In this issue: Eugene, LA, Lopez Island, Oakland, San Francisco, Western MA… y en español
Maintained by Jaina Bee, a Priest/ess of CAYA Coven, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA, Earth.
$10.00 entrance fee. Skate rentals available at $5.00
Tuesday Nights at the The Church of 8 Wheels is dedicated to San Francisco's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community. It's Gay Night Tuesdays at the Church!!!
Come get your skate groove on every Tuesday night at San Francisco's Roller Disco, the Church of 8 Wheels, 554 Fillmore St. at Fell St. in San Francisco. The doors open at 7PM and we roll until 10PM. We play a variety of disco classics, old school funk and some of today's hottest skate beats, so come on down and roll with us.
The Alphabet Sangha is a weekly meditation group for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Same-Gender Loving, and Two-Spirit communities. Because that's such a mouthful, we call ourselves the Alphabet Sangha. We gather for Buddhist meditation practice, Dharma teachings, and friendly, supportive community. Together we explore mindfulness and awareness for cultivating an open heart in our everyday lives.
We are a diverse, multicultural community, committed to social justice and to maintaining a Sangha that's welcoming to people of all races, ethnicities, classes, genders, abilities, sizes and ages.
We welcome people at all levels of practice. Simple beginning meditation instructions are always offered. If you have specific questions about meditation, a teacher is usually available to answer questions.
COST: EBMC is supported by the generosity of the Dharma communities that make a home there. There is never a fee charged for any event at EBMC. The teachings and space are always offered freely, and you are invited to donate money or offer your support through participation in the community.
ACCESSIBILITY: EBMC is fully wheelchair accessible, with two accessible bathrooms. Chairs and cushions are provided, and you are free to bring whatever else you need to make yourself comfortable. Out of respect for people with environmental illnesses, please do not wear fragrance or scented products.
GROUP FORMAT: Some of our core teachers are based in the Theravadin tradition, and some in the Soto Zen tradition. We also have wonderful visiting teachers from a variety of Buddhist traditions. One or two teachers generally lead(s) the group, and sometimes there are peer-led sits with no teacher, facilitated by members of the Sangha.
The typical evening format:
7:10 Silent sitting (with some instructions)
7:40 Dharma talk & group activity
Please try to arrive a little before 7 so we can begin together.
Newcomers at any level of meditation experience are always welcome!
Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., LA
$10 and up
Though there are lots of fine, fun, and fabulous films in this year's festival, the Documentary Centerpiece is this year's Sundance favorite, My Prairie Home, about singer-songwriter Rae Spoon who identifies quite cheerfully as a non-binary person. This looks so cool!
Friday, July 11
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th St #C, Oakland, CA
$50 (or $35 if you bring your own beeswax candle, sage bundle, or palo santo stick)
Take a guided & assisted dive into your own energy field & participate in a collaborative healing process. This treatment is especially recommended for those with a passion for working on their own healing & evolution. You will leave these sessions with hands-on experience of simple & effective energetic treatments, customized to your particular & current needs, that you can then continue to practice on your own to keep your energy strong, flowing and in balance.
Rae Diamond’s work arises from a devotion to the interrelation of matter and energy. She has practiced professionally as an astrologer, energy healer & teacher for over a decade. Rae apprenticed with Lakota shaman, Char Sundust, 2002 – 2006, became a Reiki master in 2005, & recently transplanted to Oakland from Seattle. She is also the director of the Long Tone Choir, plays synthesizer in an art-rock band, makes meticulous black & white drawings, & makes frequent forays into nature.
This 45 minute treatment will occur on the 2nd Friday of each month. Please email the shop to see if appointments are available.
Saturday, July 12
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th St #C, Oakland, CA
$40-60 sliding scale
Liz Migliorelli is a western clinical herbalist and magic maker. Her clinical herbal work is inspired by the folklore of the plants and aims to find herbs that bring your personal mythology into balance. In order to work on your health care needs and intentions, she provides a safe, non-judgemental, active listening space in order to discuss your health care options that may include herbal remedies, flower essences, dream work, magic and ritual, nutritional support, lifestyle changes and other healing modalities. She welcomes all bodies with deep compassion and respect. Liz has studied with folk herbalist Corinne Boyer in Olympia, WA and has completed the apprenticeship program and clinical year at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley. Liz has studied under herbalist Atava Garcia-Swiecicki and now works at Ancestral Apothecary as a teaching assistant and medicine maker. Liz is the founder of Sister Spinster Apothecary, where she is committed to making flower essences in love and ceremony for her community.
This 45 minute consultation will occur on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
|Pronouns page from The Gender Book (cc) www.thegenderbook.com|
Other uses could be to help with accessibility (though there's also a specialized large-format version for that, if you prefer). This is meant to be used as a companion to the original, fully-illustrated version of the GENDER book, so print out both to help you read alongside!
July 19, A las 10a.m., 11a.m. y 12p.m.
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th St #C, Oakland, CA
$35 – $60 pago de escala basado en sus ingresos
Edgar Fabián Frías, MA tiene entrenamiento como consejero, terapeuta, y guía. Viniendo de un linaje de curanderos y sanadores indígenas de Zacatecas y Jalisco, Edgar entrelaza la sabiduría y prácticas de sus antepasados con prácticas y teorías modernas sobre la sanación y el cerebro humano. Recibio su maestria en terapia de salud mental y un certificado profesional enfocado en la neurobiología interpersonal en Portland, Oregon. Además tiene un año de entrenamiento con el proceso “Hakomi,” una forma de trabajar con nuestra energía corporal, psíquica, y espiritual, usando nuestra atención propia y nuestro enfoque para descubrir y explorar nuestros sistemas internos. El estudiar y aprender con compasión de nuestra experiencia propia, nuestros pensamientos, emociones y sensaciones, nos puede ayudar a lidiar con traumas y aprender a tener una nueva relación con nosotros mismos. Edgar ofrece una invitación a entrar a una red sagrada de apoyo, empoderamiento, compasion, y sabiduria.
Estás consultas de 45 minutos ocurren en el 3er Sábado de cada mes. Por favor llamenme al 510-255-1474 o envienme un mensaje a mi correo electronico edgarfabianfrias.magmail.com para hacer una cita.
Mi pagina de web: http://www.oursacredweb.com/en-espa-ol.html
In English: www.oursacredweb.com
Low Cost Consultations with Atava Garcia Swiecicki of Ancestral Apothecary
50 sliding scale
Atava Garcia Swiecicki, MA, RH (AHG). Atava has been studying and practicing healing arts for over 20 years and has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a graduate degree from Naropa University Oakland. Atava is also certified in both Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu®, and is a clinical herbalist and professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. Atava’s teaching and healing work is a unique and powerful combination of herbal medicine, curanderismo, dream work, energetic bodywork and ancestral healing. She runs a small herbal product company, Ancestral Apothecary, that specializes in hand-crafted herbal remedies and potions. She also is opening a school and healing center dedicated to herbal, folk and indigenous medicine in the Oakland. Her website is: www.ancestralapothecary.com
This 45 minute treatment will occur on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Please email the shop to see if appointments are available.
"Faerieworlds, the yearly festival that encourages attendees to “live your legend,” returns. Celebrating fantasy, magic and, of course, faeries, this annual event of pixie dust and gossamer wings provides everything a faer-folk enthusiast could want. By bringing in internationally acclaimed authors and artists, featuring a “Mythic Marketplace” and presenting a diverse group of musicians from the world over, Faerieworlds….caters to the varying tastes of those who adore the faerie realm."
All faiths and practices are accepted without judgement or criticism.
You might be interested, but maybe you don't know what "Spirituality" means in reference to BDSM?
SACRED BDSM can include (but is not limited to):
Healing or coming into wholeness, holiness, integration and authenticity
Transformation & Shadow work
Trance & vision quest
Offering & prayer
Ritual & ceremony
Moving in and through the energy into release & awakening
Discovery, uncovery and/or recovery of that which is lost, hidden, suppressed, rejected or denied
Working with consciousness, energy, sensation, impact, power, & the chakra system to increase vitality, and inner harmony
Explore with us. Share your ideas. Find common ground together at Wicked Grounds.
Haaayfest! Queer Music Explosion!!
Oddland!, Lopez Island, WA
Sliding scale donations, $20+, no one turned away for lack of funds
more info to come: Oddland!
Cost: $500-$425. $75 deposit due by July 1st.
• Group and individual practices to connect to our ancestors
• Ritual and ceremonies for healing
• Dream work
• Healing with plant and stone allies
• Connecting to the elements of nature for healing and connection
Class taught by Atava Garcia Swiecicki of Ancestral Apothecary and Dori Midnight.
Dori Midnight practices community based healing and intuitive counseling, weaving traditional folk healing, plant medicine, and social justice. Drawing from her ancestral heritage (Ashkenazi/Sephardi, Roma, First Nations Shawnee), her passion for justice, and training as a clinical herbalist and flower essence practitioner, Dori's work is grounded in self-determinism, collective liberation, and the belief that healing ourselves is inseparable from healing our communities and earth. Dori teaches workshops on community healing, queer magic, and intuitive arts and maintains a local and distance healing practice in Western Massachusetts.
Insight Meditation Society, 1230 Pleasant Street, Barre MA
IMS is one of the Western world's oldest and most-respected meditation retreat centers. We are dedicated to providing a spiritual refuge for all who seek freedom of mind and heart.
This insight retreat creates a space of ease and support for our LGBTIQ meditators to come together, beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Sharing silence and meditative space allows us to make greater peace with ourselves and our lives, one moment at a time. We learn to find an ever-deepening sense of wellbeing, touching joy and fostering the heart's release. While listening to the teachings of wisdom and compassion, and sitting and walking mindfully, liberating insights arise, and clarity and freedom is gained. We practice in this way both for our own benefit and for the benefit of others.
Prices Vary, $130 and up
We are so glad you have decided to join us the 24th annual Southern Comfort Conference, the largest gathering of the transgender community in the world. Whether its your first time, or you are an old hand, we’re sure that you will have the time of your life.
There is something for everyone on the SCC. Whatever your connection to the transgender community – whether you are transsexual, a cross dresser or in between; a spouse, a partner or a family member; straight, gay, bi or omni-sexual; post-op, pre-op or non-op; young or old; married or single; FtM or MtF – if transgender is an issue in your life, you are welcome!
Editor's note: the SCC 2014 program is still under construction. Check here in the next month or so for specific events that may be of particular interest to Trans*/Pagans!
Southern Comfort Conference