Events & Workshops


Candle Making class
Create your own scented soy candles with Elika Sage. The class includes 2 candles.

A candle making workshop to create your own clean burning, scented soy candles. Blend your own scents using fragrance and essential oils! We will provide a wide variety of fragrances including florals, herbs, musks, smoky & leather scents, soothing essential oils and more.  All the materials are provided, just come ready to have fun, learn some candle making magic and be inspired to make more! Everyone will go home with two handmade 4-ounce soy candles, which will burn about 20 hours each.


Saturday, June 15th, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Rare Bird
3883 Piedmont Avenue Oakland Ca 94611


Solstice Gathering Oakland

Summer Solstice Gathering under the moonlight, outside with the Redwood, Douglas Fir and Oak trees in Erica's backyard. June 22nd, 6-9pm.
When the full light of the Summer Solstice Sun shines it amplifies whatever we bring forward in offering. What do you want warmed and sparkled by the sun in your life?
Join our circle of women as we gather in the moonlight for a tea ceremony, guided meditation, song, shamanic journey, sharing and creating solstice wands.
This high point of summer asks us to merge with all of life and to really inhabit ourselves. Gather with us as we celebrate this sacred moment in our year. These special days we are gifted by Mother Nature are rich moments with the power of transformation and reflection.  Let's journey into the summer sunlight together and discover what wants to blaze within us.
The Solstice also marks the precise time that the dark begins growing again, and the light begins to dwindle. This shows us life's cycles just as grandmother moon reminds us of our cycles too. Yin in yang --- always.  We too are part of the moon's phases, the seasons, the circle of life. We often loose ourselves in the busyness of life's demands, throwing us off balance, leaving us ungrounded. These circles are a time to gather, witness life's cycles, learn from and remember to come back to ourselves and honor our natural rhythm.
Ritual happens in the sharing. We will come together, cast a circle of sacred space, and.... begin talking. Come join us under the moon for our women's circle of sharing, laughing, reflecting, and finding ourselves through each other and guided meditation.
In honor of the sacred pause that happens on the Solstice, we will be gathering outside, under the stars and the moonlight in Erica's backyard. We will be offering light snacks and drinks, hot tea, and supplies for making Solstice wands. Please dress in layers for warmth. Bring a back jack or low folding chair and blanket for comfort. And an item for the altar.

This is for everyone who identifies as female - you may join us every month or drop in when you can. We love having young people with us for our rituals. Please bring your daughters and friends to join us and learn the power of sisterhood.
We are so happy to spend our third(!) year together, cultivating community and holding space for sacred moments.  We can't wait to create magic with you.

with love, Shannon & Erica


Saturday, June 22nd 6:00-9:00pm

Location: Erica's home, Oakland hills. Address provided closer to the Solstice.


Design & create your own soy candles! This workshop is a fun for everyone and is a great sequel to our first candle making class. Perfect for beginners and seasoned candle makers alike, this workshop is all about customization. Designing the look and scent of your soy candles. 

We will have various containers to choose from, different kinds of wicks, over 30 types of fragrance blends, and crystals you can add to your wax, plus you can design your own label.  

  • Choose your own container: Colored Glass, Clear Glass, Tin
  • Choose your own wick: Cotton, Wood, Wax Coated
  • Create your own fragrance blend: Florals, Musks, Woods, Herbs & more.
  • Add a crystal: Amethyst, Carnelian, Quartz, Rose Quartz, Agates, & Jaspers.
  • Design your own label: Shape, Size, Name, etc.
Local maker, Erica Skone-Rees, co-owner of Rare Bird, and artist behind Elīka Sage, will teach you how to make soy container candles, and provide all the info you need to know on which containers, wicks, wax and scents to use and why.
All materials are provided, just come ready to have fun, learn some candle making magic and be inspired to make more! Everyone will go home with 3 handmade four ounce soy candles, which will burn about 20 hours each. 


Saturday, July 13th, 4:00 - 6:30 pm

Rare Bird
3883 Piedmont Avenue Oakland Ca 94611