What we're about

We have renamed our meetup to reflect a more casual approach to wine & wine tasting & food pairing by adding additional & unique wine activities. Events include Wine Tours. Wine & Art Tours & the unique concept of Wine & Nature Adventure Outings. (Wine/Bike trips, Wine Kayak Outings, Foodie/Wine & Nature Outings.)


Occasionally we will invite vintners to offer their insights about their own experience in the wine industry while pouring their wines. And we invite wine drinkers to share in these discussions, treks, and tastings. Come join in the exploration.


TOM Bold aka: Koma Nahoa (Hawaiian Name)

Please note: Tom Merle is still our Wine Guru.

Upcoming events (4+)

Wine, Wildlife, Wellness & Wisdom on the stunning Central California Coast !

Aloha Everyone !
In order to allow for flexible budgets, Shine Your Light is changing the format of our fabulous June Cambria Retreat to a base fee plus optional add-on activities. I've managed to negotiate ridiculously low prices for aa gorgeous oceanside Retreat in stunning Cambria , California during high season, including ocean views rooms, award winning wine tasting & five star private chef meals at a fraction ofthe cost , plus top-end, fun activities and transformational workshops on trusting your deepest knowing.
Don't miss out - only 15 guest spots available ! See message below, and contact me if you would like a detailed itinerary.
Hope to see you there-please also spread the word to your loved ones who might like to attend !
DEADLINE: May 26, 2023
Book hotel separately . Includes full weekend itinerary , breakfast, deeply discounted 5-staar dinners & more. Plus optional add-on activities.
$695 via zelle; Bank account : Shine Your Light, email; [masked]
$710 (including fee) to Venmo: @shineyourlight11
$710 (including fee) to Paypal : [masked]
Questions and detailed itinerary: Contact Laurie at [masked]
Please forward to all your loved ones who would enjoy a well-deserved break !
We hope to see you there !
Laurie and the Shine Your Light coaches.

***A Rejuvenating Retreat - Open to All !
Need time away to refresh ? Come spend a relaxing , fun, and inspirational weekend in California's best kept secret: Cambria and the Central Coast.
Highlights include :
*Wine tasting overlooking the ocean with award winning wines
* Wisdom talks with wellness tools
* Trust your gut to Lead a Life you Love
* Spectacular view hikes and private guide marine wildlife viewing
* Privately catered meals from Cambria's top 5-star chef
* Intuitive readings, energy healings, massage, yoga and Tai Chi on the
*Fun art project: Create sea glass wine charms by the sea
* Dancing, live music ,firepits, drumming circle & other after dinner fun.
and more
Presented by Laurie Gardner, CEO of SHINE YOUR LIGHT ; 30- year
wellness, author, speaker, coach and Cambrian local.
Accommodations at the lovely Cambria Shores Inn overlooking Moon-
stone Beach, & special guest , Dr. Stefanie Mikulics , Integrative
Health Practitioner .
* Weekend program: $995 (3 days /2 nights program, does not include
* Hotel ( if needed ): All rooms are partial ocean view and include
breakfast, fireplace, and kitchenette. Plus Shine Your Light participants receive a heavily discounted rate .
2 Queen beds : $ 309 per night ($154.50 per person if 2 share) plus
taxes. 1 King bed : $ 299 per night
Book directly with Cambria Shores Inn ,[masked]. Mention ,
Shine Your Light Retreat to receive the discount rates.
* Hotel guests receive a breakfast basket delivery to room with fresh
fresh fruit, OJ, complimentary welcome glass of wine. Coffee, tea
hot cocoa, in the lobby from 8 am. to 8 pm.
*Retreat participants are responsible for lunch & dinner. 5-star dinners
available at a fraction of the cost with advance reservations. Local market
& delis are nearby for lunch; rooms include a kitchenette.
Questions and detailed itinerary:
Contact Laurie @ [masked]
* DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2023
* Program: $995 via Zelle for no fees, email : [masked]) or $[masked] incl fee via Paypal
[masked] or Venmo, @Shineyourlight11
* HOTEL: Book directly with Cambria Shores Inn,[masked].
Mention, Shine Your Light Retreat to receive the discount rates.

Hidden Bohemian Grove waterfall Trails & Art & photo adventure Trek !

Occidental Union Hotel Restaurant

Tired of ho Hum outings ? Experiencer one of my 50 unique & different social & adventure outings !
Ok. Don't miss this short but super fun adventure Experience ! It's hidden in a private area in the Bohemian Grove Forest area. It"s a little Rugged to get to the first Waterfalls ; but really a short trek. Great for unique photos. AND SOME CLIMBING & CREEK CROSSINGS. Huge Jade moss covered rock formations, a Manzanita Fairy like Lichen mini forest, exotic mushrooms, Log walking, & more.

DETAILS: WE meet at the Union hotel in Occidental . In front of the outdoor garden area. *** For carpooling ; I'm available at the Petaluma Library 100 Fairgrounds Drive next to the Fairgrounds entrance. Meet time is on or about 9:30 am. You must call or text me for a ride. (925)[masked].
***You will need: very good hiking shoes or boots. High top hiking shoes are good, just use waterproof spray & use 2 coats. Bring a Small backpack or Fanny pack. I have hiking poles if needed. Not a long hike, as I can lengthen it depending on the situation. Its very rugged along the creek crossing to get to the first waterfall. Then more waterfalls as we trek in farther. ***Don't miss the beautiful Infinity pools !
The terrain changes in many places. Some up hiking & climbing. ** WE will be on the lookout for new MUSHROOMS sprouting also. The Distance is a slow go as we will explore & take photos & have fun.
BRING A LUNCH as we will dine in a sunny meadow creek side with a bathroom not to far away. (Hand washing available) ** NOTE: For new members , I will have all the Vino, water, energy drinks, juices, gourmet fruit & nut packs, trail bars, & more. (Bad jokes included)

***NOTE: Don't even think of being a dreaded "NO SHOW". I will put a CURSE on you oR drop you from Meetup for 50 years. Always monitor your RSVP. *** And be a good member. ***I put in tons of work hours & $$ creating these adventures.
WE will carpool from the Union Hotel to the hike location. Not far.
Always have my #:[masked]. Call me , don't text me while i'm driving. ****Text me for more info. No emails thru the terrible meetup APP. It's hard to find you & get a message back.
*********(Meetup Donation) is $27. Best options: $$ Or Check, Then Zelle, or Paypal (Friends & family pay option only)
***WE always have a fun dinner option after the days adventures.
See you Saturday. Plus free yummy hot Bruchetta & Vino for us.

NOTE: After the hike; nearby is a very unique, off the beaten path , quirky & cool outdoor Metal Art Walk exhibit . I'm friends with the owner /Artist & we can wander on the property & see it free. ** Bring plenty of Kodachrome & Kodacolor film for this place. Ha, Ha . Or buy some if you like it. The BIGFOOT Guardian is also hidden close by.
If you are hungry we will return to the Union hotel and Barbara the Owner & her daughter Jen will be waiting for us with free super yummy hot Bruschetta platters. (Its; old style family Italian food) Here we will dine & talk over the day's adventures with new found friends.
*** Remember; it will be "Just another crappy day " in Paradise.
NOTE: Keep my #:[masked] handy, If weather is an issue ;

Amazing Wildcats Experience & Bat tree ancient forest Info. walk.

Occidental Union Hotel Restaurant

******Please prepare for an amazing experience to be educated, enjoyed & remembered .
Very limited attendance .
********We meet in front of the Union hotel in Occidental. We will drive up to the very hidden property in the redwoods from the Hotel.

  • Our first stop will be to walk & explore the ancient & huge trees hidden in this private grove. This unique forest has the ability to create it's own weather. One of the trees has a small colony of little Brown Bats. Hopefully they will be home for us to see, hear & photograph.

***NOTE: The new baby Clouded Leopard has arrived. Unbelievably adorable. He was Only 4 pounds. See him up close. But he is about 30 lbs now & has his own playground. They grow up fast!. Don't even think of missing this amazing experience !
From here we will travel a short way to the hidden Sanctuary of 18 unique & endangered Wildcats. This is not a zoo. You will be up close & may even partially interact & with one of the Cheetahs.
The last last new baby Cheetah came to them just before Covid shut things down. (Bummer) The baby has now grown up .
You will learn much about these awesome beautiful animals.
Such as: The cool Fish cat. The amazing Ocelot, The most beautiful Snow Leopard & many more fabulous wildcats.
Following our guided educational & photo tour we will break for a light wine luncheon. I'm sure many of you will have questions.
The Wildcat Foundation is a Non profit organization. The only one of its kind in Ca.
Event/Tour donation is $127.00
Please RSVP with your full pymt or 50% deposit by early next week.
Pymts can be to Zelle,(Thomas Bold[masked] ) Paypal: via friends & family pay option only. $$, or Check . If by chk. ; send to: T.Bold 2471 Solano ave. # 112 Napa , Ca 94558
I will also be available for pickup at 10:00 am. at the Petaluma Fairgrounds lot in front of the Library at 100 fairgrounds Dr.
Must call/text for ride. [masked]
This is one very special experience you will always remember. Plus its a great cause to educate you & preserve the animals that are endangered towards extinction.
NOTE: A new baby has arrived ! Its an adorable mini Sand Cat from the Sahara Desert area. He was 1.5 lbs. & now is a whopping 4.5 lbs. And looks like Yoda when his ears are down. Experience an up close visit with this shy wild cat. ****Plus don't miss the new young Clouded Leopard. A real bouncing ball of energy. And also the jumping jelly bean black Leopard.
Bring a friend to be amazed at this special one of a kind Experience ! You won't be disappointed. INDIE TOM
*******ONE more important note: ** I must have your phone # if you are going to RSVP. I need this to reach you for any last minute info or changes, etc. *** Text it to me & just type "Cats".
See you soon ! Indie Tom.

Costa Rica Eco Adventure: Waterfalls, Snorkeling, Zip lines, Rafting, Volcanos !

Overseas Event. You depart from Bay Area with others

¡¡¡ Pura Vida !!!

Come alone, leave with friends!

Join me in Costa Rica for 9 nights/10 days of exploration and tropical adventures. . . . Best Meetup ever!!

Costa Rica is a playground for the adventurous and an eco-tourist's dream! It is an unspoiled tropical paradise.

  • Beautiful beaches
  • Rainforest biodiversity
  • Misty volcanoes
  • Roaring rivers
  • Lush jungles
  • Exotic flora and fauna
  • And more!!

And we are going there to enjoy it, learn about it and make memories of a lifetime!

This event is a true Meetup. We are creating it from scratch, and bringing like-minded people together on this adventure. Along the way making lifelong memories and friendships.

Together . . . let’s make a Meetup to remember!

  • Hike around the base of the Arenal Volcano
  • Selvatura Zip Line Canopy Tour
  • Guided visit to Finca Luna Nueva Farm
  • Caño Negro Refuge Tour/Visit
  • Rio Frio Wildlife Refuge Boat Tour
  • Hanging Bridges Walking Tour
  • Ecotermales Hot Springs
  • Monteverde Night Walk Tour
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Tour (daytime)
  • River Floating Tour
  • Tamarindo Beach
  • Sunset Sailing
  • Snorkeling Tour
  • And more!

For a detailed Day By Day itinerary Click Here to fill out our info request form

Land Tour cost $2195 per person, double occupancy (we match roommates for those traveling solo, and most of us are doing just that).
If you want your own room: Solo occupancy additional $690
The only way to secure your spot for this meetup is a $300 deposit that is refundable up to 90 days before departure.
Click here for secure deposit link

When you make a deposit be sure to fill out our ATTENDEES FORM.
As we mentioned, . . . the cost is $2195. This is for the "Land" portion only. Airfare is not included. This gives you the flexibility to have a flight with timing that works best for you. Or to use points/miles.
I can also help arranging your airfare. To receive an offer, CLICK HERE and send me a message.

What is Included in this trip:

  • 9 Nights hotel accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners.
  • Meet & Greet at the airport.
  • Pick-up from airport to our hotel, and hotel to airport at the end of the trip
  • Transportation throughout the trip
  • Private naturalist English speaking tour guide
  • All entrance fees and tours mentioned in the itinerary day-by-day description
  • Daily water bottles for the group
  • Hotel and Added Value Tax

Does not include:
x International Airfare
x Meals other than specified
x Optional Tours
x All items of personal nature (telephone calls, Laundry, room service, etc.)
x Tipping for tour guides and drivers

Want more info?
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Whatever is easiest for you!

Still have questions?
We do a Q & A Zoom every two weeks or so.
CLICK HERE for our Q & A Zoom. RSVP on that event to get a reminder for the zoom.

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