CALENDAR

This calendar shows public events coming up at EBCS. Private events aren’t listed here, so this isn’t a complete list from which one can infer availability. To see events in a calendar format, click the buttons on the right side of the navigation bar just below here.

Nov
12
Mon
Agape Fellowship (Telegraph Room)
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Agape Fellowship (Telegraph Room)
The Agape Fellowship is a Christian-interfaith community church and ‘spiritual safe space’ dedicated to building the spiritual foundations of liberation movements for our generation.
Agape meets every Monday night in the Telegraph room of EBCS at 6:30 pm.
Nov
13
Tue
Tea-J Tuesdays at The Well
Nov 13 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tea-J Tuesdays at The Well @ The Well Cafe

One DJ, three Tea-J’s, twelve teas, endless tastings, and you.

Join The Well for Tea-J Tuesdays, featuring three Tea-J’s each with a station to hold tea ceremonies. Each Tea-J will be sampling four teas throughout the evening. There will be a Chinese tea station, herbal tea station, and a matcha station.

Show your ticket to get your wristband. Once you have your wristband, you are welcome to go to any Tea-J from 8-10 and try the tea they have on rotation. From 10-11, your wristband gets you unlimited pots of tea off of The Well’s menu so that you can dive deeper into your favorites of the evening.

A DJ will be setting the mood each week.

Meet your Tea-J’s:

Annie Chen – resident Chinese Tea-J

“Within the region of Guangdong province, is my birth place, and the origin of gongfu tea. The tradition of 功夫茶, gongfu cha, has been a practice dating back to the Song dynasty.
Growing up with tea, this practice and philosophy has stayed with me. The farther I am from home, the more I find comfort in reconnecting to simplicity, to a feeling that predates a description with words.” (teaphile.com)

Cay LaOrangetree – resident herbal Tea-J

Cayla blends modern herbalism, magic, and sensuality to share the power of plant wisdom with her community. She believes everyone has the ability to communicate with plant spirits and receive wholesome healing. She currently leads medicinal plant walks, workshops & She is is an apprentice at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA where she is falling more in love with her practice. You may follow her on Instagram @soltree_alchemy to join her on this elemental journey.

Sasha Kay – resident matcha Tea-J

Sasha Kaori Hippard has practiced Japanese tea ceremony since learning the tradition in her mother’s home town of Sendai, Japan and at the San Francisco Japanese community center. A personal practice of family and community, she is thrilled to share the nuanced flavors of matcha, traditional and modern.

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door
www.eventbrite.com/e/49663464760

Nov
14
Wed
Open Time hosted by Carolyn Arnold
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open Time hosted by Carolyn Arnold

Carolyn Arnold, an accomplished singer and dance, hosts open time every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm. Stop by to dance, meditate, chat or play.

BodyLove Yoga
Nov 14 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm
BodyLove Yoga

This is a ONE HOUR yoga flow focused on breath work, core strength and dynamic movements. This class is designed for ALL body types! Big bodies, small bodies, bodies with injuries, all welcome!

Self care and SELF LOVE is the main focus of this one hour class, and will be acknowledged throughout the hour. Angela uses Health at Every Size, Yoga For All & Curvy Yoga principles. This is not your typical yoga class!

Focus:

-Breath work
-Core Strength
-Feeling sensational

Sliding Scale $12-20 (If money is an issue please email me! [email protected])

Please contact me before class if you have any limitations with being on the floor. You are more than welcome to do chair modifications, but this isn’t a specific chair yoga class. Space is wheelchair accessible.

Please arrive as scent free as possible. Cash/check/venmo/paypal accepted. More info on my website www.bigyogalife.com

Katzenduo’s Cat Town Cabaret
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Katzenduo's Cat Town Cabaret

Katzenduo’s Cat Town Cabaret
An hour of cabaret song benefitting Cat Town Oakland

After the elections and before Thanksgiving, you know you need a fun, uplifting evening sponsoring our favorite rescue, Cat Town.

Join Meghan Dibble and Margaret Fondbertasse for a beverage and a cat-tacular cabaret concert featuring witty, tender and comical songs. There will even be a couple of frisky feline-themed songs for you to sing along with us.

Wednesday, November 14
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
East Bay Community Space
507 55th Street, Oakland
Tickets available at the door for $20.

Cat Town is an independent, non-profit organization that operates through a partnership with Oakland Animal Services, resulting in increased adoption and reduced euthanasia of at-risk cats and greater awareness about the needs of these vulnerable animals. Many cats struggle in an animal shelter setting, sensitive to new sounds, smells, and the trauma of losing a home that was familiar. Even the most affectionate, devoted pet may hide or be fearful in a shelter cage. Cat Town targets the cats least likely to be adopted from Oakland’s municipal shelter. Through our foster-based program, Cat Town allows sensitive cats to blossom and find great permanent homes.

To visit Cat Town or just to find out more: https://www.cattownoakland.org/

Nov
15
Thu
Co-Working Open House
Nov 15 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Co-Working Open House @ 5447 Telegraph Ave

You are cordially invited to MIX + MINGLE with your fellow co-workers, neighbors, and community members.

Our doors will be open to all who are interested in learning more about our space, the perks of Co-Working at EBCS, and getting to know all the wonderful folks that make this unique community so beautiful.

We look forward to seeing you!

-EBCS Team

Nov
17
Sat
Sex, Death, and Racism (Saturday)
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sex, Death, and Racism (Saturday)

We are a group of artists from all races, sexual orientations, and religious backgrounds who have come together to create an event that explores our experiences and perspectives on Sex, Death and Racism.  This performance art show is a collaboration with Bay Area artists bringing live music, spoken word, poetry, hip-hop, and dance to the stage.

*** ALL ticket sales go toward paying the artists ***

Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

East Bay Community Space, 507 55th St., Oakland

Nov
18
Sun
Making Sexy Safer: A Conversation for Every Body (Public Event)
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Making Sexy Safer: A Conversation for Every Body (Public Event)

Bonobo Tribe, Mission Control, & Organ House Present…

MAKING SEXY SAFER: A Conversation for Every Body

Navigating murky and sometimes conflicting information found online about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be a challenge. Revising our assumptions and behaviors based on new information can sometimes be even more challenging.

Join us for an in-depth discussion designed to educate you about the risks presented by a range of common STIs and how to communicate about those risks to protect your health and that of your partners.

We’re asking for a $10 contribution to help us cover the costs of this event — but this conversation is important, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Purchase tickets at the following link: bonobotribe.ticketleap.com/makingsafersexy/

The Schedule:

11 doors open

11:30-11:40 Welcome

11:40 – 12:55 Presentation 1: The ABCs of STI Risk
with Jennifer Devine
A presentation exploring the concepts of risk and risk tolerance, the risks associated with range of STIs as the most up-to-date epidemiological and medical evidence suggests, and how to mitigate these risks.

1:00 – 1:30 Question and Answer Session
with a panel of sex educators and medical professionals will be on hand to answer your burning questions about STI risk.

1:30-2 Break

2-3 Panel 3: The New Reality of HIV
with Richard Platt, Graci Rhoads, Hannah Hoffman, Rhodri Dierst Davis, Ryan Anson of the East Bay AIDS Clinic
The medical science of preventing, treating, and living with HIV has changed drastically since the 1990s. This panel will explore the new medical and social realities of HIV in the age of PrEP, PEP in conversation with an HIV-positive person, PrEP users, and an epidemiologist.

3-4 Presentation 4: Safer Sex Practices, Disclosure, & Risk Tolerance
This presentation will touch on:
Strategies for mitigating infection risk, including testing, barriers, safer sex conversations, etc.
Disclosing an STI diagnosis
Dealing with shame and/or rejection due to your STI or testing status

4:00 – 4:15 Q & A

4:15 – 4:30 Closing Remarks

Check out Bonobo Tribe classes here: http://www.sexpartysurvivalguide.com/
Check out Organ House here: https://www.facebook.com/theorganhouse
Check out Mission Control here: https://events.missioncontrolsf.org/

Sex, Death, and Racism (Sunday)
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sex, Death, and Racism (Sunday)

We are a group of artists from all races, sexual orientations, and religious backgrounds who have come together to create an event that explores our experiences and perspectives on Sex, Death and Racism.  This performance art show is a collaboration with Bay Area artists bringing live music, spoken word, poetry, hip-hop, and dance to the stage.

*** ALL ticket sales go toward paying the artists ***

Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

East Bay Community Space, 507 55th St., Oakland

Open Mic – The Well Sundays
Nov 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Open Mic - The Well Sundays @ The Well Cafe

Come out for The Well’s weekly open mic!
Every Sunday from 8pm-11pm.
Sign-ups at the door starting at 7:30.

Hosts:
September 30th – Jada Imani
September 19th – Jada Imani
September 12th – BT CLN: Band Together Creative Liberation Network

Nov
19
Mon
Compassion Yoga
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Compassion Yoga
In my gentle classes, I emphasize moving through poses using the breath and mindfulness cues as touch points. With these tools, I encourage students to cultivate a spirit of inquiry and compassion toward their bodies and their experiences. I offer options for all poses to meet individual student needs and to enhance accessibility. Mondays, 10 – 11:15 AM
Sliding scale $12- $20: cash, check, and Zelle accepted. No one turned away.
Agape Fellowship (Telegraph Room)
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Agape Fellowship (Telegraph Room)
The Agape Fellowship is a Christian-interfaith community church and ‘spiritual safe space’ dedicated to building the spiritual foundations of liberation movements for our generation.
Agape meets every Monday night in the Telegraph room of EBCS at 6:30 pm.
Building Your Relationship House – A Couples Workshop
Nov 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Building Your Relationship House - A Couples Workshop
Learn to Love Presents:
Building Your Relationship House – A Couples Workshop
with Zach Beach, MA

Relationships are great, but how to we make them better? How do we ensure our love continues for the long run, and even improve over time?

We start by building our relationship house: a sturdy, stable, and sound structure for our love to live and grow in.

In this one-of-a-kind workshop, author and teacher Zach Beach will guide you and your partner through building your relationship house by:
-Learning the 12 principles to make your love unforgettable
-Breaking out of past conditioning through revising “core scenes” of conflict
-Creating a love map of yourself and your partner to foster connection
-Learning your love language and how to ask for what you want
-Creating rituals to develop shared meaning
-Understanding the role positivity plays in lasting partnership

Through lecture, demonstration, writing exercises, and partner exercises, these these practices will solidify positive behaviors for people of any learning style.

All relationship houses are unique, but each are based on the same foundational relationship principles that make for lasting happiness and joy.

This workshop is perfect for couples in new and established relationships of any configuration (gay/straight, mono/open/poly) looking to strengthen their love and deepen their intimacy.

*********ABOUT *************************************
LEARN TO LOVE is a monthly workshop series, examining the role that love plays in our lives and culture. Featuring leading psychologists, therapists, relationship coaches, and sex educators, each wisdom-packed session will equip participants with deeper insights, tools and knowledge to bring more love into their lives. Learn more at www.the-heart-center.com

ZACH BEACH, MA
Zach Beach is an internationally renowned yoga teacher, best-selling author, poet, love coach, and founder of The Heart Center love school. Committed to building a world based on unconditional love and connection, Zach regularly leads Power of Love retreats, heart-opening workshops, and transformational teacher trainings, and is a popular speaker from conferences to college campuses. Learn more at www.zachbeach.com

Website: www.the-heart-center.com
Like us: facebook.com/learntolovenow
Join the Community group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1428012130828678/

Nov
20
Tue
East Bay DSA Socialist Night School
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
East Bay DSA Socialist Night School

East Bay DSA’s Socialist Night School begins with democratic socialism; Marxism; capitalism, class, and the left today; reform and revolution; and the US labor movement.

Join us for a 5 week module — build working class consciousness!

Readings here: http://www.eastbaydsa.org/resources-readings-socialist-school-2018-winter

The school is open to all East Bay DSA members, members from other chapters or non-members will be considered based on available space. The school will build on topics discussed in previous editions of the school but no prior experience in socialist education is required to attend. The school will generally consist of a brief (no more than 20 min) lead-off from one or more of the class facilitators focused on the assigned readings, followed by small and large group discussions.

No RSVP necessary, drop-ins welcome.

Tea-J Tuesdays at The Well
Nov 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tea-J Tuesdays at The Well @ The Well Cafe

One DJ, three Tea-J’s, twelve teas, endless tastings, and you.

Join The Well for Tea-J Tuesdays, featuring three Tea-J’s each with a station to hold tea ceremonies. Each Tea-J will be sampling four teas throughout the evening. There will be a Chinese tea station, herbal tea station, and a matcha station.

Show your ticket to get your wristband. Once you have your wristband, you are welcome to go to any Tea-J from 8-10 and try the tea they have on rotation. From 10-11, your wristband gets you unlimited pots of tea off of The Well’s menu so that you can dive deeper into your favorites of the evening.

A DJ will be setting the mood each week.

Meet your Tea-J’s:

Annie Chen – resident Chinese Tea-J

“Within the region of Guangdong province, is my birth place, and the origin of gongfu tea. The tradition of 功夫茶, gongfu cha, has been a practice dating back to the Song dynasty.
Growing up with tea, this practice and philosophy has stayed with me. The farther I am from home, the more I find comfort in reconnecting to simplicity, to a feeling that predates a description with words.” (teaphile.com)

Cay LaOrangetree – resident herbal Tea-J

Cayla blends modern herbalism, magic, and sensuality to share the power of plant wisdom with her community. She believes everyone has the ability to communicate with plant spirits and receive wholesome healing. She currently leads medicinal plant walks, workshops & She is is an apprentice at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA where she is falling more in love with her practice. You may follow her on Instagram @soltree_alchemy to join her on this elemental journey.

Sasha Kay – resident matcha Tea-J

Sasha Kaori Hippard has practiced Japanese tea ceremony since learning the tradition in her mother’s home town of Sendai, Japan and at the San Francisco Japanese community center. A personal practice of family and community, she is thrilled to share the nuanced flavors of matcha, traditional and modern.

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door
www.eventbrite.com/e/49663464760

Nov
21
Wed
Open Time hosted by Carolyn Arnold
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open Time hosted by Carolyn Arnold

Carolyn Arnold, an accomplished singer and dance, hosts open time every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm. Stop by to dance, meditate, chat or play.

Nov
22
Thu
Fourth Thursday Herbal Medicine Salon with Beth Sachnoff
Nov 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Fourth Thursday Herbal Medicine Salon with Beth Sachnoff @ The Well Cafe

Welcome to the Fourth Thursday Herbal Medicine Salon with Beth Sachnoff at The Well.
This monthly class will explore the different ways to use plants as medicine for whole self-care through the seasons.
Classes will be held in the backspace of The Well. Space is limited, please reserve your spot with a ticket in advance.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/49162315810

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SEPTEMBER 27TH: Herbs for a Fresh Fall

As the leaves begin to change hues and the air cools, it marks a shift of the seasons. This month we will explore plants to support us as we adjust to the slower pace, cooler weather and darker days of fall.

In this class we will focus on herbs for centering and calming our nervous system as we shift to a season well suited for nesting and exploring creativity. We will explore herbs to support our respiratory system as our lungs become more vulnerable to infection, dry days and cool nights. Some of the herbs we will be working with include lemon balm, milky oats, passionflower, chamomile, elecampane, mullein and thyme.

Make your own herbal face steam and take home a blend to use at home.

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OCTOBER 25TH: Herbs for Magic

Autumn is a time of intense energetic transformation: ripe for connecting with the spirits and our magical selves. This month we will explore the subtle and potent energetics of plant medicine.

In this class we will focus on how to use plants for protection, intention, and cultivating consciousness. We will explore practices for honoring our ancestors and connecting with the spirits through dreamwork, creating altars, smudging and plant essences. Some of the herbs we will be working with include mugwort, cedar, lavender, thyme, yarrow, sage, mullein, reishi and motherwort.

Make your own magic potion to take home.

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NOVEMBER TBA: Herbs for Cold & Flu

Staying well during cold and flu season can be challenging, especially this time of year. This month we will focus on herbs for stimulating your immune system into gear when cold and flu are near.

In this class we will be chopping, dicing and preparing a batch of fire cider. This kitchen folk remedy is perfect to have on hand as we head into winter. Learn how to support your immune system using herbs and spices commonly found in the kitchen and garden. Some of the plants we’ll be working with include garlic, ginger, onion, cayenne, lemon, rosemary, thyme and more.

Make your own jar of fire cider to take home.

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DECEMBER 27TH: Adaptogens

Plants can be a powerful tool for replenishing and nourishing ourselves during challenging times. This month we will dive into the incredible category of plants known as adaptogens, which support the body in dealing with stress response.

In this class we will focus on herbs for building energy and resilience to stress. We will be whipping up a batch of zoom balls: herbal energy treats filled with yummy nourishing adaptogens. Some of the plants we will be working with include astragalus, reishi, holy basil, licorice, eleuthero, ashwagandha and more.

Prepare a batch of delicious zoom balls to enjoy and take home.

Nov
25
Sun
Special Abilities Back in the Day -Day Parties!
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Abilities Back in the Day -Day Parties!

Back in the Day we played MORE: Twister, Monopoly, Day Parties to let that inner child play!

Music, Food (Old skool Goodies) Dance, Play, Socialize, & Eat

Every Last Sunday of the Month-Suggested Donation $20 sliding fee scale (DSP Staff, Students, Seniors pay what you can and receive a free pass to the next one)

Dress old skool

No alcohol Let’s get together and party like back in the Day! [ages 18 and up] 

 

 

Open Mic – The Well Sundays
Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Open Mic - The Well Sundays @ The Well Cafe

Come out for The Well’s weekly open mic!
Every Sunday from 8pm-11pm.
Sign-ups at the door starting at 7:30.

Hosts:
September 30th – Jada Imani
September 19th – Jada Imani
September 12th – BT CLN: Band Together Creative Liberation Network

Nov
26
Mon
Compassion Yoga
Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Compassion Yoga
In my gentle classes, I emphasize moving through poses using the breath and mindfulness cues as touch points. With these tools, I encourage students to cultivate a spirit of inquiry and compassion toward their bodies and their experiences. I offer options for all poses to meet individual student needs and to enhance accessibility. Mondays, 10 – 11:15 AM
Sliding scale $12- $20: cash, check, and Zelle accepted. No one turned away.
Agape Fellowship (Telegraph Room)
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Agape Fellowship (Telegraph Room)
The Agape Fellowship is a Christian-interfaith community church and ‘spiritual safe space’ dedicated to building the spiritual foundations of liberation movements for our generation.
Agape meets every Monday night in the Telegraph room of EBCS at 6:30 pm.
Nov
27
Tue
Tea-J Tuesdays at The Well
Nov 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tea-J Tuesdays at The Well @ The Well Cafe

One DJ, three Tea-J’s, twelve teas, endless tastings, and you.

Join The Well for Tea-J Tuesdays, featuring three Tea-J’s each with a station to hold tea ceremonies. Each Tea-J will be sampling four teas throughout the evening. There will be a Chinese tea station, herbal tea station, and a matcha station.

Show your ticket to get your wristband. Once you have your wristband, you are welcome to go to any Tea-J from 8-10 and try the tea they have on rotation. From 10-11, your wristband gets you unlimited pots of tea off of The Well’s menu so that you can dive deeper into your favorites of the evening.

A DJ will be setting the mood each week.

Meet your Tea-J’s:

Annie Chen – resident Chinese Tea-J

“Within the region of Guangdong province, is my birth place, and the origin of gongfu tea. The tradition of 功夫茶, gongfu cha, has been a practice dating back to the Song dynasty.
Growing up with tea, this practice and philosophy has stayed with me. The farther I am from home, the more I find comfort in reconnecting to simplicity, to a feeling that predates a description with words.” (teaphile.com)

Cay LaOrangetree – resident herbal Tea-J

Cayla blends modern herbalism, magic, and sensuality to share the power of plant wisdom with her community. She believes everyone has the ability to communicate with plant spirits and receive wholesome healing. She currently leads medicinal plant walks, workshops & She is is an apprentice at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA where she is falling more in love with her practice. You may follow her on Instagram @soltree_alchemy to join her on this elemental journey.

Sasha Kay – resident matcha Tea-J

Sasha Kaori Hippard has practiced Japanese tea ceremony since learning the tradition in her mother’s home town of Sendai, Japan and at the San Francisco Japanese community center. A personal practice of family and community, she is thrilled to share the nuanced flavors of matcha, traditional and modern.

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door
www.eventbrite.com/e/49663464760

Nov
28
Wed
Open Time hosted by Carolyn Arnold
Nov 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open Time hosted by Carolyn Arnold

Carolyn Arnold, an accomplished singer and dance, hosts open time every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm. Stop by to dance, meditate, chat or play.

BodyLove Yoga
Nov 28 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm
BodyLove Yoga

This is a ONE HOUR yoga flow focused on breath work, core strength and dynamic movements. This class is designed for ALL body types! Big bodies, small bodies, bodies with injuries, all welcome!

Self care and SELF LOVE is the main focus of this one hour class, and will be acknowledged throughout the hour. Angela uses Health at Every Size, Yoga For All & Curvy Yoga principles. This is not your typical yoga class!

Focus:

-Breath work
-Core Strength
-Feeling sensational

Sliding Scale $12-20 (If money is an issue please email me! [email protected])

Please contact me before class if you have any limitations with being on the floor. You are more than welcome to do chair modifications, but this isn’t a specific chair yoga class. Space is wheelchair accessible.

Please arrive as scent free as possible. Cash/check/venmo/paypal accepted. More info on my website www.bigyogalife.com

Men’s Circle with Alexander Kugler (Telegraph Room)
Nov 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Men's Circle with Alexander Kugler (Telegraph Room)

A call to all self-identified men to come convene in circle, to be witnessed and given the opportunity to practice taking off the armoring that this society, ill in its understanding and teaching of manhood, has trained us to wear.

We will gather every second Wednesday of the month at the East Bay Community Space and welcome in the warmth of brotherhood through sharing and prayer together (prayer is non-denominational, earth based, and always optional).

Please share this invitation with any you would like to support in embodying the full spectrum of manhood, claiming the depth of our sensitivity and profundity of our power.

All expressions are welcome so please bring musical instruments or medicine tools if you like.
A small co-created altar will be in the room with us.
Each person will have time to speak, express, explore and be witnessed.

Sliding scale $20-$10
None turned away for lack of funds.

Alexander Kugler is a founder of a stream of men’s work he calls Manhood Embodied (www.ManhoodEmbodied.com) which includes the study and reclamation of ancestral wisdom, the moving towards liberation from internal and external patriarchal systems of oppression, and the cultivation of communion with the Earth and alignment with Spirit.

Nov
29
Thu
Touching the Darkness
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Touching the Darkness

Have you been hearing people share their excitement about the work of the Light Dark Institute and felt curious what all the buzz is about? Please come join us for our intro night, “Touching the Darkness”, and get a taste of what this powerful transformational work is all about.

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In life it can be so easy to favor the “Light” and want to push away the “Dark”, both in ourselves and the world around us. No matter how much work we have done on growing our love and acceptance, there are still those parts lurking deep down in the shadows, for which we find it so hard to find approval.

Yet what if you were able to live your life from a place of accepting and embracing your whole self and the whole of what the world has to offer? What if even the darkest parts within you and in the world around you didn’t frighten, repulse, or disturb you anymore? Can you imagine the love, power, and freedom that would open in your life? If you feel drawn to living life with this fullness, we invite you to come join us for an evening of connection and play as we explore the richness, beauty, and dynamism of the Dark.

“Touching the Darkness” is taught by the founders of the Light Dark Institute, Tani Thole and Leslie Rogers, whose teachings are sought after nationally and internationally by those with a desire to awaken their ability to be a full “yes” to everything that is, no matter what it looks like. Their work allows participants to move through even the most challenging aspects of themselves and reality with a deep sense of safety, curiosity, playfulness, and approval. This introductory evening offers a glimpse into the possibilities of what life can hold when we break free from societal conditioning and learn to embrace the fullness of ourselves and our world – including the light and the dark, the joy and the fear, the beauty and the pain.

Nov
30
Fri
BodyLove Yoga
Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:10 pm
BodyLove Yoga

This is a ONE HOUR yoga flow focused on breath work, core strength and dynamic movements. This class is designed for ALL body types! Big bodies, small bodies, bodies with injuries, all welcome!

Self care and SELF LOVE is the main focus of this one hour class, and will be acknowledged throughout the hour. Angela uses Health at Every Size, Yoga For All & Curvy Yoga principles. This is not your typical yoga class!

Focus:

-Breath work
-Core Strength
-Feeling sensational

Sliding Scale $12-20 (If money is an issue please email me! [email protected])

Please contact me before class if you have any limitations with being on the floor. You are more than welcome to do chair modifications, but this isn’t a specific chair yoga class. Space is wheelchair accessible.

Please arrive as scent free as possible. Cash/check/venmo/paypal accepted. More info on my website www.bigyogalife.com

New Paradigm Party ~ 11/30
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
New Paradigm Party ~ 11/30

SAVE YOUR SPOT NOW BY REGISTERING HERE: http://newparadigmparty1130.eventbrite.com

Join us for a cacao-infused, fully immersive night where we’ll explore the cutting edge of humanity’s social evolution through New Paradigm Partying. Interweaving a multi-dimensional flow that will be part workshop and part dance, we will navigate how conscious celebration can be both juicy and grounded, sexy and safe, spontaneously fun and sustainably transformative.

Think of it like a party that’s also a workshop on how to party consciously. The whole journey will be co-facilitated by Nick Meador (leading the cacao ritual and intention circle), Cyrena Giordano (leading consent and connection workshops), and DJ Audionai (leading the conscious dance party).

There will be a tea lounge open and available to talk with others, stretch, cuddle, or simply BE, hosted by See See. Skilled space-holders will be available throughout the night in the case that something comes up that needs to be worked through.

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
EVENT VISION:
• Opening Circle & Cacao Ritual
• Consent and Connection Workshops
• Conscious Dance Party
• Closing Integration Circle

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

7pm-Midnight
Friday, November 30
East Bay Community Space
507 55th St
Oakland, CA 94609

☆ Doors will open at 6:45pm. To create a safe container for the journey, NEW ADMISSIONS WILL CLOSE AFTER 8:00PM. No exceptions made. ☆

☆ Photo and video will only be taken and allowed in a few time blocks and specified parts of the venue, which will be announced at the start of the event. ☆

☆ THIS IS A SUBSTANCE-FREE EVENT! Please come in an ordinary state of consciousness. ☆

☆ Before registering, please read the New Paradigm Party Agreements here: http://bsfreespirituality.com/bs-free-blog/new-paradigm-party-agreements

CONTRIBUTION
$15 Early Bird through Sept 23
$25 Advanced Registration Sept 24-Oct 6
$25 cash/$30 credit card on Day of Event

SAVE YOUR SPOT NOW BY REGISTERING HERE: http://newparadigmparty1130.eventbrite.com

☆ Volunteer opportunities exist, with priority given to people who identify as having lower social privilege. For more info write to Nick at [email protected]

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A NOTE ON CACAO:

Entry includes a cup of ceremonial cacao! Pure cacao is a gentle plant medicine that opens the heart, deepens meditative experiences, and fosters inner/outer connection. With his social enterprise Soul Lift Cacao, Nick serves cacao grown organically at a family farm in eastern Guatemala, prepared by a women’s collective at Lake Atitlán that he met personally, and obtained through ethical direct trade. By giving back and showing respect, we honor the sacred role that cacao has played for thousands of years in the indigenous cultures of what we now call Central and South America. We are so fortunate that ceremonial cacao is entering the global consciousness at a time when it can have a massively positive impact. For more info visit bit.ly/soulliftcacao.

*Cacao consumption is optional at this event. It is not advised for people taking pharmaceutical anti-depressants or people with a heart condition to have a full serving of pure cacao.

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ABOUT THE FACILITATORS

Nick Meador is an RYT-200 yoga instructor, transformational life coach, holistic event producer, mindful entrepreneur, and world explorer. Nick has been organizing gatherings that promote connection for 15 years, and leading self-development workshops for 5 years. His mission is to empower and liberate people in a sustainable way. Nick synthesizes a variety of conscious communication and awareness systems into an innovative approach to healing and self-development. With his new project BS Free Spirituality, Nick creates online courses, workshops, retreats, and private coaching to teach through direct experience. The idea is to demystify introspective practice and make holistic self-management options more accessible to ordinary people. Learn more at bsfreespirituality.com. Nick is also the founder of Soul Lift Cacao, specializing in organic ceremonial cacao from sustainable sources in Guatemala that are preserving ancient traditions. Learn more at bit.ly/soulliftcacao.

Adionai is a DJ, Musician, and Workshop Facilitator dancing through the heart of California’s rising transformational art culture. Rooted in a lifestyle that integrates music and movement as essential spiritual practices, Adionai make his way through Ecstatic Dances and Festivals, incorporating personal hand-drumming as well live vocals into his sets. With a style that holds space for today’s global convergence with a gentle touch, yet deep drive, authentic textures from different languages, continents, and traditions are summoned, weaving past and future together through slow and steady electronic beats to call listeners back into their bodies, wherein something deeper can move us into greater connection with ourselves and one another. With a mission to ground the collective soul, Adionai see’s the dancing container as a ceremonial space through which transformation by authentic feeling and presence guide the way into the embodied lifestyle that unifies all beings into their fullest expression on this dancefloor called Earth.

Listen at soundcloud.com/adionai/tracks

Cyrena Giordano of Consent as Love: Cyrena is a LOVE inspirationalist through consent! She has a comprehensive understanding of conscious communication through certifications in NVC, co-counseling, and life-coaching alongside extensive experience facilitating all ages of people, shamanic dance performance, and performing singing and sound-healing for the past 12+ years– all of which she incorporates as wisdom into her workshops and song circles (circle she’s been hosting regularly for the past two years). Officially and originally trained in interactive theater/ theater for social change, consent, and power and privilege facilitation for multiple years in college (where she also created, directed, and acted in her own interactive theater show around consent 20+ times for community-based houses), alongside being inspired by mindfulness practices in college and beyond, she uses these experiences as foundation for her current consent offerings. Learn more about her work at consentaslove.com

Dec
1
Sat
The Tantra Experience – Intro Weekend for Singles
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm
The Tantra Experience - Intro Weekend for Singles

Saturday in MAIN SPACE – 507 N 55th Street, Oakland

Sunday in TELEGRAPH ROOM – 5447 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

 

The Tantra Experience

Intro Weekend for Singles (and Adventurous Couples!)

~Led by Leslie Grace of Ritual Tantra~

Dec 1-2nd, 9am-5pm

East Bay Community Space, Oakland

* EarlyBird ticket sales end Oct 31st! *

♡ Are you tired of swiping with dating apps and feel like you won’t settle for a cookie-cutter relationship?

♡ Are you being held back by the sensual and emotional baggage you’re carrying around?

♡ Are you ready to explore and bring something deeper & more meaningful into your lovemaking?

Come meet your Tantra Community!

♡ Discover a safe way to feel your turn-on and then respectfully share your YUM

♡ Develop your energetic presence and attunement by entering fully into your body

♡ Release shame, fear, and old wounds around intimacy so that your radiant light can shine!

Join the Tantra Revolution! I’m passionate about creating a new paradigm for relating based on safety and consent. In our loving tribe of embodied Tantrikas, we celebrate each other to feel more, to step into wholeness, and never stop growing. Learn how to cultivate lasting desire, deep intimacy, and profound love on this sacred path.

“I just completed my first Tantra Experience weekend workshop with Leslie. There are not enough words to describe this incredible experience! Leslie created a beautiful, safe container for all of us to play and transform deep places within ourselves. I cannot believe how much lighter I feel from the experience! Leslie is an authentic healer and leader. I can’t wait to do another workshop with her again.” 🙂

– NJ

Who this is for:

♡ You are ready to become a passionate leader of the heart

♡ You want tools to create lasting desire, vulnerable intimacy, and profound love

♡ Your spiritual path has led you to study Tantra

♡ You can feel yourself starting to release shame, guilt, and fear

♡ You are stepping into your full sensual power

♡ You desire to connect with a community of embodied, awakened souls

This weekend training is for singles and adventurous couples of all orientations. No prior experience in Tantra necessary, just an open heart!

Here’s what to expect

In this dynamic weekend, you’ll step more fully into your embodied dynamic self. You’ll feel vibrant, empowered, turned-on, and truly alive! You’ll be immersed in our community of like-minded souls who are ready for more meaningful connection. You’ll learn Tantra theory and practices to bring the sacred into intimacy and take your lovemaking to the next level!

You’ll be invited to connect with other participants to practice sharing touch, desires, and intimacy only at the level the feels exactly right for you. All of the exercises will be fully-clothed.

The Ritual Tantra Approach is all about your embodied experience. That means less talk and more DOING. It means less “woo”, and more practical exercises that you can take back into your lives. This approach is highly somatic, because when you learn by feeling directly in your body, you gain a deep understanding that leads to lasting transformation. The foundation of this container is a sense of safety and respect within the group, and an openness to feel into whatever is true for you in the moment. This creates space for your authentic expression and a blossoming of your full radiant being.

You will learn

♡ The 4 Tantric flavors of desire

♡ Epic Tantric lovemaking!

♡ Essentials of Tantric Ritual for sacred union

♡ The 3 keys to feeling and moving subtle energy

♡ How to cultivate profound intimacy and soul-level connection

♡ Tools for healing old wounds and moving into wholeness

Facilitated by Leslie Grace of Ritual Tantra

Part Intimacy Coach, part Tantric priestess, I invite my clients and students to get out of their heads and into these sacred bodies to embrace the delicious energies they find there. It is such a joy to watch them transform their lives through embracing their sensual nature with power, presence, and love. As I have moved through my own past conditioning and shame around my sensuality, I have been free to be more alive, more embodied, and more human. I welcome you to join me on this delightful and profound path of discovery.

Leslie Grace: www.lesliegracetantra.com

If you have any questions or concerns or if you’re wondering if this weekend course is right for you, please send me an email at [email protected] and I’d be happy to get in touch!

What people are saying

“Thank you, Leslie, for creating the space for all of us to feel that it was truly okay to be ourselves, flawed and beautiful as we all are. The Tantra Experience weekend was filled with opportunities to explore so many aspects of ourselves — sensual, sexual, playful, animal, fierce. I am so thrilled that I could join everybody in this journey. My heart is full and my soul is calm. You crushed it!”

– Denise P.

“Ritual Tantra has helped me embrace the full yumminess of life. To see the sacred even in the dark, difficult parts of life. To integrate my sensuality into who I am all the time. It’s given me a taste of the deep soulful connection I’ve always longed for in physical intimacy. And it’s opened me up to another way I can bring healing into the world. Everyone! Everyone needs this healing and this joy in their lives! But especially people who are ready to be open and vulnerable and courageous enough to do deep healing work.”

– Alisa

Dec
2
Sun
The Tantra Experience – Intro Weekend for Singles
Dec 2 @ 9:00 am – Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm
The Tantra Experience - Intro Weekend for Singles

Saturday in MAIN SPACE – 507 N 55th Street, Oakland

Sunday in TELEGRAPH ROOM – 5447 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

 

The Tantra Experience

Intro Weekend for Singles (and Adventurous Couples!)

~Led by Leslie Grace of Ritual Tantra~

Dec 1-2nd, 9am-5pm

East Bay Community Space, Oakland

* EarlyBird ticket sales end Oct 31st! *

♡ Are you tired of swiping with dating apps and feel like you won’t settle for a cookie-cutter relationship?

♡ Are you being held back by the sensual and emotional baggage you’re carrying around?

♡ Are you ready to explore and bring something deeper & more meaningful into your lovemaking?

Come meet your Tantra Community!

♡ Discover a safe way to feel your turn-on and then respectfully share your YUM

♡ Develop your energetic presence and attunement by entering fully into your body

♡ Release shame, fear, and old wounds around intimacy so that your radiant light can shine!

Join the Tantra Revolution! I’m passionate about creating a new paradigm for relating based on safety and consent. In our loving tribe of embodied Tantrikas, we celebrate each other to feel more, to step into wholeness, and never stop growing. Learn how to cultivate lasting desire, deep intimacy, and profound love on this sacred path.

“I just completed my first Tantra Experience weekend workshop with Leslie. There are not enough words to describe this incredible experience! Leslie created a beautiful, safe container for all of us to play and transform deep places within ourselves. I cannot believe how much lighter I feel from the experience! Leslie is an authentic healer and leader. I can’t wait to do another workshop with her again.” 🙂

– NJ

Who this is for:

♡ You are ready to become a passionate leader of the heart

♡ You want tools to create lasting desire, vulnerable intimacy, and profound love

♡ Your spiritual path has led you to study Tantra

♡ You can feel yourself starting to release shame, guilt, and fear

♡ You are stepping into your full sensual power

♡ You desire to connect with a community of embodied, awakened souls

This weekend training is for singles and adventurous couples of all orientations. No prior experience in Tantra necessary, just an open heart!

Here’s what to expect

In this dynamic weekend, you’ll step more fully into your embodied dynamic self. You’ll feel vibrant, empowered, turned-on, and truly alive! You’ll be immersed in our community of like-minded souls who are ready for more meaningful connection. You’ll learn Tantra theory and practices to bring the sacred into intimacy and take your lovemaking to the next level!

You’ll be invited to connect with other participants to practice sharing touch, desires, and intimacy only at the level the feels exactly right for you. All of the exercises will be fully-clothed.

The Ritual Tantra Approach is all about your embodied experience. That means less talk and more DOING. It means less “woo”, and more practical exercises that you can take back into your lives. This approach is highly somatic, because when you learn by feeling directly in your body, you gain a deep understanding that leads to lasting transformation. The foundation of this container is a sense of safety and respect within the group, and an openness to feel into whatever is true for you in the moment. This creates space for your authentic expression and a blossoming of your full radiant being.

You will learn

♡ The 4 Tantric flavors of desire

♡ Epic Tantric lovemaking!

♡ Essentials of Tantric Ritual for sacred union

♡ The 3 keys to feeling and moving subtle energy

♡ How to cultivate profound intimacy and soul-level connection

♡ Tools for healing old wounds and moving into wholeness

Facilitated by Leslie Grace of Ritual Tantra

Part Intimacy Coach, part Tantric priestess, I invite my clients and students to get out of their heads and into these sacred bodies to embrace the delicious energies they find there. It is such a joy to watch them transform their lives through embracing their sensual nature with power, presence, and love. As I have moved through my own past conditioning and shame around my sensuality, I have been free to be more alive, more embodied, and more human. I welcome you to join me on this delightful and profound path of discovery.

Leslie Grace: www.lesliegracetantra.com

If you have any questions or concerns or if you’re wondering if this weekend course is right for you, please send me an email at [email protected] and I’d be happy to get in touch!

What people are saying

“Thank you, Leslie, for creating the space for all of us to feel that it was truly okay to be ourselves, flawed and beautiful as we all are. The Tantra Experience weekend was filled with opportunities to explore so many aspects of ourselves — sensual, sexual, playful, animal, fierce. I am so thrilled that I could join everybody in this journey. My heart is full and my soul is calm. You crushed it!”

– Denise P.

“Ritual Tantra has helped me embrace the full yumminess of life. To see the sacred even in the dark, difficult parts of life. To integrate my sensuality into who I am all the time. It’s given me a taste of the deep soulful connection I’ve always longed for in physical intimacy. And it’s opened me up to another way I can bring healing into the world. Everyone! Everyone needs this healing and this joy in their lives! But especially people who are ready to be open and vulnerable and courageous enough to do deep healing work.”

– Alisa

Open Mic – The Well Sundays
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Open Mic - The Well Sundays @ The Well Cafe

Come out for The Well’s weekly open mic!
Every Sunday from 8pm-11pm.
Sign-ups at the door starting at 7:30.

Hosts:
September 30th – Jada Imani
September 19th – Jada Imani
September 12th – BT CLN: Band Together Creative Liberation Network

Dec
3
Mon
Compassion Yoga
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Compassion Yoga
In my gentle classes, I emphasize moving through poses using the breath and mindfulness cues as touch points. With these tools, I encourage students to cultivate a spirit of inquiry and compassion toward their bodies and their experiences. I offer options for all poses to meet individual student needs and to enhance accessibility. Mondays, 10 – 11:15 AM
Sliding scale $12- $20: cash, check, and Zelle accepted. No one turned away.
Agape Fellowship (Telegraph Room)
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Agape Fellowship (Telegraph Room)
The Agape Fellowship is a Christian-interfaith community church and ‘spiritual safe space’ dedicated to building the spiritual foundations of liberation movements for our generation.
Agape meets every Monday night in the Telegraph room of EBCS at 6:30 pm.
Dec
4
Tue
Tea-J Tuesdays at The Well
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tea-J Tuesdays at The Well @ The Well Cafe

One DJ, three Tea-J’s, twelve teas, endless tastings, and you.

Join The Well for Tea-J Tuesdays, featuring three Tea-J’s each with a station to hold tea ceremonies. Each Tea-J will be sampling four teas throughout the evening. There will be a Chinese tea station, herbal tea station, and a matcha station.

Show your ticket to get your wristband. Once you have your wristband, you are welcome to go to any Tea-J from 8-10 and try the tea they have on rotation. From 10-11, your wristband gets you unlimited pots of tea off of The Well’s menu so that you can dive deeper into your favorites of the evening.

A DJ will be setting the mood each week.

Meet your Tea-J’s:

Annie Chen – resident Chinese Tea-J

“Within the region of Guangdong province, is my birth place, and the origin of gongfu tea. The tradition of 功夫茶, gongfu cha, has been a practice dating back to the Song dynasty.
Growing up with tea, this practice and philosophy has stayed with me. The farther I am from home, the more I find comfort in reconnecting to simplicity, to a feeling that predates a description with words.” (teaphile.com)

Cay LaOrangetree – resident herbal Tea-J

Cayla blends modern herbalism, magic, and sensuality to share the power of plant wisdom with her community. She believes everyone has the ability to communicate with plant spirits and receive wholesome healing. She currently leads medicinal plant walks, workshops & She is is an apprentice at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA where she is falling more in love with her practice. You may follow her on Instagram @soltree_alchemy to join her on this elemental journey.

Sasha Kay – resident matcha Tea-J

Sasha Kaori Hippard has practiced Japanese tea ceremony since learning the tradition in her mother’s home town of Sendai, Japan and at the San Francisco Japanese community center. A personal practice of family and community, she is thrilled to share the nuanced flavors of matcha, traditional and modern.

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door
www.eventbrite.com/e/49663464760

Dec
5
Wed
Open Time hosted by Carolyn Arnold
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open Time hosted by Carolyn Arnold

Carolyn Arnold, an accomplished singer and dance, hosts open time every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm. Stop by to dance, meditate, chat or play.

BodyLove Yoga
Dec 5 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm
BodyLove Yoga

This is a ONE HOUR yoga flow focused on breath work, core strength and dynamic movements. This class is designed for ALL body types! Big bodies, small bodies, bodies with injuries, all welcome!

Self care and SELF LOVE is the main focus of this one hour class, and will be acknowledged throughout the hour. Angela uses Health at Every Size, Yoga For All & Curvy Yoga principles. This is not your typical yoga class!

Focus:

-Breath work
-Core Strength
-Feeling sensational

Sliding Scale $12-20 (If money is an issue please email me! [email protected])

Please contact me before class if you have any limitations with being on the floor. You are more than welcome to do chair modifications, but this isn’t a specific chair yoga class. Space is wheelchair accessible.

Please arrive as scent free as possible. Cash/check/venmo/paypal accepted. More info on my website www.bigyogalife.com

Dec
6
Thu
Community Game Night
Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Community Game Night

Bring your friends and your games for a night of nerdy fun!

Friendly folks on hand to help explain games and join in on the action.

Snacks and drinks provided. $5 Suggested Donation. NOTAFLOF

You can bring beer/wine.

Dec
9
Sun
Open Mic – The Well Sundays
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Open Mic - The Well Sundays @ The Well Cafe

Come out for The Well’s weekly open mic!
Every Sunday from 8pm-11pm.
Sign-ups at the door starting at 7:30.

Hosts:
September 30th – Jada Imani
September 19th – Jada Imani
September 12th – BT CLN: Band Together Creative Liberation Network

Dec
10
Mon
Compassion Yoga
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Compassion Yoga
In my gentle classes, I emphasize moving through poses using the breath and mindfulness cues as touch points. With these tools, I encourage students to cultivate a spirit of inquiry and compassion toward their bodies and their experiences. I offer options for all poses to meet individual student needs and to enhance accessibility. Mondays, 10 – 11:15 AM
Sliding scale $12- $20: cash, check, and Zelle accepted. No one turned away.
Agape Fellowship (Telegraph Room)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Agape Fellowship (Telegraph Room)
The Agape Fellowship is a Christian-interfaith community church and ‘spiritual safe space’ dedicated to building the spiritual foundations of liberation movements for our generation.
Agape meets every Monday night in the Telegraph room of EBCS at 6:30 pm.

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