Essential Oils for Pregnancy & Birth 3/16

waitingTake care of pregnancy aches and pains with doTERRA essential oils.

Join Brandy LaRae, Holistic Childbirth Educator, Doula, Hypnotherapist and Wellness Educator for this informative education event for pregnant women and their birth partners to learn how to use essential oils for common pregnancy and birth issues.

From hemorrhoids to heartburn, nausea to headaches, this class is packed with information.

Also learn which oils to use and how to use oils during labor and delivery.

This class is free to all pregnant women and their support team.



Weight Loss Program Starts 4/13

Healthy Changes

Got your attention with Weight Loss in the title, didnt I?

Healthy Changes is wayyyyyy more than a weight loss program, in fact weight loss is only one of the many super fab side effects of the  Healthy Changes Program.

This 10 week program is about making healthy changes, Mind, Body and Soul for vibrant energy, calm confidence and peaceful joy along with a slimmer, stronger body.

I know you have done other weight loss programs, started work out programs, read a ton of books or articles, but somehow or another you are stuck.

Each program starts with a gung ho motivation that soon disappears or pain stops you in your track, life gets in the way, you get sick of the restrictive food choices or you find yourself reverting back to bad habits and so on and so on.

How about we do things a lil different?

Lets take a gentler, kinder approach to a whole new healthy lifestyle that is easy to create and maintain.

During the 12 week Healthy Changes program we will be utilizing small, systematic lifestyle changes, weekly challenges and hypnosis that results in abundant energy, motivation, increased confidence and permanent weight loss and a more blissful life.

This is not a quick fix program, this isn’t even a program where you will see fast results (but you sure will FEEL it!) however it is a program that will give you the tools to take charge and live life to the fullest while getting healthier and happier.

There is no pain and no restrictive diet.

Interested in knowing more?

Call Clinical Hypnotherapist, Brandy Astwood at 209-304-1415 to ask questions.

The program is available in private sessions for only $35 a session when paid in full or small groups that meet weekly at Global Healing Arts on Jackson Gate Rd, Jackson, Ca for $150

To be added to the wait list:

New Office Space!

Starting March 1st, 2013, I will be seeing clients at Global Healing Arts in  Jackson, California.

Global Healing Arts is a healing cooperative  located at 1140 Jackson Gate Road, Jackson offering massage, acupuncture, family counseling, jin shin, Synergy and more. Members include Carolini DuCray, Madeline Bolton, Eugene Alliende and Pat Noll,

I am very excited to offer hypnosis sessions and holistic health education classes in such lovely location.

wellnessrocksTo celebrate I am offering a FREE HYPNOSIS SESSION to all new and past clients.  I am also offering one on one Essential Oil Education sessions. Schedule an appointment and be entered to win a free AromaTouch Session.

To schedule an appointment call 209-304-1415 or fill out the form below.

Bliss Trip 2/22/14

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Come savor an afternoon of blissful relaxation.

Release sore , tight muscles with gentle stretches and soothing massage.

Savor healing aromatherapy as your are guided into deep relaxation by Clinical Hypnotherapist, Brandy LaRae (Astwood).

This is a small, private gathering with space limited to the first 10 to RSVP.
RSVP required.

Location to be announced. Jackson, California or Plymouth, California

Quantum Touch class May 17th-18th

Sonora, Ca

Saturday May 17th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday May 18th 9:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn to move bones with a light touch: help ease pain, stress, inflammation, or disease. So easy a child can do it, efficient enough for health professionals. Energy technique for the lay person or health professional.Combines well with Reiki or other technique, yet powerful enough to be used alone.

Discover the healer in you! Join me for a week-end of unconditional love, learning the healing process of Quantum-Touch. You will be able to do a QT Session by the end of this two-day, 12 hour hands-on intensive workshop. There will be lots of time for practice and sharing in a very nice, safe, relaxed environment.

For more information and to register by call 209-770-3900 or emailing heatherlkwatson

Heather Watson

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Volunteer Prep. Needed For the Seed Share Event

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Hi Brandy,

Can you help with our preparation for the upcoming Seed Sharing Event?

You are cordially invited to a seed repackaging party for the Seed Share Event!

Where: FoCuS office (Coop Kessel’s office building) ,19550 Cordelia Avenue, Sonora, CA
When: Saturday, February 8th, 3 pm until finished
Directions: From downtown Sonora, go east on Mono Hway, about 2 blocks past the Junction shopping center. Turn Right on Cordelia Avenue, then right again at the first opportunity, into a parking lot. We will be in the two story building up the stairs.

We hope to see you at the 6th Annual Seed Share Event itself, Saturday, February 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring extra envelopes or baggies because you never know what you’ll run into at a seed share!

We are still looking for volunteers to help with setup, hand out seed packets, package seeds prior to the event, and help with other duties too numerous to mention! If you would like to help out, please contact Val Dambacher at valdambacher or call 588-3879.
Thank you for making this a great happening!

Foothill Collaborative for Sustainability

PS. Is your FoCuS membership up-to-date? Click here to renew and be sure!

Heart Healthy Workout

Happy February…Celebrate “Go Red” for Women and join our WALKING group. Your heart will thank you for it!

It’s always a great day to WALK!

Beth Sands,
Certified Walk Leader
Phone or Text: (209) 471-8792

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A Taste of the Arts March 1st, 2014

Experience “A Taste of the Arts”
March 1st 2014
Do you think you’d like to try your hand at poetry or pottery? Or, pick up a little line dancing or even hip-hop? AmadorArts is providing a way. Don’t miss the opportunity on Saturday, March 1, to take three 90-minute workshops of your choice given by some of our area’s top artists. This fourth annual “mini arts institute” is open to residents in Amador and Calaveras Counties, or beyond, and specifically targets adults and junior and high school students. From a menu of 14 classes, attendees may select three courses to “take a taste” of the arts, either for the first time or for further exploration. The cost for three classes, supplies included, is $30 for adults; $15 for junior and high school students.
“ A Taste of the Arts” begins at 8:00 am for sign-in. Classes start at 8:30 and end at 2:00 pm at Amador High School in Sutter Creek. Pre- Registration is required. A brochure is available that contains the Registration Form that can be mailed in with payment. Or, starting January 2, the website, , has the entire Form that may be either printed and mailed in or filled in on-line and completed with a credit card payment through PayPal.
Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of 15-20 students for most classes. Therefore it’s important to register early. The Registration Deadline is February 15. There will be no late registrations or refunds. Regarding lunch at “A Taste of the Arts,” attendees will be able to purchase on-site items catered by Clark’s Corner of Ione. Lunch will be from 11:45 to 12:15, followed by a 15-minute “Taste of…” Theatre Arts Performance.
Below are the Classes offered from which you can select three. On the Registration Form, you will be asked for three different Alternate Choices as well. Complete Course Descriptions of each class and Artist Bios can be found at
· Acrylic Painting by Marchand Heimann
· Art of Bonsai by Dan Balsley
· Collage by Anje Olmstead
· Floral Design by Millie Butler
· Hip Hop Dance by Katie Allen
· Line Dance by Sue Kendall
· Monotype Printmaking by Katherine Venturelli
· Musical Theatre with Dance (counts as 2 classes; periods 1 and 2) by Giles Turner, Cara Agustin and Ann Pearce
· Photography by Vince Murdock (select one)
1. Beginning
2. Intermediate
· Pottery by Nicole Bommarito
· Salsa Dance by Char Echeverria
· Watercolor Painting by Leslie Vasquez

Brochures are available at AmadorArts Office, 11-A Randolph St., Sutter Creek; Amador Council of Tourism, Sutter Hill; Clark’s Corner, Ione; Dr. Curry’s Dental Office, Plymouth; Hein & Co., Jackson; and Up Country Hardware, Pine Grove. After payment, confirmation of your classes will be sent to you, along with a map that indicates the class locations and how to navigate the campus.

AmadorArts is a non-profit organization that is designated as a State-Local Partner the California Arts Council, a State Agency. If you have questions about A Taste of the Arts, phone Terra Forgette at AmadorArts 267-9038.

Sophia’s Well of Wisdom February Newsletter

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Newsletter February 2014

February is Heart Month! SWOW is focusing our Wisdom Circle topic on the” Heart of Oneness: Compassion!”Check out the information in this months newsletter and have a heart-felt happy month!

We are planning some exciting 2014 Weekend Workshops. Watch for the announcements in next month’s newsletter after finalizing the arrangements.

Reiki Healing Circle

Wednesday February 12 at 6pm

Reiki Energy-Active Meditation
Reiki Healing Work

Free Healing Clinic

February 22 from 10am – 4pm

30-minute fully clothed sessions

Reiki – Acupressure – Shiatsu – Reflexology

Women Writers at the Well

A new group meets on Monday evenings at 6pm. The group began meeting in February.The group is facilitated by Lynnea Honn, who has led a number
of writing classes at SWOW. Lynnea is excited about the group’s potential: Great stuff happening! Everyone is so smart and talented. I feel Lynnea Crop very blessed to be sharing ideas and intimate feelings with these women. We practice compassionate listening and speaking and work at keeping the environment safe for creativity. The group is still open for members to join, just call Lynnea at 267-5687.

Video Night: Wednesday February 26 at 5:30pm.
We will be showing the video from a recent conference:
Daughters of the Civil Rights Movement

An excerpt was shown at our Multi-faith Meditation and Celebration of Oneness on MLK Day, January 20. The group was so impressed with the speakers we wanted to see the whole 2 hour program. So bring something to eat. We have water, tea and coffee available; and we’ll pull out the popcorn.
You’ll want to stay for a few minutes of discussion afterwards if you can.

Ongoing Weekly Classes:
Qigong Moving Meditation with Andrew Plitt: Sunday at 5pm
A Course in Miracles study group with Shari Anderson: Tuesday at 7pm

Coming Next Month!
Saturday March 22 from 10am – 4pm
Women’s Spiritual Spa Day

The Well will host four seasonal Women’s Spiritual Spa Days in 2014.
Group Spiritual Direction ~ Moving Meditation ~ Expressive Arts ~ Self-Care ~ Healing Work

Call Rev. Patsy at 209-418-9003 for more information.

Wisdom Circle

The Wisdom Circle meets on Sundays at 11am following Morning Meditation at 10am. This Sunday we focus on “Compassion & Oneness” through living the Golden Rule. On the 9th the discussion topic is “The Heart of Oneness” when we will respond to the charge made by Mother Teresa when she said “I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?” On the 16th, the circle embraces “The Love of Oneness” through stories. The final Sunday on the 23rd will lead the group to learn about “The Compassionate Ones” as we exam the lives of Great Ones who modeled compassion for all of us. Here is an excerpt from one of the readings the circle will discuss on Sunday the 2nd. All are invited to attend.

From Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All Religions by Jeffrey Moses, pp.3-7

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule is the cornerstone of religious understanding. It is the most complete expression of the Oneness of all people, serving as the foundation for peace and universal goodwill on earth.

The Golden Rule is expressed almost word for word to every religion. So fundamental is it to all religious thought that the founders and enlightened teachers of every religion have commented on it directly.

Jesus referred to the Golden Rule as “the law and the prophets.” Mohammed described it as “the noblest expression of religion.” Rabbi Hillel stated in the Jewish Talmud that the Golden Rule is “the whole of the Torah and the remainder is but commentary.” Vyasa, the enlightened Hindu sage, called it “the sum of all true righteousness.” Similarly, Buddha referred to it as “the sum total of all righteousness.” And Confucius, the great Chinese master, deemed it “the one principle upon which one’s whole life may proceed.”

Many people are taught from childhood that living the Golden Rule is an ideal, without emphasizing the practical benefits. When people look upon others as extensions of themselves, all obstacles to fulfillment are removed – both for individuals and society. When the goals of every individual are supported by the activities of every other person, the world has the possibility to flourish in peace and prosperity. For this reason, the Golden Rule should not be thought of as a vague ideal. It is a practical principle that embodies the deepest aspirations of humanity. It service as the basis for all that is positive and lasting in human life.

Baha’i Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldnst not have ascribed to thee.

Buddhism Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.

Christianity Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, for this is the law and the prophets.

Confucianism Tsu Kung asked: “Is there any one principle upon which one’s whole life may proceed?” Confucius replied: “Is not Reciprocity such a principle? – what you do not yourself desire, do not put before others.

Hinduism This is the sum of all true righteousness – Treat others, as thou wouldst thyself be treated. Do nothing to thy neighbor, which hereafter thou wouldst not have they neighbor do to thee.

Islam Do unto all men as you would they should unto you, and reject for others what you would reject for yourself.

Jainism A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated.

Judaism What is hurtful to yourself do not to your fellow man. That is the whole of the Torah and the remainder is but commentary.

Mohism If people regarded other people’s families in the same way that they regard their own, who then would incite their own family to attack that of another? For one would do for others as one would do for oneself.

Native Spirituality We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.

Sikhism Treat others as thou wouldst be treated thyself.

Taosim Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain; and regard your neighbor’s loss as your own loss, even as though you were in their place.

Unitariansism We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Zoroastrianism Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.

Have you heard about COMPASSIONATE AMADOR? It is a local campaign brought to by Trinity Episcopal Church in Sutter Creek.
Several of us went to the first public forum held at the Civic Center in Jackson last Saturday. Thanks to the efforts of Trinity, the Charter for Compassion is coming to Amador County.

I signed on to the Charter for Compassion a couple of years ago and we had some exposure to the campaign at a workshop and some classes at SWOW. It’s good to know the work is expanding and we can have greater dialog about the importance of compassion in our speaking and listening to and with each other in the life of the community.

Another public forum will be held in Sutter Creek on February 13 at 6:30 at the Sutter Creek Community Center. If you didn’t make it to the first forum, try to participate in the one coming up on the 13th.

Join the individuals, churches, organizations, and businesses that want to promote the value of compassion in our community life. For more information go to or visit Trinity’s website at

Rev. Patsy
Rev. Patsy Walker Fine, D.Min.

SWOW Minister

Spiritual Director
Somatic Therapist

Sophia’s Well of Wisdom is a spiritual center focused on wellness of spirit, mind, and body. Through spiritual education classes, spiritual care services, and holistic healing work, we serve the local community of spiritual seekers.

We have a psycho-spiritual, multi-faith, holistic healing approach to spirituality. All are welcome to join us as we explore dimensions of oneness, compassion, peace, and justice for all. SWOW is a not-for-profit charter church of the Light of Christ Community Church and affiliated with the International Council of Community Churches. All classes, workshops, and seasonal celebrations are by donation.

“The Well” provides Holistic Wellness Ministries such as Spiritual Direction, Mentoring, Spiritual Touch, Reiki Therapy, Energy Work, Cranialsacral, Holistic Massage and Bodywork, Qi Massage, and Reflexology by appointment.

Sophia’s Well of Wisdom

270A Hanford Street

Sutter Creek, CA 95685



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Charter for Compassion: You, Me, Us Feb. 13

What: Compassionate Amador: You, Me, Us
When: Thursday, Feb. 13th at 6:30pm
Where: Sutter Creek Community Center, Church Street
Why is this meeting so important for you at attend?

Amador County is politically, religiously, and morally diverse. Because of this, it is often difficult to get agreement on how to move forward in a positive direction. Is there a way we can come together as a united front, building up our Amador community so that we can become a thriving and vital community in California? Absolutely yes!
The Charter for Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but also compassionate listening and action to the center of religious, moral, and political life. It is a grass-roots movement that focuses on the golden rule in our dealings with one another, whether as individuals, civic organizations, schools, businesses, cities, or churches. If you would like to learn how we can transform our county into a united front (working for the good), then please come to this short presentation by Trinity Church.

The Text for the Charter for Compassion (

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

We therefore call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.

We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.

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Valentine’s Day Special & New Product Line!


Soaking Away the Stress, Aches & Pains ~
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An ideal salt for a calming evening bath soak. The soft aroma of lavender will immerse you into a deep state of tranquility. Contains a unique variety of minerals that help to detox, cleanse, and soften the skin.
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(209) 267-0887
81 B Hanford Street (Old Hwy 49), Sutter Creek, CA

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