Back story of Terra’s Temple, Part 1:

Back story of Terra’s Temple, Part 1: When I was 15, my Uncle Tom gave me the book The Mists of Avalon.  Given my fascination with the King Arthur story, I read the Mists with great fervor.  Later that summer, I was visiting my Aunt Julie and mentioned to her, “I wish the religion in the Mists of Avalon was real.”  To which she said “It is, I’ve been practicing it most of my life.”  Thus began my journey learning about and studying paganism.  And although I found Reclaiming and many profound teachers, I did not ever find a school of Avalon in my area or a temple that I could go dedicate myself to.  I learned that most earth based traditions from Europe went underground or were joined with Christian faiths.  I accepted these facts, knowing that there were plenty of trainings, workshops and classes I could take to further my growth as a priestess.   However, my longing for a temple, a place to serve through grew.  When I was in my mid-twenties and transitioning out of working for a non-profit, I longed to go study at a temple dedicated to Mother Earth. None existed that I knew of.  I began to believe that it might be part of my purpose to create one.  Here’s the problem with that:  I am a pretty practical person.  I believe in bridging the mainstream with the mystical.  I generally do what I say I’m going to do.  So to talk to people about building a temple was to put it lightly “a stretch”.  But despite the stigma and the fear of strange looks, despite the voice of my father in the back of my head saying “You are going to do WHAT?” I decided to move forward with the visioning, know […] Read more »

Red Tent Community Art Night– July 17th

Get your creative juices flowing and join us at Terra’s Temple for a special Community Art Red Tent! This is an event for women, honoring our monthly new moon event. This month, we invite you to bask  in the tremendous creative energy we hold as women as we create a safe, playful place to work on and explore any artistic/creative/crafty projects that have been wanting your attention. Bring a project you have already started or simply a desire to see what unfolds. *No art-making experience is necessary! We will provide some basic art supplies and guidance in finding what would like to be expressed for you personally in this moment. All you have to do is ride the waves of group creative energy and let it infuse your expression! Bring snacks to share, (dinner if you need it), an open heart, and your wonderful self. Wear Red if you are called! TUESDAY July 17th Gather at 6:45, circle at 7. suggested donation of $10, no one turned away at the door. Facilitated by members of Terra’s Temple Priestess Circle! Read more »

Day of Renewal – Saturday, September 8th

Nourish the Body, Mind and Spirit Saturday, September 8th 12- 7pm At Terra’s Temple, 654 Oakland Ave. Oakland, CA $24 Non members/ $9 Members In service to the well-being of ourselves, our communities and the world, Terra’s Temple invites you to a Day of Renewal. Join us for a day of wonderful healing, connecting to source and replenishing. Our Healing Day offers you the opportunity to attend to your most sacred space- your self. Drink from the well of source and take the time to simply be- with your self, in your body, with others and with the divine. We have a host of new practitioners ready to help you in your healing journey. Come receive various sessions in massage, energy work, counseling, life coaching, intuitive readings, tarot and much more. Tend to your own well- being, listen to and make music, connect with others, sip our special Temple Tea and rejuvenate yourselves! Become a member on Renewal Day and get in free! Bring a snack to share! Take advantage of this fabulous opportunity and arrive early to allow yourself the time to fully embrace the healing that Terra’s Temple offers. *a gentle wink here* Given the ever- growing popularity of this event, we ask everyone to be mindful of their session sign-ups. This will ensure that everyone has an opportunity to partake in the day of renewal. Maximize your experience with potent sessions of quality not merely quantity. Allow time to meditate and integrate. Read more »

Red Tent Temple: Feel the LOVE

February’s Red Tent Temple will delight and amuse, it will ignite and excite, it will open your soul’s doors and allow for self-LOVE to flow. As love fills the air and promises of spring yet to come swirls around us we will gather once again at Terra’s Temple to honor our sacred sexuality, fill our cups with self-love and nourish our soul with healing. Join Ashely Apple of the Yoni Temple co-hosted with April C. Taylor of Terra’s Temple for an intimate and fun evening exploring the depths of our bodies and beings. From Ashely: “Understanding the female physical sexual anatomy introduces us to the importance of vaginal muscle control and strength. Creating a relationship with our yoni’s helps women connect their heart/mind to their sex. Explore how to cultivate more pleasure with muscle control while strengthening the reproductive organs in this intimate circle of women.” Tuesday, February 21 Gather at 6:45 Circle at 7pm Closing by 9pm Please, as always, wear red as you wish, and bring easy snacks share following our circle. RSVP to April C. Taylor (Temple Priestess): magikal1act@gmail.com We are asking for a $5-10 donation to cover costs. Ashley Apple is a clinical herbalist, alchemist, licensed esthetician and yoga teacher with a passion for exploring energy expansion and the awakening of Consciousness. She lived in Thailand and India for four years studying and teaching Tantra yoga, holistic nutrition and herbalism. Presently, Ashley lives in Berkeley, CA, teaching workshops and retreats on whole foods nutrition, sacred sexuality, alchemy with herbal medicine and Tantra yoga. She is the founder of The Yoni Temple in Oakland, an intimate waxing boutique and educational space for exploring the feminine mysteries. www.TheYoniTemple.com Ashley will be teaching a workshop the weekend following our Red Tent:https://www.facebook.com/events/291117860953187/ She is offering participants $10 off her workshop! Jade […] Read more »

Nourish the Body, Mind, Spirit and Heart

February 11 – A Special Day of Renewal St. Valentine’s Day Special Offer: Bring a beloved friend or partner to receive $5 off one admission! Day of Renewal Nourish the Body, Mind and Spirit Saturday February 11 1- 8 pm $24 non-members $9 members St. Valentine’s Day Special Offer: Bring a beloved friend or partner to receive $5 off one admission! In service to the well-being of ourselves, our communities and the world, Terra’s Temple invites you to a Day of Renewal. Join us for a day of wonderful healing, connecting to source and replenishing. Our Healing Day offers you the opportunity to attend to your most sacred space- your self. Drink from the well of source and take the time to simply be- with your self, in your body, with others and with the divine. We have a host of new practitioners ready to help you in your healing journey. Come receive various sessions in massage, energy work, counseling, life coaching, intuitive readings, tarot and much more. Tend to your own well- being, listen to and make music, connect with others, sip our special Temple Tea and rejuvenate yourselves! Become a member on Renewal Day and get in free! Bring a snack to share! Take advantage of this fabulous opportunity and arrive early to allow yourself the time to fully embrace the healing that Terra’s Temple offers. *a gentle wink here* Given the ever- growing popularity of this event, we ask everyone to be mindful of their session sign-ups. This will ensure that everyone has an opportunity to partake in the day of renewal. Maximize your experience with potent sessions of quality not merely quantity. Allow time to meditate and integrate. Read more »

Seeking healers for a healing day for teachers!

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Terra’s Temple puts on an event every other month called the “Day of Renewal”.  It is a day of mini healing sessions, resting and renewing.  Next Saturday November 12th we are doing a free healing day for school teachers.   We are seeking healers of all sorts for this healing day.   We have only one shift: 11:30-5 with a break in the middle of the day. Here is info to summarize: The Day of Renewal is an awesome opportunity to showcase your healing work or modality This is a special free day for teachers. You can do 5, 10, 15 or 20 minute mini sessions. Day of Renewal begins at 12 pm and in spite of our continual encouragement to arrive early to partake in the most, we often have a slower beginning. We encourage everyone, healers and guests to bring snacks to share and as always there will be some yummy Temple tea concoction brewing on the stove. If you have business cards or other promotional material, feel free to bring them and allow this to be a time to showcase your work and talents. Please also share this event with your own clients, friends and circles. I know I have spoken with a bunch of you already, so please disregard this email but if you are interested in volunteering this month and have yet to speak with me, please contact me, Sefora, at sefora@terrastemple.com or 510-601-6198 Read more »

A time to honor our unknown ancestors

It is Samhain. It’s the time of the year when the air is crisp and cold. Our harvests are done. It is the time when we here in the Western Hemisphere can gather the last of what we had planted so many months ago. With the final harvest, this is a time to understand that there is life in death and death in life. As a priestess of Wicca and a student of Ifa, this time of year is wonderful and divine for me. I have come to understand the circle of life and the thin line between the living and the dying. That’s what this time of the year is for me. The other night I was sitting with my fellow sister priestess’s of Terra’s Temple. We were telling the tales of our ancestors remembering those that we have already connected to or hoping to connect with on a deeper level. I recall my story one of  my own desire to connect with my paternal grandmother who was lost to the family when my father was 11. I never knew her, like so many in my extended family that left before my birth. The roots of my family tree are deep and dark. They reach across the Pacific to the lands that have colonized by Kings and Queens from so many other nations. The roots branch out over this land, digging deep to the indigenous souls that are still walking this earth. There are places where the roots go to that I don’t even know and can’t imagine. These peoples are the peoples that are unknown to me. I don’t know their names and I don’t know their faces. I have no information or family documents to pull out of the archives. I only have access to the manifestos […] Read more »

Sign up for Terra’s Wisdom Quotes!

Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art….It is a privilege to be alive in this time when we can choose to take part in the self-healing of our world. – Joanna Macy Opening to the wisdom inside and the wisdom of others, From July 30 until Fall Equinox Terra’s Temple will be sharing inspiring quotes in the spirit of service to self, community and world, inspiring you to be yourself and follow your heart. Join us on a path of wisdom. ~~~ Sign up today and to receive your quotes via Email or if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and you will recieve the daily quotes in your news feed. Feel free to share this invite with your friends. We look forward to sharing this journey with you. Terra’s Temple is a sacred community space founded on the premise of service and sustained by its community. We invite you all to join us in service to ourselves, each other and She Who Cradles Us All. You will only recieve the quotes in your email, no other communications. If you would like to sign up for the newsletter please visit our website at www.terrastemple.com Read more »

The Red Tent in October!

Elzbeth Gould (13 Moon Mystery School) and April C. Taylor (Terra’s Temple Priestess) are creating an evening for women of all ages. We are inviting grandmothers, mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces, caregivers and friends to come and share in the magic of women’s spaces and the power of the Red Tent movement. “What does it mean to grow up as a girl into a woman?” “How do we support one another through the changes tides of life as a human female?” “What are the stories and thoughts we can share from our varied prospectives?” Join us and bring a young woman to share this experience with you.   Please wear red and bring snacks to share beforehand. This event is open to all women but we would appreciate knowing you are coming. Please RSVP April: magikal1act@gmail.com   Lunar Samhain (Halloween)**: Wed, Oct 26 New Moon night Gather at 6:30. Circle at 7pm. Closing by 8:30 (since it is a school night)   Donations to the Temple appreciated ($5-20)   **The time between the New Moon before Samhain and Samhain itself is called No-Time, or Time Between. This is the period of time where the year is old and dying, and the veil between our world and the Otherworld is very thin.  Read more »

Seeking Healers!

Terra’s Temple puts on an event every other month called the “Day of Renewal”.  It is a day of mini healing sessions, soaking in the hot tub, resting and renewing. We are seeking healers of all sorts for our next Day of Renewal on Saturday, October 15th , 2011. As with all renewal days, we have two shifts: 12:30- 4 pm and 4- 8 pm. You are welcome to come early or stay late to partake in healing offerings before or after your shift.   We especially need healers for the second shift right now (which tends to be busier). Our Days of Renewal was super sweet.  We never know how the day will unfold but it is always super sweet. The Day of Renewal is an awesome opportunity to showcase your healing work or modality You can do 5, 10, 15 or 20 minute mini sessions. Day of Renewal begins at 1 pm and in spite of our continual encouragement to arrive early to partake in the most, we often have a slower beginning. We encourage everyone, healers and guests to bring snacks to share and as always there will be some yummy Temple tea concoction brewing on the stove. If you have business cards or other promotional material, feel free to bring them and allow this to be a time to showcase your work and talents.If interested in voluneteering, please contact Aumatma at beemedha@gmail.comPlease also share this event with your own clients, friends and circles.   Read more »