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Sunrise Summer Solstice Ceremony

Come celebrate the elements and join us in deep ceremonial journey with the waters of the pond, the rocks and the magical sacred landscape of Osmosis’s garden sanctuary.

Together, we will honor the power of the earth and the blessings of her majesty.

Summer Solstice- Celebrating the fertile, hot, and illuminated aspect of Ra, the creator Sun God and the season of fertile growth.

Amplified by the rays of the sun- the seeds and intentions we planted in the spring now continue their growth and development. How’s your inner life growing? In what ways are we following through with the values and core intentions we hold inside with the choices we make ever day- with each step, each word and each deed?

Summer Solstice invites us to clarify and stand in full sun-being willing to let the Divine light shine strongly, so that all parts, the heart of innocence and the warrior can stand together illuminated by divine source energy. What part of our shadow can we allow to be illumined, seen, held and transformed? How can we maximize the coming harvest by nurturing the seeds we’ve planted?

Join us on Monday morning at 7am for a bright and powerful Community Ceremony with Elizabeth Moriarty, healer, counselor and community leader. Elizabeth is a master ceremonialist, facilitating people in the Direct Experience of divine source energy, sacred presence and loving kindness. www.Elizabethmoriarty.com

We will fill the garden pond area with the mystical sounds of Tibetan bowls sacred bells and the resonance of a planetary gong.    Coupled with natural sounds of the ponds and native wildlife our guests will be transported to the deeper inner self.   There is no greater journey then the one within.  Each molecule, each cell of our body carries a frequency. In optimum health, our body sings a song of vitality, balance and harmony.  The power of the instruments and their frequencies helps to fully relax us and unlock tightly held blocks in our bodies .

This event is Free –  No Reservation Required 

Global Wellness Day

Participate in this world-wide initiative aimed at promoting wellness!!! Osmosis Day Spa is partnering with the dyhana Center in Sebastopol to host a panel discussion: “How can health and wellness businesses work synergistically to achieve a higher level of vitality in our community “

“Global Wellness Day is an entirely not-for-profit day, a social platform created by volunteers dedicated to living well. Wellness Day which brings together exercise, healthy eating and sipritual teachings, is a social movement that will raise awareness of living well throughout the world. It is a step that can ignite the flame of happiness burning throughout the world. It is a special opportunity to bring together the wellness world in a sacred mission.”

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San Francisco Chronicle: Spa’s food in sync with its mission

The San Francisco Chronicle wrote this piece about the unique food program and delicious offerings at Osmosis.

by Carey Sweet

The spa menu at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone offers the usual massages and facials. But the Zen-inspired retreat of meditation gardens, creekside tea services and pagodas amid whispering trees offers the unexpected, too: the opportunity to ferment up to your neck in wooden tubs filled with finely ground cedar, rice bran and plant enzymes.

So it’s not surprising that the lunch menu here is no ordinary affair, either. In a novel approach to spa cuisine, food is produced in partnership with Ceres Community Project, a project from Sebastopol that trains teenage chefs to craft food as “medicine for the community.”

Specifically, Ceres provides nourishing meals to people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses while seeking to educate the public about the connection between food, healing and wellness.

Three years ago, Osmosis owner Michael Stusser approached Ceres to cook for his luxury oasis, where clients come to indulge in the baths he discovered in Japan for soothing pain, calming nerves, detoxifying and brightening skin. The nonprofit provided some 1,000 meals a year, all cooked by its students.

Then in March, Stusser and Ceres Executive Director Cathryn Couch came up with a more efficient idea: The cooking would be taken over by Fork Roadhouse and Catering, a restaurant just opened by chef Sarah Piccolo in Sebastopol. Piccolo provides the lunches at cost to Osmosis, so the spa can continue to pass along a portion of each sale to Ceres.

“Because Ceres runs their kitchen with volunteers, they could only make up lunches for Osmosis two or three times a week,” says Stusser. “Keeping the orders consistent with our guest volume was always a guessing game, and there was waste.”

Plus, the philosophy of Osmosis, Ceres and Fork is pristine ingredients. Ceres receives daily deliveries from purveyors such as the nonprofit WHOA Farm in Santa Rosa — $14,000 worth of WHOA food last year alone, according to Couch — while Fork works with artisan producers like FEED Sonoma, a business that purchases from 50 small farms in Sonoma County and delivers micro-orders to local buyers.

“With Fork, we can order and receive lunches daily, eliminating waste,” said Stusser. “It keeps everything so fresh and still provides a very helpful weekly cash flow to Ceres.”

For spa clients, the community benefit may just be icing on the tofu. Lunch costs $20 and can be pre-ordered at booking. Menus offer a broad range of items, such as miso-glazed chicken with rice noodle-kale-arame kelp salad; coconut vegetable masala over brown rice; or tempeh with orange, ginger and lemongrass sauce over sushi rice and salad.

“It’s a natural, since Ceres is strongly aligned in our values for a core focus on health, wellness and vitality,” Stusser said. “And our guests tell us Fork is delicious.”

Carey Sweet is a Bay Area freelance writer. E-mail: food@sfchronicle.com

 

“Yipi!” at Osmosis

A tour of Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary with Osmosis founder Michael Stusser. Includes the Cedar Enzyme Bath, history of Osmosis, our Northern California Japanese Garden and our commitment to sustainability and the Green Spa Network. This northern California spa is a landmark in wine country.