November Newsletter Don't ask what world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come ali

November Newsletter

Don't ask what world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
--Howard Thurman

Dear Friends of Willow Springs,

Since 2000, a vast array of visionaries, entrepreneurs, activists, eco-anarchists, artisans, farmers, culinary artists, musicians, yogis, travelers and many other folks have graced the beloved roadside oasis of Willow Springs. Out of this mysterious alchemy, a hub for the community has emerged where dreams are energized and action serves as our activism.

Seeds are being saved, adults and kids are playing with clay, painters are capturing the diversity of this place through portraiture, world-class guitars and bases are being sculpted out of reclaimed wood, a sanctuary is being offered for nurturing the mind, body, and spirit, and the land is being cultivated into an expression of the balance, healing and harmony we each seek to create.

On Sunday, November 13, people will have the opportunity to celebrate the ongoing transformation at the Open House. Following the regularly scheduled Community Yoga, we will have an Artisans Gallery, sample classes in the yo'garage, a preview of Rebecca Seary and Aram Larsen's community portrait project, Indian comfort food by The Diner Divine, and live music in the Community House (to be announced). Admission is Free and donations are welcome.

As always, thank you to everyone in the community who has volunteered, donated, supported, recognized, and contributed to the incremental success of Willow Springs. We couldn't do the work without you.

With gratitude,
Jeffrey Adams
Creative Director
Willow Springs


Open House - Sunday, November 13

Following Community Yoga at 10 am, we will have the following schedule of events for the Open House:

Artisans Gallery - Noon to 8 pm
Penny St. Claire (pottery), Kelly Patton (watercolor and illustration), Rowen White (seeds), Ruby Turple (artisanal foods and other farm crafts), and other local artisans will be selling their goodies in the front art studio.

Sample Classes - 1 to 6 pm
Skyler Myers, Jenny Bath, Marcy Risque, Prachetas, and Catherine Stifter will lead demonstration classes in the yo'garage. Schedule to be announced. Skyler and Jenny will also be offering chair and Thai massage throughout the afternoon.

Belly Dancing Demonstration - 6 to 7 pm
Jaimie des Tombe will lead a demonstration with current students of her Classical Egyptian and Folkloric belly dancing. Everyone is welcome to participate and learn.

Food by The Diner Divine - 4 to 9 pm
Kaliana Maitri will be providing Indian comfort food and drinks in the Community House.

Music - 7 to 10 pm
We are still finalizing the music line-up for the evening. We will announce the schedule in a follow up email.

Preview of "Catch and Release: A Community Portrait"
Rebecca Seary and Aram Larsen will preview work from their ongoing project of portraits capturing the diversity and character of the San Juan Ridge community.

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November Schedule

We are transitioning to a more limited weekly schedule and will be adding more short-term series such as Jaimie des Tombe's Classical Egyptian and Folkloric Belly Dancing workshop. Also stay tuned for an announcement for a new People's Dance Party on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm.

10:00 to 11:30 am - Community Yoga (teacher rotation)
11:45 to 12:15 pm - Open Meditation

8:00 to 9:30 am - Power Up Yoga with Prachetas
10:00 to 11:00 am - Pilates with Amy Z.
5:00 to 7:00 pm - Kenpo Karate with Sifu Lebin St. John

8:30 to 9:30 am - Qi Gong with Catherine
10:00 to 11:30 am - Yin Yoga with Genevieve Mack
4:30 to 5:30 pm - Core Conditioning with Lebin St. John

10:00 to 11:30 am - Rooting into Kundalini Yoga with Magdalena
5:00 to 7:00 pm - Kenpo Karate with Sifu Lebin St. John

10:00 to 11:30 am - Balancing Mind and Body Yoga with Marcy Risque
6 week Belly Dancing series begins November 3
5:15 to 6:15 pm - Introduction to Belly Dancing with Jaimie
6:30 pm to 7:45 pm - Belly Dancing (Intermediate and Beginners) with Jaimie

9:00 to 10:30 am - Restorative Bliss Yoga with Skyler
4:30 to 5:30 pm - Core Conditioning with Lebin St. John
5:45 to 7:00 pm - Kenpo Karate with Sifu Lebin St. John

Special workshops - look for announcements

*all classes are by donation ... $5 - $15 suggested.

Classical Egyptian and Folkloric Belly Dancing

With Jaimie des Tombe
6 class series
Introduction Class 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Beginner/Intermediate Class 6:15 - 7:30 pm
Starts Thursday, November 3 (ends Dec. 15)
no class on Thanksgiving
$72 to 60 sliding scale
Register by calling Jaimie
@ (530) 263-9351
or email:

Jaimie is offering a 6 week series of belly dance classes geared toward the beginner and intermediate student. Each class will consist of in-depth isolation work, undulations, shimmies, hand and arm placement and floor patterns. We will also work on proper posture, and technique. Whether you are dedicated dancer, or just want to spice things up a bit, this series is sure to help you discover new ways to move, and muscles you didn't know you had.

What to wear: dance or yoga pants, a scarf for your hips, a tank or choli top and zils if you have them.

Jaimie took her first belly dance class in Nevada City at age 14. She taught her first series of classes in Bavaria on a military base in 1998 to military personnel and military wives. Locally, she has taught on and off since 1998 as an independent instructor and as a member of long time dance collective Shekina Sehar.

She has traveled far and wide in pursuit of different techniques and teachers, and brings to you her passion for this dance. Stylistically, she’s a great admirer of classical Egyptian belly dance, though she doubts she’ll ever shake her California Tribal roots.


Open Pottery Studio


Penny St. Claire opens up her studio from 6 to 8 pm every Thursday. $10 per hour includes instruction, materials (clay and glazes), and kiln use. Come on by and get creative!

Penny St. Claire is an artist and teacher who has many years of experience teaching art and ceramics to adults and children. She began her studies at CSU Long Beach and The San Francisco Art Institute in the 1960’s. She has a BA from CSU Chico and a Masters in Education from Concordia University. In her Four Winds Studio here at Willow Springs she divides her time between teaching art and ceramics to adults and children and creating her personal work, a wonderful variety of hand built ceramics infused with her love of form, pattern and color.


Seed Saving Work Days

On Fridays, from 9 to Noon, come on by and support the seed saving process with the Sierra Seed Co-operative. In the process, you'll learn from master seed savers and local farmers this timeless practice.

The mission of the Sierra Seed Coopeartive is to create a network of local seed growers and a local seed bank. This will promote sustainable, ecological vegetable seed production in Nevada County and the surrounding foothill communities.

Sierra Permaculture Guild Quarterly Meeting

Skills for Survival with Zak Willard
Saturday, November 12, 2011
2:30 pm Gathering
3:00 pm Presentation

Please join the next Sierra Permaculture Guild meeting, where local native skills and wilderness expert Zak Willard will describe how to survive in the wilderness for 72 hours using primitive and modern tools and methods. He will explain how to create a simple survival kit that will contain all the tools you'll need for staying alive during the most crucial first three days of an emergency.


Interested in Volunteering?

We have a diverse array of projects constantly in the works at Willow Springs and always welcome anyone with the appropriate skills and energy who would like to contribute by volunteering. If you're interested in lending a helping hand, please contact Genevieve Mack at 559-2814.