Commonweal Open House - May 22nd - 12::30-1:30pm Conversation - 1:30-5:00pm Open House - Read details

Kyra Epstein • April 20, 2022

Renew | Reopen | Reunite

Commonweal Open House 2022

May 22, 2022

12:30-1:30 New School conversation with Dr. Anna O'Malley and Steve Heilig: Good Medicine: Music, Creativity, Culture and the Cultivation of Resilience (held in an outdoor space)
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Open House 

at Commonweal, Bolinas
451 Mesa Road, Bolinas, CA 94924

Find out more and REGISTER HERE


We look forward to having you back to Commonweal and being in person in community again!
Registration is required due to limited space on our grounds.

We invite you to help us celebrate re-opening the Commonweal land to in-person engagement.

  • Learn more about Commonweal and our programs, and meet program directors and staff
  • Walk the land or join in a walking tour.
  • See The Alchemy of Place: an amazing art show in Gallery Commonweal featuring the artwork of 10 local artists
  • Tour the Commonweal Garden
  • Enjoy the music of El Radio Fantastique along with delicious snacks and drinks


Commonweal is a center for learning and research, transformation and discovery. Our programs work in the areas of health & healing; education & the arts; and environment & justice. We are located in Bolinas, California, on land that is part of the Point Reyes National Seashore.

COVID-19 vaccinations are required at Commonweal.


Smelling the Roses

Dear friends, I hope this message finds you well, and that the sweetness of spring is nourishing your heart. Especially if you, like me, are finding your heart and mind a little care-worn, standing in witness to so much suffering, oppression, injustice, devastation. Can you find ways to stop, to pull back a bit, and smell the roses? This one, here, was planted on Easter, in the space created when a large branch of an old rosemary plant broke and was cleared away. Death and rebirth. Again and again. Are there delights awaiting you if you could only clear out the space, the time, the presence? While COVID is still among us, I am delighting in the unfolding opportunities to re-emerge, reconnect, and to live with the teachings of pandemic illness--fluidity amidst uncertainty, non-attachment, the realization that any one of us could die at any moment (when was it not like that?), injustice and oppression is life-threatening, and that living fully in the present moment is the surest strategy to make the most of this precious, fleeting life. These teachings apply to facing into climate change and the possibility of catastrophic change, too. So let's have a good time together, smelling the roses, sitting together around the fire, making music, moving our bodies, opening our senses as well as our hearts. Tending this Garden that is our precious Earth. Making beauty and oases of care for each other, for all members of our human family. Living as fully, as vitally as we can, while we are here. If you'd like to drop into connection with other humans on this path, in community, read on for ways to engage. With love, Anna  and the team at Natura  
Full Moon Fire CircleSunday, May 15, 6:45-9 pm Join us around the fire, keeping the tradition as old as time of gathering, sharing what is on our hearts, and being heard. This fire circle is intergenerational, contemplative, and held as a safe space. All are welcome. **This full moon will be in full lunar eclipse (from 8:29 to 9:53 PDT), peak totality as we part at 9:11 pm. What a lovely lunar reality. Please RSVP here so we can set a chair out for you. (*Note-depending on conditions, we will likely pause the fire circles during the summer months. Stay tuned)  

Commonweal Open House!The New School Conversation with Anna O'Malley and Steve Heilig! Garden Tour El Radio Fantastique!

Sunday, May 22

What a delightful day this will be, over at Commonweal. Starting at 12:30 pm, Anna will be in dialogue with Steve Heilig about the good medicine of music, creativity and culture and the role it plays in our healing and resilience. Tune in on-line or better yet, come in person! The link to register is here. Come and learn about the good work of Commonweal programs, join us for a tour of the garden between 1:45 and 2:30 pm, hear from Commonweal's co-founder and president Michael Lerner, and then---music, dance and fun courtesy of El Radio Fantastique.  Do come. Register here.

Community Medicine Garden Reciprocal Tending

Thursday, May 26 from 2 pm to 4 pmJoin us for a little therapeutic garden tending--part check in, part experiential horticultural therapy--who is being tended when we tend the Garden? Bring your whole self (especially the part with the heaviness, the weight of grief, the messy emotions) and some gloves and let's love up the land and let the Earth carry some of the weight. Please register here  
Community Medicine CirclesBeyond Subjugation, Commodification and Addiction: Bringing Consciousness to the Human-Nicotiana RelationshipWednesday, June 1 6:30-7:45 pm, on Zoom This Community Medicine Circle is for anyone who is engaged in bringing themselves into right relationship with tobacco, and their precious body. We will be diving deep into addiction, and the forces at work in the behavioral hooks that keep us in addictive patterns, and how to be in our sovereignty in our beings. Paired with the Community Medicine Garden event June 2 (see below). Please register here.Community Medicine Garden: Mending our relationship with NicotianaThusday, June 2 4-5:30 pm (note later time) Paired with the above Community Medicine Circle, we will be gathering in honor of the plant being who has been so sorely abused and has slipped into a dishonoring relationship with so many humans. We will be ceremonially planting Nicotiana quadrivalvis. Little baby native tobacco plants will be available to bring home for those interested in the personal alchemy of tending to this special plant being. Please register here.  
Art of Vitality Healing and Resilience, in Community with all of Life We are delighted to announce that Art of Vitality will be again held, starting in October. As we harvest the learnings of the past two years, we are refining the offering, centering it on the promise of models of care that hold health and healing as something we do in community, with all of life. Please consider joining us if you are looking for a deep dive into a shared experience of learning, being, and connecting, and resonate with a commitment to ripple this way of healing, in reciprocity with the Earth, out through your community. To learn more, visit the webpage here, and attend one of these introductions!Intro to the Art of Vitality (on Zoom): Thursday, August 25 6:30-8:00 pmIntro to the Art of Vitality (in person): Saturday, September 10, 10 am-1pm. Tea and light refreshments provided.(Registration for Introduction sessions will be open by Friday, May 20.)
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