Percy Schmeiser, Non GMO Farmer returns to Sonoma

Percy Schmeiser and his wife

Schmeiser pleased with victory over Monsanto

After a long and intense 10 year legal battle, in an out of court settlement finalized on March 19, 2008, Percy Schmeiser has settled his lawsuit with Monsanto. Monsanto has agreed to pay all the clean-up costs of the Roundup Ready canola that contaminated Schmeiser’s fields. The issue revolves around unwanted Roundup Ready canola plants that arrived on Schmeiser’s fields. Monsanto refused to reimburse or compensate Schmeiser for this contamination unless he signed an agreement to not speak publically on the matter and that he would never sue Monsanto for contamination. A significant part of the agreement is that there was no gag-order imposed on the settlement and that Monsanto could be sued again if further contamination occurred. Schmeiser believes this precedent setting agreement ensures that farmers will be entitled to reimbursement when their fields become contaminated with unwanted Roundup Ready canola or any other unwanted GMO plants. “In an indirect way, Monsanto has acknowledged liability for the contamination of a field by the unwanted appearance of its genetically altered product,” stated Schmeiser in reaction to the settlement.”

Sheana Davis, The EPicurean Connection has hosted Percy Schmeiser 4 times over 9 years in Sonoma and the bay area, including Berkeley, San Francisco, Manchester, Ukiah and Santa Rosa. It is with great pleasure to host Percy and his wife Louise to Sonoma and celebrate the success of his legal challenges against Monsanto.

An evening with Canadian Non GMO Farmer Percy Schmeiser
Hosted by Sheana Davis The Epicurean Connection
May 2, 2008
Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa St.
Sonoma, Ca. 95476
6:30 doors open
7:00-8:30 Conversation
$15.00 per person
No host organic bar, hosted by Marin Organic
For additional information, please call Sheana at 707-935-7960 or

For additional information please contact Sheana Davis, 707-935-7960 or

FREE Holistic Practitioner’s Networking Evening 4/22 Sonoma

Please join us for one of our FREE evening gatherings where you’ll meet other holistic practitioners, develop a sense of community, learn pragmatic skills for growing your practice, and contribute to a stimulating conversation about the current state and future of integrative health care.

SPECIAL NOTE: Although Eclectic Health sponsors these evenings, there is absolutely no obligation to join our provider network.

Upcoming dates:

Sebastopol – 4/7
Sonoma – 4/22
San Francisco – 4/23
Walnut Creek – 4/28
Napa – 5/6
Oakland – 5/6
Santa Rosa – 5/19
Mill Valley – 5/20

Our gatherings are limited to
25 participants.

To plan for seating and refreshments,
your RSVP is required.

RSVP Today! Email Veronica Torres: veronica@eclectiche

Details about Sonoma & Napa events:
(for details about events not listed here, please email veronica@eclectiche

SONOMA – Tuesday, April 22th

Tonight’s theme:
How can exploring my frustrations clarify my passions?

California Institute of Massage
772 W. Napa Street
Cross Street 7th Street West

6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Facilitated by Veronica Torres

Network Director, Eclectic Health

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NAPA – Tuesday, May 6th

Tonight’s theme:
Articulating what you have to offer to attract new clients!

Pathways to Wellness
1920 Lernhart Street, Ste A
Cross Street: W. Imola

6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Facilitated by Tessa Norris

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SANTA ROSA – Monday, May 19th

Tonight’s theme:
Attracting your ideal client

Triumph Life Center
131-A Stony Circle, Suite #975

6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Directions: Stony Circle is one mile North of Hwy 12 off of Stony Point. There is a traffic light at Stony Circle. You can only turn West onto Stony Circle. Once on Stony Circle, go past the roundabout. Take the first Left after the hedge and then take another immediate Left. The Center will be on your left in the first row of offices.

Map of this location

Facilitated by
Jim & Heidi Noh-Kuhn
Business & Life Coaches

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More information
Our gatherings are small and intimate, with no more than 25 participants. During the two-hour gathering you’ll have an opportunity to introduce yourself and the work that you do, feel the support of your colleagues, and explore some of the themes and challenges that we face collectively.

We encourage you to bring business cards, brochures, flyers, or any other information relevant to your practice.

For those who are new to Eclectic Health, we will provide information about how to join our community of health care professionals, and what it means to become a provider in our growing regional network.

However, our facilitators are not Eclectic Health employees, and these evenings are not about selling you anything. Rather, they represent a broad commitment by Eclectic Health to support the wellness practitioner community in ways that build community and advance the field of integrative health care.

Light appetizers and refreshments will be served, and there is absolutely no cost to attend. We welcome you to forward this invitation to any colleagues who might be interested in attending.

RSVP today

If you plan on joining us, please RSVP with Veronica Torres at Veronica@EclecticHe or by calling (888) 707-5716 Ext. 5.

Are you interested in hosting and/or facilitating one of our evening gatherings? If you’re a professional coach, facilitator, or practitioner who likes to network and build community, we’d like to support you to create an evening gathering near you.

Contact Veronica Torres to explore the possibilities!

Upcoming Workshops

realizing the promise of integrative healthcare

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, September 12-13, 2008
WHERE: JFK University (Pleasant Hill – 30 minutes from Oakland Airport)

TRACKS: (1) Deepening Your Practice – (2) Integration & Collaboration – (3) Marketing
PROGRAM: Includes 2 keynotes, 12 seminars, 6 wellness breaks, and more…

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Save $100 when you register before June 1st

ECLECTIC PRACTITIONERS: $225 regular admission – $175 early bird

Not yet an Eclectic Health practitioner? Call 707-938-3418 to learn more about joining our interactive community of health care providers and wellness consultants.

En-er-gize Your Chakras with Laughter Yoga 4/26

En-er-gize Your Chakras with Laughter Yoga
Carmela Caryle, M.A.
Internationally Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher
Saturday.  April 26th.
Workshop: 10:30  to 12:00 noon
Including Workshop, Lunch and Celebration afterwards.  $40.
Call 707-217- 4584 to sign up. Space is limited.
Energy is the source of all life.  We now know that everything — including our own bodies — is made up of energy that is in constant motion. Please join Renee and Sue for their dynamic grand opening workshop devoted to exploring and enhancing your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy the fun way  — with  Laughter Yoga. No previous knowledge or experience required. We will laugh you through it.
In yogic healing, chakras (wheels) are the seven swirling energy centers of subtle energy running from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Each is a hub for vital energy or life force  (prana)  that flows through the body. These seven energy centers affect our survival skills, stress levels, sexuality, sensuality, self-confidence, power, love, communication, mental clarity and connection to the cosmos. Wow!  That’s a lot to laugh about!  Carmela will share practical ways to work with your chakras using  color, scent, sound, yoga postures and of course, laughter.
Get en-er-gized with laughter exercises, deep breathwork, some time on the mat, and moving around the studio in playful community celebration. The benefits are immediate and amazing!
Carmela Carlyle created the first Laughter Yoga Club in Sonoma County. Her extensive skills and background as a professional counselor, yoga teacher, support group facilitator, management training specialist and party gal enable her to exquisitely customize Laughter Yoga in a variety of settings. She is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, spas and yoga studios, marketing events, in organizational settings, eldercare communities, and yes, for private parties.  707.765.9035.

Carmela Carlyle
M.A. Clinical Psychology

Internationally Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher

Breathe, Stretch & Laugh Your Way to Better Health!
Laughter Yoga Sessions include deep breathing and stretching with movement, clapping and laughter exercises. There are no jokes. Carmela will guide the group with techniques to bypass intellectual barriers and inspire contagious laughter. Each participant will also have the opportunity to explore his/her own laughter. The sessions end with a short restorative relaxation. The secret to laughter yoga’s success is that our bodies are hardwired with powerful natural reactions to extended hearty laughter and the benefits are felt immediately.

The proven medical benefits are:

  • Blood & all major organs are fully oxygenated.
  • Boosted endorphin levels reduced aches, pain, anxiety & depression.
  • Blood pressure & blood pressure & pulse rate drop & circulation improves.
  • Immune, digestive, sexual & cardiac systems are stimulated.
  • Stress levels (cortisol) reduced by as much as 75%.
  • Belly fat is reduced and diaphragm is relaxed
  • Stretching lengthens, relaxes and strengthens your muscles.
  • Laughing together creates community connection

Brief History of Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga was created by Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician in Mumbai, India.
In the early 1990’s he had a private practice and wrote papers for medical
journals. In his scholarly work he became interested in the growing body of scientific evidence showing that laughter is extremely beneficial to mental and physical health. He and his wife, Madhuri, a
yoga teacher, integrated yoga breathing, stretches, clapping and laughter exercises to create Laughter Yoga. They started a small group in 1995 and there are now Laughter Yoga clubs in 58 countries with thousands of people laughing for better health around the world everyday. Laughter Yoga has been featured on CNN. The Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Oprah, as well as in the international press around the globe. Now you can enjoy its benefits in  beautiful wine country.



April 12, 10am to 2pm
945A West Spain, Sonoma, CA

Please join Margy Henderson and a circle of toning explorers for experiencing our intuitive, authentic voices without words. Safe and performance-free, we will have opportunity to sing together, meditate in toning, and offer sounds to those who wish to receive in the middle of the circle.

If you would like to come, please reply email or call Margy at 707-938-8334
Event location: Margy’s house, 945A West Spain, Sonoma, CA
Hum or sing on the way.
Dress comfortably; bring slippers or warm sox and a journal.
Cost of playshop: slide comfortably below or around $20 to $30
Everyone is welcome to stay afterward to eat any lunch you bring. That’s when you’ll want to socialize with the amazingly wonderful people who have been healing you during the circle.
DIRECTIONS: Map quest to Hwy 12 and West Spain. I am across from the Blue Moon Saloon. Park in Fabric business parking lot. Walk through carport at 945 West Spain to white house behind the yellow one.

Susan Osborn says:
Toning is a primal human creative act. It is an essential part of the human emotional digestive system and a gift intricately woven into our design as human beings. Over time, as we have separated from the natural world around us and our own nature, we have relegated singing to the extracurricular, and entertainment, and left this basic human expression to the specialists. This exploration is about reclaiming the original power and purpose of intuitive singing.

The journey of singing without words following first the breath, then the sound of a sigh, then the song, leads us with the energy of emotion into a place of clarity and integration; a reunion with our true nature.

Toning is a practice; a way to center, contact who you are, and from that place create a gift of beauty and truth to share with others.

Toning is the direct language of the soul, available to all people regardless of talent. It is a universally understood communication, beyond words, from one body to another.

A primary focus of this work is the power of compassionate witnessing … how we listen to ourselves and each other. We will explore how toning can contribute significantly to our emotional, physical and spiritual health. There will be time to offer healing sound to each other in the group.

Toning is for anyone, regardless of experience or talent, who would like to practice intuitive creativity and emotional integration, and as a pathway to deep healing.

Margy Henderson

Sound Healer and certified Hand Analyst

Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of
the beliefs – and becoming who you are.
–Rachel Naomi Remen

Sonoma Garden Park Spring Update

1.  “What’s New in the Garden?

“Compost row is back!

Thanks to Gary Edwards and his lovely tractor we can stroll down compost row (next to tool shed), without getting lost in the weeds!

Coming soon will be signage that points you in the right direction when you wish to add to the compost. Greens Here is where all your fresh, living, green weeds and kitchen scraps should go. Browns Here is just the opposite: dead, dying, brown garden debris. Thanks for helping us organize the garden and don’t forgot to check it out for yourself.

EXTENDED  VOLUNTEER HOURS: Wednesdays and  Fridays 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. /  Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes.  No experience necessary!

Fourth Graders visit the Sonoma Garden Park!

As part of “Growing Discovery”,  SEC staff and volunteers from Sonoma County Master Gardeners will be teaching hands- on gardening and ecology lessons to several Sonoma Valley Fourth Grade classes as they visit Sonoma Garden Park during the month of April.  Students will be making compost, digging garden beds, planting and transplanting vegetables and learning about birds, butterflies and bees!  This program is made possible through the generous support of the following foundations: Kimball Foundation, Bothin Foundation, Community Foundation Sonoma County, Van Loben Sels/Rembe Rock, and Dean Witter Foundation.

Butterfly and Mediterranean Gardens Renewal Planned:

Through a grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, the Sonoma Ecology Center staff and volunteers are renewing these “Demonstration Gardens” at Sonoma Garden Park.  We have recruited the help of several local landscape designers, including Patricia Cullinan who is volunteering to design the SGP’s Mediterranean and Drought Tolerant Gardens, slated to be installed by late fall 2008.

Ms. Cullinan is on the Board of the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation and designed a garden for a 1910 Queen Anne cottage that the SLHP is restoring for a Heritage Center.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and a co-Branch head of  the Mediterranean Garden Society and at the 2007 Annual General Meeting, in Athens, Greece, made a presentation on ‘Historical water use in Northern California as it pertains to Dry Farming and Residential Landscaping’.  We are thrilled to be working with her as she brings much experience and expertise to the project!  Here is what she has to say about the project:

“As the world is ever more conscience of water, and because of the climate I live in, the use of Mediterranean type plants and Mediterranean style gardening will be ever more important in the future. I see the Community Garden on 7th Street in Sonoma as the tool to inform gardeners about Mediterranean style gardening and the use of many California native plants.”

The renewal of the Butterfly Garden is underway, and slated to be installed by late summer 2008.  Mundo Murgia, on staff at the Sonoma Ecology Center is working on the design.  Stay tuned for updates!


Sam Honey, the farmer neighbor to the garden, is working on an exciting project!  He has acquired a solar powered portable electric fence and is soon to walk over his sheep, which are a rare and interesting breed called St. Croix, to the garden to work on eating down some of our tall weeds.  This will be a great help!  Stay tuned for photos!

Greenhouse and Nursery Filling Up!

We are growing lots of baby veggies and flowers in our nursery.  Stop by and take a look, during volunteer hours. AppleMark

Photo: Nursery at SGP, March ‘08

2. Sonoma Garden Park Wish List:

Do you have any of the following items to donate? If so, contact Tiona at 996-0712 X 120 or reply to this email.

Arched metal or wood trellises, liquid kelp, liquid fish emulsion, powdered kelp, powdered rock dust, oyster shell or dolomite,  5 gallon buckets with handles, sturdy wheel barrows, wire for trellising raspberries and grapes, rice straw bales, sturdy folding tables and or picnic tables, portable shade structures and umbrellas, sturdy garden forks, shovels, spades, and pruners, half wine barrels in good condition, garden hoses in good condition, spray nozzles or wands, sturdy bird baths, bird feeders, greenhouse kit (estimated size:  8′ X 17″).  All donations are tax deductible.

3. Workshops and Events at the SGP:


Saturday, April 19th 10 a.m. – Noon Local beekeepers, Bill Wiebalk and Will Ackley, will present a beekeeping seminar and honey tasting at the Sonoma Garden Park, 19990 Seventh St. East, just north of Denmark St., in Sonoma.  This seminar is presented by the Sonoma Ecology Center and will focus on the benefits of keeping bees in a garden without the use of pesticides and how to harvest surplus honey.  Wiebalk and Ackley will give an overview of how a bee colony operates, the importance of bee pollination to agriculture, the equipment needed to keep bees, and the duties of the beekeeper.  They will discuss the environmental impact of the death of bee colonies throughout the U.S., called Colony Collapse Disorder.  A honey tasting to appreciate the taste and quality of honey produced without pesticides will conclude the seminar.

After the honey tasting, the beekeepers will perform a brief inspection of the Sonoma Garden Park hives.  If you would like to observe the hive inspection, please bring long pants, socks, shoes, and a light-colored long sleeve shirt.  We will provide you with a veil and gloves.

The fee for the seminar is $20 (sliding scale) and space is limited.  Reservations are required.  To make reservation contact Tiona Gundy at (707) 996-0712, ext. 120 or

HARVEST MARKET OPENS! Saturday, May 3rd, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Soon we will have produce and plants for sale, right here at the garden!  If you wish to buy tomato starts early, please contact Tiona at 996-9744 or email:

4.  Community Gardeners’ News:

This year we are starting out with several new community gardeners.  Over 20 plots are being leased!  The Sonoma Valley Mothers’ Club is taking on a larger plot which they plan to fence and develop as a FUN and MAGICAL place for small children to get their hands in the “dirt”!  To help with small fence building and garden set up, please contact: Sarah Cerles at 996-1348


photo: Kevin McGuire, one of the new community gardeners at SGP, gets his plot ready for spring planting.

5. Community Events and Plant Sales:

Earth Day Fair at Whole Foods in Sonoma

Saturday, April 19th, 12:00–4:00 p.m    Free

An Earth Day Fair in celebration of Mother Earth. Sample delicious items from local and Green vendors. Enter raffles to win prizes. Visit educational tables from local organizations including Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma Birding, and Sonoma County Bicycling Coalition to learn about composting, alternative transportation and more! Kids join Andrew Hippert, Whole Foods Market Team Member, to make art from recyclables and compostables.

Volunteers Needed for GREEN TEAM at Sonoma Valley Film Festival (April 9 – April 13)

The Green Team will be promoting green practices at each venue  throughout the festival.   If you know anyone who would like to participate, please have them call Pam Personette at (707) 935-9500.

Harvest For The Hungry Garden Huge Plant Sale!

Saturday, April 26th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  at 1717 Yulupa Ave. @ Hoen, Santa Rosa, (1 block from Whole  Foods)

Organically grown heirloom vegetables, flowers, native and habitat plants, medicinal and culinary  herbs, and more!

A benefit for Harvest for the Hungry Garden.  For more info:  566-7937

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center Plant Sale!

Saturday and  Sunday, April 12 & 13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 15290  Coleman Valley Rd, Occidental, CA.

For more information: / (707)874-1557

See you in the Garden!

Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park Coordinator
Sonoma Ecology Center
996-0712 X 120