Pacific Orchid Exposition
Celebrating its 60th showcase, the nonprofit San Francisco Orchid Society's Pacific Orchid Exposition showcases 150,000 orchids from around the globe, which grow in diverse shapes, sizes, and colors. Savvy staff members lead tours through the aromatic sea of traditional and hybrid plants, dishing out cultivation tips and reminding plant owners to supply plants with ample sunlight and even ampler sunscreen
I provide hypnotherapy for getting rid of addictions such as smoking, weight loss, eating disorders, fears such as flying, public speaking, or social anxiety, increasing self-confidence, releasing traumas, achieving goals and more.
Carsten Spencer found himself on a journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening when injuries threatened to end his performing career in 1985. Since then, he has worked with shamanic healers, sound healers, and dream and astral travelers. He practices meditation, yoga, and energy healing, and through his explorations has created his own method of full-body massage and energy alignment treatments. He uses standing massage and yoga stretches to align the spine and revitalize organs while balancing energy centers in the body.
Five Things to Know About CIIS Conscious Café
Burrowed inside the California Institute of Integral Studies—on the third floor of the main building—Conscious Café jumpstarts brainpower with fresh, healthy food and fair-trade coffee. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you stop by:
The food is local and organic whenever possible. It's also delivered fresh several times per week. Favorites include Indian curries crafted by a local Ayurvedic chef and tamales sourced from a popular stand at the Civic Center farmer's market.
Its coffee comes from Costa Rica. There, workers who earn higher-than-average salaries use organic farming practices to grow the beans.
The café gives you a $0.25 discount if you bring your own mug. You can even keep the mug at the café instead of carrying it around all day.
Almost everything is compostable—plates, cups, and utensils. The lids used for hot drinks are the one exception. Since compostable lids tend to leak, the café uses recyclable ones instead.
Rotating artwork from CIIS students covers the walls. The music also reflects the clientele: quieter tunes play during study times, and louder jams play during more social hours.
Certified members of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the husband-and-wife team of James D. and Lynn C. Swearingen have been tapping into patients' subconscious since 2006. The duo delves into clients’ minds to discover causes of anxiety, low self-esteem, and emotional trauma before taking steps toward behavioral change. Their treatments also help guests quit smoking, navigate 12-step counseling, or overcome their fear of taking tests while submerged in a shark tank. During each personalized appointment, the Swearingens train patients in self-hypnosis, which requires a minimum of four 50- to 90-minute sessions to master.
Under the direction of one of the leading brain-plasticity scientists, Posit Science whets worn neurological appetites with memory-boosting software. The Brain Fitness auditory program perks up drooping brain folds by fine-tuning ear bearings to more efficiently process audible information. Mind molders can spend between 15 to 60 minutes flexing their grey matter, improving both communication and recollection. The software also tailors cognitive games based on personal progress and offers brain-boosting feedback along the way.