Monthly Archives: January 2013

An Ecology of Mind – coming on March 21, 2013

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany)
March 21, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - Event Details

Thursday March 21, 7:30pm 

A Daughter’s Portrait of Gregory Bateson  

bany Twin Theatre, 1115 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA
Tickets $10 /$8 from the theatre in advance or at the door   
Film website, trailer    Facebook   Ticket Sales (or find Albany Twin, then Buy Advance Tickets)

Winner: Media Ecology Association John Culkin 2011 Award for

Outstanding Praxis

Winner: Audience Choice BEST DOCUMENTARY The Santa Cruz Film Festival 2011 
Winner: BEST DOCUMENTARY The Spokane International Film Festival 2011
Official Selection: The Vancouver International Film Festival 
Official Selection: Bioneers Film Festival
Official Selection: Cinema Pacific Film Festival
Official Selection: Haida Gwaii Film Festival  
for the American Museum of Natural History NY Premiere.

We are very fortunate that Nora Bateson, the filmmaker and his daughter, will be present for this screening, the official public release of her documentary. The documentary leaves me in a clear, expanded and joyful state, of heart rather than mind. It is a testimony to the universal relevance of Gregory Bateson’s thinking and the skill of Nora’s film making that everyone I have shown it to has loved it. 

I first came across the film in Oxford, England, where Nora was screening it to a largely academic audience. At the end she asked for questions and comments but people were sitting in a kind of altered state, so she simply continued to weave the magic beautifully as she spoke for another 20 minutes.

This kind of experience is rare but has never had more relevance. Unless we find a new way to see the world and our place in it, there may be little hope for the human race. Gregory Bateson is a compelling thinker and teacher who might be able to help shift the balance from ‘me’ and ‘mine’ to ‘we’ and ‘ours,’ in the native American sense of  ‘all our relations’.

Here are a number of reviews that demonstrate the broad reach of Bateson’s teaching.


Posted in , , , , , , on January 28, 2013

Home Herbalism

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany Health Group)
February 17, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - Event Details

herbal-remediesWe have already held several events on the subject of getting healthy and staying healthy without the use of pharmaceuticals. This kind of information used to be widely held but has gone underground from disuse. It’s time to resurrect it, and luckily we have many talented people in our community who have been relearning these old skills and are willing to teach them to the community without asking for a fee.

In the latest in the series, Claire Norris, who has a certificate in the Science & Art of Herbalism from Sage Mountain Herbal Center and has studied various alternative healing modalities for many years, is sharing her knowledge of herbal remedies that can be grown and prepared at home.

Claire lives in El Cerrito and is also Wellness Coordinator at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

On Sunday, February 17, come to the Edith Stone Room (Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany) for a presentation that will teach how to identify and use common medicinal plants growing in our area. It will include the medicinal uses of some kitchen herbs and garden herbs and you will learn a variety of methods to extract the healing properties from the plants to make your own herbal remedies.

Claire will also demonstrate how to make an all-purpose healing salve and participants will be able to take some home.

A Transition Albany Health Group presentation

Posted in , , , on January 28, 2013

Hands-on techniques for restoring health for parents and children

(Event Sponsored by Transition Albany Health Group)
January 20, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - Event Details

best k uj cropThis is a hands-on workshop for you to learn simple techniques and remedies. It will put the recovery and healing process in your hands. Your children’s and infants’ needs will be addressed.

You will learn how to:

  • Break a fever
  • Take care of minor injuries/sprains/wounds, including alleviating pain from them
  • Deal with pain that doesn’t originate from injury
  • Do first aid with minor burns and prevent development of a more serious injury by stopping the burning of flesh under the skin
  • Speed up recovery from colds, flus and earaches, including stopping pain from earaches

Nancy Burroughs, a local healing professional with over 30 years experience, presents this hands-on, interactive workshop where you will learn how to use tried and true techniques and remedies that will bring you good results when you need them. Bring your questions for us to address in the workshop. Your children are welcome.

Posted in , on January 10, 2013

Transition Albany – Is It Relevant?

As we hear more explicit warnings about irreversible global warming and see more extreme climate change events right here in the US (not to mention Australia, which now needs extra colors on their weather maps to denote highs over 122 degrees Fahrenheit) …  alongside blatant propaganda from oil companies that completely ignores the dangers of continuing to burn oil and gas – not to mention the insanity of trying to squeeze it out of tarsands and shale, or mine it miles deep under the ocean – and wimpy responses from organizations like the Environmental Defense Fund, who are now working in cahoots with the frackers, purportedly to make the technology “safer,” … it’s enough to drive a person crazy.

What relevance can a small organization like Transition Albany possibly have in the face of such odds? And, on a beautifully sunny day when everything works, there’s money in the bank, gas in the car, and we’re all healthy and happy, who cares?


Posted in Social Justice on January 9, 2013


(Event Sponsored by NorCal Regional Transition)
January 12, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - Event Details

(If four hours is too much for anyone, please choose which parts to participate in).

Why: Some of us would like to meet face to face once a quarter, primarily for the purpose of inter-initiative mingling, mutual support and inspiration. (Future meetings could offer the possibility of people connecting electronically.)

Who: Folks who are are familiar with and excited about Transition in your area!? May be especially helpful for those who have:? been active in your own Transition Initiative, intend to become active in your local Transition initiative, or would like to be part of starting a local Transition Initiative.

What:  Here’s a proposed agenda we hope to loosely follow:


Posted in on January 8, 2013