We are delighted to announce the launch of Evolver co-founder Daniel Pinchbeck's new talk show. MindShift
debuts on GaiamTV, a new network devoted to consciousness, spirituality, and ecology. Mind Shift explores the deeper dimensions of the present, and our potential for the future. Please check it out and spread the word to share this level of dialogue and consciousness with a wider public.
The first episode of Mind Shift features COSM’s Alex Grey
and Muslim writer Michael Muhammad Knight
, author of a new book on ayahuasca and Islam, ‘Tripping with Allah’. Among other subjects, we discuss whether the visionary experience induced through psychedelics can be a part of the future of religion. A new episode debuts each week.
Future guests include actor/comedian Russell Brand
, playwright Eve Ensler
(The Vagina Monologues), musician Ben Lee
(Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work); as well as authors such as Howard Bloom
(The Lucifer Principle), Richard Dolan
(UFOs and the National Security State), Richard Smoley
(The Dice Game of Shiva), Jay Michaelson
(Evolver Dharma), Mikki Agrawahl
(Do Cool Shit); and much more. Our mission is to explore controversial, edgy, transformative subjects, remaining critical without being dismissive.
Please go to www.mindshift.net
to watch excerpts and learn more. Subscription to GaiamTV offers a range of programming, from yoga workout videos to cutting-edge documentaries, feature films, and other new talk shows. We hope you will check it out!
Every three months Evolver Bay Area hosts a community-building forum called HiveMind. Here you can learn with hands-on workshops and talks, connect with like-minded people, receive healing, nutrition, art, dance, and be.
You'll find a full list of speaker bios and workshop descriptions here - http://www.evolverbayarea.com/september-28-hivemind.html
Please invite your friends to this hive medicine party! (facebook event invite
Evolver Bay Area's next event!Thursday, August 8
@The Center SF, 548 Fillmore St
With the rapid rise of global conscious communities, change-agents, pleasure revolutionaries, and leagues of social pioneers are redefining antiquated gender models in order to build new paradigms of sexuality and human relationships. Given the challenges presented by the high-charged sexiness of neo-tribal festivals, the vulnerable nature of the healing/initiatory path, modern-day implementation of psychedelics and plant medicines, general political correctness, as well as the daunting shadow of centuries-old patterning and history, we often find ourselves falling short of our highest intentions and aspirations when it comes to gender politics in the transformational age.
In this candid talk and community dialogue, thought leaders in today’s visionary culture will discuss how we can apply the lessons of gender alchemy, tantra, the divine feminine/masculine/androgine, radical forgiveness, intimacy building, non-violent communication, creative collaboration, and more to better unify the perceived gender dichotomy. We will also discuss practical strategies for applying this wisdom, not just to the EDM festivals and ayahuasca retreats, but to our family, friends, government, the workplace, and society at large. Featuring: Talat Jonathan Phillips:
author of “The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic,” co-founder of The Evolver Network and transformational web-magazine Reality Sandwich, Bioenergetic Healer and Reiki Master, Huffington Post Religion blogger. He has a practice in SF and via Skype. www.TalatHealing.comCarol Queen PhD:
sociologist and sex educator in the sex positive feminist movement, Center for Sex & Culture founding director, pleasure activist, Good Vibes staff sexologist, author of “Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture,” “Exhibitionisim for the Shy: Show Off, Dress Up, and Talk Hot,” and more. http://www.carolqueen.com/ Jamaica Stevens:
founder of Tribal Convergence and Convergence Network, healer, artist, dancer, community organizer, leadership trainer, earth guardian, and event producer of The Awaken Festival and many other transformational events. http://tribalconvergence.com/ Mariavittoria Mangini Phd, FNP:
a family nurse midwife for twenty five years; a member of the Hog Farm, the same “hippie commune” that served breakfast in bed to 400,000 people at Woodstock, since the 1970s. She has written extensively on the impact of psychedelic experiences in shaping the lives of her contemporaries, and has worked closely with many distinguished investigators in this field. Her current project is the development of a "death midwifery" practice providing services to dying persons and their families. Lily Ross:
Masters of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School, scholar in transcultural ayahuasca phenomenon and indigenous religion, collaborative activism with Indigenous populations, storyteller, poet, writer. Presented by North Atlantic Books, Evolver SF, The Center SF, The Center for Sex and Culture, Tribal Convergence Network, Talat Healing
Thursday, August 8
6:45 Doors; 7pm Salon, $10-$15 sliding scale
The Center SF
548 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 https://www.facebook.com/events/487979927952793
We just received the Institute of Urban Homesteading's July newsletter, full of classes and inspiration. We list IUH's classes on our web calendar
, and encourage you to learn the earth-connecting, self-sufficiency skills they're offering. Here's what they have to say!
JULY at IUH~ Mad Skills for You & the World
Why July? Because July is the month that your garden stretches towards the sky with long days and endless berry harvests: the first flush of raspberries has gone--to return in August, but I am still collecting blueberries and mulberries every other day and the blackberries are just now coming on. My first crop of corn is sky high with tassels and silks dancing in the wind in their special pollination dance. I just harvested my first bell pepper and my first lemon cucumber of the season and green tomatoes are showing up on the vine. Canning, dehydrating and fermenting begins now! And yes--we have a class for that!
Join us in July for Mad Skills! This month we feature classes on food preservation (Canning Extravaganza, All About Dehydration & Ferment!) , Urban Goat Farming, Mushroom Cultivation, Solar Cooking, Hand Crafted Lotions and more! Plus check out our offerings for Youth with our Family Permaculture Adventure and Cold Water Scouts Youth Camps.What Can I Plant now?
It is getting a bit late in the season to start long season crops like tomatoes and peppers, and it is a bit early for your cool weather crops for Fall. Yet there are still some things that can go into the ground in July and come to fruition before the seasons turn again. For best success check on and water new plantings daily this time of year until they get established. Winter Squash
is a gift that keep giving all through the year. For best yields winter squash can be planted early along with spring crops, but starts can also go into the ground now for harvest by the end of the growing season. Leave the squash on the plant until they change color and become hard enough that a fingernail doesn't easily penetrate the flesh. Lettuce
is one of those year round crops in the Bay Area and if you get some in the ground now, they may be ready just in time for tomatoes! For summer lettuce choose hearty slow bolt varieties like "Summertime" or "Nevada."Beets
are an easy reliable crop. They can be direct seeded in the ground and need to be watered daily to get started. Beets seeded now can be harvested through winter. This delicious, mineral rich crop is a no brainer for Bay Area weather (see recipe below). Carrots
can also be direct seeded but due to a long germination time must be watered once or twice daily so the small seeds don't dry out before they sprout. Once started this crop can be left in the ground and harvested through winter. Carrots appreciate well tilled soil with good drainage. Beans.
Both string beans for eating fresh and beans for drying can be planted now from seed or start. For dry beans leave on the plant until dry. Recipe: Beet Quinoa Salad
This is one of my Summer and Fall potluck favorites that always gets a big "YUM!." It is gluten-free (be sure to use wheat-free tamari) and vegan, or Feta cheese can be added for an extra rich flavor.
You need: 1 cup quinoa, 2-3 red beets, 1-2 scallions or spring onions, Dill, Feta Cheese (optional), Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Tamari
Prepare the quinoa by adding 1 cup seed to 1.5 cups water. Bring to a boil then turn the heat down and simmer until fluffy. You may need to stir and add a little more water. The quinoa should be cooked, but not mushy. Prepare beets by simmering until the skins slide off easily. Slide skins off the beets and slice into chunks in a bowl. Mince scallions and dill and add to the bowl. Add quinoa and mix. Crumble in a 1/4 cup if Feta Cheese if desired. Dress with even parts olive oil, balsamic vinegar and tamari.Urban Farm Tours Report Back
Thank you to everyone who came out and made Urban Farm Tours 2013 a success!. We logged over 1100 visits to the 8 sites in 7 hours. The showing was a little lower than in past years, perhaps due to the North Bay location, but all the farmers had plenty to do. A hardcore bicycle contingent made it's way from Albany to El Sobrante and visited 6 of the 7 sites. Except for the lack of pit stops (we'll improve that next year) the response was highly positive--visitors seemed to be engaged and inspired, learning new things to bring to their urban farming endeavors. Next Years Tour will feature new, never before seen sites in Berkeley and Oakland, plus a separate tour along the same model in the Vallejo area! See you there next year!INTRODUCING: Api-centric Beekeeping and Bee-Centric Honey
Honey Bees have been in the news a lot the last few years due to declining populations and the mysterious CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder). While the cause of CCD has been definitively proven
, most people aren't aware that conventional beekeeping practices are as ill-conceived and counter to nature as practices in conventional agriculture. These include such misguided activities as the use of antibiotics even if the bees are not sick, poison miticides which impact queen fertility and build up in wax & honey, feeding high fructose corn syrup which alters the pH and natural ecosystem inside the hive, forced labor out-of-season, manipulation of how bees build their comb, artificial insemination and decreased genetic biodiversity---all of which impact the immune system and vigor of our honeybee populations. This year IUH is introducing and promoting the idea of api-centric beekeeping. Rather than adopt practices to maximize honey production and what we "get out" of the bees, we focus on supporting the natural evolutionary resilience of the honey bee towards their health and well-being. We use neither phamaceuticals or any other chemical inputs (thus also creating wax and honey free of these noxious products) and for the most part, we get out of the bees way allowing them to do what they do best. We trust that the bees know what the are doing, having been around much longer than we have and provide simple support such as a clean box and ample floral forage. We allow them to self-select through natural die offs and adapt to our local climate, allowing weaker less disease resistant colonies to perish, so that stronger colonies can survive to reproduce. Want to help the bees? Plant flowers! Want to learn more? Attend an Api-Centric Beekeeping Course. A small amount of Bee-Centric Honey will be available this seasons' end at our WINTER OPEN HOUSE. Mark your calenders for December 13 &14.July Classes: MAD SKills!ADDED Canning Extravaganz
a July 27 10am-2pmTIME CHANGE Luscious Lotions
will now start at 2:30pm instead of 2pm.RESCHEDULED Home Smoking
is now on September 22, 2:30-5:30pm
Wednesday, July 10, 6:30-9:30pmAll About Dehydration
Instructor: Seth Peterson
Cost: $35 -65
Sunday July 14, 2013 10am-3:30pmOne Day Urban Permaculture Adventure for Families
For youth 6-10 and their parent(s)
Instructor: K.Ruby Blume
Location: North Oakland
Cost: 1 parent, 1 child $75-105, 1 parent, 2 children or 2 parents, 1 child :$90-125
Sunday, July 14, 11:00am-3:00pmUrban Goat Farming
Instructor: Jim Montgomery
Location: West Berkeley
Sunday, July 14, 2:00-6:00pmMushroom Cultivation Homestead Style
Instructor: Patty & Ray Lanier, The Mushroom Maestros
Location: West Oakland
plus $12 supply fee in cash on day of class
composting process.. Working with either oyster, shitake or king stropheria mycellium, students will then make a starter kits to take home.
Saturday, July 27, 2:00-6:00pmCooking with the Sun: Making and Using Solar Ovens
Instructor: David Glaser
Location : Berkeley, Curtis near Dwight
Saturday, July 27, 2:00-5:00pm Make Your Own Beauty Products: Luscious Lotions Revealed
Instructor: Lila Ann Frechette
Location: North Oakland
Cost: $35-65 plus $12 supply fee in cash on day of class
Sunday, July 28, 3:00-6:00pmCheese Making 101
Instructor: K.Ruby Blume
Location: North Oakland
Cost: $40-60 plus $12 supply fee to bring on the day of class
Monday, July 29th- Friday, August 2ndColdwater Scouts Youth Camp: Session OneI
nstructors: Katharine Jolda
& Jared Aldrich
plus guest instructors
Location: Canyon (Oakland hills), SF Hyde St. Pier, plus camp-out at Kirby Cove (session 2 only)
Wednesday, July 31, 6:30-9:30pmFerment! Lacto-Fermenting for Flavor and Health
Instructor: K.Ruby Blume
Location: North Oakland
Cost: $35-65 plus $5 supply fee to be paid on day of class
REGISTER: http://iuhoakland.com/register.htmlInstitute of Urban Homesteadinghttp://iuhoakland.com"When in doubt, ,just add compost."
Urban Farm Tours Visits Soul Flower Farm
Photo: Lori Eanes
Evolver Bay Area will be tabling all weekend at the MAPS Conference, April 19-22 at the Oakland Marriott City Center. The exhibitors area is free and open to the public. On Saturday Evolver SF founder Regina Gelfo will be offering sound healing sessions. Come meet the Evolver organizers and each other, and scope out the other sacred medicine ally organizations. Tickets to the speakers are available at the door until capacity is reached.At Psychedelic Science 2013, over 100 of the world's leading researchers from 13 countries will present recent findings on the benefits and risks of LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, ayahuasca, ibogaine, 2C-B, ketamine, marijuana, and more, over three days of conference presentations, and two days of pre- and post-conference workshops. http://www.maps.org/conference/
Evolver Bay Area would like to welcome you to our new website! We are a “Spore” in the international Evolver Network
, a non-profit organization building community for the new planetary culture.
Evolver Spores are regional hubs where we explore transformative practices, inspire activism, and raise awareness about today’s most pressing issues, from peak oil to climate change, media manipulation to political corruption. Spores are centers of cultural incubation, social inspiration, and ecological activation that bring together many different groups to manifest local change.