meditation, wellness

Yoga & Wellness Newsletter February 2019

“Faithful followers, there is no shadow of me and a beautiful spring it shall be!”
– a reading from the groundhog prediction scroll on Feb 2, 2019

My birthday is on Groundhog Day, and both Phil and I didn’t see our shadows this year, which means there are only six more weeks of winter. Woohoo! For my birthday, I decided to do a fundraiser for my favorite non-profit, International House at UC Berkeley, which is also where I work. Its annual online fundraiser takes place on March 14th, but this year there is a VIP link for early access to donate.

If you are looking for a great non-profit to support, please consider making a donation of $10 or more to help me reach my goal. To sweeten the deal, I’ll send you a free “I Gave Big” sticker, as well as a “The Camino Provides” sticker that I sell on my Camino Etsy shop. Gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated! I have a few Camino de Santiago books for donations of $30 or more, and I’ll include some free patches. 😉  What do you say?

Below are the steps to donate:

Go to:

Enter $ amount, click Continue.
Click Browse List. Make sure you click Programs!

Choose a Program > International House
Choose a Giving Opportunity > The Fund for I-House, as pictured above.
Fill out the secure donation form and follow the steps. You can make your gift anonymous, or to identify yourself and get your free stickers, put my name in the “In Honor of” section.

You will receive a thank you email / donation receipt for your tax records.

Click to donate: 
As of today February 8th, I raised $201 towards my goal of $500, thanks to some Very Important Peeps. 👏 Thank you for your consideration. 🙏

Bay Area Events

Yoga for UC Berkeley Staff
Friday, February 15, 12:10 – 1 pm
251 Hearst Gym, UC Berkeley Campus

I’ll be teaching yoga again at the beautiful studio in the Julia Morgan designed Hearst Gym this semester. If you are UC Berkeley staff, click the links to register: 2/15, 3/8, 4/12, 5/3. 

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of motion, and offer increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn basic yoga poses and breathing techniques to transform your practice into a moving meditation.
Optional: Join the Yoga Passport Challenge and get a different stamp for each class to be entered into a drawing for a yoga prize! Yoga Passports will be available at the first class. Bring your passport to each session you attend and have a square stamped for each date. Attend more classes for more chances to win!
Please bring your own yoga mat as our supplies are limited. Come early and be ready to start promptly at 12:10.
Instructor: Laurie Ferris Laurie’s Bio.

Sound Healing Symphony at Grace Cathedral
Friday, February 15, 8 – 9:30 PM
1100 California St, San Francisco, California 94108

Sound Healing is the practice of listening to soothing sounds to reach profound states of clarity and relaxation. It opens up deep meditative states that are usually unreachable without considerable effort. During the event, participants are bathed head to toe in sound— it’s a very hypnotic, ethereal experience. You will come away with a clear mind, and a deeper appreciation for the wonder of sound.

Grace Cathedral looks absolutely spectacular right now. They are featuring an art exhibit, “Les Colombes: The Doves” by Michael Pendry up— it’s two thousand paper doves, symbols of spirit and peace, will soar in a 45-foot long aerial sculpture. You can learn more about the sculpture on Grace‘s site.

Purchase tickets

Guests are asked to arrive by 7:30pm. Doors close promptly at 8pm.

Yoga Nidra Class with Anne Gregory
Saturday, February 23rd  2pm – 3:15pm
YogaKula 1700 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

Yoga Nidra, or “Yogic Sleep”, is a state between sleeping and waking. You will be guided on a systematic journey to the deep, quiet layers of the self. Practitioners can experience a deep state of relaxation while maintaining “a trace of awareness”. Yoga Nidra calms the mind, restores the nervous system, and increases resilience.

This class will begin with gentle yoga postures to help you transition from the external world toward the more inner landscape. The second half of the class is a guided relaxation/ meditation done lying down in a comfortable reclining position.

Cost: sliding scale $15 – $25
Click here for more information and registration

Alchemize & Awaken: A Day Long Yoga Retreat
Saturday, March 2, 2019 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Green Gulch Farm @ Muir Beach

Take a day to yourself to help you get back on track and away from everyday stress. In our busy world we are faced with obstacles that can obscure what our true purpose is and why we are here; often leaving us feeling depleted and isolated.

This mini get-away is designed for you to get re-calibrated and feeling all vibrant and new with the ultimate self-care;  get clearer about what matters to you and how to move forward. You will be in conscious community and meet others who are passionate about wellness and vibrant living.

Join Anne and Nicolette for a dynamic day at Green Gulch Farm, a truly a magical place that inspires harmony with nature. Experience a medicinal medley of offerings infused with astrological insight; alchemized yoga asana, meditation, purposeful pranayama, self myo-fascial release utilizing Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls, dharma talks on how to walk away using the power of astrology and Yoga Nidra inspired guided meditation to bliss you out and re-awaken your innate truth and knowing. The retreat starts at 9:30am and ends at 5:30pm.

Register Now

Early Bird $144 Available until Feb 15, 2019
$166 Regular price

Online Freebies

Journey to Strength 10-Day Online Challenge
February 18 – 27, 2019
My YogaWorks

Journey to Strength

Inspire Your Mind, Body, and Soul
This challenge is free to sign up and participate. Practice yoga every day, interact with your fellow challenge participants, and you could even win one of their daily prizes!

February Happiness Calendar from the Greater Good Science Center

February 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 happiness calendar for February.

ATTENTION: UC Berkeley Staff – Save WorkFit!

We have heard that the funding for the much beloved WorkFit program has been cut.  Many of us who participate in WorkFit have come together to create the WorkFit Advocacy Group (WAG) in order to encourage the administration to secure a new funding stream to maintain this valuable program.

How can you help?
  • Please fill out the a WorkFit Google Poll so we can share specific information with the administration about the value of this program.
  • If you are interested in participating in the advocacy group, please email Deb Danziger at She can share instructions for future actions.
  • Write a letter! Send an email with your story about why WorkFit is important to you to: Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs,, to Workfit,,

That’s a wrap for February! Please let me know if you have events to consider for future newsletters.

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