Valentine's Bazaar at Encuentro in Oakland
Feb
11
11:00 AM11:00

Valentine's Bazaar at Encuentro in Oakland

Fun filled Valentines bazaar for all loved ones, featuring fabulous vendors, hand made love notes, food from Encuentro and more...We will also have a raffle of a super lux gift basket!

Empress Vintage will bringing the best of the best in vintage romance with a lovely collection of slips, robes & kimono, plus sweet gift items.  Stock up for your hot date ~ and show yourself some self love.

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THIS EVENT IS FREE!  RSVP HERE

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Mr. BC Graphic Novel Release Party & SALE! February Turn Up Tuesday!
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Mr. BC Graphic Novel Release Party & SALE! February Turn Up Tuesday!

Join the team behind Mr. B.C. graphic novel in celebrating their newly published work!

Meet the artists/writers, check out large scale prints of illustrations and pages, and purchase your own copy!

AND Enjoy 10% off ALL VINTAGE ALL DAY 12-9pm!

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Mr. B.C. Graphic Novel Story Synopsis:

In Mr. B.C. a small mutant man pursues music in a post-war, nuclear, alternate dimensional American Megalopolis, where practicing unapproved forms of art warrants capital punishment.

His underground activities draw him through a string of events and characters, where he finds that pursuing his creative cultivation may be the key to overcoming the malevolent forces that have outlawed it.

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More about the Artists/Writers:

Jonathan Jeweler, Artist and Writer

My work involves contemporary and traditional styles of illustration, design, painting, printmaking, and animation. I utilize techniques including woodblock, lithography, silkscreen, and risograph printing, comic, media, and narrative illustration, and contemporary styles of design, drawing, and painting, both analog and digital.

I draw inspiration from alternative and underground comics, graphic novels, classic and postmodern literature, Japanese art, manga and Ukiyo-e, medieval painting and printmaking, surrealist film, cyberpunk and sci-fi culture, along with whatever else is grabbing my attention at the moment.

I also enjoy writing, especially in the form of comics and graphic novels.

Check out my website at www.jonjeweler.com, and contact me directly at jonathan@mrbcgraphicnovel.com.

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Zachary Bookstein Partridge, Writer and Storyboards

I'm an interdisciplinary artist who writes stories, jokes and music primarily. My instruments are drums, ukulele, piano and voice. I make short experimental music videos with archive footage and have worked in and around music, manufacturing, construction, education, documentaries, oral histories and interior design over the years.

Besides working on this graphic novel my time is spent making music and art, tutoring psychology and going to school with the intent of becoming a music/art therapist and helping veterans, domestic abuse survivors and children who have suffered violent trauma.

Contact Zachary at zachary@mrbcgraphicnovel.com

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10% OFF ALL VINTAGE ALL DAY 12-6pm!

10% OFF ALL VINTAGE ALL DAY 12-6pm!

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Arrington de Dionyso + Benjamin Bennett LIVE in the Empress Garden
Jan
16
4:00 PM16:00

Arrington de Dionyso + Benjamin Bennett LIVE in the Empress Garden

THIS EVENT IS OUTSIDE IN THE EMPRESS GARDEN.  THE EVENT BEGINS AT 4PM SHARP AND ENDS AT 5PM!

Benjamin Bennett has worked as an improvising percussionist for 10 years, touring North America and Europe as a soloist, in various ensembles, and ad-hoc collaborations. He developed a unique approach to percussion which took the lineage of free-jazz, free-improvisation, Berlin reductionism, and extended technique playing as its foundation. In searching for an expanded sonic palette, and more fluid movement between various techniques, he distilled the drumset into a small collection of drumheads, stretched membranes, and other objects which offered a wide variety of unconventional sounds from very few materials, which could be rearranged into different combinations during a performance. This aesthetic development also translated to a practical advantage, in that this setup was small enough to fit into a backpack, freeing him from using a car to transport heavy percussion gear. He began touring by bus and bicycle, even completing a 7-day, 7-show bicycle tour through New England.

Arrington de Dionyso

Arrington de Dionyso

Arrington de Dionyso is an artist, musician, linguist, and instrument inventor based in Olympia, Washington. From 1995 until 2008 he was the leader of OLD TIME RELIJUN, a beloved art-punk combo that released eight albums with K Records. In 2009 he founded MALAIKAT DAN SINGA, melding free associative Indonesian translations of William Blake with dancehall rhythms and postpunk angularity. Now in 2018, THIS SAXOPHONE KILLS FASCISTS would not exist were there not a need for it.
 

 

 

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Book Lecture & Healing with Karyn Crisis, Author of Italy's Witches & Medicine Women
Jan
6
12:00 PM12:00

Book Lecture & Healing with Karyn Crisis, Author of Italy's Witches & Medicine Women

12pm-2pm in the Empress garden.  Bring layers, we will be outside for the lecture.

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Karyn Crisis trained as a platform Medium under an NSAC certified Spiritualist Minister, and she has become sought-after around the world for classes, workshops, private readings and public demonstrations. Her work has taken a turn towards historical recovery focused on reclaiming Ancient Divine Feminine Wisdom received through the Old Ways. Specifically, she was guided to stay in Italy among locals, streghe, healers and herbalists.She walked on the stones of 2,000 year old goddess temples, took mysterious cures, traveled the mountains and into the labyrinthine medieval villages of Italy's witches.  She has published a book telling their stories and revealing connection to a pre-pagan feminine shamanism. You can read about the book, "Italy's Witches and Medicine Women Vol 1" and more at her WEBSITE.

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SUBTEAL DJ Set 6-8pm Thursday Dec. 28th at Empress!
Dec
28
6:00 PM18:00

SUBTEAL DJ Set 6-8pm Thursday Dec. 28th at Empress!

DJ Set 6-8pm! Late night shopping at Empress Vintage!

Music Producer and Songwriter Sub Teal comes out of the Pacific Northwest to bring us soft, melodic, emotional rhythms that fall somewhere between Burial's deep subtle textures to Moderat's danceable storytelling. Her DJ Sets and influences range from ambient electronica to melodic techno inspired by artists such as Fever Ray and Fairmont. 

Sub Teal self-released her debut self-titled artist album in 2012 which proves to be an emotional ambient electronic score. After her first release she dove into production and began developing her songwriting skills. In 2016, she joined Gabriel & Dresden in their Kickstarter funded album The Only Road as their lead female vocalist, as well as a co-writer on 30% of the album. 

Throughout the past year, she's had the opportunity to DJ in notable venues such as Public Works in San Francisco and Guaba Beach Bar in Limassol, Cyprus. 

In 2018 she'll continue to DJ, but more importantly focus on songwriting and production as well as live vocal performances. 

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Turn Up Tuesday Of Earth & Salt Trunk Show, And 3 Live Dj Sets!
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Turn Up Tuesday Of Earth & Salt Trunk Show, And 3 Live Dj Sets!

Join us for our jam-packed December Turn Up Tuesday!
There will be shopping, dancing, and more!

FEATURING: 
Tthe Of Earth & Salt trunk show!

Of Earth & Salt is a California clothing line featuring hand-dyed indigo leggings, dresses, and other comfortable wearables made from domestically-milled jersey knit fabrics.

Find more info here:
https://www.ofearthandsalt.com/collections/shop-all-products

ALSO FEATURING:
We will also have three DJ sets to turn up to, followed by a collaborative cypher!
Feautring VJ Gabi, Nomadd, and Dj Soules

Check out their work here:
VJ Gabi: https://soundcloud.com/vjgabi
Nomadd: https://soundcloud.com/nomaddmusic
Dj Soules: https://soundcloud.com/djsoules


See you all there! ♥

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GIRL GANG CRAFT
Dec
2
3:00 PM15:00

GIRL GANG CRAFT

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Girl Gang Craft Holiday Market.

We are badass artists, makers, healers, and entreprenuers making our way in the world. We are fighting the patriarchy one craft fair at a time. So come support your local lady business owners and get your holiday shopping done while having a blast! 

Come shop from local artists and healers at Luckyduck Bicycle Cafe December 2nd 3-8pm. 

Shop jewelry, art, ceramics, clothes both handmade and vintage, plussss get your tarot read, sip on drinks and snack on yummy sandwhiches available from the cafe. 

Featuring:

Jewelry:
@aprilmayjewelry
@MADDYANDORIE

ceramics:
@julia_ballenger
@meenal_land

Tarot: 
@laurazuspan

Vintage:
@empress_vintage

Apothecary:
@snakerootapothecary
@elemental_alchemy
@fromtheearthapothecary

art:
@phoebesherman
@carmenmcnall

clothing:
@wonderwearsthegold
@jennylemons
@heymagoodsco
@littlechickadee

textiles:
@hancraw
@skinxbonesshop

more:
@easygrowindesigns
@openbivynicky

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Turn Up Tuesday with Josh McClain
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Turn Up Tuesday with Josh McClain

Join us for our November Turn Up Tuesday block party featuring live cello and more by Josh McClain!

Hosted at Empress Vintage, 1757 Alcatraz Ave in Berkeley 

Suggested donation to benefit the musician and space! No one will be turned away for lack of funds <3

Musician Bio:  Joshua McClain is a progressive cellist who loops his sound live on stage to create multi-layered soundscapes—exploring rock, blues, and electronic styles. While classically trained, McClain has evolved his style into an unbridled, intense, and mesmerizing sound experience—all his own

He's best known for his unbridled solo performances using a looping station and effects processor to create beautiful and otherworldly soundscapes. He regularly performs with six-time Emmy winning songwriter Monica Pasqual in the group, Monica Pasqual and the Handsome Brunettes. Regarded as one of the top artists in the Bay Area, Joshua was voted Musician of the Year in 2013 by the Raw Artist RAWAwards. 

Joshua's style is deeply influenced by the music of Andrew Bird, Zoe Keating, Mark Summer, Yo-Yo Ma, Sigur Rós and Jimmy Hendrix, among others. "

Website: www.joshuamcclain.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Joshua-McClain-156838361046305/

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First Tuesday with Yaquelin Laporte and Ruby Mountain
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

First Tuesday with Yaquelin Laporte and Ruby Mountain

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October Turn Up Tuesday with Yaquelin Laporte and Ruby Mountain!

YAQUELIN LAPORTE

Direct from Havana, Cuba, Yaquelin Laporte weaves her unique music from the threads of storytelling, prayer and improvisation. Growing from the deep soil of Cuban boleros, inspired by Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Bjork, Yaquelin offers her fresh voice and creates a deep invitation to be human in our full, collective expression. Collaborating with the international music community in the Bay Area, her latin, electronic, afrobeat fusion come to life, creating space for the spirit of magic to live inside all of us.

https://www.youtube.com/user/deyabu24/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=0

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RUBY MOUNTAIN

RUBY MOUNTAIN is an Oakland–based vocalist and songwriter who calls upon her training in Jazz, experimental electronic and Afghan music to create compositions of love, resiliency and social justice. She is a graduate from Mills College, was selected as the Studio Grand Artist in Residence, a National Endowments for the Arts grant recipient, and a featured musician in the East Bay Express in 2015. She has been featured in museums such as the exhibit Take This Hammer: Art and Media Activism exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts curated by Christian L. Frock and as the music director for Forest Tales: An Eco Cinema by Anuj Vaidya at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. Her recent performances include the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as a lead vocalist in the productionTear A Root From the Earth.


http://www.rubymountainmusic.com/

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Autumn Equinox Celebration
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Autumn Equinox Celebration

Come join us in sacred community to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox! The Fall “celebrates the second harvest and the start of winter preparations. It is the time to respect the impending dark while giving thanks to the sunlight.” We will set our intentions through the magic of the Tarot, do a honoring ritual, call in the seven directions, perform an invocation and a releasing ritual. **We will be having a fire so if you have a sensitivity to smoke please note these will be the conditions of the ritual.
 

Some ideas to heighten the experience,
 

*Bring an offering for the alter a crystal, stone, feather, poem, confession, a flower, a herb or whatever your heart desires. Know you can take these items home after.
 

*Dress in something devotional if that feels right for you.
 

*Write down a passage or confession that you'd like to offer to the ritual and ceremony.


What is the Autumnal Equinox?

The autumnal equinox happens the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator, which is an imaginary line in the sky that corresponds to Earth’s equator.

 

“Equinox” comes from the Latin words “equi” meaning “equal” and “nox” meaning “night.” This implies that there will be equal amounts of daylight and darkness, however such is not exactly the case.

 

There are two equinoxes annually, vernal and autumnal, marking the beginning of spring and fall. They are opposite for the northern and southern hemispheres.

 

In China the September equinox is celebrated during the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival. The bounty of summer’s harvest is celebrated and the festivities are rampant with moon cakes, round pastries made from bean paste and other sweet and/or savory ingredients.

 

BIO

Laura Zuspan is an artist and seer. Magic and art are her guiding forces; what most interests her in these realms are transformations in consciousness. Her artistic and intuitive practice is to facilitate collaborative healing ceremonies, ritual awakenings, and the development of inner vision to feed and inspire the spirit. In this practice Laura draws on the ancient book of Tarot, and on practical life coaching techniques. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has shown her art internationally. She has studied Buddhism at Insight Meditation Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Thailand and trained at the Niroga Institute in yoga outreach. Influenced by the work of Joanna Macy, Linda Montano, Angeles Arrien and Dipa Ma, Laura is interested in shifting the way we understand ‘Tarot’ into a functional and ethical tool for individual insight and empowerment. Laura recently opened a private reading room to see clients privately located in central Oakland. She is currently creating her own tarot deck through watercolor painting.

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GIRL GANG CRAFT
Aug
26
1:00 PM13:00

GIRL GANG CRAFT

Empress Vintage will be selling a special collection of vintage at this event!

Art from :  April May Jewelry + Bohime + Hannah Crawford + Phoebe Sherman + Casey Coughlin + Xio design studio + Wonder Wears the Gold + Tamiko Sidore + Elena Kelly + Tropikali + The Nomad Collective + 4725magazine + Eva Knox Jewelry

 

Vintage: Empress Vintage  //  Tarot: Meghan Bogden Shimek //  Reiki: Namaste Mami

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First Tuesday w/ Jordan Epcar and CMB
Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

First Tuesday w/ Jordan Epcar and CMB

Jordan Epcar

 

Jordan likes to play sweet songs about things that he sees, people he meets, and stuff that's messing with his mind.  Sometimes they go walking in the park, sometimes swimming, sometimes dangling in outerspace on a jungle vine!   He plays a guitar and sings, mostly.

FB: .https://www.facebook.com/TenBoroughs/
Music: https://soundcloud.com/jordan-epcar

CMB

CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background) was born from an improv synth set at a music festival. CMB's new EP Three Licks is heavily electronic. Unlike Casey's previous projects, it's much more experimental.

Music: cosmicmicrowavebackground.bandcamp.com

 

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Timeless Self * Workshop with Amadia Shadow Rabbit
Jul
31
6:30 PM18:30

Timeless Self * Workshop with Amadia Shadow Rabbit

"In this workshop I'll guide participants thru active exploration of the relationship to & communication with parts of our selves existing across time; utilizing a combination of creative therapy, hypnotherapy, transpersonal psychotherapy, & imaginal conjuring methods.


Beyond our current perceived ages, our psyche is in fact comprised of a very nonlinear complex of perinatal, infant, child, adolescent, adult, & elder psychology, developed at varying stages along our lifetimes. We also carry projected images of our future selves. Our subconscious mind provides a timeless access to these many facets of inner worlds.


I'll share some of the fascinating psychological research done on this topic, more ancient practices of inner journeying, then lead us thru several exercises where we will revisit & communicate withyounger versions of ourself that may hold important information for your present, or may need assistance with healing to enable integration with your current sense of self. We will also experiment with envisioning & contacting our future elder selves, opening to their guidance in the forms of wisdom or foresight that may be useful "North Stars" down our paths."  ~Amadia Shadow Rabbit

Amadia Shadow Rabbit is a southern conjurer, now based in the bay, who's magick practice and craft focus on Communing with Spirits of the Natural World, Dream Work, Creativity and Sacred Drag as Divine Play, Shadow Work, Using Divination and Hypnotherapy to access other realms, gain insight into the forces in our lives, and regain the knowledge of our souls across lifetimes.

She has studied, taught, and practiced tarot and other forms of divination for over a decade.

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Splendor All Around Show
Jul
30
1:00 PM13:00

Splendor All Around Show

Splendor All Around is a collective of musicians, artists, technicians and documentarians that performs and tours in a 1986 International diesel school bus called Splendor.  Splendor has taken three extended tours along the West Coast, breaking down numerous times and playing over 50 shows in caves, driveways, squat houses, churches, and, of course, the bus.  Hosting numerous traveling artists, Splendor All Around consists of a core of ~20 artists primarily from the SF Bay Area, South East and New York City.  

In 2016, Splendor All Around will be releasing a documentary feature covering the first three tours.  Our hope is to pioneer an artist-friendly hack to the music-industrial complex– laying out big maps, cutting through the Rocky Mountains, and bringing Splendor to the Eastern seaboard. Look for us in the American South West this Fall!

 

You can learn more on our website:

http://www.splendorallaround.com/resources

 

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ALCATRAZ TAROT SALON - XVII THE MOON
Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

ALCATRAZ TAROT SALON - XVII THE MOON

In this Tarot based workshop we will focus on one of the three cosmic Major Arcana- The Moon. In the Tarot and most occult schools of wisdom, the Moon represents our Mercurial Inner Worlds- often untapped emotional depths, dream worlds, shadow selves moving always in the potent sea of subconscious truth. The Moon represents what is cyclical yet constant in life. The Moon also holds Divine Goddess/ Elder Femme wisdom we all carry within and call on in times of need. The Moon illuminates what is often hidden, calls forth the spirits of darkness to tell their stories upon the velvet carpet of midnight.

We will discuss the role of the archetypal Moon in the tarot, engage in a few workshop exercises, trade Moon based readings, and end in a guided meditation at Empress Vintage. 

 

FOR MODERATE TO ADVANCED EXPERIENCED TAROT READERS. This event is not an introductory class or to offer readings to the public.

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Turn Up Tuesday w/ Harleen Singh and DB Pederson
Jul
4
6:30 PM18:30

Turn Up Tuesday w/ Harleen Singh and DB Pederson

Harleen Singh

Bio:

Harleen Singh is a Singer/Performer/Artist/Philosopher resonating an organic genre disruptive of Pop, Funk, Hip Hop, Soul, Jungle, Dance, and Punjabi (West Indian) music. 

Mood:

• Syncopated Rhythm Frame, Bass-heavy Origin 

• Momentous Ebb & Flow, Focused Interplay, Potent Melody

• Raw Vibrational Energy, Dynamic Unfiltered Tone

• Intent-powered Resonance, Sealed Attention, Released Point-of-Perspectives

Links:

instagram.com/harleensinghloves

facebook.com/music.harleensingh

 

 

DB Pederson

Oakland spore turned Wisconsin wildflower db pedersen (Second Family Band, ng kindheit) trills his glottis accompanied by Micah Perkins (Denton, TX~ The Wit & The Whimsy, musical educator/ freelance heart-warrior).

Joining forces for some excursions into the sublime boundairylands of musical possibilities.

Links:

https://www.thewitandthewhimsymusic.com/

https://www.dbpedersen.com

https://www.soundcloud.com/dbpedersen

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Show in the Empress Garden w/ Sarah Summer & Wendy
Jun
24
3:00 PM15:00

Show in the Empress Garden w/ Sarah Summer & Wendy

Sam and Sarah are an indie folk duo who enjoy singing harmony while playing with ukuleles, slide guitars and suitcase drums.

Sarah Summer is a traveling songwriter/folk artist who was born and raised in Summerville, South Carolina. She was gifted a ukulele by the baker where she was working as a cake decorator, and for the past several years she has been moving around the country living in hotel rooms and writing songs. She learned how to work with precious metals and gems from a fellow named Chimney while she was living in the desert.

facebook.com/sarahsummermusic

Sam Smetana was named after a wolfdog and born the day his folks moved from their old trailer into their house in Clancy, Montana. He told his mother he wanted to play an acoustic guitar at the dinner table one night and ended up leaving on tour at sixteen to play bass in a rock band. His archtop is named Elise after the cat that helped raise him.

www.salmonsam.com

Their first EP will be released in early July.

 

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Summer Solstice Celebration
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Solstice Celebration

Come join us in scared community to celebrate the summer solstice! The summer solstice is one of the most powerful days to celebrate and honor your solar power and the light within you. We will set our intentions through the magic of the Tarot, do a manifestation ritual, call in the four directions, perform an invocation and a releasing ritual. **We will be having a fire so if you have a sensitivity to smoke please note these will be the conditions of the ritual. 
 

Some ideas to heighten the experience,
 

*Bring an offering for the alter a crystal, stone, feather, poem, confession, a flower, a herb or whatever your heart desires. Know you can take these items home after.
 

*Dress in something devotional if that feels right for you. 

*Write down a passage or confession that you'd like to offer to the ritual and ceremony.


What is the Summer Solstice?

The timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice).

The summer solstice ritual is one of the most popular events I host each year pre-registration is highly encouraged. register here: http://laurazuspan.bigcartel.com/product/summer-solstice-celebrationhttp://laurazuspan.bigcartel.com/product/summer-solstice-celebration

 

Deep bow of thanks you all, the earth, and all beings everywhere.

Laura Zuspan is an artist and seer. Magic and art are her guiding forces; what most interests her in these realms are transformations in consciousness. Her artistic and intuitive practice is to facilitate collaborative healing ceremonies, ritual awakenings, and the development of inner vision to feed and inspire the spirit. In this practice Laura draws on the ancient book of Tarot, and on practical life coaching techniques. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has shown her art internationally. She has studied Buddhism at Insight Meditation Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Thailand and trained at the Niroga Institute in yoga outreach. Influenced by the work of Joanna Macy, Linda Montano, Angeles Arrien and Dipa Ma, Laura is interested in shifting the way we understand ‘Tarot’ into a functional and ethical tool for individual insight and empowerment. Laura recently opened a private reading room to see clients privately located in central Oakland. She is currently creating her own tarot deck through watercolor painting.

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