Transition Albany Albany, CA Tue, 07 Oct 2014 05:25:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ayurvedic Cooking Class Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000 ]]> Treat yourself to the gift of improved well being!

Promote healtScreen shot 2014-10-06 at 8.59.15 PMh by learning how to make simple yet delicious Indian Khicharies and chutneys.

Join Meera for this informative, fun and practical mini self-help workshop.

This class is a wonderful introduction to learning about the qualities and energies of spices and lentils and how they work synergistically in your body, how they affect your doshas – the underlying energetic system that supports health and well being.

This class is highly recommended for people planning on doing an Ayurvedic cleanse (Pancha Karma) and it is also perfect for someone with no experience in Ayurvedic/Indian cooking.

The class is held in a private home and class size is small, so please register early. Also looking for sponsors to host cooking class in Berkeley/Oakland area.

To register call: 510-559-9779 or email meerachat[at],


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Mobilize: A Film about Cell Phone Radiation Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 ]]> Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 1.47.12 PMJoin Us!

Come watch this documentary and learn how to protect yourself from cell phone radiation! No, you don’t have to toss your phone away. But there is a safer way to use it. This film will educate us re the hazards of heedless use of technology AND remind us how to use our gadgets without endangering our health.  Or at the very least, minimize the toxic load.

This is from the Mobilize press kit:

Mobilize is an investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation including cancer and infertility. Examining the most recent scientific research and legislative efforts, Mobilize illuminates how finance corrupts public health. The film features interviews with numerous doctors, politicians, cancer patients, and technology experts, major telecommunication associates, and prominent politicians.

Filmed over three years and edited together from hours of footage, Mobilize includes accounts from individuals at the following organizations and universities:  Apple, Inc., the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the National Cancer Institute, the Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association, Yale University, Harvard University, USC, UCSF, UC Berkeley and Virgin Mobile.

I am certainly looking forward to watching the whole film!  

Kevin Kunze, the Director of the film has graciously offered to screen the movie for us and will be on hand to answer questions after the viewing. He is a Bay Area-based filmmaker and activist whose short films have been screened at the New York City Directors Guild of America Theater, the Berkeley Art Museum, among others. (I took that last sentence from his bio.) You can find out more about his films at

This presentation is free.  Donations will help spread the word on this issue.

See you on Sunday, October 26th!

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Medicine-Making Sun, 05 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 ]]> Herbal-MedicineJoin Us!

Learn how to make medicines out of common garden plants! On two Sunday afternoons this October (October 5 & 19), we will talk about the healing properties of Comfrey, St. John’s Wort, Valerian, Lemon balm, & Calendula. (Note: I might substitute Yarrow in lieu of either Valerian or Lemon balm. Or just add it in! Depending on availability of these out of my garden.)  Just giving you an idea of what’s in store.

This is a hands on class. We will discuss how to and together make medicines out of these common medicinal plants. Of course we will talk about how to store and how to safely use.

Except for Lemon balm & Valerian,  Comfrey, St. John’s Wort, Calendula & Yarrow are all wound remedies.  Each has its own affinity, but nonetheless all wonderful wound healers.  So they are all great as first aid remedies, of course.  Valerian and Lemon balm both have an affinity for the nervous system and sometimes used together in someone who needs help sleeping. Valerian, of course is most famous as a sleep aid, but Lemon balm holds its own in helping the nervous system recalibrate, so to speak.

There will be St. John’s Wort and Comfrey plant starters available for those who might want to grow them.  Free. 

Note:  This class is NOT free. Attendance requires preregistration at the Albany Community Center. (To register: call 510-524-9283 or in person at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany.)  There is a materials fee, but only will apply if you are in fact taking one of the concoctions home.  Some of the medicines require “tincturing” time so you are not going to have a finished product at the end of the class, but you will know how to make them. There is also an opportunity to purchase prepared tinctures of St. John’s Wort (Hypericum) & Calendula.


Lourdes Gonzaga, MA, C. Hom., PCH, C. HP is a homeopathic practitioner who loves medicinal plants and enjoys making medicines.

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First Tuesday Potluck & Gift Circle Tue, 07 Oct 2014 18:30:00 +0000;p=2505 ]]> soup-clipart-web

On OCTOBER 7 our potluck invites special guest, Alexa Hauser of the Diverse Housing Working Group to tell us about how that group is going about ensuring more options for affordable housing in Albany.

So here’s how it goes: Make a dish that you like (enough for three people) and bring it at 7:00 pm. After we’ve eaten, we make a circle and establish what gifts and needs are present in the circle this month, then more often than not, match them! Here is a site that describes the idea and the practice of a gift circle in as much depth as you want:

What comes out all this? Stronger community bonds, needs met, gifts accepted, hearts opened, lives bettered. Please come and join us. Everyone is welcome, and from those who can afford it, a $5 donation helps us pay for use of the hall and kitchen. We end at 9:00 pm or thereabouts.

So come to the lovely St Albans Parish Hall, on Washington Street at Curtis on the Albany-Berkeley border, every first Tuesday of the month. Through the summer we start at 7 pm. In the winter months (November – March) we start earlier at 6:30 pm

Upcoming dates: Tuesday May 6,  Tuesday September 2, Tuesday October 7, Tuesday November 4 (6:30 pm start) and Tuesday December 2 (6:30 pm start)

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]]> Climate change is taking place. Will we have the wisdom to survive? Here’s a link to the trailer of this inspiring film that focuses on how we can live creatively and even joyfully in the midst of this catastrophe.

 Featuring thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality: Bill McKibben, Richard Heinberg, Joanna Macy, Gus Speth, Roger Payne, & more.

Our screening will be followed by audience discussion on the topics raised in the movie. Please join us. There’ll be snacks.

Joanna Macy: “If you want an adventure, boy! What a time to choose to be alive! Don’t waste time in self-pity over darkness. Don’t waste time trying to figure out better circumstances that you might like. You’re born into this and you’re here to love it! And to see that it goes on…”

This event is kindly co-sponsored by St Albans Parish Church. Donations gratefully accepted to cover costs of venue and screening…

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Make Your Own Home Remedies for Colds & Flus Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000 ]]> Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 3.25.43 PMJoin Us!

Learn how to make your own home remedies for colds and flus! Making your own home remedies  is easy and you know exactly what is in them. This class will quickly cover the following in a presentation:

 Immune boosters
Preparing for Winter with tinctures, teas & supplies
How to stop a cold/flu on its tracks
Home remedies to help you recover fast
Nourishing food from bone broths to soups
Gentle exercises to nudge you on the road to recovery

You will get a copy of the presentation (sent via email). And the rest of the class will be hands on. We will make elderberry & echinacea tinctures, honey/lemon/ginger tea, herbal oxymels and a cultured veggie (a great source of probiotics!) If someone has a preference for  a cultured veggie concoction, let me know!  I have played with various combinations and some I like better than others. Am always up for experimenting. Occasionally with disastrous results, but hey, at least I know not to do it that way again.  The bulk of the class is hands on. Transition Albany Health offered this class last December. The September 20 offering is the hands on version of that class, with some revisions.

This class is offered through the Albany Community Center and therefore is not free. Please register at or call 510-524-9283.

Note: The materials fee applies only if you are taking some of the concoctions home.  Please email me if you would prefer to OPT OUT of the materials fee so I can plan accordingly.  See you in class!



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Introduction to Homeopathy Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 ]]> Intro to HomeopathyI talk to people about homeopathy practically every day.   I find that, if they’ve heard of homeopathy at all,  most folks have some vague idea of homeopathy as maybe similar to herbal medicine,  but attempting to comprehend  the system is more often than not, like putting a square peg in a round hole for many. So I thought this is a good time as any to do this introductory class. If the idea is providing health care options that allow the possibility of resilience and sustainability, Transition Albany Health must cover homeopathy.  At the very least, the use of homeopathy in first aid.  But before we could offer the Homeopathy in First Aid series, we need to properly introduce you to homeopathy.

So what do you know about homeopathy?

Are you like my sister who, even after listening to me talk about homeopathy for almost two decades still refer to homeopathy as herbal medicine? (No, it isn’t.) Or are you one of those who have heard/are convinced that homeopathy is just placebo? (Nope, but it’s OK if you think so.)  Have you heard of Arnica? Traumeel? Similasan eye drops? Yes, they are homeopathically prepared medicines, but do you know what that means?  How is it different from conventional medicine? Herbal medicine? If you’re curious and want to know more, then …
Join Us!
In this class, we will cover the following:
  • Briefly explore and discuss how homeopathy is similar to and different from conventional medicine, herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda & Folk medicine, among others.
  • Why homeopathy boggles the mind.  (Boggle meaning: confuse, alarm, baffle, bewilder, puzzle)
  • Brief overview of homeopathy, including:
    • History (Hear the fascinating story!)
    • The healing principles guiding the practice (the science)
    • The medicines (What and how they’re prepared)
    • The Art (Why your homeopath asks some strange sounding questions!)
    • Classical homeopathy (what does that mean?)
    • Safe, Affordable, Sustainable

So, are you in?
If so, we’ll see you in class!
The class is free. Donations appreciated. And I’m presenting!
Lourdes Gonzaga, MA, C. Hom, PCH, C. HP,  received her Foundations in Classical Homeopathy Certificate from Pacific Academy of Homeopathic Medicine in 1996, a Practitioner of Classical Homeopathy certificate from The School for Advanced Homeopathic Studies in 1999, and a Certificate in Homeoprophylaxis from Free and Healthy Children International in 2013. Over the years, she has attended seminars taught by homeopathic teachers from all over the planet.  In 1998-1999, she successfully treated epidemic disease (Dengue Fever) in her hometown in the Philippines in between commutes to Toronto, Ontario, Canada to complete her Practitioner program. She is particularly interested in the medicine-making part of homeopathy.
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Harvest has started at the Gill Tract Farm! Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:25:49 +0000 ]]> GT HarvestThe crops are abundant at the Gill Tract Farm and they are available to all in a number of ways.

If you can volunteer some time during the week to help with the never-ending cycle of planting, weeding and watering, you can take home whatever you can use. Just weigh it before you take it away so that we can keep track of how much food we are growing!

Regular volunteer hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 7 pm, and Sunday from 10-4 pm (first two hours on Sunday are taken up by the weekly meeting).

If you don’t have time to volunteer, you can drop by the farm stand every Thursday afternoon and pick up whatever you need. The food is free, but you may leave a donation if you wish.

There is now a farm website: with news of special events.

You can sign up on that website to stay informed of what’s happening…

This project is an innovative and developing collaboration between College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, members of Occupy the Farm, the Gill Tract Farm Coalition, and community groups such as Albany Farm Alliance, Transition Albany & Transition Berkeley. Please come and join the fun! The Gill Tract Farm can be accessed either from the Jackson Street gate (cars OK) or from San Pablo Avenue (bikes and pedestrians only).

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A Convenient Truth Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 ]]> Screen shot 2014-06-13 at 1.48.39 PMA Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil (2006) is an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide.

The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world.

Cities should be a solution not a problem for human beings. The city of Curitiba has demonstrated for the past 40 years how to transform problems into cost-effective solutions that can be applied in most cities around the world.

Here’s the trailer

We offer it in the spirit of showing people what’s possible when we think outside the box.

St Albans Church is kindly sponsoring the film and the event is free of charge. Bring snacks to share if you would like!

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DamNation Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Details here:



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