The Solo Joy of Sunrise Summitting
By Nick Schou   |   March 26, 2020

One person who has no problem practicing social distancing in Montecito’s front country is Andrea Strand, 42, a registered nurse and nurse practitioner who gets up well before dawn each morning to ride her bike up various paved inclines, especially Gibraltar Road, with the goal of reaching the top by sunrise. “I’m the unofficial hill […]

Free Yoga… from the Ground Up
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 5, 2020

Sierra Nolan‘s free Yoga 101 Workshop: Foundations of Yoga is designed for first-timers, beginners or those who want to dig deeper into the yoga tradition and fine-tune their primary yoga asanas (poses). The two-hour session, slated for 1-3 pm on Saturday, March 7, at Divinitree Santa Barbara downtown, provides a non-intimidating environment to ask any […]

 

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By Steven Libowitz   |   February 27, 2020

Shining Lion (aka Shane Rilling) and the Ojai-based World Peace Tribe guide a sacred ceremony to cultivate more love within this weekend at a private estate in Montecito. The event – in which the sacraments include Sacred Honey Bee, Mycelium, Cacao, Hape, Essential Oils, and more – is intended to cultivate community and create an […]

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By Steven Libowitz   |   February 27, 2020

Sherman, who has facilitated twenty-three yoga-meditation retreats in Montecito before La Casa de Maria fell victim to the 2018 mudslide, will also lead a “MAPs I for Daily Living,” her first offering of the introductory course from acclaimed, scientifically-based UCLA program here in town since last summer. The MAPs I course provides insight into the […]

Mindfulness for the Yoga Practitioner
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 27, 2020

Barbara Rose Sherman is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 who is also a Trained Mindfulness Facilitator through the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and a UCLA Mindful Awareness Practices Affiliated Teacher. Now she’s bringing her experience in drawing from the two spiritual practices to a teacher training weekend available […]

BlissSing is a Rebirthing
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 27, 2020

Santa Barbara singer-songwriter Noell Grace’s evenings of original chants and simple songs have returned to her hearth and home for monthly gatherings. The events were originally private satsangs that morphed into Spirit Sings held at her home before expanding into fully public events at Yoga Soup a few years back. The gatherings came to a […]

Full Moon Goddess Hike
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 6, 2020

Elizabeth Huebner, who launched the Bee Divine: Goddess Embodiment Meetup last month with the first of a monthly retreat-style gathering for women who want to explore the many facets of the sacred feminine through sacred circle, embodiment practices and ceremony, leads a silent hike in the Montecito foothills this weekend to take the practice outdoors. […]

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    By Steven Libowitz   |   February 6, 2020

    On the evening of one of the most important holidays in Theravadan Buddhism – Magha Puja – Santa Barbara Buddhist Meditation Meetup is hosting a mini mindfulness retreat outdoors by the ocean. Under the gorgeous, silvery full moon, participants will practice sitting and walking meditation, talk about the history of Magha Puja, and reflect upon […]

    Free Fundamentals Class and More Yoga
    By Steven Libowitz   |   January 23, 2020

    Twenty-year veteran Santa Barbara yoga teacher Kat Connors-Longo leads a two-hour introduction to the practice of yoga that serves as a great opportunity for beginning students who would like to learn yoga basics as well as a chance for yoga students of all levels who would like to review the fundamentals of the practice. Questions […]

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    By Steven Libowitz   |   January 23, 2020

    Kick off the brand-new year with a workshop that’s all about anticipating the end. White Lotus Foundation’s Santa Barbara Retreat Center begins the 2020 series of monthly retreats with “Preparing for the Final Asana: End of Life Law, Medicine, Policy and What Yoga Offers,” co-led by landmark attorney Kathryn Tucker, who is the Executive Director […]

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