meditation, wellness, yoga

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! This silly tradition had me thinking about another big event happening in my world in six weeks. For my birthday, I decided to launch a kickstarter 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. As of today, I raised $201 towards my goal of $500, thanks to some Very Important Peeps. 👏

Love, Camino StyleIf you have benefited from a yoga class that I taught, learned about a retreat, workshop, or free resource through my wellness newsletter, or if you are simply 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 “Love, Camino Style” sticker that I sell on my Camino Etsy shop. Gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated! I have a few Camino books for donations of $30 or more. If you are feeling generous and want to rub it in that I am officially over the hill, make a $51 gift. 😉  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: 
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

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meditation, wellness, yoga

Yoga & Wellness Newsletter January 2019

Happy new year, and happy new moon! Below are some upcoming events, followed by an art exhibit, online freebies, and the January happiness calendar. If you are interested in hiking and Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, check out my Camino Provides blog for more exciting events in January, including a labyrinth walk.

The photo of the full moon eclipse over the San Francisco Bay was captured by one of my favorite photographers, Joël Thai.

Photo by Joël Thai -
Photo by Joël Thai –

You will have a chance to witness a “blood moon” eclipse on January 20-21, 2019. To see times, viewing locations, or to view live streaming video of the event, check out this website. East Bay residents might consider Chabot Space & Science Center’s Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing party on January 20th for just $8 with hot chocolate included!

Bay Area Events

FREE Sound Meditation – West Berkeley Library
Tuesday, January 8th 6:30-7:30 pm
West Berkeley Library
1125 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

Come on by and enjoy this free library hosted community sound bath! No prior yoga or meditation experience needed, ages 12 and up are all welcome. This is a seated meditation, but bring layers as the room is chilly. More details:

About the Presenter
Melissa Felsenstein is a certified 750 hr yoga therapist and sound healer. A self-proclaimed “reformed” relaxer, Melissa focuses her work on restoring the nervous system through the use of live sound with quartz crystal singing bowls and specifically tuned gongs. Melissa used these unique instruments as therapeutic tools to rid herself of severe anxiety and depression.

Her mission is to offer others a soft, receiving, space for inward journeying, truthful listening, and sustaining change. Learn more about her at

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