The Bay Area Spirituality Examiner presents a weekly list each Friday of upcoming events, which reflect the diversity of our region’s spiritual and personal growth traditions. To request inclusion of your event on this calendar, submit your information at least 1 month in advance to Laurie Snyder at: [email protected] Items will be included at the discretion of the author as time and space permit.
February 13, 2011: “Music of the Beloved.” The Marin Interfaith Council presents its annual interfaith concert, beginning at 2:00 p.m., Marin Showcase Theatre, San Rafael, CA. Tickets: $25-50 (general admission), $20 (students); available through the Marin Center Box Office. For more information: www.marinifc.org.
February 13, 2011: “Sages and Teachers.” Speaker series features Koret International Book Award winner Rebecca Newberger Goldstein discussing Spinoza beginning at 7:30 p.m., Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center Silicon Valley, 1485 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA. Dr. Goldstein’s books include Betraying Spinoza and 36 Arguments for the Existence of God. Tickets: $5 for JCC members, $7 for non-members. For more information, contact the Center for Jewish Life and Learning, Jewish Community Center: [email protected] or (408) 357-7492, or visit the organization’s web site: www.svjcc.org/info/about.shtml.
February 17, 2011: “Introduction to Healing Your Heart.” Jeff Malone, executive director of The Ford Institute will discuss ways to use the dynamic nature of relationships to take life in a positive, inspiring direction. Talk begins at 7:30 p.m., East West Books, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA. Cost: Introductory lecture (Feb. 17) free, but call to reserve a seat: (650) 988-9800. Full workshop at East West Books, Mountain View, CA (Saturday, Feb. 19): 11:30-6:00 p.m. Tickets: $49 (advance), $59 (walk-in). To register, call: (650) 988-9800; www.eastwest.com/.
February 23, 2011: “Elders’ Eyewitness Accounts Highlight Tibet’s History.” Marcella Adamski, PhD, executive director of the Tibet Oral History Project will present a lecture at the monthly dinner forum of the United Nations Association-USA East Bay, beginning at 6:30 p.m., India Palace Restaurant, 2160 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA. Cost: $20; students and new members: $10. RSVP to: [email protected], or (510) 849-1754. For information about the Tibet Oral History Project: www.tibetoralhistory.org.
February 26, 2011: “Diaspora Dinner XX: The Jews and Cuisine of Mesopotamia.” A gourmet, 5-course dinner and history talk will be presented by the Diaspora Dinner crew, Temple Emanu-El, San Jose, CA. Cost: $40 for members of Temple Brotherhood, $49 for non-members; $18 wine pairing optional. Make check payable to “Brotherhood” and send to: Temple Office, Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126. More information available on the Temple’s web site: www.templesanjose.org/; or by calling the Temple’s office: (408) 292-0939.
March 1, 2011: “Meditation for Starters.” Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Tushti Conti will help attendees begin the practice of meditation with techniques for imagery, breathwork, and centering. East West Books, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA. Cost: Free, but call to reserve a seat: (650) 988-9800; www.eastwest.com/.
March 6, 2011: “Way of Tea.” Sunday Tea Gathering, San Francisco Zen Center (Green Gulch Farm’s Zen Center tea house) from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call Meiya Wender: (415) 354-0434; www.sfzc.org/ggf/.
March 10, 2011: “Sages and Teachers.” Speaker series features Reb Mimi Feigelson discussing Rabbi Schlomo Carlebach, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA. One of the few female Orthodox rabbis, Reb Feigelson is Lecturer of Rabbinic Studies at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University, and was a long-time student of the late Rabbi Carlebach. For more information, contact the Center for Jewish Life and Learning, Jewish Community Center: [email protected] or (408) 357-7492, or visit the organization’s web site: www.svjcc.org/info/about.shtml.
March 11, 2011: “Living Light Cinema: Mother Wove the Morning.” Carol Lynn Pearson wrote and performs in this Booklist award winning video about the search for the female face of God, which will be shown at East West Books from 7:00-9:00 p.m., 324 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA. Cost: Free, but call to reserve a seat: (650) 988-9800; www.eastwest.com/.
March 11-13, 2011: “4th Annual Woman’s Weekend Away.” The women of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Orinda, CA and friends will meet at St. Dorothy’s Retreat Center near Occidental, CA. Cultural historian, musician, writer, and teacher Kayleen Asbo will speak on Christian mystics Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) and Julian of Norwich (1342-1416). Cost: $180 for 2 nights (5 meals included). For more information, contact Mo. Jan: [email protected], or call the church office: (925) 254-3779, x. 20. For more information about St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, visit the church web site: www.ststephensorinda.org.
March 15, 2011: “Bringing Harmony into Everyday Life.” Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, Stanford Medical School internist known for her work in transformational medicine will explain how to integrate spiritual and calming practices into daily life, and bring inner peace and joy to all we do each day. East West Books, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA. Cost: Free, but call to reserve a seat: (650) 988-9800; www.eastwest.com/.
March 19, 2011: “Reconnecting with Ourselves, Our Earth, and Each Other: A Workshop Based on the Work of Joanna Macy.” Anne Symens-Bucher, co-director of the Franciscan Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office, will lead this Saturday workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda, CA. Cost: $20 (lunch provided; suggested donation of $5.00). To reserve a space, contact Dagmar at the Orinda Community Church office: (925) 254-4906. Information: http://www.orindachurch.org, or contact Anna Johnson: (925) 254-4219.