Transition Mar Vista/Venice

Transition Mar Vista/Venice
Transition Mar Vista/Venice projects include Little Free Libraries community build days and Good Karma Gardens pay-it-forward edible gardens. Join us for these activities, as well as many others!


HELLO! We invite you to explore the resources and links posted here. For information about Transition Mar Vista/Venice's events, please check (and like!) our Facebook page:


Good Karma Garden Project: Pay-it-forward edible gardens
Email for location information

Westside Produce Exchange: One Saturday per month
To join and find out the date of the next exchange,

Our Time Bank: Check OTB's Web site for schedule of events and monthly potluck
Visit for details and date of next potluck

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center: Check Sivananda's Web site for class
schedule and special events


The Guerrila Gardener
Our friends at the Argonaut spotlight Sunshine Partnerships
and other urban farmers

Urgent Gardening: A Citizen Yogi's Call to Action
The Argonaut profiles Swami Omkarananda

A New Parkway Vision for Culver City
Transition Culver City members mobilize to produce a compelling film
about sustainable alternatives to wasteful grass parkways

Oneness Media Wins Best Healthy Cities Short Film Award
The New Urban Film Festival recognizes Stephon Litwinczuk's documentary
about TMV/V



Community Wellness Mondays 2011 - 1st Qtr

Free Talks and Discussions. All are welcome.

First Monday of the month:

Meeting of CAAM (California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine)

Special talks from 9:30–11:30am

January 3

Guest speaker: Jason Adams

Using Mantras to Empower & Strengthen Your New Year’s Resolutions.

Drawing upon a practice that stretches back thousands of years, mantras are sacred words or sounds with the power to protect, purify and transform individuals. Join mantra expert Jason Adams, the Vedic Virtuoso, as he explores the realm of mantras to guide us into 2011 with renewed enthusiasm. We will be discussing a wide range of mantras able to support you in areas of abundance, love, relationships, health, prosperity, wealth, life purpose, and spiritual liberation. We’ll also take a closer look at planetary mantras and see how they can provide additional support with our New Year’s Resolutions.

January 3 is at the New Moon (1:00am PST Jan 4), so this morning should prove to be especially powerful to set your “New Year’s” intentions & resolutions and select a few mantras to work with during 2011. Join us to step deeper into the power of mantra japa!

Jason Adams is passionate about sharing the benefits of living a Vedic-inspired life. Known as the Vedic Virtuoso, Jason guides individuals towards leading meaningful lives by incorporating the ancient practices of yoga, meditation, ayurveda, vastu shastra, and Vedic astrology. Adams is a musician, yoga instructor, massage therapist, vastu consultant, and mantra expert. He is currently completing multiple mantra CD projects and has begun work on creating a pivotal text on The Art of Vedic Living, a guidebook to strengthen & nourish the body, mind, and spirit.a

February 7

Guest speaker: Dr. Mark L. Vinick

Quantum Healing and Ayurveda - how an exploration of the field of Quantum Physics may help us understand the basic premises of Ayurveda.

Dr Mark L. Vinick is both a Holistic Chiropractor and Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist in private practice in Redondo Beach, CA. He is Board Certified in the multi-disciplinary specialties of Pain Management, Anti-Aging Medicine, and Ayurvedic Medicine.

Dr Vinick is a life-long practitioner of yoga and meditation, and was a pioneer in teaching meditation in an educational setting long before it gained its recent popularity. He has also studied the alternative, nutritional, herbal, energetic, and spiritual approaches to health and healing for almost 40 years.

He currently serves as Director and Past President of The California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, and is on the Editorial Board of the Light on Ayurveda Journal. He has had numerous articles published, has been interviewed extensively, and is also a speaker, workshop leader, and consultant to several nutritional and health related corporations.

March 7

Guest speaker: Dr. Parla Jayagopal

Prana in the Vedas, Yoga and Ayurveda

Dr. Jayagopal received his Bachelors degree in Ayurvedic medicine and surgery (BAMS) after completing five and a half years of training from Bangalore University. He also persued three years of education to receive Masters degree in Ayurvedic herbology from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. Bangalore.

Dr. Jayagopal completed Yoga teacher’s training course from Atma Darshan, Bihar school of Yoga. In addition to his eight years of clinical experience, Dr. Jayagopal has traveled to Europe and Japan to propagate the science of Ayurveda. Currently he is teaching as associate Prof. in American university of complementary medicine, Beverly Hills, which offers Clinical Doctorate in Ayurveda (AyD)/PhD programs.

In addition to the above he is also offering Ayurvedic clinical services at AUCM community clinic.

Being proactive in propagating ayurveda to the community he has held seminars and educational demonstrations at various Yoga centers, senior facilities and health associations.

Dr Jayagopal has presented several papers in national and international conferences.

“Hailing from a family of traditional Ayurvedic practitioners in south India I have seen how simple herbs can bring amazing cures. Ayurveda is a way of being and living that embraces physical, mental and spiritual life forms. What astounded me is that how a medical science had become part of the culture. It is obvious that food habits of the people and regional diet variations, religious rituals and life routines were all structured based on the principles of Ayurveda. Collecting ethnobotanical information as a part of my post graduate studies I saw how tribal people are so connected to nature and derive health and happiness by harmonizing themselves with the forces of nature. We need to get back to nature, for our well being was the strongest thought that kept coming to me. Ayurveda - nature’s own medicine can bring us to vibrant health in a gentle way if its simple principles are adopted.

It gives every one of us the easy tools to decode the nature’s phenomenon and all the substances that are existing, knowing which, one can make healthy choices in food, life-style, habits, detoxing and rejuvenation for being healthy and prevent diseases.

Awareness comes by knowing. Making more people aware is what makes us ‘healthy’. CAAM can play pivotal role in this direction”

Second Monday of the month:

Join Brain Gym® Instructor/Consultant Annette Pasternak for a fun and powerful Brain Gym® balance process.


January 10

Balance for Your New Year's Resolutions

Why are New Year’s resolutions so hard to keep? Our systems are not in balance for them! Come reset those tired old neural pathways and make new ones for the new year using fun, easy movements in a powerful balance process.

February 14

More Love in Your Life

Whether your intention is to be more loving or to be more loved, this month we balance our intentions around what this whole life thing is really about.

March 14

Spring Cleaning: Release the Old and Grow Something New
Spring is the season of renewal and the growth of new things. This month we do a balance for cleaning, organizing and/or sprouting something delightful. Balance for a new space, a new project or a new you!

Third Monday of the month:

Sustainable Health Care talks


9:30–10:30am - Presentation

10:30–11:00am - Question-and-Answer Session

11:00–11:30am - Council Sharing Circle, focused on healing

11:30am - You are welcome to share in a potluck vegetarian lunch.

January 17

Guest speaker: Debra Gangale, MA, CCC, Chom

Reiki Master/Teacher

Reiki Simply Heals and Brings Joy. Come Experience and Learn.

Reiki is a form of energy awareness for overall well-being, emotional release, muscle relaxation and balancing. Debra Gangale has taught Reiki and given treatment sessions for the last 14 years. She has seen how a short experience of healing touch begins the balancing and healing. Debra brings a simple yet profoundly deep awareness to every student beginning the journey of energy awareness. Debra uses Reiki on her clients, pets, living space, hopes and dreams and for her own centering.Reiki can enhance every aspect of your life. Debra is also a Speech Language Pathologist, Homeopath and Fine Artist.

How Does It Work?

The Reiki focuses attention on the energy moving through your hands to the recipient (or for self healing), activating the body's natural ability to heal itself. Reiki energy goes to the deeper levels of a persons being. It works wherever the recipient needs it most, releasing blocked energies, cleansing the body of toxins, relieving stress, alleviating pain and working to recreate the natural state of balance.

Reiki reinforces the patient's ability to take responsibility for their life, and also helps them to make the necessary changes in attitude and lifestyle to promote a happier and healthier life.

February 21

Guest speaker: Baylen K. Slote

Dao-in energy guidance; how to revitalize and rejuvenate your body by working with your own energy circuitry

Dao-in is the Chinese word for physical energy conducting. As a set of rhythmic movements, it adjusts and attunes as it generates and strengthens one’s personal energy. It represents the base of the tree of knowledge out of which came qi gong and later tai ji movement arts. Using this technology can be very useful to rectify and attune one’s body.

Illness results from stagnation of energy in the body. Over the ages wise people have found practical ways to break up the stagnation of physical energy. Once they began doing physical energy conducting, they discovered that not only did it solve the problem of energy stagnation, but it also improved their general health and lengthened their lives. These simple practices have been collected and continue to be practiced as dao-in.

In this lecture, you will learn some simple movements and movement principles that you can easily use to attune your own body on a daily basis. You will also learn some of the basics that underpin the practice of tao, such as yin and yang and the 5 transformations. And, we will have the opportunity to discuss the similarities and differences between movement arts such martial arts, yoga, tai ji, tai chi and qi gong.

Baylen Slote is a California Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist. He initially began his study of Chinese Medicine sparked by an interest in the I Ching. He was led to pursue and complete his Masters degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the renowned Yo-San University in Los Angeles.

Through his graduate education Baylen spent time developing and growing Chinese Herbs. After graduation, he spent several years working and interning in the highest quality holistic, homeopathic, and herbal pharmacies in Los Angeles. There he gained experience in neutraceutical and vitamin supplements, as well as continued to work with the commercially available Chinese Herbal Products. This experience deepened his understanding of contemporary physiology and the modern practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine. Baylen continues to be an avid gardener.

Baylen received his undergraduate education at Bennington College in Vermont where he studied liberal arts from the perspective of personal and spiritual growth. This sparked his initial interest and practice of Tai Ji and movement arts including Qi Gong, Dao-In (Chinese yoga) and meditation. Additionally, Baylen has over three years of training and experience in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which uses the Chinese Meridian Theory of acupuncture channels and neurobiology to retrain thought and emotional patterns. He also has eight years practice and experience in New Identity Process (NIP) processing emotional issues.

March 21

Guest speaker: David Briscoe

Macrobiotic Teacher and Counselor

The springtime is considered and important time for the health of the liver. In this session we'll explore the Eastern and Western views of the liver, self-diagnosis of the liver, emotions related to the liver, and diet, exercise and "inner smile" practices that nourish the liver.

Read about our launch event.

Read about the second meeting.

Every Monday:


1:00–2:30pm All-Levels Yoga Class
free to the community


3:00–5:00pm Beginners welcome. Instruction available.
free to the community

If you are a health care practitioner and would like to participate, please e-mail

Thank you to the Sivananda Yoga Center for letting us use their space for this worthwhile project!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
13325 Beach Avenue
Marina del Rey, CA

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