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Welcome to The Bay Area’s Number One Wellness Meetup Group!!

ALL are welcome here!...We're here to encourage you ...to support those who haven't even ventured down the road of 'plant-based' ...maybe you're curious about all the 'veggie-talk' buzzwords out there (such as, plant-based) ...or want to find out what's the difference between whole-food-plant-based, vegan, vegan-ish and vegetarian lifestyles. ...or it could be a countless number of other questions ...our group is about the questions, the answers, sharing information and supporting each other in a positive way.

Are you totally new to the forks over knives, plant-based/vegan/vegan-ish/vegetarian world? Or perhaps you're chosen to be whole food plant-based, vegan, vegan-ish, vegetarian, or maybe non-vegetarian and are curious about a plant-forward life-style or wanting to eat that way on occasion. You might be seeking information, support, and activities to help you maintain, explore and/or transition to a carnivore-free lifestyle (even if it's only part-time ...to start)?

Or maybe you're wanting to seek out information about possibly incorporating an SOS-free lifestyle too (no salt, oil or sugar).

Maybe you're looking to find a cure for an ailment or are just a life-long learner, thirsty for ongoing education to maintain excellent health?

Looking for meditation classes, retreats, farmers markets, urban hikes, wellness tips, films & festivals, webinars, online classes, blogs, recipes or healthy seasoning ideas, group fitness activities, café get-together's and dining events? And, you've been wanting to find a group that posts some awesome tips to help each other out.

YOU FOUND IT HERE!! The Bay Area’s Number One Wellness Meetup group in providing events and health & wellness information to benefit YOU! Information and events to help yourself or to help someone else...

** Hosted and some unhosted events will be posted.

** When attending events, all are asked to please respect and abide by the organizer and/or host’s instructions, i.e., some events may require cash only, as not all venues will issue separate checks or will only allow 3-4 checks, so we’d have to bundle several attendees on each check, etc. Bottom line, be flexible.

** And, please help to build our community! Tell others about the fantastic information they can obtain here and ask them to join our group! BAY AREA WELLNESS - Healthy Living, Plant-Based or Vegan-ish Group


Become an Event Organizers to help out in supporting this healthy lifestyle and getting our important message out to others. Please join us in making a difference! TAKE A MOMENT NOW and Drop me an email with request to add you as an EVENT ORGANIZER. I would be thrilled to have you on the leadership team and can provide guidance on how to schedule and host events!


Please hold off on RSVP until ya know you’re definitely going to attend (especially when there's a limit to number of attendees or reservations are involved). For the No-shows, including late cancels (less than 24-hrs before event), you may be removed from the group, especially where reservations are involved. The no-shows will also be flagged as a no-show (3 of these for any events and you'll have be removed from group)... I don’t want to see you go (really, I don’t), but it does take time to organize, schedule and host events. People on wait-list also get upset and venues expect full party to show-up too.

Health lifestyle activities have no room for drama...Events need to remain drama free or member will be removed from group.

RSVP policy subject to change.


Meetup charges Organizers ($98.94/6 mos) to keep the group live. In addition to paying Meetup, supplies are purchased too, i.e., name-tags, markers, table cloths, etc. So, some events may ask for a small, and very much appreciated, donation (fee) to help recover some costs. Thank you in advance for the support!

** P.S. Non-vegans & non-vegetarians are highly encouraged to join this group! (so please get the word out) ...one caveat ...although, we will only be ordering vegan or vegetarian cuisine at restaurants. ;) We are not going to argue with others about food choices, and there will be a code of conduct, expected from all.

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Veggie Today

Let’s have brunch! You don’t often see Sunday events, so thought I’d post a Sunday brunch. Let’s get together for new friendships, casual conversation, share healthy lifestyle info ...and, of course, a fun time! Link: https://www.yelp.com/biz/veggie-today-concord Please keep RSVPs current and no late cancels (it’s not nice). More to come...


Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill and XD

UPDATE: The demand to see this documentary has been high, so Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill movie theater, added a second showing in another auditorium (same date/time)!! Can purchase tickets on The Game Changers website or via Cinemark (links further below). IMPORTANT! BUY TICKETS NOW, before they sell out ...even if it’s for a theater closer to your home! And, let’s show support of this film and RSVP as YES (include guest count too!), even if you'll be attending showing in your own local neighborhood. The Game Changers is a new and important film executive produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan that documents the explosive rise of plant-based eating in professional sports, mixing real-time, groundbreaking science with cinematic stories of struggle and triumph. On September 16th, 2019, be a part of the long-awaited public premiere of The Game Changers at one of 1,000+ theaters around the world. Featuring exclusive pre-show content and never-before-seen bonus footage, you don’t want to miss it! ** TICKETS: https://gamechangersmovie.com https://www.cinemark.com/california-bay-area/century-16-downtown-pleasant-hill-and-xd?showDate=2019-09-16 ** NOTE: I already bought my ticket before I accepted the role as new Organizer of this group; going to the Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill movie theater, which also has FREE and easy parking across the street (we won't likely be able to sit together but could grab a bite or beverage afterward to discuss the documentary). IMPORTANT: Let's show support of this important film with powerful message. Please RSVP as YES, even if attending showing in your local neighborhood (and include the guest count too!). Get the word out about this film & ask others to attend the Premiere on 09/16 and to please Join the wellness movement, by joining our Bay Area Wellness Meetup Group!


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Hope you can join me for an evening of meditation and community with the Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley (free street parking). The teachers here can also be found teaching meditation, day-longs and residential retreats at Spirit Rock. ** James Baraz, who is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, is scheduled to lead the meditation and dharma talk on 09/12/19. If you'd like to listen to some of his dharma talks, here's link: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/86/ https://www.spiritrock.org/james-baraz ** This event is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike and, although, this is an open sit, we're limiting the number of attendees so we don't overwhelm the venue. ** IMPORTANT NOTE - Bring socks, shoes are not permitted in meditation hall. Also, once in meditation hall and seated, everyone tends to settle in and keeps their talking to a minimum, so let’s be respectful of those around us. ** HIGH LEVEL: Doors Open: 7:15 PM Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Meditation: 45-min (they provide chairs or cushions) Announcements: 5-min Break: 10-min Dharma (the way things are & Buddha's teachings) Talk: 45-min ** WEEKLY MEETING INFO: http://www.insightberkeley.org/newcomers/weekly-meeting/ ** NEWCOMER TIPS - suggest to download/read Brochure, Meditation Instructions & FAQ links: http://www.insightberkeley.org/newcomers/newcomer-tips/ ** DANA PRACTICE: Dana is the Pali word for ‘generosity.’ The teachings are priceless and are freely given in a spirit of generosity. Two dana baskets at greeter's table (One is for the teacher, the other is for Berkeley Buddhist Monastery that provides the venue at no cost). All donations are tax deductible. More details found here: http://www.insightberkeley.org/newcomers/weekly-meeting/ ** SPIRIT ROCK INTRODUCTION TO INSIGHT MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS: https://www.spiritrock.org/intro-to-insight-2016 -Namaste


The Palace Of Fine Arts

A showcase of VEG innovation, panel discussions, vegan vendors, cooking demos, food!, swag and more! Sampling of Events: ** Mirko Buchwald "Vegan Athletes Panel" ** Dr. Will Tuttle "Healing Our World: A Deeper Look at Food" ** Lisa Books-Williams - Cooking Stage ...presented by U.S. Veg Corp, whose "...purpose with every program is to inject excitement into the V-word,” says U.S. Veg Corp co-founder Sarah Feoli. “It used to be the case that ‘vegan’ meant virtuous but bland. Not anymore!” ** FAQ page indicates ..."the event is fully vegan. No animal products or bi-products (including honey) are to be served or sold at the event. We showcase how delicious, varied, and all-inclusive a cruelty-free lifestyle can be!" ** CLICK LINK TO BUY TICKETS, OR READ FAQs & OTHER INFO: https://www.cavegfoodfest.com/ General Admission: $20 plus tax online pre-sale/ $30 plus tax day of and at door Student / Military / Senior Citizen (Ages 65+) Admission: $15 plus tax with valid ID online pre-sale / $20 plus tax with valid ID day of and at door Kids (Ages 0-10) Admission: Free ** HOURS: 11 AM - 6 PM ** MORE INFO: https://www.cavegfoodfest.com/index.php/blog/item/26-coming-soon-california-vegetarian-food-festival-symposium-2019 More to come... P.S. Schedule unknown yet if I will be available to attend (I might be out of town), but will keep ya posted.

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Rialto Cinemas Elmwood

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