Events

You Can Be a Winning Writer with Joan Gelfand
Jul 16, 2019 6:00 PM

You Can Be a Winning Writer with Joan Gelfand

California Writers Club, South Bay
Holder’s Country Inn, 998 S. De Anza Blvd
San Jose, CA 95129
$15 for Members, $20 for Guests

You Can Be a Winning Writer-Poetry Workshop-San Francisco
Jul 21, 2019 7:30 PM

You Can Be a Winning Writer-Poetry Workshop-San Francisco

"You Can Be a Winning Writer"
Summer Poetry Workshop in San Francisco
Hosted by Diane Frank and Blue Light Press
By invitation only--contact Joan@JoanGelfand.com for details

Couples Alive II: Edge with Susan Clarke and CrisMarie Campbell
Aug 4, 2019

Couples Alive II: Edge with Susan Clarke and CrisMarie Campbell

Igniting Passion and Aliveness

 

The Couples Alive series is for people in primary relationship who want more, and are prepared to go beyond the familiar to find it.

When we first meet someone, and increasingly as the stakes go up, we do our best to be seen in a positive light. It is in these exciting – and often uneasy – times that we begin to establish the range of who and how we are in our relationship.

If we suppress ourselves to make our relationship work, we are likely to experience resentment, distance, distrust and anxiety. Alternatively, each person's fully acknowledged and expressed presence can become the foundation of a solid, loving relationship. Through this process we begin to build faith in ourselves and each other to relate at an edge of aliveness and discovery.

Passionate expression and healthy power-struggle can help establish growth and acceptance – as individuals and as a couple. In this program couples work to identify and share personal characteristics, beliefs and behaviours, go beyond 'good-bad' judgments, and explore how these traits can be embraced to enhance relationship.

This program is for couples that want to:

  • Experience more energy, pleasure and edge
  • Develop a healthy approach to power struggles
  • Learn ways to create personal safety
  • Build solid ground for relating through risk, compassion and curiosity
  • Broaden their range of intimacy
  • Create an open and accepting environment for each person

Please Note:

  1. The Couples Alive programs have been specifically designed to be taken in order. We strongly recommend that you take the programs in sequence.
  2. Couples Alive I: Foundations is a prerequisite for this program.
  3. Pricing for this program is PER COUPLE.

Discounts

  • $500 per program, per couple, if you take more than one Couples Alive program in the same year
  • $250 per couple if you bring another couple

 

This program does not require approval by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.   As such, the registrar did not review this program.

Current year regular tuition: 
$2410.00 
Current year early-bird tuition: 
$2250.00
Tuition fees do not include meals or accommodation.
Concetta Bertoldi
Aug 10, 2019 12:00 PM

Concetta Bertoldi

I Kissed a Ghost (and I Liked It)

A Jersey Girl’s Reality Show . . . with Dead People

By Concetta Bertoldi

#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Wisdom for the Living with Insights from the Dead

Guidance from the other side: Life on Earth can be crazy hard. Each lifetime gives us new opportunities to learn and grow spiritually, but it’s not easy to know which way to go. Renowned medium Concetta Bertoldi knows your loved ones are there to send a hello from heaven and guide you from the other side. In I Kissed a Ghost (and I Liked It), the New York Times bestselling author shares lessons that she and her clients have learned through contact with the “dead folks” who have our backs.

The loved ones you’ve lost are always in reach: Many people visit a medium to be reassured that their loved ones are nearby. Your grief is only as deep as your love, and those who have died are in the AIR you breathe—they are always in reach. With her trademark warmth and humor, Concetta shows you how to see evidence of ghosts and spirits in this world, and how to accept their help.

Understand your soul’s divine purpose: If each of us is living our own reality show, our loved ones are the producers, guiding us through the drama and good grief. The inner voice steering you to truth may just be a ghost.

In I Kissed a Ghost (and I Liked It), you’ll learn how to:

  • Protect yourself from stuck energy
  • Forgive yourself for mistakes and regrets
  • Embrace your authentic self in this life

Readers who know that heaven is for real and liked Between Two WorldsBridging Two RealmsProof of Heaven, and Good Grief will love I Kissed a Ghost (and I Liked It): A Jersey Girl’s Reality Show…with Dead People.

Writing from the Inside Out with Nita Sweeney
Aug 11, 2019 11:00 AM

Writing from the Inside Out with Nita Sweeney

Does that nasty inner critic keep you from writing? If so, spend an afternoon learning "writing practice" with writing coach, long-time student of Natalie Goldberg, and author of the Amazon #1 New Release, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink.

 

“Writing practice” reduces stress around writing, increases productivity, and tames the inner critic. In-class writing practice, optional reading aloud with no critique, and short periods of meditation help students access their wild writing minds. No previous writing or meditation experience is necessary. Course content varies to accommodate returning students. Open to adults of all ages. Bring a pen, a notebook, and an open mind for a day filled with creative fun!

 

Registration is required!

 

Books will be available for purchase.

Zen Bender Launch Party with Stephanie Krikorian
Aug 14, 2019 6:30 PM

Zen Bender Launch Party with Stephanie Krikorian

Zen Bender

A Decade-Long Enthusiastic Quest to Fix Everything (That Was Never Broken)

 
By Stephanie Krikorian

#1 Amazon New Release — Hooked on Self-Help

Craving a quick fix: When the recession turned her life upside down, Stephanie Krikorian had to reinvent her life...and fast. She started ghostwriting self-help books for women. Between writing and researching she realized that everywhere she looked there was AFOG. Another freaking opportunity for growth. Soon she wasn't just writing each book; she was living them. This was the start of a ten-year zen bender of dieting, dating, journaling, meditating, and Marie-Kondo-ing on a quest for that ultimate self-help high.

Fifty and fabulous: Stephanie Krikorian spent her forties trying all of the dating hacks to find love and respect, all of the diets to build self-esteem in a new body, and all of the spiritual guidance to become centered through self-care. On the brink of turning fifty she realized that being better wasn't what she craved; it was something else altogether.

Learn to laugh at yourself and trust yourself: Zen Bender is the story of one woman's journey to radical acceptance, with some questionable advice along the way. A witty, moving, insightful story, the woman behind bestselling celebrity self-help books shares her story of being hooked on the self-help fix for a decade before learning that all the self-help in the world won't help you trust gut.

A Self-confidence book for women: For anyone tired of promises to change everything in just thirty days, this book is a breath of fresh air. Readers who enjoyed self-confidence books for women like The Universe Has Your BackThe Self-Love Experiment, and The Gifts of Imperfection; will love the message of radical acceptance in Zen Bender: A Decade-Long Enthusiastic Quest to Fix Everything (That Was Never Broken).

Breakout Session with Andrea Isabelle Lucas
Aug 14, 2019 3:30 PM

Breakout Session with Andrea Isabelle Lucas

Andrea Isabelle Lucas is the founder of Barre & Soul©, a collection of award-winning, boutique barre and yoga studios. She is a student of Esther Fairfax, daughter of Lotte Berk. Her feminist writings have appeared in Forbes, The Huffington Post, xoJane, Entrepreneur, and more. Her first book, Own It All, will be published in January of 2019.

Awakening from Anxiety Release: Book Talk and Signing
Aug 18, 2019 10:00 AM

Awakening from Anxiety Release: Book Talk and Signing

Connie Habash's book release kick-off! A free talk and signing as part of Center for Creative Living's Sunday service!

Writing from the Inside Out with Nita Sweeney
Aug 18, 2019 10:30 AM

Writing from the Inside Out with Nita Sweeney

Does that nasty inner critic keep you from writing? If so, spend an afternoon learning "writing practice" with writing coach, long-time student of Natalie Goldberg, and author of the Amazon #1 New Release, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink.

 

“Writing practice” reduces stress around writing, increases productivity, and tames the inner critic. In-class writing practice, optional reading aloud with no critique, and short periods of meditation help students access their wild writing minds. No previous writing or meditation experience is necessary. Course content varies to accommodate returning students. Open to adults of all ages. Bring a pen, a notebook, and an open mind for a day filled with creative fun!

 

Registration is required!

 

Books will be available for purchase.

Sex After Grief with Joan Price
Aug 24, 2019 7:00 PM

Sex After Grief with Joan Price

Reclaim Your Sexuality After Loss

An Honest Approach to Hard Questions: Sex is complicated at the best of times—but when we’re overcome by grief, it’s especially mysterious and confusing. How do we nurture ourselves as sexual beings when we’re grieving the death of a partner? Why does taking care of ourselves sexually matter at a time when we’d rather hide under the covers and wail? How do we know when it’s time to open ourselves to the sexual phase of a new relationship? And how do we do it?

A Grief Book like No Other: Sex after Grief is the first book to address sex and grief together and treat sex as a normal, positive, life-affirming part of emerging from such a difficult time. Joan Price, the top expert on senior sex, draws on her own experiences as a widow since 2008, when she lost the love of her life to cancer. She shares her raw grief journey, sexual reawakening (and the many stumbles along the way), and attempts to dip back into dating, along with excellent advice on handling each step.

Recovery on Your Own Timeline, in Your Own Way: As Price says, there’s no right or wrong method or timeline for bringing our sexuality back into into our lives, whether it’s with our own hands, a friend with benefits, a hook-up, a new companion, or any combination. Sex After Grief includes a variety of people’s personal stories from folks of all genders and orientations. Some jumped into sex quickly. Some took years. Some withdrew from sexual possibility. No one was wrong, and no choice is defective or shameful.

Sex After Grief includes:

  • Inspiring tales of how different people brought sex back into their lives after the loss of their spouse or partner
  • Guidelines for dating again and getting sexual with a new person
  • Reasons that solo sex is healthy and can be the path to feeling sexual again
  • Advice from therapists, grief counselors, and sex coaches
  • Self-help takeaways for creating an action plan

Readers of Modern LossThe Grief Recovery Handbook and Second Firsts will grow from and appreciate Sex After Grief.