Friends of the Oasis

"The Oasis was a most wonderful element of our retreat at Harbin Hot Springs and the most wonderful element is you...you are the heart, the soul, the shining star of your true Oasis and naturally, all of Middletown and beyond...hugs from us both"...Virginia 

or contact us directly at (707)987-0505, greta@backyardgardenoasis.com

The following are links to just a few of the fascinating guests who have graced our Breakfast Table. These are their interests and businesses. There is a connected community of amazing beings who cross paths here. This page is maintained in order to facilitate these people meeting and adding directly to each others' lives. Knowing them has certainly added to mine.

Health, Healing, Philosophy, Politics and Spirituality



Ancient Organics provides organic ghee in the Ayervedic tradition.

Buddist Peace Fellowship is a leader in socially engaged Buddhism, cultivating peace through sharing with others decades of experience, providing donors who value peacemaking to other organizations, and educating the public with dharma-centered views of social justice. We are here to assist in implementing projects that work toward ending suffering in the world.

The Beezone is dedicated to understanding the spiritual teachings of Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj

Bob Mackura has written "Ego, Soul and Beyond" and shares his work and message at www.soulworkers.com .

Jim Dreaver:  "The Way of Harmony", "The Ultimate Cure:  The Healing Energy Within" , and "Somatic Technique" are some of the materials that are available at this website.

Elspeth G. Seddig, ND, Naturopathic Doctor, of the Pacific Heights Naturopathic Clinic, P.C., 4255 18th Street, Suite 202 SF, CA 94114  415.921.2123  415.921.2123 , "Preventative, effective medicine in pursuit of health, not dis-ease"

The Israel Palestine Project ...is committed to producing a quantum leap toward an equitable and enduring peace...through the creation of a common historical narrative.

Jamieson Health Center is run by Samuel R Jamieson , Doctor of Chiropractic in San Jose.

Joanna Macy's web site opens doors to the new bodies of thought, time-tested spiritual practices, and pioneering group methods, "that I find to be powerful inspirations to understanding and action. I share these resources in service to the revolution of our time: the 'Great Turning' from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization."

LaJolla Whole Health provides EDS testing, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement, Nutritional Counseling, Reike, BTM Testing. Michelle Lesueur will answer your questions.

Mona Oyos will provide a complimentary Blood Pressure Monitor Report

Personal Life Media has juicy lifestyle content for people at the leading edge of culture.  Talk shows, reality audio, interviews, tips, guided exercises and frank discussion delivered via streams, podcasts and blogs.

The Pilates Center of San Francisco is a training facility that offers private and semi-private instruction on equipment and small group mat classes for adults and teens. 

Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD, a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at UCSF.

Sacred Therapy ...psychotherapist and spiritual teacher Estelle Frankel travels to the heart of Jewish mysticism to reveal how people of any faith can draw upon this rich body of teachings to gain wisdom, clarity, and a deeper sense of meaning in the midst of modern life.
 

Massage, Spas and Retreats



Greta Zeit, trained at the School of Shiatsu and Massage at Harbin Hot Springs, and in Somatics Technique at the Massage Therapy Institute in Davis, recently contracted with Indian Springs Resort, in Calistoga, offers massage at the Backyard Garden Oasis.

Debi Freeland Established in 2001, in Kelseyville, Debi has perfected a Spa Style Massage that is deeply relaxing ~ a moist heat treatment is incorporated into each session...

Elaine Marie offers massage, deep tissue, watsu and aquatic massage. Some modalities are very nurturing and relaxing, others are profoundly healing. 

Gabriel Tremain offers Restorative and Therapeutic Massage.  510.774.9357

Harbin Hot Springs has a world class massage school and retreat.  Operated by the Heart Consciousness Church, it is a clothing optional facility.

Reposturing Dynamics The Reposturing Solution is a pure and natural way for all people who want pain relief. Reposturing realigns the body the way it works best for long-lasting results and pain free living. By aligning your posture, your body builds strength and flexibility to do everything with ease.

Andrei Skwira is a Spiritual Life Coach, Clarity  Breathwork Practitioner/Trainer and Aquatic Bodyworker with extensive training and certifications in Watsu, Waterdance, Healing Dance as well as Esalen, Thai, Swedish, Self-healing and Movement Education. His main passion is learning to live an awakened life and to share it with others. He enjoys in-depth study and practice of self-inquiry and meditation as a path of liberation.

 

Books



Harem Sister is a young woman's quest for personal power in ancient Persia, written by Michele Fontaine,, who is an award-winning writer and author ... she lives and dances in San Francisco...

JD Lenzen has released over 200 instructional videos  to demonstrate knot making, as well as published several novels, most recently,"Disturbingly Normal" 2010.

 

Media



KBLX, the Quiet Storm, and its News Director, Nikki Thomas, bring you soft and warm R&B and Jazz.

Larry Mantle hosts AirTalk on KPCC 89.3 FM (NPR), Southern California Public Radio

 

Music and Theatre



Diane Louise Salinger is an accomplished film and stage actress who also teaches acting.

Anonymous 4  The four women who comprise Anonymous 4 combine musical, literary, and historical scholarship with contemporary performance

Carmen Grillo, world-renowned artist and former Tower of Power band member.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra There is no doubt about it—the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is “World’s Best. Chicago’s Own.” And now, the world’s best just got better. Starting in September 2010, Riccardo Muti will take up his post as the CSO’s tenth music director and present an incredible array of concerts in his inaugural season.

Eric Martin tours regularly in the US and Asia. 

Greta Larson is a recitalist, sings in a band called Great Highway.

Greg Barnett's original music can be heard and enjoyed here.

Jeremy Johnson, Composer,

KaraokeByMarj DJ and Karaoke Host .... Weddings, Corporate Events and Family Occasions in Northern Idaho.  (208)704-3843  (208)704-3843

Katie Bishop music:  a heart feels, a mouth speaks, a soul survives

The Karnofsky Project  provides used band instruments to unserved children in New Orleans.  Mr. Karnofsky was a businessman in New Orleans. As he made coal deliveries around New Orleans, his son and his son’s friend rode the coal delivery wagon, helping Mr. K with the deliveries. Each day as they passed a particular store, the son’s friend pointed to an old cornet in the window, a cornet he couldn’t hope to buy but longed to play.
One day, Mr. Karnofsky stopped at the store, walked in and came out with the cornet. He handed it to his son’s friend and told him he could work it off. The young man did and went on to play a pretty good horn. His name was Louis Armstrong and Mr. Karnofsky took the time to care about a kid.

Lou Rawls --a voice that one critic has called "sweet as sugar, soft as velvet, strong as steel, smooth as butter." ...Sinatra once said about the two of them that they were " saloon singers--voices that's all, reaching into hearts and souls." ... we will miss him ... 

Loving Strings Guitar and Violin Duo "Our intention is to uplift our audience and bring more happiness into the world."

Other Minds, a global New Music community where composers, students, and listeners discover and learn about innovative music by composers from all over the world. Other Minds is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in San Francisco.

RadiOM, the website that brings you the sounds of revelationary new music and the voices of the revelationists themselves.

We also offer concerts, sound poetry performances, lectures and documentaries in classical music, jazz, experimental music and other forms. The material you will find here is gleaned from thousands of hours of audio recordings from KPFA-FM radio in Berkeley (1949-1995), and concerts and talks produced by Other Minds in San Francisco (1993-2005).

Roma Mafia, Burlesque Performer 

SocialStudies101 shares the dynamic music of this San Francisco band, with lead singer, Natalia Rogovin and Michael Jirkovsky, Jesse Hudson and Ben McClintock. Or visit on Facebook.

Ursula WawroschekPiano, Kabarett, Kleinkunst



Rim Rock Ranch

Real Estate,Construction and Development



Aeratorman does lawn aeration and dethatching, weekly yeard care, sprinkler tune-ups, reseeding and new sod and relandscape projects.

Arco Iris Woodworking and Consulting offers Fine Homes & Remodeling, Environmentally Sustainable Building & Consulting, Green Co-Housing, Sustainable Forestry

The Guthrie Group, Keller Williams Realty is in Brentwood, CA

Imprev is an on-line design center for real estate.

Mr. Bathtub, Inc. has built an outstanding reputation by providing excellent customer service and quality refinishing to thousands of customers since 1980. We are properly licensed and insured. Refinishing is a process which is completed in several steps and requires specialized equipment and materials in order to accomplish excellent results.

Rim Rock Ranch Vineyard Estates If you're searching for California acreage to develop your own vineyard property, horse ranch, farm, or country home, Rim Rock Ranch is your ideal destination. This gated, 800-acre community features parcels with quiet, secluded building sites that are approximately 20 acres. With roads paved and wells on every lot, potential building sites have been cleared and and have power to their perimeters.

Ryan Associate, General Contractors, located in SF, and building quality work and living spaces..

Sherwood Design Engineers a group of civil and environmental engineers, planners, and ecologists based in San Francisco, New York and Cambridge. We have built an international reputation by providing engineering services and design solutions which reflect our deep commitment to executing well-planned, sustainable alternatives for our world-wide communities. Our firm has a history of pioneering exceptional designs on a range of complex projects, and we are a leader in the established arena of green building design and ecological master planning.

Art and Graphics



Aesthetic Scientist is a creative, identity, branding, and design firm with over fifteen years of experience creating, developing, and producing highly effective visual communications and marketing strategies for advertising, branding, visual merchandising, and marketing communications.

ArtisMobilus  is a mobile public art gallery and roving arts incubator bringing
pubic art / art to The People while providing a platform for creative dialogue,
collaboration, inspiration, innovation, and creative expression.

Atsuko Otsuka is an Author, Writer and Photographer, who,Since beginning her career as a photojournalist in 1986, has been growing this sense deeply while covering wars and environmental destruction, learning of the lives of those who are affected with diseases, and seeing the trials faced by people who are struggling to put troubled pasts behind them.

Beth Hartmann’s sculpture reflects the feelings left after she has viewed objects in nature or people interacting. Using her own techniques and alternative reflective or translucent materials, she constructs objects and installations which work to provoke viewer reactions.

Daniel Randolph is an artist who works with all media and subjects.  Contact him at (310)463-0515 or randolphart@cox.net

Dawson Studios specializing in Audacious Photography

ForBeadin'  is one of San Francisco’s most unique bead stores conveniently located at 1195 Church St. in Noe Valley.

Fritsch Design provides graphics design services 

Spencer Tunick has photographed large groups of naked people in unusual settings.  He and his art has been showcased on PBS.  You can even sign up to participate.

 

Books



Harem Sister is a young woman's quest for personal power in ancient Persia, written by Michele Fontaine,, who is an award-winning writer and author ... she lives and dances in San Francisco...

JD Lenzen has released over 200 instructional videos  to demonstrate knot making, as well as published several novels, most recently,"Disturbingly Normal" 2010.

Education and Life Improvement

Chosen Futures ... success by definitionStrategies for Learning provides one to one educational experiences for those with learning challenges.

 

Gambling



Amusements Unlimited supplies pool tables, video games, pinball machines and juke boxes.

 

Business



The Gilroy Dispatch is a community newspaper, part of the Mainstreet Media Group LLC.

MD2MD is a medical transcription company based in Redwood City, serving the worldwide medical community.

Silicon Valley Biz Ink is "The voice of the valley economy," rooted in the nation's most affluent and influential locale, serving Silicon Valley.

Inspired on Demand, inspired by Leslie Lupinsky, is an innovative and comprehensive business development company committed to entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in the world and are looking for the means to accomplish their goals.

TimeClock Plus offers true, real-time, timekeeping solutions for today's business including secure biometric authentication for access control and identification in day care and nursing homes.

  

Retail



Convention Hotel Guide is the World's largest online convention hotel resource.

Fig Leaves has mostly Women's Lingerie at very reasonable prices.

Lumilids, lighting from the silicon valley

Hi'iaka Florist, the timelessness of aloha for a day or a lifetime.

Welcome Baby,  specialized products for the newborn.

 

Technology



Chordiant enables enterprises across the industrial spectrum - including retail banking, card services, lending, insurance and telecommunications—to reconcile customer demands with operational requirements.

Corner Office provides unique on-site instructional services for individuals and groups in several software programs, including, but not limited to, QuickBooks {certified} Microsoft Office Products and ACT.

PRN is the only media network that reaches and engages consumers while they are shopping in the world’s largest retailers.  PRN's network includes both broadcast and interactive programming that advises and entertains shoppers.

Think Noise Sound Design The inclusion of sound is essential to the design of any multimedia project.  It completes the user experience by reinforcing interactive feedback.

Topix.com is the leading news community on the Web, connecting people to the information and discussions that matter to them in every U.S. town and city.  The site links news from 50,000 sources to 360,000 lively user-generated forums. Topix also works with the nation's major media companies to grow and engage their online audiences through forums, classifieds, publishing platforms and RSS feeds.

  

Travel and Dining



Amphora Nueva, Berkeley Olive Oil works, a 90-year old business.

Bullit, SF, owned by Ben Bleiman and Duncan Levy, located on Polk Street

Captain Kirk's is LaVentana's Most Beautiful Resort, in Baja, which features Stand Up Paddleboards, Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, Sportfishing, Diving and Snorkeling.

Dining Detectives, Carol and Joe Davis are San Francisco Food, Wine and Travel Writers, who share their fine dining experiences at over 150 Bay Area Restaurants.

Hot Table Panini  when you are in the Massachusetts/Connecticut area, this is a must!

Lackawanna Resort is a delightful cottage on beautiful Intermediate Lake in Antrim County, MI.

LaVentana's Most Beautiful Resort is Captain Kirk's which features Stand Up Paddleboards, Winsurfing, Kiteboarding Sportfishing, Diving and Snorkeling.

Lococo's Authentic Sicilian Restaurant and Pizzaria has two locations, in Oakland and Berkeley.

Lombard Street Hotels  Welcome to San Francisco! Lombard Street Hotels offers great rates on over 50 hotels on or near Lombard Street.

Mountain Travel Sobek pioneered small-group adventure travel back in 1969.  Choose among more than 100 active adventure vacations to worldwide destinations.  What's on your life's to-do list?

Olema Cottages is a lovely place to stay in Marin County

The Old Ship Saloon, owned by Bill Duffy since 1992, at Battery and Pacific, has a rich history in the development of San Francisco since the 1800's.       

Tonic Bar, is owned by Ben Bleiman and Duncan Levy, located on Polk Street