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Healthy Adventures (Bay Area)

San Jose, CA

Are you planning on getting healthy by changing some of your life-style habits that you know sabotage your well-being?

Have you ever considered more of a plant-based lifestyle or are you interested in learning more? 

Are you a vegan (plant-based) person or environmentalist, and are you looking for your “tribe”?

Or maybe all of the above? Then Healthy Adventures is the group for you.  I encourage you to fill your calendar with health-based activities to stimulate your wellness journey and connect with a health-focused tribe.

Join the fast growing movement of like-minded people seeking a hands-on approach by implementing positive healthy lifestyle habits and routines that have a tremendous positive effect on long-term health immediately. While lifestyle modification does take effort, it is the only way to achieve optimal, lifelong health, weight control, and ongoing wellness. 

What you do right now in terms of healthy actions every day, every week, and every month, will have a huge impact on your health later. You probably have heard and known that prevention of chronic disease is so much more fun than dealing with a full-blown illness. If you don’t know where to start then Healthy Adventures and our events may be just the right fit for you. I will include activities and strategies to help you begin living a healthier life today. My goal is that you will be inspired to make immediate lifestyle changes to prevent future chronic diseases and immense health costs. Don’t wait until you have the time, because then it will never happen! Just  as with a “wealth account”, you have to plan for your “health account” and make small deposits of daily, weekly, and monthly healthy actions into your account. As we all know, in the end, there are no magic pills or quick fixes.

There is so much conflicting health information out there, but for the most part, it just boils down to some basic facts (or common sense) - move more often, eat and sleep well, and surround yourself with positive like-minded people. (Or like Dr. Dean Ornish says: Eat well, Love More, Stress Less, Move more.). Most people who want to achieve a different health outcome need to give up some unhealthy habits and have to implement some healthier habits. Sounds familiar?

Healthy Adventures will meet for a wide variety of events, over weekends and during the week, during different times of the day, to accommodate people in different stages and times of their work and private lives.

Our Healthy Adventures kickoff event for 2020 was an outing to Santa Cruz with a vegan dinner at “The Real Thai Kitchen” followed by a lecture by Dr. Michael Greger’s (author of the bestselling book “How Not To Die”). Topic of the lecture was “The role of diet in preventing, arresting, and reversing our top 15 killers.” We look forward to other future lectures, workshops, cooking classes and more.

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. (Jane Howard, Margaret Mead )

Future Healthy Adventures events include, but are not limited to:

+ Healthy plant-based potlucks in parks and at members’ homes

+ Fun hikes around the Bay Area, including picnics and potlucks

+ Fun bike rides around the Bay Area, with picnic or destinations for healthy food

+ Cooking demos, plant based cooking classes (we might travel around for these), visiting both old and new plant-based restaurants around the Bay Area

+ Visits to talks by Food Activists like Michael Pollan, Michael Greger, Ocean Robbins (we will kick off this group with a trip to hear Dr. Michael Greger speak on January 14th, 2020, in Santa Cruz).

+ Movie nights with documentaries such as “Forks over Knives”, “The Game Changers”, “Cowspiracy”  etc.

+ Group discussions of books such as “Why we Sleep” by Matthew Walker, “The Food Revolution” by Ocean Robbins, “How not to Die” by Dr. Michael Greger etc.

+ Visits to the farmers markets, trips to the grocery store

+ Gardening sessions, at Constance’s home and other places, exchange ideas about growing food, intro into vegetable gardening

+ Gardening classes, for example at Love Apple Farms or Yamagami’s

+ Trips to farm sanctuaries like “The Sweet Farm” in Half Moon Bay

+ Trips to Vegan and Vegetarian Festivals, Summits, and Conferences (Like the Santa Cruz VegFest in the spring)

+ Visit to the Environmental Working Group’s annual summit in the fall

+ Check off some of the items on your bucket list: hike up Mission Peak, run a Turkey Trot or Santa Run, bike the Golden Gate Bridge, do a Beach Clean-up etc.

Some of Constance’s favorite sayings are:

+ You can either pay the farmer now, or the pharmacy later.

+ The Greatest Wealth is Health.

+ Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food (Hippocrates)

+ Food is the problem, and food is the solution!

+ Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. (Michael Pollan)

+ Those who think they have no time for healthy eating, will sooner or later have to find time for illness.

+ Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.

+ Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant.

+ Failing to plan is planning to fail.

Meet Constance: Constance, a native from Germany, has been living in the Bay Area for 19 years.  Besides being an ordinary mom of two teenagers, she is also a former physical therapist with more than 10 years of work experience in Germany, a group exercise instructor, a certified personal trainer, and a holistic health coach and nutritionist. Earlier in 2019, Constance launched an eBook, “Better Health for Busy People” ( about healthy living, with a great emphasis on the Food Industry and “Real Food”. Additionally, she is a hobby gardener with a full vegetable garden in the Silicon Valley, a self help book lover, traveler, exercise fan, healthy sleep enthusiast, and a community builder, too. One of Constance’s favorite things to do is bring people together to learn from each other, thrive, become healthier, and grow. And she loves to cook and to eat. Constance’s favorite meals are potlucks (“you bring a dish and get a meal”).

While Constance has always led an active lifestyle, over the last 10 years, while feeding two growing children, her interest and passions shifted more towards food, the food industry (aka BIG FOOD), and how everything we take in affects our health and the environment. She has done a deep dive study of the systems of the food and medical industries, and she has learned so much that inspired her to share what she knows. Constance wants to build a larger caring community of people with a purpose and a goal, a passion and a drive, for ourselves, our communities, our environment, and the future of our children. There are so many things we can do in our daily life that create a ripple effect and that lead us into a healthier direction. Let’s get started.

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Les Gaulois Iuvenis

Mountain View, CA

Bienvenue chez les Gaulois Iuvenis!

C'est notre second groupe Gaulois, dédié aux plus jeunes de nos membres. Ce groupe est réservé aux moins de 35 ans*.

Si tu as plus de 35 ans, pas de soucis, rejoins nous chez Les Gaulois! Tu y seras tout aussi bien accueilli(e) et y trouveras la meme ambiance.

Les Gaulois Iuvenis est un groupe pour jeunes francophones qui veulent échanger en français. Nous nous retrouvons pour des aperos, restaurants, repas, promenades, visites, et autres activites de groupe. 

Dis-nous quelles activités t'intéressent en votant

Si tu as une question, une suggestion ou si tu souhaites participer a l'organisation, n'hésites pas à contacter Pierre.

Il est nécessaire d'avoir un niveau de français permettant de participer à une conversation de manière active et soutenue.

À bientôt!


* La limite d'age permet d'organiser des activités qui intéressent nos membres les plus jeunes et n'attirent pas le reste de notre communauté sans saturer le groupe general de messages.

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Inner Engineering SF (Isha Yoga & Meditation Classes)

San Francisco, CA

The Inner Engineering Meetup group offers free meditation classes, yoga programs, public events, and social gatherings where we can come together to practice, learn more, relax and have fun! 

We look forward to meeting you, soon! 


"If life were to come with a manual, this in my opinion would be it! If we all applied the Inner Engineering technology, our world would instantly transform to exist from a foundation of peace, joy, and compassion for all beings."  -Evita Ochel   

For all of the strides we have made in science and technology with standards of living unimaginable a century ago, most human beings still remain in search of wholeness and purpose in their lives.  Inner Engineering is scientifically-structured to offer powerful processes from the ancient tradition of yoga to transcend the limitations of who you are and bring you to higher levels of consciousness.  Inner Engineering was designed by Sadhguru, a yogi, visionary, and one the foremost authorities on yoga as a powerful tool to create your life the way you want it.

Sadhguru & Deepak Chopra— Creating Inner Peace, Joy and Fulfillment in a Hectic Modern World 

"The word 'yoga' means union, that means you experience the entire universe as working with the body, by working with the mind, by working with your emotion and energy, you can setup a step-by- step system within yourself where your energies are kept at such a level of exuberance that your sensory body is as large as the universe...Once you experience everybody around you as yourself... your goodness is a consequence, not an effort."

About Sadhguru—Sadhguru is a realized yogi and mystic – a man whose passion spills into everything he encounters. With a keen mind, balanced by a heart that knows no boundary, his presence and powerful yoga programs create an extraordinary opportunity to break through limitations into one’s natural state of freedom, love and joy. 

Sadhguru has a unique ability to make the ancient science of yoga relevant to contemporary minds. Sadhguru serves as a bridge to the deeper dimensions of life. His approach does not ascribe to any belief system, but offers methods for self-transformation that are both proven and powerful.

An author, poet and internationally renowned speaker, Sadhguru’s wit and piercing logic provoke and broaden our thoughts and perception of the meaning of life, the very purpose of life. Sadhguru has been an influential voice at major global forums including the UN, MIT, TED, and the World Economic Forum.

Sadhguru established Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization supported by over two million volunteers worldwide. From powerful yoga programs and meditation practices to large-scale humanitarian projects, the foundation’s activities are designed to create an inclusive culture and establish global harmony, earning a special consultative status with the United Nations.


Isha Kriya Guided Meditation—Jump Right In... Learn to Meditate NOW! 

These 1-hour guided meditation sessions offer a simple, but powerful kriya practice that aligns your mind, body, and inner-energies to elevate your conscious awareness and easily and naturally achieve a state of deep meditation. Once you are meditative on a daily basis, your experience of the life within you and the world around you becomes much richer. Daily meditation makes your life stress-free, effortless and joyful! 

You can easily learn this 12-to-18 minute Isha Kriya process in a convenient, online meditation class, or through a live, free meditation class near you.  Our online formats include our streaming guided meditation video, the Isha Kriya meditation app (for iphone & android devices), and weekly webinars hosted by trained teachers who can answer your questions about the practice.  Local meditation sessions are hosted regularly to enhance and deepen the experience with the group. 

Benefits of regular Isha Kriya meditation practice include improving health, energy and vitality; enhancing mental focus, memory and clarity; reducing stress and establishing a deep sense of peace and inner balance. 

Isha Kriya is a simple, gentle guided meditation that can be done seated cross-legged on the floor or sitting in a chair. No previous experience with yoga or meditation  is necessary.

Take a  Deeper Step with Inner Engineering: Create a Life of Total Wellbeing—

“Inner Engineering is neither a religion, nor a philosophy or dogma. It is a technology for wellbeing. One does not have to believe or disbelieve--just have to learn to use...  Technology will produce results irrespective of who you are.” –Sadhguru  

Inner Engineering is a 7-session online course that gives you the opportunity to intellectually explore the ABC’s of life using methods that are the distilled essence of yogic sciences. The course imparts practical wisdom to manage your body, mind, emotions, and the fundamental life energy within. 

Program components include:

• Enlightening interactive sessions

• Guided meditations

• Asanas, simple yoga postures.

• Shambhavi Mahamudra, a powerful , 21-minute inner-energy technique that brings your entire system into alignment so that your body, mind, emotions and energies function in harmony.

**Live Reviews from Inner Engineering Participants ** 


A Serene Mountain Getaway to Learn Classical Yoga:  Relax and rejuvenate at the Isha yoga retreat—

The Isha Institute of Inner-sciences is a breathtaking mountain retreat for stress relief, rejuvenation, and complete inner well-being. The yoga retreat offers the ancient science in its purest form, through experiential classical yoga, meditation classes, and powerfully energized meditation spaces such as the Adi Yogi: The Abode of Yoga.  

The Isha Institute of Inner-sciences is a world-class yoga center offering classical yoga and meditation classes from beginner to advanced levels. Guests journey from around the globe to visit this unique destination to relax, reflect, and reconnect with nature in this tranquil oasis nestled in Tennessee’s spectacular Upper Cumberland.

Drop-by for a Day Visit

The Isha retreat center offers campus tours daily that include light hikes to one of many beautiful bluff vistas or waterfalls and a visit inside Mahima, the largest yoga and meditation hall in the western hemisphere! Several free yoga classes and guided meditation sessions are available each day.  Inquire with the main office for details.

Hiking and Mountain Biking on Pristine Forested Trails

The Isha retreat center also offers myriad opportunities for hiking and mountain biking on forested trails winding throughout nearly 1400 acres. The center's five miles of mountain biking trails have been professionally classified from beginner to intermediate skill levels, with steep climbs, water features, and tight switchbacks on the more challenging portions. The trails are part of an expanding network of over 15 miles of hiking and biking trails featuring beautiful waterfalls, a meandering spring-fed creek, and breathtaking bluff overlooks.

Relaxation & Wellness Retreats

Overnight stays include the option of private studio accommodations, delicious vegetarian buffet, and beginner-level yoga classes of the visitor`s choice, such as the 'yoga of sound', yoga for strengthening the joints, and yoga for purifying life energies.  Extended retreat packages feature Ayurvedic rejuvenation consultations and therapies; guided hikes and adventure outings to nearby caves, rivers and falls; free access to over 5 miles of mountain biking trails, and even cooking classes to bring home some of your favorite vegetarian delights!  Learn how to mix the pungent, tangy spices of the East, culture farm-fresh milk into yogurt, roll vegetarian sushi, or bake homemade sourdough bread in the Isha center's popular, international kitchen.

For over 30 years, Isha programs have offered the immense benefits of classical yoga and meditation to over 7 million people around the globe. For further details on the Isha yoga retreat center, the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences, and full details on the yoga and meditation programs offered, visit

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South Bay Positive Psychology Salon

Santa Clara, CA

We all want to be happy, right? Are you interested in learning about what we know about thriving and achieving lasting happiness? Do you like the idea of exploring and achieving your full potential as a human being? Would you like to learn how to experience flow states and become more resilient in the face of life's obstacles?

If so, this is the right group for you! Each week Julie will lead a group discussion about a topic in positive psychology and personal development. This group is a place to learn how to thrive and also teach each other the methods that have worked for you. Positive psychology has three foundational areas of development: positive emotions, positive traits, and positive community engagement. * Positive emotions lead to a pleasant life experience. Germaine to this are things like development of contentment with your past, happiness in the here and now, and hope for your future. *Developing your positive individual traits will help you to lead a more engaged life and experience flow states (which are awesome!). To experience more of this we will explore our strengths and virtues, such as our capacity to love and be productive, and our potential to develop our full potential to be courageous, compassionate, resilient, creative, curious, in integrity, self-knowledgable, moderate, self-controlled, and wise. *Using our strengths to benefit our community and the world gives life meaning and purpose. We can develop our potential in this area by studying what meaning and purpose mean to us as individuals and how we can strive to use our strengths to improve our communities through our efforts in such areas as as social justice, personal responsibility, kindness & compassion, parenting, nurturance of others, modeling a strong work ethic, developing out leadership abilities, promoting teamwork, building purpose, and sharing tolerance.

We look forward to meeting you and working together to discover where our potential can lead us!

*Julie Creech, the group facilitator, is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern who specializes in positive psychology as well as working with gifted, talented, and creative teens and adults. This is not a therapy group but rather a supportive space to work together to develop ourselves and thrive. Membership in the group and attendance at any events does not constitute engagement in a therapeutic relationship or in any way imply that Juliette is acting as your therapist or has contracted a therapy relationship with you.

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Sonoma County Go Wild Hikers

Santa Rosa, CA

Take a walk (or hike) on the wild side! Enjoy many of our beautiful local parks, get exercise, view native plants and wildlife, and meet other friendly local people. The Go Wild hikes are a great way to support your wellness on all levels. Getting moving outdoors is one of the best prescriptions for health and happiness. We're about creating a group environment in which our fellow hikers can connect and enjoy each other’s company in a friendly, courteous and supportive manner. It’s as much about the hikers as it is about the hikes. 

The hikes are usually 4-9 miles in length and are appropriate for intermediate-level hikers. Some are appropriate for beginner-level hikers depending on their fitness level. Hikers who are out of practice or out of shape should read hike descriptions carefully and be aware of their fitness level before signing up. 

If your plans change after you sign up, please update your RSVP. This is a courtesy to the group and leaves room for others who want to attend.

Cost: $5 suggested donation. No one turned away!

It is essential that we respect each other in the hiking community and the world. 

**Please refrain from using Any scented products the day of a group hike! This includes cologne, perfume, aftershave etc..  Symptoms of fragrance sensitivity can include headaches, nausea, and a skin allergy like contact dermatitis, which causes redness, itching, and burning. Watery, itching, burning, and red eyes; sneezing; runny nose; and congestion are also common.

*Remember to wear appropriate hiking shoes, bring plenty of water, a snack and layered clothing.

*Of course we will all look out for each other but ultimately, hikers are responsible for their own safety and well-being during hikes.


• Wear appropriate comfortable hiking shoes

• Bring sunscreen and dress appropriate to the weather

• Plenty of water and snacks for longer hikes

• Money for parking (if applicable) and suggested donation

YOUR GUIDE: I (Zoli) became organizer in June 2019. I'm a long time members of the Go Wild Hikers. I've enjoyed many of their hikes over the years. Kristi Bowman announced in May 2019, that she and Tony would no longer lead the hikes. Now it's Go Wild 3.0 lead by me, Zoli Somogyi. I welcome all constructive feedback as this wouldn't be a group without you.

NOTE ON DOGS:  Dogs are not allowed on many of the local trails. We ask that you please leave your 4-legged, furry friends at home for the group hikes, unless otherwise specified. Thank you! 

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Learn Effective Mental Health Tools

Sacramento, CA

If you are interested in improving yourself, your relationships, and your life with effective mental health tools, come to our meetings and find out!

Mental health, in its finest form, is concerned with mental abilities. For instance, if you are able to think clearly, control your emotions, establish good relationships, and reach your career goals, you are basically mentally able, so that means you have good mental health.

On the other hand, if your mind runs a mile a minute, your emotions are wildly out of your control, you cannot form good relationships with people and hate the relationships you do have, romantically or otherwise, and you are stuck doing things you do not like, it means you need more mental abilities to overcome your life's obstacles.

Where do you learn these mental abilities? That's what this group is for!

In this group, you will improve your mental health by learning effective tools to improve your abilities. An example is a tool to help process through painful experiences. Another example is a tool to help you pick the right people to include in your life.

What we will do in this group:

~ Learn how the mind works

~ Understand human emotions

~ Improve self esteem

~ Improve joy

~ Improve social life

~ Get rid of negative thinking

~ Improve memory

~ Be more in touch with yourself

~ Have friendly, supportive discussions

~ Have free regular Zoom meetings

~ Meet free consultants to can answer your questions

This group can change your life. See you soon at our meetings!

This group is brought to you by the Dianetics and Scientology life improvement center in Sacramento, California.

71 members · Public

Believe in Yourself Community: Live Life Self-Expressed

San Jose, CA

Our events are now completely online.

We are an inclusive & empowering network of communities of people who support each other in having breakthroughs in believing in themselves, which will positively affect their lives & their relationships with others.

We welcome all people including but not limited to:
1. Adults of all ages in periods of transition: relationship change, divorce, empty nest, career change & more
2. LGBTQ+ & all sexual orientations
3. All races and ethnicities
4. People with relationship conflict or changes
5. People who want genuine relationships with nothing to hide
6. People seeking freedom from controlling secrets and half-truths
7. People seeking authenticity and intimacy in all areas of life
8. Those who want to be free from fear and empowered to be their best self!

We provide the following events:
1. Educational mini-workshops
2. Networking & social events to connect with others & gain support
3. And much, much more!

Please join our group asap.

By joining our group & participating in our events, you will begin to get a sense of the following:

1. HOPE: Gain a renewed sense of hope & possibility for your life – identify a meaning for your life that genuinely calls to you & leads to uplifting & impactful results.

2. DISARMING WISDOM: Develop the ability to resolve distracting & unnecessary plots & drama & focus on what will fulfill your life purpose with integrity & grace. Gain the ability to easily dissolve other people’s differences with you.

3. BOLD, HONEST INTIMACY: Engage in compassionate, confident communications in even the most difficult interactions – create authentic results for you & others.

4. LOVE: Experience explosive growth in the capacity to love yourself & others unconditionally – learn how to disarm other people with compassion & empathy while staying true to yourself.

5. GENUINE BREAKTHROUGHS: Learn to use the right tools at the right time, in order to break through pretense & other obstacles in all aspects of life:
• Money
• Spirituality
• Sexuality
• Relationships
• Career path

6. A JOYFUL LIFE FOR YOU: Leave emotional pain behind – Show up authentically in your life & relationships with nothing to hide.

We host the following types of events:
a. Networking and Social Events to connect.
b. Educational and training events to learn what the best of us know – in how to build and grow a profitable business enterprise.
c. And much more.

Please join our group ASAP!
See you soon,
Laurel Harte-Westover, Organizer

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