CAYA Sprouts Family Circle October 2017: Celebrate our Beloved Dead

CAYA Sprouts invites families of all sorts, and children of all ages to our October circle, where we will honor and celebrate our Beloved Dead.

Sunday, October 22, 11:00AM-2:00PM

Location: private residence in Oakland
(Please RSVP for address)

RSVP (by October 19): cayasprouts@googlegroups.com*
*Note: If you are not yet a member, you will need to request to join the Google Group before you can RSVP.

This month, we will gather together to craft small shoebox altars in remembrance of our Beloved Dead, followed by a sweet and heartfelt celebration sharing stories, songs and Samhain Chili to welcome and honor the presence of our Beloved Dead in our hearts and our lives.

Please come (and have kids come) prepared with pictures (photo or hand drawn) of any one of your/their Beloved Dead to be honored in this way.  This may be an ancestor of blood or affiliation, deceased pet, etc. Charms, stickers, glue, scissors, paper, and other crafty materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any additional items or relics that you or your kids would like to include in your altar.

Note: We will have a few extra shoeboxes, but if you have one at home, please bring that as well. Alternatively, if you have crafted shoebox altars in the past (with us or elsewhere) and want to keep working on/adding to your previous year's creations, feel free to bring them along!

Come As You Are Pagan Congregation’s Sprouts Family Circles are monthly gatherings of eclectic, interfaith families with a desire to co-create safe, fun, loving, magical, child-centric spaces where kids and their caregivers can come together to deepen their relationship with Nature, Mother Earth, and each other. We honor all spiritual paths and strive to create a mutually supportive environment in which to explore and develop our own unique practices to integrate Earth-based spirituality and parenting.

Families of all sorts, with children of all ages are welcome. Activities can be shortened or modified to make them suitable for even the youngest child, and the older children are encouraged to deepen their practice and develop their leadership skills by assisting adults with the planning and facilitation of structured activities, as well as assisting with caregiving and mentoring during the kids free-play/adult discussion time.

CAYA Sprouts Family Circle - April 2016

CAYA Sprouts invites families of all sorts, with children of all ages, to our April circle, where we will play (and dig) in the garden with Nature and the Elements and welcome the coming of May.

Saturday, April 30,  11:00AM-2:00PM

Private residence in El Cerrito, please RSVP for address

Please RSVP by April 27 to
cayasprouts@googlegroups.com*
*Note: If you are not yet a member, you will need to request to join the Google Group before you can RSVP

Please dress for a mess, as there will be crafting and gardening activities this month!

Coffee, Tea, Juice and snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring something more substantial if you feel your growing Sprouts might need lunch during this time.

$10-$20 materials donation requested - no one turned away for lack of funds.

Come As You Are Pagan Congregation’s Sprouts Family Circles are monthly gatherings of eclectic, interfaith families with a desire to co-create safe, fun, loving, magical, child-centric spaces where kids and their caregivers can come together to deepen their relationship with Nature, Mother Earth, and each other. We honor all spiritual paths and strive to create a mutually supportive environment in which to explore and develop our own unique practices to integrate Earth-based spirituality and parenting.

Families of all sorts, with children of all ages are welcome. Activities can be shortened or modified to make them suitable for even the youngest child, and the older children are encouraged to deepen their practice and develop their leadership skills by assisting adults with the planning and facilitation of structured activities, as well as assisting with caregiving and mentoring during the kids free-play/adult discussion time.


Our monthly circles include 8 seasonal celebrations and 4 community social gatherings. The loosely structured format is split between family time engaged in focused, age appropriate ritual and/or devotional activities (e.g. songs, stories, crafting, gardening, nature walks, etc), and kid's free social, snack and play time, during which the adults relax over coffee or tea and a snack while engaging in a facilitated discussion of monthly selected topics related to the integration of Earth-Based spirituality and parenting. Those who wish to go deeper can participate in suggested at home activities and join our online community to keep the discussion going at home.

REMINDER: CAYA Sprouts Go To The Festival of Lights at the Oakland Zoo

Come As You Are and… 

Join the CAYA Sprouts as they travel to the Oakland Zoo for the Festival of Lights. Hundreds of thousands of LED lights brighten Oakland's night sky. Highlights include a candy cane lane themed rides area, a night time adventure on the Outback Express train, rocking around the Christmas trees and a light show that's sure to blow out any bah-hum-bugs.

DATE: Saturday, January 2, 2016 
TIME: 6-9p
LOCATION: Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Road
Oakland, CA 94605

PARKING: Free - In the Upper Lot ONLY

ADMISSION: 
Adults: $8.00
Children (2-14) and Seniors (65-79): $7.00
Children under 2 and Adults over 80: FREE

ZooLights is a separate event and is not included in regular Zoo Admission.

WHAT TO BRING: Bring sturdy walking shoes, and lots of layers! As this is a night time event, it will likely be cold, please consider hats and gloves for everyone. Please also consider bringing extra money for any snacks, warm beverages, or souvenirs. 

Look for CAYA members just outside of the gate around 6p, and we'll head inside as a group around 6:15p.

CAYA Sprouts Go To the Festival of Lights at the Oakland Zoo

Come As You Are and… 

Join the CAYA Sprouts as they travel to the Oakland Zoo for the Festival of Lights. Hundreds of thousands of LED lights brighten Oakland's night sky. Highlights include a candy cane lane themed rides area, a night time adventure on the Outback Express train, rocking around the Christmas trees and a light show that's sure to blow out any bah-hum-bugs.

DATE: Saturday, January 2, 2016 
TIME: 6-9p
LOCATION: Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Road
Oakland, CA 94605

PARKING: Free - In the Upper Lot ONLY

ADMISSION: 
Adults: $8.00
Children (2-14) and Seniors (65-79): $7.00
Children under 2 and Adults over 80: FREE

ZooLights is a separate event and is not included in regular Zoo Admission.

WHAT TO BRING: Bring sturdy walking shoes, and lots of layers! As this is a night time event, it will likely be cold, please consider hats and gloves for everyone. Please also consider bringing extra money for any snacks, warm beverages, or souvenirs. 

Look for CAYA members just outside of the gate around 6p, and we'll head inside as a group around 6:15p.

Reminder! - SPROUTS GO TO THE REN FAIRE SEPT. 20Th

Come As You Are and… 

Join the CAYA Sprouts as they travel to the Nor Cal Renaissance Faire at Casa de Fruta. The Renaissance Faire is an annual event featuring period themed dress, entertainment, and eats. There’s a jousting tournament to behold and other games to partake, as well as face painting. Come out for a day of fun!

DATESunday Sept 20 

TIME: 11a-2p

LOCATION: Casa de Fruta
Pacheco Pass, HWY 152
10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy
Hollister, CA 95023

PARKING: $10 CASH only

ADMISSION: $25 per Adult, Children 12 and under are Free
With this coupon, attendance is 2 for 1: http://www.norcalrenfaire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/NCRF_2For1_8.5X5.5.pdf

WHAT TO BRING: Bring sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen, and lots of water! It is typically very warm at Casa de Fruta, with lots of sun, so sunscreen and water are very important. In addition to money for your ticket, consider bringing money for snacks, drinks, games, and/or trinkets and mementos. 

If you are planning to come, please email me at: luna.zeita (at) gmail (dot) com, so that I can make sure you’re getting in on the fun. You can also look for CAYA members just outside of the gate around 11a, and we'll head inside as a group around 11:15a.