Greetings! This newsletter will encompass a variety of wellness topics — from peace walks and intercultural talks, to yoga workshops and a happiness class. I hear about so many free events and learning opportunities through my various tribes (UC Berkeley, Yoga, Camino) and I want others to be able to benefit from them. Bottom line: I love to share a good thing. And because I like to add healthy dose of fun to everyday life, I feature events that might just make you feel like a kid again! I have a personal experience with the people and events highlighted below, so I can wholeheartedly recommend them.
Why Wellness? Ever since I became a Wellness Ambassador at UC Berkeley, I have tried to encourage my family, friends and colleagues to take a more active role in their own wellbeing. I truly believe that wellness is not a learned luxury. It is your birthright, and it’s just up to you to claim it. It’s about the choices you make. There are so many free resources and valuable practices that can support your own wellness journey. I am so grateful for the lessons I learned in recent years by walking the Camino de Santiago, training as a yoga teacher, and discovering my passions. Now, I want to share some of the goodness with you all through this newsletter and my new wellness website.
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Let’s do this!
First Freebie: A Happiness Calendar
Let these science-backed tips and tools be your guide this month. You’ll want to bookmark this calendar and refer to it often because there are links to articles and resources embedded in the PDF.
Download your happiness calendar for September.
Courtesy of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center
Free Online Course: The Science of Happiness
This free self-paced online course explores the roots of a happy, meaningful life. Since the Greater Good Science Center’s Science of Happiness online course first launched in September of 2014, more than 450,000 students have experienced it.
Courtesy of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center
Free 10-Day Fitness Challenge
Who’s up for the latest Wanderlust challenge?
Wellness is more than workouts and green juice—it’s igniting your best self. It’s showing kindness to your body while simultaneously challenging your limits.
Wanderlust created The Wellest Challenge. Led by HIIT instructor Jacy Cunningham and yoga teacher Mary Beth LaRue, this free 10-day program combines fast-paced cardio with slow-flow restorative yoga to help you find flexibility, strength, and softness both on and off the mat.It starts Monday, Sept. 10. Enjoy free, unlimited access to each day’s video for 3 days—please note that the Day 1 video will only be available from September 10 to September 12.
Sign up and start with Day 1 – Find Your Energy
Journey to Peace 11: Hiking Meditation Relaxation at Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, CA
Saturday, September 8, 3 – 6 PM
Journey to Inner Peace is an outdoor program to help you reduce stress and add more happiness to your life. Participants will be hiking on a serene and peaceful trail (very short distance, just to feel the fresh air), learning simple yoga poses to relax the body, and learn some tips to maintain positivity in life. You will get to practice an ancient meditation technique, guided by a Buddhist monk.
I taught yoga at the last two events in this series and had so much fun that I’ll be leading yoga at this event as well. I will get you relaxed and ready for the seated meditation with the monks.
Bring your own yoga mat or towel, a block or cushion for meditation, or a foldable chair if you cannot sit comfortably on the ground. Check the weather and bring enough layers or blankets to stay warm.
Noah Mazé at YogaKula: All Levels Yoga Workshops
Sunday, September 9, 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Yoga Kula, Berkeley, CA
One of my favorite yoga studios in the Bay Area is hosting Noah Mazé for two workshops designed for yogis of all levels. I have taken one of his workshops before, and look forward to this one. Noah’s fierce and compassionate dedication to yoga inspires and holds space for students to journey deeper into body, heart, mind, and spirit than they ever could have imagined. Learn more about Noah at yogamaze.net.
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Full Spectrum Life Yoga
This workshop will feature step-by-step sequencing, clear instructions, attention to alignment and stages appropriate for all yogis of all levels.
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Demystifying Alignment
This workshop will expand your understanding of yoga asana, functional anatomy and kinesiology and sequencing with a dynamic mix of theory and experiential practice.
New Moon Circle with the Luminous Awakening
Sunday, September 9, 2 – 4:00 PM
Crab Cove Visitor Center, Alameda, CA
This series is co-led by one of my favorite yoga teachers, Nicolette Tura. I attended one of these events and highly recommend it, because you get a nice asana flow, yoga nidra meditation, and a discussion about the current astrological charts. Plus, yoga by the beach just can’t be beat!
Why you need this:
The New Moon marks the beginning of a new cycle and is a time to restart or reset. We’ll harness the energy of the moon to shed the old and plant or renew intentions for your dreams, goals and wishes. Reflect on what feeds your soul, open your heart and focus on your truth to create a clear vision forward! Click here for details
Location: Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1231 McKay Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, USA
Active @ Work: Yoga for UC Berkeley Staff
During the fall 2018 semester, I will be teaching yoga again at UC Berkeley’s Hearst Gym on three Fridays during lunch. September 14, October 12 and November 9. These classes are free, but you must be UC Berkeley staff or faculty. Register by clicking the date links above and logging into CalNet. I am also adding bonus yoga/meditation sessions with friends from Heartfulness Organization on October 19th and November 16th at an outdoor space on campus. Email me for location.
Class description: Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of movement, soothe your back, and grant you increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn how pranayama breathing can enhance your practice and help liberate your mind in surprising ways. Bring your own yoga mat. Comfortable clothing and bare feet recommended. Read Instructor bio.
Free Intercultural Workshop: No Peace Without Understanding
Sat, Sep 22, 2018, 5:00 PM – Sun, Sep 23, 2018, 5:00 PM PDT
Location: HI USA Fisherman’s Wharf – 240 Fort Mason San Francisco, CA 94123
Join HI USA for a FREE peace promoting workshop in conjunction with the United Nation’s International Day of Peace. Engage with members of the Bay Area community for a workshop facilitated by Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus of the University of California Berkeley’s International House and author of Perception and Deception: A Mind Opening Journey Across Cultures. Participants will actively participate in discussions, workshops, and activities focused on globalization and its impacts on miscommunication and polarization across cultures.
The Valued Voices program includes a FREE Saturday overnight at HI Fisherman’s Wharf and FREE meals Saturday and Sunday as well as resources and remedies for miscommunications and misperceptions across cultures.
More details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/valued-voices-hostelling-international-usa-tickets-49142198639
Participants MUST register at https://www.tfaforms.com/4664165 and click on HI San Francisco – Fisherman’s Wharf location.
Facilitated by : Joe Lurie, Interculturalist
Why you need this:
Joe Lurie is an expert in international relations and cross-cultural communications. He is an engaging story teller and an all-around great guy. I honestly cannot believe this is free, so sign up before space fills up!
If you cannot attend this event, I highly recommend buying his Perception and Deception book and sharing it with everyone you know. The world needs more cross-cultural understanding now more than ever.
Oakland Peace Lantern Ceremony
Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Oakland, CA
Join the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) and partners as we celebrate International Day of Peace and the Harvest Moon (or Mid-Autumn) Festival featuring lantern-making, brief meditation for peace, non-partisan voter registration, pedal-powered sound system, and cultural presentations. Free.
4:30 – Welcome
4:40 – Intertribal Friendship House All Nations Drum & Youth Dancers
5:20 Tacuma King and Sun Drummers of United Africa Ensemble (Bay Area Youth Arts)
6:00 Emeryville Taiko – Japanese drumming
6:30 Hālau ʻO Kawainuhi – Hula Kahiko
6:55 Moment of Silence
7:05 Calpulli Panquetzalitzli – Danza Azteca
4:30-7:30pm: Non-Partisan voter registration & voter information by FairVote California, League of Women Voters Oakland Area, and Women’s March Oakland
4:30 – 7pm: lantern-making & decorating (various types)
Interested in volunteering (planning or help day-of) or tabling as a community organization? Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/PLVolunteer
6th Annual Drawn Together at FairyLand
Friday, September 28, 6 – 9 PM
699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610
Join us for a magical evening of live art-making, fixed-price art sale, music, food, and magical fun at Children’s Fairyland. More than 50 exciting artists from Oakland and the Bay Area will team up to create over 100 pieces of original Fairyland-inspired art. There will also be fairy hair extensions from Very Fairy Events, tarot reading brought to you by The Hanged Man, and complimentary beer and wine; food available for purchase. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase original works of art for a fixed price of $40 per piece, and proceeds will help Fairyland keep admissions affordable for all and free for those most in need, as well as funding much-needed park restoration.
$22 – Register online
Space is limited so get your tickets early and support a great cause! This is one of the rare opportunities to experience our magical park after dark.
Why you need this: Because it’s FUN!!! And you will be supporting a good cause. Fairyland is a very special place in Oakland and it relies on volunteers and donors. This is the event that will make you feel like a kid again! Wear a costume or a colorful wig if you’d like. I’ll be there with wings on! 😉
Multicultural Wellness Walk
Saturday, September 29 at 9 AM – 12 PM
Redwood Regional Park
Please join Samuel Merritt University’s Ethnic Health Institute and East Bay Regional Park District for a Community Multicultural Wellness walk along a hidden redwood forest off Redwood Road just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland.
Our intention is for the walk to serve as motivation to continue the promotion of cardiovascular health, physical activity and overall wellness throughout the year. It is our hope that the walk will encourage people of all ages, and representative of our diverse communities, to exercise and connect with nature– generating physical and mental health benefits for individuals, families and entire communities.
Park entry fee WAIVED for participants. Proceed through
entry kiosk, continue straight to parking area at the end of the
road. Our walk will begin from the OWL picnic area.
We hope you are able to join us in our effort to walk for health!
Healthy snacks, community resources, and a 90 minute guided walk will be provided.
What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, and plenty of water.
Register and Directions: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/multicultural-wellness-walk-tickets-49315194073
That’s a wrap for September! Let me know what you think in the comments below. If you dig this newsletter, subscribe now and invite friends to join the tribe. The more the merrier!
I will be adding more events as I hear about them, so check monthly newsletters archived on my wellness website at lferris.com for new additions.
Be well, my friends.