May 17, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Lake Lagunitas

Cameras do not take pictures, people do. However, cameras are not always easy to understand. Join REI Outdoor School's photography instructors out in the field as we teach techniques enabling you to turn everyday snapshots into beautiful compositions. You will learn to see beyond your primary subject so that everything in the frame improves the image. We will analyze numerous photographs as we discuss composition techniques, including eliminating distractions, utilizing human subjects, and using leading lines and the Rule of Thirds to create more dynamic images. Begin to shoot with an eye that draws the viewer's attention into a vibrant and stimulating photograph. Photographers of all levels using film or digital cameras are encouraged to attend. Bring your camera along with its owner's manual.

Skills you will learn:
Learn to frame photos to achieve beautiful effects and to go beyond simple snap-shots. Eliminate distractions, utilize human subjects, apply the techniques of Rule of Thirds and leading lines to create vibrant, exciting images. Learn about great outdoor locations for photos in your region. Learn basic hiking techniques.

Event Location Notes: Parking fees may apply.

Gear to bring to class:
* Daypack - Daypack large enough to carry water, food and layers.
* Lunch & Snacks
* Extra batteries
* Owners Manual
* Water Bottle - At water bottles, such as a Nalgene bottle, or a hydration bladder, such as a Camelbak
* Personal Camera

* Camp Chair - Bring a chair that can fit in your pack or is easy to carry.
* Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
* Hydration Compatible Day Pack - 1000-2000 cubic inches with 70-100 Oz water bladder
* Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
* Camera Lenses, Filters, Flashes & Camera Bag

Gear provided by REI:
* Group First Aid Kit

Cost: Members: $65.00; Non-Member: $85.00         

Registration is required. This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

Register early, as group size is limited.

Dance Outside! – Free Festival

Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 2pm - 7pm
Lake Merritt, Oakland CA

This 7 Year Anniversary Celebration is a Mobile Outdoor Parade of sorts. We will be playing music from a small powered FM transmitter to the 30 or so boomboxes gifted from Decentralized Dance Party.  If you have your own BoomBox (or Ghetto Blaster / Walkman / Solar Powered Radio) that can play music from the FM dial, please bring them! Our DJ's will spinning Live and on the Move around the Lake on their phones and tablets.

We will have to stay on the move, and will spontaneously and courageously dance around Lake Merritt, taking many extended dance breaks, and making many new dancing friend along the way.

Ecstatic Dance @ Sweet's Ballroom: - 9:30am - 1:00pm - Sol Rising Plays the Journey
2pm - Picnic at the Fairyland Sign, at Lake Merritt off Grand & Harrison
3pm - Music starts at Fairyland
4pm - By then we will have moved to the Gazebo dancing our way clockwise around Lake Merritt.
5pm- Estimated time to be at the Bandstand, across from the Grand Lake Theater
6pm- Estimated time we will have danced over to the new part of Lake Merritt Peralta Park.
7pm- Estimated return to Fairyland. Home Sweet Home.

Cost: Free

Salsa Festival 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Swiss Park
5911 Mowry Avenue
Newark, CA 94560

Food, music, dancing and fun for the whole family. Food from Peru, Mexico and Central America.
Enjoy a fun family outdoor event with great food, live music and kids activities.

Five of the best salsa local bands
Seven top Bay Area Dj's
Special guest: Direct from Venezuela Oscar de Leon y Su Orquesta
Info: (408) 507-6519 (650) 281-5391 (408) 250-3694 (510) 586-6478

Door open 11am
Cost: Pre-sale tickets $20 (Kids under 14 years old enter free)
Free parking

Lightning In a Bottle Music and Arts Festival

May 21 – 25, 2015 (Thursday – Monday)
Bradley, California  

“LIB is one of the United States premier award winning events and has earned national recognition as a pioneer in the West Coast’s conscious festival movement.  A celebration of art, music, performance, yoga, sustainability and life, LIB goes beyond any ordinary music festival.  With its world-class fusion of electronic music, performance art, spiritual lectures and hands-on workshops, the festival’s overarching embodiment of cultural and environmental consciousness creates an atmosphere where attendees from all walks of life can find a way to connect with others as well as themselves.”

Cost: $250/person + $120/car (optional)

California Roots Festival

May 22-24, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Monterey, California

California Roots is not just a music festival; it is a movement. It is a way of life. It delivers a cosmic blend of good vibes, true happiness, family, peace, love and joy to all who enter. When Jimi Hendrix torched his guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival in the late ‘60’s, he changed the way an entire generation looked not only at music festivals, but life itself.

It is out of this same pure energy--the energy of natural and peaceful rebellion--that California Roots was born. We discovered the ecstasy that culminates from listening to awesome music, smiling at your neighbors and dancing with strangers; California Roots is about living life to the fullest.

Cost: $200


Fearless Creativity: A Meditation Retreat for Writers

May 22-24, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
Shambhala Meditation Center, San Francisco, California

Writing connects us to the undercurrents of wisdom that lie just below the surface of discursive thought. It puts us in touch with timely insights, concerns, ideas and our natural wakefulness. If you want to know your thoughts and feelings, writing can tell you. If you want to share yourself with others, writing can be your vehicle. And if you long for creative self-expression, writing can give it form.

In this program, we will deepen our relationship with the written word through meditation practice, journaling, group discussion and plenty of personal writing time. We will also discuss how to make writing a daily practice, how to approach the fears every writer experiences and more.

Writers of all genres, published or unpublished, are welcome. Introductory meditation instruction will be offered.

Cost: $250.00 Program Price, $300.00 Patron Price, or pay what you can afford…

Camp Grounded

May 22-25, 2015 and May 29 – June 1, 2015
Camp Mendocino, California

Where Grownups Go to Unplug, Get Away, and Be Kids Again. Trade in your computer, cell phone, email, Instagrams, clocks, schedules, work-jargon, networking events and conferences for an off-the-grid weekend of pure unadulterated fun in the redwoods. Celebrate what it means to be alive.

Together we will create a community where money and titles are worth little… and individuality, self-expression, friendship, memories and the great outdoors are valued most.

Enjoy over 50+ Playshops, Arts n Crafts, Yoga, Typewriters, Capture the Flag, Color Wars, Meditation, Swimming, Talent Show, Camp Dance, Campfires, Archery, Rockwall, Kickball, Stargazing, Hiking, Healthy Meals, Sing-A-Longs, Face-Painting, Analog Photography, Counselors and more.

Cost: $600

Find Balance, Harmony, and Strength

May 22 – 25, 2015 (Friday – Monday)
Ananda Village, Nevada City, California

Take a weekend getaway that will leave you feeling physically rejuvenated and mentally “awake and ready” for the coming of summer. There is no better vacation, than one that helps you change your pace and refresh your inner resources.

At your Yoga Getaway weekend, you will use yoga postures, breathing exercises, and meditation, as well as principles of Ayurveda, to find the balance, harmony, and strength you need to meet the challenges of life with joy and a sense of empowerment.

Cost: $320 - $800 (depending on accommodation type)

Yoga, Hiking and Nature Retreat

May 22-25, 2015 (Friday - Monday)
Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo County, Central Coast California

Join us for Sagrada's Yoga and Hiking retreat in Central Coast California.

This retreat is a nurturing blend of Yin Yoga, Iyengar and Ashtanga-influenced vinyasa, gentle Hatha and Pranayama. Begin each day hiking on one of our nearby picturesque trails. These guided hikes will explore some of the best unspoiled scenery in all of California. In the late afternoon enjoy the yoga class followed by restorative yoga postures that will leave you feeling grounded and at peace. As we embark on our inward journey of renewal, guests feel a deeper sense of connectedness to oneself and the beautiful nature that surrounds the Sagrada Wellness retreat sanctuary.

Spend your afternoons enjoying the quaint town of Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo, breathtaking local beaches or wine tasting. Relax in our reflection garden, treat yourself to acupuncture, sunbath or bask in the warm hot tub.

Cost: Communal bedroom shared bathroom - $795 + tax; private bedroom shared bathroom - $1195 sgl / $895 dbl + tax.

BluesQuake 2015

May 22 – 26, 2015 (Friday – Tuesday)

Lake Merritt Dance Center
200 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

Two days of classes!
Three evenings of live bands!
Four nights of dancing!
One awesome, bluesy weekend!

Cost: Full pass $170 - $195

The Color Run

Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ 8:00 AM
Arena Green East - Guadalupe River Park
330 West Saint John Street
San Jose, CA

Also known as The Happiest 5k on the Planet, we love chucking paint and making people smile. With events in more than 50 countries, The Color Run is on almost every single continent on EARTH!

Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.

With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:

1. Wear white at the starting line
2. Finish plastered in color!

The fun continues after Color Runners complete the race with an unforgettable Finish Festival. This larger than life party is equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!

It is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. We are making rainbows all over the world, come join us!

Cost: $50 (ALL-NEW 2015 race kit includes: designer tee, gold foil tattoo, woven shimmer headband, SHINE and color packs, AND 2015 finisher medal! Your Race Kit will be available for pickup at race check-in).

Love is a Miracle, Level 1

May 29-31, 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 open-hearted 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

KOSMOS Music & Dance Camp

May 29-31, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
YMCA Camp Campbell, Boulder Creek (Santa Cruz Mountains), California

A premiere California dance and drumming camp, Kosmos features dance classes in many different genres and Latin percussion classes. They occur in beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces at our relaxing Santa Cruz County location. Imagine yourself hanging out with and learning from premiere Bay Area dance and percussion instructors for an unforgettable weekend getaway!

KOSMOS camp includes: 2 nights of sleeping accommodations, 6 meals, 14 hours of classes in an intimate setting with professional instructors, 2 nights of music and dance entertainment, an amazing pool party with live music, a chance to perform with your instructors at Sunday afternoon performances, and you can enjoy the amenities of a gorgeous location in the Santa Cruz Mountains Redwoods including an immaculate pool, hiking trails, and much more…

Cost: $350


May 29-31, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
575 3rd St, Napa, 94559, California

Like a fine wine, BottleRock keeps getting better with age. The three-day festival in California's stunning Napa Valley features huge bands, indie acts, amazing food, and of course, lots of the region's wine.

Cost: $99-$275 (accommodation not included). 3-Day General Admission passes are SOLD OUT. Buy 1-day General Admission, VIP and Platinum passes before they're gone!

Bouncing Back: The Neuroscience of Resilience and Well-Being

May 29-31, 2015 (Friday – Sunday)
EarthRise Transformative Learning Center
101 San Antonio Road
Petaluma CA 94952

No matter how you may have been impacted by stress and difficulties in the past, you can learn new and creative ways to navigate the twists and turns of life more flexibly and resiliently now.

In this weekend workshop you will:
* Learn practical exercises to help you learn to use the power of positive emotions to put the brakes on negativity, broaden your perspectives, and create a “left shift” in your brain toward more optimism and exploration.
* Cultivate the mindful awareness that can help you reflect on your experience, shift perspectives, discern options and choose actions wisely.
* Strengthen the resonance circuit in your brain that allows you to connect skillfully and intimately with others.
* Practice the self-compassion that leads to genuine self-acceptance and self-care.
* Not only get through hard times but thrive in their midst.
* Through exercises imaginative designed to help you rewire your brain, you’ll learn to harness the neuroplasticity innate in your own brain that encodes the learning of new capacities, immediately and permanently. You’ll  leave the workshop with new skills to chart your course with confidence across the great seas of life.

Cost: Single Occupancy Room: $742; Double Occupancy Room: $652; Commuter (offsite lodging): $472

Living without Enemies

Saturday, May 30, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Insight Santa Cruz
1010 Fair Avenue, Suite C, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The Buddha said, “The world may quarrel with me, but I do not quarrel with the world.” How can we live our lives without causing conflict—without making anyone into an enemy? This daylong program will blend sitting and walking meditations with teachings and reflection to discover how unpleasant experiences might lead an untrained mind toward anger, blame, prejudice, and hatred. We will consider how anger can develop into violence and learn ways to transform this tendency so that we meet pain, and even abuse, with a balanced, kind, and wise attention. Meditative insights can change our lives—they can free the mind from the underlying tendency to hate.

Cost: Donations

Valhalla Renaissance Faire

May 30-31, 2015 and June 6-7, 2015
Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe, California

Two weekends of fun & excitement for the whole family! The best place for magic and merriment of the Renaissance. Nobility, pirates, barbarians and beautiful ladies, jesters and an amazing joust! Four stages of continuous entertainment, action packed shows, music, dancing, 900 costumed actors, Shakespearean vignettes, expertly staged battles, storytelling for children and adults, archery tournaments and much more. Over 100 merchants selling a wide array of arts and crafts, one of a kind jewelry items, woodcrafts, artwork, ceramics, clothing, historic weapons and leather goods. And to top it all off, a hard hitting joust. - This is a place to be!

Cost: TBD