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Dana Cafe: Room At The Table - A Gathering and Ceremony!
Date Sunday November 02
Time 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Details
Dana Cafe is held at Temescal Art Center
511 48th St. @ Telegraph Ave. Oakland
Event Type Other
Dana Cafe: Room At The Table - A Gathering and Ceremony! Sunday November 2nd!

Dana Cafe is a monthly gathering in Oakland California offering transformational teachings at no cost to participants. Each month on 1st Sunday Dana Cafe invites different social change educators, teachers and facilitators from various arts and healing traditions to lead a session. Our monthly classes are offered for Dana (give as you able and inspired) and there is no set fee to attend.

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”
~ Marcus T. Cicero

Gather with supportive community at Dana Cafe as we celebrate and honor departed friends & family. We'll create a collective altar with candles, flowers, photos, artwork, treats and special objects. During this celebratory ritual, we'll share stories, memories, joy, grief, songs and food! Connecting with loved ones and ancestor in this supportive way is something that can feed and nourish us deeply on many levels.

This special day of ritual and celebration is one that indigenous people have been practicing for at least 3000 years. Some of our relatives in the past viewed death as the continuation of life. They used skulls to symbolize death and rebirth and to honor the dead. Instead of fearing death, they embraced it. To them, life was a dream and only in death did they become truly awake. This time of honoring has gone by many names in many cultures - All Souls Day, Samhain and Mexico's Dia de los Muertos to name a few. Today, similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures as well as in Brazil, Spain, Guatemala, Ecuador, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Ireland and others.

Be prepared to share a bit about your loved ones or a relative that has passed. You can use one of your altar objects to inspire you. If you're called, please bring instruments and a light snack to share!

Items to bring for the altar (bring what calls to you):
•fresh flowers or flower petals
•photographs of loved ones along with other memorabilia
•the favorite foods and drinks of your loved ones
•other items

This will be an intimate time together filled with lightheartedness and love!

This gathering is offered for dana (give as you are able and inspired)
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early
Dress comfortably and bring a water bottle

Public Transportation
MacArthur BART Station
AC Bus lines 1, 1R, 12, and 57
Added to the calendar on Friday Oct 24th, 2014 4:15 PM

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