Virtual Share Faire – Again

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Our last Virtual Share Faire was so popular we decided to do it again, for a longer time! Join us at a virtual room at 1PM on the afternoon of Sunday, August 9th. RSVP by emailing

We’ll have skills to share, one after another – a parade of short, bite-sized skillshares and demos in 20 minute increments including 5 minutes for questions.

This will be a Skills-only Share Faire due to the virtual nature of the event.

You can expect to learn:
All about chickens from Victoria Armigo
Managing your nervous system in community from Marna S
Tips about growing cucumbers from Dave Lantz
Rainwater catchment from Randolph Tsien
Make your own mochi from Diane Ruddle
Acorns from William Mutch
Terrazo of Garbage from Roy Kornbluh
how other Transitioners are doing…and more!

And we’ll share each other’s good company while building a stronger community – as always, as it is needed even more now.

Everyone is welcome – so please share this event with your friends near and far.

Please plan to join us.  Please email to RSVP and receive the link for the conference call.

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Our first ever Virtual Share Faire kicked off on Father’s Day to a small but enthusiastic set of skillsharers and eager participants.

We started with a beautiful poem by Esther Kamkar, a local poet and skillsharer in her own right:

Then, Bart Anderson gave us a round up of why e-books are wonderful, especially in these times when libraries and stores may be closed, where and how to purchase them, and some tips and tricks.

Lauren Goodkind told us all about chess – from the very basics of how each piece can move up to the more advanced techniques that can help you win, though the fun is in how you play the game.

Robin Means took us through the ins-and-outs of making scones – vegan! She shared info on making your own vegan substitutes, tips for perfect texture, and even how to make vegan pepperoni.

William Mutch next demonstrated (along with Charlotte Day) his grain mill – showing us how it works (and works you out!), where to find – or even grow – whole grains, the many advantages, and more. Country Living Grain Mills

Next, Diane Ruddle shared a recipe from Happy Girl Kitchen‘s new book – for making a drinking vinegar or shrub. She gave lots of alternatives and also showed how to make nasturtium capers.

We ended with Roy Kornbluh‘s demo on the amazing properties of paper with regular paper circles, mobius strips, and mobius crosses – which, when cut, resulted in oohs and ahhs all around. Numberphile Mobius

Thank you to all the talented presenters and all who attended and asked great questions, participated in the discussion, and helped put the share in Share Faire. We are looking forward to seeing you at the next one!

Inner Transition – Group Continues This Month

Monday April 20, 7-9pm

Online discussion

Session 15: Train
Matthew Fox, PhD
Recovering Our Sense of the Sacred

In this session, Matthew Fox discusses the importance of reconnecting with the sacred in a technological world. Drawing on many faith traditions, Matthew shares how working with difficult emotions can awaken new energies in us and how specific practices can deepen our connection with the sacred. He also shares a newly forming movement called the Order of the Sacred Earth. Join Matthew to learn:

  • How working with anger and grief can awaken our creativity
  • How practices like gratitude can bring renewal and courage
  • The power of taking a vow to defend and protect Mother Earth
  • How to discover your unique contribution in today’s world

For Third Monday, on April 20, 2020 we will try something different. The plan is to watch the presentation of “Sounds True –  Waking Up in the World” on your own BEFORE our 7p discussion online.

RSVP to Victoria (varmigo at earthlink dot net) and she will send the mp4 presentation to you via so that you can view it before our discussion. Then she will send the video conferencing link to you.

Notes from the Farm


Razia Mianoor recently went to EcoFarm (sponsored by a few TPA members) and has this to share about her experience:

The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) presented its 40th annual EcoFarm Conference January 22 – 25, 2020 in Pacific Grove, CA. Building upon its farmer-to-farmer education model, EcoFarm is an essential networking and educational hub for ecologically minded farmers, ranchers, and all who work to support their success in growing a healthy food system and world.

I attended the EcoFarm conference and had a chance to network and learn from the experience of the participants who came from various sectors who touch on our food supply. The conference was designed to give a whole perspective of past, present and future outlook and participants shared their life long journey and also how to plan the succession for continuity.

The keynote speakers were motivational leaders and emotional intelligence about their own circumstances that helped the audience relate to the topics that were very enlightening, and the discussions helped us understand the issues and find remedies to the common problems prevailing in farming. The topics ranged from

• Ecology and equity
• The past, present, and future of organic
• Successful organic farmers
• Two paths to the future of food and farming

I enjoyed the workshops and found it challenging to decide which ones to attend as there were so many good workshops offered. The conference was very intense and involved us with activities which were fun filled as well as educational, socializing and networking.

I will now strategize to implement the practices I learned from the conference on my farm (Farm View Youth Learning Center) which is a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) tax ID# 82-1158784 located in Gilroy, CA on a 20 acres organic farm. As a member of clean carbon free energy initiative started in Mountain View, my focus will be to implement solar energy for the pump and the equipment. I am in the process of installing a 6000 sq ft metal building that will serve as classroom for the youth and have a cold room for storage.

I would highly encourage members to attend if not all 4-5 days then just one day to experience the Asilomar Conference ground and the facility and meet with the EcoFarm staff who are truly amazing to put such a magnificent event each year working from different corners of our great country.
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Inner Transition – Group Continues This Month

Monday January 20, 6:30-9:30pm

Session 11: Train
Leon Logothetis
I See You: The Power of Human Connection

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day let us remember together what is possible.

In this session, Leon discusses his incredible journey around the world—one that relied solely on the kindness of others. What these Good Samaritans didn’t know is that as they gave from their hearts, they would be given life-changing gifts. From a sending a homeless man back to school to building a house for a HIV-diagnosed mom in Cambodia, these gifts were Leon’s way of giving back. Leon’s journey will inspire you to recognize your own potential and give back in any way you can. He’ll discuss his long trek out of the corporate world and into the life he was always meant to live: real, raw, rewarding. In this refreshing presentation, you’ll explore:

  • The power of helping someone feel less alone
  • How kindness can change your life forever
  • How you can change the world one kind act at a time

For Third Monday, on January 20, 2020, the plan is 6:30p potluck, 7p viewing of a session of “Sounds True –  Waking Up in the World”, 8:30p Discussion – in Sunnyvale.

To ask any questions, please contact Victoria Event link. 

Inner Transition – Group Continues This Month

Monday December 16, 6:30-9:30pm

Session 10: Train
Rhonda V. Magee, MA, JD
Mindfulness and Racial Justice: A Path for All of Us

Rhonda V. Magee is an internationally recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law, and social justice. In this moving conversation and training session, Rhonda speaks with Kriste Peoples in the wake of yet another fatal mass shooting in the United States. Rhonda helps us explore ways to engage with the feelings of outrage, exhaustion, and fearfulness that often peak after such events and guides listeners through a powerful guided practice for healing. Topics include:

  • Meeting all of life with “friendly awareness”—not as bypassing or denial, but as cultivating a capacity to be with what is
  • Awareness practices as keys to personal, interpersonal, and collective transformation in the face of challenge and opportunity
  • Disrupting the harm done by our biases and building multicultural communities
  • Reckoning with the suffering caused by bias in general, and creating a pathway to healing and redemption

For Third Monday, on December 16, 2019 the plan is 6:30p potluck, 7p viewing of a session of “Sounds True –  Waking Up in the World”, 8:30p Discussion – in Sunnyvale.

To ask any questions, please contact Victoria

Scare Faire and Costume Swap October 20th

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Oooh, another Scare Faire is coming your way, full of spooky goodness – on Sunday, October 20th, 1-3pm at the Museum of American Heritage

Old costumes lurking? Send them packing to possess a new home in our Costume Swap. Bring your adult and child costumes in good condition (as well as Halloween decorations) right at 1pm, get a number, and start choosing costumes at 1:20!

Bring your old costumes at 1:00.  We’ll give you a sequential number.  At 1:20, we’ll call numbers, starting with 1, to let people in to look for new costumes.  Every few minutes we’ll let in people with the next few numbers. When all of the numbers are exhausted, we’ll open the room to share the remaining costumes with whomever is the

While you’re waiting, check out our Scare Faire – a traditional Transition Palo Alto Share Faire with some Halloween twists.  Learn a skill, find something in need of a home, meet your neighbors, have some fun.

We’ll once again haunt the bewitching Museum of American Heritage with our Halloween and Holiday Scare Faire, a chance to get to know your ghastly neighbors, scare, and share.

You’ll be under the spell of our Series on Eating your values as well:

  • Peter Ruddock will share thoughts on Eating Transition Values
  • Kim Acker will demonstrate how to cook from the Farmer’s Market (and Cooking your values!)
  • Diane Ruddle will teach us how to save and use up our food and scraps (without Wasting your values!)

If your ghostly appetite is still not appeased by all that food talk, you can also:

  • Bedevil yourself, having your face painted by Nimita
  • Exorcise your laptop or computer, thanks to Bart Anderson‘s technology expertise
  • Materialize a Halloween craft, in the expert hands of Hamsa Rajaram

As always, we’ll have goods to share, including garden, clothing, household, books and more. So scare up your own to bring!

And we’ll share each other’s good company while building a BOOtiful, stronger community.

Please plan to join us.  If you’d like to volunteer as a greeter, for set-up or clean-up, or for whatever, please sign up at

Free, donations appreciated. RSVP here. 

Want to learn more about our Sharing Events? More info here. 

Inner Transition – October 21st

Session 9: Engage Adyashanti

Sounds True – Waking up in the World

For Third Monday, on October 21, 2019 the plan is 6:30p potluck, 7p viewing of a session of “Sounds True –  Waking Up in the World”, 8:00p Discussion – in Sunnyvale.. We’ll continue this month with Session 9: Engage


Embracing Our Totality

“Waking up,” reflects Adyashanti, “is a fundamental alteration in the way we perceive ourselves—in who and what we take ourselves to be.” And this shift can make all the difference in how we bring our truest beliefs into action. Join Adyashanti to explore:

  • Moving from “goodness” to “wholeness”—why we need to question our abstract, utopian visions and stay focused on helping others in our actions
  • How vulnerability and undiluted clarity help us embrace our shadow dimensions, such as rage and despair
  • Bringing our higher “soul values”—including truth and love—to the real-world problems that surround us

To RSVP or ask any questions, please feel free to contact Victoria varmigo at earth link dot net.

6:30pm Monday, October 21. 6:30pm potluck, 7pm viewing, 8:15 discussion. Check email for details.

Inner Transition – September 16th

Session 8: Engage Joanna Macy

Sounds True – Waking up in the World

For Third Monday, on September 16, 2019 the plan is 6:30p potluck, 7p viewing of a session of “Sounds True –  Waking Up in the World”, 8:00p Discussion. Location TBD in Sunnyvale or Los Altos. We’ll continue this month with Session 8: Engage

Joanna Macy, PhD

We Belong: Hope, Choice, and Our Relationship with the Earth
In this interview, Sounds True founder Tami Simon speaks with leading eco-philosopher, activist, and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy. They discuss the need for hope in times of chaos and dissolution, as well as how hope is something we do rather than just feel. They consider apathy as a refusal to face the inevitability of suffering and why the state of the environment can be especially heartbreaking. Finally, Tami and Joanna talk about our relationship with the earth as a natural birthright—one that is actually the source of all our energy and joy. Highlights include:

  • The earth as not just alive, but an extension of our bodies
  • “The Great Turning”—which way will we go?
  • Hope versus optimism, and choosing to participate in our own evolution

To RSVP or ask any questions, please feel free to contact Victoria varmigo at earth link dot net.

6:30pm Monday, September 16. 6:30pm potluck, 7pm viewing, 8:15 discussion. Check email for details.

Sharing at the Craft Faire



It had been five years since we last had a Crafts-only swap – and we were back at Opal’z Soap and Scents, but in a new location. A hot, sunny Saturday midday brought out bags and boxes of everyone’s craft discards, but also lots was taken home to be newly repurposed.

There was such a range of things – papers, potpourri items, soap-making, candle-making, fabrics, containers, bottles, stickers, kits for kids, paints and colors, small supplies, and a few things that would need some creativity to be repurposed!

We had a steady trickle of people come in, and TPA is also the owner of a new tent canopy for events.

Thanks to our dedicated few volunteers (notably Kenneth Meng and Barbara Weinstein), and our demoers Suzanne Fouche, who showed lace-making and kumihimo, Amanda Kovattana, who displayed and discussed various types of shoes she had made, and William Mutch who showed different types of bracelet weaving, plus the several kind people who dropped off some fruit from their gardens, we had a lively event filled with community and crafty kindness.

Thank you also to Annie of Opal’z, Zero Waste Palo Alto, and everyone who came to share and participate!